I am an Indian male aged 25 working in states as a Software Engineer and planning to do MBA in a related field. My profile is as follows:
Acads - Did my undergraduate in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Mumbai University in 2008 followed by Masters in Telecommunications and Networking Engineering with more focus in computer science from an IVY league college here from 2009 to 2011. Undergrad GPA ~ 3.5, Masters GPA - 3.5
Work Experience - Worked for around 6 months in an IT services company in India from 2008/2009 in between completion of undergrad and coming to US for masters. After masters, started working in a reputed data storage company as a software engineer from mid 2011 to late 2012 (roughly 16 months) before shifting to a top Investment banking firm last year. Have been working there since 6 months now as an analyst developer.
Extracurriculars - Held position of Public Relation Officer during undergrad years 2006-2007 for IEEE tech fest event held in our college responsible for heading a team of people to get more participants for the tech fest. Also an active member of Yes!+, an art of living community.
MBA Goals - I plan to be in IT field and do an MBA as a mix of Operations, IT consulting and finance. I like being a software engineer but like being a manager more where i get to interact with people and work more on functional requirements and cost/time/resource challenges. I plan to give GMAT next year if i finalize on my mba plans and target of getting admitted in 2015 when i have more than 4.5 years work experience as a sw engineer.
Confusion/concerns - My main concern is how much chances do i have getting in top 10 colleges and how much helpful will it be in changing my career track from software engineer to a manager. MBA in US/UK costs insane and do not want to make a decision without weighting all my options thoroughly. Also my company also provides a part time mba program. Will doing that be better than a full time mba so i can still continue working?
Other Info - I am targeting a gmat score of more than 700 and am pretty good when it comes to communication skills. I also have 2 renowned IT certifications i.e. CCNA and SCJP and also planning to give CFA first round next year.
If you get a 720+ GMAT and can show leadership and growth on the job as well as management talent, your chances of getting into a top 10 program are good. I can't say whether the PT program will suite your needs. If, however, you main reason for getting an MBA is to move into management in your current industry and you are happy at your current employer, which is willing to pay for the PT program, it may be a great option.
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