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Joined: 28 Apr 2012
Posts: 310
Location: India
GMAT 1: 610 Q49 V23
GMAT 2: 650 Q48 V31
GMAT 3: 770 Q50 V47
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Followers: 12

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Profile and Target Score [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 11:27
Hi All,

I am a bit confused of my options and would be very grateful for any guidance.

Profile:
Age: 26
Gender: Male
UGRAD: Mechanical Enhineering
UGRAD GPA: 8.81/10 (2nd rank in an Indian State University)
GMAT: Yet to take (Target: 740/750)

WE : 4 Years in $10 Billion IT Company
Area: A very common pool of Indian Software engineers.

Though my work experience includes Data warehousing or Business Intelligence practices in Banking and Financial Services, I would like to go for a career in Retail. I have managed a team of 15 for 2 years and my client list includes a top 2 US Bank and a regional US Bank.

Mostly I am interested in Marketing Strategies, Branding and Business Expansion in Emerging Markets or in short - Consumer Behavior.

Extra Curricular:
I have worked for 2-3 non-governmental-organizations for women empowerment, education for underprivileged children
and nothing much.

Interests:
Singing, reading books and writing (someday would want to be a writer too)

Brief Background:
Straight from the frame of poverty sicken India. Had no access to electricity till matriculation, then I moved to the near by city to pursue my dreams.

Confusion:
Whether to go for MBA or PhD.
Though I would personally want to go for PhD(for financial matters), I have below questions:
1. Is age is going to be a problem ?
2. I do not have any research experience, is that a negative ? How can I compensate ?
3. My interest Area includes Emerging Markets, should that be a problem for study in US/Europe(Developed Countries) ?
4. I have gone through NYU Sterns' Website and I like that school and faculty profiles. What are my chances ?
5. What other schools I can get in ? (Preferably top 30 - including Canada/Europe/Australia)
6. Shall I go for MBA ?

Any suggestions/ advice is highly appreciated.
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Posts: 82
Detail: MBA admissions help
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Strategy
Schools: Northwestern (Kellogg) - Class of 2000
GMAT 1: Q V
GPA: 3.9
Followers: 4

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Re: Profile and Target Score [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2012, 04:36
Hi Ahmed...Sounds like you have a lot on your mind and are at the beginning of the journey as it relates to whether you should try and obtain an MBA. Not knowing whether you want a PhD v. an MBA is a critical first decision that's needed even before people on this forum can offer you any advice. The programs are very different. A PhD positions you for success in the academic world, while an MBA helps in a professional world. Given your career goal of wanting to work in retail, I'd say an MBA would be better unless what you meant to write is that you want to "study retail." The major challenges you face are: distinguishing yourself from the many IT professionals with a similar background as you, convincing an admissions officer that you can move into a totally new career path, and getting the rest of the pieces of the application together, such as completion of GMAT and letters of recommendation.

Unless you can get these details organized, it will be difficult to get into a program like Stern. You might have the right credentials on paper, but a tighter focus is required for success.

Hope that's helpful,
-james young
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Joined: 28 Apr 2012
Posts: 310
Location: India
GMAT 1: 610 Q49 V23
GMAT 2: 650 Q48 V31
GMAT 3: 770 Q50 V47
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Followers: 12

Kudos [?]: 178 [0], given: 141

Re: Profile and Target Score [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2012, 09:51
Thanks a lot James.
Certainly I need a solid analysis of my future and my career path.
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