Would appreciate if you can help with my profile evaluation. I took the GMAT on 16 June 2013 and I am considering the following options:
1) Master or MBA? Which schools?
2) Apply for MBA/Master asap or apply in 2-3 years? ( 26 years old now and I plan to finish the degree before 30)
3) If apply in 2-3 years, change job or stay with the current company?
Any constructive feedback is welcomed! Here is my profile:
1) Work experience:
3 years of working experience. 1st year after graduation as Operations analyst in a hedge fund overseeing the front to back operations for trading, and involved in a few risk management/research projects; another 2 years until now as Middle Office in a very large US oil trading company, liaising between traders and various support functions. Implemented an overhaul of Middle Office processes at the current company that improved accuracy and efficiency
730 (Q49, V41, AWA 5.5, IR 8, first attempt)
NTU from Singapore; Bachelor of Business in Banking & Finance + Human Resources from a university in Singapore. GPA 4.3/5 (took more demanding courses including Financial Modelling, also took final year subjects in advance, as well as spending time on extra-curricular activities including business case club)
4) College: Business case club. After graduation: regular event volunteer at a local charity organisation for children with long term illness
5) no certifications
6)Target programs: INSEAD, HKUST, not sure about the others
7) now or in 2-3 years time
8)Post MBA goal:consulting in strategy or oil & gas industry, in Asia
Addtional: International exposure: born in China, came to Singapore on scholarship 11 years ago; 2 weeks training and meeting with colleagues in the US headquarter this year
Thanks for your post. To answer your questions.
1) That depends on your goal. If you want to dive deep into a business specialty and get a little general management exposure go for the masters. If you want more of a general management education with the option to focus on a particular area of business, go for the MBA.
2) If you feel ready now, apply now.
3) If you feel you are growing and advancing in your current company -- especially if you are learning more about oil and gas or taking on more of a consultative role -- there is no need to change. On the other hand, if you are stagnating, then you should look for another position. Also, if you hear of an opportunity that takes you closer to your post MBA role, you should explore and consider it seriously.
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