Thanks for reaching out to me. I am not quite sure that I clearly understand your background. Are you saying you have to MBA degrees? If this is true, then this is rather unprecedented. I have worked with plenty of Indian applicants who already had an MBA from an Indian business school. However, I have never met anybody – except for you – that had to MBA degrees. You must really love school!
The biggest question that you are going to have to the admissions committee at top business school is why you want an MBA. Specifically, you will be able to tell them how a new MBA will get you closer to your short and long-term goals. I always say that the MBA is a forward-looking degree. You have to really guard against signaling to the admissions committee that you are looking for an escape hatch. That is, what you have done in the past is not working and now you are looking for someone to throw you a life jacket. If the admissions committee gets a whiff of this sentiment, they will view your application as an account to simply rearrange deck chairs on the Titanic – a sinking ship. I will be honest with you - this is the feeling I got from your post.
With regard to developing your plan of attack - this is something that cannot be developed in any meaningful way through a single post. It plan of attacking clearance the order schools to which you should apply, a hedging strategy covering a range of schools, a timeline, a meeting schedule, discussion of each essay for all schools, a strategy for approaching your recommenders, analysis of your strengths and weaknesses, as well as a number of other topics. This would take several weeks and only after I had a thorough understanding of your personal and professional backgrounds.
I believe I have got a little unique profile and hence really need your help.
I have already taken GMAT and scored 740, now I am in the process of applying. Below is brief about my profile.
I did a 4 year course in IT from University of Delhi, one of premier universities in India. But my GPA was poor very poor. Kind of 1.2 on 4 point scale, reasons being the scoring pattern in my course, even the topper had something like 2.7-2.8 GPA. 2ndly my health problems during that time. Quite honestly the 3rd reason would be lack of confidence.
After my graduation I decided to augment my degree, with an MBA before trying for job. Got a good score in entrance exam for Indian B'schools.But due to bad past academic performance and lack of work experience and bad strategy I got into an average b-school. There I really worked hard, got GPA 8.4 on 10 point scale. I was class rep, quiz winner etc etc.
Got into an IT company did well, shifted to another IT MNC, did reasonably well. But then I felt that my growth is getting restricted because of lack of a good b school name. The opportunities I am getting inside organization are also limited for the same reason. I am at least 2-3 levels below where I should have been. So after 6 years of work experience, I decided to do another MBA (1-year) to grow in my IT, particularly IT consulting.
I have been getting lot of advice from all the quarters, for example 7 years work ex. is a lot most b schools will not take or then struggle to place you, getting in MBA from IT background is very difficult, Indian b schools (ISB, IIMs) are not good etc. etc.
Hence I decided to get some real help, and advice from the right source. Kindly help me make a POA. As to what b schools I shall target (considering IT and consulting as my targets)? I am inclined for Indian b schools ISB, IIMA. And, how shall I target them? I will have close to 7 years of work ex. when I start my MBA.
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