Dear Paul Bodine:
I would like to know whether my profile is the right fit or an overkill for a Full Time MBA Program in the Elite Schools (Iam targetting HWS).
Iam an Indian aged 33+ (
)and working in abroad currently. I have a Masters Degree in Engineering and 10 Years of Work Ex in an Global IT Company. I have close to 7 years of Management experience (of the Total 10 years of experience). I manage a team of close to 1000 People (Responsible for 10s of Millions of USD)and have exposure to the entire operations of IT Company.
I worked in 4 continents, have exposure to multiple cultures and speak/understand/ manage couple of Foreign languages. I am very ambitious and a Study savvy too.
I am very passionate to study in H or W or S and visited these schools during my visits to US (1998, 2002, 2004).As my background and profile was not good 7 years back, I struggled hard in my career to create a profile to get into the School I wanted. Now I only know IT side of any business but would like to learn and gain experience on the business side (which I lack today) aswell so that I can be a complete business executive. I guess my 2 year Fulltime MBA will lay a foundation for what I am aspiring for.
Even though I am married and have kids, I strongly feel that I am still 33 (conflicting message..)
and still 20 more years to go in Business or profession. I would like to recharge,restrategise and equip myself to be competitive by doing MBA and realise my dreams (both personal and professional).
I would like to know whether I am the right guy for a Full time MBA? is my global experience or age a hindrence for admission?
Request your advise.
Your global experience is certainly no hindrance (it's an asset). Your age is not necessarily a deal-breaker at H, S, or W, though it's an impediment in that it lies outside the middle 80% of most U.S. business schools. (If you want B-schools that don't discriminate against the "aged" as much as U.S. schools do, consider European schools).
Unfortunately, you didn't give me enough details about your profile for me to say whether you can aim for the ultra elites. On the one hand, if you have managed a thousand people, you have an extraordinary leadership story to tell that most people won't be able to compete with. On the other hand, your "Male Indian IT" background puts you in a very crowded and talented demographic.
Paul Bodine /
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