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Profile Evaluation Please -- Just starting the process [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2011, 09:28
I would really appreciate your evaluation of my profile.

1) Basic demographic info:
I am 35 years old Indian male. I have an MBA degree, but it did not provide the boost I was looking for in my career. With the MBA I got into a technical/people management role, but I don’t feel my organization is ready to look at me as someone who would be lead the organization. I would like to get to the leadership positions quicker.

2) Educational Background:
1997: Bachelors in Electronics Engineering (India) GPA (64/100)
1999: Masters in Math & Computer Science from a US school (Tier-3). GPA 4.0
2007: Masters in Business Administration from a US school (Tier-3). GPA 3.5 (Part time MBA)
GMAT: Not attempted yet.

3) Work experience:
I have 10 years of experience with multiple promotions in the automotive industry. I am working as an Engineering Group Manager for the past 4 years. Previously I have worked as a Software Project Manager and software engineering for 6 years before that. Recently I have been offered an Expat assignment to India. The assignment will start in a month and the duration is 3 years.

4) Extracurricular:
President of a local non-profit organization for Indians
President of Indian Students Association of my University.
This is an area that I need to do more.

5) Short/Long term goals:
Short term goal is to get into a senior/executive level management position.
Long term I am not able to decide if I should stick to the same industry (automotive/electronics). Ultimately I would like to lead organizations to highest level of performance.

6) Schools:
The areas of interest I have are: Leadership development, Marketing, Negotiations.
So far I have been looking at the following schools: Kellogg’s School of Management, INSEAD, Chicago Booth, and Stephen Ross School of Business. Any suggestions???

7) Uniqueness:
At 31, I was the youngest Manager in the department. The average age of Managers in the department was 45. The organization has believed in my abilities and has always put on more responsibilities on my shoulders. On a very short notice (one week) went to India and then to Germany on short term assignments (9 months) to bring customer program back on track ($250M in revenue) while managing my direct reports in US.

8) Recommendations:
I have not shortlisted all my recommenders yet. The Global Director of Engineering knows my work very well and is currently sponsoring my expat assignment. He was the one who requested me to go to India and Germany on short term assignments.

9) Gaps:
With a previous MBA, I am not sure what I need to focus on to get into a renowned MBA school for full time MBA or is Executive MBA a better option? The one concern I have about Executive MBA is the access to career services to build up a network.


Thanks for your time.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Please -- Just starting the process [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2011, 12:05
I see a couple of big disadvantages presenting your case.

Your age will most likely come back as a disadvantage to a regular full-time MBA admissions. For your age and your experience, you'll better off looking at EMBAs. However, EMBAs are really for those who want to stay in their original field. So for this matter, really consider what it is that you want to do and who you want to work for.

Another big factor against you is your existing MBA degree. Most schools have a policy against applicants with an MBA already. I'm not sure what schools accept students with an MBA, but it'll do you best if you start researching for school and see which ones do not accepts those with an MBA. For example, since you mentioned Kellogg, go to Northwestern's Kellogg site and see what its MBA criteria is. I believe Dartmouth Tuck states directly that it will not consider students with an MBA already (correct me if I'm wrong).

Once you have your list of schools, you can then really determine which way it is you wan to go, i.e. MBA or EMBA. Again, if you're keen on switching gear and head into another industry, definitely try for the MBA. You just have to really make your case clear and convincing for the AdComs to believe that another MBA will only do you good.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please -- Just starting the process [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 07:01
bakfed wrote:
I see a couple of big disadvantages presenting your case.

Your age will most likely come back as a disadvantage to a regular full-time MBA admissions. For your age and your experience, you'll better off looking at EMBAs. However, EMBAs are really for those who want to stay in their original field. So for this matter, really consider what it is that you want to do and who you want to work for.

Another big factor against you is your existing MBA degree. Most schools have a policy against applicants with an MBA already. I'm not sure what schools accept students with an MBA, but it'll do you best if you start researching for school and see which ones do not accepts those with an MBA. For example, since you mentioned Kellogg, go to Northwestern's Kellogg site and see what its MBA criteria is. I believe Dartmouth Tuck states directly that it will not consider students with an MBA already (correct me if I'm wrong).

Once you have your list of schools, you can then really determine which way it is you wan to go, i.e. MBA or EMBA. Again, if you're keen on switching gear and head into another industry, definitely try for the MBA. You just have to really make your case clear and convincing for the AdComs to believe that another MBA will only do you good.


Bakfed,

Please correct me if Iam wrong. From what I have read and heard ,European schools encourage/prefer students with more years of experience. Wouldn't the OP have an advantage if he went to a business school (say INSEAD) with his level of experience to take help him get into senior level management?A Big name MBA school will help one to develop the network/connections which would be difficult to develop otherwise.

Also I have another question. Is the executive MBA at INSEAD considered more prestigious than the Full time MBA? Iam asking these questions because Iam in the same boat . Thanks.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please -- Just starting the process [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 07:41
You're absolutely right in that European schools tend to skew the average age higher than their counterparts in the states. I went ahead and assumed that you're more leaning towards the states because only 1 out of the 4 schools you listed was based in Europe, which, of course, INSEAD is an awesome b-school. I can't say much about the EMBAs for any school only because I haven't experienced it, nor have I gone through the application process of it. As far as I know, EMBA and MBA are really two different things, and the mentality of the two different applicants are really not the same. I think by stating that the EMBA at INSEAD is considered more presitigious than the FT MBA is not really true, because depending how you judge prestige things can go either way. I'd like to think that whatever route you take that'll get you to where you want to go is the best way to do it - prestige comes in only the years that you attend the school and perhaps 3 or 5 more years after you graduate, after that no one really cares about where you went to school anymore. Overall, INSEAD is a fantastic school that's absolutely on par with the top b-schools in the states and INSEAD will definitely lead you to a water well, but you will still have to do the legwork of pulling that water up, whether it's through EMBA or MBA.
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