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Profile Evaluation pls - 6+ years International experience [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2011, 11:07
Kindly provide me your valuable opinion on my profile.
I had applied for 5 universities for Fall 2011 & all were rejected. Part of it could be that I applied too late (May - June timeframe) or it could probably have to do with my profile.

35 / Male / Indian
Work Exp : Over 11 years of experience in IT (6+ years in project management) and currently working as a Project manager (PMP certified). Also have extensive international exposure of over 6 years in US
GMAT : 570 (AWA 5.0, V 33/66%, Q 36/43%). Will be retaking the exam in Sept & aiming for 700+
TOEFL : Test taken
UG : From top engineering college in India (3.5 GPA)
Extra Curricular : Active voulunteer in helping NGO's and have also led efforts for the same, participated & won in sports events at school/college
Certifications : PMP (Proj mangement) and a number of technical certifications
Interested in : General management/Strategy
Post MBA goal : Business development/Strategy consulting and eventually become an entrepreuner.

I would like to pursue a 1 year or 18 months MBA (not EMBA). So would like to know your valuable suggestions/inputs on,
- Is my age an issue for getting admissions into the schools?
- which US schools do you think I have a realistic chance of gaining admission, asssuming I score 700+ in GMAT

Thanks,
aravind
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Re: Profile Evaluation pls - 6+ years International experience [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2011, 18:26
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Hello aravindmba, thanks for your question.

As you know, applying in May/June certainly did not help your chances. I think the main challenge you face right now is your GMAT score: overall, quantitative, and verbal. Especially because you come from an overrepresented demographic (Indian males with IT work background) that scores disproportionately high on the GMAT, your score is not an asset to your candidacy. I think this is somewhat mitigated by your 3.5 GPA in engineering. Do you have anything else that you could point to that is a better representation of your ability to handle the academic rigor of an MBA?

Your work and extracurricular experience are areas where you might seek to distinguish yourself. The more you can demonstrate to admissions committees that you possess the abilities to lead, drive results, and take the initiative, the stronger your application will be.

To answer your question, I do think your age might hurt your chances at some of the top US fulltime programs that tend to look for younger applicants. In terms of 1-year programs, since your post-MBA goals appear to be a career change, shorter programs without a summer internship might not be to your advantage.

I hesitate to recommend schools based on a hypothetical GMAT, but if you were able to raise your score to 700+ as you hope, I think you could reach for schools like Babson or Boston University.

I am not as familiar with one-year programs, but I found this link with rankings:
http://www.macquil.com/articles/oneyearmba.php

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Re: Profile Evaluation pls - 6+ years International experience [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2011, 19:46
Hello Brian,

Thanks for your insights.

Preparation wasnt great for my 1st attempt (just over 3 weeks). This time around I'll invest more time to score higher.

My career progression has been good till now and I have led many teams across technologies/geographies with different type of projects which I can show case better. On the EC front I do have something substantial to show. I hope with these I might put up a better case...

I am sure that I will have a better GMAT score but Im just worried that my age has become a deterrent in seeking higher education of my choice.

Thank you for the link. It has some useful info for me.

Lastly Brian, What would you advise for someone like me...
should I go for full time MBA (which is of my interest) and preferably one year (considering that I am an older applicant)
or
should I continue with my job and do part time (I really not keen on it. But ready to explore only when experts feel that is not a good idea to do full time at this stage of my career/life).

Again, Thanks for your inputs.
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Re: Profile Evaluation pls - 6+ years International experience [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 06:36
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Hello aravindmba, thanks for your follow up.

Since you are a career changer, I’m just not sure a one-year program would support you as much as a full-time one, since there would be less time to network and, of course, take on a transitional summer internship.

For full-time programs, your age will work against you, as you know, and your competitiveness will rest on how much you can improve your GMAT. I think European or Canadian programs might be more open on the age issue. Or, if you want a US program, at age 35 you might have to apply to lower ranked programs than you would otherwise.

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