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Great to see your detailed analysis of all the profiles...fantastic work sir..
This is Amit (Male,29 ) from India. I am an MBA(Marketing) and working for an IT MNC (top 3 in the world).I want to do a second MBA from a top US B school only..It will be great if you can evaluate my profile and point out some areas where I can work on to better my chances. I am planning to apply next year. My profile details:
Work Exp: 5.5 years
1.5 year in an NGO (focused on education) 3.5 year in IT sales/Business Development (focused on SMB and Higher Education segment and Govt customers ) Recently moved into WW Product Marketing team , managing a product globally (6 months) Movement has been sales specialist>account manager (more responsibilities in terms of co-ordination betn various stakeholders )>ww prod manager Overall, high performance in almost every quarter, 3/4 large strategic deals(helping create new accounts /new territory), one very large deal which helped company foray into a foreign country.
Have won awards ,certificates in all the roles (one from country CEO,MD )...will manage to get good reco.
Acads: 10th: Topped School (1st/1000) 12th: Topped School and District level (1st/25000) Graduation (Physics):1st Class,Hons with Distinction, top 10% MBA(Marketing):1st Class,Hons and Distinction, top 10%
GMAT: Not taken yet...expected 700+
CS: Started volunteering in school (7th standard)..Help Age India Grad : Memeber of Rotaract Club, organized blood donation camp, tutored street children education Post Grad: was with an NGO, worked with slum dwellers in creating health awareness through behavioral change communication technique
Currently, involved with an NGO focusing on higher education for meritorious ,needy students...mainly handling marketing activities with an objective to making it more credible, transparent .
Thinking of establishing a scholaship program(first of its kind ) in my school, talks are on, not finalized though
ECs: Counselling, mentoring of students, yoga, cooking
Short term goal: To be in prod management Long term goal : Social entrepreneurship (probably Education)
The key is always showing "Why an MBA" and this is especially true when you already have one. The first thing is to take a measure of the b-school landscape and see where they are more accepting of a prior MBA. Sloan comes immediately to mind as a school that will truly look to see if this is what you need, rather than make a blanket decision based on whether you already hold the degree. Rudimentary example: if someone earned an MBA abroad at age 23 and now is a 29-year old working in the investment space, desiring to move into a hedge fund where for pedigree reasons they want to see a top 10 MBA. You could make a case that you still need the degree.
In your case, can you showcase that an MBA from a top U.S. program will make a dramatic difference? There aren't many consumer goods shops that are pedigree oriented to the point where they will nod and go, "yeah, that makes sense." In most cases, if you already have an MBA, you should be able to make it work for you in that space. If you can't, that's probably not a great sign either.
So what you really need to do is cultivate a powerful and clean message as to why a second MBA. Is there a sliver of the industry that is excluding you unless you have a particular brand attached to your name? Is there a function that is currently out of reach unless you can re-enter a broader recruiting process? You have to really nail this.
If I can be so bold, here is what I would suggest: make your case that your goals are global in nature and subject to such dramatic shifts and changes that your prior education is now outdated. Global education is the one area where things have been so rapid in terms of development that you can make a pretty convincing case that you still need the experience.
Thanks a lot Paul for taking time out and giving me the insights. It has helped me refine my thought process. In my mind, I am pretty clear about "the why part " and hopefully will be able to convince the adcoms as well. I have already started communicating with the schools. How do you see my "profile fit " as far as the top 10 US BSchools are concerned? Is there something which I can do to strengthen it?
With the 700+ score and a perfect presentation of Why *this* MBA, I think you can be competitive at some of the top programs. You really need to canvas the schools though and figure out which ones are truly open to a second degree candidate. I don't have an exhaustive list of such schools as I only work with second degree candidates on a case-by-case basis (much like most b-schools, I suppose) and I'm not sure one exists. Perhaps that is something you can share with the GMAT Club community.
Definitely start with Sloan though, as I know they will truly consider you.