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Should I go to business school? [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2012, 07:14
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I'm thinking about applying to b schools next year to start my MBA in Fall 2014. I currently live in Nashville, TN, USA and both my wife and I wanna move back to the motherland. Since we wanna move back I'm looking at ISB,IIM-A and IIM-B for my MBA.

Here's my background and here's why I wanna go to b schools:

I have a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. I worked as a post-doctoral research associate at an University for 3 years on an application oriented project and realized that universities rarely translate research directly to commercial products. Therefore, I switched over to work in industry. I'm working as a Research Scientist at a start up now where I get to translate my research to commercial products. I'm about to switch to another start up (will be the first employee if that works out) in a Lead Position. I plan to work for another year (so I will have 3 years of work ex in academics and 3 years in a corporate setting) and apply to business schools for the 2014 program. My goal is to take my research to India and start a company that caters to the Indian market. I however need to learn corporate finance and need to learn how to run a business in India before starting my own company and hence the thought of getting a MBA.

Given my career path and aspirations, is it a pipe dream for me to apply to b schools? I will be 35 when I start my MBA. Better late than never but will I be too old for Indian business schools?

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Re: Should I go to business school? [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2012, 04:28
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I'm thinking about applying to b schools next year to start my MBA in Fall 2014. I currently live in Nashville, TN, USA and both my wife and I wanna move back to the motherland. Since we wanna move back I'm looking at ISB,IIM-A and IIM-B for my MBA.

Here's my background and here's why I wanna go to b schools:

I have a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. I worked as a post-doctoral research associate at an University for 3 years on an application oriented project and realized that universities rarely translate research directly to commercial products. Therefore, I switched over to work in industry. I'm working as a Research Scientist at a start up now where I get to translate my research to commercial products. I'm about to switch to another start up (will be the first employee if that works out) in a Lead Position. I plan to work for another year (so I will have 3 years of work ex in academics and 3 years in a corporate setting) and apply to business schools for the 2014 program. My goal is to take my research to India and start a company that caters to the Indian market. I however need to learn corporate finance and need to learn how to run a business in India before starting my own company and hence the thought of getting a MBA.

Given my career path and aspirations, is it a pipe dream for me to apply to b schools? I will be 35 when I start my MBA. Better late than never but will I be too old for Indian business schools?

Thanks in advance for all your replies

Firstly, I am very glad that you want to go back to your motherland and contribute to your community.

Secondly, I don't think age is too much of a concern. The plans post-MBA and the drive to achieve them matter more than age. I know of a lady who is 52 years old pursuing her MBA in ISB! Considering your plans, I am sure any bschool would be happy to have you.

All the best to you Sir!
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Re: Should I go to business school? [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2012, 08:04
Transitioning back to your home country using an MBA program is a time-effective way for you to both expand your knowledge and experience base as well as use any avoid any down time that might result in a job search. Just one thing that you should be aware, that as an older candidate, you really need to spell out why you want to pursue a graduate business degree as well as have concrete and compelling career goals. These career goals need to relate to India as this will make the explanation of why you want to return much easier to understand. Also, since you have such an impressive academic background and unique work experience, you are going to have to make admissions see the benefit that an MBA degree would provide.

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Re: Should I go to business school?   [#permalink] 18 Dec 2012, 08:04
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