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Starting MBA at age of 28 or 29 [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2013, 10:06
Hi Team,

Brief Background
DOB: October 86.
Years of Experience : June 2009 - Now ( 4.25 yrs )
Role : Software Developer in Adobe and Amazon.
Target College : Stanford
Target Role Post MBA : Product Management.
Location Of Job : India
Nationality : Indian
GMAT Score : NA
Tentative Date of GMAT : 6 Nov 2013.

Confusion: As you can see that I have still not given my GMAT. By the time I give my GMAT I will be late to apply for round 1 of this year 2014 batch. I have also read that 4-6 years is an average work experience for US MBA for Indian Student.
I was wondering if I should wait till next year 2015 batch to apply for round 1 and spend this year building my profile to increase my chances of getting in Stanford or I shall apply this year itself.
By Waiting I am expecting my profile will be stronger, my essays will be better but I don't want to fall in the bucket of Old applicants as I will be 29 by the time batch of 2015 starts.

Please Advice .

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Nitin.
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Re: Starting MBA at age of 28 or 29 [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2013, 08:59
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Hi Nitin,

Thanks for your post, and good luck on that GMAT!! Stanford is certainly an inspiring and ambitious goal, as it's the most competitive program out there (with a smaller -than-average class size, tons of applicants and high average GMAT), but if you have your heart set on it as the program for you then I do encourage you to go for it as your passion for the program can hopefully shine through. ;) And adding a few other school options to your list would be recommended as it will be a reach program (for most applicants!).

The average work experience at Stanford last year was 4.2 years, so right about what you have, so certainly adding one more year shouldn't be a problem as 4.2 is just the 'average', if that helps your profile and ability to submit a strong application.

I would just suggest if you apply next year, really think in the coming year about how you can show RESULTS that you contributed to at work; how you can show initiative and leadership; how you can go above and beyond what is expected of you and truly make an impact. Those are key areas that would help you stand out and get noticed by the schools. Good luck !
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