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what to specialize in? [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2009, 19:33
I'm currently preparing for GMAT and while reviewing the different types of specialization, I'm curious as to what I should specialize in when I do get in.

background:
-BA in math, but terrible GPA(below 3.0)
-currently working as a insurance claims supervisor in a call center.

I probably will not go to a top 20 school, but I do plan to go a local university with a decent MBA program.

my main concern is to find something that will complement my background, but at the same time, give me job security, well pay, and upward mobility.

since I did math, my first thought was to go into finance, however as I stated before, my gpa in mathematics was terrible, and I do not have any finance background. Wont a company prefer someone with an undergrad in finance more then me?

my second thought is risk management as I'm involved in insurance. How's this for a career outlook in general? Is this something that is always 'in demand.'

Other specializations to consider:
energy
MIS
supply chain management/marketing.

It's impossible to tell what is going to be 'in demand' and is a smart choice for an MBA, but just wanted to get your thoughts.
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I think it isn't too late until you actually start your 1st year classes to decide on your 2nd year specialization.

Here are things you should consider:

1) Your school reputation - your school might attract recruiters from specific fields/industry due to your school curriculum strength, etc. If you want to get a great job after graduating, you should research this.

2) Popular Specializations - i.e. Finance, Strategy, General Management etc. Finance MBAs are always in demand. One can pursue many opportunities with Finance MBA on their resume. One can argue the same thing with specilizations in GM, Strategy, Accounting etc.

3) Sample the classes during your 1st year - usually you will take specialization classes in your second year. See which courses interest you the most during your first year and decide.

4) Visit School Career Services Center - Your school Career Services Office should offer various tests that can tell your personality type and based on the test results - they can lead you to various career options that might be suitable for you.

5) Consult Others - talk to fellow students, faculty members, alums etc. Latest trend/demand in certain industry can change a lot of things. For example, in the late 1990's - one couldn't find a seat in CIS/MIS courses due to internet boom in many business schools.
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Re: what to specialize in?   [#permalink] 19 Jan 2009, 21:23
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