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Which school is best for me? [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2004, 17:00
Hi All

Here is my summary

Female 34 yrsold. Btech(Mechanical), MSc(Software Engineering)
Have around 12 years of experience in Engineering , Education and Software development. Currently Holding Specialist role and managing a number of large virtual teams and one small fixed team.
Possess very good personality. Worked and studied in many countries

India,Nigeria,Malaysia, Australia,UK.

Can speak 4 languages.

Career Aspiration: Work for a hitech consultancy and eventually head a tech company.

Currently thinking INSEAD is suitable for me. However the more I read about various schools I am getting unsure which college is suitable for me.

Please help me focus on the school that would be most suitable with my skills and career aspirations.


Appreciate and thanks for any feed back in advance
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Re: Which school is best for me? [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2004, 20:09
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Please help me focus on the school that would be most suitable with my skills and career aspirations.

Appreciate and thanks for any feed back in advance
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Well, judging by your username, INSEAD makes the most sense. :)

Seriously, are you looking just at European schools? Or are you also considering U.S. schools? I'm most comfortable talking about U.S. schools. If tech is what you're interested in, then Sloan, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, Haas, Maryland, and Cornell come to mind first. I'm less familiar with the European programs.

BTW, you may have already thought of this, but you'll want to be able to explain why a given schools makes the most sense for you. If you have a tech background and want to work in tech after b-school, that's a different perspective than having a tech background and wanting to learn more non-tech skills and explore non-tech industries after school. Both are valid career paths; there's just a difference between where the one type applicant would apply vs. where the other would apply. Think about which better describes you. If it's the former (and it sounds like it is), then the more tech-slanted schools (and the ones that offer more specific programs, vs. general management schools) are probably a better fit for you.

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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2004, 16:08
Thanks Scott for your feedback... really appreciate it...

I am not looking at any European school other than INSEAD. The reason that it has 10 months program and considering that its International school and I am looking at consuting career path and my age INSEAD appears to be better.

I don't have much information about US schools but I know for sure that if you want to make a career after MBA it has to be top 10 schools and most of them are US schools.

I am still in the process of finalising my thoughts therefore any input from you will be helpful to me . Please advice...
Also from my credentials assuming I get the magic GMAT score do you think I stand any chance in top schools.


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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2004, 20:21
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I am still in the process of finalising my thoughts therefore any input from you will be helpful to me . Please advice...
Also from my credentials assuming I get the magic GMAT score do you think I stand any chance in top schools.

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Yes, I think you have a chance, but it's naturally hard to say after only reading a few pieces of info about someone. But I do encourage you to be aggressive when choosing which schools to apply to.

And don't sweat the GMAT score too much. There is definitely NOT a magic GMAT score that any school uses as a cutoff. I honestly believed that there was before I applied (I really did!), but I can assure you that this is not the case. It's an overused piece of advice, but think of your application as a whole. Strong essays can help overcome a weak GMAT score, and vice versa. There is no cutoff for any one part of your application.

I wish I had more advice to give you re: specific schools. It really depends on what you want to focus on. You make a good point about your age possibly making you a better fit for a Euro school like INSEAD. In the U.S., INSEAD, HEC, and LBS are probably the Euro schools that I hear most often mentioned, for what that's worth.

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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2004, 20:48
Thanks a lot Scott for your feed back really helpful. After hearing you I have decided to apply to Standford,Sloan,havard and INSEAD.

I also have ordered your book which should arrive in Australia next week.

I think I will definitely need to work with some admission consultants ..

Could you reccommend any ? Those who have high success rates with aged candidtates like me.

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 [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2004, 05:38
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Could you reccommend any ? Those who have high success rates with aged candidtates like me.

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One name that I'll mention is Veritas (http://www.veritasmba.com). I don't know a lot about their admissions consulting service, but we think pretty highly of their GMAT training course. It's more complete that what Kaplan or Princeton Review (the two big GMAT training companies in the U.S.) offer. They may be worth a look.

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