My name is Chris and I am from Greece. I turned 27 years old on last May. I am an electronic & computer engineer. I graduated from a Greek technical university (5-year course), and I also have an MSc in telecommunications systems. I am currently employed in a big conglomerate (Greece).
I have almost 3 years of working experience and I am strongly interested in following a decent MBA program. My main motive is to acquire the appropriate knowledge and experience so I can understand the fully operational process of a big organization. Till now during my short career, I did not have the chance to show my real leadership skills.
I am planning to follow an MBA program either in UK or in USA.
My main disadvantages are:
First, I luck the appropriate international exposure.
Second, I donâ€™t know how I can prove my leadership skills (if any).
Can you please give me some feedback? What are the odds for an engineer from Greece with my technical background to get accepted in a good MBA program?
Please let me know if you need any additional information regarding my profile.
The fact that you are a Greek in Greece in and of itself gives you a healthy "international" profile--at least in terms of the diversity you could add to a class versus the diversity that an American or Indian could add to a class (no offense to either). Perhaps your company has some international component that is part of your work? Talking about that would be one way of strengthening your international profile. But my advice in terms of your international profile is to make the most of being Greek, i.e., what that enables you to bring to a class.
If you have no leadership opportunities at work then you should start spending the next 9-10 months trying to get some. Also, you could get involved in a leadership role with a community or extracurricular organization (leading people, sitting on a board)--or perhaps even in a part-time business you start outside of work--which will compensate for lack of leadership at work.
A significant volunteer or entrepreneurial experience outside of work could actually allow you to generate *both* international experience and leadership if the organization has a strong international component and you serve in a leadership role. If you find something along these lines (and you have a decent GMAT) you will be competitive at U.S. and U.K. schools.
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