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# A Bird in Hand or the Falcon in the Bush?!!

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14 Jul 2004, 02:12
Hello,

I need your valuable advises. I am 33 years old, and non-native English. I have two plans for acquiring an MBA:

Plan1 (I call it the bird) : (the reality, good enough, and in my hand):

MBA by Distance learning from Warwick.

- I already have an acceptance for the next intake; January 2005.
- Costs: \$32,000 (from my pocket) .
- Duration: 36 months.

Plan2 (I call it the falcon) : (the dream, the best, but in the bush):

Full time MBA at Sloan School of Management, MIT.

However, plan number two has three barriers (GMAT, acceptance from MIT, sponsership):
1- Getting an impressive GMAT score 710-750. (I guess it's very hard but not impossible).
2- Gettting acceptance from MIT. (I don't know how difficult getting there?)
3- Convincing my Employer to sponsor me (my chance to convince him is 70%) .

To which plan shall I go for, reality or dream, Warwick or MIT?

Thank you very much.
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14 Jul 2004, 21:58
I guess there are probably two questions you should ask yourself. First, is whether attending Warwick will allow you to achieve your career goals. If the answer is yes then you don't need to proceed. If the answer is no then you should ask whether or not you can prepare for the GMAT and have enough time to apply to Sloan without giving up your seat. If you're not sure about Warwick and you can apply to Sloan without giving up your seat, you might as well go for it.

If you'd have to give up your seat, you might have to do some serious soul-searching. But it sounds like Warwick might be a good option.
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18 Jul 2004, 11:23
Greetings,

I agree that it really depends on what you hope to obtain from the MBA experience.

I like the idea of people following their dreams but I always feel compelled to ask the classic question: Why MIT? Why not some other ultra elite school such as Columbia or Northwestern?

If you are interested in other highly regarded tech schools why not Carnegie or Purdue?

Best,

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