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# Age impact in Good B School

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23 Mar 2018, 04:28
Hi Experts
Today i feel very demotivated by knowing that good B schools give less preference of candidates with high experience. I am engineering graduate, having 19 years of telecom experience in diversified fields (Project management, Operation management, Presales etc). After knowing that my application will be less valued because of my higher exp, i stopped my GMAT preparation and feeling very low.

Please guide me whether this is the fact so that based on that i EITHER continue OR stop my GMAT preparation.

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23 Mar 2018, 04:48
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dtaneja wrote:
Hi Experts
Today i feel very demotivated by knowing that good B schools give less preference of candidates with high experience. I am engineering graduate, having 19 years of telecom experience in diversified fields (Project management, Operation management, Presales etc). After knowing that my application will be less valued because of my higher exp, i stopped my GMAT preparation and feeling very low.

Please guide me whether this is the fact so that based on that i EITHER continue OR stop my GMAT preparation.

Regards

You have got the fact right. However, there is a reason for this. Major components of your b-school experience are 1. peer learning; 2. peer network 3. recruitments.
Now, if most b-schools where you apply have a class average work experience of 5-7 years, you may not learn so much from your classmates and therefore not really appreciate the value of the MBA.

With higher work experience and bigger designations (assuming so), you may also crave for a more senior professional network, which you will not get in programs that attract the junior applicants.

Thirdly, the employers visiting these b-schools would come with positions more aligned to the younger lot, hence finding a job through the regular route may also become a problem for you.

For b-schools it is clearly a question of fit. If because of your higher work experience and age, you do not fit their class composition, they will not offer you admission. This said, don't lose hope. There are eMBA programs and some fellowship programs that cater to people with more experience, such as you. Explore these options. Within India, check out IIMA PGPX.
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23 Mar 2018, 07:22
dtaneja wrote:
Hi Experts
Today i feel very demotivated by knowing that good B schools give less preference of candidates with high experience. I am engineering graduate, having 19 years of telecom experience in diversified fields (Project management, Operation management, Presales etc). After knowing that my application will be less valued because of my higher exp, i stopped my GMAT preparation and feeling very low.

Please guide me whether this is the fact so that based on that i EITHER continue OR stop my GMAT preparation.

Regards

You have got the fact right. However, there is a reason for this. Major components of your b-school experience are 1. peer learning; 2. peer network 3. recruitments.
Now, if most b-schools where you apply have a class average work experience of 5-7 years, you may not learn so much from your classmates and therefore not really appreciate the value of the MBA.

With higher work experience and bigger designations (assuming so), you may also crave for a more senior professional network, which you will not get in programs that attract the junior applicants.

Thirdly, the employers visiting these b-schools would come with positions more aligned to the younger lot, hence finding a job through the regular route may also become a problem for you.

For b-schools it is clearly a question of fit. If because of your higher work experience and age, you do not fit their class composition, they will not offer you admission. This said, don't lose hope. There are eMBA programs and some fellowship programs that cater to people with more experience, such as you. Explore these options. Within India, check out IIMA PGPX.

Thanks a lot for your suggestion. Do same facts also applicable for B schools outside India? As suggested i looked on IIMA PGPX and students average age is ~34 years and they also offer placement. I am working as Program Director in MNC. Please do suggest same good options like PGPX. IIMB has already mentioned experience between 3-10 years. Do IIMC or XLRI prefer experience candidate?
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