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# any hopes for me?

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24 Dec 2008, 07:58
I am overwhelmed by how hard it seems to get in! I am 34(!), 730 GMAT, modest EC's. I am applying R3 @ Cornell!

Is there any reason to feel any hope?

Seeing everyone here with scores just as good and younger, why will they take me...I am struggling to answer this one!

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24 Dec 2008, 08:01
You will need to tell us about your work exp and background.If u r 34,I believe u shud have good leadership exp.
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24 Dec 2008, 08:08
34 is approaching EMBA territory...you'll have to sell yourself extra-well for any 2-yr programs.
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24 Dec 2008, 08:48
I am IT/Supply Chain/Consultant with project management/solution architect roles.

How to sell 'extra well'?

Basically what will give me a chance?

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25 Dec 2008, 17:16
rscricket, I am 30 and don't have any admits so far. I am already thinking that I am getting old for the B school. May be a year still left in me for the full time program. Anytime after that, it would get harder and harder to convince adcoms that I bring something that a 25 year person wouldn't bring to the classroom.

I work for an American retail company, IT division. All the people in the mid-management (manager and above) are 40+. This is my 2nd Fortune 500 retail company and from what I have seen, it is a norm in the industry. All my college classmates working for a technology/IT company are already in the mid-management. In my opinion, the comparative career progression hurt me this year, at least partially. Although I come in the Indian IT male demographic, I don't work for a tech company. I consciously didn't try to bring this fact out of my essays.

You will have to strive for that. Besides, adcoms are going to expect "bigger and greater" things from you. For a 25 yr old person, automating a task can be an achievement, but for you, they will expect something more, more at the business level.

disclaimer: I am not an expert, but this is what I feel. Take it with a grain of salt.
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25 Dec 2008, 19:50
aakashganga wrote:

Although I come in the Indian IT male demographic, I don't work for a tech company. I consciously didn't try to bring this fact out of my essays.

ru saying that u hid that fact that u were in IT? if yes, wow how could u manage that?!

yes, it is tough but i have heard of ppl get in at 35-36. But as u r saying i am sure they had amazing stories to tell.
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rscricket wrote:
I am IT/Supply Chain/Consultant with project management/solution architect roles.

How to sell 'extra well'?

Basically what will give me a chance?

-rsc

Do you lead teams? Are you an administrative manager? Have you contributed to any new work at your company?

What is your reason for getting an MBA?
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rscricket wrote:
aakashganga wrote:

Although I come in the Indian IT male demographic, I don't work for a tech company. I consciously didn't try to bring this fact out of my essays.

ru saying that u hid that fact that u were in IT? if yes, wow how could u manage that?!

yes, it is tough but i have heard of ppl get in at 35-36. But as u r saying i am sure they had amazing stories to tell.

No. What I am trying to say is I didn't highlight the fact that I don't work for a tech company even though I work in IT. So, most probably, I was compared with other fellow Indian applicants who are probably managers in their companies at my age.
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