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Dear Applicant lab,

I have asked this question on several forums without a good response - so please see if you can help me.

For applicants who will be between 32-35 at graduation - what are the specializations/majors that would suit a role in corporate strategy?

I know some companies have rotational leadership development programs (please share any relevant names in the EPC or Energy sector if you can) - but what are some of the Job Titles that are common in this function post-MBA?

Since international students have restrictions on which firms will do work sponsorship, should one limit their pitch to those companies that do sponsor visas? Or pitch a career goal with that firm/industry in country of origin?

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Dear Applicant lab,

I have asked this question on several forums without a good response - so please see if you can help me.

For applicants who will be between 32-35 at graduation - what are the specializations/majors that would suit a role in corporate strategy?

I know some companies have rotational leadership development programs (please share any relevant names in the EPC or Energy sector if you can) - but what are some of the Job Titles that are common in this function post-MBA?

Since international students have restrictions on which firms will do work sponsorship, should one limit their pitch to those companies that do sponsor visas? Or pitch a career goal with that firm/industry in country of origin?


Hi bb10! I'm SO sorry -- I didn't see this post until just now!

I suspect that you haven't gotten a solid answer to your question yet because I'd be very surprised if a large firm would take someone in their mid-30s into a rotational program. There are many reasons for this -- for example, perhaps an issue arises when someone in their early-30s finds themselves managing the post-MBA hires.

The best way to find out your job prospects? Well, why not reach out to people who work at those target firms and ASK them if they hire people with backgrounds like yours into their post-MBA rotational programs? Someone who is currently *IN* one of these programs might be in a much better position to answer you, vs. an admissions consultant who may not be fully aware of these programs.

Another place to look is the schools' "Career Placement" reports -- you can usually find these in the career services section of their websites. There, they will tell you which energy companies have hired their graduates in the past.

If you don't have visa sponsorship, then I'd advise applying with BOTH stories: a "plan A" of getting sponsorship at a US firm, and a "plan B" of going back to your home country. Hopefully, you're in a financial position to pay for as much of the degree as possible, so that way the "plan B" doesn't worry them re: your ability to pay back the student loans.

As an alternative, if you have visa concerns, look into Canadian programs. They have generous visa policies, and also a lot of energy companies are located there (turns out "being nice" isn't the ONLY natural resource Canada has!).

Someone at your age level may want to look to Europe -- programs like IMD that specifically seek more seasoned candidates. If you've been a "star" at work, especially at a multi-national firm, this might be a good option. Aside from that, you can try applying to some full-time programs this year, but you may need to look to executive programs as a "plan B".

Oh, and to answer the first part of your question, for what it's worth, "Corporate Strategy" usually is a blend of strategic thinking plus M&A. So, the most common paths to that career are investment banking, or strategy consulting. Aside from that, in order to get a job in strategy directly? I'd advise you to "major" in strategy and also take electives that will teach you heavy-duty financial modelling so that you can build the DCF analyses needed for M&A deals.


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Hi Maria,

Greetings for the day.

Could you please let me know your feedback on my Profile.

Name : Utsav Jha
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Age : 27

GMAT Score: 680 (Ist GMAT)

Education Background:
a. Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (58.6% - First Attempt) [ It is a premier finance course in India, with a passing rate of 5-12% similar to CPA in USA and ICEAW in UK]
b. Certificate Course on valuations from Institute of Chartered Accountant of India
c. Certificate Course on business Finance from Institute of Chartered Accountant of India
d. Bachelors of Commerce , Delhi University (55%)
e. 12th Standard (89%)
f. 10th Standard (91.6%)

Work Experience:
- Total 6 Years (post qualification) as at 20 August 2017 (additionally i have also undergone 3.5 years of internship).

Currently working with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu as a Risk Consultant, managing a team of 3.

- Started AUKS Associates (during my initial years), a CA Practicing firm

Extracurricular:
- Started Orrizen Foundation to support people in need.
(also i don't have much extracurricular activities to share, as I have been a reserved person for long)

I am getting lot of feedback to retake my GMAT Exam, but I really want to apply in Round 1 and get selected (my preference is top 20 B-schools, and first preference is NYU Stern). Please let me know if I stand a chance for R1 or what should be an appropriate strategy for me. Should I retake GMAT ?

I shall be really thankful to you for your advise.

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Hi Maria,

I have been in search of a community or a forum, to find out the best-suited courses in MBA or MSc aligned with Corporate Social Responsibility and green/sustainable management. So far it's been a struggle to find a similar pool of applicants or threads for such courses and I'm really not able to find some good measure of rankings.
General information that I'm looking for is - Job prospects after degree, ideal profile with median GMAT score, and usefulness of the course.
Following are some courses that I know of and would like to know more about -

1. The Università Bocconi MAGER - MSc in MSc Sustainability and Social InnovationGreen Management, Energy and Corporate Social Responsibility
2. HEC Paris - MSc Sustainability and Social Innovation
3. RSM Erasmus University -MSc Global Business & Sustainability
4. UBC, Vancouver - MASTER OF SCIENCE IN RESOURCES, ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY (MSC)
5. Oxford University - MSc in Environmental Change and Management
6. University of Toronto -Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM)
7. Columbia University - Master of Science in Sustainability Management

Bit about me - Background - Indian Female, I.T. Consulting with 40 months of Experience in a Big Four Company
Cumulative Percentage - 78% (Honors Degree in Bachelor of Technology (IT major) tier 2 institute.
Extra Curricular- Associated work with WWF and a few Non-Profit driven educational institutes.
GMAT Score - 650

Please evaluate this profile and in reach schools for my score. What extra is needed for profile to be considered strong.

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Hi Maria,

I have been in search of a community or a forum, to find out the best-suited courses in MBA or MSc aligned with Corporate Social Responsibility and green/sustainable management. So far it's been a struggle to find a similar pool of applicants or threads for such courses and I'm really not able to find some good measure of rankings.
General information that I'm looking for is - Job prospects after degree, ideal profile with median GMAT score, and usefulness of the course.
Following are some courses that I know of and would like to know more about -

1. The Università Bocconi MAGER - MSc in MSc Sustainability and Social InnovationGreen Management, Energy and Corporate Social Responsibility
2. HEC Paris - MSc Sustainability and Social Innovation
3. RSM Erasmus University -MSc Global Business & Sustainability
4. UBC, Vancouver - MASTER OF SCIENCE IN RESOURCES, ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY (MSC)
5. Oxford University - MSc in Environmental Change and Management
6. University of Toronto -Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM)
7. Columbia University - Master of Science in Sustainability Management

Bit about me - Background - Indian Female, I.T. Consulting with 40 months of Experience in a Big Four Company
Cumulative Percentage - 78% (Honors Degree in Bachelor of Technology (IT major) tier 2 institute.
Extra Curricular- Associated work with WWF and a few Non-Profit driven educational institutes.
GMAT Score - 650

Please evaluate this profile and in reach schools for my score. What extra is needed for profile to be considered strong.

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Hi Acacia,

Thanks for reaching out! I think part of why it may be challenging to find good forums, etc., devoted to this topic is that it's an emerging field of focus. Therefore, it hasn't yet merited the sorts of attention that other, more established, programs receive.

In ApplicantLab, I urge people to do a TON of research on their own -- and it seems that this advice applies here as well.

The MBA (or related masters degree) could very well be the largest financial investment you ever make -- so you need to be assertive and become an informed consumer. I can't remember off the top of my head who said this (will happily edit / give attribution if someone corrects me!), but most people spend more time and agony over researching which smart phone, which laptop or which car is the right fit for them, vs. which MBA is the right fit for them -- even though the MBA is WAY more expensive, and does not offer refunds / the ability to swap into another program if the first program isn't a good fit! If I buy the wrong phone, I can trade it in for a new one. If I choose the wrong masters' program, I'm going to be miserable for two years and possibly beyond, and I can not go back and swap it for another degree.

This is why you need to:
    - Reach out to student groups at your target schools; try to connect with someone whose background is as similar to yours as possible
    - Research the Career Placement report for every program you are considering:
      - What percentage of their class goes into your target field?
      - Which companies recruit there; are they the ones you'd like to work for?

You'll especially want to try to find Indian graduates of these programs and see if they were able to find employment in the EU, etc. afterwards. I do believe that visa / job issues are one that not enough Indian applicants research ahead of time, so please do make sure you know the visa / hiring situation first, and have a financial "Plan B" in place, should you need to return to India.

Regarding rankings, I would not worry about them. What matters more is placement history, especially for Indian citizens. My understanding is that Canada has easier regulations re: getting a job, but this is not my field of expertise so please do verify that on your own.

You may find this general blog post I wrote to be useful: http://blog.applicantlab.com/mba-admissions-chances-determine-odds/

In the absence of a handy-dandy "rankings report" available (and again, "rankings" may not mean much on a pragmatic level), more of the research does need to be done by the applicant, but given the investment we're talking about, it will be time and effort well-spent.

My particular specialty is in helping people position themselves and their experiences as strongly as possible -- for example, which of your accomplishments should you write about, and how should you write about them? Which elements on the resume should be emphasized, and which ones left out? What should you ask your recommenders to say about you? That's my focus and expertise. Should you find programs that suit your needs, and are having trouble articulating your accomplishments via the essays, recommendations, etc., then that's where my service really shines.


Thank you!,
Maria
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