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Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Finance
GMAT 1: 680 Q50 V31
GPA: 3.6
WE: Engineering (Real Estate)
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My name is Shitiz and I am an engineering student from India. I am in the final semester of my B.E Civil Engineering program and will graduate in June 2014. I gave my GMAT (first attempt) in August 2013 and got a score of 680(Q50, V31). I applied to ISB's YLP and wasn't shortlisted in the 2nd round. I am not 100% sure about an MBA right now, but as the time comes near when I would be expected to enter a very conventional, entry-level, civil engineering job role in India, where the work-life balance is skewed beyond measure I feel that an MBA would be a much better option.

I am a student at Thapar University, which is an above average technical university in India. I have a GPA of 8.9/10.

Through the campus placement procedure, I have been offered a job role at Larsen and Toubro, which is an Infrastructure giant. I would enter as a graduate trainee. After a period of 1 year as a trainee I would be a Construction Engineer where I would be a part of a team of about 30-40 workers and supervisors. I feel that I can wait a maximum of 5 years before I join an MBA program. Beyond 5 years, I feel that I might lose interest or just..I'm unsure of what things would be like 5 years from now, for me.

Self-actualization and constant improvement is all I seek, and I am willing to work hard since it's just the beginning of my professional life but I do hope to maintain a healthy work-life balance. If I ever manage to gather enough resources I want to have my own hotel chain, realty development firm, automobile manufacturing co. (If u ask me what i'm passionate about I'd say it's 'creation'. I am a good painter (creating artwork), I play the piano(creating music) and I recently came to the conclusion that this was the reason why I took up Civil Engineering, because it enables me to create something that is bigger and stronger than I am, it has physical form, and serves the general public.)

I have a couple of questions:

1) Is there something I could do, or read, to understand and gain clarity if an MBA is the right choice for me?

2) If it is, what sort of work should I be doing to strengthen my chances of getting into a top program after a work-ex of 2-4 years?

3) What sort of work opportunities are available at this stage ? (What sort of work-ex do the general applicants have?)

4) I am confused and unable to draw a timeline to an MBA, and after. I have attached my resume, maybe you could have a look and give me some suggestions as to how I should go about it.

Thank You


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Hi Shitiz,

Thanks for posting and for all of the detail about your experiences so far and background. It's good that you are thinking ahead about your options. Ultimately, yes, it will generally benefit you to get 3-5 years of work experience prior to the MBA. That will help you to contribute more within the classroom (drawing from your experiences); it will help you further develop leadership, management, and teamwork skills; it will help you gain more perspective and may guide you in a specific direction as to what your next career steps should be or what you are most passionate about.

Sounds like your academics are strong and GMAT is solid. In terms of ideal work experiences prior to the MBA, strive to take on leadership roles in any way that you can, even if just within a given project for example. Think about how you can go above and beyond your expected responsibilities. Take note of situations in which you contribute to specific outcomes or reach or exceed goals.

During the next couple of years you can continue to research areas you might be interested in, longer term, and whether the MBA will help you with your interests and goals. Speak with MBA students and alumni with similar backgrounds and/or career interests. If possible, visit schools and sit in on classes and speak with students to learn more about b-school. Read student blogs to get a feel for the program.

Wishing you all the best!

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