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Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Finance
GMAT 1: 680 Q50 V31
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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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New post 21 Jan 2014, 07:47
Hello Shitiz,

I applaud your thinking ahead and evaluating your future plans.

Considering where you are now, I suggest that you not focus or decide on the MBA yet. The career path you anticipate will be a good early path for an MBA – if you decide that’s what you really want at the appropriate time. The good news is, in terms of preparing for the MBA, what’s good for your career is also good for a prospective MBA, so you don’t have to do extra things to prepare -- yet. Right now, for your career, take leadership opportunities (formal and informal), create identifiable impact, and develop a strong track record – these are things you would surely do as a conscientious, ambitious professional, and at the same time this is what will improve your MBA chances. An outstanding work record is a pillar of MBA competitiveness for top programs.

For extracurriculars, continue with your creative work, and perhaps find ways to integrate this work with community involvement, such as exhibits, etc.

I’m not sure what you mean in question 3, but in any event I can’t advise on work opportunities.

After 2-4 years, if you decide you truly are interested in an MBA, then you can also start focusing on defining goals and preparing for GMAT.

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