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New post 25 Jan 2019, 08:17
Hello,

I was wondering if I could get some perspective on if MBA would be an ideal choice for my career.

After finishing my PhD from U of Washington in Mechanical Engineering, I interned at Tesla for about 5 months, followed by Post Doc (Current) at University in Iowa, I interviewed with BCG for a consultant role with advanced professional degree (APD). Clearly my fundamentals for consulting were not as astute as required by BCG so I could not even get past the first round of the interviews.

My motivation for MBA came from the two amazing people who I interviewed with at BCG. I would ultimately want to establish myself as a generalist first and then a specialist (possibly an MD or partner) in the field of metals, mining and digital manufacturing.

My shortcomings are obvious. I am already in in my mid 30s and do not have enough corporate experience. Considering the choices of B-Schools and the age group of class that enters every academic year, I am bit concerned whether it would be a good idea to pursue MBA.

My questions are:

1) Would it be recommended to pursue MBA considering my background and potential career choices?
2) What schools should I be targeting with my background?
3) how difficult it is to get into a top MBA (such as MIT Sloan) with my background?

My Profile is following:

Bachelors (IIT Kanpur): 3.5/4
Masters (POSTECH, South Korea): 3.67/4.3
PhD (U of Washington): 3.9/4
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PostDoc (Current)

Thank you for your time and considerations.
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New post 27 Jan 2019, 21:42
A few thoughts for you to ponder on goodgiving18.

At a very high level, consulting firms do tend to prefer younger recruits but there are exceptions all the time. However, for an MBA, the usual expectation is 4-5 years of solid professional experience; read here. Not sure how long has been your post-doc but to make an attempt on this track, you'd need to put in a few years.

Therein lies some more issue since MBA after 30 can be tricky; read here.

Hope this gives some perspective. Overall, not impossible but definitely pretty tough.
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New post 29 Jan 2019, 05:31
goodgiving18 wrote:
Hello,

I was wondering if I could get some perspective on if MBA would be an ideal choice for my career.

After finishing my PhD from U of Washington in Mechanical Engineering, I interned at Tesla for about 5 months, followed by Post Doc (Current) at University in Iowa, I interviewed with BCG for a consultant role with advanced professional degree (APD). Clearly my fundamentals for consulting were not as astute as required by BCG so I could not even get past the first round of the interviews.

My motivation for MBA came from the two amazing people who I interviewed with at BCG. I would ultimately want to establish myself as a generalist first and then a specialist (possibly an MD or partner) in the field of metals, mining and digital manufacturing.

My shortcomings are obvious. I am already in in my mid 30s and do not have enough corporate experience. Considering the choices of B-Schools and the age group of class that enters every academic year, I am bit concerned whether it would be a good idea to pursue MBA.

My questions are:

1) Would it be recommended to pursue MBA considering my background and potential career choices?
2) What schools should I be targeting with my background?
3) how difficult it is to get into a top MBA (such as MIT Sloan) with my background?

My Profile is following:

Bachelors (IIT Kanpur): 3.5/4
Masters (POSTECH, South Korea): 3.67/4.3
PhD (U of Washington): 3.9/4
Tesla (Intern, 5 months)
PostDoc (Current)

Thank you for your time and considerations.


Hi Goodgiving!

Thanks for posting, you do have an interesting background. You are correct, there are a number of things working against you here - but dependent upon your GMAT score (a 740-760 would be fantastic), there may be a way to squeeze into a top 25-30 business school.

Number one would be to clearly explain your background and reasons for pursuing an MBA. Yes, you don't have extensive corporate work experience, but you have experience. And Tesla is a great and innovative firm, regardless if you spent 5 years or 5 months there.

The other alternative is to try and work for 2-3 years at a reputable company and then apply, assuming a school would look at a 35 year old candidate the same as a 38 year old. Not always the case, but if you can bolster your candidacy in the next 2 years, your chances will be better than if you apply now with little experience. But I don't think it would hurt to apply next cycle and if you are getting pushback from schools, pivot to a corporate route. At the very least, it will give you experience with the MBA application process.

Without hearing about your story more in depth, it's difficult to give you a concrete list of schools to consider, but happy to chat offline if you're interested!

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