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MBA @ age of 33 is it good decision.

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Hi,

I am a Networking engineer (CCIE certified) having about 10 years of telecom experience. I am currently working as a Business Analyst for Cloud (SDN/NFV). I am about 33 and die to do my MBA from top B schools.... But my doubt is at age of about 33, will there be any issues in recruiting me...? Pls help out... I am very very keen of doing only one Year residential Program (No Part Time), Friends I also need your help to Know which Colleges are good for me in India,US,Canada and UK.

I gave GMAT recently Scored Very less - 630 I will give my next attempt in 2 month from now.

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Hello and welcome to GMAT Club!

If you are applying at 33/34 and then matriculating at 35, it is very hard to get into a top Full Time program in the US. Europe is more possible and feasable but I would not pursue a US program and instead focus on either programs that do offer options for older applicants. There are a few 1-year programs such as Stanford Sloan program, and many others, and of course the EMBA programs. Of course, you will need to improve your GMAT for the top mba program application. However, the biggest aspect you will need to address is WHY MBA in your application and your journey since all of these programs do not really contemplate or assume switching jobs, industries, etc and more of an enhancement of your career.

P.S. If you are dying to get an MBA, i feel it would be right for you to research schools.
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I'd agree. Would focus on executive MBA programs instead.
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I'd agree. Would focus on executive MBA programs instead.


would there be a big diff between an executive program and a normal program?
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ndewilde wrote:
I'd agree. Would focus on executive MBA programs instead.


would there be a big diff between an executive program and a normal program?



Yes. For one, it is significantly EASIER to get into an EMBA. Competition is less intense there, and many programs will even waive the GMAT requirement if you have a glowing resume.

EMBA's tend to meet on weekends or sometimes only one weekend a month (depends on the program). They tend to be for folks in more senior positions, have smaller classes, and professors that don't like baby-sitting 25-year-olds. At the same time, the EMBA has no recruiting component to it - there is no internships, no on campus recruiting, few networking events, etc. You are not expected to recruit since you already have a job or at least you are supposed to. (Kellogg is the only exception here since they invite PT and EMBA students to their on campus recruiting events.). EMBA are usually more expensive than FT programs (since companies often pay for it) and often entail travel, off-site weekends, etc. EMBA is probably tough for internationals but I have seen a guy from Brazil enrolling in Anderson EMBA a few months ago.

I feel EMBA is a great option due to lower entrance requirements/less competition, smaller class, and great opportunities to network with your classmates; it also allows you to keep working, and thus produce income/earn a salary. The main weakness is that it does not really allow you to switch industries or role since there is no internship or dipping your toe in the water. It also does not force you to quit your job and search for another one, thus you are likely to recruit less aggressively if your life depended on it like it would in FT.
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ndewilde wrote:
I'd agree. Would focus on executive MBA programs instead.


would there be a big diff between an executive program and a normal program?



Yes. For one, it is significantly EASIER to get into an EMBA. Competition is less intense there, and many programs will even waive the GMAT requirement if you have a glowing resume.

EMBA's tend to meet on weekends or sometimes only one weekend a month (depends on the program). They tend to be for folks in more senior positions, have smaller classes, and professors that don't like baby-sitting 25-year-olds. At the same time, the EMBA has no recruiting component to it - there is no internships, no on campus recruiting, few networking events, etc. You are not expected to recruit since you already have a job or at least you are supposed to. (Kellogg is the only exception here since they invite PT and EMBA students to their on campus recruiting events.). EMBA are usually more expensive than FT programs (since companies often pay for it) and often entail travel, off-site weekends, etc. EMBA is probably tough for internationals but I have seen a guy from Brazil enrolling in Anderson EMBA a few months ago.

I feel EMBA is a great option due to lower entrance requirements/less competition, smaller class, and great opportunities to network with your classmates; it also allows you to keep working, and thus produce income/earn a salary. The main weakness is that it does not really allow you to switch industries or role since there is no internship or dipping your toe in the water. It also does not force you to quit your job and search for another one, thus you are likely to recruit less aggressively if your life depended on it like it would in FT.


Thanks for the great comparison. Very insightful inddeed!
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Glad it helped :-)

Another weakness I guess is that you can’t be a full time student. Many like the idea of taking time off work and focusing on their personal development and frankly taking some time what to next with their career.

Full Time is still the ultimate MBA experience.

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Glad it helped :-)

Another weakness I guess is that you can’t be a full time student. Many like the idea of taking time off work and focusing on their personal development and frankly taking some time what to next with their career.

Full Time is still the ultimate MBA experience.

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I think, he is looking for full time MBA programs -"I am very very keen of doing only one Year residential Program (No Part Time)" :-)

Below are the few B-Schools in India offering 1-yr Executive MBA Programs for experienced Professionals

IIM Ahmedabad PGPX
IIM Bangalore EPGP
IIM Kolkata PGPEX
XLRI PGDM (GMP)
ISB PGP
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What is the likelihood of getting an admit in ISB at age of 33. Given one has 10+ years of work exp.

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What is the likelihood of getting an admit in ISB at age of 33. Given one has 10+ years of work exp.

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It would probably help if you took a minute to clarify which program.... though, regardless, I don’t know much about ISB. Why don’t you go the ISB forum and post there. You may want to include a bit more details than just how long you had a job.... 10 years of being a waiter at a restaurant or selling sunglasses on the street likely won’t cut it. Take a minute next time to put some thought into your post. Thank you.
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Hi Aditya,

I can be of some help here.

ISB launched the PGP PRO program last year, for applicants with 5 to 12 years of work experience. Since then, they have been reducing the number of senior applicants in their PGP class.
While it may still be worthwhile to apply to the PGP class, because they still do accept worthy senior applicants, I'd strongly advise you to also apply to other MBAs offered by the IIMA, B and C, to spread your risk.
While your 33years of age and 10+ years of experience may not be such a huge determiner of your chances, your execution of the application will definitely impact the outcome. At your age and Work exp., adcoms (of every b-school) would want to see:
1. your leadership experience
2. your impact on your organization, your big perspective thinking
3. purpose in professional life (goals)
4. and a real need for MBA, given your goals.
5. Assurance that you can manage your post MBA job using your own network.

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I went to IIMB EPGP at 35 years and I can vouch for the program. Having said that . an MBA is what you make of it (in know its a hackneyed phrase ) but it is true. People with different experience level focus on different things. For e.g someone with 5 years average work ex will put a lot more weight on GPA as compared to someone with higher experience. I personally didn't care about my GPA and picked some really abstract subjects and 2 years out, I am very happy about that.

The rewards of doing a full time MBA are definitely there and in India, you can't go wrong with IIMA , IIMB or ISB - though with ISB , it only makes sense if you have less experience.

Couple of things - no one cares about your GPA when you have this much experience as, typically you will be considered for Senior Manager to AVP / VP roles , so you pre-MBA work experience will matter a lot.

You will start seeing the real benefit of going to IIMs a couple of years out and you wont believe the kind of doors it can open for you at a fraction of cost but it will also depend on how actively you are managing your career. I have a few classmates who aren't really happy with the way their career has progressed

A degree from IIM will get you a foot in the door (provided there is a role fitment) , beyond that its a function of how well you perform in interview and negotiate.

I gave up a chance to live and study in Paris (got into HEC and even paid the commitment fee) but decided to join IIMB after cost benefit analysis and have no regrets :)

If you have a specific question regarding the program or in general , feel free to ask
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I have a work experience of 4.8 yrs. I have worked as a cs executive for 16 mnths in IBM , and then as a risk analyst for 3.5 yrs, in amazon.My work hasnt been of a technical backgrnd i must say. I have scores 80 percent in class 10, 67 in class 12 and a 70 percent in my grad. I always wanted to do an mba from a good college, and hence the wait for so long. I am preparing for my gmat too and i target a score of 700. What are my options? I want to make a shift to a career in consulting.

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