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Hello All,

I am a structural engineer with 10 yrs of experience in oil and gas. I have a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and Masters in Structures both from reputed colleges in India. I have worked with EPCI contractors (McDermott) in structural engineer role for offshore operations of new build platforms as well with engineering consultants (Atkins) for life cycle extension projects of North Sea Assets.I have worked in U.A.E and India. I am 35 years old female and currently unemployed for the past one year due to the lay offs in oil and gas industry and the economic down turn in India. I am looking at a new lease of life by re branding myself through an MBA which I am hoping might help me break into the management side within Energy. I am inclined towards renewable energy particularly offshore wind as well.

I am considering the energy focused MBA at UT McCombs Business School , Rice University.
Alternatively , there is also MBA in Energy Management at University of Aberdeen.

Appreciate any thoughts on this from the experienced lot. I am particularly concerned about getting into the US schools considering my age.I feel the MBA at Aberdeen might be more suited for my profile. Also its cheaper and is a one year program.
I have had consistently good grades through out my high school, Bachelors degree and Masters degree with excellent work recommendations from previous managers. I got into my Masters course through the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) exam on government scholarship.
I haven't given my GMAT yet and am really confused if there is any chance for my profile to be even considered for the US schools before i get into the exam and application process.

Apologies for the long and depressing question. :(
Appreciate some help from people who have walked the same path.

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Naji21 wrote:
Hello All,

I am a structural engineer with 10 yrs of experience in oil and gas. I have a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and Masters in Structures both from reputed colleges in India. I have worked with EPCI contractors (McDermott) in structural engineer role for offshore operations of new build platforms as well with engineering consultants (Atkins) for life cycle extension projects of North Sea Assets.I have worked in U.A.E and India. I am 35 years old female and currently unemployed for the past one year due to the lay offs in oil and gas industry and the economic down turn in India. I am looking at a new lease of life by re branding myself through an MBA which I am hoping might help me break into the management side within Energy. I am inclined towards renewable energy particularly offshore wind as well.

I am considering the energy focused MBA at UT McCombs Business School , Rice University.
Alternatively , there is also MBA in Energy Management at University of Aberdeen.

Appreciate any thoughts on this from the experienced lot. I am particularly concerned about getting into the US schools considering my age.I feel the MBA at Aberdeen might be more suited for my profile. Also its cheaper and is a one year program.
I have had consistently good grades through out my high school, Bachelors degree and Masters degree with excellent work recommendations from previous managers. I got into my Masters course through the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) exam on government scholarship.
I haven't given my GMAT yet and am really confused if there is any chance for my profile to be even considered for the US schools before i get into the exam and application process.

Apologies for the long and depressing question. :(
Appreciate some help from people who have walked the same path.

Thanks
NN


Hi Naji,

You could look up some other programs such as the LBS Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy and the SLoan Fellowship program at MIT, which are for middle level managers.
Since you already have a MAsters, I am not sure about the value of another masters degree with specialization in oil and gas. What opportunities will this open up for you? Will it help getting you a job back in the same industry? Will the job require an MS? Will the new job be a considerable jump over what you have done so far?

In my opinion, you would be better served with an MBA- which will give you a broad range of business skills as compared to the Aberdeen MS, which is a specialization course.
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Hi Namita, Thanks for that insight. The program at University of Aberdeen is offered by their business school and its an MBA with focus over Energy (they have specific modules like energy finance). Since it energy focused I am hoping it could be easier to shift to renewable sector as well but my only concern is the course ranking itself. Its an industry focused MBA and claim to have close networking with Aberdeen energy circuit but considering the present visa woes plus Brexit, I am again unsure how wise it would be to go to a school in UK.

I would really consider going to a US school especially since the ones I am looking for are located in Houston but I am skeptical about my profile and age being my biggest worry. what are the chances for a 35 yr old with 10 yrs experience to get admitted to these schools?

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Naji21 wrote:
Hi Namita, Thanks for that insight. The program at University of Aberdeen is offered by their business school and its an MBA with focus over Energy (they have specific modules like energy finance). Since it energy focused I am hoping it could be easier to shift to renewable sector as well but my only concern is the course ranking itself. Its an industry focused MBA and claim to have close networking with Aberdeen energy circuit but considering the present visa woes plus Brexit, I am again unsure how wise it would be to go to a school in UK.

I would really consider going to a US school especially since the ones I am looking for are located in Houston but I am skeptical about my profile and age being my biggest worry. what are the chances for a 35 yr old with 10 yrs experience to get admitted to these schools?



Hi,

About Aberdeen- you should be absolutely sure that the program will add to your profile and help you get into an aspirational position which will not be possible without the course. If this is not the case, it's not going to make sense.
US schools end to push older applicants to their eMBAs. I'd suggest you reach out to the admissions committees and discuss your fit with them.
You can also consider the IIMA PGPX program.
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Today its too much in my plate. Feeling sick and today is my final Quiz.

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You seem more IMD material than Aberdeen material. If you can get a killer GMAT score, then IMD is well within reach.

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