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New post 07 Jul 2006, 09:58
I am currently 34 yrs. I am in a dilemma whether to apply for a full time or other 1 yr MBA programs.

I have an excellent GPA(BS & MS ~4.7/5), career(project lead & consistent promotions), and good number of certifications project maneger, architect etc & reasonable extra curricular activities. Good recs. Yet to take GMAT, but hoping to cross 700 mark. BS & MS are in Mechanical Engg & But working in IT industry.

My concerns are:

1)I see that most of the student profiles are in the age group 27-31.
Due to some family reasons I was not able to apply earlier. Is it "better now than late" or is it "too late" ?

2) By the time I complete the program I will be 36. How are the job prospects for the people in that age group ?

3)Since I already switched the field once from ME to IT, not sure what is the best way to convince adcom that I am interested in starting up my own company. How much this could impact in the decision ?

Appreciate your feedback.
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New post 07 Jul 2006, 18:38
1) I don't think that your age rules you out. But, someone at your age more often applies to a 1-year program or (even moreso) a part-time program. So, think about those, and be able to articulate your reasons for why you DON'T want to do one of those (if that's the case).

2) Job prospects aren't any worse for someone at your age. I think your maturity will help you in interviews more often than it will hurt you. Getting into a top school may be harder than landing a job once you're in.

3) Not sure what I can tell you here, other than the fact that you'll want to make sure that you come across as focused and clear on what you want to do career-wise, rather than looking like you keep changing your mind.



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