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New post 12 Aug 2018, 12:14
Hi mbaMission,

Age:23
Undergrad: Bachelors of Engineering
GPA: 3.7
Nationality: Indian
Gmat: 710-730 Expected (giving on Sept 1)

Work Exp: 24months
Field: Trading (Finance)

Landed a job at a prop trading firm, traded commodities such as crude oil on London, Chicago, and New York exchanges from the firm's Bangalore office (Firm HQ: London).
I love what I do, but I believe there is a lot more to learn about the finance world, and so, I'm looking to do my MBA, in Finance (mostly).
However, 24 months work exp is all I have and that is the minimum work exp for all most colleges.

I prefer getting my MBA right away and not wait two more years because my opportunity cost is low right now and it grows fast in a profession like this.
Also, I believe it is hard to mold traders after a few years of trading, so now is my best time to do my MBA.

I'm not keen on doing the one-year programmes, because, I want to keep myself open to Consulting roles, in case I begin to like it more than trading over my course period.

Kindly suggest the colleges/programmes that would consider me despite my minimum work experience.

Thank You :)
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Hi ganeshvenugopal-

Hope the GMAT coming up goes well, as Round 1 is just around the corner! A high GMAT will help your chances a lot so I hope you can reach the higher end of your expected range.

The first thing I noticed is the low amount of work experience. It's not a deal breaker but it will be a challenge and you'll need to show that you've already had some leadership experience under your belt, and that you have clear/compelling reasons for why you need an MBA now. Being low on the work experience side, also puts more pressure on you to stand out on the GMAT. So if it doesn't go well this first attempt, I think you should consider waiting til you can raise your score.

Otherwise, I agree with your reasons for pursuing a 2 year program. Gives you a chance to try out a role in an internship and is more suited to changing your career.

Best of luck!
Kate

ganeshvenugopal wrote:
Hi mbaMission,

Age:23
Undergrad: Bachelors of Engineering
GPA: 3.7
Nationality: Indian
Gmat: 710-730 Expected (giving on Sept 1)

Work Exp: 24months
Field: Trading (Finance)

Landed a job at a prop trading firm, traded commodities such as crude oil on London, Chicago, and New York exchanges from the firm's Bangalore office (Firm HQ: London).
I love what I do, but I believe there is a lot more to learn about the finance world, and so, I'm looking to do my MBA, in Finance (mostly).
However, 24 months work exp is all I have and that is the minimum work exp for all most colleges.

I prefer getting my MBA right away and not wait two more years because my opportunity cost is low right now and it grows fast in a profession like this.
Also, I believe it is hard to mold traders after a few years of trading, so now is my best time to do my MBA.

I'm not keen on doing the one-year programmes, because, I want to keep myself open to Consulting roles, in case I begin to like it more than trading over my course period.

Kindly suggest the colleges/programmes that would consider me despite my minimum work experience.

Thank You :)

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mbaMissionKate wrote:
Hi ganeshvenugopal-

Hope the GMAT coming up goes well, as Round 1 is just around the corner! A high GMAT will help your chances a lot so I hope you can reach the higher end of your expected range.

The first thing I noticed is the low amount of work experience. It's not a deal breaker but it will be a challenge and you'll need to show that you've already had some leadership experience under your belt, and that you have clear/compelling reasons for why you need an MBA now. Being low on the work experience side, also puts more pressure on you to stand out on the GMAT. So if it doesn't go well this first attempt, I think you should consider waiting til you can raise your score.

Otherwise, I agree with your reasons for pursuing a 2 year program. Gives you a chance to try out a role in an internship and is more suited to changing your career.

Best of luck!
Kate

ganeshvenugopal wrote:
Hi mbaMission,

Age:23
Undergrad: Bachelors of Engineering
GPA: 3.7
Nationality: Indian
Gmat: 710-730 Expected (giving on Sept 1)

Work Exp: 24months
Field: Trading (Finance)

Landed a job at a prop trading firm, traded commodities such as crude oil on London, Chicago, and New York exchanges from the firm's Bangalore office (Firm HQ: London).
I love what I do, but I believe there is a lot more to learn about the finance world, and so, I'm looking to do my MBA, in Finance (mostly).
However, 24 months work exp is all I have and that is the minimum work exp for all most colleges.

I prefer getting my MBA right away and not wait two more years because my opportunity cost is low right now and it grows fast in a profession like this.
Also, I believe it is hard to mold traders after a few years of trading, so now is my best time to do my MBA.

I'm not keen on doing the one-year programmes, because, I want to keep myself open to Consulting roles, in case I begin to like it more than trading over my course period.

Kindly suggest the colleges/programmes that would consider me despite my minimum work experience.

Thank You :)


Hi Kate,

Thank you so much for your response.
These insights are very valuable to me, and I'll put my best effort to achieve the score.

Warm regards,
Ganesh!
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New post 15 Aug 2018, 10:21
Happy to help. Good luck!
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