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New post 02 Oct 2018, 05:59
Hi All,
I am deciding to go all in toward an MBA and have started to study for the GMAT, but I would like a little feedback in regards to my Profile since I am not a typical case.

Basics:
American, Male, 38 years old
First GMAT Prep Test - 580
GMAT Exam Date - Nov. 17, 2018.

Education:
Arizona State University, 2007 (3.2 GPA, Double-Major+minor)
- BS Architecture
- BS Construction Management
- minor - Urban Planning
- Extensive extra curricular activities in college, including Construction Management Academic Competition National Champion, Leadershape, Honors Society President, Student Athlete, etc.

Work Experience:
- Construction Manager for large US Firm for about 10 years. Progressed rapidly to Project Manager and led teams of staff up to 25 on projects up to $350 million.
- Construction Consultant for the past 1.5 years on Proton Therapy Center projects worldwide. Currently working in China on multiple large Proton Centers.

Outside of Work:
- Active with my Alumni Association in multiple countries. Leading efforts on fundraising events and initiating volunteering opportunities.
- Active with a local Expat Social group, assisting expats to familiarize themselves in a low-range Tier 2 city in China. Initiating and organizing volunteering and social activities.
- Enjoy practicing and learning languages. Not fluent yet, but practice Spanish, German, Dutch, and Mandarin daily.

I am ready to take on a new challenge, level up my business acumen and network, and jump to the next step in my life/career. At times I have slight interest in exploring a complete career change, but I am always brought back to the passion I have for the built environment. My current employer has very limited capacity/opportunity for advancement and development, it is great paying, but a challenge emotionally and limited mental stimulation. I would like to continue working internationally, and am looking to use this opportunity to step into a role at a global company.

I am mainly interested in MBA programs in Europe, but will consider a few US based schools as well.

My main question revolves around the level of schools that I should be aiming for.

I am able to dedicate a lot of time to studying right now, 3-4 hours per day. And will be using that time to develop the rest of my application materials as well. But I am starting the process very late for a 2019 intake, as well as late in my career. I know I have a good story, and will work to demonstrate that in my application documents, plus the time I am able to dedicate will definitely help to increase my GMAT score significantly.

Any thoughts and/or feedback is appreciated. If I have left out any info or if there are additional questions, please let me know.

Thanks.
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New post 02 Oct 2018, 23:04
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Kudos to you for taking the bold decision of pursuing an MBA at this stage in life. While there is no age limit but I know it gets tougher to leave a well-settled job and embark on an uncertain path.
As you what level, well a basic rule would be to look at average GMAT scores of business schools and apply to those within your range (+/- 20 points). You can find all average GMAT scores at
https://edusimplified.com/mba-matrix/
And a more detailed search would be to delve deeper (within your range of GMAT) into which industry and function you are targeting and will that program help you get to your dream career or not. I know it will take a lot of research from your end. For now, I think you should focus on your GMAT completely and try to get a high score. As time is pressing for 2019 intake. Hope this helps.
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New post 15 Oct 2018, 05:08
Thanks for the info Deep A.
I have been studying about 3-4 hours per day and increased my score last week to a 640 on an mba[.]com practice test.
All of this focus on studying hasn't given me much time to research schools and work on the other areas of the application process though. This is a bit concerning to me, as you said the deadlines are approaching, and the GMAT (although important) is only one of the items. I will continue to focus on the GMAT right now and start to polish the other areas of the application prep soon.
The little bit of research I have been able to do, is making me lean toward staying outside of the US and opting for a European school. I will apply to a couple of US schools, at least one safety and one stretch. I am still looking for some information to help me evaluate schools applicable to my industry and help me gauge probabilities according to my situation. If anybody has some further insight, it is greatly appreciated.
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