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New post 14 Mar 2013, 04:33
Dear Experts,

My Background:

Indian Male, age 36.
Engineer from National Inst of Technology (72%)
PG in telecom management

Experience :
All 11 years in sales as Account Manager / Sales Manager in leading MNCs (Microsoft, Oracle, IBM etc.) Have a successful career so far.Fast track growth in company. One of the youngest Regional sales managers, top gun award etc. Managed large accounts, competitive customer base, increased market share etc.

GMAT : 710 (Q 49 , V 39)

Extra carricular :

Nothing great. Usual stuff like quizzing, dramatics, leading college committees, work with NGO etc.

Acads : 78% in engineering. In top 10% of class in Post graduation.

International Exposure :

Been to 9 countries but never studied or worked there. All of them were short visits (sales planning, account meets, leisure etc). Worked with colleages from other countries.

Target Schools :

Why MBA :
a) Get into strategy consulting or work as strategist in a tech major b) work outside India

I know that my profile has following limitations :
1. Over aged
2. Less international experience
3. Indian IT applicant (though I am in sales)

I request for your feedback and my chances of getting into LBS or INSEAD.
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First of all, you do not know if you will be admitted unless you try. Given your background and accomplishments, you are considered a strong candidate on many fronts. However, my biggest concern for you is your age -- and while we have seen candidates of your age accepted to both programs, it is significantly harder gaining admissions at this stage than it would have been a decade earlier. Most business schools look for 36 year old candidates to apply to their EMBA program for a number of reasons -- namely that your peer group is really more your peer group. Next, older candidates have a harder time transitioning to new careers and admissions does take this into consideration as they do not want you to invest all this time, effort and money and end up an unhappy customer. From an admissions perspective, these are the two major hurdles that you have to overcome.

If you do decide to apply, you have to make sure that your application, recommendations and interview are perfect. Admissions has higher expectations for their mature candidates and this means you have to deliver. Thus, I recommend that you invest the time, energy and resources in making sure that everything is up to standards.

Good Luck.

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New post 16 Mar 2013, 02:33
I would also add that when you do apply take on the age issue HEAD-ON... meaning in your goals essay explain WHY it makes sense NOW.. why you didn't do it before, and PROVE to them that it will be beneficial to you (and them) at this later stage in your life.

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