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Profile Evaluation - Male - 2020 Intake

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New post 26 Nov 2019, 06:12

I am originally from India (33YO), when I was 18 I moved to the UK to pursue my Bachelors (Business Admin). I graduated with First Class Honours from a Mid-ranked university there. While, I was there, I also won a couple of major business plan competitors, that were covered by the media.

After graduation, 1 Worked for 1 year for a Fortune 100 company in the UK then moved to China to start my start-up. 8 Years later, my start is now a medium sized mature company (8 Figure Revs in 2018 + 15 Employees) but I am looking to change career paths and start a new venture in the tech-space after taking some time-off as well. I am in the process of exiting my current venture. I have also been a public speaker within my industry regularly speaking at conferences.

This is why I am looking to pursue an MBA, and especially keen on Stanford (and UC Berkeley as my 2nd option) as I am looking to be based in the Valley. I have just started the process literally 3 days ago and I understand, I am under tight deadlines if I have to hit the Jan application dates. I have not taken the GMAT Yet but am working on it.

In terms of the diversity factor, I wonder if entrepreneurship as a path reflects positive or not on my application, compared to working in a large well known organization?

1. I wonder if I would be a good fit for Stanford (or other top schools), if I was able to hit around 700 in GMAT in the limited time available?

2. Also, if I was to hit Jan deadlines for most of the top schools in the US, do I have sufficient time to complete the process?

3. Also wonder to what extent can my age work against me (33)?

Would appreciate any feedback.

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New post 27 Nov 2019, 07:34
A few quick points on your candidature TargetMBA007.

MBA after 30 is indeed tricky. Given your plans, you may want to apply to both the regular intake and the MSx at Stanford to maximize your chances. Worth considering the other Fellows programs too.

There isn't really a minimum GMAT number. However, one can easily add 20-30 points to a given school's average to get a sense of the Indian GMAT average. That will continue to be one of the benchmarks you are compared against. So higher will really help. Always good to also de-risk by applying to a slightly wider selection of schools.

Pre-MBA entrepreneurship experience can be an asset, if utilized well. In your case, the story seems good though the real challenge might be in connecting the dots looking forward.

Hope this helps some. Feel free to reach out for anything else.
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New post 27 Nov 2019, 22:27


Indeed, applying as a 33 year old for MBA programs is not going to be easy. However, make your age work for you :). Consider MBA programs that are more suited to your age/ work experience. Listing a few here:

1. Stanford MSx: This is a one-year immersive program geared towards experienced managers. The program admits applicants who have 8 or more years of work experience. Next Deadline: 9 JAN 2020
2. MIT Sloan Fellowship: There are about 110 students having an average work experience of 14 years. Next Deadline: 2 JAN 2020
3. LBS Sloan Fellowship : The program is designed for senior managers and entrepreneurs with significant managerial experience who wish to study with candidates with similar level of work experience and age. The LBS Sloan program begins in January and ends in December. Next Deadline: April/May 2020
4. iBear (based on the west coast) : The average class age is 35 years, and the work experience is about 12 years. Next Deadline: 5 JAN 2020

Entrepreneurship is definitely a path to an MBA. Setting up a business in a country unknown to you is not easy by any chance, that too a heavily regulated country like China. B-schools are increasingly focussing their curriculums and other learning opportunities on entrepreneurship, so your experience is bound to be valued.

All the best with GMAT, and apply to programs where you have a better fit the regular 2 MBA programs at b-schools like Stanford cater to a younger applicant pool.
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