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Dear Sir/Mam,

I am a 35 year old person from India. I am have done my bachelors in I.T from India and Masters in Management of IT from UK.

I worked as a SAP Consultant in IT for 2 years. After than I have been running my own business since the last 8 years.

My business is that of stock consulting. My father does research on stocks and I take care of everything else like business strategy, IT products, HR and other stuff.

I am a techie at heard and have knowledge of .net programming language.

I wish to sell my business soon and was wanting to do an MBA. However considering my age and the fact that by the time I apply I will be 37 or 38 I don't know if its a good idea.

I always wanted to work abroad and though I could get a job after an MBA in USA or Canada. However the recent H1B problems and plus my age I am losing hope.

Please advice what should I do. I have started preparing for GMAT but should I go for it. I think even if I dont get a job at least I will get good business education. Or should I do some masters in management of IT or related discipline.

Your inputs will be appreciated.

Thank you,

GR
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Given your age a traditional MBA may offer a limited ROI especially given all of the via issues. Do you know what you want to do post-MBA?
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New post 03 Feb 2017, 20:35
Hey GR. First, relax and take a deep breath!

Age is just a number. There is no right or wrong time to start learning.

Yes, we do agree you are a bit old for a Full Time MBA, but you can always go in for an Executive MBA, which is designed for experienced people like you. In fact, you will be able to contribute more in an Executive MBA and get a decent ROI.

As far as the GMAT is concerned, practice properly, take some classes and take the GMAT after diligent preparation. Aim to get a score of AROUND 700.

It would help if you can let us know about your goals post-MBA.
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Thank you very much guys.

tugbuck : thanks as I have been a bit worried off late.

The thing is I always wanted to work in USA. And since my education and interest is in I.T. I earlier wanted to work as a software developer. However things changed and I got into business and spend my time there. Now even though I have interest in I.T. I don't know what to do post MBA or Exec MBA. I want to work in US however.

What should I do ?

(Moreover if you do a master in the US do you get only that much visa (e.g. 2 years or so) or you get extra visa so that you can look for work and do it)
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Hello GR,

At TugBuck, we believe to be honest to our clients, as harsh and brutal as it may be.

Now, you HAVE to understand that the job scenario in the US is not the same as it was, say, 10 years ago. Things have changed. Governments all around the world are trying to focus on the local citizens. The phrase "one world one people" is not applicable in its complete authority.

Merely saying "I want to work in the US" will not suffice. Schools, and companies, like people who can contribute in a meaningful manner. You, of all people, should understand this since you have your own business.

When admitted to a program, you get in using an F-1 student visa. No substantial extensions.

We would strongly recommend that you do a little more research on yourself and your goals, take the GMAT and then worry about the rest.

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Dear Sir/Mam,

I am a 35 year old person from India. I am have done my bachelors in I.T from India and Masters in Management of IT from UK.

I worked as a SAP Consultant in IT for 2 years. After than I have been running my own business since the last 8 years.

My business is that of stock consulting. My father does research on stocks and I take care of everything else like business strategy, IT products, HR and other stuff.

I am a techie at heard and have knowledge of .net programming language.

I wish to sell my business soon and was wanting to do an MBA. However considering my age and the fact that by the time I apply I will be 37 or 38 I don't know if its a good idea.

I always wanted to work abroad and though I could get a job after an MBA in USA or Canada. However the recent H1B problems and plus my age I am losing hope.

Please advice what should I do. I have started preparing for GMAT but should I go for it. I think even if I dont get a job at least I will get good business education. Or should I do some masters in management of IT or related discipline.

Your inputs will be appreciated.

Thank you,

GR


Dear GR,

Great to see your willingness and enthusiasm to take on the grind of an MBA given that you are already running your own business.
Though we agree that 37-38 would be much higher than the mean class age, this should not deter you to apply for an MBA at a school of your choice. We do see that schools are now moving towards a preference for a younger cohort but we see no reason why a ‘good’ GMAT score coupled with an excellent profile can’t make for a good story and compelling reason for an admit.

However what we do see are challenges for you to justify i.e. why you need an MBA and more importantly how will an MBA help you at this stage from a career perspective and not just from a geography shift aspect. For the H1B issue that you highlighted, we would say that the situation is uncertain and not grim yet.
Our recommendation:
1) Give your GMAT and aim to score 700+
2) Broaden your choice of countries if possible as it will hedge your risk for Visa related issues
3) Explore opportunities of pursuing an Executive MBA
We would like to understand why you are looking to sell your existing business. We would advise against it till you have an MBA admit in your hand or an alternate job as gaps in your resume at this stage of your career will be difficult to present in your MBA application

We will be happy to take the conversation forward at connect@taterways.com

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Dear Sir/Mam,

I am a 35 year old person from India. I am have done my bachelors in I.T from India and Masters in Management of IT from UK.

I worked as a SAP Consultant in IT for 2 years. After than I have been running my own business since the last 8 years.

My business is that of stock consulting. My father does research on stocks and I take care of everything else like business strategy, IT products, HR and other stuff.

I am a techie at heard and have knowledge of .net programming language.

I wish to sell my business soon and was wanting to do an MBA. However considering my age and the fact that by the time I apply I will be 37 or 38 I don't know if its a good idea.

I always wanted to work abroad and though I could get a job after an MBA in USA or Canada. However the recent H1B problems and plus my age I am losing hope.

Please advice what should I do. I have started preparing for GMAT but should I go for it. I think even if I dont get a job at least I will get good business education. Or should I do some masters in management of IT or related discipline.

Your inputs will be appreciated.

Thank you,

GR


Dear GR,

Great to see your willingness and enthusiasm to take on the grind of an MBA given that you are already running your own business.
Though we agree that 37-38 would be much higher than the mean class age, this should not deter you to apply for an MBA at a school of your choice. We do see that schools are now moving towards a preference for a younger cohort but we see no reason why a ‘good’ GMAT score coupled with an excellent profile can’t make for a good story and compelling reason for an admit.

However what we do see are challenges for you to justify i.e. why you need an MBA and more importantly how will an MBA help you at this stage from a career perspective and not just from a geography shift aspect. For the H1B issue that you highlighted, we would say that the situation is uncertain and not grim yet.
Our recommendation:
1) Give your GMAT and aim to score 700+
2) Broaden your choice of countries if possible as it will hedge your risk for Visa related issues
3) Explore opportunities of pursuing an Executive MBA
We would like to understand why you are looking to sell your existing business. We would advise against it till you have an MBA admit in your hand or an alternate job as gaps in your resume at this stage of your career will be difficult to present in your MBA application

We will be happy to take the conversation forward at connect@taterways.com

Kind Regards,
Team Taterways


Thank you tugbuck and TaterwaysConsulting.

I know the logical step forward is to determine what you want to do and then pursue education to strengthen your goals. However the problem is I am trying to figure out what I want to do. I need to discuss with someone that as per my background so far what should I do. If I can sort it out then things would be a lot clearer. I am not selling my business right now. I will only take action once everything is done (for e.g. getting admit card or determining my path forward).
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greatchap wrote:
Dear Sir/Mam,

I am a 35 year old person from India. I am have done my bachelors in I.T from India and Masters in Management of IT from UK.

I worked as a SAP Consultant in IT for 2 years. After than I have been running my own business since the last 8 years.

My business is that of stock consulting. My father does research on stocks and I take care of everything else like business strategy, IT products, HR and other stuff.

I am a techie at heard and have knowledge of .net programming language.

I wish to sell my business soon and was wanting to do an MBA. However considering my age and the fact that by the time I apply I will be 37 or 38 I don't know if its a good idea.

I always wanted to work abroad and though I could get a job after an MBA in USA or Canada. However the recent H1B problems and plus my age I am losing hope.

Please advice what should I do. I have started preparing for GMAT but should I go for it. I think even if I dont get a job at least I will get good business education. Or should I do some masters in management of IT or related discipline.

Your inputs will be appreciated.

Thank you,

GR



Hi GR,

Considering the uncertainty (especially with regards to H1B visa), I'd ask you to think deeper about why you want to move to the USA and if its going to be a big risk at this point in time (age + high work experience).

Just to generate some options for you- you can consider the Indian executive programs at all the top IIMs. You can also find out about the Sloan fellowship program at MIT and London Business School.
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Hi GR,

Considering the uncertainty (especially with regards to H1B visa), I'd ask you to think deeper about why you want to move to the USA and if its going to be a big risk at this point in time (age + high work experience).

Just to generate some options for you- you can consider the Indian executive programs at all the top IIMs. You can also find out about the Sloan fellowship program at MIT and London Business School.


Hi MBAdecoder,

I know it is a risk but I always wanted to work in the US and don't like it here. That's why I am trying to figure out the right degree for me which I can do and move on.

Worst come worst even if I do not get work there I can always come back and work here or do my own stuff.

However a post in FB by Gmatclub did state that if tweak the H1B will become easier for MBA students because now a bulk of it goes to IT firms from India.

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Dear Sir/Mam,
Thanks for reaching out. I think you have some good advice here from the forum- I would not let age be the deciding factor- but recognize that most people your age are doing an executive MBA and you may find that to be a better fit. There was a good article on the GMAT club about this issue of the visas and so I encourage you to read this here: https://e-gmat.com/blog/uncategorized/c ... applicants
I am a 35 year old person from India. I am have done my bachelors in I.T from India and Masters in Management of IT from UK.

I worked as a SAP Consultant in IT for 2 years. After than I have been running my own business since the last 8 years.

My business is that of stock consulting. My father does research on stocks and I take care of everything else like business strategy, IT products, HR and other stuff.

I am a techie at heard and have knowledge of .net programming language.

I wish to sell my business soon and was wanting to do an MBA. However considering my age and the fact that by the time I apply I will be 37 or 38 I don't know if its a good idea.

I always wanted to work abroad and though I could get a job after an MBA in USA or Canada. However the recent H1B problems and plus my age I am losing hope.

Please advice what should I do. I have started preparing for GMAT but should I go for it. I think even if I dont get a job at least I will get good business education. Or should I do some masters in management of IT or related discipline.

Your inputs will be appreciated.

Thank you,

GR

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New post 06 Feb 2017, 18:11
Hello again Saurabh,

The best way to approach your problem is to stop for a while and think. We would recommend that you start researching Executive programs and concentrate on getting a 700+ score in the GMAT.

You shall also need assistance with application, for which you can get in touch with us on the email below.
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