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Hi, i have an MBA from one of the top 10 B schools in India and have close to 10 years of work expereince (Managerial positions) in sales and marketing and in consumer goods and retail businesses. I am currently working with one of world's largest F&B company. i also had opportunities to do some fundamental work though it didnt deliver (reason i would say was largely industry led). Now, i am looking at pursuing another MBA (full time) from one of top 5 institutes in world to re-orient and inspire myself. The possible result would be to widen my horizon, international exposure and a step jump in my career. i recently sat for GMAT and scores 680 only. I am planning to retake it in another week and beleive i can improve the score by 30 points easily. what are my chances to get through among the top 5?
Hi, you need to break 700 with your GMAT, and life will be so much easier if you can reach 720. Beyond that, as your experience is good (without seeing your actual resume), it will come down to how you craft your "story" - your professional trajectory, including both your background and future goals.
Schools want to see how logical an MBA "now," at this point in your career, makes the most logical and productive sense. So, for you, the essays, the GMAT, and the interview (if offered) are going to be more important.
[I'm a former Harvard interviewer, and a Harvard grad, currently running the MBA admissions consulting firm: MBA Ivy League]
Thanks Jillian. Appreciate your help! Also, pls help me with our views on recommendations. I have 2 ex-managers (in the current organisation) who are Harvard and Insead grads but i dont want to request them for recommendation as it may be against company policy for them to recommend me. Do you think IVY league grad recommendation makes more sense than a general one, given both groups have been colleagues with me.
Well the first thing I would find out is if it is, in fact, against company policy to ask your ex-managers for a rec. They sound ideal, and I would honestly be surprised to hear that it was "against policy" as I have not heard of that. So, first piece of advice would be, before you either approach them, or decided you can't, find out for sure.
The best rec comes from someone who knows you well, as has ideally been in a supervisor position over you. That makes more sense that just choosing a colleague who happens to be an Ivy grad.
I have 4 years of work exp with 2 years as a communication skills consultant, and the recent two years as an assistant manager, production planning at a jewellery firm. I have also been volunteering at an NGO as a content editor parallely for the past 5 months now.
I already did an MBA in operations management to get a career change but from an institute which isnt known, and it did not instill much knowledge regarding entrepreneurship as I wish to start an NGO 10 years down the line. The gap of 10 years is to gain appropriate experience, contacts, and the capital required.
Am planning to give GMAT this month, and want to know which colleges I can get through. I have been getting a score of 680 to 690 in MGMAT exams.
Regards, Sushuma N.
Hi Sushuma, Without really commenting on your work experience/background, your practice scores (if that's what you can get on the actual test) would make you a good candidate for a mid-upper level school (again, just based on scores alone).
As I mention above, breaking 700 (and especially hitting 720) can put you in a whole different ballgame! Hope this helps.
I would be worried for you on the top five mostly because you already have an MBA. The desire to re-orient and inspire yourself will be perceived as a very weak reason to go back to school and take a seat away from someone who hasn't already gone to business school. You should reach out to your target schools to see how they view applicants with existing MBAs.