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New post 30 Mar 2019, 05:05
Hello everyone!

I am a female mechanical and automation engineer from India graduated in 2016. I am on an extended career gap since i graduated. I want to pursue my masters in finance but my profile is not tailored for the same currently. Landing an internship in finance has been a very tasking job and my attempts have been unsuccessful. However, I want to apply this year and I have begun my preparation for GMAT(full time right now). Could you please make any suggestions on how i can improve my profile and make up for the time lost in any way? I am open to studying in singapore , europe , US(if i could get any scholarships). Thank you.
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Unfortunately, it's going to be very tough to get into a good MBA program if you are currently not working & if you've had such a sizable work gap. Based on your post I think you are saying you have not working at all since you graduated in 2016? If that's incorrect let me know. Business generally want applicants with 3-5 years of work experience & anything less than that will severely hurt your chances. Work experience allows you to contribute to class discussions & it also gives you the foundation for your post-MBA career goals.

In addition to 3-5 years of strong work experience, you'll also want to be sure to hit and ideally exceed a school's average GMAT score and undergrad GPA. Those metrics can be a guide as you gauge how competitive your profile is for a school. But like I said, unfortunately if you have in fact been unemployed since 2016 it's going to be extremely difficult to get into business school.

That said, not all hope is lost! You could be a perfect fit for a MiM program, which is a business degree tailored for applicants who have little to no (one year or less) work experience but who want to gain a business foundation that will propel their careers. For those programs again you want to hit or ideally exceed the average undergrad GPA & GMAT but lack of work experience will be a non-issue & you can speak to your finance goals & why you need this degree to help you reach them. There are a number of strong MiM programs in Europe, including University of St. Gallen, HEC Paris, IE, ESSEC, and LBS. There are some good options in the US as well, including Ross, UVA, and Kellogg. You could also check out SMU in Singapore as well as NUS/CEMS.

Hopefully that's helpful - I think the MiM programs could be a great option for you!
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New post 30 Mar 2019, 19:54
Thanks a lot sir. That has been very decriptive and a generous evaluation
As I mentioned, I am aiming for a master's in finance and not an MBA program.

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New post 30 Mar 2019, 20:23
Sorry I missed that! It will be a bit easier to get into a masters in finance program without work experience, although many top programs do like to see it as well, especially if your undergrad degree is not in finance/business. You'll still want to use your GPA & GMAT as your gauge in determining where you are competitive. The MiM would still be worth checking out - you can land a great entry level finance job with a MiM as well and since you are not coming from a business background it would give you a good foundation & may be a bit easier for you to get into than a MSF. Good luck to you!
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