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Originally posted by muzioler on 17 Apr 2009, 12:47.
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New post 17 Apr 2009, 14:52
What are the specific jobs you're hoping to get right after b-school and where (i.e. what part of the US or the world)? That will in many respects help to narrow down the kinds of schools you should be targeting.
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Originally posted by muzioler on 17 Apr 2009, 21:17.
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New post 19 Apr 2009, 12:12
Doesn't really help because you're basically saying you're open to just about anything, and using broad terms such as "finance" and "entrepreneurship" and "general management" really doesn't mean a whole lot.

Most MBA applicants don't know what they want to do post-MBA. But most will have a few *specific* paths they would like to explore. In other words, they "don't know what to do" not because they're clueless with a blank slate, but they are *undecided*.

Without having done some research into the specific kinds of jobs you want to pursue post-MBA, asking what b-schools you should target or even whether you should go to b-school at all is like p*ssing in the wind.
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Originally posted by muzioler on 19 Apr 2009, 23:16.
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New post 20 Apr 2009, 17:58
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If you don't mind me being a little direct here.

Aside from your GMAT, your profile for a top school isn't particularly strong compared to other folks applying -- in other words, you are competing against other guys roughly your age who have stronger resumes than you do. An extraordinarily high GMAT score won't compensate for that.

Which is why the only thing you can do to make the most of your chances is to ensure you're doing the absolute best job you can on the written applications and interview.

To do that, you need to have laser focused career goals. You can't afford to be "open minded" and frankly don't expect that you can make up a story and feign "focus" when you're not. Adcoms can smell it a mile away (we all think we're better "storytellers" than we really are). Because of your professional background, you will be held to a much higher standard when it comes to your career focus. No matter how you spin it, adcoms will still believe that you've had your "fun and self-exploration" teaching in Asia -- no matter what you believe, most adcoms will expect that you are now going to buckle down and focus. Especially if your resume is not as strong as other applicants -- if you want an adcom to believe in your potential, you have to show them that you're focused. And you can't fake that even if you think you can.

For MBA recruiting, this kind of focus is also essential especially if you don't have work experience that employers will necessarily covet. Compared to other MBA students, they would be hiring you based on raw untested potential compared to say the bankers, consultants, engineers, military, etc. which are perceived by recruiters to be more rigorous of an experience. As such, if you aren't super focused in b-school, you will have a far tougher time than say some banking dude who is just "exploring his options". Unfair perhaps, but business school isn't some equalizing factor where all of a sudden every MBA student is equal. Some MBA students have a far easier time with getting jobs than others based on their professional background alone and what post-MBA job they are gunning for. Even at schools outside the top 16 but still within the top 50, a good chunk of your fellow classmates will have years of solid corporate experience whom you will be competing against for jobs.

In any case, you probably should focus on schools outside the top 16 (even with laser focused career goals). I think the top 16 schools will be a stretch. Schools like USC, UNC, Vandy, Indiana, Maryland, Texas, Georgetown, Emory, Wake, etc. are all schools that you could look into and research.
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Hey Alex,

Thanks for being blunt. I truly appreciate it. It'll help me direct my search. I personally think I am focused, but I will definitely narrow down my interests further by the time that I apply.

Thanks again
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