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New post 18 Apr 2015, 08:34
Hi !
I am an Indian Male, age 35. I completed my B.Tech in Agriculture Engineering in 2002, and, since then, has been working in automobile industry in sales & marketing function with leading MNCs for last around 12 years. Presently, I am at Middle level in my career, and took GMAT thrice 560 in 2010, 590 in 2014 & 570 in 2015.
I want to do MBA in General Management with major areas of Strategy, Marketing & Sales, and with minor in Finance, but disheartened with 3 failure attempts as could not cross 700 level. I am looking forward to your suggestion for following queries:
1. Whether I should retake GMAT to improve my score to 700 level in 4th attempt as B schools may take more number of attempts as negative.
2. Whether my over age around 35 years and over experience around 12 years are not suitable for class profile of top B schools regular MBA course.
3. Will doing MBA even from top B schools at this career will boost my career i.e. to help me in achieving my goal to be at CEO or Managing Director level in automobile industry in next 10 years.
Please revert as this will help me in clarifying doubts to take right decision at this point of my life.
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New post 18 Apr 2015, 10:26
Hi -
Ok, I'm just going to dive in here...let's start with your GMAT performance thus far. 590 is your highest score. Candidly, given you have taken it three times and struggled to get to 600, I believe aiming for 700 is simply not realistic for you. What schools are you aiming to apply to? There are many strong schools where the average GMAT score is in the 600-640 range. Thus, your score of 590 would be in the 80% bound and not a major weakness in your application. These are schools outside the top 20, but in the top 40. You need to be realistic about your schools choices, as the GMAT is very important. More so for you because you have been out of college 12+ years. Your GMAT score is the only current day indicator schools have to assess whether you can handle the rigorous coursework. Let's move on to your age.

Your age is 35 now. If you apply this year - Round 1 - you would be 36 (or perhaps 37) when you matriculate. That would mean you are an older applicant. That doesn't inherently place you at a disadvantage. You simply need to make the case that your additional years of experience will enable you to offer even more value in the classroom and in the school's other programmatic offerings. As well, you will need to establish that working with much younger people won't be an issue for you as many of your classmates will be 10+ years younger than you. That leads me to this question:

Are you located in the Us, or in India? If in the US, have you considered part-time programs or Executive MBA programs? With those programs, you get the exact same academic opportunities that a traditional 2-year experience offers, but you would work while going to school. EMBA programs are particularly good for career advancing individuals - folks who want to remain in their current industry, but accelerate their growth into upper management. Folks in EMBA programs typically have 12-20 years experience. Folks in part-time programs tend be a bit older than folks in traditional 2-year programs as well. Again, these may be good options to consider if you reside in the US.

On to your final question: will getting an MBA (fulltime, parttime, or EMBA) boost your career? YES. You have to take full advantage of the opportunities that come with attending a program. If you do, then yes you will see that the ROI is very evident.

I hope you find this helpful. If you would like to talk more, just let me know and we can schedule a call. Take care.

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