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Should I do an MBA? (or why do I want to go for an MBA)

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I'm 28, male, Software Engineer from India. I did my undergrad in Computer Science from a Tier-3 institute and obtained less-than average GPA. Then I went for masters at one of the top institutes (GPA 3.48/4) and have been working for the past two years. Today I just completed two years in the industry and I've been enjoying my work in the second company.

During undergrad, I've been active in extra-curricular activities, have been student chairperson of one of the student bodies, and have experience organizing several college-events. Post-masters, I've given talks at several meetups and conducted a couple of one-day workshops in local colleges. Meanwhile there have been short entrepreneurship stints that didn't work out.

I've been reading several books related to marketing, social psychology, leadership, behavioral economics etc. These are the topics I genuinely find interest in. Whenever I have serious discussions with close friends and a couple of friends I made in my international trips, I'm always asked this question - Why didn't you go for an MBA?

I hold the answer under my breath - I wanted to, but things just kept running in a good direction and I didn't give it a serious thought.

There are a few questions in my mind:
  • Do you think I can present a suitable profile for a good MBA program?
  • How are the finances managed? Is it something to worry about?
  • How would my profile presents me in front of the admission committee?
  • Should I, really, go for an MBA?

As I read through profile evaluation sections I begin to worry about how less I've accomplished compared to all you folks who target top institutes. I still have to make up my mind before I seriously begin thinking of spending time, effort and resources to prepare for GMAT.

I'm seeking honest comments from you guys that would help me make up my mind and later serve as a base for my personal statement :)
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I will try my best to answer your queries although i am not an expert.
Moving straight to your questions:

Do you think I can present a suitable profile for a good MBA program?
Definitely. Your profile has a good mix of everything. Work experience, extra curricular, entrepreneurship etc. More over i think you have the best thing one can is i.e. eagerness and drive to learn more. Don't worry too much about the profile. You are good to go.

How are the finances managed? Is it something to worry about?
Finances depend on various factors. Location, school, scholarship etc. So you have to think where do you want to go and what do you want to do after MBA.

How would my profile presents me in front of the admission committee?
I think it is too early to think about it. If you are thinking about MBA now, then you will definitely not able to apply for R1 at least. And realistically i think,
you should apply for 2019 class (if you decide to got for it). During this period you have a lot of time to further work on your profile and make it better.


Should I, really, go for an MBA?
Ideally this is a question that you should answer rather than anyone else. People here can only help you clear any doubt you might have regarding the process, preparation etc. Should or should not, you should answer.


All the best!!


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I'll zero in on the Should I, really, go for an MBA? because those questions can be answered better by admission consultants. Maybe you should check out the other threads where people post to get free reviews! :D

I think before you start thinking of an MBA as an end goal for achievement, think about what do you want to achieve later down the line. Once you have crystalized that idea, ask yourself whether an MBA will make that achievement easier or faster to achieve. An MBA is supposed to help you and not cripple you with debt. It's just a means to an end. Being in the subject is great, but knowing what to do with these knowledge will help you decide whether going for an MBA will help you or not.
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New post 15 Jul 2017, 21:08
Mimster wrote:
think about what do you want to achieve later down the line


Though I don't have a very well-defined thoughts on this, I have some idea about the fields I'm interested in and the kind of roles I want to seek later. Spending time in tech after an MS I saw that software industry doesn't really offer you positions in your area of interest unless you have atleast few years of experience and are an expert in one particular technology stack. I hope things are a little different after B-school.

Thanks for the reply. I'm yet to make my mind more firm that I want to jump into this.
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gmati3 wrote:
I will try my best to answer your queries although i am not an expert.
Moving straight to your questions:

Do you think I can present a suitable profile for a good MBA program?
Definitely. Your profile has a good mix of everything. Work experience, extra curricular, entrepreneurship etc. More over i think you have the best thing one can is i.e. eagerness and drive to learn more. Don't worry too much about the profile. You are good to go.

How are the finances managed? Is it something to worry about?
Finances depend on various factors. Location, school, scholarship etc. So you have to think where do you want to go and what do you want to do after MBA.

How would my profile presents me in front of the admission committee?
I think it is too early to think about it. If you are thinking about MBA now, then you will definitely not able to apply for R1 at least. And realistically i think,
you should apply for 2019 class (if you decide to got for it). During this period you have a lot of time to further work on your profile and make it better.


Should I, really, go for an MBA?
Ideally this is a question that you should answer rather than anyone else. People here can only help you clear any doubt you might have regarding the process, preparation etc. Should or should not, you should answer.


All the best!!


+1 Kudos if you like the answer


Thanks a lot. Your comments are very motivating I think I'll have clearer thoughts after spending a few more days actively reading and posting on this forum.
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adiejosh wrote:
gmati3 wrote:
I will try my best to answer your queries although i am not an expert.
Moving straight to your questions:

Do you think I can present a suitable profile for a good MBA program?
Definitely. Your profile has a good mix of everything. Work experience, extra curricular, entrepreneurship etc. More over i think you have the best thing one can is i.e. eagerness and drive to learn more. Don't worry too much about the profile. You are good to go.

How are the finances managed? Is it something to worry about?
Finances depend on various factors. Location, school, scholarship etc. So you have to think where do you want to go and what do you want to do after MBA.

How would my profile presents me in front of the admission committee?
I think it is too early to think about it. If you are thinking about MBA now, then you will definitely not able to apply for R1 at least. And realistically i think,
you should apply for 2019 class (if you decide to got for it). During this period you have a lot of time to further work on your profile and make it better.


Should I, really, go for an MBA?
Ideally this is a question that you should answer rather than anyone else. People here can only help you clear any doubt you might have regarding the process, preparation etc. Should or should not, you should answer.


All the best!!


+1 Kudos if you like the answer


Thanks a lot. Your comments are very motivating I think I'll have clearer thoughts after spending a few more days actively reading and posting on this forum.


Yes this forum will definitely help you a lot in your studies.
All the best and keep pushing towards your goal.
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