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What schools to target with 2 years of experience

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Hi, I have 2 years of experience in Public Relations and I am preparing for GMAT. I plan to give the exam in October. I wanted to know if my experience is good enough for an MBA and what kind of schools should I target with the experience I have.

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Hi Swati0993,

The process of applying to (and ultimately attending) Business School will require a big investment of time, money and energy on your part, so you really should make sure that the Programs that you apply to match your career goals/needs. There are a variety of factors that go into selecting the Schools that you'll apply to. Instead of just applying to Programs in which you might have a good chance to 'get in', here are some other things to think about:

1) Is there a particular company that you want to work for or industry that you want to work in? Certain degrees are more appropriate than others if you have a specific career goal.
2) What do you want your MBA to do for you?
3) Do you want to go to School full-time or part-time?
4) Are you willing to relocate? Are you comfortable with working through a program that is primarily online?
5) Are you going to be applying for scholarships?
Etc.

It's okay if you don't have answers to any of these questions just yet, but you really should try to define all of the important variables in terms of your goals, so that you can tailor your entire approach to getting into the best School that matches what you're looking for.

1) How long have you been studying?
2) What materials have you used so far?
3) What is your goal score?

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I want to attend a full time score which can get me into a marketing/ communication field (though I am OK with other fields as well). I would require financial aid but don't know the right method to look for them.

I have been preparing over a month now and currently referring to official Guide and the material provided by my institute. My goal is anything above 700. However, I am apprehensive about the no. of experience I have.

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Hi Swati0993,

You've now defined the general type of Program you're looking for, so you should do some research into the Schools that offer an MBA that fit your general goals/needs. Once you've assembled that list, you can better research the individual Programs (and look for Scholarship opportunities, etc.). Unfortunately, there's really no way for anyone to evaluate your overall profile until you have an Official GMAT score AND you can name the Schools that you're interested in.

Since you've been studying for a month now, have you taken any FULL-LENGTH CATs yet? If you have, then how have you scored (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?

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Thanks for sharing. In addition to the advices above, some of the tips from the following blog entry may be helpful:

https://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2016/0 ... ss-school/

Should You Wait One More Year to Apply to Business School?

“Should I wait another year?”

This is a common question among many MBA aspirants. On the one hand, you are raring to achieve the goals that have inspired you to consider business school in the first place; on the other, however, you are wondering how much another year of preparing and additional experiences might help your admissions chances. And of course, your other life priorities – such as personal and family relationships – are also major considerations.

You may find yourself feeling impatient with the desire to move forward, while battling your nerves to leave your current path and start anew. Managing your emotions to think clearly and objectively is important in making this critical decision. (Treat this also as good practice for more life-changing and career-defining decisions later on.)

So, what should you consider in deciding whether or not to wait one more year before applying to business school?

1) Reflection on Personal Goals

Many applicants, especially younger ones, are unsure of their current paths, and thus, they pursue business school as a chance to open up potential career opportunities. However, you would do well to learn more about the possibilities that will actually be available to you post-MBA before applying.

How realistic are your target goals given your background, interests, and skills? Is this really the job that you want to hold long-term? Taking the time to answer these questions by researching, networking, and reflecting on yourself could go a long way in making the most out of the time, money, and effort you will be investing in your MBA plans. Afterwards, if you still feel uncertain, it would be best not to rush into applying to business school.

2) Improving Your GMAT Score
Candidates whose GMAT scores are way below their target school’s average need to reconsider retaking the GMAT if they want to increase their odds of acceptance. Depending on your assessment of how much higher you can score, and the amount of time needed (and available) for studying, waiting one more year to try and score closer to the school’s average could be a good reason to defer your application.

3) Accelerating Personal Development
What does your next year look like if you don’t go to business school? Would there be great opportunities to take on large-scale responsibilities at work? Or unique experiences to gain? Or a potential promotion to earn?

If the answer to any of these is “Yes!” then it could be worth it to stay another year, as these possibilities can fast-track your career and development. They might also result in stronger recommendation letters from your superiors or cement your reputation as a high potential executive in your company or industry – all factors that the Admissions Committee will notice when reviewing your future application. And depending on where you work, this may even lead to your company offering sponsorship for your MBA when you decide to pursue it later.

Weigh all of these considerations carefully, as they could affect not only your chances at achieving your MBA, but also your future career prospects afterwards.
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