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Advise for older candidates

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Advise for older candidates

Post Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:08 pm
HI! I will appropriate any feedback.
I have checked similar topics on this forum, but most of the are really old.
About me: 37, white male, originally from Ukraine, live in New York, undergraduate degree in finance, 10 years of post graduate experience . GMAT is 710. Working in trading related industry (I was a futures trader, now a product specialist in a small start up that makes trading application). Interested in switching to consulting. School targeting - "the usual suspects" - Darden, Duke,Columbia, Tuck, etc. but the list is not finalized.

Long story short I have talked to a few admission consultants (big names, frequently mentioned on this site). Most of them advise me not to pursue full-time program (age, experience, GMAT in a lower band), but try to apply for part-time/executive program. Unfortunately, it is not an option for a various reasons (it will be difficult for me to switch to consulting (or any other industry), I would probably loose my current job, the program itself is more expensive than full-time, there are only three reputable programs around NY, etc.).

As I understand my mission is not impossible, but difficult. Any advise in what direction should I move (schools that friendlier to older candidates or advisers who have experience working with similar situation)?

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