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MBA from Top 20 vs Top 100

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Post Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:40 pm
HI Gurus..

This cross road must have been encountered multiple times by some of you guys and here I am in those cross roads looking for some direction from you. I have 14 yrs of experience in Insurance/consultancy/IT and currently working as Product Manager/Analyst from last couple of years. I have been doing good but i dont see a big career path in my current organization and skill set. I have been planning for almost 5 yrs to get into an MBA program. for multiple reasons a)I don`t have masters, so should get that, b) add management skills to my current experience c) take my career to next level. Married with kids its challenging to find time between demanding job and family, still I am willing to take the leap.

Now you have some background here is my dilemma, I don`t have a GMAT, between finding time to study to get a 'Good score' and just being intimidated about 'exam' I'm not able to give it. Part of me feels even if i study and give the 'exam' and if i don`t get a 'good score' (say <650) what`s the point, since I would`nt be eligible/qualify for top 20 MBA schools here in the US.

This makes me go back to pt a) of my reason to do MBA, lets go it from an average school that 'Does Not Require' GMAT. This would give me a masters, but may not fulfill part c) of my plan. i.e take a leap in my career path (lets say higher management, executive level) and of course compromise in a good alumini that comes with a good school.

So my question to you all, is it worth doing it from an average school and take the degree and hope my experience and my interpersonal skill can push my career up. Or do you suggest that i should take GMAT and try to get into top 20, assuming I may not get a good score (cause i have just once chance for GMAT and <2 months to study). Either ways, i want to do MBA for sure.

I'm very confused, on top of this there is a cost factor and time that i have spare given my current personal situation. I'm open to discuss and share some more insight if you can help my decide. Thank for taking time to read this...appreciated..

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If you are looking at specific local schools I might suggest scheduling an appointment with the recruitment office. I know for SFU they've got a really strong career services department that I will have access to for life as an alum which, while lower down my list, was a reason I liked the idea of doing my MBA there.

At the end of the day, you are never going to beat the opportunities that a top 10 MBA is going to bring you, but a lot of solid schools have really good networks as well. The only way to find out if it is what you are looking for is to go check them out and ask about the services available.

I'm not as familiar with how things work in the US, but in Canada I know that most of the GMAT exempt schools aren't always worth the cost for what you get with your MBA (both in quality of education and student/alum support) but that isn't always the case. It's important to remember that while not all MBA's are created equal, not all MBA students are created equal as well. I know people who live up to the stereotype of the clueless MBA and I know others who have an MBA from no name school who have done amazingly well for themselves. At the end of the day any credential is only worth as much work as you are willing to put in to it.

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Thanks Knitgeek,

this is a good insight and yes i can relate to my situation. A good point you mentioned about 'hit the ceiling a bit'. I see a similar situation with the current employer/role. Yes i have been thinking a lot these days to decide one way or the other.

A master`s degree is definitely something i want to accomplish, long run I believe its something that may help in my career path too. I agree to your question of finding time for GMAT cause that would ultimately lead to finding time for MBA itself. As i said I am ready to take the leap, only if i'm able to figure that time and money is worth spending...if not spending time on GMAT and directly getting into a local school(that does not req GMAT) can save me something i would rather go for it... but what am I losing in exchange???

so you and everyone else i assume agree that doing from a local or top notch school, it all depends on how you network. If I'm able to get the same networking by doing from Local school and spending time in say meetup or other events. I would save big money and still be able to achieve the necessary networking and exposure as any good school???

How i see my career growing with an MBA, is that it would allow me to get into area`s i'm currently not eligible.. such as director of products, or higher leadership roles.. etc. my current role as analyst doesnt have enough scope of growth atleast with my current employer...do you guys see if an MBA from a top school can help me get there.. or it doesnt make any difference???

Sorry for adding more questions and may be to the confusion.. but seriously guys its like a cobweb in my head ...Smile

thanks again..

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If you are looking at specific local schools I might suggest scheduling an appointment with the recruitment office. I know for SFU they've got a really strong career services department that I will have access to for life as an alum which, while lower down my list, was a reason I liked the idea of doing my MBA there.

At the end of the day, you are never going to beat the opportunities that a top 10 MBA is going to bring you, but a lot of solid schools have really good networks as well. The only way to find out if it is what you are looking for is to go check them out and ask about the services available.

I'm not as familiar with how things work in the US, but in Canada I know that most of the GMAT exempt schools aren't always worth the cost for what you get with your MBA (both in quality of education and student/alum support) but that isn't always the case. It's important to remember that while not all MBA's are created equal, not all MBA students are created equal as well. I know people who live up to the stereotype of the clueless MBA and I know others who have an MBA from no name school who have done amazingly well for themselves. At the end of the day any credential is only worth as much work as you are willing to put in to it.

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