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MBA, my chances, possible options? Please advise me.

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MBA, my chances, possible options? Please advise me.

Post Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:57 pm
Hi

I would appreciate if you can advise me on my best possible course of action.

Background
I am from Singapore. Native Chinese. 27 years of age. Good command of english. Served mandatory National Service in the Civil Defence Force for 2 years.

Undergrad
Initially, i was enrolled in a Polytechnic as an Engineering student but didnt like it so i dropped out and I did the University of London External Degree in Accoounting and Finance in Singapore but only graduated with a second class lower honours. the reason for my low grade is not because i played too hard but becuase i took my first year part time while i was serving national service and had to work part-time as a waiter to fund my second and final years.

Current situation
I have 2 yrs of work experience. 1 year in the sales team of a mutual fund house. 1 year corporate banking role at an int'l bank. although both roles were in front office teams, i was mainly restricted to a support role.

i have been told by industry insiders that my 2nd lower external degree is the thing that is holding me back from jobs which i would like to pursue such as investment banking or consultancy.

Now, i have saved enough to fund my further education. and i am preparing for my GMAT. Assuming i score 650-7XX, do i have a decent chance in being accepted to the top 15 MBA progs?

If not, realistically, what MBA progs should i consider?
&
Are MBAs not from the tier1 programmes even worth it? i dont want to spend only to find out that it does not add value to my career prospects.

Sorry for the long post. I woudl greatly appreciate your input.

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Hi Jon,
Most top MBA programs will help in your career. The key is to find the right school with right opportunites/resources/connections in your career interests (including function, industry, region). I am sure you can find this within the 15-40 range.

Regardless of what program you attend (whether it is a top 10 or top 50 program), the onus is on you to effectively utilize the school's resources to get the carer you want.

For example, a school like USC is not typically ranked in the top 15, but has an incredible alumni network, strong ties to Southern California businesses and great programs in M&E, Marketing and Finance. There are many great schools that are under the Top10/25 radar.

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Post Sat Jun 07, 2008 12:28 am
Hi Nikhil, thanks for the reply.

a 2nd lower is prob a GPA of 2.8-3.0 (at the very most)

would an MBA from outside the top 15, lets say a rank 40+ type of school add value to my career prospects?

would my chances be good in landing a job in the US/EU in the MNCs/international banks/Big4?

Thanks

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Hi Jon,
Most top MBA programs will help in your career. The key is to find the right school with right opportunites/resources/connections in your career interests (including function, industry, region). I am sure you can find this within the 15-40 range.

Regardless of what program you attend (whether it is a top 10 or top 50 program), the onus is on you to effectively utilize the school's resources to get the carer you want.

For example, a school like USC is not typically ranked in the top 15, but has an incredible alumni network, strong ties to Southern California businesses and great programs in M&E, Marketing and Finance. There are many great schools that are under the Top10/25 radar.

Regards,

NP

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