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Web Developer (4 Yrs Exp/ GMAT 710) - What are my Chances?

GMAT alone won’t determine your chances of admission; academics, beyond the academics will and your work experience plays a vital role as well.

Q) I am a PHP Web developer with 4+ years of experience. I would like to pursue MBA in US or UK. Please suggest if it is a good idea to go for MBA.

Information about my work experience: My company is not a CMM level company. I had been here for 1.5 years and working as a Team Lead (with 4 team members). I know that MBA might not boost my career opportunity, but I would like to change my entire career path. I am very much interested in doing MBA as I am not satisfied in my career right now and I need to change my career path ASAP.

I would like to give GMAT in Aug 2012 ( I am getting 710 in GMAT practice tests). Please suggest me of any course or any improvements I need to do (starting from now) in order to get into MBA. Please suggest my chances of getting into top universities in US.

FutureWorks Consulting: Generally people who want to change their career path and move towards managerial sides of thing go for an mba. If your score is above 700 you can aim for top schools. However GMAT alone won’t determine your chances of admission; academics, beyond the academics will and your work experience plays a vital role as well.

Generally most of the applicants have a good 4-5 years of work experience.  Although it is not just the work experience that counts but also what you did there like-what were your achievements, what initiative you took, what changes you drove in your workplace etc. So to leverage this if you can show that in 6 years you have demonstrated the skills business schools are looking for you could put in a strong set of essays
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Hence the quality of your work, your academics and beyond academics will play an important role in determining your candidature. There are various ways you can use to practise for your GMAT. You might need to change your practise style and try this combination to provide you flexibility and different styles to practise so it doesn’t get monotonous.

It could be combination of:

1. Books: Books like The Official Guide for GMAT Review, The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review and The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review are recommended.
2. Online Study Guide: Websites like Knewton and Grockit provide you with practice questions online.
3. Smart phone applications- Kaplan and Veritas Prep offer applications to prepare for GMAT on your smart phones. We would also recommend you to talk to people in your industry to find out if doing an MBA would provide you what you are looking for.
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Stacy Blackman: Thanks for posting. First, before you consider pursuing an MBA I strongly recommend that you identify what your career goals are. You will have a much stronger application if you do so and will benefit more if you do decide to pursue business school. Although I understand you may not be happy with your current work situation, attending business school is a big decision and you should spend time thinking about your goals. Admissions teams will also want to know “Why an MBA?” and it is important to have a strong answer to this question.

This is also a good opportunity to speak to others who have pursued business school to discuss how their experiences were and what opportunities were available to them after graduation.

Regarding your application, your GMAT score is strong. Unfortunately I do not have much information about your application, although I do want to note that business schools are looking for leadership experience and for individuals who have made an impact, so any opportunities to do so at work or outside of work (non-profits, etc.) will be very beneficial to your application. You may also want to spend time now considering who you would like to write your letters of recommendations. We would love to review your application in detail.

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