MBA in Supply Chain Management; Got poor grades in Bachelor's though


AshishK
Hey everyone, I have been following a few posts on this group and I think many of you come across as very helpful. My problem is a tad unique... I am from India and I want to go for an MBA in Supply Chain Management. However, I scored poorly in my previous Bachelor's degree (a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology). I have targeted Canada so as to explore an option to immigrate there, if everything works out fine. I have over 5 years of work experience in the field. My questions are:

1. Can i erase or at least make my application look stronger if I perform well in the GMAT exam?

2. Is there a possibility for a reputed college to accept my application?

3. If not a reputed college, is it worth my money and efforts to study in a lesser known college?

4. Finally, I'm convinced to go to Canada because I believe there are more opportunities there than maybe the US, UK or even NZ for that matter. The latter came into my consideration because they have an easier (as per what I've read online) process for a PR. However, I feel the job opportunities are limited in NZ. Do you think it would be wiser to pursue an MBA from the University of Massey in NZ?

Thank you very much, in advance. If there's anything that I have not mentioned clearly, please do let me know!
Hey everyone, I have been following a few posts on this group and I think many of you come across as very helpful. My problem is a tad unique... I am from India and I want to go for an MBA in Supply Chain Management. However, I scored poorly in my previous Bachelor's degree (a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology). I have targeted Canada so as to explore an option to immigrate there, if everything works out fine. I have over 5 years of work experience in the field. My questions are:

1. Can i erase or at least make my application look stronger if I perform well in the GMAT exam?

2. Is there a possibility for a reputed college to accept my application?

3. If not a reputed college, is it worth my money and efforts to study in a lesser known college?

4. Finally, I'm convinced to go to Canada because I believe there are more opportunities there than maybe the US, UK or even NZ for that matter. The latter came into my consideration because they have an easier (as per what I've read online) process for a PR. However, I feel the job opportunities are limited in NZ. Do you think it would be wiser to pursue an MBA from the University of Massey in NZ?

Thank you very much, in advance. If there's anything that I have not mentioned clearly, please do let me know!
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mba hipste...
You can't exactly "erase" a poor GPA with a strong GMAT, but a strong GMAT will go a long way towards easing the school's fears that you won't do well in the MBA. So yes, a strong GMAT will help a lot.
of the countries, you mentioned, the ones where it's the easiest to get a post-MBA work visa would be Canada and New Zealand. It's easy as well in the US, but getting a long-term work visa is more complicated because this is based on a lottery system. The UK is also tough since there is no way to get a post-MBA work visa without already having a job offer from an employer.

But you're right - the labor markets in New Zealand tends to be smaller than those in the UK and the US. Canada's not a bad choice, depending on what kind of jobs you will be looking at.

What are your career goals?
You can't exactly "erase" a poor GPA with a strong GMAT, but a strong GMAT will go a long way towards easing the school's fears that you won't do well in the MBA. So yes, a strong GMAT will help a lot.
of the countries, you mentioned, the ones where it's the easiest to get a post-MBA work visa would be Canada and New Zealand. It's easy as well in the US, but getting a long-term work visa is more complicated because this is based on a lottery system. The UK is also tough since there is no way to get a post-MBA work visa without already having a job offer from an employer.

But you're right - the labor markets in New Zealand tends to be smaller than those in the UK and the US. Canada's not a bad choice, depending on what kind of jobs you will be looking at.

What are your career goals?
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AshishK
Thank you for your reply, mba hipster. Well my career goal is that I become a full-fledged professional in the supply chain sector, analyze and help organisations to tweak them wherever necessary. From a bit of research the role of a Supply Chain Analyst is probably what I'm looking at.

In my mind, the best scenario is that I finish an MBA that specializes in SCM and then get employed in Canada (preferably). If a good GMAT score can help me get into a reputed University in Canada (despite my poor grades earlier) then that'll be the icing on the cake!
Thank you for your reply, mba hipster. Well my career goal is that I become a full-fledged professional in the supply chain sector, analyze and help organisations to tweak them wherever necessary. From a bit of research the role of a Supply Chain Analyst is probably what I'm looking at.

In my mind, the best scenario is that I finish an MBA that specializes in SCM and then get employed in Canada (preferably). If a good GMAT score can help me get into a reputed University in Canada (despite my poor grades earlier) then that'll be the icing on the cake!
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Ayon
@AshishK

you are currently dealing with too many uncertainties (variables). You gotta take the GMAT to know where you stand. Also fix on a geography.

US, UK, NZ, Canada all work very differently. They all work on a risk/reward system. More the risk > so is the reward. Canada's market is not as big as US. NZ even smaller.
@AshishK

you are currently dealing with too many uncertainties (variables). You gotta take the GMAT to know where you stand. Also fix on a geography.

US, UK, NZ, Canada all work very differently. They all work on a risk/reward system. More the risk > so is the reward. Canada's market is not as big as US. NZ even smaller.

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AshishK
@Ayon

Hi Ayon, thanks for your reply. Yes I intend to take the GMAT to gauge where I stand. I am pretty much sold on Canada. I'm only worried about whether I can get to study in a reputed University over there.

While Canada's market may not be as big as the US', it is a lot easier to get a Permanent Residency over there. New Zealand is like a backup option! What do you think?
@Ayon

Hi Ayon, thanks for your reply. Yes I intend to take the GMAT to gauge where I stand. I am pretty much sold on Canada. I'm only worried about whether I can get to study in a reputed University over there.

While Canada's market may not be as big as the US', it is a lot easier to get a Permanent Residency over there. New Zealand is like a backup option! What do you think?
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Ayon
@AshishK

I would like to select a country based on certain macroeconomic factors and apply to multiple schools within that country. So if you are sold on Canada then be sold on Canada and apply to whatever schools you want to apply there. Ivey, Rotman, McGill, Queen's, UBC Sauder, Schulich - york come to my mind.

I had friends who went into Canada thinking they'll get PR and stuff, but found that the cold was just unbearable and they came back after working 1-3 years.

Just make sure you understand what you are getting into.
@AshishK

I would like to select a country based on certain macroeconomic factors and apply to multiple schools within that country. So if you are sold on Canada then be sold on Canada and apply to whatever schools you want to apply there. Ivey, Rotman, McGill, Queen's, UBC Sauder, Schulich - york come to my mind.

I had friends who went into Canada thinking they'll get PR and stuff, but found that the cold was just unbearable and they came back after working 1-3 years.

Just make sure you understand what you are getting into.
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