A good idea to compile the list!
(Long Post Alert!)
I am an aspirant from one of the most competitive applicant groups. Indian, IT, Male with a GMAT Score of 710 (Q 49, V 37). I have 7+ years of work experience in Product Development and Support profile in various companies. I am currently working in SAP Labs India (Not working on ERP but on other products of SAP) and we have parts of our team in other countries. My last performance ratings were Extraordinary Achiever at workplace.
Other Achievements/Extra Curricular in my profile.
- Patent Application in US PTO with my name as Sole Inventor.
- Author of thought leadership article published in SAP Book of Thoughts. Youngest author in the book.
- A couple of performance awards at workplace.
- Have been speaker at many events, member of organizing committee for some events and also started and managed an employee club at workplace.
- Have handled significant positions in election campaigns also for a particular party too.
- Partner at a real estate and construction company started by me and my family (Worked on 2-3 projects only).
Now, I am not sure how much these achievements will set me apart or provide me an advantage over other applicants from this competitive applicant pool. I find that many applicant from the same background as mine also have stellar achievements to boast about.
I have been applying to Indian Business schools for past 3-4 years because I believe that this is where I have best chances of getting in and finding a job easily after graduation. Also, Indian B Schools have been faring well in the various Rankings. I get always invited for an interview but get dinged later (I am working on that) by schools such as ISB, IIM A,B,C and L.
Now, this time I am also thinking of applying to schools outside India (Global Exposure + I can afford it now + In case I an unable to get into Indian B Schools of my choice). With my work experience, it makes more sense to opt for 1 year MBA, also due to the fact that I am married with a kid. While, it will not be easy to get an admit considering the dings from Indian B Schools, but I am working on my interviews now and am hopeful of better performance this time. But there is another problem as of now I am concerned about, and that is identifying the schools to apply to.
I am looking to get back into job market at the earliest and would be looking for B Schools with best placement figures for International students. I will be looking for jobs in IT Consulting or Product/Project Management in IT industry (makes more sense to me).
As Far as the compiled list goes, it appears that following are the only options I have, with my concerns listed in brackets (Which I have gathered after going through lots of posts on this forum):
1) LBS (Expensive and More than 1 yr)
(No Work Visa after graduation and not so good market)
2) Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick or Cranfield and other UK schools etc (No Work Visa after graduation and not so good market)
3) IMD,IE, IESE, HEC, Esade, Mannheim, St Gallen etc (Language barrier since I am conversant in only English). And going for 1 year full time MSc in language is NOT an option for me.
4) AGSM, Melbourne (Talked to Indians working in Australia, no one recommended to study there due to not so good local job market for MBAs)
5) China, Hong Kong, Korea etc (Language Barrier).
6) Scandinavia (Dearth of jobs).
7) Netherlands (I have been to Netherlands and I love it but local schools have mixed reviews and I cannot afford to take risks at this stage in life)
8) US B Schools (2 year MBA + Expensive + Younger Class Profile). I also read a post on this forum which basically recommends against going to US schools to international students. I am not so sure about that post because from my experience and interactions, if you study from a top 20 US B School, you have a pretty good chance of landing a job in US as it is the largest consumer of MBA talent. Also, I have rarely seen any of my fellows come back to India after studying in US. On the contrary, almost everyone who studied in Europe has come back to India either immediately or after working for a couple of years in Europe.
Now, it appears to me that the only options I have left are India and Singapore. Earlier, I was considering some schools in Germany such as Mannheimm, ESMT and other international schools such as INSEAD, IE, Copenhagen, CEIBS but after reading so many posts on this forum advising against going to such nations if one is not well versed in local dialect, I am beginning to change my mind. I talked to a couple of known students from Oxford, IE, Copenhagen and they confirmed my concerns.
I would like to hear views of experienced advisers on this. It would be of great help. Thanks.
[Edited by Maverick85 on Jun 05, 2015]