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Skull_Kid
This is more or less my curriculum so far:
-BA in Music at a Spanish conservatory.
-MA in Education.
-1 year of work experience in Portugal (Classical Guitar teacher).
-1.5 yars of work experience in the USA (teaching Spanish at a public High School).
-Almost fully bilingual in Spanish and English (my mother is an American; I hold dual citizenship).
-Level C1 certificate in German (obtained through a German language school).

Given this curriculum, am I a suited candidate for an MBA? Do I stand a chance at getting into an accredited program? Is my work experience relevant at all (what does teaching have to do with business??)?

What programs, if at all, would you recommend a person with my profile? I really want to expand my possibilities and I think an MBA would do just that.
This is more or less my curriculum so far:
-BA in Music at a Spanish conservatory.
-MA in Education.
-1 year of work experience in Portugal (Classical Guitar teacher).
-1.5 yars of work experience in the USA (teaching Spanish at a public High School).
-Almost fully bilingual in Spanish and English (my mother is an American; I hold dual citizenship).
-Level C1 certificate in German (obtained through a German language school).

Given this curriculum, am I a suited candidate for an MBA? Do I stand a chance at getting into an accredited program? Is my work experience relevant at all (what does teaching have to do with business??)?

What programs, if at all, would you recommend a person with my profile? I really want to expand my possibilities and I think an MBA would do just that.
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Duncan
If you have enjoyed yourself and have success along the way, then you will be a good candidate. But you'll also need to take the GMAT and show that you can develop your quantitative skills.

What are your goals?
If you have enjoyed yourself and have success along the way, then you will be a good candidate. But you'll also need to take the GMAT and show that you can develop your quantitative skills.

What are your goals?
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Skull_Kid
If you have enjoyed yourself and have success along the way, then you will be a god candidate. But you'll also need to take the GMAT and show that you can develop your quantitative skills.

What are your goals?


Thanks for your quick response! I've already come across this GMAT a few times on this website. Is it that important? Is there the possibility to take it in a language other than English?

My goal is to expand my curriculum and to get into the world of business.
<blockquote>If you have enjoyed yourself and have success along the way, then you will be a god candidate. But you'll also need to take the GMAT and show that you can develop your quantitative skills.

What are your goals?</blockquote>

Thanks for your quick response! I've already come across this GMAT a few times on this website. Is it that important? Is there the possibility to take it in a language other than English?

My goal is to expand my curriculum and to get into the world of business.
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Duncan
If you want a good program taught in English then it will probably require the GMAT.

Ps business is a big domain. Where do you want to work, and doing what for whom?
If you want a good program taught in English then it will probably require the GMAT.

Ps business is a big domain. Where do you want to work, and doing what for whom?
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ralph
My goal is to expand my curriculum and to get into the world of business.

It sounds like you need to take some time to think out your goals. MBA programs are designed for people at a mid-career level who generally feel like they've hit a wall in terms of their career development or who want to switch industries or functional capacities.

If you do apply for an MBA, you'll want to have a strong narrative in your application essays that goes over your career background, and how an MBA can help you reach the next level. In order to have a compelling story to tell, you should really consider why you want to do an MBA.

Thanks for your quick response! I've already come across this GMAT a few times on this website. Is it that important? Is there the possibility to take it in a language other than English?

Yes, any good program is going to require you to take the GMAT. No, the GMAT is only available in English.
<blockquote>My goal is to expand my curriculum and to get into the world of business. </blockquote>
It sounds like you need to take some time to think out your goals. MBA programs are designed for people at a mid-career level who generally feel like they've hit a wall in terms of their career development or who want to switch industries or functional capacities.

If you do apply for an MBA, you'll want to have a strong narrative in your application essays that goes over your career background, and how an MBA can help you reach the next level. In order to have a compelling story to tell, you should really consider why you want to do an MBA.

<blockquote>Thanks for your quick response! I've already come across this GMAT a few times on this website. Is it that important? Is there the possibility to take it in a language other than English?</blockquote>
Yes, any good program is going to require you to take the GMAT. No, the GMAT is only available in English.
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Skull_Kid
Thanks to everyone for their responses.

I'll be dead honest... I have no idea about the world of business. I have never worked in a business. My field is music and all my jobs have been in the teaching sector. What's more, I definitely haven't hit any walls in my career... The fact is that I couldn't dislike teaching any more and that I'm looking for something else. Business has always caught my attention as something attractive and much freer than education. I wanna get out of the high school where I'm teaching at the moment and start something new. To give myself another chance and begin anew. Traveling across the world, living in different countries and learning new languages has taught me many lessons and has made me grow. But I've gotten to a point where I think I'm not getting any more juice out of it.

I have just begun doing research on different MBAs. Apparently there are MBAs which are a waste of time and others with great prestige.

Somebody told me about an MBA at the university of Reutingen, Germany. I don't think they require you to have taken the GMAT. In any case, do you recommend this? What would you recommend in my situation?
Thanks to everyone for their responses.

I'll be dead honest... I have no idea about the world of business. I have never worked in a business. My field is music and all my jobs have been in the teaching sector. What's more, I definitely haven't hit any walls in my career... The fact is that I couldn't dislike teaching any more and that I'm looking for something else. Business has always caught my attention as something attractive and much freer than education. I wanna get out of the high school where I'm teaching at the moment and start something new. To give myself another chance and begin anew. Traveling across the world, living in different countries and learning new languages has taught me many lessons and has made me grow. But I've gotten to a point where I think I'm not getting any more juice out of it.

I have just begun doing research on different MBAs. Apparently there are MBAs which are a waste of time and others with great prestige.

Somebody told me about an MBA at the university of Reutingen, Germany. I don't think they require you to have taken the GMAT. In any case, do you recommend this? What would you recommend in my situation?
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Duncan
I think you need to set some goals, and then start with the goal in mind.
I think you need to set some goals, and then start with the goal in mind.
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sharneel
I agree with Duncan. Please note that MBA is a huge investment in both time and money and as Ralph highlighted, it should be used to broaden your horizons as opposed to getting out of a job that you no longer find interesting. Have you ever thought about doing a 2nd Masters in Business &/or Management? That will provide you with the theories on business within short period of time and costs are lower than MBA with less restrictions on entry requirements.

Another option is to try step by step MBA..for example try PGC/PGD and if you still enjoy it, continue to MBA. Not sure about the entry requirements for the PG though... You need to check it out yourself.

Either way, best of luck :)
I agree with Duncan. Please note that MBA is a huge investment in both time and money and as Ralph highlighted, it should be used to broaden your horizons as opposed to getting out of a job that you no longer find interesting. Have you ever thought about doing a 2nd Masters in Business &/or Management? That will provide you with the theories on business within short period of time and costs are lower than MBA with less restrictions on entry requirements.

Another option is to try step by step MBA..for example try PGC/PGD and if you still enjoy it, continue to MBA. Not sure about the entry requirements for the PG though... You need to check it out yourself.

Either way, best of luck :)
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ralph
Apparently there are MBAs which are a waste of time and others with great prestige.

In my opinion, the dividing line is between those that are accredited by a reputable international accreditation organization (AACSB, AMBA, or EQUIS) and those that aren't. If you use this as your baseline selection criteria, you'll be much better off, both in terms of return on investment and for career growth.

Of course, the accredited MBA programs will be competitive, and will more likely that not require you to take the GMAT. If you're unwilling to take this test, you're severely limiting yourself in the long-run.

The ESB program that you mention is not, by the way, accredited by one of the reputable international accreditation agencies.
<blockquote>Apparently there are MBAs which are a waste of time and others with great prestige.</blockquote>
In my opinion, the dividing line is between those that are accredited by a reputable international accreditation organization (AACSB, AMBA, or EQUIS) and those that aren't. If you use this as your baseline selection criteria, you'll be much better off, both in terms of return on investment and for career growth.

Of course, the accredited MBA programs will be competitive, and will more likely that not require you to take the GMAT. If you're unwilling to take this test, you're severely limiting yourself in the long-run.

The ESB program that you mention is not, by the way, accredited by one of the reputable international accreditation agencies.

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ralph
Another option is to try step by step MBA..for example try PGC/PGD and if you still enjoy it, continue to MBA.

Oh, that's also a good idea. You can also take some executive education courses, which require shorter time commitments and usually cost less. I'm not sure where you are, but there are programs that can help you hone artists and musicians hone their business skills. For instance, this one at the University of Cape Town, "Business Acumen for Artists, might be relevant:

http://www.nextexecutive.com/courses/2432

Could be similar ones near you, depending where you are.
<blockquote>Another option is to try step by step MBA..for example try PGC/PGD and if you still enjoy it, continue to MBA. </blockquote>
Oh, that's also a good idea. You can also take some executive education courses, which require shorter time commitments and usually cost less. I'm not sure where you are, but there are programs that can help you hone artists and musicians hone their business skills. For instance, this one at the University of Cape Town, "Business Acumen for Artists, might be relevant:

http://www.nextexecutive.com/courses/2432

Could be similar ones near you, depending where you are.
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