Please help and advise me on MBA programs ( Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand )


Hi all,

Before I ask questions, I think it is better to pen a little bit of my background and motivation so as to give you all a better understanding of my dilemma and complications I am facing and why I want to pursue a MBA.

I graduated with electrical and electronics engineering degree from National University of Singapore(NUS). But I was extremely naive and stupid when I was choosing the uni course four years ago. Only in my late second year did I realize I have no real passion and talent in engineering. I came to despise looking at circuits and staring at lines in a programming code. My GPA woes worsened. I was unsure whether I should change course. But coming from an average family, I eventually decided to finish the degree, get a job instead of becoming a burden to my parents since engineering jobs are always in demand in Singapore. Thus upon graduation with no honour, I entered the workforce and never did I expect horrible fates awaited me. Engineering sector here is really bad. long long working hours, immense stress, unreasonable demands from managers. yet those are not the very issues I can't come to term with. The attitude of people in the sector is a sheer source of irritation to me. Reasoning is out of questions; blindly following the rules and pandering to authorities and seniors are orders of the day. low wages and high cost of living have driven competent and experienced engineers to move out of singapore. those incompetents keep pushing the problems left and right, causing delays in projects. I felt frustrated and quit the job, vowing to move out of Singapore for good. And I also wanted a career change. bad experience as an engineer in singapore makes me doubt my ability to work as an engineer.

So I searched for information and it seems MBA is one of the options to get out of Singapore and change a career. So please bear in mind that my motivation to obtain a MBA is as much about a desire to migrate as about wanting to start a new career. I also think management jobs are better suited to me because I can write and speak very well and I am comfortable with meeting new people. Dealing with machines is just not my forte.

hence I sat for GMAT and scored 750(98%), 5.5(81%) for AWA and 4(40%) for IR. GMAT was not that difficult for me as I am innately good in Maths and being an avid reader, verbal section was manageable. I, however, have only about 8 months of work experience......

This leads me to ask questions below.

(1). Are there any MBA program in Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Europe which might accept my application despite my measly short work experience? I do not target prestigious universities. A decent program will do. Nor do I expect immediate job offers upon completing the program. I am not completely against working part time until I get a full time job. I am confident I have enough potential and what it takes to succeed in the country I have decided to migrate.

(2). Supposing that a program accepted me, are there any way of obtaining a study loan? MBA programs in which countries allow applicants to take loan? I don't think I can expect scholarship due to my negligible work experience.

(3). I am a south east asian and an atheist. Living in singapore has taught me how to deal with discrimination and to live as an minority. but, still, I would like to know which country out of those mentioned above would be the most ideal place for me to study and eventually settle in? Evangelical movements seem to be gaining ground in singapore and that is another reason why I want to leave Singapore.

Sincere thanks.

[Edited by Brandon Verity Farseer of Blue Harbour(The last elderling) on Sep 27, 2016]

Hi all,

Before I ask questions, I think it is better to pen a little bit of my background and motivation so as to give you all a better understanding of my dilemma and complications I am facing and why I want to pursue a MBA.

I graduated with electrical and electronics engineering degree from National University of Singapore(NUS). But I was extremely naive and stupid when I was choosing the uni course four years ago. Only in my late second year did I realize I have no real passion and talent in engineering. I came to despise looking at circuits and staring at lines in a programming code. My GPA woes worsened. I was unsure whether I should change course. But coming from an average family, I eventually decided to finish the degree, get a job instead of becoming a burden to my parents since engineering jobs are always in demand in Singapore. Thus upon graduation with no honour, I entered the workforce and never did I expect horrible fates awaited me. Engineering sector here is really bad. long long working hours, immense stress, unreasonable demands from managers. yet those are not the very issues I can't come to term with. The attitude of people in the sector is a sheer source of irritation to me. Reasoning is out of questions; blindly following the rules and pandering to authorities and seniors are orders of the day. low wages and high cost of living have driven competent and experienced engineers to move out of singapore. those incompetents keep pushing the problems left and right, causing delays in projects. I felt frustrated and quit the job, vowing to move out of Singapore for good. And I also wanted a career change. bad experience as an engineer in singapore makes me doubt my ability to work as an engineer.

So I searched for information and it seems MBA is one of the options to get out of Singapore and change a career. So please bear in mind that my motivation to obtain a MBA is as much about a desire to migrate as about wanting to start a new career. I also think management jobs are better suited to me because I can write and speak very well and I am comfortable with meeting new people. Dealing with machines is just not my forte.

hence I sat for GMAT and scored 750(98%), 5.5(81%) for AWA and 4(40%) for IR. GMAT was not that difficult for me as I am innately good in Maths and being an avid reader, verbal section was manageable. I, however, have only about 8 months of work experience......

This leads me to ask questions below.

(1). Are there any MBA program in Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Europe which might accept my application despite my measly short work experience? I do not target prestigious universities. A decent program will do. Nor do I expect immediate job offers upon completing the program. I am not completely against working part time until I get a full time job. I am confident I have enough potential and what it takes to succeed in the country I have decided to migrate.

(2). Supposing that a program accepted me, are there any way of obtaining a study loan? MBA programs in which countries allow applicants to take loan? I don't think I can expect scholarship due to my negligible work experience.

(3). I am a south east asian and an atheist. Living in singapore has taught me how to deal with discrimination and to live as an minority. but, still, I would like to know which country out of those mentioned above would be the most ideal place for me to study and eventually settle in? Evangelical movements seem to be gaining ground in singapore and that is another reason why I want to leave Singapore.

Sincere thanks.

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My answer is in two parts.

I know that you are considering Western countries, but NTU GMBA program in Taiwan is a good option if you want scholarship, because Taiwan government usually provide scholarship for foreign students to attract new talents. Taiwan is reasonable in terms of living expenses as well. But the culture is still very Asian.

Another option is MBA in Germany, programs like Esslingen, it is usually cheaper than English speaking countries
https://www.hs-esslingen.de/en/the-university/faculties/graduate-school/masters-programs/mba-in-international-industrial-management
My answer is in two parts.

I know that you are considering Western countries, but NTU GMBA program in Taiwan is a good option if you want scholarship, because Taiwan government usually provide scholarship for foreign students to attract new talents. Taiwan is reasonable in terms of living expenses as well. But the culture is still very Asian.

Another option is MBA in Germany, programs like Esslingen, it is usually cheaper than English speaking countries
https://www.hs-esslingen.de/en/the-university/faculties/graduate-school/masters-programs/mba-in-international-industrial-management
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