UK vs US MBA for career shift


Hello all,

I am an I.T graduate with over 4 years of managerial experience in the Indian Engineering sector having worked in various cross functional roles such as I.T infrastructure management and ERP implementation.

I am seriously considering a MBA either in USA or UK for achieving a career shift and getting employed in the I.T consulting field in these two countries.

I have read many posts and have construed that 1 year program structure in UK does not give much of job opportunity in UK for "career switchers".

With this in mind I would like to know whether anyone in this forum can shed some light on whether applying for an MBA in UK for Fall 2010 from Tier 2 schools such as Cass,Aston, Imperial and LUMS would be a effective idea in order to achieve career transition as well as get employed in the new field given the current economic scenraio.

In the same vein would pursuing an MBA from middle rung Schools in USA such as Kelly, Rice and Uni of California,Davis in Fall 2010 enable one to achieve a career switch with job?

I would appreciate thoughts from all of you in this regard.

Thanks for reading this post

Hello all,

I am an I.T graduate with over 4 years of managerial experience in the Indian Engineering sector having worked in various cross functional roles such as I.T infrastructure management and ERP implementation.

I am seriously considering a MBA either in USA or UK for achieving a career shift and getting employed in the I.T consulting field in these two countries.

I have read many posts and have construed that 1 year program structure in UK does not give much of job opportunity in UK for "career switchers".

With this in mind I would like to know whether anyone in this forum can shed some light on whether applying for an MBA in UK for Fall 2010 from Tier 2 schools such as Cass,Aston, Imperial and LUMS would be a effective idea in order to achieve career transition as well as get employed in the new field given the current economic scenraio.

In the same vein would pursuing an MBA from middle rung Schools in USA such as Kelly, Rice and Uni of California,Davis in Fall 2010 enable one to achieve a career switch with job?

I would appreciate thoughts from all of you in this regard.

Thanks for reading this post
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Masood Sah...

hi

firstly schools mentioned by you are not at all tier 2 schools, they are definitely tier 1 school

one year mba is good for prof exec looking for break, now i dont think u can underestimate value of one year mba, after all iese,oxford,cambridge,lbs all are one year mba,

u can apply for any school of ur choice, but before doing that and not wasting time with schools, i suggest if u have not written gmat, write gmat , see where you stand and than go ahead and apply to schools of your choice.

hope this helps

hi

firstly schools mentioned by you are not at all tier 2 schools, they are definitely tier 1 school

one year mba is good for prof exec looking for break, now i dont think u can underestimate value of one year mba, after all iese,oxford,cambridge,lbs all are one year mba,

u can apply for any school of ur choice, but before doing that and not wasting time with schools, i suggest if u have not written gmat, write gmat , see where you stand and than go ahead and apply to schools of your choice.

hope this helps
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Rhino

For career switcher, most people say that 2 year MBA would be best because:
1) More time to develop your network to potential employer
If you are in 1-yr MBA you'll be spending approx. 100 hrs per week.
Thus, you won't even have time to get decent sleep yet good network.
2) You'll be able to do an Internship which is crucial if you would like to switch into banking industry
3) More time to bond with your peers (Ie. In MBA club), which will be crucial for your entire life

Of course the cons is: MORE EXPENSIVE!

IMO, 1-yr MBA is best for those who want to be enterpreneur straight out of MBA.
These ppl will squeeze out of the program from getting access to VCs all around the world.
I know that some schools have study tours where they meet VCs so that their student can pitch their ideas.

For career switcher, most people say that 2 year MBA would be best because:
1) More time to develop your network to potential employer
If you are in 1-yr MBA you'll be spending approx. 100 hrs per week.
Thus, you won't even have time to get decent sleep yet good network.
2) You'll be able to do an Internship which is crucial if you would like to switch into banking industry
3) More time to bond with your peers (Ie. In MBA club), which will be crucial for your entire life

Of course the cons is: MORE EXPENSIVE!

IMO, 1-yr MBA is best for those who want to be enterpreneur straight out of MBA.
These ppl will squeeze out of the program from getting access to VCs all around the world.
I know that some schools have study tours where they meet VCs so that their student can pitch their ideas.
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Irma

As far as I've learnt, UK schools (exclude LBS & Oxbridge) hardly can provide opportunities in US and even in the UK for those from other countries particularly non-EU. US employers have no much knowledge and respect for European schools, only if LBS, Oxbridge, INSEAD may be..

whereas 2 tier US MBA would certainly be helpful while seeking for employment all over the world ..

kinda unfair.. but..

As far as I've learnt, UK schools (exclude LBS & Oxbridge) hardly can provide opportunities in US and even in the UK for those from other countries particularly non-EU. US employers have no much knowledge and respect for European schools, only if LBS, Oxbridge, INSEAD may be..

whereas 2 tier US MBA would certainly be helpful while seeking for employment all over the world ..

kinda unfair.. but..
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