Advice re Pursuing MBA after Military Service


Cav

Hello,

What I Am: I am 37 years old and have been serving in Pakistan Army as a commissioned officer for fifteen years now (current rank 'Major'). Our army requires us to be a jack of all trades which means that while I do not have a particular area of 'expertise' - have not served for more than two years in one particular 'sector'/ role - I have served in various leadership and management positions in the army to develop project management, human resource management, supply chain management and problem solving/ analytical skills. Very recently, I took voluntary early retirement from service as I felt I was stagnating. I will be retiring next month.

Education: Bachelors in Electrical Engineering (CGPA 2.8 - can explain it in my application; basically I was studying full-time and working full-time)

Other interests: AI/ Machine learning. I do have a good understanding of AI/ machine learning concepts. I also have intermediate programming skills in Python. (Please remember that this is more of a hobby and not something I want to pursue a career in).

What I want to be: I want to aim for the 'triple-jump': pursue an MBA in UK so that I can transition into a management consultant role (in UK).

I am planning to take GMAT in a month or so and will try to get at least a 680.

With above in mind, do you guys think a 'full time' MBA from UK is worth pursuing for someone like me?

Am I correct in assuming that following should be the schools that I should apply to?

Warwick, Cranfield, Durham, St. Andrews, AMBS.

PS. I have not mentioned LBS, ICL, Oxford and Cambridge because I think getting into those schools would be difficult for me as I do not have a business background.

Hello,

What I Am: I am 37 years old and have been serving in Pakistan Army as a commissioned officer for fifteen years now (current rank 'Major'). Our army requires us to be a jack of all trades which means that while I do not have a particular area of 'expertise' - have not served for more than two years in one particular 'sector'/ role - I have served in various leadership and management positions in the army to develop project management, human resource management, supply chain management and problem solving/ analytical skills. Very recently, I took voluntary early retirement from service as I felt I was stagnating. I will be retiring next month.

Education: Bachelors in Electrical Engineering (CGPA 2.8 - can explain it in my application; basically I was studying full-time and working full-time)

Other interests: AI/ Machine learning. I do have a good understanding of AI/ machine learning concepts. I also have intermediate programming skills in Python. (Please remember that this is more of a hobby and not something I want to pursue a career in).

What I want to be: I want to aim for the 'triple-jump': pursue an MBA in UK so that I can transition into a management consultant role (in UK).

I am planning to take GMAT in a month or so and will try to get at least a 680.

With above in mind, do you guys think a 'full time' MBA from UK is worth pursuing for someone like me?

Am I correct in assuming that following should be the schools that I should apply to?

Warwick, Cranfield, Durham, St. Andrews, AMBS.

PS. I have not mentioned LBS, ICL, Oxford and Cambridge because I think getting into those schools would be difficult for me as I do not have a business background.
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Duncan

St. Andrews does not offer an MBA. I don't see why you think your background is not attractive to the top schools. Take a look at: How to use LinkedIn to find the best school www.find-mba.com/board/33571 and Best MBAs for international students' placement http://www.find-mba.com/board/41143 

St. Andrews does not offer an MBA. I don't see why you think your background is not attractive to the top schools. Take a look at: How to use LinkedIn to find the best school www.find-mba.com/board/33571 and Best MBAs for international students' placement http://www.find-mba.com/board/41143 
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Cav

Oh, now that I checked, you are absolutely right. No MBA at St. Andrews. Thanks for clarifying. 

I thought someone from a military background would not be a great candidate for top schools because I assumed that people who had work experience in corporate/ finance/ business sectors would be much more attractive to them. Also, my CGPA in my Bachelor's is on the lower side.

Oh, now that I checked, you are absolutely right. No MBA at St. Andrews. Thanks for clarifying.&nbsp;<br><br>I thought someone from a military background would not be a great candidate for top schools because I assumed that people who had work experience in corporate/ finance/ business sectors would be much more attractive to them. Also, my CGPA in my Bachelor's is on the lower side.<br>
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Duncan

You will have more managerial experience than almost anyone in the cohort. For every MBA candidate in Europe, the application itself and GMAT will matter more than your CGPA. The real obstacle will be finding a specific and realistic career goal. Management consulting is an amorphous field, and many firms hire younger people to consult and experience consultants to manage. I don't see how you fit in. 

You will have more managerial experience than almost anyone in the cohort. For every MBA candidate in Europe, the application itself and GMAT will matter more than your CGPA. The real obstacle will be finding a specific and realistic career goal. Management consulting is an amorphous field, and many firms hire younger people to consult and experience consultants to manage. I don't see how you fit in.&nbsp;
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