Best option for MBA in UK - 30+ / IT


addie_n

Hi All,

Appreciate if someone could look at my profile and advise.

I am a 33 year old Indian male working in IT in Systems Support in the UAE.
I have been working since 2010 so i have around 11+ years of experience in IT.
I have not given a GMAT yet.
I am having good grades in secondary school and high school but have completed graduation (BSc IT) a little late.
Since ive had good IT professional certifications, my career progression has been good and have a very good salary.

All these years, i have worked for an exciting company and am doing reasonably well, but my career has started to feel nonchalant, and boredom began to set in. Also, i am really interested in going into the management and strategy side of the organization (IT preferably) but don’t see myself growing into a management role anytime soon if i continue in same place.

Due to this, I really would like to go for MBA.
I am looking only at UK programs as i want to work there for sometime after my MBA. Also, due to their newly introduced PSW visa and student family dependent visa option. I am aiming for the 2022 September start so i have some time to finalize.

Can someone please suggest me best way forward and preferable MBA programs looking at my career goals and possibility of getting in.

Sorry for the long write-up..
Thanks to all, in advance.

Hi All,

Appreciate if someone could look at my profile and advise.

I am a 33 year old Indian male working in IT in Systems Support in the UAE.
I have been working since 2010 so i have around 11+ years of experience in IT.
I have not given a GMAT yet.
I am having good grades in secondary school and high school but have completed graduation (BSc IT) a little late.
Since ive had good IT professional certifications, my career progression has been good and have a very good salary.

All these years, i have worked for an exciting company and am doing reasonably well, but my career has started to feel nonchalant, and boredom began to set in. Also, i am really interested in going into the management and strategy side of the organization (IT preferably) but don’t see myself growing into a management role anytime soon if i continue in same place.

Due to this, I really would like to go for MBA.
I am looking only at UK programs as i want to work there for sometime after my MBA. Also, due to their newly introduced PSW visa and student family dependent visa option. I am aiming for the 2022 September start so i have some time to finalize.

Can someone please suggest me best way forward and preferable MBA programs looking at my career goals and possibility of getting in.

Sorry for the long write-up..
Thanks to all, in advance.
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Duncan

Take a look at:
GMAT Tiers - strong schools for your GMAT www.find-mba.com/board/27082
Best MBAs for international students' placement http://www.find-mba.com/board/41143
Your commonplace background and lack of progression will make the top schools a stratch for you. You will need much more specific career goals and a strong GMAT. 

Take a look at:<br>GMAT Tiers - strong schools for your GMAT www.find-mba.com/board/27082<div><br></div><div>Best MBAs for international students' placement http://www.find-mba.com/board/41143</div><div><br>Your commonplace background and lack of progression will make the top schools a stratch for you. You will need much more specific career goals and a strong GMAT.&nbsp;</div>
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addie_n

Take a look at:
GMAT Tiers - strong schools for your GMAT www.find-mba.com/board/27082
Best MBAs for international students' placement http://www.find-mba.com/board/41143
Your commonplace background and lack of progression will make the top schools a stratch for you. You will need much more specific career goals and a strong GMAT. 




Thanks for the reply, Duncan.
I believe a good GMAT might be the best way out of my situation. Will have to try my best for that now and it will tough since its been years since I passed out of school.

I have more questions related to this - Are there any good schools which admit without GMAT? (Durham i think accepts without GMAT)- What do you mean when you say specific career goals? Should i have specific goals related to the industry / country / role? And how does that affect my choice of B-Schools? 

Thanks again.. Much appreciated.

[quote]Take a look at:<br>GMAT Tiers - strong schools for your GMAT www.find-mba.com/board/27082<div><br></div><div>Best MBAs for international students' placement http://www.find-mba.com/board/41143</div><div><br>Your commonplace background and lack of progression will make the top schools a stratch for you. You will need much more specific career goals and a strong GMAT.&nbsp;</div> [/quote]<br><br>
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</div><div>Thanks for the reply, Duncan.</div><br><div>I believe a good GMAT might be the best way out of my situation. Will have to try my best for that now and it will tough since its been years since I passed out of school.
</div><br><div>I have more questions related to this&nbsp;</div><div>-&nbsp;Are there any good schools which admit without GMAT? (Durham i think accepts without GMAT)</div><div>- What do you mean when you say specific career goals? Should i have specific goals related to the industry / country / role? And how does that affect my choice of B-Schools?&nbsp;
</div><br><div>Thanks again.. Much appreciated.</div><div>
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Duncan

That's a very false economy. 50 hours prep opens up a much better layer of school. You won't get into LBS or Oxbridge but the next tier could open up if you apply early. 

That's a very false economy. 50 hours prep opens up a much better layer of school. You won't get into LBS or Oxbridge but the next tier could open up if you apply early.&nbsp;
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addie_n

Thanks for your advice. 

Thanks for your advice.&nbsp;<br>
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Duncan

Also see https://find-mba.com/board/gmat/why-you-should-take-the-gmat-33542 

Even schools that don't require the GMAT will value it. They know a candidate without the GMAT is less likely to succeed in the programme, matriculate after being given an offer, or have funding in place. Durham is a good school but salaries are notable higher at schools like Cranfield, Warwick, Imperial and Alliance MBS. I think those should be your target schools. 

Also see https://find-mba.com/board/gmat/why-you-should-take-the-gmat-33542&nbsp;<br><br>Even schools that don't require the GMAT will value it. They know a candidate without the GMAT is less likely to succeed in the programme, matriculate after being given an offer, or have funding in place. Durham is a good school but salaries are notable higher at schools like Cranfield, Warwick, Imperial and Alliance MBS. I think those should be your target schools.&nbsp;
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aslamo

What role are you currently doing in IT systems support? Is an MBA really required to make a move into IT management or strategy? Most CIOs don't have an MBA...




What role are you currently doing in IT systems support? Is an MBA really required to make a move into IT management or strategy? Most CIOs don't have an MBA...<br><br><br><br><br>
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