Ask Sameer Kamat | Author of 'Beyond The MBA Hype'

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*Beyond The MBA Hype* When IT professional Mitu (a fictional character in the book) describes his strategy to cut out the tedious research and take the 'short-cut' to gain a _phoren_ MBA, his friend Sachin confronts him. _"What about the q...
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Hi Sameer,

I have been considering the HKU MBA and was reading its essay prompt.. a bit confused could you help? Here is how it goes:

Please provide below a statement explaining why you are interested in doing this programme, why you are suitable for it and the value of the MBA programme to your future career. Here's how i interpret this:

1. Please provide below a statement explaining why you are interested in doing this programme i.e. Why HKU MBA

2. value of the MBA programme to your future career. ie. why MBA .. and now the dilemma..

3. why you are suitable for it.. does this mean why MBA now or what value would I add to the HKU class?

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Please provide your valuable feedback on this :

I am 2012 passout (Btech) with 78% Grads, XII 85%, Xth 91.4%.

I am working right now in HCL..and till now i have 1.5 yrs of work-exp.

My job is damn hectic. So m planning to quit my job in near future (March/April 2014) and prepare for CAT once again. (ie, CAT 2014)

I was already enrolled in coaching in the year 2013. However, I want to go for only IIM's and NOTHING less than that.

For this year (2013), I am expecting calls from SCMHRD, NMIMS and yeah..a good cat percentile (but not sure whether i'd get IIM's or not)

My only concern is whether quitting the job just for CAT prep will create a hindrance in IIM's ???

Any past examples are appreciated.

PS: If i quit my job, start preparing for CFA along with CAT and clear level 1 of CFA before CAT, then will it compensate for quittting a job??

Struggler since 2011 :) ... But the best is destined to come now !!!
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Hi Sameer,

I am working in Assurance consulting division in TCS. Have experience of 2 years as of now. Below is my acads and some other details :

10th : 94.5
12th : 95.3
B.Tech (CSE) : 8.93 on 10 (Non IIT/NIT)

- Have received scholarships and medals in school. Have a state government scholarship. Was in dean's list in college for all the 4 years (top 10%). Have won 2 inter college debates and drama competitions.

- Won harbinger award in TCS. Got several appreciation from clients and ISU head. Have worked on some big successful RFP's. Worked with around 15 clients to help them improve and increase the test automation in their projects.

- ISTQB certified software tester. Business consulting certification from TCS Domain academy. Published a research paper at work.

- Member of the Toastmasters Club at office. Served as Secretary and Vice President PR for the club. A TMI certified Competent communicator. Currently pursuing Advanced communicators bronze and Competent leader program. Editor for the club magazine for an year. Won prize in club's humorous speech contest.

I am interested in an MBA program which is strong in technology management in the US, Europe. My experience is on the lower side. Will it be better to go for MIS program in colleges like Mays, Kelley, Cincinnati, SUNY, Arizona ?

Check for MBA in a college where they don't look for higher for work like SUNY buffalo or Pittsburgh (KATZ) ?

Which will be a better decision ? Will write GMAT by March. Expecting around 700 score.

Back to PG !!
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Hi Sameer, I just ordered your book. Hoping to find answers to all my questions with that.

My career ambition is to start a company after 35 before which I would like to get as much experience and yes, money of course, as possible. I want to do an MBA in the appropriate time.

I'm currently working in Amazon for an year now in a technical role. As such, the career path is all too technical. I'm caught in a dilemma whether to move up the technical ladder or to quit the company and join a more management-oriented designation in one of the Big 4's. As everyone say, I need atleast 3+ work-ex for to have good profile for MBA. What do I do ? I also have a dilemma on whether to choose MBA in India or MBA abroad. Kindly advise.

Thanks !

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Hi Sameer, I'm a Civil Engineer with a PGP in Advanced Construction Management looking to pursue MBA in 2015 preferably in the US. My Post MBA goal is to get into Real Estate Consulting. From all the read up I've done most Bschools have their own Real Estate Post graduate programs. How are these programs different from a conventional MBA?If I am still unsure about Real Estate consulting is it alright to join a MBA program and see how it goes?Please advice.Thanks !

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Hi Sameer

I have some confusions regarding future prospects after IT. It will be great if you can tell me, what kind of Job profiles are offered to those who are interested in MBA - Corporate finance and are doing CFA certifications (Read Ghost13 😛 :)). Which companies will be willin to hire someone who will have this profile.

I am looking to do MBA from any destination(preferably USA and Singapore) which will have attractive ROI and great Job Prospects. However recenly Canada and Australia are also coming up.

Whats your take. If I have to be in India it will be ISB. Out of all these countries which one has better job prospects for IT Engineer like me. Moreover I was thinking of MBA less than 2yrs, but I guess that will be bit hard regarding my profile.

Work Ex: 4yrs in 2014(yr I am planing to go fr MBA)

GMAT : 700

Acads: 75% Avg

Extra CC: Above Avg

P.S: Sometimes I wonder, U must be getting bored from typical "IT Engineer" queries. 😛

But I really appreciate your effort and way to tackle queries!! Great Going Man!!!

BTW Ill let you in on a secret, I am also trying to retire from Corporate life before 40!

Master - Please show me the light !! 😛 😁

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@MartianOnEarth

More than the course work, what will help you more are the contacts that you build in HK. As it's a new region for you, it'll be good if you can start the process early.

On a related note, wondering if you'd be interested in sharing your application story on the MBA Crystal Ball site. We don't have anything on CUHK yet.

Sure...i would love to do that ..Please share with me the related links...My email ID abhigt.jumech@gmail.com.That's true.....I would build some contacts in HK and the "jugad" process has already started :). Taking into account I would have to learn Mandarin to get adjusted to the Business culture as most people do Business with China, I am planning to start it in may be a month or two.

Continuous learning is the best way of defense
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@reviliant

Hello Sameer Sir, Hope you are doing good. I got an admit to CUHK Business School and am planning to join the same next year 2014 (deferred). I am right now in US and am planning to gather some money till next year and invest the same in the my education next year (which is the main reason I had deferred my admissions).Before going there and considering it's in Hong Kong, what do you suggest me to do as pre MBA course work which I can utilize post my MBA, as I am aiming to stay in South East Asia post MBA ( not necessarily though).Let me know your pointers. Thanks in advance. 😃

More than the course work, what will help you more are the contacts that you build in HK. As it's a new region for you, it'll be good if you can start the process early.


On a related note, wondering if you'd be interested in sharing your application story on the MBA Crystal Ball site. We don't have anything on CUHK yet.


Founder - MBA CRYSTAL BALL (mbacrystalball.com) | Twitter www.twitter.com/mba_cb
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Hello Sameer Sir,
Hope you are doing good. I got an admit to CUHK Business School and am planning to join the same next year 2014 (deferred). I am right now in US and am planning to gather some money till next year and invest the same in the my education next year (which is the main reason I had deferred my admissions).

Before going there and considering it's in Hong Kong, what do you suggest me to do as pre MBA course work which I can utilize post my MBA, as I am aiming to stay in South East Asia post MBA ( not necessarily though).

Let me know your pointers. Thanks in advance. :)

Continuous learning is the best way of defense
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@kaz13

I plan to do a second MBA from a US university

Quite a few who are planning for that. So you aren't the odd one out.


@kaz13

As doing an MBA from abroad would be a huge investment, its obvious that it will make sense only if i do it from a top 25 institute in the US.

On the contrary, in your case it might make sense to be a little more flexible with the school list as you are planning to open an NGO. With the debt of a top-school that might become difficult.


@kaz13

So considering all this, would my present MBA degree be a big hurdle if I have to get admission to one of the top 2-year programs in the US..?

There'll be two main constraints:

- Number of schools accepting 2nd MBA applicants:


Here's a list to make your research work a little easy: USA business schools accepting second MBA applicants from India


- You'll need to go the extra distance (compared to first time applicants) to show why you are repeating the MBA process all over again.


@kaz13

I have already taken GMAT and have got a score of 710... and I was planning to start applying in the first round starting this August.. Please let me know if it is a good move to make considering my goals...?

Repeating the primary message from 'Beyond The MBA Hype', if you keep your expectations at a moderate level and target the right programs, it will be a good move.


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