Oxford,Cambridge MBA for IT business analysis or consulting

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Sorry for repeating this question here as well, didnt know which forum to ask. Here goes: My profile is: BE-Electrical in Mumbai Univ - 1st class. Expected GMAT score: 700+ 1.5yrs in Telecom-ITES 3.5yrs in IT company in Software Testi...
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Thanks very much Amu for your reply. You've been a great help.

Regards,
M.

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Yeah.. CFA can help you come off as Finance expert, and you can get into IT Consulting for Finance domain. This would especially help if your pre-MBA work ex was in IT-Finance. But, CFA takes a decent level of commitment. So managing that along with your MBA coursework could be tricky.

About me - Well.. my role was that of a consultant, but the job has become a joke. That's why I advised you against mid-sized Indian IT companies.

BTW.. my thread - http://www.pagalguy.com/discussions/ready-to-apply-in-july-good-or-bad-25033297
needs some urgent attention.

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HI Amu,

My course will end by April 2010. So, will certifications like CFA etc help in buliding domain knowledge. BTW are you working with IT Consultancy Company?

For some real, meaningful IT consulting in India, go for the CMM level 5 IT giants, preferably the MNCs. Cognizant has a good consulting unit in Hyderabad, where people work closely with the clients on their requirements and assist the project managers in the development of software. Shun the lesser known, smaller companies like a plague. In Indian IT, there's often a huge mismatch between your designation and the actual work that you do.

I assume, you don't wish to work as a project manager, whose responsibility is limited to the delivery. So, PMI certifications are of no use to you. Rather, build your expertise in a domain, such as finance, retail, SCM, etc. A consultant is often an expert in a single vertical, and knows the typical needs and challenges of an industry well.

Rather than restricting yourself to campus jobs, start building your network with the people in IT and alumni at NMIMS, and getting a job of your choice will be easy. When does your course end, btw?
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For some real, meaningful IT consulting in India, go for the CMM level 5 IT giants, preferably the MNCs. Cognizant has a good consulting unit in Hyderabad, where people work closely with the clients on their requirements and assist the project managers in the development of software. Shun the lesser known, smaller companies like a plague. In Indian IT, there's often a huge mismatch between your designation and the actual work that you do.

I assume, you don't wish to work as a project manager, whose responsibility is limited to the delivery. So, PMI certifications are of no use to you. Rather, build your expertise in a domain, such as finance, retail, SCM, etc. A consultant is often an expert in a single vertical, and knows the typical needs and challenges of an industry well.

Rather than restricting yourself to campus jobs, start building your network with the people in IT and alumni at NMIMS, and getting a job of your choice will be easy. When does your course end, btw?

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HI Amu

Can you throw some light on IT consultancy in India. I am pursuing MBA from NMIMS and looking fwd to IT Consultant Profile. I have an experience of 21 months behind me.

PLease also tell me abt the various certifications that can help me get a Consultant Profile.

TIA

Both the schools have excellent reputation and brand-name. However, UK isn't really known for IT jobs (arguable statement). It is more of a financial hub. Getting into consulting (at a senior role) w/o prior experience in the field is rare, but you have decent chances of bagging a consulting job considering the reputation of ox/cam. On the basis of your profile, you do stand a good chance of getting a job of your choice. Perhaps, you may have to compromise on salary / brand name of the company, etc. Smaller companies tend to be more flexible in terms of your job role.

The bias against Indians is a very controversial question. Usually, recruiters don't care about what color you are, if you match the job requirements, salary expectations, etc. But, reportedly (and through my own experiences), a local candidate will always be preferred in case of a tie. May be, this is due to the Visa costs factor. For sales / customer oriented, marketing jobs a local candidate is kind of an unwritten prerequisite.

If you are 100% sure about working in IT, the West coast USA is a better place to do your MBA, than the UK.

You seem to be a sensible guy. Don't rely too much on Pagalguy for quality, sensible replies. Somehow such complex questions do not get much attention here. However, a vague question like "How do I prepare for GMAT" will get a lot of replies. Build and interact with your own pre-MBA network. Team up with people in the same boat.

My thread too is awaiting a reply...
http://www.pagalguy.com/discussions/ready-to-apply-in-july-good-or-bad-25033297
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Both the schools have excellent reputation and brand-name. However, UK isn't really known for IT jobs (arguable statement). It is more of a financial hub. Getting into consulting (at a senior role) w/o prior experience in the field is rare, but you have decent chances of bagging a consulting job considering the reputation of ox/cam. On the basis of your profile, you do stand a good chance of getting a job of your choice. Perhaps, you may have to compromise on salary / brand name of the company, etc. Smaller companies tend to be more flexible in terms of your job role.

The bias against Indians is a very controversial question. Usually, recruiters don't care about what color you are, if you match the job requirements, salary expectations, etc. But, reportedly (and through my own experiences), a local candidate will always be preferred in case of a tie. May be, this is due to the Visa costs factor. For sales / customer oriented, marketing jobs a local candidate is kind of an unwritten prerequisite.

If you are 100% sure about working in IT, the West coast USA is a better place to do your MBA, than the UK.

You seem to be a sensible guy. Don't rely too much on Pagalguy for quality, sensible replies. Somehow such complex questions do not get much attention here. However, a vague question like "How do I prepare for GMAT" will get a lot of replies. Build and interact with your own pre-MBA network. Team up with people in the same boat.

My thread too is awaiting a reply...
http://www.pagalguy.com/discussions/ready-to-apply-in-july-good-or-bad-25033297

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Come on guys, alumni, someone.. please resolve my query. It might be helpful to a lot of ppl out there.

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Sorry for repeating this question here as well, didnt know which forum to ask. Here goes:

My profile is:
BE-Electrical in Mumbai Univ - 1st class.
Expected GMAT score: 700+
1.5yrs in Telecom-ITES
3.5yrs in IT company in Software Testing with client interaction exp of 1.5yrs (currently Sr test analyst).

I am looking at IT project mgmt-business analysis (realistic aim) and if possible to switch to strategy consulting (in my wishlist). Planning to do an MBA from either Oxford or Cambridge. I would like to know the following:
1. To get into IT project mgmt or business analysis in UK companies, are either of these schools good? If so, which one in particular?
2. I have seen that consulting firms recruit from these schools. However, do they recruit ppl without prior consulting exp?
3. How realistic are my chances to get into strategy consulting in a top consulting firm on the basis of my profile and and MBA from either of these institutions?
4. Any bias against Indians during recruitments?

Would like someone to reply to these please. Thanks in advance.
Regards,
M.

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