So I decided to retake the exam within two weeks, hoping to increase my score but got a 740 again.
While this was a little shy of what I had aimed for, I decided to move on after my second attempt.
The response was actually the nudge I needed to seriously reconsider an MBA.
As I restarted research for MBA applications, something that became immediately obvious was the fact that I was going to be pooled in the over represented Indian Male Engineer MBA applicants‘ category.
I work in the automotive industry as a design and aerodynamics consultant.
As the sole consultant for a leading OEM, every day is a new challenge – requiring instant yet sustainable solutions whilst building a strong client relationship.I looked for 3 factors in selecting the right MBA program: Based on that I initially selected five programs in the New York, Boston and Chicago areas and started working on my Round I applications for the Class of 2020.Given that it was already pretty close to the deadline when I started working on the the essays again and due to an unplanned international trip, I ended up applying to only one of the schools out of my list.I had a 97th percentile score on GMAT, a Masters in Engineering from UPenn, with a top 5% GPA, and a slightly unique work profile, at least in my mind, of working at an Oil & Gas startup and an Automotive Consulting firm.I applied for MS right out of undergrad and the MS admission essays are not very self-reflective (compared to MBA essays).Thanks to my affinity for competitive exams, like many Indians I guess, the GMAT prep was mostly fun.By dedicating every evening after work, for about 3 months, on GMAT Club and Manhattan Prep, I was able to hit 740.Upon exploring that route, I realized that without an MBA it is much more slower and challenging to make such a transition.Even before committing myself to the full application process, I took the GMAT in the 3rd quarter of 2016.I reached out to MBA Crystal Ball (MCB) and asked a question about my desire to transition into management consulting with my current background.I was impressed by the prompt and clear response by Manish Gupta.