It is a dilemma for those who have crossed the age of 30 and have 10 or more years of work experience. The usual experience required for an MBA is 3-5 years. You can stretch this to 7-8 years. But if you have 10 or more years, many business schools will question your ‘late waking up’. If you have good reason for such delay, it would be imperative for you to explain it in the application. What the business schools will also consider is your career trajectory. If you have taken more time to achieve what others have in fewer years, it will go against you. No school will want students who might slow down the class. Besides, universities would not want to hurt their class employment rate on which their rankings depend.
An MBA is for either attaining leadership positions in the same industry or when you want a shift in your career. The latter would mean a movement below your current level. So you might want to think if you are willing to start again, so to speak, at this point of your career.
Another factor to keep in mind would be the opportunity cost of taking the break and the cost of the MBA. At this age, how much more can you expect to increase your salary post MBA? Would companies prefer a younger and more energetic mind with lesser familial constraints or someone with greater experience?
Whether you should do the MBA after 10+ years of work depends upon your individual needs and situation. When choosing where to apply to, think about what your personal goals are and if the university matches them.
Several business schools in the UK and Europe accept advanced careers. As an alternative, if you have outstanding achievements, you can choose to do one of the elite programs, MIT Sloan Fellows Program, Stanford MSx, the LBS Sloan or the Nanyang Fellows MBA programs of one year duration. These are more advanced and rigorous with a very small cohort. Company sponsorship is largely the way to fund this expensive program.
If you would like advice based on your personal circumstances, do get in touch with us.
Amidst all the uncertainties, many students right now are
feeling insecure about their future or are even are unable to plan their next
steps as both their final exams and the results have been postponed. These are
unprecedented circumstances which took the world by surprise. However, the
higher education sector around the globe is trying to deal with this situation
in the best way possible keeping the interest and the safety of all students in
mind. The health of their students is priority for all institutions.
What can you do at this point?
1. Be patient. Wait and watch.
It is a fluid situation because of the unpredictability of
the behaviour of the virus. So decisions need to be put on hold for a while.
2. Have a Plan A and a Plan B
Universities world wide are working towards enabling the
fall session to start as usual. They expect the situation to be under control
and the environment conducive to begin the session on campus. However, if the
situation demands they might shift the initial part of the course online or
shift the whole intake to a later start date, perhaps in spring. So be prepared
to make a decision on what you will do in any eventuality.
3. Keep the communication on.
Check the university websites for their plans and policy
changes on the virus situation. Communicate your concerns to them via email.
There may be some delays in their responses since everyone is working from
4. Continue with your plans.
Universities across the globe are continuing to accept
applications and are issuing offers. Accept your offers within the deadlines,
pay the deposits, book your accommodation. Check the refund policy before
paying the deposit. Though most universities are offering the option to refund
your deposits or defer in case the situation worsens and they are unable to
proceed with the classes on campus.
5. Prepare for the degree.
While you are waiting at home for the new normal to come,
prepare yourself. Contact your program faculty and ask for a reading list to
get a head start. Computer languages, academic writing, a foreign language,
other courses related to your main program of study, there are many MOOCs you
can join online to upgrade your knowledge and help you to prepare for college
6. Be positive.
Don’t give up just yet. It’s only a matter of time.
The good news:
The US government injected $2.3T into their economy to save
and support businesses. The UK government announced a rescue package worth £330
billion in March itself to assist businesses struggling with the ‘economic
emergency’ caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the UK. The economic impact of
the COVID-19 crisis would be “significant, but temporary”, UK’s
Indian-origin finance minister Rishi Sunak has said, exuding confidence that
Britain’s economy will bounce back “quickly and strongly” once the
coronavirus pandemic is brought under control. While the UK economy would
contract by 12.8 per cent this year under this scenario, it is expected to get
back to its pre-crisis growth trend by the end of 2020. (data taken from ET)
This only means that governments across the world are
actively seeking to save their economies and minimize the impact of Covid.
Here, we have to remember what happened in Germany post World War II, the
country saw a period of what they called “Wirtschaftswunder” – an
While the world economy gets back on its feet, rethink ways
to utilise this difficult time efficiently. Build your skills, reinvent
yourself through higher education. Keep your dreams on!
Contact us anytime on phone, email, WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom,
we are here to help you.
Educative, Elucidative, Exclusive is how the students who attended
this year’s Coffee & Conversation, described the event.
Our guest speakers Subhojit Mukherjee and Prithviraj Ray immediately
connected with everyone which led to a very exciting and interactive discussion.
Engaging in intelligent and pertinent questions, the students participated
enthusiastically, making the session, as rightly put by Aditya, insightful.
Subhojit began the conversation by comparing the careers of four of his friends who are employed in different countries of the EU. What they all had in common were four things: academic excellence, proactivity, visibility and networking.
He stressed on the importance of maintaining good grades as they
make you immediately stand out. However, good grades are not enough. Even if you are an excellent student from a
renowned university, there are still many others like you. So why should the
employer choose you?
Show that you are the better option, become eligible to be
considered, stand out. Employers look for additional skills which you can
develop by being involved in various activities. Be proactive, participate
in events, join clubs and societies at university, work in projects, intern.
Subhojit worked in the university’s student union as a treasurer where he
learnt how to organize events with budget constraints and developed
negotiation skills. All this gave him an edge over others.
Being from Cambridge or Oxford will not entitle you to a job. The
employer chose Prithviraj over an Oxford student because he showed experiences.
Through his active participation in various university events, he clearly
displayed his independent personality and showed that he can take initiative.
Prithviraj today holds the position of Vice President at Enactus, a youth
social enterprise to support young people in the UK and got multiple future
offers while still in the first year of his degree.
You might face adversities, find ways to beat the limitation.
Subhojit, for example, had to regularly come back to India (for personal
reasons) during his term breaks, but he worked around it. He found research
projects to work on every summer that he was home, at KPMG, the Indian
Statistical Institute and IIM Calcutta. He utilized his vacation periods
efficiently and wisely.
Have you thought about how important foreign language skills are?
Subhojit’s senior got himself a project only because he could speak Portuguese.
In a collaborative project, if you know their language, you will be more
easy to work with. It also gives you more possibilities when networking.
Besides, if you speak their language, you instantly enter their book of trusted.
An athlete himself, Prithviraj pointed out why employers look for sportspersons.
Their ability to cope in high pressure situations, their drive, resilience and
teamwork, all of these transferable skills makes one highly attractive.
The importance of networking was also widely discussed. Before trying
to establish contacts, it is important to plan your career goal first. Once you
know where you want to go, try to get in touch and interact with people
associated with it. Subhojit carefully chose his mentor after researching
all the alumni members and talking to them. Prithviraj’s professional mentor at
the university guided him with how to tailor make his CV for every job
application and how to highlight his strengths. Where can you meet people to
network with? At events organised by your university, at it’s clubs and societies
or job fairs. You can also get in touch with your university alumni. But most
importantly: build your network of contacts and stay in touch with them.
At the end of our Zoom session, Subhojit finally drew our
attention to the existence of “hidden opportunities”. Without keeping
in touch with his professor and mentor, he would have never come in contact with
the person who informed him about a project at IBM Italy. Subhojit bagged the
job as he was the only one to apply for it. No one else knew of the
Talking to Subhojit and Prithviraj was inspiring for everyone and
a great opportunity to learn about how to establish a career abroad. We are
looking forward to next year when we will again invite everyone for a Coffee
Join us for another round of Coffee & Conversation. This year’s interactive session will focus on possibilities of making a career abroad. Subhojit Mukherjee will tell us how he became a successful business analyst in Milan, Italy. And Prithviraj Ray will talk about how networking is benefitting him.
We invite all interested students and ex-students. Whether you wish to study or are currently studying abroad, if you have successfully made a career abroad or are in the making: do join us and share your experiences or ask your questions and clarify all your doubts.
Due to the present lockdown, this year’s Coffee & Conversation will take part online on Zoom. All you need is to download the app and contact us for registration.
How does an international degree enhance one’s career possibilities? Are there chances to find a job in the UK and in Germany after your studies? And how can one finance one’s stay abroad? These were some of the questions discussed in the workshop “Study Abroad” hosted by Globe Ed on 2nd March 2020 at Techno India University, Salt Lake. The workshop was attended by more than 60 students interested to learn more about higher education abroad.
Dr. Hans-Martin Kunz, ex-Lecturer Heidelberg University, Germany, mentioned that the number of Indian students in Germany has tripled over the past few years due to the increasing number of English language postgraduate programmes in the fields of science and engineering. Because of its strong, export-based economy and it’s aging population Germany is currently searching for high skilled workers which makes it an ideal destination for students seeking to work abroad.
Professor Subhamoy Bhattacharya, who holds the chair of Geomechanics at the University of Surrey, UK, talked in a video presentation about the MSc Advanced Geotechnics and the excellent career possibilities in the fields of civil engineering, discussing especially structure and bridge engineering and offshore wind farms. Smriti Kunz, education enthusiast and co-founder of Globe Ed, lead us through the workshop and explained to the students the recently introduced post-study work permit as well as the new point-based immigration system in the UK.
We, Globe Ed, are coming to your college with an exciting opportunity to learn about study and work in the UK and Germany. You will be listening to academic representatives talk and will also have the chance to ask questions. So join us for an interactive session full of information and discovery.
1. Brief introduction to Globe Ed
2. Dr. Hans-Martin Kunz Former Professor Heidelberg University, Germany Talk: on the education system and opportunities in Germany
3. Professor S. Bhattacharya Head of Civil Engineering Department University of Surrey, UK Talk (via video): on the courses and opportunities in the field of civil engineering
When Hitesh Tekchandani aka the Salsawala came to our office in 2009, no one could think that this will be the start of such a success story. It was a rather unusual wish which was uttered: he wanted to follow his heart to study dance in the UK. It was not easy convincing his family, as after a degree in BCom he was expected to build a career in business. With his determination he broke all conformity and decided to indulge in his passion by pursuing a degree in dance.
With support of his mother he realised his dreams, studied a BA in Dance at the University of Surrey, UK, and returned to Kolkata to share his fascination with others. Hitesh successfully established a Salsa dance school and his study of site-specific choreography helped him conceptualize ‘Salsa by the Lakes’ where he has weekly classes free for all to join.
We at Globe Ed are happy to see our students successful!
is one of Europe’s leading forces in the ‘renewable revolution’. A revolution
started by the Green party in the 1980’s was carried forward by Angela Merkel,
known as the Climate Chancellor. After the Fukushima disaster in Japan she
decided to phase out all nuclear power plants and focused on the Energiewende,
the planned transition towards renewable energy. Merkel maintained
her international engagement in cutting emissions achieving in sourcing 30% of
Germany’s power sustainably. Converting the remaining 70% to green energy is
planned and under way. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment
aims to run Germany solely on renewable energy and make its economy climate-neutral
order to achieve this humungous task of transformation, there will be a great
need for energy engineers. The country’s focus on developing green
technologies is supported by the education industry and its educational
institutions have been preparing for this. Germany, in the process, has gained
a reputation as one of the best places in the world to study renewable energy.
biggest challenge will be to store, transport and distribute the renewable
energy. The economy will rely on the German universities to prepare the
workforce to create solutions and technologies to overcome these challenges.
major wind mill parks are located in the coastal region of northern Germany. So
the universities in the northern part of Germany like Hamburg University of
Applied Sciences, Kiel University, University of Kassel would be good for
studying renewable energy besides Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, RWTH, TU Munich
and University of Stuttgart.
find employment, some of the companies for wind energy are: Gamesa, Suzlon, GE
Wind Energy, Vestas, Windworld. For solar energy, Sunedison, First Solar,
Belectric, DuPont, Trina, SMA are some of the global leaders.
Known for being the country that has produced the most Nobel
prize winners, France is a very desirable study destination.
Students in France must specialize in the relevant field of
study from their first year at the university. Hence students need to have a
clear understanding of what they want to achieve from the degree, or which
future jobs they are interested in pursuing, from the beginning of their degree
Compared to the US universities, French universities are not
so selective and accept students who attain secondary school education. As a
result, class sizes are large in the first year of study. However, in order to
progress to the second year, students have to pass very competitive exams and
qualify for the limited number of places.
Much like the Ivy league in the US and Oxbridge in the UK,
there is an elite group of institutes in France known as the ‘grandesécoles’. These are
regarded highly in France and have extremely selective entry
Some of these are:
École Normal Supérieure de Lyon
The top business schools are:
ESSEC Business School
universities offer students the option of a bilingual programme or a programme
taught only in English.
of English proficiency is shown with IELTS/TOEFL.
programs taught in French, Level B2 is required for admission to 1st year in
the framework of the DAP (demande d’admission préalable – preliminary request
for admission). Some French institutes of higher education may require a higher
level, C1 or C2, for specific programmes.
universities’ fees usually
have to be paid in full at the beginning of each academic year.
€2770 per year for Bachelor’s programmes
€3770 per year for Master’s programmes
€380 per year for Doctorate (PhD) programmes
who are able to set their own annual fees, charge much higher tuition fees,
which often range from €3,000 to €20,000 per year. Some of the top management
schools in France charge up to €30,000 as an annual tuition fee.
For living expenses,
international students are expected to have funds of €615 per month (€7318 per
year). In larger cities, other than Paris, students are able to live on €850 to
€1000 per month, including the cost of accommodation. However, if you wish to
study in Paris, as most international students heading to France do, be
prepared to spend €1250 to €1400 per month.
You require health
insurance – national or Private of €300-700
Universities also offer
scholarships to international students every year. Scholarships range from
being fully funded, partially funded to tuition fee only support.
You can work part
time 20hours/week during term time and full time during vacation.
Post study work
permit: 2 years
France opens doors for Indians:
Indian students in France can now extend their stay in the
country beyond completion of their studies. Under this arrangement, Indian post
graduate students shall be allowed the benefit of a 2 years special residence
permit in France.
Admission committees look for leadership skills in an applicant, both undergraduate and postgraduate and this can be shown in various ways.
Narrate your achievements as a leader. You may be a team leader within an organization or outside. For example, you could be the leader of an academic project, a sports team captain, organize a food drive or any community service based activity. It could be that you improved the work environment, helped build the brand, streamlined investments, enabled or empowered your team members.
Note, you must mention measurable results, like the size of your team, percentage increase in sales or clients etc.
If you have not been in the role of a team leader, but were an ad-hoc leader for an individual project or perhaps you did not have an official position, but were the driving force behind the project, you could still show your leadership quality. Show individual initiative.
Here it would be useful to have your recommender vouch for your claims.
If you have not led a group of people, don’t loose hope. You can inspire/motivate others/peers or help someone solve a problem, contribute to the growth of an organisation or project to show that you have leadership potential.
Note, it is important to narrate the episode/story rather than just list your accomplishments.