I did it! I finally scheduled my GMAT exam, which brings me one step closer to getting my applications ready for b-school. It’s in just under two weeks, so I’ll definitely need to do some final prep work over the long weekend. After that, I will transfer all my energy towards applications and pump them out in a month. It all sounds daunting, but a little bit of pressure usually gives me the motivation I need to take care of business!
I’m optimistic that I can put together a profile making me a strong candidate, but the reality is that only 5-10% of applicants get in and I’m definitely on the lower end of the scale when it comes to work experience. Hopefully I can make up for that and state a good case for my qualifications. The good thing is, it wouldn’t kill me to get another year under my belt and I’m not in a huge rush to get an MBA right away, so even if I don’t get in to Harvard or Stanford (the only two I’m applying to this year), I’ll just try again next year.
Of course I’m definitely hoping I do get in for the entering class of 2012, but at least I have the luxury of more time if I need it. There is definitely a lot of experience I can still accrue with an additional year. However, I feel there are a lot of opportunities at work out of my reach without an MBA to back me up. Getting that degree would really help me over a hump in my career that otherwise may take two or three times as long to overcome.
I’m looking forward to getting the test out of the way so I can focus all my energy on my applications. If I can, I’ll definitely want to make a classroom visit too!