How I got a free MBA in USA and saved 70 lakh rupees

Written by Sameer Kamat

UNC Kenan Flagler MBA with scholarshipThe green lady you see in the background has been trying hard to woo Abinesh. She made multiple offers he couldn’t resist.
One was worth $40,000 and another that was over $100,000 (70 lakh rupees) in the form of MBA scholarships to come an attend a leading MBA program, virtually gifting him a free MBA in USA.
A top ranked MBA in USA typically gets applicants who have 4-5 years pre-MBA work experience. Statistically, the odds start going down rapidly after a certain age + experience threshold.
So it was natural for Abinesh to target 1 year MBA courses in India like IIMA PGPX and IIMB EPGP, where his profile would have a better match.
But he also took a chance with a select few MBA programs in USA despite their track record for preferring younger candidates and ended up with a free MBA offer.

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H1B visa process after lottery makes it tough for Indian MBA Students

Written by Sameer Kamat

Indian MBA students in the U.S. of America have to go through the visa process twice. The first one is for their F1 visa before they can start their MBA in USA. [Related post: F1 Visa requirements in U.S. for Indian students]

The second one is at the time of graduation when they need to initiate their H1B visa process for the work permit to stay back in America and take up their dream jobs.

While the F1B visa process was never a cakewalk for international students (related post: F1 visa rejection after MBA admission with scholarship), the lottery system has made the H1B visa process more complicated than ever. Now there’s a whole new element of luck added to the mix.

Here’s the lowdown on what’s happening with the U.S. work permit application process and what you need to be aware of as an international student in USA.

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UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business (Ireland) – Sriram’s triumph over adversity

Written by Sameer Kamat

UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business (Ireland)MBA success stories are not always about beating the GMAT exam and entering into the 700+ GMAT Club. Sometimes they are about beating personal challenges and entering into a fighters club of a different kind.
Sriram narrates all the hurdles that came in his way and how he tackled them before he got an admit from the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business (Ireland).

If you ever run out of steam, read this and your problems will seem miniscule in comparison to what Sriram had to go through. Another inspiration booster coming right up.

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Management styles: Are you an autocratic manager?

Written by Sameer Kamat

Business Blogs IndiaWhether you are learning about management styles or supply chain management or strategy frameworks, in business schools much of the learning comes from your peers, many of whom might have had considerable experience in different industries, roles and functions. The case studies and management games that professors use in the class provide a good platform for MBA students to share their own experiences.
So we invited T V Srinivas Shenoy (TVS), a seasoned Sales & Marketing professional, to interact with our readers. With over two decades of varied experience, TVS understands the nuances of the corporate world and the inter-personal relationships that come with it. He sets the stage with a guest post on Management Styles.

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Does a career change at 30 or 35 in India make sense?

Written by Sameer Kamat

Career change at 30 in IndiaA generation back, when ‘one job for life’ was pretty much the accepted philosophy for the conservative working class, a career change at 30 or 35 in India was taboo.

Unless there was a lay-off (another less frequent phenomenon), Indians employees wouldn’t even be thinking of a career change after 30.

The benevolent company ensure that all their needs were taken care of. As the employees crossed 25, 30, 40, 50, a change of career became not only less relevant but also less practical. Not any more.

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MBA in USA with scholarship after 9 years experience

Written by Sameer Kamat

MBA in USA for Indian StudentsWould an MBA in USA make sense when you have twice the amount of work experience? The average pre-MBA experience generally hovers between 4-5 years in American MBA colleges.
Though the lure of job opportunities in the U.S. is tough to ignore, most MBA applicants from India who have spent a considerably higher amount of time in their corporate jobs prefer going for a 1 year MBA in India, UK, Canada and other countries where shorter durations programs are in vogue.
Vijay Raj Allen decided not to pursue the conventional approach. He sent us this after he completed his first year at Kelley. What’s worth noting is the meticulous way in which defined and used the criteria to select his business schools.

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8 things to watch out for in Startup jobs

Written by Sameer Kamat

While many dream of entrepreneurship, there are reasons why MBA students won’t start their own companies immediately after graduating. For such folks who aren’t ready yet to embrace true-blue entrepreneurship, thanks to their MBA education loans, there is another option. Join a start-up.

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How the GMAT test centre’s failure saved the day

Written by MG (Manish Gupta)

With so much relying on the 3-digit number, the tension and nervousness at the GMAT test centres in India get too much to handle and there’s a breakdown…sometimes for the GMAT test center itself.
While most would grumble and come back home at having to repeat the whole GMAT test day ceremony again, for HEC Paris MBA student Harsha Vardhan, it turned out to be a boon in disguise.
But despite the additional preparation, he couldn’t capitalise on the second GMAT attempt either and got a 640. Did any of that deter him from applying? Ah, you already know the answer.

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Choosing between being a careerwoman or a housewife and mother

Written by Sameer Kamat

Housewife and motherhood or Career-womanNo matter what your qualifications and capabilities are, if you are a woman, the roadmap is more or less pre-defined for you. After marriage, you’d be expected to settle down. Which indirectly translates to – give up your career and take care of your husband and kids.
Ranjini Shankar takes us through her thought process as she made a difficult choice – to pursue her career aspirations after becoming a mother. And she had a rock solid supporter.

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Tips to tackle the all important Why MBA Essay Question

Written by Sameer Kamat

The Why MBA Essay has baffled the most seasoned MBA applicant for ages. We’ve written about it earlier. So we thought it would be good to get additional perspectives from articulate folks who aren’t part of our team.
Our guest blogger Rohit Gupta shares his perspectives on how the Why MBA Essay question can be answered.

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