I'll get straight to the point:
*Graduated college in 2007
-Major - Business Admin with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Real Estate Finance; Minor - Economics
-2.9 Cumulative GPA
-3.8 GPA in Math related coursework (Calculus, Statistics, Econometrics, Finance, Accounting and a Linear Algebra course I took for fun)
-3.7 GPA in Writing related coursework (only 3 courses total)
*Work Experience - 2 and 1/2 yrs as a "Real Estate Investment Analyst" at a real estate investment/operating firm with ~$1B AUM
-Underwrote commercial real estate investments for acquisition
-Coordinated acquisition due diligence for my coverage area
-Was laid off recently
-Currently working as an unpaid intern/consultant for a start-up real estate investment fund
-Recently interviewed with the Capital Markets Group at large commercial real estate brokerage, a real estate private equity group for a job in India, a large institutional real estate fund with over $30B AUM in Chicago, and a REIT in San Fransisco
*Extracurriculars - volunteer for a group that sets up schools for a 3rd world country, volunteer once a month at a local senior living facility, volunteer once a month at a soup kitchen and advise homeless people how to get jobs...does this stuff matter to adcoms?
Pros v. Cons
*Getting a brand-name MBA and the perks that come with it (if I get accepted)
*An MBA salary
*Prestige (personally, I couldn't care less about prestige but everybody else does)
*Might get some scholarship money if I get into a lower-ranked school
*2 years down the drain for learning stuff I already learned in undergrad
*I am already interviewing for post-MBA jobs and I compete with MBA's
*Employers in my industry usually don't care if you have an MBA
*Most likely, I will have to finance tuition on my own if I get into a top school
*I really don't want any debt right now
I am not deciding where I would be a good fit. I am trying to decide if I should do it.
I have been getting mixed responses from co-workers, family and friends. Some say I should just go for it since I would probably get into a good school; others say don't bother.
I seriously entertained this idea at one point. Then I forgot about it when I started working. Then I got laid off, and here I am. I would really appreciate input from guys who have their MBA already or are pursuing it.
Please keep the asinine comments to yourself. If you have nothing to add, please move on. Also, please don't state the obvious, as I know my GPA will be an issue.