Hi folks, I just joined this forum and need some advice.
I am an engineer in Silicon Valley with an MS in CS and about 12 years of total work experience. I am doing good career-wise but I am not a super achiever by any means, both in terms of rank and salary. I make about $150K annually, and I suspect as an engineer I am probably getting close to the ceiling. I often have to work pretty long hours (on an average about 60 hours a week). Is it possible for me to do an MBA at this stage to change tracks or at least advance my career?
To be honest, my motivation is earning more money and doing less tedious work. I am a smart, driven and hard working individual, who is always ready to accept a new challenge. I'm also single with no kids, which allows me more time and freedom to follow my goals. If it was at all possible, I would switch to finance and work in investment banking or other Wall St type job, but I am open to other options too where I have a chance to make more than what I do now (at least after 2-3 years post graduation).
I realize age (I am on the wrong side of 30s) and the long work experience will probably not make it easy to get into a top school. Also worth noting is that I have a speech impediment problem. I usually do OK speaking to a single person or a small group of people (most times it's barely even noticeable), but not so well while doing a presentation, when my speech gets stuttery and jittery. So I am concerned if this will affect my performance in the program and later in the job (as an engineer, it has not been a problem when talking about work related stuff with my co-workers).
Any advice on whether it will be a good move to get an MBA (in terms of cost vs benefit)? What are my chances of getting in a top 10 school? I am hoping for a 700+, but don't have a lot of extra curricular activities to show on my resume. Any recommended area/specialization? Thanks!