pharma sales career change plan needs approval

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Hey all,

I did some searching and got some decent info, but need some insight for the professionals who are already there:

UG non-target GPA is 3.05 bsba
Working in Pharmaceutical Sales (good numbers)

Ambition: MBA from vandy, indiana or emory, will apply to a couple of long-shots.

How: Certificate in Finance at UCLA Extension to create alternative transcript and show interest, crush the gmat (hopefully), get involved with the chamber of commerce

Result: MBA offer, graduate --> Work in S&T - Institutional Sales desk (open)

Do you think this is a sufficient plan?

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Dec 17, 2012

Following up, anyone?

Dec 19, 2012

Hi, sorry I didn't see this. I am a huge fan of the alternative transcript and the UCLA extension is a good one. Oddly, if you are doing online, UC San Diego is cheaper, I think.
Its probably worth it to take several courses, not just one or even 2, and to concentrate on calculus and statistics. Then, it depends on what you already studied as to what other courses you should take.

What is your time line? If it is a year from now, it might be tight, but you've got a lot of other factors, not the least of which is the GMAT.

Now I was in S&T a long time ago, and the world has changed since then. I am not so sure that your career switch is going to be that easy if you want a job in New York or another financial center, but you do have sales under your belt. So... one foot in front of the other, why not?

Betsy Massar
Come see me at my Q&A thread
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/b-school-qa-... Ask away!

Dec 17, 2012

Thank you. Timeline is 2-3 years so I have some time to make myself competitive. I will go ahead and build an alternative with calc/stats and emphasize with a couple of finance courses. I will research different schools to see which program might best offer a "career change MBA" in investment management. I have heard it brought up here. Aiming for a financial center. One foot in front the the other...

Dec 19, 2012
monkeyshines:

Thank you. Timeline is 2-3 years so I have some time to make myself competitive. I will go ahead and build an alternative with calc/stats and emphasize with a couple of finance courses. I will research different schools to see which program might best offer a "career change MBA" in investment management. I have heard it brought up here. Aiming for a financial center. One foot in front the the other...

You do have time to make yourself competitive. I think you should consider sell-side institutional sales. It might be the easiest way to get yourself in the business. I think that a trader on the buy side would be harder, because it doesn't draw as much on the obvious communications skills you've already developed.

Betsy Massar
Come see me at my Q&A thread
http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/b-school-qa-... Ask away!

Dec 17, 2012
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