While still waiting, hoping, and praying to hear good news from Tepper, I’m thinking (read I’m confused) about my next steps, which in broader sense are:
1. To get married and live happily ever after...not sure how happy I would be leaving behind my MBA dream, not sure would I be able to pursue it post marriage, but I’m sure that I would get a much needed change, my family esp. my grand parents would be elated, and this blog will take a different shape altogether.
2. To get H1B Visa stamped...in 2008, fortunately my name got selected in H1B Visa lottery, costing me 1 lac in cash. Yes, like many others, I was that crazy to go and work in US. earn Dollors = waste rupees = Blind, u know. But before I got it stamped, Reccession hit everyone, including H1B Visa stamping. Nobody was getting Visas during that time, all Visas were getting queired and rejected. Though it is still tough to get it done, but the situation is much improved now. This is also one option running behind scenes, but again leaving my MBA dream behind.
3. To chase my dream for next year...this is somehow will surely going to make me happy, to chase it again and succeed. But as it is just 4-5 months left for R1 gates and the huge question in front of me is how to improve my profile. There are not many options though.
a. CABM (Certified Associate Business Manager): This is a professional certification based on a pre-MBA curriculum. As per its website, there are actually five top schools with whom it works: ISB, Kellogg, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Wharton, and Harvard. But it has a huge theoretical course material to be completed in 3 months.
b. Consulting certification: not earlier than 4 days, I got to know about a company that provides a consulting course and a certification upon completing it. As I’m in IT industry and have no experience in consulting, I feel this is also a way to gain some consulting hands-on experience. Not able to figure out, what is the worth!!!
c. Switch from software to a consulting company: Given the timeframe, I don’t think it is a viable option and will bring much value to the table.
The bottom line is I’m confused, very confused, and the time is flying...