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My name is Eeshan Srivastava, 24yr old from New Delhi, India. I will be taking the GMAT for the second time this year and am also seeking to apply for MBA 2014. I would greatly appreciate if you could provide some thoughts on my last year's experience and this year's plan of action.
Work Experience (~ 3 years) Lead Engineer at HCL Technologies - Sep 2010 to Mar 2013 Automation Engineer at S&P Capital IQ - Mar 2013 to present
Extra Curricular Activities Working with Greenpeace, Change.org and WFP to spread their online awareness campaigns Reading classic English Literature and writing poetry Intermediate knowledge of French Deep interest in learning about all domains ranging from the Arts to Sciences to Fashion to Entertainment to Medicine. (I believe this to be one of my greatest strengths as it always helps me to churn out innovative and out of the box solutions to complex problems)
Last Year GMAT - 690 (Q49, V35, AWA 6, IR 7) IELTS - 7.5
Schools Applied to - 8 Interviewed at - 3 Accepted at - 2
Accepted Schools 1. Tippie College of Business, Univ of Iowa 2. Carlson School of Management, Univ of Minnesota
Reason for not joining this year Insufficient funding (Seeking scholarship)
MBA Goal Short Term - Seeking a consulting role in a Consulting Services Firm Long Term - Rise to top management position in the Consulting Services domain
Plan of Action for this year - Improving work profile - Switched to a Data Analytics company from an IT services company - Retaking the GMAT - Seeking score beyond 720
Top Dream Schools Kellogg, Emory, Oxford, Cornell, INSEAD
Please suggest some target and reach schools for my profile (assuming I will increase my GMAT score; as I shall not apply if I do not increase it).
Also let me know how you can help me perfect my applications if I choose to avail one of your packages.
To start off with, I want to emphasize that you come from a very competitive demographic and admissions to top programs is going to be challenging. Next, your GMAT score is below the levels of your peer groups, so I strongly recommend re-taking the exam. Next, you are the ideal age for most business schools so i recommend that you apply sooner rather than wait. Lastly, given that it appears as though you need a fellowship to attend school, this will definitely limit the schools that you should be focusing on.
So, for reach schools, I recommend those that are most welcoming to Indian applicants and from my experience this induces Johnson, Ross and Fuqua. Also, all of these schools tend to be generous when it comes to providing scholarships and financial aid. The next level down are a group of schools that with stronger GMAT scores you would be competitive both for admissions as well as for some sort of fellowship and these include Rice, Notre Dame, Boston College, Wisconsin and Rochester.
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Thanks a lot for your advice. This really helps me optimize my list of schools.
If I seek a job at IT Consulting Firms/Tech Companies, do I need to find business schools that are geographically in close proximity to these companies, for example, should I look for schools near Silicon Valley? What do you think about Paul Merage (UC Irvine) as a potential choice in terms of my goal as well as scholarships for Indian students?
If I seek a job at IT Consulting Firms/Tech Companies, do I need to find business schools that are geographically in close proximity to these companies, for example, should I look for schools near Silicon Valley? IN FACT, I WOULD RUN IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION -- SOME PLACE WHERE YOU WOULD BE UNIQUE AND OFFER SOMETHING DIFFERENT. What do you think about Paul Merage (UC Irvine) as a potential choice in terms of my goal as well as scholarships for Indian students? GOOD CHOICE FOR INDIAN STUDENTS; NOT VERY GENEROUS ON SCHOLARSHIPS.
Thanks Kimberley. Well, I tried to raise my GMAT score but couldn't. But my work experience has been of high quality nonetheless and I hope that will be the highlight of my application.
And I won't be aiming too high now. I've narrowed down my list of schools to this list:
Simon - Rochester Hough School of Business - University of Florida D'Amore-McKim - Northeastern University Tepper- CMU College of Business - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Carlson - University of Minnesota Jones - Rice University College of Management - Boston University Mendoza - Notre Dame
Tepper, Jones and Mendoza are my targets and I guess the rest are my reach schools. What do you think of this?