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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2010, 02:00
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Hi Sameer,

Request your help with my profile evaluation.

Age : 30
Nationality : Indian
Experience : 7yrs (8 by the time session starts)
GMAT : 1st Attempt - 620 (49Q, 26 V, Awaited AWA). Jul’10
Undergrad : B.Sc(Hons) Physics Delhi University.
PostGrad: MCA from Indraprastha University (80%)
Areas of Interest: Consulting, Finance

Experience details (Total Exp – 7yrs. Employer – Tech Mahindra, TCS, HCL)
1. Domain Experience: Telecom, Networking
2. Role: Designer
Also mentoring junior team members.

International Exposure:
1. Worked as Onsite Cordinator for 10 months. A good recomendation from Client on that role.
2. Worked in US and Germany.

Extracurricular:
@college:• Volleyball team member. College Champion.
@work:• Several awards from Client and my company.

Target Colleges:
- IIMA PGPX
- ISB
- Kellogg
- Columbia

This list of colleges is before I gave my GMAT. Well I am not sure if my GMAT score is worthwhile to apply in these colleges or not.
1. Should I go for another GMAT attempt?
2. Or if there is a chance with this score where I can try. 3. What can be my USP as I belong to the largest community of students applying in MBA.
4. Where I can improve on my profile other than GMAT score.

Thanks in advance for your time and effort.


Sir,

After getting the feedback on the other threads, what are you planning to do now? Apply with the same GMAT or go for a re-attempt?

For the former, you'd need a separate list of schools and a chhappar-phaad application strategy.

For the latter, if you are sure you can substantially improve your score, you have the luxury of hanging on to the current list of names for the time being.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2010, 02:24
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Hi Sameer,

Would be great if you could please evaluate my profile:

Age: 28

GMAT: 730, AWA 5.5

Work Ex: 5 years 1 month at present
Sector: Financial Services. At present a Manager with HSBC. Leading a 7 member team to provide risk analytics solutions to HSBC's retail banking business. Prior to this worked with Citibank's risk team. Significant bottom line impact in these two organisations through devising and implementing strategic solutions.
I also possess about 1.5 years experience in management consulting with the Merger & Acquisitions Integration team at Delotte Consulting India Pvt. Limited..

Education: MS (Quantitative Economics) from Indian Statistical Institute, B. Sc. (Economics) from Presidency College (Kolkata). Among the top 2% in my undergraduate studies. Both ISI and Presidency College are top schools in Economics in India. XII: 81%, X: 83%.

Extra Curriculars: Strong. 1) Susbstantial community service over the last 4 years. Significant contribution in the expansion of an NGO in the last 4 years. 2) In the process of establishing the departmental alumni association in my undergraduate college. 3) Sole representative from the corporate sector in the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association of ISI.

Post MBA I want to switch over to a risk management role covering a wider domain than just retail banking. My present work ex entails risk management for just retail banking.


Ki khobor, Faduc-dada?

Considering our offline interactions and the fact that we've completed the MCB report for your profile, do you think you could share some feedback here?
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2010, 03:25
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2010, 04:08
Hi Sameer,

Request you to go through this an offer a profile evaluation and comments on my choice of schools and the chances of making it to them.

If possible I am also looking for tips on how to address the application to schools where I am a reapplicant. What should i be emphasizing on on my reapplicant essays

Age : 28

GMAT Score - First Attempt -September 2007 - 690 (Q48,V36, 5.5)
Second Attempt - July,2010 - 730(Q50,V38 , 6.0)

Undergrad: Engineering Graduate in Information Technology Delhi, India.
Top 10% in my class

Work Experience:
6.5 years with TCS
I spend the first 2.5 years working as a software developer in India for an investment banking software.
Since August 2006: I have been working in US as a Business Validation/QA(functional) Analyst for one of the largest wealth management products in the world. My responsibilities have majorly included validating the business function for the software with the wealth management market in UK.
PS: I do not have a direct managerial experience, as the project structure is that of a flat organization. My team includes individual with a MBA, CFA, CPA qualification and also former traders and bankers. A major part of the responsibility is to address gaps in the software, map it to client needs and offer solutions to address the gaps. Because the job demands validation of the system as a whole I get to typically interact with over 200-250 people(out of 400 project strength) and coordinate work across a mix of 7-8 teams at one time. This provides an excellent opportunity to practice indirect management. Because of the flat structure of the project a manager typically has 12-15 years of experience. However I have been managing a team of 5 individuals for the past 7 months. Also in my team of 30 members, I am among the only 2 engineers in the team.

Since I Last Applied to business school for Fall2010 session- Following are the changes in my profile

• GMAT : Score increased from 690 to 730(Q50,V38, AWA 6.0)

• Work Profile - Managing a team of 5 individuals ( 2 peers and 3 junior associates). Assisting my Senior manager in planning for a $25 Million US version release for the software

• Executive Member for Business forum run by TCS North America, involved in finding synergies between various software implementations and chalking out the product road map. I am the youngest member in the forum.

• Toastmaster - Serving as the Vice President for the Club for the past 8 Months.



Achievements at work :
• Finalist at TAS 2008 (Tata Administrative Services - Fast track management Program for grooming individuals to take up executive positions in the $70 Billion TATA Group)

• Peer Recognition award winner in 2007 ( Given to 4 individuals every year out of the project strength of 400).

• Icon Award winner in 2009, (Only 1 given every year out of 400)
Extra Curricular/ Community service:


College - Student Body member, President Quiz club. Founder of monthly college magazine - FundaMentals
Post College - Member of Toastmasters Club - since 2009, currently serving as the Vice President - Education for the Club ( club strength is 41 members)

Big Brother Big Sister - Mentored a 11 year old boy for a year. Will begin another year when the school year starts in September.

Green Team - Events Committee - VP. - saved over $120,000 for the company through various initiatives. Extended the practices here to my hometown in India. Organized a recycling awareness drive in Delhi covering 250 households/ 3 speeches at resident communities and personal visit to over 50 families.

Charity work mostly through company engagements, includes commitments of 2-3 hours every month.

Hobbies - Rafting, running ( have run 4 5K races this year and 2 for charities)

GMAT Score - First Attempt -September 2007 - 690 (Q48,V36, 5.5)
Second Attempt - July 16,2010 - 730(Q50,V38 , AWA 6.0)

Target schools - Ross,UM(ReApp - applied last year) Dinged with No IV call
Fuqua,Duke( Reapp - applied last year) - Dinged with No IV call
Tuck,
Kellog
Hass
NYU

Short term Goal - I want to target a Strategy consulting profile, but I am open to get back to the IT industry in Sales and Business Development.

Long Term Goal - Go back to India and lead a consulting initiative there in the areas of Technology, business system consulting. A lot of this would depend on my post MBA profile, but I do want to go back to India and use my US experience to transfer best practices to India.


Request you to go through this an offer a profile evaluation and comments on my choice of schools and the chances of making it to them.

If possible I am also looking for tips on how to address the application to schools where I am a reapplicant.What should i be emphasizing on on my reapplicant essays

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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2010, 04:27
crackfire2003 wrote:
Sameer Crystal Ball ji still waiting for your reply Sir ji

Paay lagu sir ji,

R1 volumes ke wajah se finding it a little difficult to spend time on free reviews. Paying walo ki pehle puja, phir kaam duja.

Pleejh allow me some more time. I'll take the queries in the order in which they've been posted.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2010, 04:52
Offline contact karun sir ji. Bachpan se line todeni ki aadat hai Sir ji ;)

(info@mbacrystalball.com right ?)
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2010, 04:54
rainmaker123 wrote:
Hi Sameer,

Can you please evaluate my profile?

Profile:
GMAT: 730 (Q: 50, V: 40)
30/M
I have a Masters degree in Computer Science(from a good US university) with a GPA of 3.89/4.0
I did my undergrad(Bachelors in Technology) in India and scored 81% (Top 10% of the class)
I have decent volunteer work(most of it is in the past 6-12 months) and currently I am a project coordinator at a volunteer organization.

I worked for 1 year in India before coming to the US for my Masters. I have been working for the past 4 years in a top tech firm(in the US) as a Software Engineer and was promoted recently to a Tech Lead Position. Currently I am leading a project and managing an international team(3 members). Recently I took on an added responsibility of mentoring a new team member; I am also leading the same project.

Post MBA Goal: I want to start my own company after MBA. I have the necessary technical background for starting my own firm, but I feel I need to learn the business skills before I dive into the entrepreneurial world.

What are my chances at the following schools:
1) Columbia
2) Stern
3) Tuck
4) Wharton
5) Darden
6) MIT
7) Booth
8) Kellogg
9) Fuqua
10) Cornell

Is there anything else I can do in order to strengthen my profile?

Thanks!


Raag Malhaar (urf Rainmaker 123) ko pranaam,

>> GPA of 3.89/4.0

Sweet!

>> Post MBA Goal: I want to start my own company after MBA. I have the necessary technical background for starting my own firm, but I feel I need to learn the business skills before I dive into the entrepreneurial world.

When someone says entrepreneurship in their sales pitch, I start sharpening my claws. I'd love to grill you (gives me cheap thrills) on your post-MBA goals and see how serious you are about this. I did this recently with another candidate who approached me from this forum (he's probably reading this) and realised that he's pretty committed to the cause. I hope you fall in the same category, buddy.

Send me a PM with your email ID and I'll send you a mini-MCB report. Don't want to upload it here like last time for the world to see. It won't have all the details that you've asked for (I need to give you the whole report for that). Parantu yeh mini-report aapke liye free hai bhai. So what our father goes?
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2010, 21:12
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faduc wrote:
Hi Sameer,

Would be great if you could please evaluate my profile:

Age: 28

GMAT: 730, AWA 5.5

Work Ex: 5 years 1 month at present
Sector: Financial Services. At present a Manager with HSBC. Leading a 7 member team to provide risk analytics solutions to HSBC's retail banking business. Prior to this worked with Citibank's risk team. Significant bottom line impact in these two organisations through devising and implementing strategic solutions.
I also possess about 1.5 years experience in management consulting with the Merger & Acquisitions Integration team at Delotte Consulting India Pvt. Limited..

Education: MS (Quantitative Economics) from Indian Statistical Institute, B. Sc. (Economics) from Presidency College (Kolkata). Among the top 2% in my undergraduate studies. Both ISI and Presidency College are top schools in Economics in India. XII: 81%, X: 83%.

Extra Curriculars: Strong. 1) Susbstantial community service over the last 4 years. Significant contribution in the expansion of an NGO in the last 4 years. 2) In the process of establishing the departmental alumni association in my undergraduate college. 3) Sole representative from the corporate sector in the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association of ISI.

Post MBA I want to switch over to a risk management role covering a wider domain than just retail banking. My present work ex entails risk management for just retail banking.


Ki khobor, Faduc-dada?

Considering our offline interactions and the fact that we've completed the MCB report for your profile, do you think you could share some feedback here?


Hey Sameer,



Sorry for the delay. Got caught up for the last couple of weeks.

The main takeaways were:
1) A very realistic assessment of where I stand in comparison to a larger pool of applicants.
2) Categorisation of schools into ambitious, stretch, realistic, backup which should help a candidate to decide on the mix of schools.
3) And definitely the fact that during our conversation you never restricted yuourself to the contents of the report, but gave me valuable inputs about the MBA journey.

Overall it was great value for money and I got out of it much more than what I initially expected.
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MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Mom profile evaluation, advice nee [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2010, 10:31
Thank you very much for taking the time read this post and give your expert advise. I am planning to apply to business school fall of 2011. Below, is a brief description of my background.

Gender - Female
Ethnicity - Indian

Education:
- Engineering in Computer Science, India. Honors student
- MS from USA in Information Science, GPA 3.7/4.0
- GRE score - 1310/1600
- Final GMAT Score - 620 (V- 58%, scaled score- 31 and Q - 75%, scaled score - 45)

Experience:
-Total 5 years in IT industry. Below is breakdown of the 5 years -
a. 2 years as an IT Analyst
b. 1 year worked as a onsite coordinator (Coordinated a team in India while posted in US. Had direct client interaction)
c. 1 year worked as a business analyst (Worked in US)
d. 1 year worked as a module leader (Worked in US and looked after a team of 10 members)

Community involvement:
-Volunteered as a teacher in SOS children’s village where I taught maths and science to middle school students.
-Several Leadership roles for female students - I took classes on female sexual harassment on work places
-Worked in AID (Association for India’s Development)

The low GMAT score is because I have a 2 month old baby. I could not give my best shot, but I do Not intend to appear again in GMAT.

I'm interested to apply:-
1. Berkeley
2. USC Marshall
3. UCLA
4. UC Davis
5. Kelley School of Business

Please advise me that what ranked colleges should I be looking for. Please let me know my chances of getting into the colleges are. I will be grateful if you can suggest me some other colleges too.

Thank you very much for your kind help!
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2010, 21:58
Ironduke wrote:
Sameer, I just chanced upon this thread. This is a good one.

Very kind of you to say that, sir. But let me forewarn you, I'm not going to hold back my punches as I read through the rest of your post.

Ironduke wrote:
Please evaluate my profile which is below. I am targeting 2011 admissions for European B-schools

Age/Background: M/32/Indian

Good to see 'mature' profiles taking the plunge into the MBA waters. Check out the original post that got this thread started to see why it gives me a sense of deja vu.

Your strong exposure to management and leadership responsibilities will be your forte.

Ironduke wrote:
Experience (current): 9.5 Years (5.5 years of experience in US)
Currently Manager in IT Governance Risk and Compliance in Global Fortune 100 in US (for 1 year). 2 Direct reports, ~12 indirect reports (multiple project based at any given time). Manage project/operations worth 1-1.5 Mn USD at any given time.
Previously 8.5 years of work ex in Top Indian IT firm as Lead consultant and Project Manager. Direct report 5 and managed a service line worth 3 Mn USD. Key role were Account management, project management and sales. Worked with multiple Fortune 50 clients in different capacities.

GMAT : 710 (Q50 V35)
GPA - 76% (BTECH in E&C) - 4th ranker in Univ in said course.

Multiple awards in previous company, all certifications in current field including PMP. Scholarship holder throughout most of acads.
Low on extracurriculars though. Has published few papers, written blogs at company websites and participated in few professional bodies as member and currently planning to hold a membership chair in one of them. Foundation member and active participants in some region based social bodies.

Let's analyse this. In your professional profile description you've used 4 basic variables to make your profile unique - yrs of work-ex, number of team-members, project budget and number of clients.

Sorry for not sugar coating this, but I don't like that strategy. Most of your competition from the IT industry will use the exact same parameters and after a while, Adcoms will just end up scratching their, ummm, heads.

Think about it. Are these the parameters the only things that make you special? If I were to take you out and replace Mr Parthasarathy Pookutty (known popularly as Pappoo in social circles) in that role, wouldn't he have delivered the goods? Why are you better than Pappoo? Are you more dyanamic than him? Tell me how. Are you more innovative and entrepreneurial than him? Show me how. Why is the management so keen to hold you back in the organisation while Pappoo can go hunt for greener pastures, for all they care?

Apart from the stuff that we already take for granted for someone with the same level of experience and the same industry, in your essays bring out other aspects of your persona - Are you muscular? Are you popular? Can you dance? I'm dramatising, but do you get the drift?

Ironduke wrote:
I am planning European B-schools as I think I am too old to qualify for US b-schools. I will keep them in my stretch list though.

European schools tend to attract candidates with strong work-ex, just like yourself. So expect impressive numbers for the same parameters we've seen here. But once the hygiene factors are addressed, let's take it all to a completely different level where you are seen as an individual and not a faceless fragment of the IT industry.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2010, 06:03
Hello Sameer,

Please evaluate my profile and provide me guidance on which B-schools should I select.

My MBA interest: Strategy & Business mgt, (essentially Brand Management), Marketing.

GMAT - targeting between 710-740 (Will give the test in September)

Total Work Exp: 6 yrs (1.5 yrs event management + 1.5 yrs Publishing industry + design consulting mainly in Corporate Identity design 3 yrs)

Education:
BA (Hons) in Philosophy (1st division, stood 3rd in class)
Post-grad Diploma at NIFT (National Instt of fashion technology) in Fashion communication (Gold-medalist)
Foundation degree Award in Graphic Communication from University of the arts, London (scored 78%)

Sex – Female
Age – 30 yrs
Nationality - Indian

Responsibilities:
Event Management -
Handled 27 events, out of which 9 were handled independently. Integral part of the creative and the marketing team while also supervising the overall production process. Created design themes and promotional material for the events. Formulated comprehensive sales presentations and innovative marketing strategies and campaigns.

Publishing - Conceived and executed creative solutions for their illustrative books from concept to completion. Collaborated with editors to design covers and jackets for their fiction and non-fiction titles. Created computer-generated artwork for marketing and promotional materials. Supervised the entire production process.
Supervised and trained junior designers and artists. Liaised between the editors and the authors.

Design Consultant (corporate identity Specialist)-
Visualized and developed the corporate identity for the brand. Created the vision and the graphic image of the brand. Styled photo shoots for the ad campaign & product catalogue.
Target market research and devising the advertising strategy.
Worked very closely with the marketing director and trained and supervised junior designers and artists.


Achievements:
1. Won the prestigious ISTD (International Society of Typographic designers) competition and currently a member of the society.
2. Awards at NIFT (a) All-round Excellence (b) Best Diploma Project
3. Received several awards in academics, debating and elocution at school and college level.
4. Promoted twice: once from events assistant to events executive and the next time from graphic designer to Sr. Art Designer.

Leadership Roles:
1. Organised cultural events at College level
2. While in event management - handled 9 events independently as the Team Lead- handled the creatives, client-servicing and the production of the events.
3. Organised CMYK- the end-of-course graduate exhibition (University of the Arts, London) and co-ordinated with industry recruiters.
4. Joined The RN Group as the Corporate Identity Specialist, leading a team of junior designers, desktop publishers and production artists.


ECs:
1. I have worked very closely with the Art of Living Foundation in their rural projects in India- literacy and vocational training projects.
2. Organised medical camps.
3. Participated in the World Youth Peace Summit organised by International association of human values.
4. Raised Rs. 25 lacs through a youth musical concert “mantra” to help in rural development.
5. Organised a campaign for the ban of plastic bags.
6. Organised an exhibition of the pottery, metal art, embroidery, canework , etc. created by people in rural areas. The proceeds of which went towards the development of schools in those areas.)


Sort term Goal - creative director or Brand/Account Manager in a big advertising firm.
Long-term Goal - I want to start my own advertising company.

I would like to know:
1. How my profile looks for an MBA from the top 10-20 B-schools?
2. What, in your opinion, are my strengths and weakness?
3.Do my community service activities have to be very recent or could they also be 3-4 yrs old?
4. Please mention what should I do to make my case stronger for final call.
5. Please list the best schools for Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Business mgt, Marketing.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2010, 12:17
Hi,
Nice post ( I tried going to your web site it seems to be down). Could you please advice me on the executive MBS program. Here is my profile:

1) Over 17 years of IT industry experience
2) Over 7 years as an entrepreneur
3) GMAT score - 670
4) I have a decent career progression as an entrepreneur and want to do Executive MBA to help me successfully take one idea all the way through. I am launching ideas which do not seem to go anywhere, the reason being is that I do not know how to take an idea all the way through. I wish to learn that from MBA.
5) I am interested in applying to Columbia-Haas executive MBA program and Wharton executive MBA program.

What I am looking for is that how would you evaluate my profile and secondly, I took my GMAT in Decemeber 2008. Would you recommend I take GMAT again and shoot for 700+ score

Thanks for your analysis of my profile
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2010, 05:14
Hey Sameer!
Thanks for a great conversation. The best thing I've liked about all of MBA Crystal interactions (despite a name that signifies mumbo-jumbo, than anything else) and posts are that even tho you are in the business of giving advice, you do it so freely and openly unlike some other consultants who will make some generic blog posts about getting in (like "make sure your essays fit with the college"..duhh!) and then want to charge you for everything.
You did put things in perspective for me and as of now if I do, I would like to use MBAcrystal for my essay services.
Look forward to more conversations.

Keep up the good work!

Best, Tanvi
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2010, 10:29
Dear Sameer,

I was wondering if you had a chance to go through my profile. Your advise is urgently needed since many of my decisions are dependent on your sound advise.

thanks - prj
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PLEASE EVALUATE MY PROFILE... [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2010, 15:48
Hello Sameer,

Please evaluate my profile and provide me guidance on which B-schools should I select.

My MBA interest: Strategy & Business mgt, (essentially Brand Management), Marketing.

GMAT - targeting between 710-740 (Will give the test in September)

Total Work Exp: 6 yrs (1.5 yrs event management + 1.5 yrs Publishing industry + design consulting mainly in Corporate Identity design 3 yrs)

Education:
BA (Hons) in Philosophy (1st division, stood 3rd in class)
Post-grad Diploma at NIFT (National Instt of fashion technology) in Fashion communication (Gold-medalist)
Foundation degree Award in Graphic Communication from University of the arts, London (scored 78%)

Sex – Female
Age – 30 yrs
Nationality - Indian

Responsibilities:
Event Management -
Handled 27 events, out of which 9 were handled independently. Integral part of the creative and the marketing team while also supervising the overall production process. Created design themes and promotional material for the events. Formulated comprehensive sales presentations and innovative marketing strategies and campaigns.

Publishing - Conceived and executed creative solutions for their illustrative books from concept to completion. Collaborated with editors to design covers and jackets for their fiction and non-fiction titles. Created computer-generated artwork for marketing and promotional materials. Supervised the entire production process.
Supervised and trained junior designers and artists. Liaised between the editors and the authors.

Design Consultant (corporate identity Specialist)-
Visualized and developed the corporate identity for the brand. Created the vision and the graphic image of the brand. Styled photo shoots for the ad campaign & product catalogue.
Target market research and devising the advertising strategy.
Worked very closely with the marketing director and trained and supervised junior designers and artists.


Achievements:
1. Won the prestigious ISTD (International Society of Typographic designers) competition and currently a member of the society.
2. Awards at NIFT (a) All-round Excellence (b) Best Diploma Project
3. Received several awards in academics, debating and elocution at school and college level.
4. Promoted twice: once from events assistant to events executive and the next time from graphic designer to Sr. Art Designer.

Leadership Roles:
1. Organised cultural events at College level
2. While in event management - handled 9 events independently as the Team Lead- handled the creatives, client-servicing and the production of the events.
3. Organised CMYK- the end-of-course graduate exhibition (University of the Arts, London) and co-ordinated with industry recruiters.
4. Joined The RN Group as the Corporate Identity Specialist, leading a team of junior designers, desktop publishers and production artists.


ECs:
1. I have worked very closely with the Art of Living Foundation in their rural projects in India- literacy and vocational training projects.
2. Organised medical camps.
3. Participated in the World Youth Peace Summit organised by International association of human values.
4. Raised Rs. 25 lacs through a youth musical concert “mantra” to help in rural development.
5. Organised a campaign for the ban of plastic bags.
6. Organised an exhibition of the pottery, metal art, embroidery, canework , etc. created by people in rural areas. The proceeds of which went towards the development of schools in those areas.)


Sort term Goal - creative director or Brand/Account Manager in a big advertising firm.
Long-term Goal - I want to start my own advertising company.

I would like to know:
1. How my profile looks for an MBA from the top 10-20 B-schools?
2. What, in your opinion, are my strengths and weakness?
3.Do my community service activities have to be very recent or could they also be 3-4 yrs old?
4. Please mention what should I do to make my case stronger for final call.
5. Please list the best schools for Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Business mgt, Marketing.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2010, 22:28
crackfire2003 wrote:
Hi Sameer, I have been following your thread both here and on BW forums for quite some time and have heard some great things about the crystal ball report.

Suni-sunai baaton par vishwas karna isn't good, sir.

Just to ensure that the guys who are saying great things about the MCB report aren't my khufiya brand ambassadors executing a sophisticated guerilla marketing strategy, I'd recommend that you try it out for yourself or suggest it to trusted lieutenants within your coterie.

Hopefully you and your friends will get converted into a khufiya agents as well.
(Evil grin on my thobda while I rub my hands in glee)


crackfire2003 wrote:
Age 25
Sex Male
Nationality Indian
Work ex 4+ years by the time I join
Educational Background B Tech Electrical Engineering from IIT Roorkee with a CGPA of 8.1/10
GMAT 720

Appreciate your valuable insights
Thanks so much
Dev

Dev-sahab (something about that name indicates that you'll be an ever-green star in the world of business...but only if you stop hilna-dulna like the original one)

We are already interacting offline and our discussions have been elevated to the next level (essays et al).

So if I have your permission, I'll move on to the next one.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2010, 23:16
sirjee,
hamare profile ko bhi evaluate kar dijiye... urgent hai. plzzzzzz
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2010, 02:15
Ladies and unke bhaiyon,

This is gonna be a tough one. So please hamari bhavnaon ko samajhkar padhna.

First things first. To each and every candidate - who's posted on this thread, interacted offline with me or just read my posts and thought these threads were worth sticking around on - accept my heartfelt gratitude. From the emails, phone calls, posts and PMs (that range from gushing thanks to 'urgent' reminder requests that border dangerously close to emotional blackmail), I realise that you guys think our interactions have been (and can be) beneficial and you value our advice. That's a fantastic feeling. It spurs us on to continue spending time on these forums despite the increasing volume of paying candidates.

Many bigger firms employ an army of consultants to cater to the sudden influx of additional work. MCB doesn't believe in a factory mentality, well, at least not when it comes to a subject like this. Our priority is clear - if you've been considerate enough to come to us, we need to give you the attention you deserve whether it's paid or free. Our posts on these threads reflect that belief.

[Skip this para if you don't like medical thrillers]
Round 1 deadlines are giving a lot of candidates heartburn, anxiety and a strange medical condition affecting the lower half of the digestive system. Though MCB doesn't have medical experts on the team, we are trying our best to help you address these issues. But you've also gotta appreciate the fact that we have to achieve a balance between the pro bono jan seva that we do and the work that actually pays our bills.

Just like most of you guys, we don't work well under pressure and like to keep our workload manageable. During peak season it becomes a little difficult, though. Agar aapki queries urgent ho, toh you always have the option of signing up with us, like many of you've already done. The other option is (and I might be commiting professional hara kiri by saying this) to consider posting your queries on the other consultant threads. It would be unfair to our existing clients if the turnaround time and the attention they are getting is compromised. Wouldn't you agree?

For the other obstinate ones who insist on getting a response from us (gotta love this species), please give us some time and we'll take up each query in the order of posting. Your patience is appreciated.
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Re: Ask MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Candidates [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2010, 03:51
Silvers wrote:
Hi Sameer,
Request you to go through this an offer a profile evaluation and comments on my choice of schools and the chances of making it to them.

The protocol is as follows:
Step 1. You compliment me on the fantastic job I've been doing
(Note: if you type this without fully believing it, the intelligent text processing system strips off the compliment)
Step 2. You request me to evaluate your profile.

Silvers wrote:
Age : 28
GMAT Score - First Attempt -September 2007 - 690 (Q48,V36, 5.5)
Second Attempt - July,2010 - 730(Q50,V38 , 6.0)
Undergrad: Engineering Graduate in Information Technology Delhi, India.
Top 10% in my class
Work Experience:
6.5 years with TCS

6.0 for AWA. Not bad, sir. On behalf of all Indian applicants who've struggled with the AWA, I would like to honour you by not gifting you a copy of the Rapidex English speaking course.

Silvers wrote:
PS: I do not have a direct managerial experience, as the project structure is that of a flat organization.
:
:
This provides an excellent opportunity to practice indirect management.

Just one random exclamation before we move on. Flat organisation structure in a company the size of TCS!!!

I'm glad you mention about 'indirect management'. Most applicants who do not operate in a formal hierarchy tend to assume that their management skills are nil. Unless you are working in a highly niche area where there's little interaction with colleagues, customers, vendors from the bigger business, chances are you have managed people to get your work done and demonstrated leadership. If you genuinely feel your professional role hasn't given you the opportunity, then it's time to look back at your academic and personal history books. If you are finding it difficult to extract those gems from your yesteryears, tell me your stories and I'll extract them out for you. Ok, except for the opening line, the rest was a general gyan session for others reading this post.

Let's get back to your profile.

Silvers wrote:
A major part of the responsibility is to address gaps in the software, map it to client needs and offer solutions to address the gaps

From your description, it seems that you've spent a large part of your 6.5 years in technical roles and by that I'm not just hinting at coding (you've moved on from that after 2.5 yrs). I'm sure you've been able to pick up more than just quality and software related knowledge. How much do you know about the wealth management industry? If you've been in a role that acts as the interface between business and technology, has it been a one-way street (i.e. instructions being passed down from the biz to the tech guys)? Have you had the opportunity to influence or just suggest process changes back to the business?

You'll have plenty to write about in the non-professional spheres. You've been busy in many areas. I'm not too concerned about that.

Silvers wrote:
Target schools - Ross,UM(ReApp - applied last year) Dinged with No IV call
Fuqua,Duke( Reapp - applied last year) - Dinged with No IV call
Tuck,Kellog, Hass, NYU

Spellings, sir, spellings. It's Haas and Kellogg. Be extra careful when you are typing out Tuck and Fuqua.

Do you have a theory of what went wrong in your last attempt? Are you planning to use the same story and approach this year or are you planning to do anything differently?

Silvers wrote:
Short term Goal - I want to target a Strategy consulting profile, but I am open to get back to the IT industry in Sales and Business Development.

Long Term Goal - Go back to India and lead a consulting initiative there in the areas of Technology, business system consulting. A lot of this would depend on my post MBA profile, but I do want to go back to India and use my US experience to transfer best practices to India.

Mehmood to Kishore Kumar (in a heavy south Indian accent): 'yeh ghoda chatur ghoda chatur kya re? Tum ghoda bolo, ya chatur bolo...'

Have a strong and clear post-MBA goal. Very important. The long term goal you've listed here could mean anything. You've left the whole field open. Flexibility: 100 marks, Focus: hmmmm. I'm now curious to know what you mentioned in your last apps for these 2 areas.

Tighten up the screws a little more, my friend.
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Re: MBA Crystal Ball - Indian Mom profile evaluation, advice nee [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2010, 04:21
prj wrote:
Thank you very much for taking the time read this post and give your expert advise. I am planning to apply to business school fall of 2011. Below, is a brief description of my background.

Gender - Female
Ethnicity - Indian

Education:
- Engineering in Computer Science, India. Honors student
- MS from USA in Information Science, GPA 3.7/4.0
- GRE score - 1310/1600
- Final GMAT Score - 620 (V- 58%, scaled score- 31 and Q - 75%, scaled score - 45)

Experience:
-Total 5 years in IT industry. Below is breakdown of the 5 years -
a. 2 years as an IT Analyst
b. 1 year worked as a onsite coordinator (Coordinated a team in India while posted in US. Had direct client interaction)
c. 1 year worked as a business analyst (Worked in US)
d. 1 year worked as a module leader (Worked in US and looked after a team of 10 members)

Community involvement:
-Volunteered as a teacher in SOS children’s village where I taught maths and science to middle school students.
-Several Leadership roles for female students - I took classes on female sexual harassment on work places
-Worked in AID (Association for India’s Development)

The low GMAT score is because I have a 2 month old baby. I could not give my best shot, but I do Not intend to appear again in GMAT.

I'm interested to apply:-
1. Berkeley
2. USC Marshall
3. UCLA
4. UC Davis
5. Kelley School of Business

Please advise me that what ranked colleges should I be looking for. Please let me know my chances of getting into the colleges are. I will be grateful if you can suggest me some other colleges too.

Thank you very much for your kind help!


Hi Prj,

So we finally get to your post. And to make your wait worthwhile, I'll have to ensure my response is very (VERY) specific to your query. If I make any generic statements ('your profile is good, but your GMAT could be better'), I know I risk being on the receiving side of your wrath and that wouldn't be a very pleasant encounter.

Awright, so let's see what we can do for you.

From your choice of schools, I see that you've made up your mind to stick to California. The good part about it is California allows you to choose from a pretty wide pallette. The bad part is that these schools range from the very good to the let's-not-even-get-there category.

All the schools you've listed fall in the former category. But they'd all be a long shot. Why? The median GMAT for each of these schools is much higher than what we are working with here. Even if we consider 80 percentiles, it'll be an outlier. If you insist on choosing one from this list, I'd go with Marshall or Davis.

If you are willing to climb down a few notches, then you'd have a better chance of getting in. Three schools that come to mind are Irvine, Pepperdine and UC-San Diego. Not as awe-inspiring as the ones from your list, but more gettable.

If you want to get a little more conservative, there are schools where you'd actually be a strong candidate - San Diego State Univ, Long Beach and San Bernardino. But I would NOT suggest that you keep them in your list. With your post-grad score, your work-ex, your potential...you deserve better.

I understand that the number of applications that you can put in this year are limited. So do a little more research on the schools that I've mentioned here, consider what's important to you (ranking or practicality) and choose your school accordingly.

I've made the sweeping assumption here that you are a California girl and you want to stay there, come what may. The Pacific Coast highway, muscle beach, the 405 jams have their own charm for you. West coast rulez!
My entire response revolves around that belief. If you were open to relocation, the list would've been a little more appealing.
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