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Do I stand a chance ?? [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2005, 10:32
I am a 23 yr male from bangalore working in a US based software company for 18 months. as a software engineer. My acads are pretty good including 85% in underGraduate ( computer science).
I want to apply for US Top 10 in Fall 07 but sceptical about the fact that ~3 (by then) yrs expi may not be enough ( especially given that 90% of ppl with expi who apply from India are software engineers).
I dont have anything funky associated with profile, like patents or years of social service or a good business plan ready. Do I stand any chance of getting thru assuming that I will do great in GMAT ( 730+) and I will have a good application kit.
If not, do I stand a chance in US Top 20 or 30. I also want to know how good are these colleges. This is relavant because I will be making a big investment in joining these colleges and a good ROI in critical.
I have on final question. In case I dont get in Fall 07 for reason like less expirience or nothing special in profile, I will be a reapplicant in Fall 08. Will this be hindrant to my application then

-- I dream big, hope it turns out true.

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more info. [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2005, 13:18
Hi linda,
I was going thru other post and thought I need to give you more info.

1) I have been doing more than development job in company, part of it includes helping them make business decisions by providing industry data.

2) I have been working for a small NGO out here bur feel weird about using that as a boost to my profile.

3) I have started a company with my friends and running it for few months now. ( small Software company ).

4) My short term goal is to earn back the investment and get into a challenging role which gives me a lot of oppurtunity to learn.

5) My long term goal is to use the flourishing Indian market and build solutions sensitive to that market. Current lot of things coming up in India are just a copy of whats done in US.

6) One of the reasons I dont want to do MBA even in India's best B-school is that in 3 yrs ( time at end of MBA), I will be earning nearly double the avg salary in that B school. Other reason being that I want international exposure and strong entrepreneur skills.

I hope this will give you enough insight into my profile. I want to know do I stand a chance for US Top 10. ( remember < 3 yrs experience by then )

Thanks in advance, waiting for reply
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Re: more info. [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2005, 16:15
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Hi linda,
I was going thru other post and thought I need to give you more info.

1) I have been doing more than development job in company, part of it includes helping them make business decisions by providing industry data.

2) I have been working for a small NGO out here bur feel weird about using that as a boost to my profile.

3) I have started a company with my friends and running it for few months now. ( small Software company ).

4) My short term goal is to earn back the investment and get into a challenging role which gives me a lot of oppurtunity to learn.

5) My long term goal is to use the flourishing Indian market and build solutions sensitive to that market. Current lot of things coming up in India are just a copy of whats done in US.

6) One of the reasons I dont want to do MBA even in India's best B-school is that in 3 yrs ( time at end of MBA), I will be earning nearly double the avg salary in that B school. Other reason being that I want international exposure and strong entrepreneur skills.

I hope this will give you enough insight into my profile. I want to know do I stand a chance for US Top 10. ( remember < 3 yrs experience by then )

Thanks in advance, waiting for reply


thanks for the additional information. It's helpful. With a strong GMAT you are competitive at top 10 schools especially those more open to early career applicants.

Regarding ROI, it depends on the economy when you finish your degree. The economy is expanding how and hiring is up at b-schools. I can't predict what it will be 2 years from now when you will be facing interviewers and recruiters. If I could, I would probably be in a different line of work. :-)

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 [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2005, 20:11
Hi Linda,

Thanks a lot :lol: , Thats a big confidence booster. I am so glad I asked the question.

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With a strong GMAT you are competitive at top 10 schools especially those more open to early career applicants.
. If you know these universities ( US Top 10-20 + They are open to early applicants ) at the top of your head, can you please list them out. I am new to GMAT and hardly know some 5 university names right now.

Also , based on your answer, can I assume that I am pretty well placed for US Top 20 / US Top 30. I know "Pretty" is subjective, what I want to make sure is that I have better than "outside chances" of making to any of these colleges (US Top 10 / US Top 20 / US Top 30.).


And the old question repeats. If I become a reapplicant in Fall 08, would the Fall 07 application hurt me

--dreamBig, Thanks again for the prev answer
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2005, 15:12
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Hi Linda,

Thanks a lot :lol: , Thats a big confidence booster. I am so glad I asked the question.

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With a strong GMAT you are competitive at top 10 schools especially those more open to early career applicants.
. If you know these universities ( US Top 10-20 + They are open to early applicants ) at the top of your head, can you please list them out. I am new to GMAT and hardly know some 5 university names right now.

Also , based on your answer, can I assume that I am pretty well placed for US Top 20 / US Top 30. I know "Pretty" is subjective, what I want to make sure is that I have better than "outside chances" of making to any of these colleges (US Top 10 / US Top 20 / US Top 30.).


And the old question repeats. If I become a reapplicant in Fall 08, would the Fall 07 application hurt me

--dreamBig, Thanks again for the prev answer




Here are a few top schools open to early career applicants:

HBS
Stanford,
Wharton,
UCLA,
Columbia.

These are all intensely competitive schools. With a 700+ GMAT and continued professional growth you will be competitive in the top 30 programs.

Reapplicant status doesn't hurt you at any of these schools, with the exception of HBS. Although they deny different standards, I believe they have very high standards for accepting reapplicants.

Good luck!
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placement [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2005, 09:19
Linda,

How are the placements for international students different from that of US students. I have heard some news about some companies not taking international students. What is the ground reality ??.

Also Linda, given my profile, If I ask you to choose between Indian IIMs/ISB and US colleges where I can be really competitive, what would you choose. What I am trying to get is that. say, If my profile is really competitive only in 3rd tier college, then may be I should apply for indian colleges. This depends on which is more beneficiary, both financially and in terms of exposure an career growth.

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Re: placement [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2005, 19:38
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Linda,

How are the placements for international students different from that of US students. I have heard some news about some companies not taking international students. What is the ground reality ??.

Also Linda, given my profile, If I ask you to choose between Indian IIMs/ISB and US colleges where I can be really competitive, what would you choose. What I am trying to get is that. say, If my profile is really competitive only in 3rd tier college, then may be I should apply for indian colleges. This depends on which is more beneficiary, both financially and in terms of exposure an career growth.

Thanks


Again, the market will dictate how placements will differ. If US companies have more than enought qualified US candidates, then they will take the candidates with US green cards to they don't have to deal with and pay with sponsorship and helping an employee get a green card. If the job market is tighter and they cannot find US employees to fill spots they will happily become sponsors and do the paper work.

I am also not familiar enough with Indian schools to compare.

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