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Re: Evaluate my profile please: MSEE 3+ exp and 690 [#permalink]
26 Jun 2007, 12:14
Hello Mr. Bodine,
Age : 27 by Fall 2008 Nationality: India Languages : English, Hindi, Telugu. GMAT : 690
Education: - MS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University (top 80) - Avg GPA (3.63) - B.Engineering from Andhra University, India.
Professional Experience by Fall 2008: - 3 years+ as a Embedded Software Engineer(MTS-2) at Hughes Network Systems. Got a good review and a 3% hike in my last performance review. - Internship at Naval Science Technological Labs , India.
Extra-Curricular - Part of committee which planned a 1 month long Industrial Tour in Bachelors. - Head organizing committee of Technical Day events in Bachelors apart from designing advertising posters for Technical Events like Tech Dabate. - Used to tutor students in free time in Masters.
Why MBA : Starting in Fall 2008, with 3+ years of professional experience. Share my experiences, learn from others and contribute my enthusiasm and ideas to class.
Post MBA goals : preferably, technology company position as a manager.
Target Schools : Kellogg, GSB, Wharton, HBS, Haas, Stanford or any others suggested??
Do I stand a chance for the top 10 or do I need to improve my GMAT score?
Thank you very much for your feedback!
Your profile unfortunately seems very typical of what the top schools see, so I think you are overshooting at all of the schools you listed. I recommend picking 2 of those (but not HBS or Stanford) and making them your long-shots, then retarget schools lower in the top 15-20. Improving your GMAT to, say, 740 or higher, would make you slightly more competitive at these schools (and much more competitive at lower-ranked schools) but your profile's problem is not the GMAT alone. It's that it's not distinctive enough and there doesn't seem to be formal work leadership or intensive community leadership. You might want to consider schools like Indiana, UNC, Yale, USC, Texas, Cornell, etc.--all strong programs. You may want to read Accepted.com's advice for Indian applicants.
Thank you for your reply. Would participating in some community activities help me get into Top 10 schools. Or can you give me suggestions about stuff I can do get into the Top 10 schools.
You need to show greater leadership and impact. If you can take on more responsibility at work and ideally get into a managerial role that would help. Outside of work, look for a community activity that you can participate in on a leadership level, i.e., corrdinating people, serving on its board, or influencing the direction of the organization. Also consider choosing a community activity that's distinctive and that you actually care about. And raise your GMAT as high as you possibly can.
Re: Re-evaluation and your book. [#permalink]
26 Jan 2008, 22:13
Hello Mr. Bodine,
I read your book - Application essays for top business schools and found it very helpful. I would enthusiastically recommend it to everyone.
Considering my profile below. If you add in a leadership role like organizing community service oriented camps, how are my chances of getting into the top schools and to show more distinctiveness I overcame health issues in high school and college. Please let me know.
Profile: 690 gmat with 3.3 years exp MSEE, excellent reviews at work. IEEE journal publication and other info. I quoted above.
I would still call you a longshot at Kellogg, GSB, Wharton, HBS, Haas, and Stanford, but you could apply to some of them as longshots. Given your technology management goals you might aim for CMU, Texas, UC Irvine, Indiana, Purdue, or Maryland.