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Good GMAT, Good GPA, Work-ex on the lesser side,

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Joined: 19 Nov 2011
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Location: India
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V41
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New post 20 Nov 2011, 10:10
Hi Paul,

I am planning to apply for Fall 2012. I want to know which range of universities should I target. As of now I have only finalized ND Mendoza. I am aiming for top 30.Should I be looking northward or southward as far as the rankings go?

This is my profile in a nutshell:
Nationality: Indian
Professional Experience: IC(Silicon chip) design engineer in an American semiconductor MNC. Currently working in Chennai India for a year so Far. I shall have 2 years by Fall 2012
GMAT:730 V:42 Q:49
BS Electrical Engineering Cum Laude(Fall 03-Spring07) SUNY Binghamton GPA:3.6
Dean's List for Fall '04 Spr '04 Fall '05 Spr '05

MS Electrical Engineering (Fall 07-Spring10) SUNY Binghamton GPA:3.7
(MS degree took 3 years to complete partly because of recession and delays in manufacturing and testing the chip I designed for my MS project)

Professional Experience:
No clear leadership opportunities so far. Volunteered to do extra tasks on the side and been appreciated for the initiative. I do design work so there is a little bit of collaborative innovation involved there.

Campus experience:
Designed a silicon chip for my MS project. This work involved a fair bit of innovation.
Teaching assistant for 3 semesters. Handled more then 60 students. Occasionally
did ppt presentations and tutorials for students.
Math tutor at the Educational opportunities center at SUNY Binghamton
Student Manager at the Audiovisual services at SUNY Binghamton. Responsible for the student employees during the evening shift and in absence of the Supervisor.
Led two Graduate class project teams. Planned schedule, divided and delegated tasks, kept a close track of the team progress through regular meetings and updates.

Why do I want to do an MBA:
I eventually plan to start something of my own. MBA will give me knowledge, network and career opportunities to get closer to my goal. The opportunities that will not come by easily in my current position. I do have a few ideas but I am still not sure, which one to pursue. B-School environment will allow me to get a practical outlook on my current ideas and may be expose me to even more.

Short Term Plans: I am planning to pursue and MBA in operations, MIS or business leadership ,with some entrepreneurship emphasis. This will will allow me to pursue career opportunities in which I get a broad overview of all aspects of business.

Long term plan: After working for a few years , I plan to start a business when an opportunity presents itself.

Uniqueness of my profile(I assume)
Extensive multicultural experience (USA and India)
Leadership opportunities on campus
Good people skills and language skills(I had to grade essays during my time as a TA)
Good academics and quantitative skills.

Lack of community service.
Less work experience.
Limited professional leadership opportunities.

Thanks and regards
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New post 23 Nov 2011, 21:42
Hey scorpius:
Yes, you are selling yourself short when it comes to the programs that you would be able to get into. Mendoza is a good school, but one where you will be readily accepted - provided you can put together essays that pass the bar (and goals that make sense).

The one thing that I believe you are not placing enough emphasis on are your job prospects upon graduation. you have entrepreneurial goals, which may raise some red flags (depending on how you frame them in your essays) when read by the admissions committee. This would be especially true at Mendoza. The school does not necessarily have the greatest relationships with "entrepreneurial" firms – especially in the technology sector. This could raise a double red flag with the admissions committee. While you may be qualified – by the numbers – you could look like you do not understand the school that your entrepreneurial goals and what you dictate as your career path.

However, the most important aspect is – you. Why is it that you want to go to Notre Dame? A school like Babson would be much more appropriate. I would even shoot for Marshall, Haas or Anderson. while your stats would certainly allow you to be competitive at any number of top 20 schools, you sell the admissions committee on your fit by plugging in what you have done, and what you plan to do with what the school can do for you.

I urge you to add the schools I listed above to your list.

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