I am 29 years old Indian male applicant targeting Fall 2015 admission
I just took my GMAT on Monday and got a 740 (Q50, V40, AWA5 and IR3).
I had earlier taken TOEFL and scored a 108.
6 years Accenture in SAP Technical(ABAP) - 3 years + 3 years in SAP SCM Functional consulting..
Extracurriculars: nothing worthy of mention
Overseas Work Exp: less than 1 year
Worked extensively with clients in the following Industry Verticals
a. Consumer Goods and Services (Henkel. Kelloggs, Unilever)
b. Heavy Industrial Equipments (John Deere)
For the last 3 years my work is focussed on Sales and Operations Planning which involves the following activities such as
a. Demand Planning
b. Statistical Forecasting
c. Supply Network Planning
d. Safety Stock & Economic Order Qty calculations
e. Supply Network collaboration (vendor Evaluation, Customer & Supplier Collaboration)
f. Spare Parts Planning (Unique Forecasting models used because of sporadic demand patterns in Spare Parts Business)
NIT Rourkela, India (considered second to IITs)
Chemical Engineering (CGPA 7.88/10 - dont know how to convert to 4 point GPA scale)
One of the key features in my work experience which I would like to highlight is the steep learning curve which I faced when I moved in SAP SCM from a pure coding background and how effortlessly I was able to get into the new role (strong analytical & quick learning abilities)
Post MBA Aspirations
Strategy Consulting (mid tier consulting firms like Delloitte, KPMG, Accenture will be fine)
Technology Consulting as I have been doing now (SAP Global Consulting Service)
Operations/Procurement (Amazon.com, Sears, Target, Walmart)
I have selected the following schools to send my official GMAT scores
1. UNC Kenan Flagler School of Business
2. Manchester Business School
3. Eli Broad School of Business Michigan State University
4. Melbourne Business School
5. Indian School of Business, Hyderbad
I am not sure if I made the right choices.
Considering my aspirations and current profile, what do you suggest me to work on - profile building?
I am planning to apply in Early Action Round in UNC Kenan Flagler.
I, like any Indian Applicant would need scholarships, fellowships or any kind of grants that waives a certain proportion of the tuition fees.
How do I improve my profile to boost my chances of getting into a strategy consulting firm post MBA?
Also I would like to what are my chances in the above mentioned B Schools?
I am open to both 1 year and 2 years MBA program.
Any suggestions on which additional schools I should target will be highly appreciated.
Thanks and Regards,
So first of all dude, a HUGE congratulations on that absolutely FANTASTIC GMAT!! Well done, man! That, more than anything will totally boost your profile.
So let's have a look at your profile:
- Awesome GMAT.
- Very good grades from the second-best school in India.
- Some international experience.
- Good employer
- No leadership
- Unique factor?
Right now I think these last two bits are REALLY important! You really have some good numbers and good work experience, but what is missing to me in what you have written here is that unique factor that will make you BURST off the page, that will make your application fascinating and memorable, and bring it to life. Because there are soooooooo many very strong Indian candidates, and you gotta find some way to stand out from the pack. The good news: You are starting early enough that even if you don't have anything you can think of using right now, you can still DO something!
Other than that for your school list, I think you are maybe not being ambitious ENOUGH! (a rarity!)
Schools 2,3,4 should be preeetty safe for you given your GMAT, and I don't think you need apply to all three. Instead, I'd drop two and add another two schools ranked 10-20 from the US. At UNC and ISB I feel you should be relatively competitive. Just deal with that one weakness I mentioned to strengthen your profile!
Looking good so far,
Hope this helps!
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