I'd really appreciate your help with this evaluation. I need to decide which school to apply to and also how to improve my profile for the Top-10.
1) Brief description of your full-time work experience
: Indian, male, 23
I have been a Graduate Engineer Trainee with a Fortune 500 (Top15) company for the past 1.5 years
. This is my 3rd rotation in the program.
My rotations: Engineering
(8 months): Handled projects worth $200,000 in my first 6 months. Successfully completed Factory Acceptance Test with the End User by myself. Assisted on several other projects, with programming, planning etc. Sales
(8 months): Made regular cold calls, generated firm inquiries within the designated 8 months, with some of them being converted to Sales. (Progress was a little slow due to an illness and subsequently, death in the family). Marketing
(2 months): Responsible for qualifying leads, releasing quarterly newsletter, customer interaction, organizing National Level Meets. Coordinated the National Sales Meet in Feb 2013.
Working on developing a hardware product with my father's embedded electronics company by mid-2014.
2) Your GMAT
: Haven't taken it yet. But I am certain of getting 720+.
3) College info
: B.E (2011) from Pune University with 58% (Approximately 3.0 according to WES). No particular reason for it, except my involvement in drama and other cultural/organizational activities in college.
4) (i) Cultural Secretary
for my department (Electronics and Telecommunications)
(ii) Founding member for cultural committee in college and Lead Actor and Coordinator for the college's production for a State-Level drama competition. Raised funds from the college for the production, beginning at $400 (compared to other colleges' $2000) in 2009 to $1000 in 2011.
(iii) Part of organizing committee for the National Level Technical Fest held by the college every year, regular organizing member of college's annual cultural festival.
(iv) Prefect, Best All-Round Student in High School
(v) Initiated the participation of the High School's team in district cricket tournaments.
5) Important certifications
: Certificate Program in Business Management from the Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, the Business School in the IIT Bombay campus. The course involved lectures and assessments on First Year subjects in their MBA program. This was done along with my Final Year of B.E, through distance learning.
A1 level in French Language cleared, applying to Level A2.
6) Your target programs
: None yet. Was hoping you could help me with some schools!
7) When you plan to apply
: Mostly by 2014, second half. By which time I will have completed 3 years of Work Experience.
8) Your post-MBA goal
: To work in Strategy or Marketing and later to start my own company, hopefully product-based.
PS: How much does it help my profile if I join a startup?
Thanks a lot!