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Hi John, Profile evaluation please

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Concentration: Strategy, International Business
GMAT 1: 600 Q44 V29
GPA: 3.35
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Hi John, Profile evaluation please [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2014, 02:43
Hi all, perhaps my first post here. Need some serious guidance as there is lot of confusion at the moment. Below is my profile-


• 2006 B-Tech graduate from a top Indian university, GPA is around 3.0(7.5 GPA on university’s scale), and currently working with a top IT service provider in India

• I have 7.8(96 months) years of professional work experience in IT/Services/Telecom and Customer Experience, with 3 years of international exposure and assignments at client location in the UK, in diverse profiles, majoring operations management/customer experience/implementation management/business analysis and driving projects generating quarterly revenues upwards of 1 million GBP. Because of the successfully delivered business solutions to the customer, I have received several accolades at various points in my career, from both employer and client side senior management.

• Have lead a team of 4 people while managing operations for a telecom major client, mentoring them and conductive knowledgement management sessions for improved operational efficiency. Similarly, have lead several teams when managing customer experience and for successful implementation of various projects at client site

• My good work record will enable me to get good recommendations from people I have worked with and my supervisors who think greatly about me

• On the extracurricular front, I have always pursued my interests despite any barriers-(not sure if all are appropriate to mention)

1. Have pursued a course in disc jockeying as being passionate about music
2. Have done a cookery course and acquired cooking expertise all these years as a side interest
3. Have been a part of international fashion weeks in Milan, Berlin and London as a ramp model, and have done several shoots and acted in short fashion films in the last 5 years. Some of these shows i did were organized for charity causes, like for GOSH(Great Ormond Street Hospital) charity for children in the UK, for funding cancer research UK etc, and the shows were a big hit.
4. Have acquired fitness know how all these years and regularly help people achieve their fitness goals via social networking forums
5. Have coordinated and helped in raising funds(>$2000) for underprivileged and less fortunate/bereaved part time working peers, hailing from poor backgrounds, helping their families to run their expenses

• I have put good effort to sum all of the above in my CV as a reflection of my profile and i am currently working on my essays

Now on the downside

GMAT- 600(Q44 V29).(Pathetic) This is my first attempt, and i was aiming 700 but guess i didnt manage my time good enough in verbal

Previously I wanted to aim for the top 10 in US, but my GMAT score is a killer. Please advice what schools should I apply to, or rather retake the GMAT shortly and then apply. But I will miss the final rounds for many colleges, for Fall 2014, which is when I want my program to start. Hence the confusion
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Re: Hi John, Profile evaluation please [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2014, 22:18
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Hi all, perhaps my first post here. Need some serious guidance as there is lot of confusion at the moment. Below is my profile-


• 2006 B-Tech graduate from a top Indian university, GPA is around 3.0(7.5 GPA on university’s scale), and currently working with a top IT service provider in India

• I have 7.8(96 months) years of professional work experience in IT/Services/Telecom and Customer Experience, with 3 years of international exposure and assignments at client location in the UK, in diverse profiles, majoring operations management/customer experience/implementation management/business analysis and driving projects generating quarterly revenues upwards of 1 million GBP. Because of the successfully delivered business solutions to the customer, I have received several accolades at various points in my career, from both employer and client side senior management.

• Have lead a team of 4 people while managing operations for a telecom major client, mentoring them and conductive knowledgement management sessions for improved operational efficiency. Similarly, have lead several teams when managing customer experience and for successful implementation of various projects at client site

• My good work record will enable me to get good recommendations from people I have worked with and my supervisors who think greatly about me

• On the extracurricular front, I have always pursued my interests despite any barriers-(not sure if all are appropriate to mention)

1. Have pursued a course in disc jockeying as being passionate about music
2. Have done a cookery course and acquired cooking expertise all these years as a side interest
3. Have been a part of international fashion weeks in Milan, Berlin and London as a ramp model, and have done several shoots and acted in short fashion films in the last 5 years. Some of these shows i did were organized for charity causes, like for GOSH(Great Ormond Street Hospital) charity for children in the UK, for funding cancer research UK etc, and the shows were a big hit.
4. Have acquired fitness know how all these years and regularly help people achieve their fitness goals via social networking forums
5. Have coordinated and helped in raising funds(>$2000) for underprivileged and less fortunate/bereaved part time working peers, hailing from poor backgrounds, helping their families to run their expenses

• I have put good effort to sum all of the above in my CV as a reflection of my profile and i am currently working on my essays

Now on the downside

GMAT- 600(Q44 V29).(Pathetic) This is my first attempt, and i was aiming 700 but guess i didnt manage my time good enough in verbal

Previously I wanted to aim for the top 10 in US, but my GMAT score is a killer. Please advice what schools should I apply to, or rather retake the GMAT shortly and then apply. But I will miss the final rounds for many colleges, for Fall 2014, which is when I want my program to start. Hence the confusion


Hello there good sir! (or is it maam? You never mentioned...)

So let's start with the easy thing - forget about 2014. For you, like for all international applicants R3 is not really an option. So slow down, take a breath, and accept that you will apply in 2015, and that's your best start....

Now once that is there, then the confusion should already be a bit minimized... Now that you are applying next year for 2015, you have about 4-5 months to score better on your GMAT. If you haven't yet taken a course, you might want to consider that. My advice would be that if you feel like you are ready try and take your GMAT around mid-May, because if you STILL don't get that score you want, it's cool, cause you have another 2-3 months to give it a final shot (and you would apply round 2 and not one).

Next, your profile. Your GPA is so-so and I'm assuming (because you didn't write it) you are not coming from an IIT. That, plus the fact that you are Indian Tech (And maybe male), would already be enough to make Top 10 extremely unlikely. I mean, I don't want to burst your bubble, but even with a 750, the Top 10s would be a stretch.

On the strengths side, your international experience, your leadership, and your work experience seem excellent, so you can count on those. From your "extracurriculars" honestly only 3 and 5 are really relevant, the rest is kind of "normal stuff", but it's good that you have those two things.

But for you now, as you surely realize, your biggest next challenge is that GMAT. So keep these things I wrote in mind, but concentrate aaaaaalll your energies on that test, and when you have that score we can take a look at things again.

Hope this helps!!!!

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Re: Hi John, Profile evaluation please [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2014, 23:40
Hi John

Many thanks for the honest feedback, much appreciated . I am an Indian male so sir it is , sorry about that

Just a minor correction there , my GPA would be in the 3.4/3.5 range ( as it's 7.8 on 10 scale) , I have corrected it in other posts now

My college is VIT, it's not an IIT, but next to them I would say as it's ranked #1 private institute in India, but I am assuming it doesn't make much difference unless it's IIT .

Any difference in your views ? In
Any case I shall take your advice and pursue 2015 for admissions , thanks again

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Re: Hi John, Profile evaluation please [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2014, 01:03
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Hi John

Many thanks for the honest feedback, much appreciated . I am an Indian male so sir it is , sorry about that

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:) Nothing to be sorry about! It just makes things statistically harder…

For your grades and school: 7.8 is pretty good actually, but not stellar either. (I know that it's much much harder to reach those higher grades in India, but still we do see plenty of candidates with 8 and above, and so will the Adcoms). And when you present VIT in your application, you should definitely mention its ranking, although yes, it still takes second seat to IIT, which is a selection that a lot of top Bschools tend to rely on.

Good luck on your GMAT!
And let me know how you do,
Best,
JF
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