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1) Brief description of your full-time work experience. What do you do? Software engineer at fortune 500 IT Firm (Cognizant Technology Consulting) 42 Months WE Won multiple awards inhouse. Created an application that is being used by a listed indian garment firm tried unsuccesfully to startup a webdesign firm in 2009 2) Your GMAT. 690 Q47 V38 3) College info: Indian college (SRM University).Reasonably famous in india. Engineering in IT. Graduated 2009. 4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience. Captain of university football team. No notable extra curricular activities My project got special mention at the university level 5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA. None 6) Your target programs. Cornell Johnson, Haas, IESE, Stern, Said - These are what i applied to. Am I being realistic ? I'm not cut out for finance. However I am quite keen on international business 7) When you plan to apply? R1 2013-14 8) Your post-MBA goal. Consulting
Let me ask first, you said 'those are the schools I applied to', have you already applied or perhaps a miscommunication there?
You are part of a common applicant group, Indian IT/engineering professionals, and your GMAT is average to below average for that group. Sounds like you have solid work experience and probably academics, but to gain acceptance into one of the top MBA programs including those on your list, you generally also need a 'wow' factor and/or extremely compelling and unique essays that demonstrate why YOU should be admitted over all of the other strong applicants. I would say, without actually seeing your essays and stories, that the schools on your list would be challenging to get into, though not impossible if you can pull out what about you is really going to stand out.
Keep in mind that in a competitive admissions environment, having a strong sense of your short and long term post-MBA goals is also pretty important (since other strong applicants WILL), so that is something you should work on. You may want to add another school or two outside top 15 or so programs, and maybe consider some other international programs given your interest in international business? Keep us posted on q's and your progress!
Re: Indian IT Professional - GMAT 690 [#permalink]
11 Aug 2013, 18:59
Hello, Firstly, thanks a great deal for your interest.
I meant those were the schools I had selected to send my scores out to, when I wrote the test
Let me compile my list of accomplishments in the next few days. Hopefully I'll be able to paint you a better picture of myself. That should hep you better gauge my profile.
Also, are european schools easier to get into compared with american schools ? Since I'm not financially affluent, I don’t think I can afford to spend a lot of money on an MBA outside the top 20. Granted that rankings arent holistic in nature, I'd still like a good brand value assosciated with the degree. In that respect, are european schools lagging behind their american counterparts ? I've been told that MBA is an american product afterall.
Very generally, the very TOP US MBA programs often are considered those with the strongest reputation (Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT for sure). Then for US programs, Columbia, Kellogg, Booth, NYU I'd probably roughly put next for global reputation, and definitely within-the-US reputation, BUT generally the top 2 outside the US for global brand are INSEAD and LBS, and depending on what industry and what region and what company you are interested in or talk to, LBS and INSEAD and potentially other European programs will be regarded similarly to many top US programs, or arguably US programs outside of Harv/Stanf/Wharton/MIT or thereabouts. Also Said (Oxford) and Judge (Cambridge) are very highly regarded not only for their MBA/b-schools but also because a degree from Oxford or Cambridge is known world-wide.
So, lots to think about, and depends a lot on your goals!! I encourage you and applicants in your boat to talk with those working in and hiring for industries and companies you are interested in and ask for advice on how they regard different programs, if really concerned about it.
Yes rankings have exceptions and loopholes and you need to take with a grain of salt, BUT if you look at several years' of rankings or how schools perform over time, schools consistently ranked high, that gives you a good feel for overall reputation too. US News & World report for inside the US and solely US programs; Financial Times for global reputation and includes international schools.