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Kindly evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2008, 19:58
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I am a 29 male applicant from India, but I have been working in US for past 6 years in IT. Completed Engineering from a non IIT school with good GPA (Was 10th in the University in Mech Eng). GMAT 740(Q:49, V41) AWA: 5.5. I was enrolled in National Cadet Corps during my Undergrad years and participated in good amount of sports activities. For the past 4 years, I have been working in retail in Logistics and Merchandising on the IT side and have worked as an IT consultant for a couple of major retailers. Since, I am semi-self employed (the only relation between I and my company is it holds my H1B and processes my paycheck), I have been involved in contract negotiations and contract acquisitions.

I have decent amount of EC activities. During my stay in rural US, I worked as a "loaned executive" for United Way. Basically, companies loan you to United Way and you handle the United way campaigns in your company. In last couple of years, I have also led an event publicity team for a local non-profit. I am also a member of a local humanist organization. In the past, I was also a member of a local toastmasters club and it greatly helped me reduce my stage fear. One of hobbies include study of comparative religions. Read a good amount of religious texts so far. I learned Arabic in order that I could read Quran (although I am an agnostic :))

I plan to work the logistics strategy or supply chain management post MBA. I have a good amount of knowledge of the logistics area from business perspective and an MBA would help me add to my skill set in that area.

I am planning to apply to Kellog, Ross, Duke, Tepper and Mccombs. Should I add one more school from the top 7? I think my Non-IIT background coupled with not-so-great GMAT might keep me away from these schools. Additionally my engineering & IT background comes in the way. What you think in general about my school choices? If I should add one more school from the top 7, which according to you suits my post MBA aspiration? I think Sloan and Haas are ultra competitive for Indian engineers.
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Re: Kindly evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2008, 15:04
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aakashganga,

Given your supply chain focus, I'm not sure why Kellogg is on your short list. A better (i.e., more relevant) longshot would be MIT Sloan. Michigan may also be a bit of a reach for you, but you should be competitive at Tepper and McCombs. If I were you I would add schools like Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State, and Maryland to your list--all strong in supply chain. I like your extracurriculars, but your age, common profile, and apparent/relative lack of leadership at work, make me think that adding another top 7 school to your list isn't realistic.

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Re: Kindly evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2008, 17:19
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aakashganga,

Given your supply chain focus, I'm not sure why Kellogg is on your short list. A better (i.e., more relevant) longshot would be MIT Sloan. Michigan may also be a bit of a reach for you, but you should be competitive at Tepper and McCombs. If I were you I would add schools like Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State, and Maryland to your list--all strong in supply chain. I like your extracurriculars, but your age, common profile, and apparent/relative lack of leadership at work, make me think that adding another top 7 school to your list isn't realistic.

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Paul, Thanks for your response. I forgot to mention my work experience in the post above. I have acted in various leadership roles at work. Currently, I work as a team leader leading a team of 8 people. In the past I have handled responsibilities such as test co-coordinator coordinating testing activities between teams sitting in India and Argentina. I also acted as an onsite team lead (for an Indian company) selected from a team of 45 people. Have taught technical classes in the company and have been involved in activities ranging from requirement gathering to installation.

Now, I realize that this leadership experience is not as eye-shattering as someone's who increased sales by $100 million or set company operations in Bolivia, but I never felt that I lacked leadership experience on the work place compared to my peers.
The reason I picked Kellogg is it has good supply chain management program. Its own Center for Operations & SCM has good reputation in the industry. Also has a center for retail management. Good professors in the supply chain area. Now, I agree that its reputation in operations and supply chain may not be as good as that of MIT, but with the immense popularity of Sloan among Indians (esp IITians), I didn't feel I had a chance there.

Do you still feel that I shouldn't apply to any of the top 7 schools now that I have mentioned my leadership experience? Do you still feel that Ross is bit of a reach for me? I was hoping to be competitive at Ross.
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Re: Kindly evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2008, 14:22
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aakashganga,

Thanks for reminding me of Kellogg's supply chain strengths--I stand corrected. You obviously do have leadership experiences though nothing devastatingly powerful. I'm concerned that the semi-self-employed status could hurt you. However, your profile has no major red flags, so you should feel free to apply to Kellogg as a longshot. Emphasize the leadership and everything that's unusual in your profile.

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Re: Kindly evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2008, 18:48
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aakashganga,

Thanks for reminding me of Kellogg's supply chain strengths--I stand corrected. You obviously do have leadership experiences though nothing devastatingly powerful. I'm concerned that the semi-self-employed status could hurt you. However, your profile has no major red flags, so you should feel free to apply to Kellogg as a longshot. Emphasize the leadership and everything that's unusual in your profile.



Thanks Paul. Why is is that semi-self employed status would hurt my chances? If anything, I was thinking that such a status would help me distinguish myself from the competition since I have unique experience of contract acquisition and negotiation.
Besides, I think I have shown the intent for entrepreneurship during this experience.
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Re: Kindly evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2008, 19:35
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I agree that your experience in contract negotiations and acquisitions is a positive, but being IT consultant/contractor is a very common applicant background, and I think contract consultants have a certain "temp" stigma that permanent staff people don't have, unfairly or not.

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