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kindly evaluate my profile and guide me [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2008, 06:14
Hey guys !!hi all

kindly help me to decide on right Bschools .
This is my profile :
WE=> 3+ years as software engineer in telecom and software company ,R&D
GMAT=> 740 (V41,Q49),AWA(5.5)
GPA =>4.0 (79.59%),B.E,Electronics and Communication from a Delhi College of Engineering (among top 10 colleges of india).
Age : 24 years.
Nationality : indian female :)
Achievements :
1) I have excelled through out my school and college life , may it be acads or extracurricular activities or volunteering services etc.Had been among top 3 students throughoutmy school and among top 5 ranks in College.
2)Had actively participated in Charity organisations and NGOs activities .Had stayed in camps for serving people and volunteering .Had served to help blind people to help their board exams.
Had Volunteered in some service organisations.Had been associated with these organisations for 9 years.
3)Had won a number of accolades in speech and essay competitions.One award for essay writing had been imparted at national level.Was imparted training by hindustan times for a speech to be presented at state and national level.Throughout my school life i had been participating in a number of cmpetitions and had won a number of awards .Had won state level science exhibition awards.in college too i had been involved in a number of technical competions and tech societies like IEEE.
4)Had been actively participating in company's entertainment committee activities.
5)Had been actively involved in training freshers in my company.
6)In my currant job i have been rated as one of the best employes because i have contributed to good software developments of my company's products.
7)One of the activemost alumni of my high school,had been working for the school development .Had organised a number of alumni meets ,collected sponsorships for the school improvement ,volunteered activities for the school fund collection ,participated in teaching poor students of school and preparing many for talent hunt and organising scholarship for these students ,had promoted the school devlopment cause among our school societies (which was also started by few of us only) in the internet.
8)Had been imparted with a number of scholarships since my childhood.

I had been on my own always and had been focussed on my goals.
Right now ,when i took up GMAT ,i wanted to justify my prep and have justified the same .

Kindly rate my profile .Im from IT backround in fact core software core R&D + electronics software.Does this profile weigh if i want to apply for Bschools like oxford,LBS,INSEAD.

I want to go for 1 year MBA program : economics,consulting ,information systems or general management.

Kindly suggest right Bschools to target.I have missed ion the round 1 ,now its R2 .Whats the possibility tio get through with my profile?are there Bschools which take techy people?

LBS,OXFORD,JBS,ISB,YORK,ISEAD,HEC PARIS/monterial ,IE,NUS,HKUST,ESADE,IMD

HKUST and NUS -> im muddled to opt.. need guidance on this
IMD -> they conduct o campus interviews :( hence muddled but havent decided is it woth to apply for my profile.

Had also searched about Leeds and Durham in UK ,how good are these in terms of value for money or returns of investment?

Do i stand a chance in the above schools like LBS and OXFORD ?
what Bschools should i target ?
please guide me ......... im confused right now !!! :shock:
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Re: kindly evaluate my profile and guide me [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2008, 07:23
Spriya, you seem to be going to far too many directions here. How about you pick one industry that you're really interested in post-MBA? It will otherwise be very hard to justify having multiple career goals in your essays.

Additionally, you're only 24? what's your argument for picking a 1 year program? I don't know much about a lot of the schools on your list, but Insead, IMD and HEC all prefer people with a bit more experience.

And every business school takes "techie people."
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Re: kindly evaluate my profile and guide me [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2008, 11:10
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Spriya, you seem to be going to far too many directions here. How about you pick one industry that you're really interested in post-MBA? It will otherwise be very hard to justify having multiple career goals in your essays.

Additionally, you're only 24? what's your argument for picking a 1 year program? I don't know much about a lot of the schools on your list, but Insead, IMD and HEC all prefer people with a bit more experience.

And every business school takes "techie people."


Hey solaris
thanks for evaluating
Yes i understand that i dont have a set field in which i should focus .But my interest lies in consulting and Economics .Though i had not studied these subjects but would be interested in future.
I mentioned MIS since my work profile is in IT.
I understand that Bschools take techie people but the %ge intake seems low.Hence wanted to make sure.
Again i will turn 25 in just two months.with a 3+ years work ex do i stand a chance in these Bschools ??

I visited the cites of these Bschools and found there requirements to be 3+ years work experience .
Can u suggest me which Bschools for 1 year program should i target ??im concerned about cost too.I want value for money.

anyone knows about how good is RSM(erasmus),netherlands .
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Re: kindly evaluate my profile and guide me [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2008, 13:47
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I read your profile and the first thing that struck me was that you haven’t given much thought to what you really want to do. To you this is just the ‘next step’ rather than something you feel strongly about. Now there is nothing wrong with this per se, but unless you have a reasonably clear picture of what you want to do and more importantly feel strongly about your goals, you are NOT going to be able to write great essays, which are what you need to get into some of the schools you’ve mentioned.

One of the first things you need to do is research the kind of work you would like to do post MBA. You don’t have to know exactly, but you do need to have a reasonably clear idea. Because of your interest in consulting and economics, just want to point out that there are a few consultancies that specialize in economic consulting (e.g. NERA Economic Consulting). If this is the kind of job you want then you might be better off applying to London School of Economics (LSE). Again, this is for you to decide. When you research your target schools, look at the companies you want to work for and make sure that they recruit at your target schools, preferably in big numbers. That’s the best way to go about short-listing your schools.

You are going to have to show the schools that you’ve had an above average career graph. If you’ve won awards and/or have been promoted and ideally have some international experience to go with it then you might have a better chance at some of the schools you’ve mentioned. You haven’t mentioned any international experience? You will need some cross-cultural story for most of the schools.

As for the rest of your profile, I like that your GMAT score is balanced and that you’ve been involved in a bunch of extra-curriculars. I want to point out that not all extra-curriculars are the same. The best ones are those in which you’ve been involved with the Charity/NGO for a prolonged period of time (which you have), ideally as part of the management committee or similar leadership role. If you can write about your involvement with one of the charities/NGOs in one of your essays and showcase your leadership potential then that will definitely help you differentiate yourself from the regular Indian IT crowd. Also, unless there is something truly exceptional, don’t focus too much on the stuff that you’ve done back in school because it shows that not much has happened to you since. If you’ve won these essay competitions then let it show in the essays you submit.

As for your school selection, I don’t think you should apply to more than 6 schools in general. 2 stretch, 3 target, and 1 safety. Given your consulting goals, you will have to apply to mostly stretch schools because most management consultancies don’t come to schools that would be target for you. Given that you’ve missed the Round 1 deadlines, I think you should pick 3 schools (4 if you’re REALLY motivated) because that’s the most someone can do per round without diluting the quality of their application. Just wanted to point out that give you’re a career switcher, you might want to consider a two-year program simply because you will most probably need that summer internship to make that career transition.

If I were you, I would try my luck with ISB this year and then spend a year preparing a stronger profile and getting a head start on my essays. You would be 26/27 at matriculation? and that’s a sweet spot for almost every school.

I know I’ve been a little harsh but I think that these are things you really need to consider before you spend X thousand dollars on an MBA. Hope this helped.
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Re: kindly evaluate my profile and guide me [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2008, 19:00
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I read your profile and the first thing that struck me was that you haven’t given much thought to what you really want to do. To you this is just the ‘next step’ rather than something you feel strongly about. Now there is nothing wrong with this per se, but unless you have a reasonably clear picture of what you want to do and more importantly feel strongly about your goals, you are NOT going to be able to write great essays, which are what you need to get into some of the schools you’ve mentioned.

One of the first things you need to do is research the kind of work you would like to do post MBA. You don’t have to know exactly, but you do need to have a reasonably clear idea. Because of your interest in consulting and economics, just want to point out that there are a few consultancies that specialize in economic consulting (e.g. NERA Economic Consulting). If this is the kind of job you want then you might be better off applying to London School of Economics (LSE). Again, this is for you to decide. When you research your target schools, look at the companies you want to work for and make sure that they recruit at your target schools, preferably in big numbers. That’s the best way to go about short-listing your schools.

You are going to have to show the schools that you’ve had an above average career graph. If you’ve won awards and/or have been promoted and ideally have some international experience to go with it then you might have a better chance at some of the schools you’ve mentioned. You haven’t mentioned any international experience? You will need some cross-cultural story for most of the schools.

As for the rest of your profile, I like that your GMAT score is balanced and that you’ve been involved in a bunch of extra-curriculars. I want to point out that not all extra-curriculars are the same. The best ones are those in which you’ve been involved with the Charity/NGO for a prolonged period of time (which you have), ideally as part of the management committee or similar leadership role. If you can write about your involvement with one of the charities/NGOs in one of your essays and showcase your leadership potential then that will definitely help you differentiate yourself from the regular Indian IT crowd. Also, unless there is something truly exceptional, don’t focus too much on the stuff that you’ve done back in school because it shows that not much has happened to you since. If you’ve won these essay competitions then let it show in the essays you submit.

As for your school selection, I don’t think you should apply to more than 6 schools in general. 2 stretch, 3 target, and 1 safety. Given your consulting goals, you will have to apply to mostly stretch schools because most management consultancies don’t come to schools that would be target for you. Given that you’ve missed the Round 1 deadlines, I think you should pick 3 schools (4 if you’re REALLY motivated) because that’s the most someone can do per round without diluting the quality of their application. Just wanted to point out that give you’re a career switcher, you might want to consider a two-year program simply because you will most probably need that summer internship to make that career transition.

If I were you, I would try my luck with ISB this year and then spend a year preparing a stronger profile and getting a head start on my essays. You would be 26/27 at matriculation? and that’s a sweet spot for almost every school.

I know I’ve been a little harsh but I think that these are things you really need to consider before you spend X thousand dollars on an MBA. Hope this helped.


Hi legend ,
thanks for evaluating the profile.Yes true ,i have to project strong areas of activities where I Have involved for a longer time and shown good leadership skills.
True ,im working on ISB apps.Lets c what happens!!
Then i will go through the Bschool sites and in detail will find out about the courses they offer.

Provided my international experience is nil.Will it be a hurdle to get into any of the Bschools mentioned above.
How do u rate asian Bschools like NUS,NTU,HKUST?
Thanks for your guidance .
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Re: kindly evaluate my profile and guide me [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2008, 11:07
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Hi legend ,
thanks for evaluating the profile.Yes true ,i have to project strong areas of activities where I Have involved for a longer time and shown good leadership skills.
True ,im working on ISB apps.Lets c what happens!!
Then i will go through the Bschool sites and in detail will find out about the courses they offer.

Provided my international experience is nil.Will it be a hurdle to get into any of the Bschools mentioned above.
How do u rate asian Bschools like NUS,NTU,HKUST?
Thanks for your guidance.


Give your Indian IT background; I think that you will DEFINITELY need international experience to stand a chance at the European schools you’ve mentioned. At the very least, try to interact with some of your foreign clients or something because you will have to write about your cross-cultural experiences in one of your essays.

Secondly, there is nothing wrong with any of the Asian schools you've mentioned. For that matter there is nothing wrong with ANY b-school. It all comes down to the question “How will that school help you get to wherever it is you want to go”? And that's the point I've been making!! You need to give some serious thought to what it is you want to do and see how each school will help you get there. Courses are important but secondary in importance. Your best bet is to check out the placement stats at the schools you are considering. If the companies that you're interested in recruit there, preferably in large numbers, then you should apply there. Chat with some Indian students who are currently in the program and ask them what they think. In the end (unfortunately), it doesn't matter how exciting the electives of a particular program really are. If they don't attract the companies (Similar caliber of companies) you are looking for, it won’t matter.
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Re: kindly evaluate my profile and guide me [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2008, 18:23
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Hi legend ,
thanks for evaluating the profile.Yes true ,i have to project strong areas of activities where I Have involved for a longer time and shown good leadership skills.
True ,im working on ISB apps.Lets c what happens!!
Then i will go through the Bschool sites and in detail will find out about the courses they offer.

Provided my international experience is nil.Will it be a hurdle to get into any of the Bschools mentioned above.
How do u rate asian Bschools like NUS,NTU,HKUST?
Thanks for your guidance.


Give your Indian IT background; I think that you will DEFINITELY need international experience to stand a chance at the European schools you’ve mentioned. At the very least, try to interact with some of your foreign clients or something because you will have to write about your cross-cultural experiences in one of your essays.

Secondly, there is nothing wrong with any of the Asian schools you've mentioned. For that matter there is nothing wrong with ANY b-school. It all comes down to the question “How will that school help you get to wherever it is you want to go”? And that's the point I've been making!! You need to give some serious thought to what it is you want to do and see how each school will help you get there. Courses are important but secondary in importance. Your best bet is to check out the placement stats at the schools you are considering. If the companies that you're interested in recruit there, preferably in large numbers, then you should apply there. Chat with some Indian students who are currently in the program and ask them what they think. In the end (unfortunately), it doesn't matter how exciting the electives of a particular program really are. If they don't attract the companies (Similar caliber of companies) you are looking for, it won’t matter.

I see .I have few seniors and even classmates currntly in Asian as well as European Bschools i will just chat with them then .Abiout companies yes i will find that out.....now since im least aware of this process i had not paid attention to most important thing like whats my ultimate goal and where i want to be ....i will streamline my application process now.
Thanks legend ...ii will drop in a mail once i have any query
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