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Kindly Review My Profile [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2011, 02:36
I would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to help me narrow down the list of Business Schools to Apply to for the Fall, 2011 Full-Time MBA Program.

Profile:
Gender - Male
Age - 24
Nationality - Indian

GMAT Score:
1st attempt - T: 650 Q: 44 V: 37 [26th Dec 2010]
2nd attempt - T: 710 Q: 48 V: 40 [24th Feb 2011]

Educational Qualification:

Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Month & Year of Graduation: Nov, 2008
GPA - 7.2 on a 10 point scale [No point converting to the 4 point scale though... Grading is not standardized in my country]

Work Experience:
Duration - Jul 2008 to Jul 2010

After completing college I was offered employment by Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (Engineering Construction & Contracts), India's No. 1 Construction Company. As a Graduate Engineer working for a company of high repute, I was expected to perform from day 1 onwards. My responsibilities included the following:

1. Managing the welfare of a gang of 50 construction workers while extracting high productivity from them.
2. Resolving technical difficulties encountered while executing work at site.
3. Maintaining good relationship with local inhabitants to avoid stoppage of work due to 'Right of Way' issues.
4. Obtaining permits from government authorities as and when required.

After spending one year across different geo graphical terrains in India (Tropical Forest in Karnataka to Snow Capped Mountains in Himachal Pradesh), I was promoted to the rank of Senior Engineer and transferred to Dubai, UAE. In Dubai, the following were added to the list of responsibilities:
1. Acting as the link between the engineers at site and the design team to facilitate inclusion/exclusion of features as recommended by the client.
2. Managing the inventory of items in the Site Store so as to avoid material shortage during execution.
3. Procuring items of required quality at the best price offered by identifying and negotiating with vendors.
4. Generating reports for clients to review.
5. Preparing Master Schedule for Up coming projects.

Extra-Curricular Activities:
• Self taught Guitarist
• Chief Editor of the Electrical & Electronics Engineering departmental magazine, Potentia, during college pre-final year
• Founding Student Secretary of ‘Eureka’ - the college Quiz Club
• Leader of the Core Committee for organizing the Inter-College National Level Technical Symposium ‘Bhava’ during college final year
• School Pupil Leader of the Naval Public School, Kochi for the year 2003-04

Target B-Schools:
Elite to Ultra Elite B-schools.
I selected the following institutions while giving my GMAT:
1. Kellog Northwestern
2. Ross Michigan
3. Indiana Kelley
4. Texas A&M
5. USC Marshall

Post MBA Goals:
1. Work in the marketing section of a leading brand (possibly in the music industry)
2. Launch my own business [eventually]

NOTE: A friend told me that the final round of intake is not open to international candidates! Is it true? :o
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Re: Kindly Review My Profile [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2011, 05:30
Expert's post
Entwistle wrote:
I would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to help me narrow down the list of Business Schools to Apply to for the Fall, 2011 Full-Time MBA Program.

Profile:
Gender - Male
Age - 24
Nationality - Indian

GMAT Score:
1st attempt - T: 650 Q: 44 V: 37 [26th Dec 2010]
2nd attempt - T: 710 Q: 48 V: 40 [24th Feb 2011]

Educational Qualification:

Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Month & Year of Graduation: Nov, 2008
GPA - 7.2 on a 10 point scale [No point converting to the 4 point scale though... Grading is not standardized in my country]

Work Experience:
Duration - Jul 2008 to Jul 2010

After completing college I was offered employment by Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (Engineering Construction & Contracts), India's No. 1 Construction Company. As a Graduate Engineer working for a company of high repute, I was expected to perform from day 1 onwards. My responsibilities included the following:

1. Managing the welfare of a gang of 50 construction workers while extracting high productivity from them.
2. Resolving technical difficulties encountered while executing work at site.
3. Maintaining good relationship with local inhabitants to avoid stoppage of work due to 'Right of Way' issues.
4. Obtaining permits from government authorities as and when required.

After spending one year across different geo graphical terrains in India (Tropical Forest in Karnataka to Snow Capped Mountains in Himachal Pradesh), I was promoted to the rank of Senior Engineer and transferred to Dubai, UAE. In Dubai, the following were added to the list of responsibilities:
1. Acting as the link between the engineers at site and the design team to facilitate inclusion/exclusion of features as recommended by the client.
2. Managing the inventory of items in the Site Store so as to avoid material shortage during execution.
3. Procuring items of required quality at the best price offered by identifying and negotiating with vendors.
4. Generating reports for clients to review.
5. Preparing Master Schedule for Up coming projects.

Extra-Curricular Activities:
• Self taught Guitarist
• Chief Editor of the Electrical & Electronics Engineering departmental magazine, Potentia, during college pre-final year
• Founding Student Secretary of ‘Eureka’ - the college Quiz Club
• Leader of the Core Committee for organizing the Inter-College National Level Technical Symposium ‘Bhava’ during college final year
• School Pupil Leader of the Naval Public School, Kochi for the year 2003-04

Target B-Schools:
Elite to Ultra Elite B-schools.
I selected the following institutions while giving my GMAT:
1. Kellog Northwestern
2. Ross Michigan
3. Indiana Kelley
4. Texas A&M
5. USC Marshall

Post MBA Goals:
1. Work in the marketing section of a leading brand (possibly in the music industry)
2. Launch my own business [eventually]

NOTE: A friend told me that the final round of intake is not open to international candidates! Is it true? :o

Yes, most programs do not encourage (or outright forbid) international applicants from applying in the final rounds; there just isn't enough time for them to obtain the requisite visas otherwise. I'm not seeing a connection between your current work and your future goals in marketing, especially in the music industry - which tends to be very closed to outsiders and requires years of "paying your dues" and working your way up. While I consider Kellogg and Ross stretches for you, I do think you will have an easier time of convincing Kelley, Mays, and Marshall of your international business savvy.
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Director
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Status: -=GMAT Jedi=-
Joined: 04 Jan 2011
Posts: 740
Location: Kochi, India
Schools: ISB
WE 1: Engineer - Larsen & Toubro, ECC Division
WE 2: Faculty - T.I.M.E.
Followers: 34

Kudos [?]: 135 [0], given: 66

Re: Kindly Review My Profile [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2011, 05:55
jenniferbloom wrote:
Yes, most programs do not encourage (or outright forbid) international applicants from applying in the final rounds; there just isn't enough time for them to obtain the requisite visas otherwise. I'm not seeing a connection between your current work and your future goals in marketing, especially in the music industry - which tends to be very closed to outsiders and requires years of "paying your dues" and working your way up. While I consider Kellogg and Ross stretches for you, I do think you will have an easier time of convincing Kelley, Mays, and Marshall of your international business savvy.


Thank you Jennifer. I think I'll explain the lack of connection between the job that I held and my post MBA goals. In fact, I think I'll be absolutely open and frank.

You see, during my final year in college, India's number one construction company (Larsen & Toubro Limited) visited the campus of my college to conduct a recruitment drive. I went through the selection process and was offered a job as a graduate engineer. I accepted the offer because of the company's high reputation. It was never my intention to stay in the line of business for the rest of my life. I was in for the work experience and exposure. After completing two years in the company, I resigned my job and returned to my home country (Abu Dhabi, UAE was my last place of posting).
Now why do I need an mba? To be honest, I want to do an mba from one of the top ten business schools because of the financial security the degree offers (I may be wrong about that, but it's just an opinion). I'm from a middle class family and I need the money!
In an ideal world, I would custom fabricate guitars and teach little children how to play the guitar. But my family background does not give me the luxury of pursuing that dream. Instead, I must venture into the corporate world and go for the big bucks. Eventually though, after things settle down, I will make handcrafted guitars and teach little children how to play the guitar! But that will have to wait till I can guarantee financial security to my family :(
I was hoping to combine my passion with a corporate profession by working in the marketing division of leading guitar manufacturers such as Gibson, Taylor, Takamine, Ibanez etc. That is what I meant by music industry.

So what I'm really saying is that - there is no connection between the job that I held and my post mba aspirations :)

I know none of this will appeal to any of the business schools. However, I wanted you to know that this is what's actually going through my mind.

Regards,
Entwistle
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Mission: Be a force of good and make a positive difference to every life I touch!

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Re: Kindly Review My Profile [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2011, 02:44
Expert's post
Entwistle wrote:
jenniferbloom wrote:
Yes, most programs do not encourage (or outright forbid) international applicants from applying in the final rounds; there just isn't enough time for them to obtain the requisite visas otherwise. I'm not seeing a connection between your current work and your future goals in marketing, especially in the music industry - which tends to be very closed to outsiders and requires years of "paying your dues" and working your way up. While I consider Kellogg and Ross stretches for you, I do think you will have an easier time of convincing Kelley, Mays, and Marshall of your international business savvy.


Thank you Jennifer. I think I'll explain the lack of connection between the job that I held and my post MBA goals. In fact, I think I'll be absolutely open and frank.

You see, during my final year in college, India's number one construction company (Larsen & Toubro Limited) visited the campus of my college to conduct a recruitment drive. I went through the selection process and was offered a job as a graduate engineer. I accepted the offer because of the company's high reputation. It was never my intention to stay in the line of business for the rest of my life. I was in for the work experience and exposure. After completing two years in the company, I resigned my job and returned to my home country (Abu Dhabi, UAE was my last place of posting).
Now why do I need an mba? To be honest, I want to do an mba from one of the top ten business schools because of the financial security the degree offers (I may be wrong about that, but it's just an opinion). I'm from a middle class family and I need the money!
In an ideal world, I would custom fabricate guitars and teach little children how to play the guitar. But my family background does not give me the luxury of pursuing that dream. Instead, I must venture into the corporate world and go for the big bucks. Eventually though, after things settle down, I will make handcrafted guitars and teach little children how to play the guitar! But that will have to wait till I can guarantee financial security to my family :(
I was hoping to combine my passion with a corporate profession by working in the marketing division of leading guitar manufacturers such as Gibson, Taylor, Takamine, Ibanez etc. That is what I meant by music industry.

So what I'm really saying is that - there is no connection between the job that I held and my post mba aspirations :)

I know none of this will appeal to any of the business schools. However, I wanted you to know that this is what's actually going through my mind.

Regards,
Entwistle

I would encourage you to stay involved in the music field - perhaps in a volunteer capacity - and highlight that involvement in your application (not necessarily as leadership, but more as community service and contacts within the industry if possible). While financial security is obviously of critical importance, finding a match between our interests and our career does make for a more fulfilling career!
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Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
jbloom@accepted.com
310-815-9553

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Status: -=GMAT Jedi=-
Joined: 04 Jan 2011
Posts: 740
Location: Kochi, India
Schools: ISB
WE 1: Engineer - Larsen & Toubro, ECC Division
WE 2: Faculty - T.I.M.E.
Followers: 34

Kudos [?]: 135 [0], given: 66

Re: Kindly Review My Profile [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2011, 09:31
jenniferbloom wrote:
I would encourage you to stay involved in the music field - perhaps in a volunteer capacity - and highlight that involvement in your application (not necessarily as leadership, but more as community service and contacts within the industry if possible). While financial security is obviously of critical importance, finding a match between our interests and our career does make for a more fulfilling career!


Thank you Jennifer, I've already started to teach little kids how to play the guitar :)
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Re: Kindly Review My Profile [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2011, 10:17
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Entwistle wrote:
jenniferbloom wrote:
I would encourage you to stay involved in the music field - perhaps in a volunteer capacity - and highlight that involvement in your application (not necessarily as leadership, but more as community service and contacts within the industry if possible). While financial security is obviously of critical importance, finding a match between our interests and our career does make for a more fulfilling career!


Thank you Jennifer, I've already started to teach little kids how to play the guitar :)

Teaching little kids is nice, but it isn't really building connections within the industry. Interaction with adult professionals is pretty critical to that.
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