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I am just starting the application process and before starting I wanted to get some honest and critical feedback about schools I should be targeting. I will be traveling to US mid august so I wanted to visit a couple of schools which I would be applying to. I would really appreciate it if you could suggest some schools that I can look at given my profile.
I am Indian, Male. will be 26 at matriculation next year I graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette in electrical engineering with a GPA of 3.62 in 2007 At purdue I was involved in a cancer research project for over an year. I also interned with Motorola in chicago over the summer before my senior year.
Upon graduation I worked with Lutron Electronics in PA for 6 months as a "project electrical engineer" where I designed and executed automated testing equipment for several lutron products. At Lutron I was also involved in leading two outsourcing projects to vendors in India and Mexico.
While I was enjoying my work at Lutron, An opportunity came my way to take up a big project in my family business (real estate development in India), my entrepreneurial instincts took over and I decided to move back to India and join the family business. For the first 2.5 years I was responsible for leasing out commercial space in our shopping mall to national and international retail brands. I was managing a team of 3 sales executives for the project and was supervised by the leasing division vice president.
For the past 1.5 years I have been managing my own residential construction projects in Delhi which are funded by our investors. I interact with my team of vendors, engineers, architects, contractors, investors and government authorities as required to ensure smooth functioning of the project. These projects are luxury residences which I construct and each villa is valued over 3 mill.
Also for the past three years I have been an active participant and volunteer for the Art of Living foundation and have organized cleaning drives, rallies to promote bicycle riding against global warming, given intro talks about the foundation and participated in advance courses. I am also looking to become a teacher for the organization in the next year so that I can further take courses to teach people about meditation/ yoga/ community service
My objective for an MBA is to enhance my management skills, interact and network with peers and professionals from the finance sector to understand funding sources for my projects, convert the construction of these luxury residences into a self–sustainable model and then enter affordable housing market through at least two large-scale projects in the first three years post my MBA
I have read a little bit about columbia and stern, and think that might be great choices also. Kindly suggest.
Columbia and NYU are in range - what kinds of schools are you looking for? What exactly are you looking to do immediately post-MBA -- it looks like real estate development, but not sure -- in the US, going back to India, or working elsewhere? _________________
I really appreciate your reply, I am looking to go back post my MBA and start working from Delhi. Upon graduation I plan to to continue the development of luxury residences which I am doing now, since these are projects with a shorter turnaround time and higher profits, but also I wish to start at least two projects in the first three years post my MBA. I am imagining that these initial projects will also be in India.
Thanks, Amit Sharma
Re: Kindly suggest schools
04 Aug 2011, 16:49