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I would really appreciate any insights on my candidacy for full-time MBA programs
Age and Ethnicity: 26 at Matriculation, Indian-born US male GMAT: 710 (Q48, V38) AWA 6.0, IR 8 School: Regionally well-known STEM university in Northeast US Major: Double major in Biomedical Engineering and Molecular Biology, Minor in Computer Science GPA: 3.61/4.00 Background and Work Experience: I was born in India but moved to the US when I was 12. Most of my education (middle school and beyond) was done in the United States. After graduating with high distinction with a double major, I switched focus from R&D to Operations. I started out as an analyst in the Process Excellence group and after 6 months, got my first promotion where I became a Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt. I started a Process Excellence program for a manufacturing site and became part of the site management team. Got a second promotion after 2 years where I got an additional site for which I am the Process Excellence leader and part of the new site’s management team as well. Currently, have two temporary direct reports (summer intern for 3 months and grant writer for 9 months). Total work experience right now is 37 months and at matriculation it will be 50 months.
Extracurricular: I was a Math and science tutor for GED students for a year during which I spent 5 hrs/week on tutoring. I am an Everybody Wins! Reading Mentor for elementary school kids since November 2012.
Leadership: I have had multiple leadership roles in my work environment but none in my extracurricular activities. I mentored projects in various functional areas such as R&D, Project Management, Quality, Production, Internal Sales, Sales Support, and Logistics. Led several Lean Six Sigma projects that span three group functions with cost-savings of more than $1M.
For Fun: I won’t be mentioning this in my app but I enjoy museums a lot so I have started volunteering at an art museum soon after I finished my GMAT. Gives me a different perspective and it’s a change of pace from my technical and scientific work environment and colleagues. My Career Goals:
Short-term Goals: Right after completing my MBA, I would like to work as a consultant for a boutique biotechnology management consulting firm (Putnam Associates, Heath Advances) or for the life sciences arm of a general management consulting firm (Bain, LEK).
Mid-term and Long-term Goals: After gaining experience and exposure as a consultant, I would like to work as a corporate strategy analyst at a biotech/pharmaceutical company. In the long-term I would like to continue working in corporate strategy and eventually, would like to head the group at a leading life sciences company.
My School List: Harvard, Wharton, MIT LGO, Tuck, Duke, and Kellogg
There are many strengths and good coherence in your overall story. Nevertheless, I’d consider HBS an unlikely target; the other programs I’d considerreasonable reaches of varying degrees. Indeed, you might consider adding some schools in the closer reasonable-reach / on-par range – I suggest looking at Ross, Tepper, and UNC Kenan-Flagler. _________________
Hello Cindi, I am a 23 year old female. I have 2 years of full time work experience in the social sector. My work entailed leadership development in head masters and teachers in the Indian government schools. I recently gave my gmat and got a score of 600 with an IR score of 7. I am planning to retake the exam.
I have done my BBA from Symbiosis International University, India and secured a GPA of 3.6. In addition to this I have done level A1 certification in French language, have a good number of extracurricular activities to my credit and have been in a few strong leadership positions as well.
I have a fair amount of international exposure as well. I have been brought up in Canada, pursued my studies in India, have worked with the marginalized sections of rural India, and have completed a summer business course from Berlin School of Economics.
Post my MBA I would like to start my own social venture in the sector of alternative education. I target programs are INSEAD, HEC, and the likes. I wanted to know, apart from retaking the GMAT and securing a much higher score what do I need to do to strengthen my profile? And if I go ahead and apply this year (for sept 2015 intake) what are my chances of being accepted to a good college?
There are many strengths and good coherence in your overall story. Nevertheless, I’d consider HBS an unlikely target; the other programs I’d considerreasonable reaches of varying degrees. Indeed, you might consider adding some schools in the closer reasonable-reach / on-par range – I suggest looking at Ross, Tepper, and UNC Kenan-Flagler.
Thank you for the profile evaluation, I would really appreciate if you could provide me inputs on my profile and candidacy and the top 5 schools which I can consider as reasonable to try.
Age/Sex/Nationality : 29/Male/Indian GMAT : 690 (Q50/V33) UG Major : BE, Electronics and Communication UG GPA : 2.9/4.0 Experience : Total 5 years 1.5 Years - Analog Devices, DSP Applications Engineer 3.5 Years- Partner and Director, Royal Mysore Walks Recommendations : Strong Why MBA : I want to closely associate on business development of organizations
Here is a brief about my profile:
Partner and Director of Royal Mysore Walks(Current)
1) Responsible for building a team from scratch and establishing a training model for Royal Mysore Walks 2) Responsible for having the 2 term UN Secretary, Kofi Annan with Royal Mysore Walks 3) Designed Tourism report on Mysore in collaboration with CII-Southern Region 4) Interviewed by NDTV Good Times, mentioned in The Guardian UK, Outlook Traveler India, National Geographic traveler, The Hindu. 5) Designed and delivered Corporate Team building activities, contextual learning experiences for children. 6) Winner of Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, 2014
DSP Applications Engineer, Analog Devices (2007-2009)
1) Guest Faculty at IIT Chennai, DSP Learning Centre 2) Responsible for variable test generator, simulation of varied test situations for a DSP processor
1) Worked for an NGO at Divyadeepa, a cause for alternative education, developed new models of study and fund raising 2) Founder and Owner of Inspire99 – a motivational website and responsible for content development at insightsonindia 3) Published courtesies – The Guardian UK, Outlook Traveler. 4) Cleared IAS Exams 2010, 2011.
1) Engineering in Electronics and Communication with 78.35% 2) Pre University with 94.66%
Kindly let me as to what universities I can consider applying to. I am looking at Full time MBA from US and will be looking for a univ within the rank of top 50