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Need Help in Profile Evaluation - Thanks in Advance [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2008, 19:17
Dear all,

Thanks in advance for reading this note. Could you please advise me on the suitability of my profile. I am aspiring for MBA in top 5 colleges. (Stanford, Harvard, Wharton, INSEAD, including ISB Hyderabad, India).

I have a GMAT score of 690.

Academic Background :

I am from India. I hold an Graduation Engineering Degree.
I have a decent academic background. Thorughout my academics, I have secured second rank in my school ( 2nd rank in my school in 10th exam, 2nd rank in my college in Intermediate and 2nd rank in my engineering grad in my branch.)
I was a frontrunner in my class all throughout.
Was awarded Scholarship during my Graduation due to my excellent performance.

Professional Experience :

Some of the hilights of my professional career is as mentioned below -

I have 12+ years of professional experience and currently playing a role of a Manager in USA for for a big Indian company for last 2+ years. Before that, I was heading the India team.
I have currently 130+ people working for me and am looking after customer relationship & delivery of the team.
Have had an excellent professional profile so far. Have had an opportunity of leading a team of 180+ people in the past.
I have made significant contribution towards the profitability enhancement of my company.
I was awarded the Best Program manager of the Year in the entire business.
I have been rated in the top bracket of the appraisal system for the last seven consecutive years.
I am a PMP certified professional.
An active contributor towards the learning activities of my organization.
An active member in the Internal Quality Audit system of my organiation.
Actively Contributed to the recruitment drives for my oranization

Extra Curricular Activities :

(1) I was an active contributor in the social activities done by my organization's social wong.
(2) Was a part of NCC (National Cadet Corps) and received military training and was also a senior member in the same & attended many camps organized by it.
(3) Participated in extra curricular activities like Fashion show.
(4) Was a member of Industral Engineering Society in my Engineering college.
(5) I participated in the health camps organized in my college - Though I donot have any evidence to justify, if asked for.

Could you please advise me.

Thank You,
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Re: Need Help in Profile Evaluation - Thanks in Advance [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2008, 03:41
I don't mean to burst your bubble but there is almost no chance of you getting into Harvard or Stanford at this point. Those schools are skewing to favor much younger applicants and your 12+ years of experience will be a huge liablity there. (I know, it probably doesn't make much sense but that's just the buzz on the internet)

I'm not sure about Wharton... haven't really looked into that school so maybe someone else will chime in.

Your GMAT is also a tad low for your "demographic". You'll probably be competing against all the other Indian Engineers which is a large pool. Your experience/extracurriculars may set you apart slightly but even though it's a perfectly good score, it may not be enough for the top 5 where you'll be competing with those with 750+ scores.

You will also really need to answer the question of why you need an MBA. With 130+ people already reporting to you, what will an MBA add that you haven't already accomplished? You may be much better served by considering an EMBA which is designed for people already in your position.

INSEAD or the other European schools might be more realistic because they tend to value experience much more than some of the American schools.

These are just my amateur opinions so take them as you will.
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Re: Need Help in Profile Evaluation - Thanks in Advance [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2008, 08:21
Thanks Cereal for your comments. I definitely understand your point of view.

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Re: Need Help in Profile Evaluation - Thanks in Advance [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2008, 15:58
Honestly, once you are in your early 30s you tend to be more in the EMBA area. Like cereal said, HBS is not going to happen. Sorry but half their class has 3 years of less work experience and only a handful of people have over 10 and those often are doctors or military folks. Stanford is probably another zero chance place since you are older and though you have a solid career there is nothing amazing that would be required at your age. No clue about Insead or ISB.
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