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Need profile review to help decide.. [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2011, 06:55
Hey Guys,

I am a 29 yr old Electrical Engineer. I am originally from india but a permanent resident in US now. I am planning on going for my MBA and needed some help in school selection. Due to family constraints I am looking for schools in the NE region. My profile is below:

BS in Electronics from an average school in India ( GPA 3.2)
MS from Colorado Tech University (GPA 3.9)
Work experience of 5 years at Intel, startup company, 3M and Philips. Been working in Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Semiconductor industry.
Extra curricular mostly in college with organizing different events, also started a non profit fund, voluntary services at work.
GMAT : 710

I am looking at full time programs at HBS, Sloan, Columbia, Stern, Tuck maybe Cornell/ Booth/ Kellogg( if i get into Booth/ kellogg i can move). Also looked at some part time or emba options at booth, kellogg.

I will be applying for 2012 fall...

Any suggestions?? I am not sure if I have the background or the score to get into a top tier school for a full time program..
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Re: Need profile review to help decide.. [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2011, 11:44
In all honesty, I don't see much from your profile that would differentiate yourself from a lot of the "generic" applicants. Do you have outstanding career progression (versus your peers)? I certainly do not mean to discourage you from applying, but those schools may be a bit of a stretch (these schools are a stretch for most applicants!). It is certainly possible for someone of your profile to land a top 10 acceptance, but you will really have to nail your essays and tell a convincing story. Based on your age alone, you are probably entering the now or never phase...some of the schools you have listed are more friendly towards older applicants, whereas others, like HBS, certainly prefer the young blood.

I don't know much about EMBA, but that could be a tough sell unless your employer is going to sponser you. However, is the EMBA the right fit for you? Part-time is certainly easier to get into, and I believe you could be competitive at the programs at NYU and Booth.

I would advise adding a few safer school selections if you are set on getting an MBA. It all comes down to your own personal story and how well you are able to communicate that and your career vision to the adcom. Based on your profile above, I would guess there is little margin for anything other than a home run for your application.

Best of luck!
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Re: Need profile review to help decide.. [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2011, 13:58
Thanks Longhorn for your response.. I am still trying to fiugre out between eMBA or full time.. I have heard that eMBA is not a good idea if you are trying to change fields..but I am not sure how much of that matters if you go for eMBA from a top 10 school.. I am sort of restricted in terms of region, which is why I selected the schools I did. Which schools would you say are safer so to speak??

My goal is to get into top 15-20 otherwise I would drop the idea.. Thanks!!
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Re: Need profile review to help decide.. [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2011, 17:17
singhkh10 wrote:
Hey Guys,

I am a 29 yr old Electrical Engineer. I am originally from india but a permanent resident in US now. I am planning on going for my MBA and needed some help in school selection. Due to family constraints I am looking for schools in the NE region. My profile is below:

BS in Electronics from an average school in India ( GPA 3.2)
MS from Colorado Tech University (GPA 3.9)
Work experience of 5 years at Intel, startup company, 3M and Philips. Been working in Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Semiconductor industry.
Extra curricular mostly in college with organizing different events, also started a non profit fund, voluntary services at work.
GMAT : 710

I am looking at full time programs at HBS, Sloan, Columbia, Stern, Tuck maybe Cornell/ Booth/ Kellogg( if i get into Booth/ kellogg i can move). Also looked at some part time or emba options at booth, kellogg.

I will be applying for 2012 fall...

Any suggestions?? I am not sure if I have the background or the score to get into a top tier school for a full time program..


singhkh,

First of all, you won't be eligible for almost all EMBA. Most of the EMBAs are for candidates who have substantial work experience (10+ years to start with) and are high level executives in your field. Second, the campus recruitment is not well established in EMBA program because EMBAs don't need one. Most of them are sponsored by the companies and will continue to work in their respective companies. Third, if you want to do a career change, go for a two year MBA program that gives you the internship opportunity to develop a base into moving into another career industry.

You should target your schools based on your career goals. Check out this article on how to select your target schools. Your chances of getting admissions, like anyone else's, will depend on how you differentiate yourself from the rest of the applicants and how well you execute your applications.

Good luck!
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Re: Need profile review to help decide.. [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2011, 18:50
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Hi singhkh10,

Thanks for posting. The business schools you are applying to are very competitive. We worked with a client who had a similar background you. The lessons from his application are also applicable to your own candidacy. Our client was born and raised in India, and earned his degree in Engineering. He then went to work for a large corporation where he progressed for the next five years. Although he had solid work experience, and numbers, his demographics placed him in a highly competitive pool, where he really needed to find a way to differentiate.

In our strategy, we recognized that many Indian applicants pursue engineering careers and their resumes all begin to look the same. In working with this client we completely removed the focus from the nitty gritty technical details of his every day job, and emphasized his management and leadership experiences, which set him apart from many of his peers. Specifically, he had spearheaded a non-profit initiative and garnered a great deal of support within his office, ultimately raising significant funds, but also setting the stage for future office initiatives of this kind. He had also taken on a training role, mentoring new hires and helping to develop the blueprint for a training program. Neither of these roles were part of his formal job description but they highlighted his leadership abilities and added color to his resume.

In the end, he was admitted to Columbia, Tuck and MIT. For your application, make sure to focus your essays and recommendations on ways you can differentiate yourself.

I hope this was of help. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions.

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Re: Need profile review to help decide.. [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2011, 19:09
Thanks Stacy and Blackman.. I am tied up at work during the early part of this year so will work on the essays in the summer. I am planning on applying for starting school in fall 2012.
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Re: Need profile review to help decide.. [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2011, 08:19
Hi singhkh10,

Good luck with your application for this Fall

Applying to a b-school is all about setting yourself apart. Its extremely competitive and attracts the best from everywhere. Hence, two things are key:

1) Hygiene factors - Reiterate that you meet the basic standard. Fairly good academics, some extracurricular, GMAT etc.

2) The Differentiator - This could be your work experience and what you learnt from it, how you are going to use it in the future, something new you plan to create/innovate/change. I see that you have set up a non-profit fund and been involved in voluntary work. Talk about that.

Give it your best shot!

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