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Need some advice, if possible! [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2005, 09:07
Hello Linda and moderator of this forum,

This is my first posting in this part of the forum. I just took my GMAT yesterday.


Q 49, V 36 Total: 710

Background info: MS in Mech Engineering from automotive school in Michigan (accredited of course). GPA 3.7

I will be 30 Yrs old this August

Have published 2 technical papers

BS in Mech Engineering from India. No GPA system, but ranked 1st in my school.

Work Exp: 4 years in 2 engineering companies in NJ and NY. currently, working as a Project Engineer with project management responsibilities, dealing with customers and vendors on everyday basis, overseeing 2 test technicians in my company.

Worked as a part of Quality Assurance and Process Management Team in auto company in India

Have worked with professor as his teaching assistant. conducted help sessions for students who need help with Math. Participated in raising awareness among women about engineering programs at school.


Now, I want to stay in NY area, what do you think my prospects are at Columbia or NYU?

I think its already late to apply for this fall, so I guess I will have to wait for next Fall. Right? While I am waiting, I can do some more extra-carrecular work, can you suggest what can I do to improve my chances?

Also, any other big league schools I can think of with my background and GMAT score outside of New York?

I want to stay on technology management or Operations Management side preferably. Are there any other schools you can recommend if I decide to leave NY area?


Your help is greatly appreciated. As you will notice, I have not done my research yet, just finished with the GMAT yesterday, so taking one step at a time. Any input from you will be helpful.

Thanks in advance.

-Budze
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Re: Need some advice, if possible! [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2005, 09:34
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Hello Linda and moderator of this forum,

This is my first posting in this part of the forum. I just took my GMAT yesterday.


Q 49, V 36 Total: 710

[u=http://www.accepted.com/ecommerce/teleseminar.aspx#mba]Background info[/u]: MS in Mech Engineering from automotive school in Michigan (accredited of course). GPA 3.7

I will be 30 Yrs old this August

Have published 2 technical papers

BS in Mech Engineering from India. No GPA system, but ranked 1st in my school.

Work Exp: 4 years in 2 engineering companies in NJ and NY. currently, working as a Project Engineer with project management responsibilities, dealing with customers and vendors on everyday basis, overseeing 2 test technicians in my company.

Worked as a part of Quality Assurance and Process Management Team in auto company in India

Have worked with professor as his teaching assistant. conducted help sessions for students who need help with Math. Participated in raising awareness among women about engineering programs at school.


Now, I want to stay in NY area, what do you think my prospects are at Columbia or NYU?

I think its already late to apply for this fall, so I guess I will have to wait for next Fall. Right? While I am waiting, I can do some more extra-carrecular work, can you suggest what can I do to improve my chances?

Also, any other big league schools I can think of with my background and GMAT score outside of New York?

I want to stay on technology management or Operations Management side preferably. Are there any other schools you can recommend if I decide to leave NY area?


Your help is greatly appreciated. As you will notice, I have not done my research yet, just finished with the GMAT yesterday, so taking one step at a time. Any input from you will be helpful.

Thanks in advance.

-Budze


Budze,

I think waiting until next fall is a good idea for you. I would also recommend my ebook Best Practices for 2005 MBA Admissions which deals specifically with the planning and steps you can take to strengthen your application in the months before applications come out.[url]

You have a competitive profile for both CBS and NYU Stern, but you can't count on an admission from either one. It is prudent for you to also look outside of NYC.

Look into the following schools: MIT, CMU, Michigan, Purdue, Penn, UCLA, and UNC.

Good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2005, 10:13
Linda,

Thanks a lot for your quick response. I did not get the URL of the efile you mentioned in your response.

Do you know anything about operations management major, and how competitive is it.

Yes, I will look outside of NY for sure, do you think age will be a factor, I mean this year august I will be 30, by next fall I will be 31 and during the application process I will be 30. :roll: I am just wondering if this is going to be a problem.

Thanks again for your help. I have not checked out your website yet to see what kind of services you offer. I will do that in short while.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2005, 14:10
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Linda,

Thanks a lot for your quick response. I did not get the URL of the efile you mentioned in your response.

Do you know anything about operations management major, and how competitive is it.

Yes, I will look outside of NY for sure, do you think age will be a factor, I mean this year august I will be 30, by next fall I will be 31 and during the application process I will be 30. :roll: I am just wondering if this is going to be a problem.

Thanks again for your help. I have not checked out your website yet to see what kind of services you offer. I will do that in short while.


Sorry. I meant to link to the ebook title. IN any case here is the link to Best Practices for 2005 MBA Admissions.

I don't have any reliable information as to whether the operations mgmt major is more or less competitive from an admission perspective than other majors.

Age, or more accurately amount of experience, is more of an issue at some schools than others. If you apply at 31 to a school where the average age is 26, it will be more of an issue. If you apply to a school where the average age is 28 or 29, it won't be an issue. Please see "MBA Admissions: Advice for Older Applicants."

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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2005, 09:13
Linda,

Thanks again.

So which schools have average age requirement higher, in the range of 28-30?

I also saw that the school names you gave me did not include northwestern, is it because they have very high app requirements?

I want to apply to only good business schools based in my GMAT, work ex as well as academic background.

As always, appreciate your help.

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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2005, 15:56
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Linda,

Thanks again.

So which schools have average age requirement higher, in the range of 28-30?

I also saw that the school names you gave me did not include northwestern, is it because they have very high app requirements?

I want to apply to only good business schools based in my GMAT, work ex as well as academic background.

As always, appreciate your help.

Thanks,
budze


First of all, it's not an average age requirement. It's an average age. I believe that average reflects what the school is looking for in terms of experience and where it's going to aim its classes. But age is not a requirment. Schools with higher average ages include: Wharton, Insead, LBS, IMD, Tuck, MIT, and Darden. You can see average age for all schools by checking out the BW stats.

Northwestern certainly is an excellent option and it is good in operations, it is a less likely admit than the other schools because you come from such a competitive cohort. I suggested the schools I did for a variety of reasons: Strength in operations and technical management, your stats, etc.
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Mech Engineer Vs IT background [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2005, 06:11
Linda,

Do you think being a Mechanical Engineer can be a small advantage compared to IT grads?

I was talking to one of my friends who is in his 2nd yr at Cornell and he mentioned that an engineer from a different discipline (especially for Indian applicants) is better because there are some 4898414617691 (a staggering number, no surprise there) Indian IT grads applied to Cornell last year.

I am a mechee and have a very strong case why I stayed with mech eng instead of switching to IT like many people who came to US with me few years back when IT was booming.

Please let me know whether I my line of thinking is right.

appreciate your help and thanks in advance... as always

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Re: Mech Engineer Vs IT background [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2005, 16:07
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Linda,

Do you think being a Mechanical Engineer can be a small advantage compared to IT grads?

I was talking to one of my friends who is in his 2nd yr at Cornell and he mentioned that an engineer from a different discipline (especially for Indian applicants) is better because there are some 4898414617691 (a staggering number, no surprise there) Indian IT grads applied to Cornell last year.

I am a mechee and have a very strong case why I stayed with mech eng instead of switching to IT like many people who came to US with me few years back when IT was booming.

Please let me know whether I my line of thinking is right.

appreciate your help and thanks in advance... as always

-budze


While I'm a little suspicious of the number you cite above, there is no question that Indian IT guys are a dime a dozen in MBA admissions. Competition is fierce. Is mechanical engineering easier? Somewhat. But it is still a crowded bucket.

Good luck!
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