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Re: Please assist with school selection [#permalink]
14 Oct 2007, 19:21
Please provide your evaluation and suggest some target schools based on my profile.
Undergraduate: Marine Engineering and Research Institute (MERI), B Tech., Marine Engineering, 68.50 %(1ST Class). I don’t know what GPA this converts to but I was in the top 15 percent of my class. Highest overall percentage was probably in the mid 70%.
Graduate: Southern New Hampshire University, MS, Computer Information System, GPA - 3.54,
GMAT: 700 – 43Q, 42V. I am taking it again to achieve the 80/80 split.
9 yrs work experience
Current (August 2005 – Present): Vice President, Program Manager, Bank of America Securities.
I manage a program of projects for the cash equities business. I also manage people(about 12, have managed up to 30) and budget (1.5 million in projects).
I am a 6-Sigma Green-Belt certified process optimization coach and have lead many bank wide projects
Previously positions: Project Manager, Development Manager, Software Engineer in companies such as JP Morgan, Fiserv, Verizon, Sybase. I have been promoted once very two years and have consistently been rated very high in my annual appraisals.
Started a 5-person product development firm based out of Kathmandu, Nepal in 2002 but had to close down in 2004. Looking back I think the company failed because my partner and I did not have the same vision and also because we were unable to secure additional capital to sustain operations.
Extracurricular Activities/Community Involvement
I am the founder and President of a non-profit organization with the goal of providing educational assistance to children of Nepalese immigrants in India.
As a youth Officer of American Nepalese Association (ANA), I am engaged in various activities of the organization such as coordinating forums on issues relevant to the community and coaching and mentoring high school kids.
I am a member of the Benefits Committee team for Adhikaar, which is a New York-based women-led non-profit organization.
I am a member of the Bank of America speaking network (affiliated to Toastmasters International). I take on different leadership roles weekly club meetings: a toastmaster, a speech evaluator, and grammarian. I am working on my competent communicator and leadership certifications.
I have done participated in numerous community outreach programs through the bank such as Habitat for Humanity etc.
I am trained vocalist and have worked as a music teacher
I was a semi-professional actor in my college days.
Worked part-time as a high school math and science teacher for several years.
I am a Nepalese citizen, though I was born in India. I was raised in Nepal and finished my basic schooling there before moving to India for undergraduate studies.
I have been living in the United States since 1997 and I am currently a permanent resident.
I am 34 years old
I was in the Merchant Marines for 2 years.
Post MBA Goals
Although the company I started in 2002 failed, I have learned a lot from that experience. At heart I am an entrepreneur and I want to give another shot at running my own business. Post MBA, I want to start my own financial product development firm that will cater to the needs of retail and Investment banks. Long term, I want to get involved with - and possibly start my own - venture capital firm to assist entrepreneurs in Nepal.
Thank you, GM
I apologize for the long delay in replying. I thought I had answered all October 3 posts, but just now noticed yours. You have an outstanding profile, and your Nepalese background is a great asset for you. You have a major negative, however, and that is your age. Have you considered an executive MBA? You seem to have the managerial experience to be considered for it, and it would be easier for you to get into, so you could aim higher. That said, full-time programs do admit 34-year-olds, and you seem to have the kind of strong profile they would "forgive" you age for. Given your finance/entrepreneurial goals, among full-time MBAs I would recommend MIT Sloan, Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, Michigan.
Re: Thank you Paul [#permalink]
17 Oct 2007, 17:44
Thank you for you reply.
I am looking to go to a full-time program, so will take my chances. I am also considering Cornell, Yale, NYU and Tuck. Do you think I have a shot at any one of them.
Also, I am little concerned about my 70 percentile in Quant. Do you this will hurt my chances?
Thanks again Paul.
Your odds at Cornell are much better than they are at Yale, NYU, and Tuck, with NYU and Tuck being the longest-shots. But none of these are impossibilities for you. Schools prefer to see 80th percentile or above in Q and V scores so, yes, it migh be a minor concern for them, but not a big one. Just point to all your high grades in quant scores, all the quant skills you use in your work, and have your recommenders do the same.