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Please Evaluate My Profile [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2011, 02:09
Hi

Thanks a lot for all the work you are doing here.

It would be great if you can evaluate my profile:

Indian, Male Age-27

GMAT
710 (49 QA, 35 VA) AWA 5.0

Academics
B. Tech, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (6.93/10) – 2003 -2007
CFA Level 3 Candidate
Technical certifications from IBM & Sun Microsystems

Professional Experience
Full Time from July, 2007. Will be around 5 years in August 2012.
December 2008 – Present – Business Analyst
December 2008 – July 2007 Software Engineer

Business Analyst at Royal Bank of Scotland (December 2008 – Present)
Functional Areas – Corporate Markets

Highlights
• Managed business software requirements for 3 projects, totaling to £ 25 million.
• One of the youngest B.A at RBS. Skip level promotion from Software Associate to BA.
• Assessed & Reformed organizational processes through a Work-Out initiative, leading to savings of £ 200,000.
• Estimated & formulated business cases for various corporate transformation programmes. These transformation programmes were introduced as an aftermath of global financial crisis in 2008.
• Led a team of software developers to deliver a critical solution for automation of account opening process targeted at Business & Commercial customers.
• Established and fostered relationships with various business and technology stakeholders. First to be selected out of my team in India to work on-site with business stakeholders in London & Wimbledon.
• Imparted domain based trainings to software developers and project managers.

Software developer at Sapient Corporation (July 2007 – December 2008)
Functional Areas – Retail Banking & Telecom Billing

Highlights
• Led a work stream during the training project.
• Designed and developed software components for an online broadband provisioning system for a large telecom client.
• Raised Rs. 200,000 for young students as part of charity drive at Sapient Corp.

Personal Life
Born and brought up in a small town, not a lot was expected of me. I come from a traditional family with business background where the usual expectation is to enter the family business. By breaking the mould, I have set an example for children of my family to follow their instincts and interests.

Short-term & Long-term Goals

Short-term
Want to move to the front office (customer facing) job in portfolio management. Having done my share of software coding and business requirement analysis, I feel a front office or customer facing job will provide me the needed knowledge required to produce new software for the portfolio management domain.

Long-term
I want to set-up my own company which will focus on development of new and innovative software’s for portfolio management. I want to start with products targeted at corporate customers and then extend these to retail customers. I wish to provide low-cost portfolio management services to mass consumers for e.g. the growing middle-class in India.

Target Schools
R1 - Booth , Columbia , Duke, Darden & Kenan Flager
R2 - Wharton , Kellogg ,Ross , NYU Stern & McCombs
R3 - None

I havent decided on the non-US schools but I am primarily considering ISB , NUS and INSEAD.

Will be very beneficial if you can respond to my following queries:

1. How do you evaluate my profile? ( My goal is to get in any of the top 15 colleges. Primary focus is on school which is good in finance)

2. My GPA is pretty low ( 6.93/10). How is this compared to applicants from a similar background. Is my GPA insufficient or a negative point?

3. Is my GMAT score weak? How much is the benefit of retaking the GMAT given that I may increase my score from 20-30 points only.

4. Is my selection of schools too ambitious? Which schools would you suggest as the top priority?

5. What areas should I concentrate in my profile to make it strong? What are the corresponding weaknesses that you see in my profile?

Thanks a lot for your time and help.

Regards
Sameer
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Re: Please Evaluate My Profile [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2011, 12:27
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1. How do you evaluate my profile? ( My goal is to get in any of the top 15 colleges. Primary focus is on school which is good in finance)

Sameer--thanks for the post. I think one of the most appealing things about your profile is something you mentioned about skipping the family business to pursue your passions. Since a very common profile for Indian applicants is working for a family business, the fact that you shunned the opportunity could work in your favor to help you stand out in the crowd.

2. My GPA is pretty low ( 6.93/10). How is this compared to applicants from a similar background. Is my GPA insufficient or a negative point?
I think your GPA is balanced by a good GMAT score, so it may not be a big deal, especially since you obvioulsly have performed well at work. I think leadership is a valuable trait and the leadership you have demonstrated in your career to be logically interpolated backwards to your academic career and stand as a reason why you may not have achieved as high a grade point average as others who were not similarly involved outside the classroom. Not sure if this was the case, but it's my guess.

3. Is my GMAT score weak? How much is the benefit of retaking the GMAT given that I may increase my score from 20-30 points only.

You would in my opinion, receive just very little additional kudos from an adcom for a marginal 20 more points on the GMAT. You have already demonstrated you are smart. Especially for a non-native speaker of English, your score is impressive.

4. Is my selection of schools too ambitious? Which schools would you suggest as the top priority?

You only have a couple outside the top 10, so you might throw another safety school or two in the mix. The top priority is really only a question you can answer yourself, as it should revolve around where you think you are the best fit and where/what you want to do post-MBA.

5. What areas should I concentrate in my profile to make it strong? What are the corresponding weaknesses that you see in my profile?

Weakness is definitley coming from a very deep applicant pool. Indian male software is a very common profile, so you will need to take extra steps to stand out in the crowd. You will be compared to other applicants with simlar profile, so ask yourself how you stand out amongst them. Strengths are definitely in teamwork and leadership, also in following your passion vs. family business.
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