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Please Evaluate my Profile! - Help me choose the schools

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Status: Heading to Tuck!!!
Joined: 25 Jul 2011
Posts: 119
Location: Germany
Concentration: Strategy, Technology
GMAT 1: 740 Q50 V39
GPA: 3.6
WE: Consulting (Computer Software)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 21 [0], given: 18

Please Evaluate my Profile! - Help me choose the schools [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2011, 14:54
Hi Stacy,

It would be really helpful if you could give some feedback regarding my profile and choice of target schools.

I belong to the Indian/IT Male /27/ 5 Years exp

Academics:
• GMAT: 740 (Q51, V39)-
• Engineering- 77.10% from one of the best engineering schools in India (Non-IIT)
• 12th - 92.5%, 10th - 95.2% (Ranked 14th for the state out of 80,000 students that year

Professional Experience:
• Working as a techno–functional analyst leading a team of 8 working in India and UK for a Corporate and Specialty Insurance major in UK.International experience of around 8-9 months so far.More than 3 years of experience in working the Insurance domain(both life and non-life)
• Other activities include coordinating with other teams for issue resolution,managing team dynamics, mentoring junior members of the team.
• Led a team of 6 members to successfully implement the complete IT infrastructure for a client. The project was worth around 300,000 USD
• Worked in different pre-sales and consulting activities for multiple clients in the organization.

Extracurricular:

1. Faculty in Business communication - Trained associates of the company in 'Business Communication'
2. Mentored 4 new hires and groomed them technically and functionally so that they can take up responsibilities and perform well in project related activities.
3. Organised events in the organisation that emphasize the value of Quality Management in day to day life
4. Learning Champion - Played an important role to conceptualize and develop training curriculum and materials for induction trainings.
5. Part of the recruitment team - Visited many campuses and also conducted off campus events to recruit people into the organization.
6. Directed and stage managed a Japanese play in front of an audience of 300 that was a resounding success!
7. Organized an event to raise money for an orphan girl suffering from heart problem. The even raised around 25K INR
8. Active member of Cricket teams at organization and at college level. Die hard football fan!

Professional Certifications:

1. Associate, Life Management Institute (ALMI) designation in Insurance
2. Completed Level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) offered by the CFA Institute, USA.Currently a Level 2 candidate.
3. ITIL Certification in IT Service Management.
4. National Stock Exchange (NSE) certification in Derivatives and NSE certification in Financial Markets.
5. a) Football club administration and b) Equality & Diversity in Football courses offered by The Football Association, UK
6. German language level 1 (A1) offered by the Goethe Institute.

Know German and Japanese languages

Short Term Goal:

To get into a consulting firm into their Information Technology practice

Long Term Goal:

CIO/CTO of a big financial / insurance / technology firm

Target Schools:

MIT Sloan, Haas, Kelloggs, Duke, UCLA, Ross,Tepper, UT Austin, ISB and probably INSEAD (just for kicks!!)

Can you please let me know whether my target schools are actually on target based on my profile?

Thanks
TheRedDevil

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TheRedDevil

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Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 1357
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Followers: 25

Kudos [?]: 66 [0], given: 0

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Re: Please Evaluate my Profile! - Help me choose the schools [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 11:52
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Hi TheRedDevil,

The numbers you have listed are very strong. The challenge you will run into is differentiating your application from the many other competitive candidates. I believe this case study should be of help:

http://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehens ... ies/case2/

Regarding the schools you have listed, which ones are you most interested in? Some programs, for example Haas, are more competitive than others such as UT Austin.

Cheers,

Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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Manager
Manager
avatar
Status: Heading to Tuck!!!
Joined: 25 Jul 2011
Posts: 119
Location: Germany
Concentration: Strategy, Technology
GMAT 1: 740 Q50 V39
GPA: 3.6
WE: Consulting (Computer Software)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 21 [0], given: 18

Re: Please Evaluate my Profile! - Help me choose the schools [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 12:05
Hi Stacy,

Thank you for your response. My dream schools would be Sloan,Haas and Kellogg. Realistic options are ISB,Tepper,and Austin. Duke , Ross and UCLA are some where between dream and realistic.My main focus area is IT in Financial and Insurance organizations.

I can get good recos for my apps. Can you please suggest me some other options that I can do during these 2-3 months so that my application can be stronger?

Any insights would be really helpful.

Thanks
TheRedDevil
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Cheers,
TheRedDevil

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Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 1357
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Followers: 25

Kudos [?]: 66 [0], given: 0

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Re: Please Evaluate my Profile! - Help me choose the schools [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 03:34
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Hi thereddevil,

With 2 months left, I recommend that you focus on your personal essays and letters of recommendations. These can make the difference in your acceptance. For your recommendations, do not only look for strong recommendations; look for ones that support the "personal brand" you want to present to an admissions team.

Any additional responsibilities you can take on at work will be of help as well.

Cheers,

Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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