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Please evaluate my profile! [#permalink] New post 05 May 2006, 00:33
Age: 26 - Single
Country of Citizenship : India

Work experience :

1. Working with Fidelity Investments as Tech. Analyst for 1.5 years - Module lead, handling team of 6 ppl, handling JPMorgan financial products module, most sensitive/critical of Fidelity projects ($400B project). - 1 promotion -- Best Employee award

2. Worked with HCL (Top 5 Indian IT Companies as Software Engg) for 1.5 years. - >> I promotion,
Role : Module lead, handled 2 modules, led a team of 4 people, interacted with Calif. based clients,
gave Product Demo, Voice - Over for Product Technical briefing which was shipped worldwide along
with software CD. Rave reviews from top ranks.

Academics :
1. Post Graduate :- Master in Comp. Applications - 82% -- ranked 3/60. -
Received Directors scholarship for final year. -
Best Student' 2002-03

2. UnderGraduate :-
Bachelor in Zoology - 60 % ---low GPA

3. High School :- 88% - Scholarship Holder -ranked 3/176


Extra Curricular:
School level -:
1.Sports Captain, Member-School Disciplinary Comm.
2.Best Athlete ' 1996
3.Captain - Interzonal Badminton Team, Gold at Zonal Badminton Championships
4.Prizes @ InterSchool debates


Undergraduate level :- 1. Member -WWF :
i.Conducted street plays, road shows to generate awareness for wildlife
ii.Organised entomology field trips for College

2.Secretary - Life Sciences Club
i. organising zoology seminars

Postgraduate level :-
1.Gen. Secretary- Students Council :
i.organising IT workshops, national seminars & lectures, persuading/inviting business leaders to speak.
ii.Pioneneered University Relation Tie-up programme with IBM to impart training on IBM Products.

2.President - Placement Cell :
i.Conducting corporate outreach programmes,
ii.Single handedly created Flash presentation for Institute as a brand promotion initiative to get companies to campus for hiring . Presentation still used by college.


Community Service :
1. Co-Founder - School for mentally disabled children
i.handling administration, infrastructure mgmt, fund raising, programme mgmt.
ii.media planner (designed website, pamphlets myself)

2.Postgraduate level - Member - Teaching slum children
3.Undergraduate level - Member - WWF, Teaching slum children
4. School level - Fund raising for HelpAge India



Enterpreneurship:
1.Co-Founder : a new startup Whitewater rafting company.
i.Certified river rafting guide.- CPR Expert
ii.Clientale includes British & French nationals
iii.Revenue : INR 1 million (in 6 months)

2. Advisor - Family Business - Industrial Catering (Turnover>INR 20 million)
i.Helping IT Infrastructure - Data/Market research for possible acquisitions - Getting new business,

ii.Media Planner- Brand promotion initiatives.

Achievements :

1. Black- Belt in Taekwondo- 2 Gold medals @ State Level Championships
2.Salsa Instructor - Founder of Salsa Club at present company.
3.Reiki Instructor - Founder of Reiki Club at present company
4.Tarot card reader
5.IBM Certifications

GMAT Score:
Yet to take. Has to be 730+


MBA goal:

Looking at Strategic Mgmt & Brand Mgmt. profiles post-MBA
Would want to get family & own business to next level leveraging knowledge, people contacts made during 2 years study!

Targeting top -10 colleges! (Harvard, Stanford, Wharton,Chicago, Columbia, INSEAD....)

Can you please evaluate my profile and if possible give me some school suggestions .?

I am sure I need to weave this thing well to come up with a 'wow' factor in my profile!!
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 [#permalink] New post 07 May 2006, 22:55
Hi,
There are a bit of flaws in your profile. First, with a company like HCL it is not possible to have promotion in a span of 1.5 yrs. The same rule applies to Fidelity Investments as they follow the same rule.Secondly, Module Lead is nor a promotions it is actually a role.Promotions are like Senior Software Engg., Project Lead etc.

In your profile you have mentioned that you were advisor to your family business, so the first thing adcom will ask why didn't you joined your family business?

In case you have an interview with an Indian alumni, he will directly point to your all these flaws.My advice will be to look into your profile once again?

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Re : evaluation [#permalink] New post 08 May 2006, 02:14
hi

thanks a lot for a prompt feedback!
Yeah, Surely lotsa things need to be plugged...

In HCL, first promotion happens after a year if you are good...else does take around 1.5 years!
Fidelity is flexible & performance oriented company.If someone is good, & has been working for 1.5 years, nothing unusual about the promotion!

Family business..I wanted greater exposure by working for MNC's and I am not keen on operations side of industrial catering (family business) as a career.
I always wanted to work to create a strong brand,..Its not that bigger company which requires a 24*7 brand manager!

Plus working with other cos. has given me rich exposure, better people networking and ampler opportunities ...so now if I decide to join back my business post-MBA, I am well equipped to take it to a higher level...!

Yes I am not sure if I would want to put up this with adcom.I spoke to a few reps from Univ and they said it might give negative impression, in case I dont weave a strong story around this..!

Thanks for your reviews...I cant' explain how much it has helped me...
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Re: Re : evaluation [#permalink] New post 08 May 2006, 17:41
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hi

thanks a lot for a prompt feedback!
Yeah, Surely lotsa things need to be plugged...

In HCL, first promotion happens after a year if you are good...else does take around 1.5 years!
Fidelity is flexible & performance oriented company.If someone is good, & has been working for 1.5 years, nothing unusual about the promotion!

Family business..I wanted greater exposure by working for MNC's and I am not keen on operations side of industrial catering (family business) as a career.
I always wanted to work to create a strong brand,..Its not that bigger company which requires a 24*7 brand manager!

Plus working with other cos. has given me rich exposure, better people networking and ampler opportunities ...so now if I decide to join back my business post-MBA, I am well equipped to take it to a higher level...!

Yes I am not sure if I would want to put up this with adcom.I spoke to a few reps from Univ and they said it might give negative impression, in case I dont weave a strong story around this..!

Thanks for your reviews...I cant' explain how much it has helped me...


Getnirvana,

You have a good profile and some unusual aspects that can help you create a distinctive application (e.g., zoology, co-founder of school, co-founder of startup). Because of your GPA and work experience that is not quite in the stunning category, you may not be able to aim for the very top. Given your strategy focus I would recommend Yale, Michigan, Virginia, Chicago, and Insead, with perhaps a safety school or two. You could try Tuck and Wharton as longshots.

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 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2006, 19:44
For a Masters program , undergrad record is evaluated.
But if someone like me, who has a Masters' already, wouldnt that be counted instead of undergrad programme?
My only concern is low GPA in undergrad, otherwise my school & post grad GPA are great.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 May 2006, 19:56
I think they still look at undergrad. Masters can be used to illustrate that u became serious, but still undergrad counts!
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 [#permalink] New post 10 May 2006, 16:18
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getnirvana wrote:
For a Masters program , undergrad record is evaluated.
But if someone like me, who has a Masters' already, wouldnt that be counted instead of undergrad programme?
My only concern is low GPA in undergrad, otherwise my school & post grad GPA are great.


getnirvana,

Unfortunately, even if you have great grades in graduate school, schools will weigh your undergrad GPA. The reason for this is that, generally speaking, grades at the graduate level are not as rigorously applied. Moreover, adcoms assume your GPA will be higher in grad school since you're focusing on your area of strength. Undergrad GPAs provide a broader-based indication of general academic ability. Which is not to say that you can't overcome disappointing undergrad grades--it's done all the time.

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