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Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2006, 10:58
Hi Paul,

I just gave my GMAT and scored a 680 - not so great performance as I'd expected higher score in verbal. I haven't had a chance to gather all the data points (goals, aspirations) that you require in my profile and plan to do so as soon as possible

Here's a sampling of my profile:

- Primarily interested in launching my own firm, with short-term goal of building and leading dynamic teams (have done it in the past); I tend to have strong operational focus
- Primarily considering top part-time programs and top 1-year programs (Really targeting top-15 schools)
- Indian Male; Age: 32
- M.S (Electrical and Computer Engineering) from a reputed state school on the east coast: GPA: 3.4
- B.S (Electrical Engineering) - University of Bombay: First Class with Honors (would equate to around 3.75)
- GMAT: 680 (89%) - Q50 (95%), V32 (66%)
- Expecting AWA to be around at least 5.5
- Working as Technical Lead for a large storage management vendor for the last 5 years. I have worked in different roles and in the process gained a diverse experience.
- Work Experience: 9-9.5 years of solid IT and Business experience working in different verticals (Telecom, Big5, Financial Services)

I really like to know what my chances of admission are for the following schools:

1) Cornell 1-year Program - Would my engineering background and quant percentile work to my advantage?
2) NYU - Stern Langone program
3) Berkeley Haas - PartTime
4) UCLA - FullyEmployed
5) Chicago GSB - Evening/Weekend
6) Kellogg - PartTime

Any ideas/thoughts/strategies are most welcome. Do you think I should consider any other schools?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2006, 16:12
pappu wrote:
Hi Paul,

I just gave my GMAT and scored a 680 - not so great performance as I'd expected higher score in verbal. I haven't had a chance to gather all the data points (goals, aspirations) that you require in my profile and plan to do so as soon as possible

Here's a sampling of my profile:

- Primarily interested in launching my own firm, with short-term goal of building and leading dynamic teams (have done it in the past); I tend to have strong operational focus
- Primarily considering top part-time programs and top 1-year programs (Really targeting top-15 schools)
- Indian Male; Age: 32
- M.S (Electrical and Computer Engineering) from a reputed state school on the east coast: GPA: 3.4
- B.S (Electrical Engineering) - University of Bombay: First Class with Honors (would equate to around 3.75)
- GMAT: 680 (89%) - Q50 (95%), V32 (66%)
- Expecting AWA to be around at least 5.5
- Working as Technical Lead for a large storage management vendor for the last 5 years. I have worked in different roles and in the process gained a diverse experience.
- Work Experience: 9-9.5 years of solid IT and Business experience working in different verticals (Telecom, Big5, Financial Services)

I really like to know what my chances of admission are for the following schools:

1) Cornell 1-year Program - Would my engineering background and quant percentile work to my advantage?
2) NYU - Stern Langone program
3) Berkeley Haas - PartTime
4) UCLA - FullyEmployed
5) Chicago GSB - Evening/Weekend
6) Kellogg - PartTime

Any ideas/thoughts/strategies are most welcome. Do you think I should consider any other schools?

Thanks in advance.


Pappu,

In terms of your numbers you have a chance at all these schools, with Cornell, NYU, and UCLA seeming the most doable to me. You have no red flags, but you belong to a demographic that is hugely represented in the applicant pool, so your challenge will be highlighting your uniquenesses, professionally, community-wise, and personally. Given your entrepreneurial goals you might want to consider the following schools (part-time or otherwise): USC, Texas, Babson, CMU.

Good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2006, 05:33
Paul,

Thank you very much for your reply. I will shortlist the list of schools based on your suggestions and will also work on highlighting my experience/credentials in my essays.

I'd a question regarding recommendations - I'm thinking of getting one letter from my current boss and one from my former director who I'd worked with. Does this sound good? Also, I am planning to explore new job opportunities in the next couple of months. Do I have to take recommendations from the boss (whoever it may be) at the time of application submission? I want to make sure that the recommendations are very effective.

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2006, 23:20
pappu wrote:
Paul,

Thank you very much for your reply. I will shortlist the list of schools based on your suggestions and will also work on highlighting my experience/credentials in my essays.

I'd a question regarding recommendations - I'm thinking of getting one letter from my current boss and one from my former director who I'd worked with. Does this sound good? Also, I am planning to explore new job opportunities in the next couple of months. Do I have to take recommendations from the boss (whoever it may be) at the time of application submission? I want to make sure that the recommendations are very effective.

Thanks,
pappu


Yes, asking your current and former manager is the good, safe, even ideal choice. Schools prefer reco letters from current direct supervisors but that doesn't mean you have to or should submit one if you just started working with the recommender or aren't sure whether they will be enthusiastic. Schools understand that previous supervisors sometimes are the more logical choice for candidates in new jobs.

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 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2006, 09:29
Thanks Paul!

I just received my AWA score - it's a 6.0. Does this strenghten/help my application package for my target schools given my verbal score (32-67%)? I'd like to make sure that verbal score (given that it is less than 80%) is not seen in a negative light.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2006, 16:11
pappu wrote:
Thanks Paul!

I just received my AWA score - it's a 6.0. Does this strenghten/help my application package for my target schools given my verbal score (32-67%)? I'd like to make sure that verbal score (given that it is less than 80%) is not seen in a negative light.


Pappu,

Yes, absolutely it does. Strongly written essays and specific comments from your recommenders on your communication skills will also help to compensate for the verbal score.

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Transcripts [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2006, 12:32
Hi Paul,

I have a question regarding undergraduate transcripts. I have completed my Masters (MS in Electrical and Computer Engg) from a US university and can have my transcripts sent to all the schools that I'm applying to.

I have the originals for my undergraduate transcripts and degree certificates. Can I send photocopies of my undergraduate degree?

Would send the transcripts for MS be sufficient to meet requirements? Another data point that might be helpful - I'm a permanent resident.

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Re: Transcripts [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2006, 11:10
pappu wrote:
Hi Paul,

I have a question regarding undergraduate transcripts. I have completed my Masters (MS in Electrical and Computer Engg) from a US university and can have my transcripts sent to all the schools that I'm applying to.

I have the originals for my undergraduate transcripts and degree certificates. Can I send photocopies of my undergraduate degree?

Would send the transcripts for MS be sufficient to meet requirements? Another data point that might be helpful - I'm a permanent resident.

Thanks!


Pappu,

My understanding is that schools want certified copies of transcripts sent directly from the school to avoid any funny business. But you might check with your schools to see if your originals are OK with them.

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 [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2006, 13:28
Hi Paul,

A quick update - I'm considering applying to Emory and Babson. What do your thoughts about these schools (or any other schools that seem to be "safety" based on my profile)? Given my IT background and that I don't plan to switch career (continue on a management track in an IT org but in a different functional role in any industry), how do you rate my chances?

I really appreciate your advice/thoughts. Thanks in advance.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2006, 12:31
pappu wrote:
Hi Paul,

A quick update - I'm considering applying to Emory and Babson. What do your thoughts about these schools (or any other schools that seem to be "safety" based on my profile)? Given my IT background and that I don't plan to switch career (continue on a management track in an IT org but in a different functional role in any industry), how do you rate my chances?

I really appreciate your advice/thoughts. Thanks in advance.


Pappu,

Your chances at Emory at decent. Your chances at Babson are good.
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