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Please Evaluate My profile (R1 or R2 advice)

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Manager
Manager
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Status: Applying for 2012 B school admissions
Joined: 25 Jul 2010
Posts: 131
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 720 Q51 V35
GMAT 2: 760 Q50 V44
GPA: 3.6
WE: Manufacturing and Production (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
Followers: 10

Kudos [?]: 39 [0], given: 32

Please Evaluate My profile (R1 or R2 advice) [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 20:57
Hello Stacy,

The outlook of my profile is as follows:

Name: Mayank
Nationality: Indian
Age at Matriculation: 26

Academics:
-> CGPA: 9/10, Dual Degree (Bachelors + Masters) in Mechanical Engineering from a reputed Indian Institute (IIT Bombay)
-> GMAT Attempt One on October 2010: 720 (Q51; V35; AWA 5.5)
GMAT Attempt Two on 24th August, 2011: 760 (Q50; V44; AWA 6.0)

Work Experience
3 years as on matriculation in pharmaceutical manufacturing firm (India's Top Pharma Company)

Roles Played:
-> Trainee Engineer (4 months): Did a team project on reducing changeover time between two packaging processes.

-> Role 1 (2 months): Lead a team of 3 technicians, trained them on a new machine, managed them and the machine during FDA audit of the plant in 2009. The audit was successful

-> Role 2: (18 months - present) Manufacturing Planner, varied and increasing roles and responsibilities.

Extra-Curricular:
-> Co-founded an NGO that provides technical support to other NGOs (webpages, logos etc.), spreads online social awareness, links volunteers and NGOs, encourages CSR activities.

-> Basic understanding of two foreign languages (A1 level spanish and german)

-> Average other involvements in college (sports, social/cultural events etc.)

-> Hobbies: reading fiction, bodybuilding for last 2 years (should I mention these or just skip?)

AIM
I have few entrepreneurial ideas that I want to explore. I want to start a bodybuilding/health supplement firm, should I mention my entrepreneurial goals in detail or only refer to them in my applications? I do not want to be hasty in starting a firm right out of B school and want an MBA to prepare myself and make an informed decision when to go for it.

Advice Needed: I will be applying this year for 2012 admissions. I want to focus on entrepreneurship/general management, and will be applying to US B schools. Please advice which B schools I should target and in which rounds.

As I have just finished my GMAT (24th Aug) and am currently researching B schools, I realize that very little time is left for R1 deadlines. So I have thought of applying to 2-3 B schools in R1 and to 2-3 in R2. Any advice will be helpful!
_________________

cheers
Mayank
My GMAT Journey: 720 + dare = 760

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Re: Please Evaluate My profile (R1 or R2 advice) [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2011, 11:19
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Hi Mayank,

Thanks for the post. Regarding which round you should apply to, you should apply when you feel your application is strongest. You should not be concerned about applying to Round 1 over Round 2 (the only exception to this is you should avoid applying to the last round).

For recommended business schools, is there a particular location you are interested in the US?

Best,

Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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Manager
Manager
User avatar
Status: Applying for 2012 B school admissions
Joined: 25 Jul 2010
Posts: 131
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 720 Q51 V35
GMAT 2: 760 Q50 V44
GPA: 3.6
WE: Manufacturing and Production (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
Followers: 10

Kudos [?]: 39 [0], given: 32

Re: Please Evaluate My profile (R1 or R2 advice) [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2011, 16:59
Hello Stacy/Conrard,

No I do not have a preference for location regarding US B schools.
_________________

cheers
Mayank
My GMAT Journey: 720 + dare = 760

Manager
Manager
User avatar
Status: Applying for 2012 B school admissions
Joined: 25 Jul 2010
Posts: 131
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 720 Q51 V35
GMAT 2: 760 Q50 V44
GPA: 3.6
WE: Manufacturing and Production (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
Followers: 10

Kudos [?]: 39 [0], given: 32

Re: Please Evaluate My profile (R1 or R2 advice) [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2011, 22:26
StacyBlackman wrote:
Hi Mayank,

For recommended business schools, is there a particular location you are interested in the US?


Hello Stacy/Conrad,

On giving more thought to your question I realized that I haven't given much thought to it before. Does location play a "major" role in post MBA recruitment? I found online that most pharmaceutical firms are located on the east coast of the US. But other than that, I do not have a geographical preference regarding climate etc.

Also one more doubt that I have: I want to have post MBA experience in business development in pharma. But on further exploring, I found that I can either try to get into business development of an existing pharma firm, or into a consultancy that focuses on business development for other firms (some of my friends are currently doing this). Will mentioning both these options create ambiguity in my "why mba" question?
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cheers
Mayank
My GMAT Journey: 720 + dare = 760

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