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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2009, 15:39
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Dear riteshbindal,

Your profile is a good one. However, you are making a mistake of showing your entrepreneurial experience as extra curricular activities. Your goal is to become an entrepreneur and hence the stint at opening your own firm, which is going slow now. To have a better understanding about how to run businesses and the different aspects of it, you need an MBA from ISB --- your answer to why MBA. So keep it in the mainstream. Other aspects in your profile look decent enough. So go for it. All the best!!!

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Hi ThinkISB,

Thanks for your quick response. Can you please comment on my acads and GMAT score. Won't they be a hindrance for ISB admission?
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ISB - is it my best bet? [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2009, 16:12
Hi ThinkISB,

Not a good question to ask though when I am midst of applying to ISB. but will help me refine my other choice of schools based on my chances at ISB

Could you please give your opinion of how strong my profile will be , given that i am an indian IT male pool applicant

GMAT expected 720

Target schools

1 year MBA
ISB
SBS oxford


Academics

1) Engineering in telecommunication from a top ten university in India with a CGPA of 7.93 (close to 3.2)
2) Stood rank 64 among more than 200000 Engineering applicants (scored 99 percentile in Engineering entrance and a admission cut off 99 percentile as well)
3) Completed 4 level in CFP (certified financial planning)

Work Experience

1) Working for an IT consulting company ( which is CMM level 5 and one of the global top 10) in Quality assurance for ecommerce applications and 2.5 out of 4.3 years total experience ( will be 5 years on admission) in Toronto working with multinational client teams
2) 4 role promotions - started as a software tester , currently own QA of a critical Ecommerce application for my client, managed a peak team size of 12.multiple star performer awards, rated high consecutively in four performance rating, my manager percieve me on par with 7 to 8 years experience associates.
3) Good expertise in competition management, handled multiple initiatives in a multi vendor environment
4) Spearheaded lot of initiatives (beyond regular project works) such as establishing process/strategies for QA Management, defining KPI and tracking, cost cutting strategies , knowledge management etc
5)Spearheaded Business proposals for my company and also helped presales team in multi million dollar proposals
6) Worked part time as a financial advisor in Aviva Insurance company and later promoted as trainer to the advisors. Completed FPSB certification in Risk Analysis and Insurance, Indian Taxation & Estate management, Investment planning, Retirement and Employee benefits.


Extra curricular

1) Founder President of an NGO working in India on Anti corruption, improvement of Education for govt school students (Govt owned schools in India are not as great as in US).
2) Have provided consulting services to many organizations in achieving their corporate social responsibility goals. founded two Corporate Social responsibility clubs for my employer from scratch which includes defining mission and goals, team ramp up, activities road map, defining performance indicators and expansion strategy, budget and funding and connected the clubs to various deserving NGOs
3) President of Students association in my college. As a President, I was responsible to bring about a transformation in all aspects right from the activities of assoction until revamping the election into a comprehensive selection process for the office bearership

Personality/Passion

I am God fearing and philosophical yet more practical and action oriented. I am very versatile, enthusiastic, diligent and amicable person. I am a self starter, a good team player and also exhibited excellent Leadership both in my professional and personal life.
I always believe in my dreams and fully committed to achieve it. Also have exhibited capacity to inspire and motivate others to fulfill my Vision or objective. I am very sensitive in constantly questioning my status quo, pushing myself out of my comfort zone to scale new heights and strive for new experiences.


Post MBA Goal

Short term

I have decided to specialize in Social Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Strategy. Upon graduating I wanted to set up CSR consulting and outsourcing company in India to provide E2E CSR solutions right from strategy & planning to CSR program implementation.

Long term goal
First few years focusing more on CSR outsourcing while building consulting practice of my company , I wanted to scale up as a leading CSR consulting and outsourcing company in India.

Justification of my goal.

Entrepreneurship is my dream since college; social service is my passion since school.CSR consulting and outsourcing is the only place for my dream to meet my passion. My extensive experience in the field of CSR had taught me key aspects of CSR, how CSR is understood at various levels of the organization, how the goal of CSR gets diluted as it descends down from the top. I have executed multiple testing engagements for my clients right from proposal until warranty completion which have given me clear understanding of a consulting/outsourcing projects lifecycle.

I have always exhibited commitment and rigor in achieving my initiatives and I am sure my new company will follow the trend as well.
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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2009, 16:14
Is ISB my best bet?

Hi ThinkISB,

Not a good question to ask though when I am midst of applying to ISB. but will help me refine my other choice of schools based on my chances at ISB

Could you please give your opinion of how strong my profile will be , given that i am an indian IT male pool applicant

GMAT expected 720

Target schools

1 year MBA
ISB
SBS oxford


Academics

1) Engineering in telecommunication from a top ten university in India with a CGPA of 7.93 (close to 3.2)
2) Stood rank 64 among more than 200000 Engineering applicants (scored 99 percentile in Engineering entrance and a admission cut off 99 percentile as well)
3) Completed 4 level in CFP (certified financial planning)

Work Experience

1) Working for an IT consulting company ( which is CMM level 5 and one of the global top 10) in Quality assurance for ecommerce applications and 2.5 out of 4.3 years total experience ( will be 5 years on admission) in Toronto working with multinational client teams
2) 4 role promotions - started as a software tester , currently own QA of a critical Ecommerce application for my client, managed a peak team size of 12.multiple star performer awards, rated high consecutively in four performance rating, my manager percieve me on par with 7 to 8 years experience associates.
3) Good expertise in competition management, handled multiple initiatives in a multi vendor environment
4) Spearheaded lot of initiatives (beyond regular project works) such as establishing process/strategies for QA Management, defining KPI and tracking, cost cutting strategies , knowledge management etc
5)Spearheaded Business proposals for my company and also helped presales team in multi million dollar proposals
6) Worked part time as a financial advisor in Aviva Insurance company and later promoted as trainer to the advisors. Completed FPSB certification in Risk Analysis and Insurance, Indian Taxation & Estate management, Investment planning, Retirement and Employee benefits.


Extra curricular

1) Founder President of an NGO working in India on Anti corruption, improvement of Education for govt school students (Govt owned schools in India are not as great as in US).
2) Have provided consulting services to many organizations in achieving their corporate social responsibility goals. founded two Corporate Social responsibility clubs for my employer from scratch which includes defining mission and goals, team ramp up, activities road map, defining performance indicators and expansion strategy, budget and funding and connected the clubs to various deserving NGOs
3) President of Students association in my college. As a President, I was responsible to bring about a transformation in all aspects right from the activities of assoction until revamping the election into a comprehensive selection process for the office bearership

Personality/Passion

I am God fearing and philosophical yet more practical and action oriented. I am very versatile, enthusiastic, diligent and amicable person. I am a self starter, a good team player and also exhibited excellent Leadership both in my professional and personal life.
I always believe in my dreams and fully committed to achieve it. Also have exhibited capacity to inspire and motivate others to fulfill my Vision or objective. I am very sensitive in constantly questioning my status quo, pushing myself out of my comfort zone to scale new heights and strive for new experiences.


Post MBA Goal

Short term

I have decided to specialize in Social Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Strategy. Upon graduating I wanted to set up CSR consulting and outsourcing company in India to provide E2E CSR solutions right from strategy & planning to CSR program implementation.

Long term goal
First few years focusing more on CSR outsourcing while building consulting practice of my company , I wanted to scale up as a leading CSR consulting and outsourcing company in India.

Justification of my goal.

Entrepreneurship is my dream since college; social service is my passion since school.CSR consulting and outsourcing is the only place for my dream to meet my passion. My extensive experience in the field of CSR had taught me key aspects of CSR, how CSR is understood at various levels of the organization, how the goal of CSR gets diluted as it descends down from the top. I have executed multiple testing engagements for my clients right from proposal until warranty completion which have given me clear understanding of a consulting/outsourcing projects lifecycle.

I have always exhibited commitment and rigor in achieving my initiatives and I am sure my new company will follow the trend as well.
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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2009, 23:56
Dear riteshbindal,

The GMAT score is good. The acads is weak. But both are clubbed in together while gauging the analytical ability of a candidate. So the GMAT score can offset the below average acads with the help from the recos, where there has to be a mention of your superb analytical abilities.

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2009, 02:26
Dear ISBTarget,

You have a good profile for both ISB and Saiid, Oxford. But in order to do what you are planning to post MBA, ISB seems the best option as you want to incubate your venture inn India. The network you make there, the help and mentoring you get incubating your venture will be great.

The advantage in schools like Saiid is that the quality of international exposure is way better compared to any Indian B-school.

So, it's your call: Facilitation in venture incubation Vs. International exposure.


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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 06:40
Hi ThinkISB,

Just want to get some feedback on my profile.

I am in the process of finishing my application and hope to submit it by Nov 25th.

I took the GMAT a couple of times. About 2 years back I got 710 ( 36 V , 50Q) and a couple of weeks back I got 710 again ( 38 V, 49 Q). My main goal was to improve my Verbal score, but the Quant score suffered a little due to not paying much attention to that section during my preparation.

I came to the US for my undergrad in 1998 and got my B.S in Mathematics (started out in CS but transferred later) from UT Austin (Top 10 University). My undergrad GPA was very low. I then did my MS in Mathematics with a 3.5 GPA from an Average University.
I have 3 years of work experience, mostly in the Pharmaceutical Industry, working as a Statistical Analyst in Clinical Trials and in Customer Business Development.
I have worked as a Point of Contact in the US for our IT outsourcing business in India which started during my Undergraduate years and is still continuing. This was also in the Medical Field.

That is a general overview of my profile. Really appreciate your feedback.Thank You.
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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 21:12
Dear Coachboom,

The information that you have furnished is very limited. But I feel there is a disconnect in the profile and you have quite a good amount of explaining to do.
1. Why shift to Mathematics from CS?
2. Why did you go to an average univ after an under graduation from UT Austin? Generally it is the other way round.


I don't have enough information to comment on your work experience and extra-curriculars. However, a positive thing is that you have looked to specialize in a sector and have shown a career growth.


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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2009, 23:22
Kindly do an evaluation of my profile

1. 10th - 89.2%
2. 12th - 76.5%
3. B.E Marine from Jadavpur University - 72.8% (IIT-JEE 2002 AIR-2227)
4. 6 months work-ex in a steel firm
5. 2 years and 8 months work ex in a leading petroleum company of India filled with innovation and diverse stuff.
6. CFA LII candidate ( CFA Institute, USA)
7 PRM candidate (PRMIA)
8. good extra curricular activities throughout school and college including being the Placement cell member, Senior Cadet Captain and Cultural Committee member.
9. Most Innovative Idea Award by a noble laureate at IIT-KGP in 2006
10. Involved in voluntary education initiatives for the under-privileged and also at de-addiction camp.
11. Completed CFM.
12. GMAT 640.

Should I go ahead with apping or retake the GMAT?
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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2009, 00:33
Dear agourav,

You have a good diversity in your profile. But the GMAT score is very low. Considering that you come from an engineering background and that too from a Tier 1 institute the adcom would want your GMAT score to be in the range of 700 and I'm sure you can do that easily.

Hence I would advice you to retake the GMAT.

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2009, 00:55
my GMAT breakup is 50Q, 26V...this was a huge setback for me considering that the gmatpreps that I took I scored 730 and 750. I dont know what went wrong yesterday ( I took the test yesterday ).

But since i dont have enough time for retaking the test, is it possible to somehow convince the adcome to overlook it.

I'm basically from Bharat Petroleum( Refinery SBU and in Operations/Maintenance of India's longest Multi-product cross country pipeline).

I have created a scenario prediction model for predicting the product tank behavior for very efficient management of product interfaces which has resulted in very low slop generation ( savings for the company ) and is now replicated in other locations as well.

I have a unique experience of dealing with angry villagers, Police and DM when at one location the pipeline leaked and I came out good with enhanced reputation for the company.

I want to get into equity research/ consulting. Wont my exposure to diverse industries help me in this regard.

There are other experiences too which are unique in themselves. Please suggest the way to go forward as the deadline is fast approaching.
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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2009, 01:00
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But since i dont have enough time for retaking the test, is it possible to somehow convince the adcome to overlook it.


:roll: wish so!! Btw you got a very good profile.
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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2009, 01:17
Dear agourav,

It cannot be done that way. Let me tell you that except for the GMAT you will be able to fulfill ISB's admission criteria. But then again you have about 3.4 years of experience, which is lower than the average.

It would be difficult to convince the adcom that the qualities of your work experiences are so great that they would in fact offset your GMAT and lower number of years of work ex.

When you apply you will be compared with a student from a similar tier 1 engineering college, not an arts graduate, who has to compete with candidates with lower scores. Hence, I fear that you application has a greater chance of getting rejected.

I trust you don't mind me being frank.

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2009, 04:58
Dear thinkisb,

I was planning on retaking the GMAT to improve my score, but someone told me that if u re-take gmat within six months of yr first attempt the average score will be taken by the bschool.

Could u clarify the same, I had taken the test this august and was planning to re-take in jan
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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2009, 20:44
Dear kyugi,

Different schools have a different take on this. As far as ISB is concerned, your highest score is taken regardless of the duration between and frequency of the tests.

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2009, 18:28
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Dear ISBTarget,

You have a good profile for both ISB and Saiid, Oxford. But in order to do what you are planning to post MBA, ISB seems the best option as you want to incubate your venture inn India. The network you make there, the help and mentoring you get incubating your venture will be great.

The advantage in schools like Saiid is that the quality of international exposure is way better compared to any Indian B-school.

So, it's your call: Facilitation in venture incubation Vs. International exposure.


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Hi ThinkISB

I took my gmat and scored badly 660. I am planning to retake in Jan however this wont help my ISB apps.

I have written the optional essay talking about my analytical and problem solving skills and how i stayed competitive in my engineering competing with top 100 candidates of my state.I got this info in both of my recos.I am from one of the top technical university in India, scored 99% in my engineering admission exams and ranked 64 state wide....I guess this may all add some value highlighting...

I think my post MBA goal to be a social entrepreneur, strong extra curricular and quality experience in service industry may be an advantage.....but no clue how this low GMAT score may be viewed by ISB.


any suggestions/thoughts from expert like you will be most helpful
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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2009, 22:12
Dear ISBTarget,

The score is low. You can however give it a try. The other areas are good. Whether it can offaset the low GMAT is still a question. But there is a chance.

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2009, 11:21
Hi ThinkISB,

Thanks for all you information here.

Can i please give you trouble to give a look to my profile below and
advice me if i am any good to think of a top B schools in UK and ISB?? specially ISB?


Nationality : Indian.
Planning for 2011 batch

QUALIFICATION (Dont know how to put % into GPA)
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1. MCA (Master Degree in Computer Application) : 3 year frofessional course from GITAM college in VIZAG
got 65%
2. PGMCA (Post graduate diploma in Computer application) a professonal course i
did along with Degree and got 94%
4 OCP (Oracle certified Professional web developer) Professioal certification from
Oracle , got 95%
5 OCA (Oracle certified Associate dsatabase administrator) Professioal certification
from Oracle 95%

WORK EXP
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6.5 Years in IT.Worked for 2 years in india and 4.5 years in UK.
Working for Biggest vehicle leasing company in UK on behalf of my empyoer (An Indian MNC)

CAREER PROGRESSION
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In span of 6.5 years covered and played the below role.

Trainee -> Programmer -> Senior Programmer -> Business change Owner -> Solution Architect-> Onsite coordinator -> Lead Functional Expert -> Module leader.

Played roles in team work and grooming and leading resources.
Work involved very stong analytical skills and handling critical business issue.
For example analyzing and fixing system for around £36 million and stuff.

Got 2 awards and also was top 20 employee of the year in my company which is an MNC.

RECOMMENDATION
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Will get solid recommendation letter form my Employer and Clients

GMAT SCORE :
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Not yet given but hoping to crack a 660-680 score if not more.

Extra curricular/Charity : (Not sure if this is importatn but thought to mention)
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charity sponsors, financing a child in India for his education.
Enjoy Reading,movies Intellectual discussions, cooking, Yoga, gym
Have a good sense of humour and Gel well with people.

Do i stand a chance ? Or what colleges should i aim for then ? what score will put me in lead.

Please advice.
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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2009, 01:56
Dear chauhan2011,

Here is a cursory review of your profile;

Acads and Aptitude: It is decent enough. Although the under graduate score is weak, it has a good post graduate score to offset it. But mind that they are not from top tier institutes. Hence you have to have a 700+ GMAT score.

Work experience: It has followed a beautiful career progression. It shows maturity and is complemented with awards. Your essays should portray it well. It's good.

Your experience in the U.K makes you a fit for the U.K. B-schools as well. Although you may know about it let me tell you that there you have to be a lot more proactive about a job after MBA.

Extra curriculars: Make it a point to devote time to some activities apart from the money you give for good causes.

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2009, 03:36
ThinikISB, thanks a lot.
Your advice is very profound.

Just to add, i have not mentioned my undergraduate degree.
I already have a Postgraduate 3 years degree (MCA, Master in Computer application)

The other two are the a postgraduate diploma and two certifications.
The postgraduate degree is not very sound but then it is very hard to score in Masters degree in technical field.

Will sure put more time to charity work then just money that was very wise of you to say so.

I am currently at 600 score in practice tests i gave without prep, not sure it is possible to improve 100 points to reach 700+ target but i would try my best.

Also just to be more clear, could you elaborate about being proactive for Job in UK market post MBA please ?

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Re: Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2009, 03:47
Dear chauhan2011,

You can definitely improve a 100 points. 600 is a good score w/o preparation. The GMAT is one of the easiest competitive exams as it has a fixed structure. You can crack it with practice.

B Schools in the U.K. and for that matter any other B School except the Indian ones have a very different perspective towards placements. They generally do not have placement weeks or months. The career advancement offices invite companies for talks and that's it. You have to follow up if you are interested. The good companies will not collect CV s from the placement offices, shortlist candidates and interview them..something very different from the scene in India. Hence, you should start looking for potential employers very early on. Generally in the U.K. the term breaks are the time for students for these things.

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