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Pls help with some info on profile and recommendations [#permalink] New post 21 May 2006, 08:07
Hi Scott/ Omari,

Thanks for all the help and information you have added in this group .
I have read some of it to ensure I am not asking the same questions again:) hopefully.

1) I am an Indian.I have done B.E in Comp Science (from an ok Univ) and have 5 1/2 years experience with one of the best IT Software companies in India. I have progressed from a developer to a manager to a consultant over these years and have experience consulting companies like GE, Nationwide,Sunlife and now Duetsche Bank.
However, I am not very confident of how much of a help this profile is to me if i want to apply in the top ten Universities. I know I have done good but I do not think that it is sufficient and that is discouraging me from giving my GMAT (though I am targeting 680-700).Should I be targeting top 20 -30 Universities?

2) I have some really good recommendations from my previous clients but they do not showcase all my capabilities. I have facilitated a lot of recuritment drives, events, community help activities but do not have certificates to prove it, though my HR could validate it. I could take recommendations from my current manager , who knows me well, but I do not know what format and how to ensure that it covers all aspects of what an MBA school would want to know.

3) I have passion for a plethora of things and am good or at least tried my hand at poetry,painting,pottery,dancing,jewellry designing,stained glass painting,sculpture,design classes,reiki, etc . Do these count ? I know I have the wow factor in me. I am not sure if I have done enough yet to exploit /prove it or if I have how to present it ?

I have a good appetite for reading. If I sound ignorant, please feel free to let me know some books I could increase my knowledge of GMAT requirements from.

Thanks so much for all your help.

Warm Regards,
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It sounds like you're thinking about the right things. Here are a few thoughts:

- Yes, your profile is very common. So, obvioulsy, the challenge for you will be to stand out. Things like "I came from a top university" or "I work at a top IT firm" won't distinguish you at all, since there are so many other Indian/IT applicants who can say the same thing. Your GMAT won't distinguish you, either (even if you score 700+).

- So, you'll need to distinguish yourself with one or more of the following things: 1) What you've done on the job -- how you've made an impact, leadership roles you've taken, etc.; 2) What impact you've had on your community; 3) Other interests or hobbies of yours that will hepl you stand out; 4) Your career goals; 5) Any adversity you have overcome; 6) Any other unique experiences you've had (e.g., international experience).

- It's nice that you have a wide varity of interests, but the risk here is that you'll come across as too unfocused and that none of these things will come through strong enough to make a real impression on adcomms. I recommend focusing on one or two things here that will really help to show your passion for something.

- Yes, I recommend applying to at least a couple of schools that are more in the top-20 or top-30 range, just to spread your bets.

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Pls help with some info on profile and recommendations [#permalink] New post 21 May 2006, 10:35
Thanks so much for the response.

One last help-
Background - I want to do my MBA in Entrepreneurship since I want to switch lanes from IT to Design .{ I want to be able to open a creative signature design studio }It will operate out of India with branches globally.

The challenges I have is that I will need to finance a US MBA from Indian savings , plus to set up something in India, I will need to be working out of India soon after an MBA which makes returning loans difficult. If I have to take up that challenge I would like it to be for a top university. It also helps me later in case the studio does not work out by relying on a good educational background.

The other way is to apply to ISB,Hyderabad (http://www.isb.edu/). {ISB has affiliations with Wharton and Kellogs School of Business}. That way I save on the accomodation and am close to family etc. But am not sure how much of a standing that degree has in the US market (as a fallback)

I may be asking for too much but do you think you could share your views on how best to proceed?

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I'm not sure that I totally understand your question. But if you want to land a job in the U.S., I recommend getting a degree from a U.S. school. If you want to stay in India, a degree from something like ISB should be fine.

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 [#permalink] New post 22 May 2006, 08:22
Sorry about the ambiguity.

I need to start my business in India (and have a good feel of the Indian market in that domain) and feel I should be globally educated to expand it into different markets in the long run.

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You should be fine with an Indian MBA if you want to operate in India. If you were looking at starting your business in the U.S., then a U.S. degree would be key.

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