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Pls suggest target schools [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2005, 16:41
Hi Linda,

Thanks for offering your valuable advice to all of us.
Pls suggest realistic list of target schools for my profile.

Male/30/Indian citizen/US permanent resident
GMAT: 710 94% (Q50 95% V 36 81%)
GPA: 3.6/4.0 from a top 10 Engineering school in India (non IIT B.Tech)
Work Experience: 8 years in IT, mostly as an Engineer/programmer.
Currently a technical lead in a small software company in silicon valley (since last 5 years) working with offshore engineering team. Although, I did not have any official managerial/leadership position, I had some leadership experiece (project management) and numerous oppurtunities to help customers working with other teams (good team work story?).

Recommendation: I can get good recco from my current manager and a director in my company.

Extra Curriculars: Actively Involved with a social service based in India and ran occasional marathons here. Also running a small investment club with few friends (don't know if it counts). Was president of a club in undergrad and raised funds by organising a few events (its been a while!).

Target Job Profile: Marketing/Business Developement of enterprise software
Dream school: Kellogg

I understand that I come from a very competitive pool of candidates and have contemplated taking GMAT again. I'm fairly confident I can raise my score, although I'm not sure if its worth the time. Does my permanent resident status helps me in any way?

Pls help me come up with a realistic list of schools and any other suggestion you can think of to improve my chances. Yes, getting your help in polishing my essays is on the cards. :-)

Thanks a bunch
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Re: Pls suggest target schools [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2005, 17:01
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enigma wrote:
Hi Linda,

Thanks for offering your valuable advice to all of us.
Pls suggest realistic list of target schools for my profile.

Male/30/Indian citizen/US permanent resident
GMAT: 710 94% (Q50 95% V 36 81%)
GPA: 3.6/4.0 from a top 10 Engineering school in India (non IIT B.Tech)
Work Experience: 8 years in IT, mostly as an Engineer/programmer.
Currently a technical lead in a small software company in silicon valley (since last 5 years) working with offshore engineering team. Although, I did not have any official managerial/leadership position, I had some leadership experiece (project management) and numerous oppurtunities to help customers working with other teams (good team work story?).

Recommendation: I can get good recco from my current manager and a director in my company.

Extra Curriculars: Actively Involved with a social service based in India and ran occasional marathons here. Also running a small investment club with few friends (don't know if it counts). Was president of a club in undergrad and raised funds by organising a few events (its been a while!).

Target Job Profile: Marketing/Business Developement of enterprise software
Dream school: Kellogg

I understand that I come from a very competitive pool of candidates and have contemplated taking GMAT again. I'm fairly confident I can raise my score, although I'm not sure if its worth the time. Does my permanent resident status helps me in any way?

Pls help me come up with a realistic list of schools and any other suggestion you can think of to improve my chances. Yes, getting your help in polishing my essays is on the cards. :-)

Thanks a bunch


Consider MIT, CMU, Michigan, Duke, Haas, Tuck, Wharton, and UT.

We look forward to working with you. In the meantime, think of your work expereince in terms of achievements and impact. Then look at in terms of business -- not technical -- experience. You will want to emphasize both in your essays to distinguish yourself from the many engineers and techie types trying to transition into business roles.

Please see [url=http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=1&url=http%3A//www.accepted.com/mba/careerchanger.aspx&ei=YK4TQ9akO6aGwQGJq72OAQ]"MBA Admissions: Advice for Career Changers."

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 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2005, 18:05
Thanks! Thats great advice.
Can you pls also suggest one/two safety schools that match my profile?
I really do wanna go to B-School next year even though I have to go down in Rankings.

Also, I was gonna consider Kellogg as my dream school, but your suggestion of Wharton has perplexed me a bit. Am I really competitive for Wharton? Does it make sense to apply to two dream schools?

Any comments on my fit with UCLA and Chicago GSB?
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2005, 15:16
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enigma wrote:
Thanks! Thats great advice.
Can you pls also suggest one/two safety schools that match my profile?
I really do wanna go to B-School next year even though I have to go down in Rankings.

Also, I was gonna consider Kellogg as my dream school, but your suggestion of Wharton has perplexed me a bit. Am I really competitive for Wharton? Does it make sense to apply to two dream schools?

Any comments on my fit with UCLA and Chicago GSB?


Safety schools: Indiana, UT, Emory.

Wharton is a stretch, but not an impossiblity.

You have a competitive profile and lots of competition for both schools.

Good luck!
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