Age : 29 Yrs – US Citizen (Naturalized)- East Indian Origin
BS Electrical Engg - GPA 3.0/4 (Engg College in India)- Had to re-take some exams (Weak Point)
MS Electrical Engg – GPA 3.6/4 (State Univ in Nevada)- Awarded 100% Scholarship for research, was an RA also.
Many IT Certifications
Many IT Courses/Trainings
6 Months in IT Services Company in India
1.5 Yrs –IT Consultant- Independent Consultant with Top IT consulting Firm (Contractor)(F 500 Clients)
5.0 Yrs –IT Development in US Government, Strategic implementation of various State of art systems (Spear headed various tech implementations ..good position with benefits, so took it!.)
Working on setting up my own business and designing a product (IT services)
Skilled in IS management, Business Intelligence, Analytics, Performance Management, ERP and CRM packages, analysis, strategic planning and innovative IT implementation exp.
Regular speaker and presenter (papers) in many IT conferences.
Keen interest in finance industry, Stocks, investments, markets etc.
Active Bond industry knowledge and trader
Volunteer at Local Fire and Police Dept.
Volunteer to help food charity organizations
Active Marathon Runner
Have various profit making hobbies, like antique, metals, coins, stamps collections ( how relevant?)
Need for MBA:
Get into Senior IS management in IT /Strategic positions in IT consulting Industry (Big)
Product Development roles in top Companies (esp. Silicon valley)
Operations/Strategy management in Big Corporations
Or at least Strategic position in Government IT (least fav)
Just wanted to know how well is my profile suited to get into a good B-schools for an MBA in USA. I am mostly inquisitive about my work exp in public sector, weak under grad etc.. how does that fare?
1.What can I do to make my profile stronger ? (take additional courses in local univ? etc…?)
2.How to justify my bad under grad?
With this profile what range of scores should I shoot for in GMAT to get into very good B-Schools?
For the top MBA programs, you will need to describe the business goals of your organizations and how you helped achieve them: what people did you collaborate with, what influence did you need to exert, strategic insight did you share, and what were the impacts of your efforts - these are the questions that the admissions committees have. To boost your profile, don't get caught up in the IT of your role but rather the business and public benefit details. Your undergrad GPA is less of an issue because of your MS, and it can be even less of an issue if you score above a 720 on the GMAT. If you don't have a good reason for your poor undergraduate GPA, then there is no way to "justify" it, but if you were ill or something, certainly you should mention that in an optional essay. Also, consider some programs outside of the top 10 with strong recruiting in IT consulting like Emory, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Penn State, Michigan State, and Ohio State.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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