To me, you stand a very good chance at being admitted to a top 10 school within the United States. I want to focus my recommendations on US-based programs that have strengths within entrepreneurship, international business and of course general management.
Considering your fewer years of work experience, I want to focus my recommendations on US-based programs with strengths in international management, entrepreneurship and of course, general management. While international programs such as INSEAD and LBS are excellent schools based on their international emphasis, they also contain emerging entrepreneurial programs as well. However, your fewer years of work experience will do you no favors at these programs. Just keep in mind that these EU programs could be a consideration should you choose to delay your application by a few years.
Specifically, I recommend taking a closer look at Wharton, MIT Sloan, Wharton, Kellogg and Berkeley Haas. This is in addition to HBS and Stanford GSB. I believe that you would be a really prime candidate for Sloan. This is based on a number of my recent experiences. I just worked with a 23-year-old Indian applicant who had entrepreneurial aspirations and experience, as well as international work experience and excellent management exposure for such a young age. In a number of aspects, your candidacy exceeds his. By the way, my younger candidate was admitted to MIT within the last few weeks.
If you want more recommendations, I suggest you also take a look at Columbia and NYU. Both have strong international student bodies and access to a very formative network of entrepreneurial resources in NYC.
I hope this helps and let me know how your research goes.
Undergraduation: Electronics and Communication Engineering from among the top 10 engineering institutes in the country
Secured 80%; ranked in the top 5 in the branch
Interned 3 times along various technical disciplines.
GMAT Score: 750 (QA 50; VA 41)
- 18 months till date; Analyst (promoted to Senior Analyst) at a global market research company
- Have studied a variety of industries across various functional domains; conducted end-to-end projects involving industry analysis, cost modeling, procurement strategies, supplier identification, supply chain analysis, etc.
- Industries studied include chemicals, construction/utility, facility management, sustainable practices, plastics, bio-fuels, food and beverage and pharmaceutical
- Responsible for conducting secondary and primary research, analyzing the same, culling out insights and presenting them in a suitable framework
- Some of the key projects undertaken:
* Studied the impact of iPad technology across the pharmaceutical and healthcare space, for a global pharmaceutical company
* Devised a procurement strategy for sourcing facility management (FM) services for a large US healthcare provider
* Assisted a private equity player to narrow down on his investment choices
* Assisted a global oil and gas company with their global sourcing strategy for various feedstock chemicals; the project involved assessment of regional supply-demand balance, trends, cost structure, and price drivers
- Other Organizational Initiatives
* Part of the recruitment team – Visited campus on company’s behalf for conducting group discussion and interviews
* Trainer – Conducted a wide range of database research and organization specific trainings for campus as well as lateral hires
* Wrote an article titles "iPAd - Disruptive Technology Impacting Business" in the company's publication - Cubism.
* Rolled out the Visual Image Library (a repository of tools and frameworks) for usage by the employees across the floor
* Design – Designed mugs, posters and other point of sale material for the company. Also, in the process of initiating a values promotion campaign. throughout the company. Provided design advice and graphic support to the application development team in the company.
Interests: Sketching, 2D Graphic designing, traveling
- Various organizational/team-based activities in college; was nominated Head, Graphics and Design for IEEE Branch in college
- Part of a group at work responsible for organizing various fun-based events for motivational purposes
- Attended the Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society (ASES) Beijing Summit in Oct 2008 and ASES Stanford Summit in April 2009
- Provided graphic editing support to a popular website aimed at carpooling and traffic reduction
- Part of the company's voluntary foundation aimed at CSR activities
- Part of an NGO responsible for organizing eye-camps in a rural village in India
Current Plans/Short-term goals:
- To gain further exposure in the corporate circuit and understand the nuances of business administration
- Apply for a full time MBA program for the Fall 2013 session in a top tier B-school.
Post MBA plans/Long-term goals:
- Build on the skills and business acumen acquired during the MBA program by working with a highly reputed organization
- Leverage the international network of contacts across multiple fields
- Eventually dive into an entrepreneurial venture. (Entrepreneurship is a field that requires all-round knowledge of all aspects of business administration - general management, finance, sales and marketing, strategy, HR)
* Identify opportunity in the e-waste management space.
I am planning to apply for the fall 2013 session.
Please advise me on the programs I should target and the schools I might have a good chance of cracking.
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