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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2012, 05:56
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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)
AWA: 5.0

Work Experience:
- 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

Extra-curricular activities:
- 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.

Thanks
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2012, 08:11
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Thanks for your post. You have some great core profile attributes including a stellar GMAT score and academics. By the time you matriculate you will have almost 3 years of WE, which is a perfect amount for many top schools. I don't see a lot of leadership in your profile, so I would say over the next year you should seek out opportunities to lead both at work and in the community. Even simply demonstrating initiative to lead is good fodder for b-school applications. There are also many "typical" things in your profile for an Indian Male applicant, including working with technology and NGOs. Keep in mind that your application pool is very deep and applicants from this pool become frighteningly similar to the adcoms, so standing out is critical. You will need to better hone your short and long term goals (hint: st goals are post MBA, LT goals are five+ years out from MBA), preferrably something which will leverage your past experience in some way (along with the MBA of course). Sometimes simply demonstrating unique personal attributes can help you stand out, so do interesting things, participate in unique hobbies and chase your passions. B-schools love passionate, driven people who have an impact in everything they do.
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2012, 11:46
Hi Bryant,

Thank you so much for the prompt response.

Please note that I've made a conscious effort to differentiate myself from the common "Indian-IT-male" applicant. While most of my peers have joined technical/IT consulting firms, I chose to join a market research company. My role at my current place of employment is completely non-technical.

In fact, the exposure here has been immense. I have worked on end-to-end projects involving Industry and Sector Analysis, Competitive Landscape Analysis, Marketing Strategy, Technology Deployment Strategy, Identification of Acquisition Targets, Market Trends Mapping, Competitive Intelligence and Benchmarking, etc.

I have acquired key nuances of strategy consulting practices and have worked across a plethora of industries including the pharmaceutical, energy, foodservice, private equity, facilities management, etc.

I have had the opportunity to interact directly with the client (via phone/email).

I have actively pursued my creative side.
- Been involved in designing POS material for the company
- Launching the Visual Arts Library - a tool now used across the company floor
- Was appointed Head, Graphics and Design of the IEEE - DCE Student Chapter
- Provided graphics support to a start-up website

- Have taken several initiatives within the firm and have been recognized for the same by the senior management.
- Conduct trainings
- Part of the recruitment team within a year of joining the firm

- Attended a couple of international entrepreneurship summits (Peking University, Beijing and Stanford University)

All the above mentioned points help me in separating myself from a typical Indian engineer candidate.
Although, some of my peers have joined consultancies, several are still performing technical tasks, such as coding, at their places of employment. Such is not the case at my end.

Future plan of action - I plan to shift to a new role in a team that is just coming up. There I hope to shoulder greater responsibilities along various tangents.

At this stage, finally if I were to go for four schools, then what would be your recommendation?

Looking forward to your reply.

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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2012, 12:24
Just perusing the forums and thought I'd add a humble opinion as a current applicant. Going through this application round, a key success factor I've learned is that an applicant needs to demonstrate 1) a clear sense of goals and 2) why a particular school fits. Adcom people don't typically come from industry - they don't really care what your actual work responsibilities are (unlike if you were interviewing for a job). They DO care, however, if can talk confidently about the trajectory of your career - where you've been, how (in very qualitative term) you got to where you are now, and where you want to go. It seems like you have a great career path so far, but you are VERY unclear about your future aspirations. How are you going to write a 2 page essay on future goals if your 3 sentences here are so vague?

Secondly, each school prides itself on its uniqueness (whether it's really THAT different is another story) and you usually need to spend another 2 pages convincing why you're a good fit with them. That said, it's kinda useless to ask people where you should apply, especially since your goals are so unclear. Do you want a school that feeds consulting firms, banks, tech companies? I mean, that list is going to be different depending on your goals.

The reason why I say all this is because it WORKED for me. I have a very humble profile - 710 GMAT, WE at niche, no-name consulting firms. Trust me, I lack the "sparkle" that most admission consultants say a Top 10 MBA program looks for. However, because of careful application execution and realizing how adcoms work, I interviewed at a top 5 program (R1 decisions not yet released), I got into a top 10 program, and I got significant scholarships (66% and a 100%) to two top 25 programs.

Take what you will from it, but hope this helps to refocus your thought process.
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2012, 12:33
Hey,

For what its worth, yes it helps.

The purpose of posting my profile was to get a sense whether it had the strength to compete when applying to a top tier b-school.

As far as short and long term career objectives go, it's not so much that I am "unclear" about them as it's simply that I haven't stated them. Yes, it still might be a bit fuzzy than it should be, but it certainly isn't a total blank.

I do understand where I come from; have made certain difficult choices to get here; and want to make sure I equip myself with the capabilities to tread the path that I have set before myself.
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2012, 12:50
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Hey,

For what its worth, yes it helps.

The purpose of posting my profile was to get a sense whether it had the strength to compete when applying to a top tier b-school.

As far as short and long term career objectives go, it's not so much that I am "unclear" about them as it's simply that I haven't stated them. Yes, it still might be a bit fuzzy than it should be, but it certainly isn't a total blank.

I do understand where I come from; have made certain difficult choices to get here; and want to make sure I equip myself with the capabilities to tread the path that I have set before myself.


No need to get defensive. I just don't understand why you'd ask for people to recommend schools when you don't provide that information.
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2012, 19:48
Not getting defensive here. Just failing to understand the harm in trying to understand whether my profile is good enough for me to apply to a tier 1 b-school.
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2012, 13:55
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I definitely think you have the right stuff for a run at the top ten. I agree with the other comments that you must hone your vision, but the raw material seems to be there. Having said that, there are a lot of applicants with good profiles who end up falling through the cracks. Strategically framing your background with what you want to do going forward is important. You might want to consider a post MBA trajectory in marketing considering your background. I am not advocating you lie to the committee, it's just that you seem to have a great preparation for a marketing career and this could resonate well with the committee. By the way, I love the way you are already thinking about how you are different than the "average" Indian applicant. It's this kind of approach that will help you navigate the competitive waters of top tier b-school applications.
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