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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.
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.
Simply put, you will be perceived as a middle-of-the-road Indian technical guy, no matter how you slice and dice it (i.e. the level of gradation between "IT" and different shades of engineering isn't really the point). As such, the biggest hurdle you have is trying to get the adcom to see you as an individual, since you're up against a sea of other Indian guys of a similar caliber.
With all that in mind, here's the range of schools I suggest:
Stretch: Ross, Duke, Darden, Cornell, Yale, UCLA, NYU (choose 2) Sweet spot: Tepper, Texas, Georgetown, UNC, Maryland, USC, Purdue, Indiana, Emory, ISB, Oxford, Cambridge (choose 3-4) Safety: outside the top 30 and the Canadian schools (Rotman, Ivey, Queen's)
Top 8 US schools and INSEAD/LBS are long shots. Choose 1 if you really want, but know that the more schools you choose from this long shot list, the more time it takes away from schools where you have more of a chance. _________________
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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