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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2012, 01:10
Hello,

I would be glad to receive some profile evaluation. I am an Indian who has a permanent residence status in Germany.

Age at application: 30, getting in 31!

Work ex (5+ yrs):
- Senior Consultant (M&A/ Strategy) with a Top 4 Management Consulting, Base: Germany.
1) Merger Integration with responsibility of 3 of the largest countries in EU reporting to global integration director. 2) Other projects include Value chain restructurings, Governance strategy, carve outs of major business units
3) (Non MBA but promoted to S. Consultant within 18 months of joining the firm, usual 24 to 36 months, even for Germans)
4) From zero took German speaking level to conducting business meeting with German CEO/ CFOs.
5) Worked in Germany, Austria, Swiss, UK and Netherlands so far with key MNCs

- Consultant (ERP/ Integration Technologies/ Risk Management with Big 4 Consulting: Base, Mumbai, India
1) Led a team to implement unison of a public private partnership of a Indian MFG client,
2) Audited beverage tech strategy,
3) Ran pilot for a global tourism in assoc with SAP,
4) promoted from Analyst to Consultant in 7 months,
5) Captained cricket team and won multiple tournaments throughout India, including Merchants Cup

Internships:
1) SAIL (Steel Authority of India) - India
2) Manufacturing - India
3) Audit and Governance - Munich
4) IT Strategy/ Automobile (Top Manangement Consulting) - 2 countries in Europe

Extracurricular:
1) Founder President of Non Profit: raised 40 lakhs for education of underpriviliged, currently work with Teach for India, Akansha Foundation, others on a project/ program basis, Backing by German MNC CSR units and Multi millionnaire VCs
2) President of Students Assoc: Ran a 40 member team for holding cultural events, INDIA day and fundaraising for NGO
3) Launched a new website for student assoc, received University President's (Germany) recognition for efforts
4) Cricket Captain in Uni, convenor of Cricket tournament involving 18 engg departments
5) Class representative for all 4 yrs in Undergrad

Education:
1) B.Engg: Top 10 Uni in India (Non IITs) (results, top 1%)
2) Double Masters: Top Uni in Germany ( studied with a 100% scholarship from a Global Airline), results (top 10%)

Language Skills:
English, German (Business Fluent), Hindi, Bengali

GMAT:
Yet to appear

Target Schools:
HBS, Wharton, Stanford, MIT, Columbia

My queries are:
1) What would be a good GMAT score?
2) Does my being 30 hinder my chances at HBS and Stanford?

Post MBA: I am interested in economic development through NGOs and have reached an impact with my own Venture (Reducing drop out rates, retention of students et al.). I want to do some more of Consulting with a non profit, development flavour as well and then move to social enterprenuership in the long run.

I am thankful for your time and insights to my profile.

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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2012, 08:02
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Hello showstopper, thanks for your question.

To answer your questions:

• You are on the higher end of the age/experience range. A program like HBS does tend to skew younger. I’m not at all saying it’s impossible, but you would be on the older end of the class at HBS and Stanford. Programs like Wharton and Booth do tend to be more accepting of more experienced candidates. Have you considered executive programs?

• You come from an overrepresented demographic in the MBA applicant pool, and one that scores disproportionately high on the GMAT. Typically, I recommend 700+ on the overall score and 80%+ on both the verbal and quantitative sides. You might consider this the bare minimum for the top programs. You’d have to score much higher than that to truly distinguish yourself from your demographic cohorts, but I think you have strong experience.

• Which compels me to ask: you have strong experience – it doesn’t jump out at my why you truly need an MBA to pursue your career goals. Paint a picture that cohesively ties together your past, present, and future. Demonstrate to the admissions committees that your desired career path necessitates an MBA. Identify the specific gaps that stand between you and your short- and long-term goals (knowledge, skills, experiences, network, etc.) and show how business school would directly address those gaps.

Best of luck!
Brian

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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2012, 01:10
mbaMissionBrianE wrote:
Thank you very much for the detailed reply and insights.

• You are on the higher end of the age/experience range. A program like HBS does tend to skew younger. I’m not at all saying it’s impossible, but you would be on the older end of the class at HBS and Stanford. Programs like Wharton and Booth do tend to be more accepting of more experienced candidates. Have you considered executive programs?

I personally dont think Exec Programs are for me. I would shed some light on the European way as well. Most of the people in top consults, banks or PE here are PHd guys which is the norm here in Europe. To me an MBA embodies multiple areas in the first year and allows a specialisation in the second year, which for me would definitely either be Finance or Operations. Given my engg background and also that I am a Post Merger Consultant has allowed me to look at Ops very closely (aka - Day 1 readiness, Day 100 P/E, Valuation etc).

• You come from an overrepresented demographic in the MBA applicant pool, and one that scores disproportionately high on the GMAT. Typically, I recommend 700+ on the overall score and 80%+ on both the verbal and quantitative sides. You might consider this the bare minimum for the top programs. You’d have to score much higher than that to truly distinguish yourself from your demographic cohorts, but I think you have strong experience.

Regarding this i have a question:
- Will the admission officers consider me in the same pool of Indian IT Males? If yes then perhaps the thin line is on the question of citizenship. I am a permanent resident of EU, is that of no value?
- Also i speak business fluent German, cracked case studies for Management Consulting firms in German language, I would definitely not know a lot of foreigners keep aside Indians who can do this. Is that also of no value for Ad Com?


• Which compels me to ask: you have strong experience – it doesn’t jump out at my why you truly need an MBA to pursue your career goals. Paint a picture that cohesively ties together your past, present, and future. Demonstrate to the admissions committees that your desired career path necessitates an MBA. Identify the specific gaps that stand between you and your short- and long-term goals (knowledge, skills, experiences, network, etc.) and show how business school would directly address those gaps.
- yes surely there are some gaps, I will be explaining it coherantly in my "Why MBA Essay"!
- I would also like to add that I aspire to achieve a lot and to me an MBA is not just about getting a higher role or higher pay, in effect i believe 2 years sharing classroom and dorm room with future leaders can change a lot the way perhaps I will look at the world. Given the quality education i will be in a good position to utilize my skill set and perhaps build a great venture for emerging markets


Warm Regards from Swiss


Best of luck!
Brian
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2012, 09:51
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Hello showstopper, thanks for your follow up.

I am sorry that I do not know the answer to your question about EU citizenship. It would seem inaccurate for the adcoms to lump you in with every other Indian IT male, but at the end of the day, if your main citizenship is in India, then that’s perhaps what would happen. That said, I do not pretend to know this answer!

I agree with your point about why you want to get an MBA (e.g., sharing a classroom with future leaders) – just make sure that you paint a clear picture of the specific things you will get out of an MBA that will bring you closer to your specific career goals.

Best of luck!
Brian

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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2012, 01:32
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