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Concentration: Strategy, Operations
Schools: ISB '15
GMAT 1: 720 Q48 V40
GPA: 3.18
WE: Supply Chain Management (Manufacturing)
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Profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 01 May 2012, 23:07
Hi,
I am planning to apply to various MBA programs for their fall 2014 or 2015 intake.
At present I have only 10 months work-ex under my belt...by the time I plan to start MBA , I should have 3 to 4 years of work -ex.
Demographics: Indian/female/age 22
Acads: GPA 7.96/10 (approx 3.18 on a 4 point scale) in Electrical Engineering, GMAT 720(Q48,V40)
Work ex: working as a Project Manager in a Power and Automation manufacturing company(fortune 500 )
Extra-curricular: involved in freelance writing work for small-scale web companies, was a part of Literary and Debate club in college(i dont have any certificate to show for it though), Have a diploma in Bharatnatyam(an Indian classical dance form)...I write a lot but I guess I cant put blogs in my application...
I am planning to start community service work from later this month....should've 1.5 to 2.5 years by the time i apply...

My questions:
1) My math grades in college courses were sub-par :mostly C s....do I need to attend some extra classes to make up for that or is a 48 in GMAT quant sufficient? I am not really bad at Math....just didnt study in first year of college...If I do need to attend classes...will online classes do? Alternatively,should I get any certification courses? If yes, Can you suggest any?
2) Is it really realistic to plan to apply next year (for 2014 intake) ? Will 3 years work ex be sufficient? Assuming I stay in the same place I am right now,(not much scope of a 'promotion' for a fresher like me...)....what do I need to do to show that I DO have leadership skills?

I'm interested in a Marketing/strategy profile post-MBA....and of-course my dream school would be Kellogg....but I dont think I can ever improve my profile to be good enough for a top school like Kellogg....which schools do you think I have a realistic chance of getting admitted to ?

Thanks and looking forward to your suggestions,
Upasana
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Re: Profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 02 May 2012, 12:27
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Hi upasanadatta,

If you did receive C's in many of your undergraduate classes, you should address this on your application. First, here is a case study of an applicant with a low GPA who was accepted into Chicago Booth and Columbia: http://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehens ... ies/case5/

If you decide to take outside classes, when you sign up for classes don’t worry too much about the prestige of the school. Business schools understand that you may not have a world class university nearby, and need a convenient option. So you should worry less about the school, and more about the coursework.

For your leadership experience, have you considered looking for opportunities outside of work?

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Joined: 16 Sep 2011
Posts: 181
Concentration: Strategy, Operations
Schools: ISB '15
GMAT 1: 720 Q48 V40
GPA: 3.18
WE: Supply Chain Management (Manufacturing)
Followers: 13

Kudos [?]: 36 [0], given: 34

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Re: Profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 02 May 2012, 22:04
Hi!
Thanks for the quick reply...as I said , my gpa is 3.18/4....thats not exactly low....do i still need to do attend some classes? Will online classes do?

Also, when you say 'leadership outside work' , what does that mean? Does community service count as 'leadership'?
Thanks ,
Upasana
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