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...
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,