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Concentration: Strategy, Operations
Schools: ISB '15
GMAT 1: 720 Q48 V40
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profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 02 May 2012, 00:24
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 03 May 2012, 15:49
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Hi, Upasana,

Thanks for your post. Your GMAT score is in the range for top programs. As you mention, your GPA is a little low. Can you show an upward trend as you went through college. Did you do well in math classes after your freshman year? If you can show that progression, it would help. If you are concerned, you could take a quantitative course (accounting, statistics, etc.) and do well in it to have one more data point about your abilities to handle the academic rigors of a business school program.

In terms of years of work experience, it depends on the experience and the program. Most applicants will have 4-5 years of work experience on average. What really matters is what you have accomplished in that time and how it is transferable to your future career goals. You will want to take on projects that demonstrate your initiative and leadership abilities. Think about your career path post-MBA. What skills and experiences can you develop now that will serve as a foundation for that? You can also demonstrate your strengths through your volunteer work and other activities. That helps to demonstrate that you are a well-rounded applicant. You should definitely include your blog writing on your resume. You can include it under an Interests section. Keep working on building out your profile so that Kellogg is within your reach. Other programs you may want to research include NYU Stern and UT Austin.

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Joined: 16 Sep 2011
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Concentration: Strategy, Operations
Schools: ISB '15
GMAT 1: 720 Q48 V40
GPA: 3.18
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Re: profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 03 May 2012, 20:16
mbaMissionSusan wrote:
Hi, Upasana,

Thanks for your post. Your GMAT score is in the range for top programs. As you mention, your GPA is a little low. Can you show an upward trend as you went through college.
Ya my GPA for the 8 semesters in chronological order is as follows: (GPA out of 10): 7.73,7.12, 7 , 8.2, 8, 8.8 ,8.4, 9



Thanks for looking into my profile.....I know it needs a lott of work...but I will try my best... thanks for all the advice :)
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