Thanks for reaching out to me. here are my answers to your questions.
1 – the online diplomas and certifications that you pursued are not going to affect you negatively. These experiences are in no significant way comparable to the experiential education and relationships that you will build through a top MBA. In fact, you could spin your diplomas and certifications as necessary for you to be successful in your current roles. It is this success that has brought about greater self-awareness and solidified your goals. now you are ready for a more formal experience that will bridge the gaps you still have in your skill set – of course this requires an MBA.
2 – I think you are getting caught up in the nuances of "entrepreneurism". As you know there is not one set definition of entrepreneurial experience. Consider this - is working at your own startup and by yourself inherently better than creating a new business unit within a larger corporation? I would say no for a number of reasons. Creating change in a corporate environment is extremely hard, especially if you are a younger employee and do not hold a senior title. if you can pull off significant lasting change, that is impressive, especially if it is backed up in your recommendations. Executing change it your own small company you started could be viewed as much easier. You hold all the cards and call all the shots, especially on a small team or no team at all. Also, it is my belief that individual startups are viewed with less credibility by the admissions committee, especially at there is no significant revenue or years in business. Put another way, anyone can say they started the business and that they are an entrepreneur.
3 – Based on the limited amount of information I have about you, I do not see anything that overtly tells me you would be competitive at Stanford. I do think that you could be competitive at Wharton. You definitely have the international business background, and I would need to tease out little bit more about how your individual stories could fit into what Wharton asks of you in their essays. This would be reserved for another discussion – if you are interested in holding an initial consultation with any of our consultants, just e-mail me at MBA@amerasiaconsulting.com
4 - you should focus your school search on programs that specialize in operations. But to be honest with you, almost any reputable MBA program will have significant strength in the operations part of their curriculum. Programs like Purdue may be especially known for their operations oriented MBA, so definitely apply there. But also consider programs like MIT Sloan.
Please help me by evaluating my profile:
GMAT - 740 (April 2014)
GPA - 8.23/10
1. Engineering degree in Metallurgical Engineeing from one of India's Top 30 Engineering Colleges
2. Diploma in Entrpreneurship and Business Management (1 year online)
3. Post graduate certificate in Project Management ( online)
- 1+ year in Oil and gas, working for India's largest downstream company
- 5 years in metal industry- managing a business unit of a small business enterprise partly owned by my father. Involved in production management, product costing and viability analysis and business turnaround
Office bearer of various professional organizations like American society of metals and indian institute of metals.
No voluntary work since 2010
Michigan - Ross
MIT LGO program
1. I have pursued the aforementioned programs pertaining to business management. Will it affect my application in any way?
2. I am not a first generation entrepreneur. Though I have worked like an entrepreneur ( starting a business unit from scratch, managing entire operations of the unit) i have been an employee in the business. In this case, will my experience be considered an entrepreneurial experience or not? How important or useful is an entrepreneurial experience?
3. With my profile, is it logical to apply to wharton or Stanford?
4. I wish to work for a management consultancy, as a person specializing in operations and manufacturing management. Shoudl I apply to colleges which are known for operations management or to those known for general management and strategy? Specifically, Purdue-krannert is highly ranked for operations. But is out of the Top 30 band that I am targetting. Should I apply to Purdue?Posted from my mobile device
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