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Profile Evaluation - a 30yr+ Indian IT Male 730 (Q49/V40).

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Joined: 14 Jun 2012
Posts: 27
Concentration: Strategy, Technology
Schools: Goizueta '15 (D)
GMAT 1: 640 Q47 V32
GMAT 2: 640 Q47 V32
GMAT 3: 730 Q49 V40
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
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Profile Evaluation - a 30yr+ Indian IT Male 730 (Q49/V40). [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2013, 09:00
I am a prospective Class of 2016 applicant for the full-time program. I am interested in the Full-time program so i can switch my career into strategy consulting. I fully understand how important an internship is for career-switchers.

Basics:
A 34 year young Indian male working in ERP System Implementation(IT) in USA. (will be 35 @ matriculation & 37 at graduation).

GMAT: 730 (Q49, V40, AWA 4, IR 8) (3rd Attemp.)
640 (Q47/V32) in both my earlier attempts.
GPA: 70% - Instrumentation Engineering. (From a non-IIT University) 5th in a class of 30.

Work Experience: 12+ yrs
8 of those 12 years have been in USA.
Finance System Implementation lead in multiple projects with some highly recognizable companies in many sectors. (FCMG/Energy/Telecom/Leasing)

Other Interests/Extracurricular activities:
Manage a personal portfolio of single-family real estate properties.
A failed Software as a Service venture in the past.
Volunteer for Habitat For Humanity locally in NJ.
Led a team of 10 students in AksharaJyothi, a literacy awareness campaign during my undergrad. We imparted basic literacy skills to economically underprivileged women who were working as daily agricultural labor. The training program was conducted in the evenings to ensure their livelihood is not affected.

ST/LT Goals : Work in the strategy consulting for 2-4 years Post-MBA and transition into a general management role and grow in the organization. Prefer to move to the south/south west after MBA. School location is not much of a concern. Support to young family is also a consideration. (Wife & a 14 months old son)

Target Schools:
Tuck (EA) - Love this school. Small class-size, in the woods, heavy general management focus, and strong placements into Consulting & Finance.
Duke (Rd1)
Ross (Rd1)
Darden (Rd2)
Johnson (Rd2)

Also on the radar:
Wharton - i know this is an absolute stretch but you cannot achieve what you cannot dream/try for.
McCombs/Tepper/Kenan-Flagler - May be reaches.

Please evaluate my profile and any advise on the app strategy & school selection are highly appreciated.

Regards
Adi
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Re: Profile Evaluation - a 30yr+ Indian IT Male 730 (Q49/V40). [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2013, 02:33
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Hey there Adi,
I'm afraid I don't have the best of news for you my friend, but I prefer to tell it like it is. You are gonna have a tough time at most of the schools you are applying at. You are not only from a huge and mega-competitive pool, but you have 12 years in Tech (without any leadership?) plus are far on the older side of things. ANY of those two would make it tough for you to get into Top schools.

From what I see here, your extra activities are "middle-of-the-road" and although you have some good stuff, nothing that (at least for the moment) jumps off the page. Tuck and Duke will likely be as hard as Wharton, and although you surely can apply if it is your dream, you are betting on long odds... Even the other schools on your list will not necessarily be easy given your applicant pool and age, so if your objective is to change your career, you should perhaps open yourself up to more Tier 2 schools.

Otherwise, I think you may run the risk for not getting an accept, and at your age, I don't know how much risk you want to take on that, because every year it will become tougher.

What are your thoughts, dude?
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