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Profile Evaluation - for Schulich/Queens/Ivey [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2009, 11:39
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27 year old south asian, Canadian PR

B.Com, McGill University, Info Sys Major, Marketing Concentration, GPA 3.33/4.0 (last two years 3.75)
Masters Certificate in Business Analysis, York University, Canada (Currently doing this part-time)

Member of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), Canada

No GMAT, got 530 in practice (I know its horrible...:()

Work experience: (Almost 5 years)
Business Systems Analyst, HEWITT ASSOCIATES, Toronto, Canada. April 2008 – Present.

• Lead the Business Analyst initiative for the Hewitt Toronto Technology Group with coordination with Hewitt Global Technology Solutions including research, transform and adapting industry best practices on technology, process and documentation related to business analysis.
• Work with client to discuss complex technical requirements, set client expectations, manage client involvement in analysis to gather & analyze business requirements and define system & functional requirements.
• Co-ordinate and lead requirements phases of projects in a project oriented environment following industry approved methodology and project plans, perform financial, risk and workflow analysis, update project plans accordingly and report status updates to senior project managers in a systematic manner.
• Define and develop test plans for implementation and development projects.
• Identify & analyze system gaps, design & program automation tools and prototypes for Hewitt Systems.
• Provide guidance and training to the development and business on the requirements process. Also manage junior analysts by coordinating requirement project tasks and gather periodic reports on project progress.
• Mentor systems analysts including coaching, leveraging team talent, providing performance feedback, and reinforcing behaviors that support Hewitt's mission, values, policies and guidelines in a virtual, global and on-site environment.

Business Applications Analyst, MERCER, Toronto, Canada. January 2005 – August 2006, August 2007 – March 2008. Benefits Business Analyst, MERCER, Montreal, Canada. September 2006 – July 2007.

• Gathered & analyzed client & user requirements and define business requirements in collaboration with the appropriate specialists at Mercer. Designed & programmed automation tools for implementation projects and wrote user guides for these tools.
• Configured and co-ordinated configuration of Mercer’s Pension and Benefits Systems according to requirements documents.
• Co-ordinated projects and led sub-projects in a project oriented environment following SDLC methodology and project plans, performed financial, risk and workflow analysis, updated project plans accordingly and report status updates to senior project managers in a systematic manner.
• Defined implementation test plans and approved testing using QA expertise.
• Provided guidance to implementation analysts on the implementation process. Mentored junior implementers with job specific training & guidance on implementation process; help them plan their career at Mercer as well as review their job performance.

Computer Analyst and Technician, McGill Medical Information Technology, Montreal, Canada. June 2001 – December 2002, September 2003 – December 2004.
• Attended to Help Desk requests and problems faced by clients – First and Second level support, and Troubleshoot over 1000 networked workstations.
• MedIT General Administration and maintenance of student labs.
• Setup, Manage & Backup servers and managed computers on Domains.

Business Analyst, Technology and Data Solutions, MERCER, Toronto, Canada. January 2003 – August 2003.
• Analyzed company requirements and built customized databases in SQL Server 2000.
• Built Windows and Web-based customized front ends for the users of the databases.
• Created Project proposals and User guides of the web-base front ends.
• Generated customized reports for Crystal Reports and Crystal Reports on the web.
• Coordinated and led on-going projects.

Vounteer Experience
• VP-Finance - Bangladeshi Student Association, McGill University – Organized regular Cultural and Social Activities. Other tasks included Basic Accounting and Budgeting.
• Voluntary Lab Assistant, Task Force (SUS, McGill). Active member of McGill Business Watch, McGill University – Organized projects such as Recycling in the Faculty of Management.
• Junior Scout, St. Joseph High School, Bangladesh - Managed school Science Fairs and Debates, and helped flood victims etc.


I am thinking about going to Schulich or Queeen mainly. Ivey is also an option.

Thank you so much for your input.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - for Schulich/Queens/Ivey [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2009, 20:10
war1000,

You will need to raise your GMAT score into the mid-600s for York and closer to 700 for Queen's. Your career focus seems interesting and distinctive, which works to your benefit. It's not clear how much leadership, informal or otherwise, you have in your current role, however, and your non-work activities don't seem to show a lot of leadership either (correct me if I'm wrong). Still, if you raise your score to their median, you will have a shot at both schools.

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Re: Profile Evaluation - for Schulich/Queens/Ivey [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2009, 06:29
Hi pbodine,

Thanks a lot for your input on my profile!!

I am trying my best to get my GMAT score higher. I am struggling with the verbal section. I think I can hit the 650 range in the next two three weeks. (I got 570 in today's practice exam) Closer to 700 is going to be the hard part. Verbal seems to bring it down on the reading comprehension sections.

I have had a lot of informal leadership roles. In my previous job, at Mercer, I have had two other full-time Business Analysts and 2 co-op students reporting to me with their project work. I was also responsible to train any new co-ops and team members in my team. I have also provided feedback for them during their yearly review. However, I have never done their performance review directly. There were similar situation when I first started working there as well.

In my current job, I have two senior colleagues working with me, who are new BAs. I have been told by my manager to train them as I am the only certified BA in the team (June 2007 - The Business Systems Analysis Certificate Program - Inquestra Learning, Canada, forgot to mention this in the profile above). If I can pull it off, there will be a position open for me as a Lead BA by mid-end of this year.

In terms of volunteering work, I have not done much in Canada. In Bangladesh, however, I was part of a non-profit organization where I did some releif work for flood victims and also distributed warm clothes during winter. I don't have these in my profile (I will put these in). One of my co-workers does fund raising efforts and asked me if I wanted to join. Do you think its a good idea to join in the effort. Will it help me with my applications?

During my school year I also used to work 25-30 hrs/week after taking full time studies. Do you think that helps in any way?

Again thanks a lot for your help and I look forward to your input again...
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Re: Profile Evaluation - for Schulich/Queens/Ivey [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2009, 06:41
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Re: Profile Evaluation - for Schulich/Queens/Ivey [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2009, 09:29
war1000,

Make sure you mention all those informal leadership roles at work in your essays. They do count. The work in Bangladesh won't help to show that you have strong extracurricular leadership, but you should mention those activities in your application. As for the fundraising, do it if it's a cause you support. In terms of improving your B-school profile, the best extracurricular activities are those in which you lead other people or have a directing role in the organization's activities (e.g., sitting on the organization's board). Yes, you should let them know how many hours you had to work during your studies.

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Re: Profile Evaluation - for Schulich/Queens/Ivey [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2010, 00:21
this is good!
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