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PROFILE EVALUATION GMAT 700

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PROFILE EVALUATION GMAT 700 [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2013, 11:06
Good day,

Kindly do the evaluation of my profile

M 34, INDIA.

GMAT : 700 ( Q 47, V 40)


College : BITS PILANI ,
CGPA : 8.15 / 10 ( Most of the grades are good or excellent, 3 grades are fair)
Major : B.S. Nautical science( distance learning)
Year of graduation : 2006.
Mode of learning : Distance learning
As stated above I completed B.S. Nautical science through distance learning to attain a formal university B.S. degree. Although the course is a 4 year ( 8 semester course), I got a wavier of 2 semester on basis of my professional experience. I could complete the course in 3 years.

Professional qualification : Master ( FG)

Apart my formal B.S. degree, I hold Masters ( FG) licence to work on merchant ships as Master. Obtaining a Master's licence requires lot of studies, although these studies are not graded but the studies follow a standard IMO model ( United nations approved model), which requires a process of 7 to 8 years minimum and which includes lots of studies( studies which include class attendance and some very strict exams.)


Work Experience

Iam working as Captain of merchant ships, a job which requires lot of leadership skills.
Total work experience( all ranks included) : 11 years + (4 years training),
Right from being a cadet and finally to become a Captain of a ship requires a keen focus on leadership skills.
Main points
1) My core competence is in oil and gas( I have mostly worked on or commanded oil and gas ships) .
3) Worked and interacted with people from at least 40 different nations( all continents included except Alaska). Also traveled to all continents ( except Alaska) for work.
4) Lead teams with people from at least 20 different nations.( though all may not be included at same time)
5) A strong team player,my primary work is to motivate people and get some of the toughest work from them in most challenging conditions.
6) I am among the the first few Indian mariners to work on LNG ships and was instrumental in first successful technology transfer of LNG transportation to leading Indian National company.




Target schools for full time MBA ( order does not matter)

1) Harvard ( DREAM)
2) Stanford
3) Wharton
4) MIT / Sloan
5) Kellogs
6) Columbia
7) Chicago Booth
8) Tuck
9) NYU Stern
10) Yale
11) Haas
12) INSEAD
13) Mccombs
14) Rice/ Jones
15) Duke


MY USP : What I bring on table is something very unique, an experience of management of merchant ships. The job requires to manage people, trade, and budget in efficient ways to maintain high standards of safety, security and commerce ( client satisfaction).
This work is very different from the work of a typical military / naval officer or commander.
We do few of most dangerous works with out fear of being court marshaled. Such works are either can be done with military style rules and hierarchy or can be done with some very strong team play.
There are many other aspects of my job and experience that I will put in my applications and essays. The list is endless ...

My future Goals : To learn the general buisness management, learning that will enable me to culminate my experience and knowledge to set up a consultancy firm . This sort of consultancy will cater to oil companies, energy traders, and banks for managing and securing key elements of energy transportation.

Based on above kindly advise my chances in various listed schools

1) Strech
2) Competitive
3) Safe


P.S. : I understand my age is on higher side, but when does age has stopped us from dreaming and achieving something big.


Tks and Brgds
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Re: PROFILE EVALUATION GMAT 700 [#permalink] New post 12 May 2013, 21:00
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Hi,

Thanks for your patience and very sorry for my delayed response. Thank you for a fairly thorough description of your profile, experiences, and background. There are a lot of positives in your potential MBA application:

-strong work experience (quantity & quality)
-leadership roles
-teamwork
-international experience
-slightly less traditional background & degree
-so far your goals sound solid and seem to fit in with your past experiences, (you would just need to further make this case more solidly in the essays and interview)

Based on the info you provided, no glaring weaknesses per se, but several questions would come up in the admissions committee’s minds, chief of which being: do you NEED the MBA?? So your main priority in your application would be to create a compelling case for why you need the MBA, why your goals make sense for your career and the MBA, and why NOW. The GMAT is respectable, could be stronger to help you stand out more from the crowd, fyi.

The unknowns and deciding factors will really be the application essays (and eventually interview if you get to that stage) which we cannot comment on at this point obviously, but those will be key for you.

As for schools, based on the list you provided, and very GENERALLY: Stanford especially, and Harvard & Wharton would be your ‘stretch’ schools for sure. There is no strict ‘line’ or cut-off as you move down the list of competitive schools, for example Kellogg, MIT, Columbia etc are almost as competitive as Harvard/Wharton. If you have a look at the US News & World Report MBA rankings, you can scan average GMAT scores down the list and for the most part as you look down the list the competitiveness for the admissions process is reduced slightly the lower you go down the list. On your list, Mccombs & Rice would likely be least competitive, next tier up possibly Yale & Duke, but again it’s a sliding scale.

What you DO want to do is research these schools more, as there are a lot of differences among programs—what is a given school known for, in terms of specialties and strengths but also student culture and philosophy, frequent recruiters, specific types of projects and programs, connections, etc. Read the websites carefully, review guides about the schools, get in touch with current students and alum, read blogs, and visit if possible for any. Most people find they have enough time to apply to 3-4 schools, but many more than that and you are often sacrificing quality for quantity, as each application requires tailoring and a lot of time.

Hope this helps. Good luck!
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Re: PROFILE EVALUATION GMAT 700 [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2013, 22:20
mbaMissionMili wrote:
Hi,

Thanks for your patience and very sorry for my delayed response. Thank you for a fairly thorough description of your profile, experiences, and background. There are a lot of positives in your potential MBA application:

-strong work experience (quantity & quality)
-leadership roles
-teamwork
-international experience
-slightly less traditional background & degree
-so far your goals sound solid and seem to fit in with your past experiences, (you would just need to further make this case more solidly in the essays and interview)

Based on the info you provided, no glaring weaknesses per se, but several questions would come up in the admissions committee’s minds, chief of which being: do you NEED the MBA?? So your main priority in your application would be to create a compelling case for why you need the MBA, why your goals make sense for your career and the MBA, and why NOW. The GMAT is respectable, could be stronger to help you stand out more from the crowd, fyi.

The unknowns and deciding factors will really be the application essays (and eventually interview if you get to that stage) which we cannot comment on at this point obviously, but those will be key for you.

As for schools, based on the list you provided, and very GENERALLY: Stanford especially, and Harvard & Wharton would be your ‘stretch’ schools for sure. There is no strict ‘line’ or cut-off as you move down the list of competitive schools, for example Kellogg, MIT, Columbia etc are almost as competitive as Harvard/Wharton. If you have a look at the US News & World Report MBA rankings, you can scan average GMAT scores down the list and for the most part as you look down the list the competitiveness for the admissions process is reduced slightly the lower you go down the list. On your list, Mccombs & Rice would likely be least competitive, next tier up possibly Yale & Duke, but again it’s a sliding scale.

What you DO want to do is research these schools more, as there are a lot of differences among programs—what is a given school known for, in terms of specialties and strengths but also student culture and philosophy, frequent recruiters, specific types of projects and programs, connections, etc. Read the websites carefully, review guides about the schools, get in touch with current students and alum, read blogs, and visit if possible for any. Most people find they have enough time to apply to 3-4 schools, but many more than that and you are often sacrificing quality for quantity, as each application requires tailoring and a lot of time.

Hope this helps. Good luck!
Mili





Mili Mittal
Senior Consultant
http://www.mbamission.com
 
Read the mbaMission Insider's Guides (16 individual school titles)
 
Download [url=http:// http://info.mbamission.com/MBA-Personal-Statement-Guide/]mbaMission’s Free Personal Statement Guide[/url]
 
Visit the mbaMission Blog
 
Follow mbaMission on Twitter



Good day Mili,

Many thanks for the evaluation. I would certainly keep all the advice in mind while applying to any college.
Actually I am trying to choose 6 colleges for my R1 battle. Based on the information provided by you fine professionals, I intend to apply in following programs

1) Harvard ( This is the battle I will fight even against all odds)
2) MIT ( all round presence, not averse to older candidates and bigger class size)
3) Booth ( Higher ranking, bigger class size, not averse to older candidates and all round presence)
4) Yale
5) ______ ( Not decided, tied on Haas/ Ross/ NYU stern)
6) Mc comb's ( Strong presence in energy sector ).

I think handling more than six programs will reduce the quality.

Regarding retaking GMAT, I will riding on high seas for next 4 months so its virtually ruled out. I will live with a 700.
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Re: PROFILE EVALUATION GMAT 700 [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2013, 17:18
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Wishing you good luck on your upcoming applications! Tackling 6 applications for R1 is very ambitious... be sure that, as you mentioned, you do not sacrifice quality for quantity. ;) It's important to tailor the applications to each program. If you have any interest in speaking in more depth with a consultant for an initial profile eval and discussion, we do offer free initial 30 min consultations, btw; if interested you can check that out at http://www.mbamission.com/consult.php.

Good luck and keep us posted!
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