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Profile Evaluation Gmat 730 [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 08:49
Hi Linda/Team,

I know I am probably jumping the gun here but still would be glad if you all can help me with your insights :

1) Brief description of your full-time work experience. What do you do?

Currently working as a ERP (SAP) developer at one of TATA firms with my client being TATA MOTORS.As a developer,I am responsible for visiting business(vendor as well as Client),understand their requirements , submit a Solution Proposal , approve it and then implement the same in ERP. I am responsible for the Production planning(PP) as well as the sales and Distribution (SD ) module.On deputation and will complete one year at TATA MOTORS this december.

2) Your GMAT.

Not given the GMAT yet . Have been preparing for CAT exams(one of the toughest exams in INDIA for getting Admissions to the IIMs')off and on for a few months and after being humiliated by CAT for the second time ,I just took up a PowerPrep test and scored 730.Have decided to give the GMAT next year after a thorough preparation of 6-7 months so as to leave nothing to chance. Expect scores to be 770+.

3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.

10th - 94 percent.
12th - 75 percent :( (Did my college(11th and 12th grade) from the best and top ranked govt. college from my state,which accepts students with cut-off being 91 percent in 10th . )
Undergraduation : Bachelors in Computer Science from Birla Institute Of Technology with a GPA of 7.02 on a 10 scale
Birla Institute Of Technology has been ranked 13th in India by India today,15th by rediff and 10th by other magazines

4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.

Loads of extra curriculars at school level (many quizzes, debates etc). Have won the first Prize in an inter school level competition,have a distinction certificate from MACMILLAN PUBLISHERS Australia in an interstate aptitude assessment test.

Moderate ECs' at college level which include 4 years of Volunteering for the National Social Service( a highly funded Govt. Of India initiative),teaching underprivileged students, construction shelter homes and in general having being the committee member for different festivals.Other service include regular blood donation to Hospitals all over the state.

NIL ECs' after college/during employment : 7 days of office doesn't leave me with enough time and energy to involve in anything.Though I am humbled to say that exercises and discipline saw me from being an obese(110 kgs ) to moderately fit now (80 kgs) and its where I had been striving hard for the past 8 months and it paid :-D .Have been involved in blood donation camps here at TATA MOTORS.

Currently I am learning Cantonese from an institute. Knowing English,Odiya,Bengali,Hindi and Cantonese will propel me to a position where I speak the language of over 30 percent of the world's population.

5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.

None as of now, though I am at the fundamentals of Supply Chain Management courses from COURSERA. Plan to have a certificate by next year end.

6) Your target programs. Please note that my experience is with the top MBA programs (FT, PT, EMBA, Sloan Fellows) around the world. If the programs you are targeting are not listed here, I may not respond due to lack of time.

It was love at first sight with Supply chain management and logistics management. My daily work revolves around these where i develop solutions for TATA MOTORS.
At present I am fairly certain of where I want to be (I can pinpoint exact positions for my ST and LT goals). Companies (Renault,toyota,amazon,TATA,Mahindra,Harley-davidson , Boeing et all) have highly invested in SAP ERP and the gains are massive from these.

7) When you plan to apply? Please specify round and application cycle, for example R1 2013-14 or R3 2012-13.

This is where I am floundering a bit.
I have shortlisted 8 colleges to apply (towards the end of 2014 after giving Gmat,so that I would have 3 years of Work-ex by the time I join colleges if any)
List in order of preference is :

Kellog school (MMM program) --- this is what suites me best.Their website says :- "MMM offers a host of hands-on learning experiences inside and outside the classroom, including the capstone Integration Project. The Integration Project has students focus on end-to-end solutions at major corporations, such as Nissan, Harley Davidson, John Deere, Mayo Clinic, Herman Miller, Kohler, Wrigley, Vera Bradley and Abbott."

and this is what interests me. I have been implementing end to end cycles of PP and SD for about a year now and in an manufacturing/automobile sector.

Fuqua

Yale

Stern

Tepper

Booth.

Will be applying to Stanford and Wharton just for the heck of it.

8) Your post-MBA goal.


Well i can probably write an Essay on this, but will cut to the chase. Short term goal is to be operations manager/operations Director/SCM director in a Manufacturing firm (preferably Automobile sector) while long term would be the position of a Chief technology officer at an automobile firm.Super long term goal are something which is close to my heart . I will gain immensely from the knowledge and experience from handling the operations/Logistics of a large organisation which can be effectively put to use for my Super LTG.( i know exactly what i am going to do but will keep it to myself :-D )

Weaknesses at this point :

1. 1 year of work-ex though since its only by 2015 I plan to join a Bschool.
2. Lack of leadership experience : - This is something i can't help. My company follows a policy where one is promoted only after 3 years to a team Lead.Though i have leadership experience at personal levels
3.Lack of International Work Ex : - Since I am already working at the Client site,there is little scope here. Though My company also has clients like Jaguar,landrover,crysler etc, their portfolio is relatively meek. TATA MOTORS contributes more than 80 percent to my firm's revenues and the scale of operations are huge. Hence Want to stick with this.

Any thoughts ?
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Re: Profile Evaluation Gmat 730 [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2013, 22:25
Hi Cindy/Linda,

Is my profile that bad? No reply yet ! :(
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Re: Profile Evaluation Gmat 730 [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2013, 07:35
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It’s great that your thoughtfully putting together the “big picture” of your candidacy at this early point. It’s also great that your goals are well defined. Some miscellaneous tips and responses:

• Since you have the time, DO prepare to achieve a high GMAT, it will help a lot.
• You say there’s a lack of leadership opportunities at your work – but everyone can find or create informal leadership opportunities – where you see a need or a chance to improvement of some sort and take initiative.
• Ensure that your work performance will make you stand out and reflect outstanding achievement and impact relative to your accomplished peers.
• Consider taking an online course such as accounting and earning an A.
• Put further thought into your schools list – I wonder why you don’t have MIT or Michigan?
• Global exposure: If you can’t get this through your work, then take some initiative to study global SC issues on your own and show this learning and initiative in your applications.

Given how much is still up in the air, in terms of potential career progress and GMAT, it’s difficult to project competitiveness. IF you score high on GMAT and develop a work track record that distinguishes you, I’d consider your target schools appropriate – a mix of on-pars and reasonable reaches.
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