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Profile Evaluation - GMAT 710 - Target top 20 B-Schools

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Joined: 21 Jun 2011
Posts: 13
Location: United States
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
GMAT 1: 710 Q50 V38
GPA: 3.91
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
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Profile Evaluation - GMAT 710 - Target top 20 B-Schools [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 07:24
Hello Everyone!

I am a 28 yrs old female from Delhi, India with the following profile:
    Applying for B-schools for fall 2012.
    GMAT (92%) - 710 (Q 50 - 92%, V 38 - 83%)
    Did my Computer Science Engineering from Kurukshetra University, - Not very proud of this school! Though I was a good student and scored a 76% - and am not sure how to convert this to GPA!
    Have been working for the past 6 years in IT industry performing different roles. Though I have worked mainly as a programmer,I have been involved in sales and marketing. I also worked as a Business analyst - a link between the users and the development team.
    Of the 6 years, i have been working in the US for the past 3 years for different projects, in different domains - from energy to utilities. Well, not that it matters, also in different cities!
    I also did marketing of an online game -wotld - worldofthelivingdead. This was not a part of any job, I did this for a friend. I applied various marketing strategies to increase the number of users of the game from a few hundreds to 2000.

Extra curricular:
Did volunteering work for the blind in Bangalore, India
Was an active member of the undergrad school's event organizing committee.

I am planning on applying to
    Texas A&M - Mays
    UT at Austin - McCombs
    Rice University

Need to figure out a few "safe/reachable" schools. Any ideas on which could be these so called "safe" schools for my profile?

I am not so sure about my GMAT score being enough given my profile. I have been reading that since hordes of IT professionals are applying to business schools, my chances are pretty low. I do believe in my abilities and personality, but sometimes one has to be realistic.

So all advice is welcome!!! Thanks in advance for your time!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT 710 - Target top 20 B-Schools [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2011, 03:33

Since you are aiming for top schools then a score above 700 is desirable. However GMAT alone won’t determine your chances of admission; beyond the academics will also help you in determining your candidature and your work experience plays a vital role as well. In general most of the Indian applicants are from engineering background with a good 4-5 years of work experience. So you would need to differentiate yourself from others .

Start thinking what makes you unique and what’s that ‘hook’ that will be key to your application. Make sure you follow the ‘show rather than tell’ principle so that the admissions committee could really understand your strengths and differentiating factors Although it is not just the work experience that counts but also what you did there like-what were your achievements, what initiative you took, what changes you drove in your workplace etc. So you need to ensure that in 6 years of work experience you have demonstrated the skills business schools are looking for. This could still put in a strong set of essays for you.

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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT 710 - Target top 20 B-Schools [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2011, 12:41
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Hey there!
Your school list is well built. If someone advised you there, thank them! And if you did yourself, pat yourself on the back. You have some schools that are your dream schools (Booth Kellogg), you have some where you have good chances (Rice, Texas) and then one school in the middle (Austin). If you have time and energy I would add two three more schools to maximize your chances (Maybe Anderson, Tepper, UNC, all of which are in the competitive range).

In your application you are gonna have to push really hard to make all your extra curriculars and leadership and business stuff stick out because obviously writing stories about coding is not gonna work so well :)

Best of luck to ya!

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