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1. UGPA- 60%-Bachelors in Mechanical Eng. Work Exp before Grad school-2 yrs
2. GGPA-3.71, Master in Industrial Eng, Work Exp after MS-3.5 yrs till day, 4.5 yrs on entering May 2010 + 9months internship
Total Work Experience upon entering MBA: 6.5 yrs (2 +4.5, not including internship) Diverse Experience: Automotive Technology + Medical Technology. Both Fortune 300 companies
Product Development Engineer. (Automotive technology) Sr. Product Project leader (Promoted within 20months) Sr. Quality Engineer (Changed Industry and location, due to marriage)
3. Extracurricular: Certified ASQ Green Belt- Six Sigma (2009) Took part in Business Plan Competition at JHU (Semi- finalist) (2009) Many Leadership award for volunteer work (After MS ) (2007, 2008) International Public Debate Association National Season Champion (2004) Third Prize for Business Plan competition (2004) Lot of progressive Awards for leadership activities at undergraduate.Too many to list them here. (2001-2003)
4. Still working on giving GMAT. Average Practice GmatPrep score: 670-720
Plan to switch career tracks- Marketing, Strategy, Finance, M&A, Consulting,
My questions: 1. Advice on getting on above schools individually? (Pretty please) 2. What GMAT score should I target to be a great candidate for above schools, considering low UGPA. 3. Which other schools should I consider?
Re: Profile Evaluation - Great Leadership skills/Good GCPA [#permalink]
29 Jun 2009, 17:27
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You really need to get a 700 minimum (ideally above 80th percentile in both Q and V), and the higher above that the better. I like your profile. As has been stated, you successfully escape the crowded "Male Indian IT" box. For Columbia, emphasize leadership, for Kellogg your extracurriculars, for LBS and INSEAD your international profile, and for Cornell and Oxford work hard to sell them that you really want to go to their programs (since they don't have the institutional egos of the other schools in your list).
In terms of other schools, consider Duke, Darden, Michigan,UCLA, and Indiana. These are all excellent programs but not as competitive (for the most part) as the "usual suspects."
B-schools will evaluate all your extracurriculars from college on. The ones they will value most are the involvements that lasted longest over time, are ideally ongoing, and where you had the greatest impact and biggest leadership opportunities. Everything else being equal, a strong extracurricular involvement that is ongoing will have greater weight than one that ended 3 months ago, which will have greater weight than one from college.