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I need some help from the experts and other members of this forum , before I begin to apply for B schools around the world in Fall 2014 so that I can get matriculated by 2015 . As Marketing and HR appeal to me , I would like to pursue those when I am doing my MBA.
Any suggestions and advices in this direction would be very helpful.
I am a 25 year old Indian citizen currently in India with a work experience of 3.5 years in the IT field. Below are the details:
Work Exp ( at time of posting)
3.5 years of work experience in an IT company (subsidiary of HP ) . I have worked in a Banking project that specifically deals with mortgages and loans for 1.0 years. I then moved onto another project ina different vertical where my team dealt with handling transactions for a manufacturing company. As of now I have completed 2.5 years with the project.
Despite my CGPA I got hired with a salary package that is way above average in my university as the recruiters were more impressed by my leadership and extra curricular skills (detail below) , which are not exactly seen in most Indian engineers.
Electronics engineering from NIT Warangal India (Consistently ranked 1st among all the NITs in India and is considered better than few IITs as well) with a CGPA of 6.3 / 10 .
GMAT 680 (Q 47 V 35)
Quizzing - Appeared on premier Indian TV channel twice in a hotly contested International Inter school quiz contest . I have also Represented my school in many country level quizzing events and won those events as well.
I am into public speaking and debating right from my high school days. This interest in debating led me to participate in Model United nations events (Most famous MUN attended is Georgetown University MUN -Middle East) . This love for MUN took a different turn as I became more interested in running MUNs rather than participating in MUNs as a delegate. I got that opportunity to co-found and manage the first MUN society in my college making our society the first MUN related club in all IITs and NITs in India. MUNs are never usually held in engineering colleges unlike how MUNs are held in Law and Humanities universities. MUNs are not popular among engineering students as the strengths required for participating in MUNs (debating, extensive knowledge of the world and UN, diplomacy etc ) are not considered important to become an engineer. THis is valid as Indian engineering institutions are notorious for producing many graduates who are not well versed in different arts of communication and problem solving. The NIT MUN was a first in that regard among NITs where we could educate engineering students on developing other skills that can enhance their profiles . The event began in its first year as a Intra college event . The second year onwards we scaled up the event to involve students from other colleges around the country. By the time I graduated attendances for the MUN conference grew by more than 100%.
I was elected the Headboy (Student president) of my school , which had around 10000 students at the time of my graduation. Also I was the first headboy to be elected to that position as earlier the head boy selection was completely under the hands of School administration. As the headboy I was in charge of a student body consisting of 8 secretaries and another 20 prefects . It was the job of my team to maintain discipline and run various school events. I was the face of the students whenever different dignitaries visited my school.
I ran the Model United Nations event and managed it with my colleague. We were able to kickstart an interest in an event that is not considered important in engineering colleges. We handled the collection of funds, getting sponsors and suitably marketing the event through both online and physical media.I handled issues such as red-tapism since government funded universities are infamous for having a lot.
Other + International Exposure details
I was brought up in Qatar , Middle east till the age of 18. In Qatar I was able to learn about people and cultures from different parts of the world. I have good knowledge of different aspects of life and in the Middle East because of this . I was brought up in a land where life was comparatively more ordered and systematic . I was exposed to different global values , trends and ways of business in those years in Qatar. My life was safe and secure in Qatar.
As soon as I graduated school, I went to study in India and I began to learn about things in life that were diametrically opposite to what I had seen in Qatar . In India I learned about various issues that human beings encounter. I saw chaos that I haven't seen in my life till then. I encountered corruption, betrayal by best friends, hazing/ragging and many other life defining moments while I studied in NIT Warangal, which is located in an insurgency prone area. I learned a lot about how things in India work and moves along despite the inherent chaos one sees in the system. I learned the values of frugality and how to work and live sustainably . Thus the two different experiences I had till now taught me many things about life and business that I am applying in my life currently.
In short Weakness IMO: CGPA Strength IMO : Leadership experience and my extra curricular skills So- So IMO : GMAT score
Please help me evaluate my profile and do correct my assumptions about myself.
Profile evaluation Help ! Needed
12 Aug 2014, 06:46