I would like to Thank the people behind this great Forum for evaluating our profiles..I know my track of questions is going to be typically self-centered, but I am hoping that more can come out of this discussion...At the very least it could help me make up my mind whether or not to take the next step..So here it goes..
Experience: 3.5 years
Industry: Environmental Consulting (mostly working in Water Resources)
Leadership Experience: Lead teams of Engineers and GIS professionals in various phases of a 3.8 million USD MapMod contract (for FEMA and State of Alabama)...Managed smaller projects (less than 20k) for Cleints including cities and Counties...Implemented various initiatives, from more integrated software development to new documenting strategies..etc
Community Work: Habitat for Humanity (Buliding a house in association with the local church)..Partipicant in a Boat race (money raised was given to local charities)..Stream clean up (non-leadership role again)..Middle school tutoring..
Bachelor's: Chemical Engg (Mumbai Univ..58% aggregate)
Master's: Environmental Engg (USC..GPA 3.22/4.00)
GRE:2080/2400 (old format 2003)
Toefl: Yet to appear
Professional Engineer State of Alabama
Cerified Floodplain Manager
Target School: NYU Stern Part-time (plan to transfer to our Princeton office)
I reckon that presents a complete picture of what I have done with my life so far..The reason I want to get an MBA now is to give me an extra edge over everyone else..My office Environment is very competetive..we are grwoing by leaps and bounds I have been sort of pushed into this because of decisions made by others and also my need to stay competetive..Maybe not the best reasons but its true..
What do my chances look like? Is Part time more competetive than full-time MBA..I am only looking at Univ where my company has a working growing office..I do not plan to switch companies..NYU is probably my best choice in that scenario and I would love some feedback as to whether or not I have a chance and if yes what kind of strategy should I develop to sell myself...
Looking forward to a frank and brutal evalutaion
I am usually in the unpleasant position of reminding Indian applicants that they are being overoptimistic about their odds of getting into their dream schools because of their tough demographic. So it's a relief to be able to tell you that I think your profile stands out from your "tough demographic" and that you appear to be shortchanging your odds. I think you could conceivably get into NYU's full-time program and if it must be New York City then you might as well apply to Columbia too. I say this because your GMAT is excellent, your industry and location (Alabama) are both distinctive, you have decent community involvement, and you have team and project management experience. So your strategy should be to emphasize the above noted strengths and underscore your distinctiveness--educate them about your job and industry, tell them about adjusting to life in the Deep South etc. One piece of advice: give them extremely focused, savvy, well-vetted reasons for needing the MBA. Office competition is not good enough.
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