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Profile Evaluation: Indian, IT, Male

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Senior Manager
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Joined: 28 Apr 2012
Posts: 310
Location: India
GMAT 1: 650 Q48 V31
GMAT 2: 770 Q50 V47
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Followers: 13

Kudos [?]: 198 [0], given: 142

Profile Evaluation: Indian, IT, Male [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2014, 10:15
Hi,

Please evaluate my profile for acceptance with scholarship chances in the listed schools. Also, please recommend if I should include any other school to my list.

Nationality: Indian
Age: 29 (at matriculation)
Total Work Ex: 7 Years or 84 Months (at matriculation) in IT
International Ex: 1 Year in UK
Education: Bachelor in Technology - Mechanical Engineering
CGPA : 8.86/10 (top 1% of a state university, not IIT/NIT)
GMAT: 610(sept 2012), 650(may 2014), 770(june 2014)

Career Goal: Work in Consulting or IT Project Management for 3-4 years after MBA, then return India to do PhD in business and join education sector. OR join non-profit organisation (dream World Bank)
School Choice(preference): Small Class size, Case Study Method, Smaller City, Chances of Scholarship
Target Companies post study : Delloite, IBM, Accenture, (big 4 will be a dream)

Work Exp. Details:

Working in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) from 2008. Have completed 2 projects till now and continuing the 3rd.
1st Project: I was instrumental in Bank Of America and Merrillynch database merger when I was only 1 and half years experienced. The job involved prolong 1 month co-ordination between 5 different teams (2 client and 3 vendors) of over 30 associates. I got lot of appreciations for this and became offshore lead for a 7 member team with so less experience. My reportees included people with experience 1-8.

2nd Project: I was selected for establishing banking domain account for 1st TCS office in a new city. I started the project from scratch and completed successfully. The new location had faced number of challenges including environment and project set up, shortage of skilled labour(both technical and managerial), quality regulation (absence of intercity disaster recovery setup) etc. This project also had same number of reportees with similar level of experience.

3rd and Continuing Project: Working for an insurance client in UK. Job involved establishing new development centre in new location and currently business analysis and project lead.

Personal Background:
From a poor rural India , where I walked barefooted for 5 KM daily to attend school till my secondary education. I have funded my entire education and had additional financial responsibility. I had to leave studies for an year before my engineering for this. I could not get involved in extra curricular activities cause there was no scope in my initial years and later I worked on two jobs(one full time in TCS and part time as private tutor - though its illegal) until I came to UK.

Volunteering:
As I have said I could not do much for lack of time. However, I have participated in various corporate sustainability activities from TCS. From my initial 2 years,each week for 2 hours I tutored english for an underprivileged school. Then for 2 years in a women leadership program for rural india and 1 year for computer and english training for tribal students. The women leadership training was successful by making the participants win ward member election and now 4 of the 15 are representing 3000 villagers each. I got involved in all these activities as these were the causes for my childhood suffering.

Entrepreneurship:

Although I do not consider myself an entrepreneur, I have successfully set up a gym for my friend. After I moved to the new city for my 2nd project, I found the locality had only 1 gym and there was a lot of opportunity. The venture did not demand much involvement, so initially I tried to approach banks for loans, who did not trust me. I gave the idea to my friend and we worked together for the setup. Investment was $100,000, operational expenditure monthly - $3500 and revenue - %8500, with targeted break-even in 2 years.

Recommenders:
Two of my ex-supervisers, who are also aware of my involvement in corporate sustainability.

Schools:
1. Darden Business School, University of Virginia
2. Kennan-Flagger Business School, University of North Carolina
3. Tepper Business School, Carniege Mellon
4. Rotman Business School, Canada
5. Melbourne Business School, Australia
6. Judge Business School, Cambridge, UK

I have following questions:
Are these schools are under my reach ?
What are my scholarship chances ?
Should I include any other safe school ?
Should I stretch for any better school ?
Should I include my personal background info in applications ? (I did in indian IIMs and I was rejected 3 years back with feedback that I am pessimistic with negative attitude towards life)
Who should I select my 3rd recommender - shall I ask my college professor or my peers ?
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Re: Profile Evaluation: Indian, IT, Male [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2014, 09:13
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Hello,

Your list of schools is solid. To answer your specific questions:

1. Yes, I consider them to be in the range of reasonable reaches (e.g., Darden) to on-pars (e.g., Rotman). That’s an appropriate span.
2. As a general principle, your scholarship chances increase the more the schools want you, which means where your profile is a plus for the program. If this is a critical factor for you, it’s good to include the on-pars, where your chance of scholarship is higher than for very competitive programs.
3. It can never hurt to do so – but only apply to safe schools you’d really like to attend. I suggest adding 1 such school at least.
4. You can do so, depending on the program (maybe Kellogg – but I wouldn’t say other schools are “better,” just more competitive by the numbers, since Darden and others on your list are excellent and I wouldn’t seem them as a “compromise”), but the chances for scholarship may decrease with such programs.
5. The feedback was about your perceived attitude (negative, pessimistic), not about your actual story, it seems. I believe it would be beneficial to include information about your background, as long as you portray it in a positive light – how you grew from it, how it helped you understand the world and people’s challenges, etc.
6. MBA adcoms are usually not that interested in academic recommendations. And a peer isn’t ideal, as the recommender should be higher than you organizationally – however, you could use a peer if that person has longer tenure than you. I suggest someone else from work if possible.
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GMAT 2: 770 Q50 V47
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Re: Profile Evaluation: Indian, IT, Male [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2014, 10:06
hi Cindy,

Thanks for answering my queries. Could you please comment on my profile - what should I highlight and what should I leave ?
Also, I am aware that I am trying to play too safe.

Do you think I would be competitive at top 10 ? (kellog or booth perhaps ?). I am striking top-10 absolutely cause my scholarship chances are negligible and post study work visa(H1B) in US is next to impossible. A huge loan will be foolish move in such case.

Additionally, do you have any idea for top 30 schools with considerable Middle East Asian placements ?
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