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Profile Evaluation - Indian Male, IIT, GMAT 700, 4 years exp [#permalink]
29 Jul 2013, 14:36
Could you please evaluate my profile for the top MBA programs? Thank you in advance. I am targeting for the year 2014.
• IIT BHU (Formerly IT-BHU), India, B.Tech Chemical Engineering, Year 2009 • Grades - 8.12/10 • Secured 1st Rank in B.Tech Part-2 exams. • Among top 10% of the batch. (Does one need to justify this, because then I need to ask my college for a certificate?) • GMAT 700, 90% (Q50, 90% and V34, 69%): I am concerned about the low verbal score. My AWA score is 5.5. Any views here?
Total: 4 years
Description ~ 1 year at an Engineering Firm (Process Automation), India ~ 2.4 years at a Business research firm (It is basically a KPO company), India ~ 6 months at a Business research firm (Same company), Chile, South America. (Will continue to work from Chile, till I am done with all the applications.)
• Currently working as a Senior Business Analyst in company’s office in Chile. • Promoted to Senior Analyst from analyst within one year of joining the company. • Have won an award for adding two full time employees for the company within our account. • Selected for Chile office to grow the oil and gas team over there by imparting trainings and other stuff.
• Since joining the Business research firm, I have been working with the strategy team of a Global oil and gas major company (Revenue>$100 billion). • We help the oil company in different kinds of market and business studies such as country/company analysis.
• Would have completed almost 8 -10 months in Chile when I apply to Business schools in R1 and R2. • Work with a European oil and gas client with a multi-cultural team • Also, within my company, we have people from almost 25 countries, so good multi-cultural exposure. • Also learning Spanish (I guess it’s a must to survive here as English is not widely spoken on this part of the continent )
Extra-curricular/Interests • Learning Spanish in Chile. (Fluent with very basic conversation) • Part of company’s Toastmaster group • During the 3rd and 4th year of the college, I was the Training and Placement representative of my Branch. I helped college streamline its placement process and bring in more companies. (I can ensure good certificates from here) • Good ping-pong player. (But never got an opportunity to play at college level) • Made a prototype for a mobile charger that does not require house electricity. It received coverage in print media.
• Working with top consulting firms especially in Oil and gas sector. Ex: McKinsey oil and gas practice, Deloitte Energy practice etc, Accenture etc. • OR Joining strategy/business development division of an oil and gas major such as ExxonMobil, BP etc.
Could you please help me shortlist the school. Schools that are within my radar are top 15 US B-schools, ISB, LBS and INSEAD. I am also planning to retake GMAT next month, because I believe that my current score is not even up to average score of top US schools. Should I retake the exam? I am under the impression that retake should not jeopardise my application since the schools usually take the highest GMAT score. Am I right? Also do you think that EA round will increase my chances at Tuck or Duke?
So, I need your guidance in targeting schools based on my credentials.
Re: Profile Evaluation - Indian Male, IIT, GMAT 700, 4 years exp [#permalink]
01 Aug 2013, 13:19
Thanks for sharing your info. Your experience in Chile is what stands out the most to me upon reviewing your profile, so be sure to include what experiences you've gained and what you've really learned from this international experience, and that plus your energy sector work and goals will likely help you to be remembered, which makes a difference when admissions officers are faced with so many applicants!
Much will come down to the strength of your essays, which are the one place within your application to create something from scratch to represent who you are, where you are going, and why you need the MBA to get there... so be sure to invest sufficient time and energy on creating compelling essays.
In terms of short-listing the schools, it really depends on what you are looking for in a program; it is a pretty personal choice. Also in terms of country, you may want to think about what country/area you'd like to work in post-MBA, as it will be easier to make connections in the country you study in, just food for thought. Yes EA can give you a slight advantage if it is truly demonstrating that you are that dedicated to that program that you commit to attending there if accepted.