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Profile Evaluation-Indian-Male-Telecom-4 yrs Exp [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2013, 05:51
Hi,

Could you please evaluate my profile for the top MBA programs? I am targeting for the year 2014.Thank you in advance.

Academics:

>Graduation-Bachelor in Engineering(Electronics & Communications)
> Grades - 77.69/100.
> Among top 10% of the batch. (Does one need to justify this, because then I don't have any certificate mentioning this explicitly?)
> GMAT-yet to take but getting an average of 730 in all mock tests(planning to take around September 15)
> 10th(CBSE)- 93.8%(topper in Mathematics and social science)(top 10% of batch)
> 12th(CBSE)- 86.60% (top 15% of batch)

Work Ex-

Duration- 3 year 8 months(all in same company)
>Presently I'm working Nokia solutions & networks(NSN)(telecom OEM) as a quality analyst for last 2 years on an internal product of NSN.
>Also worked in the same company as a Core engineer(~2 yrs). This involves maintaining the back-end infrastructure of a local telecom operator with up-time for >99%.

Key Achievement @ work-
> Awarded for work done on introduction of Mobile Number Portability(MNP) for a local telecom operator.
> As part of the MNP project I single handedly lead a team of 60 people.
>Was involved in setting up of demo setup of a NSN product which was extensively used by Sales executive to showcase the product @ Mobile world Congress(MWC)-It is a showcase event in telecom industry.
> Numerous other appreciation from higher management.

Extra-Curricular-
>I'm part of couple of local NGO's in the field of education.
>Have been part of organizing committee of College fests
>Represented School in Tennis
> Have completed a course in trekking. Been of many treks.

Post-MBA goal-

In short term- Would like to get into Telecom consulting role.
Long Term- Would like to setup an own company which would monetize the local skills and knowledge of tribal's in Western Ghats(India).



Could you please help me shortlist the schools. Ideally, Schools that I would like to target are top 15 US B-schools, ISB(India), LBS and INSEAD. At the same time,I want to be very practical while i apply to US/Canada MBA Schools. Please could you suggest a few safe and few target schools for me?
Also would like to know about the possibility of receiving scholarship?


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Amit
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Re: Profile Evaluation-Indian-Male-Telecom-4 yrs Exp [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2013, 08:57
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Hi Amit,

Thanks for posting. A lot will depend upon your GMAT (in that, while a 700+ won't necessarily get you into top programs, below that would be an easy reason for a rejection).... so keep that in mind first and foremost!!

Even with a strong GMAT, you'll still need to work on how to stand out from the crowd, particularly with a common applicant profile of Indian (male?) with an engineering background. It's good that you have some management experience, leading teams, and some other outside-the-workplace activities. But so much at this point will depend upon your essays.... that is the place in your application where you aim to BE REMEMBERED and really show what you will bring to the class, that is different from everyone else. At present I would believe it'd be fairly challenging to get into the top 10 or so programs, particularly top 6-8. What might give you a chance is working with a consultant to really brainstorm about what you can present that makes you unique and really put together outstanding essays.

It's difficult to suggest specific schools because so much of it depends on what you are looking for in a school. I am less familiar with placements in telecom consulting specifically as well, but you can look up hiring profiles/employment stats on every school's website and see which send candidates that route for example.

(Side note-- no, shouldn't need to provide proof of top 10% per se, but theoretically a school can research/verify academic info at any point so I would think they could determine that or ask the school if really desired?)

For more on choosing schools, we do offer a free download all about that process, see http://info.mbamission.com/Selecting-Yo ... ram-E-Book.

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