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Status: INSEAD - my dream school !! :-D
Joined: 08 Jul 2011
Posts: 22
Location: India
Concentration: Operations, Strategy
GMAT 1: 740 Q50 V39
GPA: 3.6
WE: Operations (Energy and Utilities)
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Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 2

Profile Evaluation - Oil/Gas Professional [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2011, 10:55
Please evaluate my profile - Questions are at the end

DEMOGRAPHICS: Indian/Male/23

GMAT: Yet to take
Plan to go for an MBA degree in around 2015. Reason: Financial constraints & lack of work experience. Some personal reasons also.

EDUCATION

Delhi University, Faculty Of Technology -- New Delhi, India (Aug 2006 – Jun 2010)
Bachelor Of Engineering, Manufacturing Processes & Automation SCORE: 74.0 % (top 15% in a batch of 60 - Don't have proof - I don't know if its necessary) (Academic scholarship recipient)

Senior School Certificate (CBSE, India) -- 90.8 % (2006) -- School Rank 1(Have proof) -- (Academic scholarship recipient)
Secondary School Certificate (CBSE, India) -- 95.0% (2004) -- All India Rank 16 (Don't have proof) and District Rank 1(Have proof) -- (Academic scholarship recipient)

WORK EXPERIENCE

Working as Drilling Fluids Engineer in Halliburton Energy Services Group, one of the top 2 Energy Services company in the world. Based in India (July 2010 - Present)
I provide technical consultation and the following On-site services to clients:
• Drilling fluids formulation and maintenance. • Contingency management
• Fluid testing and well site data analysis • Documentation and costing
• Inventory & associated logistics management • Ensuring adherence to HS&E standards

Its a high responsibility job because when I am working on site, I solely represent my company to the client on the field. People management or leading people is a part of my job. Due to the surprising nature of oil/gas drilling, I often have to improvise and think out of the box. Though I have not done anything extraordinary or exemplary at work yet except maybe securing 3rd position in a class of 20 during a 3 month training program (I do not really consider this an achievement).
The nature of my work is mostly technical and analytical and it is expected to be the same in the coming 4 years or so, although with increased responsibilities and more complex operations.

My job profile provides a fair share of international experience for work as well as work related training. I also get frequent opportunities to work with expats when working in India. I have work experience in India, Houston(USA), Papua New Guinea, Indonesia.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

• Freelanced on a strategy consulting project for a small scale production firm in India. Because of the great results of the project, the company granted me another project (operations optimization) next summer for its sister concern.
• Worked as summer intern in a startup business modelling firm in India.
• Worked as summer intern in a IT services giant in India.
• Served as the Vice-President of organizing council of the annual cultural festival of my college - 4 day fest with a footfall of about 20,000. Led a team of about 120 people in different departments.
• Served as PR coordinator of an NGO in New Delhi region for an year.
• Worked as Creative Head in the filming of the first ever promotional video for my college.
• Served as Head of Student Council in school - led various teams in cultural, academic, technical and sports events management.

INTERESTS: • Fitness Training Enthusiast • Amateur Nutritionist • Avid Basketballer • Science Fiction Reader
LANGUAGES KNOWN: English (Proficient), Hindi (Native), Punjabi (Native), French (Basic - No Certification)

POST MBA GOALS

Operations domain management level jobs preferably in the energy sector (Not very keen to change careers though not totally opposed to it). I am keenly interested in energy sector consulting and hence open for jobs in general management consulting firms but in relevant roles.
My goals are subject to change and refinement as I move further ahead in the industry in terms of knowledge and experience.

FINANCIAL PLANNING

I feel, in about 5 years time, I would be able to save about 15 lac INR (USD 33,000) for MBA through systematic investments which I have already started implementing.
I am interested in ISB and IIM A(PGPX) as an MBA in India would definitely cost less than an MBA abroad. But on the other hand, I really want to have global exposure preferably in Europe as I feel US B-schools are out of my financial reach (Please correct me if I am wrong)


QUERIES

1. Please provide a general evaluation.
2. Please let me know about specific strengths and weaknesses of my profile. And any advice on how to improve/correct them over a long period of time to suit my goals. Also, if you don't mind letting me know which part of my applications may be too unproductive to mention.
2. Since, I have been working only for 15 months now, how much work experience should I gain in order to achieve desired goals? Is my target of 5 years a decent choice?
3. What kind of MBA programs should I approach to suit my goals? Comparison between "2 year MBA and Executive MBA" for my profile? Also, suggest some schools (if possible) which would best serve my interests considering my financial constraints.
4. All of my extracurricular activities, except for my personal interests as listed, are a thing of the past now. This is due to the hectic nature of my work. Is a that a negative point?
5. Any other advice.

Thanks in anticipation !!
Really appreciate the mentoring for MBA aspirants. Keep it up.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Oil/Gas Professional [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2011, 12:44
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Thanks for the details.

1. Please provide a general evaluation:

Generally, i would say you are well on your way to distinguishing yourself in the process, which is key when applying from India, from where b-schools get many thousands of applicants each year. Your background would be considered atypical from your applicant pool, which is a good thing, and I like how your career and your post MBA vision are aligned.

2. Please let me know about specific strengths and weaknesses of my profile. And any advice on how to improve/correct them over a long period of time to suit my goals. Also, if you don't mind letting me know which part of my applications may be too unproductive to mention.

Specifically, as you point out in your profile, you have much leadership responsibility at at early point in your career. Also, you work on international teams and in a very "hot" area--oil and gas production. These key elements will help you stand out. You might consider applying to some good b-schools in the US which have an energy track, such at TX or Duke if you can figure out the financing piece.

2. Since, I have been working only for 15 months now, how much work experience should I gain in order to achieve desired goals? Is my target of 5 years a decent choice?

Five years would be more than enough, and I would say if your career continues to provide you with the quick trajectory you seem to be on, you could make application after only two or three years. This would depend on the kind of leadership stories you'd be able to tell.

3. What kind of MBA programs should I approach to suit my goals? Comparison between "2 year MBA and Executive MBA" for my profile? Also, suggest some schools (if possible) which would best serve my interests considering my financial constraints.

EMBA programs look for 10 years plus WE, so you should set your sights on fulll time 2 year programs, including your target schools and those i already mentioned. If your goal is to work in Asia or Europe, you could be wise to target schools in those regions for purposes of building a network. It also might make sense to reverse engineer your post MBA job search by targeting companies for which you'd like to work and then doing some research on where those companies prefer to recruit.

4. All of my extracurricular activities, except for my personal interests as listed, are a thing of the past now. This is due to the hectic nature of my work. Is a that a negative point?

in a way, yes. B-schools definitley dont like to hear that you are too busy to be involved, because b-school itself is a very busy time and they still expect you to get involved. you have the advantage of time, so you should discipline yourself to find areas in which you can get involved which could contribute posititvely to the community and also potentially help your school or career preparation.

5. Any other advice.
Plan now to do a tour of schools so you can visit in person and take a tour, sit in on a class, etc. Many applicants put this off and then end up skipping this important part of the application process.
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Status: INSEAD - my dream school !! :-D
Joined: 08 Jul 2011
Posts: 22
Location: India
Concentration: Operations, Strategy
GMAT 1: 740 Q50 V39
GPA: 3.6
WE: Operations (Energy and Utilities)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 2

Re: Profile Evaluation - Oil/Gas Professional [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2011, 13:11
Bryant,

Thank you so much for the evaluation and valuable advice. I will definitely follow it.

As you said that my target WE of about 5 years would be more than enough, I would like to stick to it. This would give me time to save funds for MBA and also a decent amount of technical exposure which is a must in Energy sector management.

I really want to work in Europe and Asia. Therefore, I am listing my target schools in these regions in order of preference :

1. INSEAD
2. IMD
3. IE
4. IESE
5. IIM - A
6. ISB

I really dream to get into INSEAD as it is a one year MBA (less time away from from work) and is considered one of the best in Europe and the world. From the research I have done, I have noticed that many major Energy sector firms recruit at INSEAD viz. Schlumberger, BP, Shell etc. and other general consulting firms which can offer energy sector management roles.

Though I have no more specific questions for you at this point in time, but I would really like to know about your opinion of my choice of school and validity of the info I have presented about INSEAD.

I know there is no specific formula to go with to improve my profile but still I would really appreciate any advice to tailor my profile for admission into INSEAD for the MBA program, sometime around 2015. I believe that starting the preparation early would really improve my chances.

Thanks again. Really appreciate it.

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Re: Profile Evaluation - Oil/Gas Professional [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2011, 13:20
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Check out this insightful blog about getting into INSEAD:

http://nomad-insead.blogspot.com/2007/0 ... ad_29.html
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Status: INSEAD - my dream school !! :-D
Joined: 08 Jul 2011
Posts: 22
Location: India
Concentration: Operations, Strategy
GMAT 1: 740 Q50 V39
GPA: 3.6
WE: Operations (Energy and Utilities)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 2

Re: Profile Evaluation - Oil/Gas Professional [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2011, 20:46
Thanks Bryant !!
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