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profile evaluation please [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2013, 06:19
Hi All ,
I saw you have consistently replied to all the people on this forum with very solid and practical advice. I hope to get some as well.
Well to start with things ....
I am only aiming to apply for executive programs.
GMAT : 620 (I know very poor)
Total Work exp : 9+ years
Work ex after graduation : 6+ years
Nationality : Indian
Current location : Belgium
Present employer (3 years +) : European Commission
I have worked extensively in USA , Europe and India.
I had a start up of my own for 3 years before I winded up because I was reciving death threats :) (i know rare experience).
I am not a typical Indian IT profile just to stress as it is the general perception.
I also do many things like I have a lobby in India for right to clean water for people in the slums of my place which I regulate with a team of 3 social activists.
I am also a social entrepreneur because I have a tie up with a real estate developer who makes green homes in India and I try to sell them to conscious environmental NRI investors.
I have also once campaigned for a political candidate and he went on to become the cabinet minister of the state . (I can get a reco from him.)
During my university days I used to voluntarily teach in a tribal school which is very famous for its contribution to the upliftment of the underprivileged.
I have also played football.
I already have an admit from Rotterdam School of Management .
My main target is INSEAD as they are aligned to my need to do an MBA

Awaiting your precious feedbcaks and comments.

Cheers
S
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Re: profile evaluation please [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2013, 11:43
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Hi "S",

Thanks for the feedback - glad you are finding our advice useful :)

You have a very interesting background. It's obviously non-traditional, but I think this is an advantage in your case. Your entrepreneurial experience (hopefully it was successful until the point you received death threats...eek!), along with your successful career in government/NGO is pretty fascinating. I think you clearly demonstrate leadership both professionally and outside of work, and that will go a long way. Your community endeavors and leadership also seems pretty strong.

Here are my concerns though:

- Executive MBA - typically for people who have reached a certain point in their careers and are looking to use the EMBA as a stepping stone to general management or a higher level position. In your case, it seems like you might be using it as a stepping stone to a career change/overhaul? I'm unclear on what you want to do post-MBA, but this is something to be aware of. Generally speaking, exec MBAs are not career switchers, so you might wish to frame your story around your current career path and how an MBA can help you move forward there...

- Inconsistency - you've done a startup, gov/ngo, real estate... your path until now has been (while impressive), all over the place :) You'll want to be sure you can tell a clear narrative that takes what seems like a series of unrelated careers and ties them together logically.

- Your GMAT is low, but I think the rest of your profile will help you overcome this.

Congrats on the admit to Rotterdam. I encourage you to apply for INSEAD, despite the low GPA, but be aware of my other two points (somewhat overlapping) and be sure to shape a strong narrative.

Best of luck,
Mili


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