I am an Indian with around 5 years experience in IT and Marketing Research.
I would like to do a specialization in Marketing and Finance, with Marketing being the focus.
I would like to do an MBA in 2013.
GMAT: 680; GPA:4.5
IT Experience: 4 years in software development (C++, OOP programming, Java, Unix systems)
At this point, I realized that my passion is in Marketing.
Marketing Research Experience: 1.5 years with Nielsen in FMCG space in India dealing with major FMCG manufacturers.
Which schools would you recommend me to target?
What do you suggest me to improve on?
Your have good GPA and a remarkable corporate exposure. Per your Profile and GMAT score I would recommend you to target Kellogg, Harvard, Wharton, UCLA, SDA Bocconi, Duke and Ross Business School etc. As the average GMAT Score for these B Schools fall in between 650-790 range.
You are in perfect stage of your career and around 5 years of work experience is what most B Schools look for.
However you would need to cleverly prepare yourself for questions like why you had a low GMAT score, the reasons you want to switch from IT to management, your rationale behind applying for a specific B school, so on and so forth.
The next step for you is to focus more on your application essays & recommendations for these Business Schools.
Hence it would be highly advisable to seek assistance from professional consultants for guidance on preparing a good letters of recommendations and get your essays/scholarship essays evaluated before sending it out along with your application.
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to see how General Ed can help you with MBA counselling and interview preparation.
Also if you happen to be based out of either Delhi, Bangalore or Mumbai, you can attend a MBA workshop by Dean Admissions ISB along with alumnus of various global B-Schools during the dates mentioned in this linkshttp://www.general-ed.com/workshops-and-seminars
Feel free to post any other query or concern that you might have.
I would think that H/W/Kellogg might be a little too much given the number of IT Indians applying with similar profiles and very high GPA and GMAT scores. Try to improve your GMAT and think realistically where your profile fits based on class profiles schools release (average age, GPA, GMAT, etc.). In general, try to get into the best school you can.
You want somethin', go get it. Period!