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Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2012, 11:00
Hi:

Request your kind feedback on my profile. Details are furnished below:

Work experience:

I belong to the common pool of applicants, Indian male working in IT with more than 6 years of experience. I'm planning to apply in fall of 2013, so by then I will have more than 7 years of experience. I've worked with Wipro, Cognizant earlier and am currently working with iGATE Patni as technical lead. By the time I apply in schools, I'll have international exposure of about 8-9 months as well.

GMAT:

1st attempt: Q48 V30 AWA 4.5 Total 640
2nd attempt: Q49 V40 AWA 4.5 Total 730

Academic background:

Undergraduation: Electronics Hons Delhi University 2002-2005 76%
Postgraduation: M.S.(Software Engineering) Bits Pilani 2005-2009 CGPA 9.04.

Extra curricular activities:

- Brief stint in teaching under privledged children.
- External (financial) involvment with organizations working with children.

(Don't know if these are of any significane)
- Was involved in theatre during my undergraduation.
- Part of cricketing corporate tournaments.

Target Programs:

INSEAD, Stern, Tuck, Wharton, Kellogs, Sloan, NUS, ISB

Post MBA goals:

Want to move away from my current technical profile to general management roles in IT; want to use MBA to trigger my career progressions.
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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2012, 17:46
You may want to readjust your expectations and shoot for a different range of schools - otherwise there's a very very good chance the only school you'll get into is NUS and ISB.

Schools such as Duke, Darden, Ross, Cornell, Yale, Stern are stretches for you -- choose 1-2 from this list.

Schools outside the top 16 are where you'll be more competitive for: in the US it would be Georgetown, Tepper, UNC, USC, Texas, Maryland, Emory, etc. In Europe it would be Cambridge, Oxford and the Spanish schools (IE, ESADE, IESE). From this list choose 3-4.

And then have NUS and ISB as your backups.
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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2012, 20:17
AlexMBAApply wrote:
You may want to readjust your expectations and shoot for a different range of schools - otherwise there's a very very good chance the only school you'll get into is NUS and ISB.

Schools such as Duke, Darden, Ross, Cornell, Yale, Stern are stretches for you -- choose 1-2 from this list.

Schools outside the top 16 are where you'll be more competitive for: in the US it would be Georgetown, Tepper, UNC, USC, Texas, Maryland, Emory, etc. In Europe it would be Cambridge, Oxford and the Spanish schools (IE, ESADE, IESE). From this list choose 3-4.

And then have NUS and ISB as your backups.

Many thanks Alex. Can you please let me know where do my chances stand for INSEAD, Singapore? I visited their campus last summer; the coordinator told me that their average GMAT for Jan 2011 batch was 705 and on an average class had 5.5 years of professional experience. I think I comfortably meet both of these expectations, so where does my profile lack? Is it the same problem of Indian IT male again or something else?
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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2012, 10:40
It goes beyond stats alone for the top schools, since there's plenty of folks with the right numbers (years of experience, GMAT, etc.) than there are actual seats, so it comes down to a lot of other subjective things and value judgments that adcoms will make. To be honest, you're just up against folks who the adcoms covet more (i.e. non-IT folks) or whose experience and background they prefer.
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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2012, 11:50
AlexMBAApply wrote:
It goes beyond stats alone for the top schools, since there's plenty of folks with the right numbers (years of experience, GMAT, etc.) than there are actual seats, so it comes down to a lot of other subjective things and value judgments that adcoms will make. To be honest, you're just up against folks who the adcoms covet more (i.e. non-IT folks) or whose experience and background they prefer.

Thanks Alex. I believe I really need to highlight aspects in my application that will differentiate me from the crowd (at-least in my pool) and see how things go from there. I'll try to carefully pick 2-3 schools from the top 15 and as you've mentioned in your previous post I should be a little more competitive as I go beyond top 16. Thanks again for your valuable inputs.
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