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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

Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 29 May 2013, 07:25
Please evaluate my profile - Specific questions are at the end

Indian/Male/25

GMAT: 740 (Q50, V39, AWA 4.5, IR 6)

WORK EXPERIENCE: July 2010 - Present (2 years 11 months)
Working as Drilling Fluids Field Engineer for one of the top 3 oilfield products and service providers in the world.

• Managed delivery of drilling fluids products & services in 20 Oil & Gas exploration projects with median drilling fluids budget of $500,000.
• Responsibilities included but not limited to drilling fluids formulation and management, daily reporting & costing, inventory & contingency management and ensuring adherence to HSE standards.
• Worked on offshore & onshore drilling sites in multiple countries viz. Papua New Guinea, Oman, Bangladesh, Gulf of Thailand, Bangladesh & India for elite national and international energy companies. Worked with multinational personnel in culturally diverse, highly dynamic and often harsh work environs.
• Attended professional training courses in USA along with engineers and managers from multiple nationalities.
• Successfully led teams of 10 or more members of local drilling crews as drilling fluids site supervisor.
• Trained and assessed junior field engineers and technology scientists in the area of rig operations management.
Achievements at Work:
• Successfully tested two new technologies for 2 different clients on rig site which increased oil well production, and also increased revenue for my company.
• As a presenter in the Know Your PSL sessions, educated company Business Development team about drilling and completion fluids, niche technology, customer challenges, market limitations etc. and helped in the development of business expansion strategy in India.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Freelance Consulting
• Optimized resources & strategically modified shop floor layout using KAIZEN methodology for a CNG & LPG Kits manufacturer. Implemented standard safety norms at shop floors and imparted operational training to workers. This resulted in decreased in-process inventory, safer working conditions and 30% increment in plant productivity.
• Developed market entry & distribution strategy for a local Speed Limiting Device manufacturer. Led to 40% sales escalation by incorporation of OEMs, vehicle retailer tie-ups and setup of 3 retro fitting centers.
Leadership Roles
• As convener, led a team of 100 students to organize the annual cultural festival of my undergraduate school. Arranged a total sponsorship of $ 60,000 for the festival, which recorded a footfall of 20,000 over 4 days.
• Served as Public Relations Coordinator of a non-profit organization aimed at creating awareness against terrorism.
• As Head of Student Council in senior high school, organized various cultural, academic and sports events and represented school at national level.

EDUCATION
Bachelor Of Engg., Manufacturing Processes & Automation from one of the top 8 engineering institutes of India.

SCORE - 75%, Top 20% of the class.
Class XII - 91% - Merit Scholarship
Class X - 95 % - All India Rank #16, Merit Scholarship.

TARGET SCHOOLS
Harvard (2014-16 Batch) September
ISB, India (2014-15 Batch) April
INSEAD, France (2015 Batch) January
IE, Spain (2015-16 Batch)
Queens, Canada (2015-16 Batch)

POST MBA GOALS
I want to work in a business development role for a operator company like Chevron, BP, Exxon Mobil or Repsol etc. or as a consultant in the Oil & Gas practice of consulting firms like McKinsey, Bain and BCG to advice oil companies on upstream strategy and operations management.

Location Preferences:
1. Europe - Concerned about job availability for international students.
2. USA - Though not too inclined to go for 2 yr programs. Would only go if I get more than 70% scholarship.
3. India - ISB, Lower investment, but lower rewards. Will definitely try though.

QUESTIONS:
1. General Evaluation of my profile.
2. My chances at my target schools?
3. Based on my post MBA goals, please suggest more target schools and also advice whether my current target schools are the right choice. I am still not able to zero in on the location I would like to work post MBA as is evident from my choice of schools all over the globe.
4. Considering the financial conditions and reducing no. of employment visas being granted in Europe, is a huge investment worth it?

Thanks & Regards,
Shekhar
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2013, 14:09
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Hello,

Thanks for sharing your detailed profile and background.

Congrats on your stellar GMAT score! That will really strengthen your application. It sounds like you have less experience than many applicants but still enough that you should have stories and experiences that you can draw from in your applications and in the classroom, and it sounds like by the time you apply you'll have even more. You are part of a large applicant group (engineers from India with strong quant scores), which just means that you'll want to be sure that you demonstrate other areas of strength (people and communication skills-- for example the training you have done for others in the company, teamwork, community involvement, extracurriculars, etc), and that you will want to be sure to showcase through your essays what makes you unique and what you'll bring to the program.

Based upon the info you provided, you would have a solid chance at the schools you mentioned (Harvard being a reach school but not impossible); ultimately much of the decision will come down to how you present yourself in your essays. The essays are the one place in the application where you create something from scratch to represent who you are. You need to successfully convey what you bring to the program and what the program will bring to you, and why it is necessary for your short and long term post-MBA goals.

It sounds like you've listed an appropriate number of schools, different ones for different reasons. I wouldn't say you necessarily need to include additional schools unless you have specific reasons for them. Most applicants find they have the time to put together quality applications for 3-6 schools. Beyond that you may be sacrificing quality, since you need to tailor each application to each school.

Overall the MBA is a significant investment, yes; you need to consider what your short- and long-term goals are and how the MBA will help with those goals and increase your opportunities as well as earning power, no matter what country you decide to work in. So you might go into it interested in working in Europe, and if it doesn't pan out, you would still have additional credibility and opportunities in India or other countries with the MBA from a well-known program, as opposed to without it.

Good luck with your decisions!
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