Would appreciate your thoughts on my profile :
Education: Btech (Elect and communication) 2003
Marks: 80 (absolute marking, highest being less than 90 not sure how to convert it to GPA)
5 years (2003-2008) : Telecom Govt sector
2+ years (since June 2008): MNC telecom firm in India : Sr Engineer
took part in dramatics/plays etc in school/college
one of the oraganizers of the annual fest
creative writing, poems etc (hobby)
Awards And recogs
Many at college level
finalist in a major Microsoft Compettion(2007)
Numerous awards at current company:
Innovator of the month,quarter ,outstanding teamwork ,outstanding contributor etc (around 10-12 in 2 years)
Mentored and trained new employees (here as well as a previous job)
Single point of contact for innovation etc.
Working in a international team ,requiring constant/daily interaction with European teams with one small trip abroad
Rec Letters : Will be able to get good rec letters from current as well as previous managers
GMAT : have not taken yet .
Target Schools :
Harvard,MIT,Yale,Chicago ,Wharton,Kellog,Tuck... Oxford,Insead,Cambridge,Hass or suggest any other depending on my profile.
What are my chances of getting admission in top 20 colleges ,and suggest some safe colleges for me . Havent yet given GMAT ,what's the target score should I keep in mind for top 20 colleges and safe colleges.Will my Low GPA be any hindrance in getting an admit and also though I am working in an international team but havent been there except for a small trip so will that still count as a relevant international exp.
Thanks and Regards
Thanks for your post.
I have seen a lot of Indian grade percentages. My understanding is that an 80 is an excellent final mark. If you end up with a 700+ GMAT, you would have a competitive profile at the schools you are considering, although Harvard would be a stretch and it's possible that some of the others would also be stretches, depending on your GMAT.
Your lack of international exposure would be a negative at INSEAD. The US schools certainly like international experience, but they do not value it as much as does INSEAD and to a lesser extent the English schools.
Regarding the GMAT, aim for the highest score possible and then deal with the results.
For more suggestions on choosing schools, please see "Best MBA Programs: A Guide to Choosing the One for You."
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