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Profile Evaluation Request_California State Govt Employee

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Profile Evaluation Request_California State Govt Employee [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2011, 14:49
Indian, Male, Age: 27

GMAT 730, (Q49, 86%ile), (V40, 89%ile), (AWA 5.0)

Academic:

Undergrad: Civil Engg, IIT Madras, GPA: 7.32/10,
Masters: Transportation Engg, Texas A&M University, Major GPA 4.0/4.0 (Total 3.9/4.0)
Graduate Certificate in Business, GPA 3.75/4.0, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University (This is kind of a Minor. with a total of 4 courses, 12 credits).

Certifications:

CFA Level 3 Candidate.
Professional Engineer, State of California.


Work experience details:

Full Time (Close to 4 years by Aug 2012), Dept. of Transportation, CA
July 2011 to Present, Associate Project Manager
July 2009 to June 2011, Assistant Project Engineer
Nov 2009 to June 2010, Assistant Project Manager
Oct 2008 to Oct 2009, Transportation Engineer

Part Time ( 2 yrs, 20 hrs per week), Texas Transportation Institute, TX
Sep 2006 to Aug 2008, Research Assistant


Pre - MBA work experience areas : Infrastructure Engineering, and Project Management
After - MBA plans: Short-Term: Infrastructure/Project Finance, Long Term: Investment Management and Private Equity.


Potential Points To Be Highlighted In Essays:

From Professional Life:

● Supervised a politically highly sensitive project which was among the first few projects funded by Obama’s $ 40 B infrastructure stimulus package of 2008. Project became very crucial as it was allotted to a contractor with criminal history, and the whole crew was very less experienced (had to contract out the project to that company because of the reservation limitations). I took over and lead the project after the Senior Engineer who was supposed to lead that project left with in the first quarter of the project as he found it very difficult to manage the contractor and his crew.
● Saved close to $1.5 Million on a highway construction project by coming up with few innovative approaches to deal with unexpected issues raised during the project.
● Developed new data analysis methods which are now followed by our whole project mgmt group.
● Among the youngest in the department to receive a professional engineer license and consequently to authorize State projects.
● Worked on the Caldecott Tunnel Project ( a $ 420 million project, Nation’s second largest highway project supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 )


From Personal Life:

● the way me, my education, and my career progression stood up as a good example and inspiration for many kids in my village and neighboring villages.
● my commitment to make sure that no kid from my village would drop out of school (until at least primary school) due to the lack of financial resources or guidance. Did set up a Fund to fund their primary school education.
● involvement with several child education related activities through CSECC (California State Employees Charitable Campaign), CRY (Child Rights and You), and AID (Aid for India’s Development)

Other:

● Worked on a start up “Biglifeindia”. Idea was to generate superior returns on the investor’s investments by pooling and investing them in growing sectors like infrastructure development, real estate, large-scale agriculture etc, in India. Temporarily suspended the project because of unfavorable political developments and consequent new regulations (Andhra Pradesh Micro Finance Institutions Act, 2010).

Target Schools:
R1: Booth, Columbia, Wharton or Harvard, MIT or LBS
R2: Wharton/Harvard, MIT/LBS, Haas, Anderson, McCombs.


Please have a look at my above profile and send your valuable suggestions and comments regarding my following concerns:

1) At which of my targeted schools, do I have a decent chance to put a competitive application?

2) Is it worth retaking GMAT, given that I am confident of increasing the score from 730 to 750: both from admits perspective and scholarships perspective.

3) Given that I have time to apply only one of either Wharton or Harvard, also either MIT or LBS in first round, is there any advantage of picking one school over other in R1 vs R2.

4) Areas where I should specifically concentrate to make my application more competitive at my targeted schools.


Thanks a lot for your time and help.

Ram
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request_California State Govt Employee [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2011, 11:47
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Hello scoonian, thanks for your question and for your detailed profile.

If you are that confident you can raise your GMAT score, you have nothing to lose right? That said, you do come from an overrepresented demographic that scores high on the GMAT, so I’m not sure how much you will be moving the needle.

Your undergraduate GPA translates to a 2.9, which is on the low side, especially for the top programs. However, I think you can mitigate this with your graduate GPAs and high GMAT.

Your work experience seems solid, though as an Indian engineer, there will be many applicants with your type of background. Still, you seem to have solid leadership experience. Definitely play up the times when you have influenced others, driven results, and taken initiative.

Your extracurricular activities could be a differentiator. Starting a fund is not bad, and it seems like you have a variety of involvement with child education causes. That’s a good consistent theme.

Right now, other than your GPA and your tough demographic, another challenge is your post-MBA career goals. I understand the short-term element, but am not seeing the investment management/private equity angle so much. I urge you to paint a more cohesive story that connects your past and present experience to where you want to go. With what I know of your history, the finance angle sort of comes out of right field. Moreover, you should define what an MBA will give you that your graduate certificate in business will not. You must demonstrate that need.

I think Harvard and Wharton would be reaches for you – that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try! And, I think if you pulled together the aforementioned elements you could be competitive at the other programs you name.

Best of luck,
Brian
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request_California State Govt Employee [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2011, 22:05
Hi Brian,

Thank you very much for your reply. Your valuable insights would be of great help to me. Thanks once again.

Ram
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request_California State Govt Employee [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2011, 20:57
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My pleasure, Ram. Please let me know if you have further questions.

Best,
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