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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, 14:50
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 11 Aug 2011, 18:34
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Ram --

T1) At which of my targeted schools, do you have a decent chance to put a competitive application?

Any or all of them. Your work history is unorthodox, unique and will get the attention of the top b-schools. Serving in the public sector will place you in a category that has little competition. Coupled with your international background, you should garner a lot of interest in the application process if you are able to effectively communicate your story in your essays and tie your background solidly into your post MBA vision.


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.

You shouldn't get if any more benefit from another 20 or 30 points on the GMAT. Retaking the test with a 730 may be seen as vain or a poor use of time in my opinion.

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.

No. There are advisors out there in both camps, but the truth is there are valid reasons to apply in either R1 or R2. try to avoid R3, but you should be fine as long as you hit R1 or R2.

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

Your leadership, project management and operations experience should be woven into a narrative that builds a case for admission and ties into a very well articulated vision for your post MBA career. Your prior career should sound purposeful and critical to what you want to achieve after b-school. If you do this in a compelling way, you should have a good shot at interviews, and a good interview can get you an admission offer.


Thanks for all the detail in your profile.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request_California State Govt Employee [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2011, 22:03
Hi Bryant,

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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