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Profile Evaluation Request for Exec/Part-Time MBA [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2011, 11:58
Hi,
Could you please evaluate my profile? Here is my info:

1)I am a Software Engineer with 13 years of experience. My current role is project lead/technical lead in a medium size ($80 million)
company. I am leading a small team of 4 developers. Apart from lead role, my job involves hands on individual contribution as well.
My experience has been progressive and I am expecting promotion to engineering manager soon. My performance has been
excellent throughout and I am a key contributor in my present company working directly with CTO and VP.

2)GMAT - 710
3) 4 Yrs B.Tech from one of the most prestigious colleges of India - Indian Institute of Technology, CPI 8/10

4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
- Almost none
5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
- None
6) Your target programs. (looking for programs in Bay Area, Silicon Valley where I live)
- Executive MBA - Wharton/Berkeley-Columbia
- Evening (part-time) MBA - Berkeley
7) Your post-MBA goal.
- Fast track progress to Exec level within the same company or some bigger company in same industry

8) I should be able to get good recommendations from my CTO and VP. Also I should be able to get some form of sponsorship like one day off to attend classes.

My questions are:
1. Which programs are most suitable for me?
2. What are my chances at Wharton/Berkeley?
3. What can I do to maximize my chances?

I am planning to apply in 2nd round.

Thanks in advance,
davingmat
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request for Exec/Part-Time MBA [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2011, 20:54
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Hello davingmat, thanks for your question.

Regarding your GMAT, your 710 should open doors at those programs you mention (assuming 80% on both quantitative and verbal), but would not move the needle as much as it would otherwise, given that you come from an overrepresented demographic in the MBA applicant pool. Still, if you cleared 80% on both sides, I don’t think there would be a need to retake it.

What does your GPA equate to?

Not to answer a question with a question, but the issue of suitability depends on more than your GMAT and GPA. Depending on your specific career needs, which programs have strength/resources that address your requirements? Which programs have a culture that matches your personality?

I think your quants should open the door at Wharton and Berkeley, but it is your experience that will get you admitted, especially for executive programs.

In terms of maximizing your chances:

- Your competitiveness will come down to the quality of your work experience. Can you draw upon “moments” when you truly led: influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative?
- In terms of your post-MBA goals, paint a picture that cohesively ties together your past, present, and future. Demonstrate to the admissions committees that your desired career path necessitates an MBA. Identify the specific gaps that stand between you and your career goals (knowledge, skills, experiences, network, etc.) and show how business school would directly address those gaps.

Hope this helps.

Best of luck,
Brian
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