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Profile Evaluation: Where do i stand? [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2010, 11:21
Hi,

Please Evaluate my profile as per the details listed below:

Nationality : Indian
Work Experience :
Years(as of now):- 3 years 4 months
I am working with one of the Big 4 professional services Firm as a Consultant.
I work specifically on Enterprise Resource Planning review & implementation projects as a Functional Consultant.
Worked as Lead consultant in 4 different projects across different functions ( Supply Chain, Financials, Manufacturing)
I have worked only for Indian clients and worked at 15 client locations. Therefore I have been exposed to real time functioning of both manufacturing and Services Firms.( I find it very dynamic and interesting)
Mentored 3 Junior consultants.
Active in Company recruitment drives.
Also involved in Business Development activities. ( Preparing Proposals, responding to Client queries and giving presentations to C-Level executives)

GMAT : 710 ( VA 33, QA 51). AWA : 4.5

Academics:
Engineer from a Top 15 engineering College, GPA: 7.7/10
Topper : High School Examinations (91%)
Achieved Rank within 2% of 170000 in engineering entrance exam.
Had my High school education in 9 different cities spread across 5 different states. ( Being a Govt. of India Employee, My father gets a new posting every 2-3 years.)

Certifications:
Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) (91%)
Candidate: CABM ( Certified Associate Business Manager)

Extracurricular:
Very Strong at College level: leadership positions, Community service.
Vice Chairman of Most active club at College.
Coordinator- Biggest Technical symposium at college
Member, College Lawn tennis team

Post Graduation:
Have been actively working with an NGO( education initiative) for past 1.5 year.

Personal Info:

I am an avid reader: world politics, History, Biographies.
I have done really long road trips : Driven across the highest motor-able road in the world( Ladakh, India) and many more.

Career Goals: Management Consultancy in Emerging Markets. Focus towards reviving struggling firms by identifying inefficiencies and introducing best practices.

Concern: Enterprise Resource Consulting is in fact IT Consulting( which puts me in the most common group). But being a functional consultant, I have faced client issues in person and in the process had great learning of processes. What should be the action plan to distinguish myself.

Also, please let me know ..
1. Is my profile competitive enough for Top 10 US B Schools? What are the major loop holes in my candidacy?
2. Do I need to Retake the GMAT. I have just 67% in Verbal and 4.5 in AWA. Can these be red flags?
3. Should I focus more on extracurricular activities beyond work?

Thanks!!
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Re: Profile Evaluation: Where do i stand? [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 18:52
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Hi,

Please Evaluate my profile as per the details listed below:

Nationality : Indian
Work Experience :
Years(as of now):- 3 years 4 months
I am working with one of the Big 4 professional services Firm as a Consultant.
I work specifically on Enterprise Resource Planning review & implementation projects as a Functional Consultant.
Worked as Lead consultant in 4 different projects across different functions ( Supply Chain, Financials, Manufacturing)
I have worked only for Indian clients and worked at 15 client locations. Therefore I have been exposed to real time functioning of both manufacturing and Services Firms.( I find it very dynamic and interesting)
Mentored 3 Junior consultants.
Active in Company recruitment drives.
Also involved in Business Development activities. ( Preparing Proposals, responding to Client queries and giving presentations to C-Level executives)

GMAT : 710 ( VA 33, QA 51). AWA : 4.5

Academics:
Engineer from a Top 15 engineering College, GPA: 7.7/10
Topper : High School Examinations (91%)
Achieved Rank within 2% of 170000 in engineering entrance exam.
Had my High school education in 9 different cities spread across 5 different states. ( Being a Govt. of India Employee, My father gets a new posting every 2-3 years.)

Certifications:
Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) (91%)
Candidate: CABM ( Certified Associate Business Manager)

Extracurricular:
Very Strong at College level: leadership positions, Community service.
Vice Chairman of Most active club at College.
Coordinator- Biggest Technical symposium at college
Member, College Lawn tennis team

Post Graduation:
Have been actively working with an NGO( education initiative) for past 1.5 year.

Personal Info:

I am an avid reader: world politics, History, Biographies.
I have done really long road trips : Driven across the highest motor-able road in the world( Ladakh, India) and many more.

Career Goals: Management Consultancy in Emerging Markets. Focus towards reviving struggling firms by identifying inefficiencies and introducing best practices.

Concern: Enterprise Resource Consulting is in fact IT Consulting( which puts me in the most common group). But being a functional consultant, I have faced client issues in person and in the process had great learning of processes. What should be the action plan to distinguish myself.

Also, please let me know ..
1. Is my profile competitive enough for Top 10 US B Schools? What are the major loop holes in my candidacy?
2. Do I need to Retake the GMAT. I have just 67% in Verbal and 4.5 in AWA. Can these be red flags?
3. Should I focus more on extracurricular activities beyond work?

Thanks!!


Since one of the goals of the application process is to identify yourself as a unique individual with the necessary skills and talents to succeed in the target school's program, you will definitely have to focus on what makes you stand out from your cohort. Raising your GMAT score to the 750 range, and improving your AWA score, would help. Continue working with the NGO - depth and breadth of involvement is much more important than adding other extracurricular activities. Your key is to show the leadership skills you've developed - and since leadership is all about people, your functional consulting experience will be a plus. You also have the opportunity to develop more leadership in your EC organization.

One area you might consider exploring is cross cultural experiences in order to add diversity to your portfolio. In a country as diverse as India, adopt a broad definition of the term cross cultural and seek opportunities in that arena; perhaps you can even tie into your personal hobbies of reading and road travel. Then be prepared to write/talk about them in a focused way.

Are you competitive at the top 10 US B-schools? That will require making a strong case first through your essays and then in the IV process. Due diligence in the research process will help you identify exactly how you fit with specific schools (and how you don't fit with others). Are you willing to consider schools outside the top 10? If so, what's your learning style? If you do well with the case study approach that HBS uses, consider exploring UVA Darden. If you want an urban location, add LBS or UCLA Anderson to your list of possibilities.
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Re: Profile Evaluation: Where do i stand? [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 21:34
Hi Robbie,

Thank you for the response.

I understand that Top 10 US B-schools will require a very strong application. I have started working on the areas you have mentioned.

As for the choice of schools, I am looking for a program that is mix of case based and experimental learning. Till now, I had my education in the lecture based format and I do not find it that appealing. Hence UCLA with its 70% lecture based approach is a no go. I am essentially looking for a general management program as I believe Consulting requires overall understanding of business. Therefore, I believe Wharton, Kellogg, Tuck, Ross, Duke and yes Darden are my target schools. Location is not my primary concern. I am really particular about involvement and personal attention (making Tuck my favorite school).

Just one last thing, am I realistic in my school choices?

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Re: Profile Evaluation: Where do i stand? [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2010, 02:14
Hi
could you please assess my profile:
31 male, project manager, 6 Years WE, international, married when 23, have two beautiful kids, I have master degree in Engineering management and Bachelor of electrical engineering. I did not take the gmat yet but I believe my score will be 650 to 680. I have strange undergrad transcript (Fs, many A+ , GPA 2.85, and the master degree 3.4/4) the Fs are not because of lack in intellectual ability but because i was working during the study and was feeding my family. and what make me proud is that I helped my younger brothers and sisters to complete their education and I completed my degree too by my OWN effort (no scholarship, no help at all). I consider this as the biggest achievement in my life.
I came poor family, but I worked hard and after five years from the graduation I became project manager and did master degree, currently I am managing a $140m project. I feel that doing an MBA will help me to move up to in my career. frankly, I was discouraging when I read many profiles here and read class profiles of the top schools. I believe also, that getting admitted not only depend on numbers and scores as it depends on the quality of the candidate himself. I believe I am good candidate. but again how can I show this to the adcom. ironic to have three managers reporting to me graduated from INSEAD and Duke!!
although the brand name is important in the MBAs, I do not pay more attention to it as I am very interesting in which program is suitable for me and I fit in.
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Re: Profile Evaluation: Where do i stand? [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2010, 21:01
sniper27 wrote:
Hi Robbie,

Thank you for the response.

I understand that Top 10 US B-schools will require a very strong application. I have started working on the areas you have mentioned.

As for the choice of schools, I am looking for a program that is mix of case based and experimental learning. Till now, I had my education in the lecture based format and I do not find it that appealing. Hence UCLA with its 70% lecture based approach is a no go. I am essentially looking for a general management program as I believe Consulting requires overall understanding of business. Therefore, I believe Wharton, Kellogg, Tuck, Ross, Duke and yes Darden are my target schools. Location is not my primary concern. I am really particular about involvement and personal attention (making Tuck my favorite school).

Just one last thing, am I realistic in my school choices?

Thank You


You're realistic, but remember that these schools are particularly competitive and that your cohort demands that your applications emphasize your unique strengths and what you as an individual bring to the school that is different from others.
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Re: Profile Evaluation: Where do i stand? [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2010, 21:10
oneyearmba wrote:
Hi
could you please assess my profile:
31 male, project manager, 6 Years WE, international, married when 23, have two beautiful kids, I have master degree in Engineering management and Bachelor of electrical engineering. I did not take the gmat yet but I believe my score will be 650 to 680. I have strange undergrad transcript (Fs, many A+ , GPA 2.85, and the master degree 3.4/4) the Fs are not because of lack in intellectual ability but because i was working during the study and was feeding my family. and what make me proud is that I helped my younger brothers and sisters to complete their education and I completed my degree too by my OWN effort (no scholarship, no help at all). I consider this as the biggest achievement in my life.
I came poor family, but I worked hard and after five years from the graduation I became project manager and did master degree, currently I am managing a $140m project. I feel that doing an MBA will help me to move up to in my career. frankly, I was discouraging when I read many profiles here and read class profiles of the top schools. I believe also, that getting admitted not only depend on numbers and scores as it depends on the quality of the candidate himself. I believe I am good candidate. but again how can I show this to the adcom. ironic to have three managers reporting to me graduated from INSEAD and Duke!!
although the brand name is important in the MBAs, I do not pay more attention to it as I am very interesting in which program is suitable for me and I fit in.
Best Regards,


Congratulations on the successes you have achieved thus far.

Evaluating your profile without a GMAT score and your goals for what you want to achieve in the future is just not possible. You're right that the admissions process does depend on the quality of the individual, but if you choose to apply to an MBA program, it will be necessary to explain why your undergraduate transcript has grades ranging from F to A+.
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Re: Profile Evaluation: Where do i stand? [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2010, 21:51
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oneyearmba wrote:
Hi
could you please assess my profile:
31 male, project manager, 6 Years WE, international, married when 23, have two beautiful kids, I have master degree in Engineering management and Bachelor of electrical engineering. I did not take the gmat yet but I believe my score will be 650 to 680. I have strange undergrad transcript (Fs, many A+ , GPA 2.85, and the master degree 3.4/4) the Fs are not because of lack in intellectual ability but because i was working during the study and was feeding my family. and what make me proud is that I helped my younger brothers and sisters to complete their education and I completed my degree too by my OWN effort (no scholarship, no help at all). I consider this as the biggest achievement in my life.
I came poor family, but I worked hard and after five years from the graduation I became project manager and did master degree, currently I am managing a $140m project. I feel that doing an MBA will help me to move up to in my career. frankly, I was discouraging when I read many profiles here and read class profiles of the top schools. I believe also, that getting admitted not only depend on numbers and scores as it depends on the quality of the candidate himself. I believe I am good candidate. but again how can I show this to the adcom. ironic to have three managers reporting to me graduated from INSEAD and Duke!!
although the brand name is important in the MBAs, I do not pay more attention to it as I am very interesting in which program is suitable for me and I fit in.
Best Regards,


Congratulations on the successes you have achieved thus far.

Evaluating your profile without a GMAT score and your goals for what you want to achieve in the future is just not possible. You're right that the admissions process does depend on the quality of the individual, but if you choose to apply to an MBA program, it will be necessary to explain why your undergraduate transcript has grades ranging from F to A+.
I explained this. I was working during my study, sometime I do not attend some classes due to many things I had to do in my work. you can see in my transcript that I achieved in Calculus A+, while F in project management !, A in electro magnetics, and F in Circuits. when I took the Circuits again I achieved A+. and for this specific reason I preferred to work more to mitigate this lack, also, I did achieve 3.4 / 4 in the Master degree. why mba, because I really feel that I need it, I feel sometimes that there is lack in my knowledge of how to run business from wider view. also, I feel saturated with working on sites and the work tends to be automatic and routine.
by the way, some of my friends graduated from the top ivy schools. they assess me as a good candidate for a good program. the GMAT I believe I will be around 650 to 690.
one more thing, I have full scholarship from my company. (I am middle eastern)
again, my question, is this profile usual, or is it fit in a good program?
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Re: Profile Evaluation: Where do i stand? [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2010, 21:57
one more thing, My future goals are very clear, I will continue working in the same field, but in higher level of management. the scholarship is conditional to work for my company but with promotion to the Program Director. ( the highest level of middle management in my organisation)
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Re: Profile Evaluation: Where do i stand? [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2010, 20:56
oneyearmba wrote:
RobbieWalker wrote:
oneyearmba wrote:
Hi
could you please assess my profile:
31 male, project manager, 6 Years WE, international, married when 23, have two beautiful kids, I have master degree in Engineering management and Bachelor of electrical engineering. I did not take the gmat yet but I believe my score will be 650 to 680. I have strange undergrad transcript (Fs, many A+ , GPA 2.85, and the master degree 3.4/4) the Fs are not because of lack in intellectual ability but because i was working during the study and was feeding my family. and what make me proud is that I helped my younger brothers and sisters to complete their education and I completed my degree too by my OWN effort (no scholarship, no help at all). I consider this as the biggest achievement in my life.
I came poor family, but I worked hard and after five years from the graduation I became project manager and did master degree, currently I am managing a $140m project. I feel that doing an MBA will help me to move up to in my career. frankly, I was discouraging when I read many profiles here and read class profiles of the top schools. I believe also, that getting admitted not only depend on numbers and scores as it depends on the quality of the candidate himself. I believe I am good candidate. but again how can I show this to the adcom. ironic to have three managers reporting to me graduated from INSEAD and Duke!!
although the brand name is important in the MBAs, I do not pay more attention to it as I am very interesting in which program is suitable for me and I fit in.
Best Regards,


Congratulations on the successes you have achieved thus far.

Evaluating your profile without a GMAT score and your goals for what you want to achieve in the future is just not possible. You're right that the admissions process does depend on the quality of the individual, but if you choose to apply to an MBA program, it will be necessary to explain why your undergraduate transcript has grades ranging from F to A+.
I explained this. I was working during my study, sometime I do not attend some classes due to many things I had to do in my work. you can see in my transcript that I achieved in Calculus A+, while F in project management !, A in electro magnetics, and F in Circuits. when I took the Circuits again I achieved A+. and for this specific reason I preferred to work more to mitigate this lack, also, I did achieve 3.4 / 4 in the Master degree. why mba, because I really feel that I need it, I feel sometimes that there is lack in my knowledge of how to run business from wider view. also, I feel saturated with working on sites and the work tends to be automatic and routine.
by the way, some of my friends graduated from the top ivy schools. they assess me as a good candidate for a good program. the GMAT I believe I will be around 650 to 690.
one more thing, I have full scholarship from my company. (I am middle eastern)
again, my question, is this profile usual, or is it fit in a good program?


My apologies for not making myself more clear about your grades. You will need to explain to the AdComs of the schools you apply to about your grades, and the usual place to do so is in an optional essay. The essays in total are used to highlight your qualifications for an MBA program, and you can take full advantage of that opportunity to underscore why you are a good fit with each particular school. Having a full scholarship from your company is a definite advantage. If your GMAT score is between 650 and 690, you should be able to target some good programs. Given your background, you might consider exploring schools that are strong in General Management. I'll be glad to offer specific school recommendations once you've taken the GMAT.
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Re: Profile Evaluation: Where do i stand? [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2010, 11:47
Thank you Robbie Walker for your reply. yes my target is the good schools in general management. I am preparing to write my gmat and once I finish it, I will start setting up a strategy to apply for Sep, 2012. it may be long time ahead but I believe in my case the early application would be better. By the way how to contact you?
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