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Status: Preparing for Applications
Joined: 02 Jun 2011
Posts: 9
Location: India
Schools: ISB, Tepper, NUS, HEC
WE 1: 2.5 yrs- Systems Engineer, Infosys
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Profile Evalution for MBA admission [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2011, 04:16
Hi Stacy

I got in touch with you on twitter and you asked me to post my profile here for evaluation.
I am pursuing the following B-Schools (in order of priority) :
1) Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley -(full-time MBA)
2) HEC, Paris (full-time MBA)
3) National University of Singapore - (full-time MBA)
4) Hong Kong UST Business School
5) SDA Bocconi School of Management - (full-time MBA)
6) Duke University (Fuqua business school) - (full-time MBA)
7) Cornell University (Johnson business school) - (full-time MBA)
8) Emory University (Goizueta business school) -(full-time MBA)
9) Indiana University (Kelly Business School) -(full-time MBA)
10) Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper business school (MS in Computational Finance)

I have listed the above in order of my preference. Please let me know the universities in which I stand a chance for admission.
Please study the following for your evaluation:

Name: Abhishek Lekhi
Age : 24
GMAT Score: 700 (QA -49, VERBAL- 35, AWA -awaited)

School (class 10): St. John's High School, Chandigarh, India. Total Marks: 87.2%
School (class 12): DAV College, Chandigarh, India. Total Marks: 70.6%
Bachelor's degree:
Bachelor in Engineering (Information Technology)
from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.
aggregate marks: 61.5 %

Work Experience:
Company: Infosys Technologies Ltd.
Duration : 2.5 yrs (July 2009 - present)
Position: Systems Engineer
Projects: have been a part of 3 Software development projects and 1 Software Maintenance project for German Client (please let me know if the client name is necessary)
Project 1: Web application for Product Testing.
Technology used : Java Stuts 1.1
Project 2: Web application in Retail and Logistic and product shipment domain.
Technologies used : Java: Stripes, Spring Hibernate
Project 3: Web application for Product recommendation, approval and creation.
Technologies used : Java: Struts 2.0, Spring, JDBC Template
Maintenance project: Client co-ordination and global support for developed project.
Technology: Java Struts 1.1

In addition to my role as a software developer, I have played the following roles:

Configuration Controller: I am responsible for project code version maintenance, quality control, Build tools maintenance, Project release on client server and client coordination after release.

Database Administrator: I am responsible for highly equipped database servers both on offshore development environment as well as client location.

Extra Curricular Activities:
1) Operated own website based business venture 'DiscountAlley' from December 2008 to May 2009 in Chandigarh, India. Collaborated with various popular outlets throughout the city whereby listing discounts at these outlets exclusively for the users of the website. The outlet was charged a fixed monthly fee along with a variable fee corresponding to the number of promotional SMSs sent on the outlet's behalf.
We operated the business venture for a duration of 6 months. We had broken even in about 2 months and were drawing profits from the venture. But we decided to shut down the business due to lack of finances, since we were students back then and had limited sources finance for investment.

2) Presented own business plan GARBEN, which dealt with conversion of municipal plastic waste to hydrocarbon fuel, for venture capitalist funding at the following competitions:
1. Among Top 5 teams at IIT-Kharagpur- Jan '09
2. 2nd Position (tied with IIM-Ahmedabad) at Entrepreneurship-Summit,Feb 2009 Delhi College of Engineering
3. 1st position at PANJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE, Chandigarh -2007.
4. 1st position at THAPAR University, Patiala.
5. 2nd position in marketing plan competition-PANJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE.
6. 3rd position at IP University, New Delhi.
7 Finalists at IIT Roorkee - April 2009, IIT Kharagpur-January 2009,IT-BHU -Feb 2009,Thapar University, Patiala -April 2009,Venture Capitalist Pitch event at Entrepreneurship-summit held at Delhi College of Engineering-Feb 2009.

3) I am the Infosys campus ambassador for Teach for India for the year 2011-2012.
teach for India is an organization on the lines of Teach for America.

My responsibilities as the campus ambassador include:
1. Building awareness about the TFI movement
a. Mobilizing young professionals from my company and network to apply to TFI Fellowship
through posters, presentations, calls, e-mails, group discussions/debates, online and other
media
b. Help TFI organize events in my city for young professionals
2. Serve as a liaison between TFI and my network
a. Introduce TFI to the CSR/HR team of my company and explore possibilities of a partnership
b. Help coordinate a TFI presentation in my company or to an external network
3. Targeted Recruiting
a. Manage relationships with the high-potential candidates of my community/profile
b. Support TFI staff by managing conference calls with candidates of my profile
c. Solicit ~30 high-potential applications from my network
4. Stay in touch by attending calls and submitting my “Reporting Sheet” bi-weekly


4) I have been a part of the Rotaract Club, Chandigarh, India and participated in various social upliftment events.



I will be very grateful if you could evaluate my candidacy for the list of schools that I have provided.

Thank you and Regards
Abhishek Lekhi
City: Chandigarh
Country: India
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Re: Profile Evalution for MBA admission [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2011, 10:13
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Hi spunkyshek,

Thanks for posting. You have a strong candidacy. My largest worry is whether you will differentiate your application and whether you will be able to express your leadership experience.

You are applying to very competitive programs, so doing the above will be critical. First, I recommend you read this case study of a candidate who was accepted into Columbia, Tuck, and MIT:

http://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehens ... ies/case2/


Your GMAT score is strong. It is difficult for me to evaluate given the information listed because such a critical part of your application will be your personal essays and recommendations. Right now I recommend you identify what you want your "personal brand" to be (which 3 or 4 traits do you want an admissions team to remember) and then to make sure your essays and recommendations support this.

The list of schools you are interested in are also fairly broad. It would be a good idea to identify your goals post-graduation, and to see which one of the schools is the best fit for you. The MBA programs you identified will provide very different experiences.

Hope this was of help.

Cheers,

Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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Status: Preparing for Applications
Joined: 02 Jun 2011
Posts: 9
Location: India
Schools: ISB, Tepper, NUS, HEC
WE 1: 2.5 yrs- Systems Engineer, Infosys
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Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 1

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Re: Profile Evalution for MBA admission [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2011, 11:02
Hi Stacy

First of all thank you so much for the evaluation of my profile. It was extremely helpful and I have a few queries for which I would need your advice.
But before that I would like to ask something very important.

I was planning to apply for MBA at Cornell University (Johnson Business School). The first deadline for Cornell is 12-Oct-11 (in 5 days). I have currently not started preparing for the application. I have 2 questions regarding this:

1) Do you think it is advisable to submit the application in such haste just because it is the first deadline, and will have advantage over second deadline applications.
2) Is it a fact that the applicants of the First deadline have a higher probability of getting selected than the ones who apply in a later deadline? Or is this just a myth?

Thanks and Regards
Abhishek Lekhi
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Re: Profile Evalution for MBA admission [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2011, 11:41
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Hi spunkyshek,

I recommend you wait to apply in the second round when your application will be better prepared. From our experiences, there is no advantage to applying to the first round (the only exception is you should avoid applying to the last round).

Best,

Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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Intern
Intern
avatar
Status: Preparing for Applications
Joined: 02 Jun 2011
Posts: 9
Location: India
Schools: ISB, Tepper, NUS, HEC
WE 1: 2.5 yrs- Systems Engineer, Infosys
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 1

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Re: Profile Evalution for MBA admission [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2011, 11:15
Hi Stacy

I am planning to apply for the MSCF program at Tepper School of Business (Carneggie Mellon University).
I have no clue on what the Recommendations are composed of. Before I can ask someone at my worplace to recommend me, I need to tell them what actually comprises a recommendation.
Could you please direct me to a source which describes what format do recommendations follow generally, and what format does Tepper follow for recommendations in specific?

Thank you and Regards
Abhishek Lekhi
+91 9888028730
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