First of all, thanks for taking the time to respond to countless "profile evaluation" posts, I'm sure everyone on the forum appreciates your time. I'm hoping to receive some feedback on my profile:
26, Male, Indian, residing in Canada (8 yrs)
UG : University of Windsor, Canada. Mechanical Engineering, 3.5 GPA, Graduated '06
GMAT : 760, Verbal 42/95%, Quant 50/95%, AWA 5.5 - June 2007
CFA Level 1 Candidate Examination passed - Jan 2008
CFA Level 2 Candidate Examination passed - June 2009
Candidate seeking the CPIM designation
Work Experience : 4 yrs (to date) Petrochemicals, Automotive Plastics
My current company is a mid-sized Automotive Tier 1 supplier
- My current position was newly created to manage marketing, R&D and Engineering Program Management within a new industry segment that my company has recently entered. As such, I have lead our successful expansion within this segment over the past 2 years and can provide sufficient examples of cross-functional leadership, etc.
- I liaison with customer groups across North America in a sales/marketing role in addition to my engineering responsibilities.
- I've taken on additional duties as a result of the recession and now lead my company's strategic efforts to innovate/incorporate new manufacturing technologies, as well as marketing these technologies to customers.
- In my spare time I volunteer at a consulting organization that provides free strategy/management consulting to non-profits.
- Director of Events at a spiritual/support network for young professionals
- Founding Member, Golden Key International Society at my local chapter (although I'm not very active at the moment)
- Volunteered at Seniors' residences, etc during UG
I've lived/studied in India, Nigeria and Canada and can bring a fairly broad international background to the MBA experience. I play for the local squash league and enjoy DSLR photography.
I'm looking for an MBA focussed on Strategy / Operations. I'd like to work in a "creative production" field that somewhat utilizes my technical background. I wrote the CFA exams to prove that I can hold my own against the best at b-school, but I don't have an inclination towards a Finance MBA. Long term, I'd like to see myself assisting North-American companies to expand their operations into emerging markets such as India.
I've spent the last year visiting campuses to short-list my schools, and my list currently stands as per below (in no particular order). I've added in some comments, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
-Columbia (loved the campus & classes that I attended, generally got a good vibe. Will have to work hard to prove fit though..)
-MIT (Visited campus, I assume this would be a good fit with my goals, but I don't know if I want to go to b-school with a bunch of engineers much like me?)
Visited Booth, thought it was too finance focussed and didn't really connect with the campus. Visited Harvard, I know this may be a good "fit" with my goals, but I found the students / adcoms a bit snobbish and the spread-out campus didn't click with me.
I'm not looking for a technology/entrepreneurship MBA, so I haven't considered the West Coast. Is that a mistake? Should I be looking at additional schools based on my profile/goals?
That was fairly long. I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts!
I definitely think it is a mistake for you not to consider Stanford
, and UCLA
. In terms of your goals, MIT
is an excellent option, but if you want a less techie/engineering environment then Tuck
, and Kellogg
would be good alternatives and less engineering focused.
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