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Profile review : GMAT 700, WE ~4 yrs, interested in MC

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Joined: 10 Jun 2010
Posts: 48
Location: India
GMAT 1: 700 Q V
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
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Profile review : GMAT 700, WE ~4 yrs, interested in MC [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2012, 01:27
WORK EX
~4.5 years’ experience in cloud computing, virtualization and security domains.
3 years in McAfee, 1 year in Citrix as Software Quality Assurance Engineer.
IT Skills – Responsible for overall product quality, collaboration with global teams, test execution and reporting
Non IT skills - Sales enablement, project management, hiring and mentoring, setting up new processes etc. Indirectly leading a team of 5 members. Have mentored 9 people.

ACADS
GMAT: 700 - (Quant - 49, Verbal – 36), yet to receive AWA scores
B.TECH - 83.3% (CS)
12TH - 70%
CFA Level II candidate PRINCE2 foundation certified - Project management
ITIL v3 foundation certified- IT Service Management
CompTIA Security+ certified - Security domain

ACHIEVEMENTS
rated >4 (out of 5) for 3 years of operations in McAfee
‘Employee of the Quarter' award in McAfee
Stock Grant Bonus for outstanding performance
Spot Bonus for outstanding performance
Promoted within completing 1 year in McAfee

EXTRA CURRICULAR
Freelance test mentoring for a 2 year old tech start-up, also gave a talk to its employees
Service-lead, managing CSR activities for my present team of 20.
Program-manager for McAfee's CSR initiative for 2 years, managed team of 50 volunteers.
Elected student representative - Mess committee in college
Prefect/ House Captain in final year of school
Editor of school magazine in 11th standard

AREA OF INTEREST
Management consulting, general management, strategy

TARGET COLLEGES
Kellogg, ISB, NUS so far.
Looking for colleges in US or APAC region mostly.

QUESTIONS
1. Which 2 colleges should i choose as backups for my area of interest?
2. Which 2 colleges do you think I have a fair chance of getting in?
3. Which 2 colleges do you think I can get in with a bit of luck and carefully crafted application?

Thanks for the help!
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Re: Profile review : GMAT 700, WE ~4 yrs, interested in MC [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2012, 09:26
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Hi Rajat,

As you are aware, you fall into that unlucky pool of Indian Male IT applicants -- due to the vast majority of candidates with your background, your odds will be a little tougher than for people outside this pool. It means that you'll really have to work to differentiate yourself from this candidate pool in order to improve your chances.

As your profile stands right now, it looks very similar to applicants in this pool : strong academics, excellent performance in a mainly IT role, mentorship and project management responsibility, strong firm stewardship, but not much in the way of outside of work extracurricular and community leadership. Your college activities are good, but that was quite some time ago.

You could try for Cornell or Tepper as backs ups -- it's difficult to narrow it to two schools. Even these programs are getting more and more competitive over the years, so shouldn't necessarily be considered guarantees. Perhaps UNC would be a good safety? Depends a lot on what you are looking for outside of your area of interest, but that's the range I would shoot for for 'safeties.'

I think you could definitely try for and be considered at UVA and/or Duke. ISB and NUS are definite possibilities. I'd put these programs in the 'fair chance' category. I think Kellogg is going to be too far a reach, but would say you could try for Michigan and maybe Tuck (still a bit of a long shot given their small class size and low acceptance rate).

Hope that this helps,
Mili


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