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Request a Profile Evaluation Please. [#permalink] New post 25 May 2014, 11:14
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Hi Paul,

Thank you for helping us - the applicants - selflessly and I hope you continue the great work!

Target Schools - HBS, Kellogg(MMM), Stanford (MBA+MA in Education) in the order of preference.
Possibly Duke and Ross or INSEAD and IMD if EVERYTHING fails :roll: . I'm looking at only the top 5 - 7 schools (200K of debts makes sense only then)
Please feel free to suggest other schools to widen my reach as you go through my profile. :idea:

Snapshot:

GMAT: 2nd attempt : 730, Q-50,V-39, AWA-5. 1st attempt : 560, Q-48,V-19,AWA-5 : 3 years back...Don't ask what happened during the verbal section :evil:
GPA: (If converted 2.9 to 3.3 depends from site to site) Actually it is 57.4% - high second division in the top 5% in the batch of 440
Details of UG: University of Mumbai - Bachelor of Science: Major-Mathematics, Minor-Computer Science. Graduate: 2004. 3 year integrated degree - really rigorous and tough subjects at least for my poor brain...And in the process to gain PMP certification by the time of application.

Solid work experience until now: 10 years in Education Technology (ed-tech). 1 year of teaching + 5 years of BD + 4 years of Product Development.
Worked in India, Brazil, 3 countries in Middle East, 2 countries in North Africa (less than 3 months at each) and now in US. I have worked in startups and SMEs only.
Professional Accomplishments have been Fantastic. I have phenomenal hands on approach and have worn multiple hats with proven results. Led direct and indirect - international teams of 4-25 across India, US, Middle East and North Africa. Have proved to be 3 steps ahead of my peers but this also made me hit the glass ceiling faster; One MAJOR reason why I want to do my MBA esp. And I have a lot of success and failure stories!

Community Service: founded a not for profit for K-12 teachers training in Mumbai in Aug 2013. And in the past 10 years have volunteered in quite a few places teaching, mentoring, volunteering in various positions and admin jobs.

Short-term Goals
Plan 1: Growing in my current role of Prod Dev in established companies like Google, MS, Amazon, VMw, Apple and Samsung who have a well defined education vertical. They also have sales,marketing and general strategy mgmt roles, so I am keen on either.
Plan 2: Shift to strategy consulting for at least 3-4 years in companies like McK, Parthenon, Advisory Board and Huron who have an established social sector vertical with education as key component and McK is always open to take specialists. This will also help me repay the loans faster :-D (and after this stint I can always jump into Google/MS/Amazon but the other way around is not going to be easy)
Back-up Plan 3: i.e. If either 1/2 fail....leadership rotational program in companies like Samsung, FB, GE, J&J, NIKE, etc. There are over 20+ companies in various sectors offering these 2 year LRP. But my heart goes for 1 & 2...

Long-term Goal - They are hazy but I'm trying to weave a story :wink: ...would appreciate your help on this one!
Plan 1: Open an education focused consulting and PE firm with my wife - she is from Booth and hardcore "quants" background (is it too far fetched?? )
Plan 2: Start a chain of "model" schools in India, US and Middle East not like KIPPS but something that makes people say "wow! this truly is a school of learning". This will be a private venture.
Plan 3: Become the education minister of the state/country in India or US to bring about the systemic changes necessary so that every school can become a "model" school....without me having to build my chain of schools...in fact I have an actual live case study on this. Hence for plan 3 I am planning MPP+MBA from HBS...your expert thoughts, Paul?

Personal Accomplishments: I have been a theatre actor for 7 years. Chess state ranked player. Led school and college cricket and table tennis teams at various state, regional and national events. But these were all during school and undergrad.

In my candidature i'm concerned about three things:
1. Age on the older side 33 at the time of application - Double edged sword 8-)
2. No big/brand names on CV :oops:
3. Never paused to complete a prior Masters (only a 3yr UG degree) :|

Look forward to your reply and detailed evaluation of my candidature. And thank you again.
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Re: Request a Profile Evaluation Please. [#permalink] New post 26 May 2014, 15:07
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Hey Topgun81,

Thanks for reaching out to me.

I will try to address your questions and concerns one by one because in your original post there is quite a lot of information that I had to digest. If I missed something, please let me know and I will do my best follow-up.

With respect to age, you are a bit on the older side – but you know that. The truth is I would not worry about it too much – because this is a factor that you cannot control. I have had applicants who are even older than you get into full-time programs in the past 2 years. What it comes down to is that if the admissions committee is probably that, they are going to a problem with it. End of story. But, I believe that you have enough of a compelling story and background for a number of schools to get over this facet of your background.

With respect to the lack of Masters degree, I would not worry about this either. The way I would look at it is this – what would this Masters degree have done for you other than provide you another piece of paper that you can reference on your resume? If it would have made you a better professional – or then maybe it is a missed opportunity. But no one can ever say that for sure - not you nor the admissions committee. What I can tell you is that the admissions committee values work experience more than another degree. You do not really gain leadership experience from a degree, you gain it from work or from activities outside of work. So again, do not worry about this because it is not going to be a huge negative or a positive (if you had a Masters degree).

Concerning your short-term goals – if you want to consider what these MBA programs are set up to do. They are set up to pump out consultants, finance professionals, strategists and general managers – among a few other types of professionals. That being said, if you look at the employment reports for any of the top 10 schools you will see that (percentage of graduates that become) consultants range from the low 30s to the low 40s. My advice when it comes to short-term goals is to be as conservative as possible - especially as international student. You are already behind the gun when it comes to opportunities, because companies will be required to sponsor you and that costs money. So follow the path that can leverage all of your current experiences in educational software. Now product development or management might seem like a logical path, but not if the school does not produce those types of graduates (and thus send them into those types of jobs). So I believe that it is better to state that you want to become a consultant – even a management consultant – and that you want to work with companies/clients who are in the educational space. You can also say that your clients could be state entities, such as school districts or governmental education agencies (or even nonprofits for that matter.) Another area of work that you should consider is a short-term goal would be working for a charter management organization – also known as a charter school. This is a hot area when it comes to education the United States, and these charter school organizations have an affinity for MBA graduates.
Perhaps you could even try something like this for short-term goal - "Graduating from HBS, I will hold a technology/operations management position for a charter school organization in the Boston area. In my role, I will build and improve the processes required to bring innovation into classrooms." Simple as that.

I do like options 2 and 3 that you list for possible long-term goals. I would avoid the private equity route or anything related to it if you have not been in in finance.
But how about this as a long-term goal? "My eventual plan is to start a consultancy that provides strategic advice to clients in the Indian education sector." That would leverage you short-term consulting experience ( as defined by your short-term goals) and would allow you to state how you plan on helping to remake or remold the state of the Indian educational system – especially in poor areas (or something like that).

I hope the above helps.

Respectfully,
Paul Lanzillotti

Topgun81 wrote:
Hi Paul,

Thank you for helping us - the applicants - selflessly and I hope you continue the great work!

Target Schools - HBS, Kellogg(MMM), Stanford (MBA+MA in Education) in the order of preference.
Possibly Duke and Ross or INSEAD and IMD if EVERYTHING fails :roll: . I'm looking at only the top 5 - 7 schools (200K of debts makes sense only then)
Please feel free to suggest other schools to widen my reach as you go through my profile. :idea:

Snapshot:

GMAT: 2nd attempt : 730, Q-50,V-39, AWA-5. 1st attempt : 560, Q-48,V-19,AWA-5 : 3 years back...Don't ask what happened during the verbal section :evil:
GPA: (If converted 2.9 to 3.3 depends from site to site) Actually it is 57.4% - high second division in the top 5% in the batch of 440
Details of UG: University of Mumbai - Bachelor of Science: Major-Mathematics, Minor-Computer Science. Graduate: 2004. 3 year integrated degree - really rigorous and tough subjects at least for my poor brain...And in the process to gain PMP certification by the time of application.

Solid work experience until now: 10 years in Education Technology (ed-tech). 1 year of teaching + 5 years of BD + 4 years of Product Development.
Worked in India, Brazil, 3 countries in Middle East, 2 countries in North Africa (less than 3 months at each) and now in US. I have worked in startups and SMEs only.
Professional Accomplishments have been Fantastic. I have phenomenal hands on approach and have worn multiple hats with proven results. Led direct and indirect - international teams of 4-25 across India, US, Middle East and North Africa. Have proved to be 3 steps ahead of my peers but this also made me hit the glass ceiling faster; One MAJOR reason why I want to do my MBA esp. And I have a lot of success and failure stories!

Community Service: founded a not for profit for K-12 teachers training in Mumbai in Aug 2013. And in the past 10 years have volunteered in quite a few places teaching, mentoring, volunteering in various positions and admin jobs.

Short-term Goals
Plan 1: Growing in my current role of Prod Dev in established companies like Google, MS, Amazon, VMw, Apple and Samsung who have a well defined education vertical. They also have sales,marketing and general strategy mgmt roles, so I am keen on either.
Plan 2: Shift to strategy consulting for at least 3-4 years in companies like McK, Parthenon, Advisory Board and Huron who have an established social sector vertical with education as key component and McK is always open to take specialists. This will also help me repay the loans faster :-D (and after this stint I can always jump into Google/MS/Amazon but the other way around is not going to be easy)
Back-up Plan 3: i.e. If either 1/2 fail....leadership rotational program in companies like Samsung, FB, GE, J&J, NIKE, etc. There are over 20+ companies in various sectors offering these 2 year LRP. But my heart goes for 1 & 2...

Long-term Goal - They are hazy but I'm trying to weave a story :wink: ...would appreciate your help on this one!
Plan 1: Open an education focused consulting and PE firm with my wife - she is from Booth and hardcore "quants" background (is it too far fetched?? )
Plan 2: Start a chain of "model" schools in India, US and Middle East not like KIPPS but something that makes people say "wow! this truly is a school of learning". This will be a private venture.
Plan 3: Become the education minister of the state/country in India or US to bring about the systemic changes necessary so that every school can become a "model" school....without me having to build my chain of schools...in fact I have an actual live case study on this. Hence for plan 3 I am planning MPP+MBA from HBS...your expert thoughts, Paul?

Personal Accomplishments: I have been a theatre actor for 7 years. Chess state ranked player. Led school and college cricket and table tennis teams at various state, regional and national events. But these were all during school and undergrad.

In my candidature i'm concerned about three things:
1. Age on the older side 33 at the time of application - Double edged sword 8-)
2. No big/brand names on CV :oops:
3. Never paused to complete a prior Masters (only a 3yr UG degree) :|

Look forward to your reply and detailed evaluation of my candidature. And thank you again.

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