1) Brief description of your full-time work experience
Age: 23 yrs
Work Ex: 24 months in July 2012
Working in India in an IT Services Outsourcing Company as part of a cadre building initiative called the "Fast Track Management Development Program".
Worked as a Software Developer for 8 months. Currently working as a Business Analyst in Financial Services for 8 months now. Next role will be that of a Project Manager.
2) Your GMAT
Planning to write GMAT after June 2012.
3) College info:
B Tech in Information Technology, Class of 2010 from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka Surathkal (India). Ranked amongst the top 10 colleges in India.
My GPA on a scale of 10 (as we have that in India) was 9.01, this was in the top 5% of the class.
4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
Was the Student Convener of the College's Entrepreneurship Club.
Was actively a part of the team (for all 4 years) that was responsible for the print media & online publicity of the College's Technical Fest.
Currently mentoring a group of 2-3 new recruits to my program at work.
5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
CFA Level 1 Candidate (wrote the Level 1 in December 2011).
Waiting for the result, and in case I manage to pass, planning to write the Level 2 in June 2012 & the GMAT thereafter.
6) Your target programs.
7) Your post-MBA goal.
Using my IT experience & financial domain knowledge in order to get into a techno-management role.
Could you also help me with the other schools I can target with my profile?
Your GPA is great and your role in the fast-track professional program is a plus. As soon as it puts you in a position to make strategic decisions (and not just technical decisions) for organizations - either clients or internally for your own company - then you will be able to demonstrate that you have the leadership ability to match your obvious intelligence and previous extracurricular leadership. You may be making those kinds of decisions and influencing people above you in the organization already. If so, then a 720 or higher GMAT would be your target score for the likes of Columbia and Stern.
I also recommend you consider Master of Information Systems Management programs like Carnegie Mellon
's, UC Berkeley
's, and NYU
's. These are degrees that combine technology and business management.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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