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Request for profile evaluation Indian Female/IT [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2012, 09:32
Hi Paul,

I am 24 year old Indian Female working in IT industry with a work experience of 2 years and GMAT score of 720. I work in a Fortune 500 company one of the largest in its field. I also started an NGO with the help of colleagues but I am the alpha prime of the organization which is doing very well. I am from a family with a business background and would like to integrate traditional business practices with more modern approaches and start up new ventures in our company while continuing my philanthropic work and taking it to a national level. My cgpa is 7.4/10 from a NIT which is a premier institute of India and I participated in national chess competitions, pursuing tai chi and know 5 languages overall. Please do evaluate my profile and tell me which colleges I should apply.Or is it advisable for me wait a little longer? Will it be better if apply as a non-profit candidate than an IT professional? Thanks in advance!! :)
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Re: Request for profile evaluation Indian Female/IT [#permalink] New post 02 May 2012, 00:08
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Thanks for reaching out. You should only wait longer if you can impact your narrative - meaning your work experience, perspective, or skill set. I am going to link to a post I made previously because I believe it perfectly speaks to your situation:

AdamAACG wrote:
"Focus on: 1) perspective, 2) transferable skills, and 3) program interest.

The first is the most critical: perspective. What parts of the world have you seen, what people have you interacted with, what things have you learned, and is your vision for your life, etc. These are super important in a more crowded demo because it's not just similar names and faces ("class photo diversity" as I call it) that schools are looking to mix, but also experiences and vantage points. Part of the reason that Indian applicants get sort of ambushed in the admissions process is because the point of reference is so similar. Often strong family dynamics (usually dating back several generations), lots of non-profit and community activity (usually framed as "NGO" work), high achievement academically in areas of science and technology, client liaison work in a tech capacity, etc. All of these are great and none of them are any sort of "problem," but when a high volume of people share profile elements, it reduces what a b-school class can glean from adding another person with that perspective. So for an Indian Applicant (and also a White I-Banker or any other highly represented group), it's so important to reach for experiences that differentiate and show you have a really unique way of seeing the world, based on the life you've led. (Just to avoid the elephant in the room, yes, this is where we can provide a lot of help.)

Transferable skills are a similar ball of wax and just as important. You can imagine that if the above is true, then most Indian applicants are highlighting the same skill sets as well. (This is when transferable skills are being highlighted at all. I've blogged about this extensively, but SO many applicants miss points for failing to clearly articulate their skills that are transferable to the next job. Indeed, rather than say "I've done X, Y, and Z, people should be thinking in terms of I am excellent at A, B, and C." But I digress.) You want to think carefully about your ST goal, picture what that job calls for, imagine what the recruiter is going to want to say, and then articulate *those* skills in your essays. That will almost automatically diversify you from most in your demo.

Finally, you want to diversify your program interest. Get away from the popular programs and clubs and the brochure literature and dive into areas of true passion. Figure out what makes a school tick and drill down to its DNA. I always say that there are four levels of "school fit" articulation and there is a clear hierarchy to what you can achieve. Level 1 (worst) is aimless, one-size-fits-all stuff that could apply to any school (obviously). Level 2 is what the school markets itself to be (this is the bare minimum standard to hit). Level 3 is what the school actually is (much better), and Level 4 is what the school perceives itself to be (best of all). If you can tap into the fourth level, you will FOR SURE diversity your school fit arguments from 99% of the other applicants from ANY demo.


I hope this helps. If you have follow up questions after reviewing this pasted material, be sure to ask!

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Re: Request for profile evaluation Indian Female/IT [#permalink] New post 02 May 2012, 04:44
Thanks alot Adam... :)
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Re: Request for profile evaluation Indian Female/IT [#permalink] New post 03 May 2012, 13:55
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No problem!
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