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Retake GMAT... or live with it ???

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Retake GMAT... or live with it ??? [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2013, 01:08
Hello there !!

My Profile in brief detail :wink:

Nationality: Indian
GMAT: 700 (Q 49 V36)
GPA: 75% from a top 50 engineering school
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Work Experience: 7 years at Matriculation with a top Oil exploration and refining company (I worked only in downstream - refining)

4 Years: Mechanical Engineer - Maintenance. Lead a team of 6 technicians. Worked towards ensuring the reliability and availability of mech. equipment. Developed maintenance plans - Preventive and Predictive. Active involvement in Tendering and Contract Management.

2 Years: Senior Engineer - Maintenance and Projects. Leveraged the maintenance expertise to streamline and manage Revamp Project activities. Lead a team of over 40 technicians to complete shutdown activities well ahead of schedule. Job included planning, inter - department coordination and execution.

1 Year: Senior Engineer - Vigilance. Leveraged the technical and commercial expertise to bring systemic improvements across the organization. Focussed on areas that required system development or improvement and recommended changes to improve efficiency, transparency and effectiveness.

Leadership
• Elected Representative for Management Staff Association (Officer's association to liaison with the Management)
• Work profile full of leadership examples

Extra Curricular:
• Active Member of Toastmaster's Club
• Community Service through the CSR activities of my company - Organized blood donation camps, AIDS awareness campaigns etc.
• An active event organizer throughout my life - right from school till today. Was a member of Organizing Committee for Annual Tech. & Cultural fest at college. Active participation in organizing company events including handling venue, logistics, decor, liaison with speakers etc.

Future Plans:
Energy Consulting with a focus on sustainability.

Target Firms:
GE (internal consulting)
Bain
McKinsey

Backup Plan: Operations management in Energy industry. Target Firm: Shell, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, BP.

Wish to apply to:

1. Tuck
2. Duke Fuqua
3. Darden
4. UCLA
5) Johnson
6) Emory
7) Mc Combs
8) Kelley
9) Ivey, Canada
10) Rotman

I am skeptical in the following areas:

1. Should I retake GMAT? If I do, I expect to get 720-730. Should I devote the next month on GMAT or start preparing my apps ??

2. Do I have the USP to get into the programs mentioned above, considering I don't take another shot at GMAT ?? Request you to highlight any apparent weaknesses in my profile.

3. What schools should I focus on. A list of schools reputed for placements in the energy sector (Consulting and Operations).

Look forward to your response.
Thank You.

Best Regards,
KUNAL
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Great profile--b-schools like engineers with leadership and EC involvement so from that perspective you are looking good. As for GMAT, I normally would not recommend a retake with a 700, since you always risk getting lower and there is a big psychological difference in a 700 and a 690. Of course, you could certainly improve as well, but a marginal 10 or 20 points may not make all that much difference. Far better to take the time to get a couple of extra applications out instead. You have plenty of time to get most in for round one and possibly save a couple for round 2. Your list looks good and I am glad you have McCombs on there considering your post MBA career interests. Good rankings spread across reach, competitive and safety levels.
I would simply double check with the career service centers in your target schools to make sure your target firms recruit there. If so, you are off to the races. Let us know if we can help. sometimes a professional eye can really increase the value of your application.
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Re: Retake GMAT... or live with it ??? [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2013, 05:20
Hello Bryan,

Thank you so much for your prompt and encouraging response. I am in fact in the process of finalizing a consultant to help me out with my apps. I would love to get a best price quote from your end. I am interested in a package that would cover all the aspects of application (for 3 schools).

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KUNAL
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