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School selection done. Please advise [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2007, 23:03
Hi Paul,
You might remember that I had posted my profile (below) a long time back (say Feb-March) and had asked you for an evaluation. Now I believe that I am finally done with the school selection. The schools that I will be applying to are:

1. HBS
2. Wharton
3. Chicago
4. Kellogg
5. Darden
6. Michigan

All of these schools are within the top-15 and I strongly believe that given my profile, I am definitely competitive within the top 15. Do you think that I am being a little too ambitious putting all my eggs in one basket? Or should look a little lower in the rankings? Thank you for your views.

- KK

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Hi Paul,

I am an Indian looking to start my MBA in fall, '08. Please give me an honest appraisal of my profile.

Backround

Age: 24 (will be 25 when I join)
Enthnicity: Indian
Background: IT (What else?! :-D)

Academics

Undergrad: B.E (Electronics) from an no-name institute. I don't know my GPA as we work on a percentage system. However, I scored in the highest possible class (distinction). I realised the importance of a good brand name a little too late. Well, I can't do much about that now, can I?!

GMAT: 760 (Q49, V46, AWA 4.5)

Work-Experience

Full time:
I. Right after graduating, I worked for a year in an Indian software services company. The highlights:
1. Within a few months, I was leading a team of 3 people. Two were freshers right out of college (like me). The third was an existing employee with 3 years of experience.
2. Collaborated closely with the Project Manager for resource allocation, scheduling, etc. (Normally people with 5+ years of experience get to do these things.)
3. Goes without saying that I got an 'Above Expectation' rating.
4. The COO of the organization (one of the 20 most influential people in my country) intervened and attempted to keep me from leaving when I asked to leave the organization. We met up and spoke a number of times. I did a couple of odd jobs for him (eg. helped edit his book on Entrepreneurship published by Penguin India which is now available in bookstores ).Even though I ended up leaving the organization, I still maintain an excellent relationship with the man.

Why did I leave? The organization was not a good 'fit' for me. I felt very caged in the organization and I also felt that it was not appreciative of the fact that there is more to life than work. The COO perfectly understood my reasons for leaving and like I said, we still are in touch.

II. I joined a leading German software development firm and have been working here since. The highlights:
1. Leading a team of 3 members (all of whom are senior to me by atleast 1 year).
2. Excellent rapport with the project manager and the program director.
3. Goes without saying that I got an 'Above Expectation' rating.
4. Interact regularly with international colleagues and have also got appreciations from some of them.
5. Was a member of the seed team (8 people) for Knowledge Transfer certification process for our line of business (about 170 people)

Part time:
I. Worked in a leading BPO during my final year in college. The highlights:
1. This is actually a full time job, not a part time one. I balanced a full-time job, a full-time job and a project at college for almost 6 months.
2. I got the award for the most promising trainee and was a consistent high performer throughout my tenure there.

Why did I do it? I wanted to develop and enhance my communication skills and get a feel of what it is to actually interact with customers, solve problems, multi task and think on the fly. I believe I benefited immensely from the experience.

Extra-curriculars
1. I play the drums. I played for a leading professional rock band in Bangalore. The band included some of the most senior musicians from my city.
2. I am actively involved with the community service wing of my organization. No, I'm not just another volunteer. When I joined the organization, the community service team was practically dead. A couple of like minded volunteers and me swung in and now the team has really picked up. The size has grown from 5 to 50+. We also won accolades for our work from the MD for our organization in India.
3. Part of the founding team (6 people) for the organization wide (4 countries - India, Germany, Israel and the USA) community service newsletter. I also sit on the editorial board for the same.

MBA concentration interests:
I hope to concentrate in GM/Strategy as I wish to join a prestigous strategy consulting firm (read as McK, Bain and BCG) after my MBA.

Post-MBA short term goals:
Join as an associate in a prestigous strategy consulting firm (read as McK, Bain and BCG) after my MBA.

Long-term career goals:
I wish to work in the Strategy consulting industry for about 10-15 years and then transfer to an organization at a very senior executive (say.... MD) level.

To achieve these goals, I hope/wish to do an MBA from a top 10 university (US-East coast only). However, I do realize that the competition is fierce to say the least! So I would like you to recommend 5 universities (2 strech, 2 reach and 1 safe) based on the following criteria:
1. My profile
2. My interests (GM/Strategy)
3. My post-MBA short term goal: Management consulting

If you are still reading this(:-D ), thank you for taking the time to go through my post. I apologise for the rambling. But as you can see, this MBA is going to be a very important part of my life. So please bear with me. Thanks a ton for your time! I hope to hear from you soon.

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Re: Profile Evaluation (Disclaimer: VERY detailed post insid [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2007, 22:59
KingKREEP wrote:
Hi Paul,

I am an Indian looking to start my MBA in fall, '08. Please give me an honest appraisal of my profile.

Backround

Age: 24 (will be 25 when I join)
Enthnicity: Indian
Background: IT (What else?! :-D)

Academics

Undergrad: B.E (Electronics) from an no-name institute. I don't know my GPA as we work on a percentage system. However, I scored in the highest possible class (distinction). I realised the importance of a good brand name a little too late. Well, I can't do much about that now, can I?!

GMAT: 760 (Q49, V46, AWA 4.5)

Work-Experience

Full time:
I. Right after graduating, I worked for a year in an Indian software services company. The highlights:
1. Within a few months, I was leading a team of 3 people. Two were freshers right out of college (like me). The third was an existing employee with 3 years of experience.
2. Collaborated closely with the Project Manager for resource allocation, scheduling, etc. (Normally people with 5+ years of experience get to do these things.)
3. Goes without saying that I got an 'Above Expectation' rating.
4. The COO of the organization (one of the 20 most influential people in my country) intervened and attempted to keep me from leaving when I asked to leave the organization. We met up and spoke a number of times. I did a couple of odd jobs for him (eg. helped edit his book on Entrepreneurship published by Penguin India which is now available in bookstores ).Even though I ended up leaving the organization, I still maintain an excellent relationship with the man.

Why did I leave? The organization was not a good 'fit' for me. I felt very caged in the organization and I also felt that it was not appreciative of the fact that there is more to life than work. The COO perfectly understood my reasons for leaving and like I said, we still are in touch.

II. I joined a leading German software development firm and have been working here since. The highlights:
1. Leading a team of 3 members (all of whom are senior to me by atleast 1 year).
2. Excellent rapport with the project manager and the program director.
3. Goes without saying that I got an 'Above Expectation' rating.
4. Interact regularly with international colleagues and have also got appreciations from some of them.
5. Was a member of the seed team (8 people) for Knowledge Transfer certification process for our line of business (about 170 people)

Part time:
I. Worked in a leading BPO during my final year in college. The highlights:
1. This is actually a full time job, not a part time one. I balanced a full-time job, a full-time job and a project at college for almost 6 months.
2. I got the award for the most promising trainee and was a consistent high performer throughout my tenure there.

Why did I do it? I wanted to develop and enhance my communication skills and get a feel of what it is to actually interact with customers, solve problems, multi task and think on the fly. I believe I benefited immensely from the experience.

Extra-curriculars
1. I play the drums. I played for a leading professional rock band in Bangalore. The band included some of the most senior musicians from my city.
2. I am actively involved with the community service wing of my organization. No, I'm not just another volunteer. When I joined the organization, the community service team was practically dead. A couple of like minded volunteers and me swung in and now the team has really picked up. The size has grown from 5 to 50+. We also won accolades for our work from the MD for our organization in India.
3. Part of the founding team (6 people) for the organization wide (4 countries - India, Germany, Israel and the USA) community service newsletter. I also sit on the editorial board for the same.

MBA concentration interests:
I hope to concentrate in GM/Strategy as I wish to join a prestigous strategy consulting firm (read as McK, Bain and BCG) after my MBA.

Post-MBA short term goals:
Join as an associate in a prestigous strategy consulting firm (read as McK, Bain and BCG) after my MBA.

Long-term career goals:
I wish to work in the Strategy consulting industry for about 10-15 years and then transfer to an organization at a very senior executive (say.... MD) level.

To achieve these goals, I hope/wish to do an MBA from a top 10 university (US-East coast only). However, I do realize that the competition is fierce to say the least! So I would like you to recommend 5 universities (2 strech, 2 reach and 1 safe) based on the following criteria:
1. My profile
2. My interests (GM/Strategy)
3. My post-MBA short term goal: Management consulting

If you are still reading this(:-D ), thank you for taking the time to go through my post. I apologise for the rambling. But as you can see, this MBA is going to be a very important part of my life. So please bear with me. Thanks a ton for your time! I hope to hear from you soon.


KingKREEP,

I like a man with very focused questions. :) "Stretches" and "reaches" are the same thing so I will asume you mean 2 stretches, 2 competitives, and 1 safety. Based on your strong profile, your 2 stretches could be Harvard and Tuck/Columbia, your competitives could be Wharton and MIT, and your safety could be Virginia.

Good luck,
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Re: Profile Evaluation (Disclaimer: VERY detailed post insid [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2007, 23:59
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Thanks for the info (and the compliment) Paul! What about C-GSB? I was looking at that school and I kinda liked what I saw. Which pool would that fall into for me - Strech, Competitive or Safety?

P.S: You must be one hell of patient person to go through my entire post! Appreciate it...thanks a ton! :thanks

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Re: Profile Evaluation (Disclaimer: VERY detailed post insid [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2007, 16:13
KingKREEP wrote:
pbodine wrote:

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Thanks for the info (and the compliment) Paul! What about C-GSB? I was looking at that school and I kinda liked what I saw. Which pool would that fall into for me - Strech, Competitive or Safety?

P.S: You must be one hell of patient person to go through my entire post! Appreciate it...thanks a ton! :thanks

- kingKREEP


I would put Chicago in the "competitives" category.
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Re: Profile Evaluation (Disclaimer: VERY detailed post insid [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2007, 00:07
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Thank you for the info Paul! Now I'm going to get my hands on your book. It comes very highly recommended by some of the gmatclub members. :cool
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Re: Profile Evaluation (Disclaimer: VERY detailed post insid [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2007, 18:26
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pbodine wrote:
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Thank you for the info Paul! Now I'm going to get my hands on your book. It comes very highly recommended by some of the gmatclub members. :cool


Thanks, I hope you find it helpful.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2007, 19:03
Hi Paul,
You might remember that I had posted my profile (below) a long time back (say Feb-March) and had asked you for an evaluation. Now I believe that I am finally done with the school selection. The schools that I will be applying to are:

1. HBS
2. Wharton
3. Chicago
4. Kellogg
5. Darden
6. Michigan

All of these schools are within the top-15 and I strongly believe that given my profile, I am definitely competitive within the top 15. Do you think that I am being a little too ambitious putting all my eggs in one basket? Or should look a little lower in the rankings? Thank you for your views.

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2007, 08:03
KingKREEP wrote:
Hi Paul,
You might remember that I had posted my profile (below) a long time back (say Feb-March) and had asked you for an evaluation. Now I believe that I am finally done with the school selection. The schools that I will be applying to are:

1. HBS
2. Wharton
3. Chicago
4. Kellogg
5. Darden
6. Michigan

All of these schools are within the top-15 and I strongly believe that given my profile, I am definitely competitive within the top 15. Do you think that I am being a little too ambitious putting all my eggs in one basket? Or should look a little lower in the rankings? Thank you for your views.

- KK


KK,

You might be reaching a bit high, so if you really need to be in an MBA program next fall you might add one or two safeties, but you should be competitive at many of these schools.

Good luck,
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2007, 21:14
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KingKREEP wrote:
Hi Paul,
You might remember that I had posted my profile (below) a long time back (say Feb-March) and had asked you for an evaluation. Now I believe that I am finally done with the school selection. The schools that I will be applying to are:

1. HBS
2. Wharton
3. Chicago
4. Kellogg
5. Darden
6. Michigan

All of these schools are within the top-15 and I strongly believe that given my profile, I am definitely competitive within the top 15. Do you think that I am being a little too ambitious putting all my eggs in one basket? Or should look a little lower in the rankings? Thank you for your views.

- KK


KK,

You might be reaching a bit high, so if you really need to be in an MBA program next fall you might add one or two safeties, but you should be competitive at many of these schools.

Good luck,


Thanks for the input Paul. Appreciate it.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2007, 19:22
KingKREEP wrote:
pbodine wrote:
KingKREEP wrote:
Hi Paul,
You might remember that I had posted my profile (below) a long time back (say Feb-March) and had asked you for an evaluation. Now I believe that I am finally done with the school selection. The schools that I will be applying to are:

1. HBS
2. Wharton
3. Chicago
4. Kellogg
5. Darden
6. Michigan

All of these schools are within the top-15 and I strongly believe that given my profile, I am definitely competitive within the top 15. Do you think that I am being a little too ambitious putting all my eggs in one basket? Or should look a little lower in the rankings? Thank you for your views.

- KK


KK,

You might be reaching a bit high, so if you really need to be in an MBA program next fall you might add one or two safeties, but you should be competitive at many of these schools.

Good luck,


Thanks for the input Paul. Appreciate it.


You're welcome.
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