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Location: India
Concentration: Technology, Strategy
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V41
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Tech -> MBA -> Tech | Please advise [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2013, 05:14
Hello,

Please have a look at my profile and suggest if my admissions strategy is fine.

- Academics:
BE (Comp Sci) Shivaji university (India) 68% (2007)
Designed an Artificial Intelligence based approach to enable mobile phones to read printed documents.

- GMAT:
730 V41 Q49 AWA 5 IR 8

- Work Experience:
6 years in telecom software development in India (Currently working with a market leader for a latin american client)
Part of the the A-team at the company, I get air-dropped around the world in crisis management role.
Part of global team of experts (105 out of around 30k) for training people across the organisation
Designed many optimization solutions which resulted in 70-80% performance improvements in current processes

- Extras
Lead college committees for various events, clubs and organisations.
Part of the CSR initiative at the company.

- Post MBA goal
Enter Product management/Marketing in big tech company

- Long term goal
tech entrepreneurship

I have currently sent my scores to UCLA, Darden, McCombs,Foster & Rotman based on my preliminary research.

Please advise if the schools are a stretch, fit or safe. Also kindly let me know if there are any other schools I should apply or drop some from the current list , considering my profile and goals.

Should I drop Darden and instead apply to Gatech ?

Thanks :)
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Hi there,

Thanks for sharing your profile. Overall you have a pretty strong profile, primary strengths being:

-GMAT, academics (and AI project in school sounds interesting)
-solid quantity and quality of work experience, particularly the points you included about your achievements and leadership roles etc
-some extracurriculars

Potential weaknesses:
-not that you can help it, but you are part of a common applicant profile-- Indian IT applicants. Your challenge will be to focus on standing out (which I think you can, if you include and feature the points you made about your work experience here etc)

Unknowns:

-not sure if you have many leadership and people management experiences to cite (but hopefully some you can include)
-could include more about your goals (obviously would need to in essays)
-essays/recs/interview-- likely much of your decision would wind up being based on these. Think of your essays as the one component of your application where you create something from scratch to represent who you are... so lots of potential here to make an impact and be remembered!!

As for schools, you should have a shot at the schools on your list, with Darden being a bit more challenging, and the rest I would think you should have a good chance with strong essays. In terms of brainstorming other schools, you may want to aim to match them with your longer-term goals, though you have a lot of different areas listed as long -term goals. For example, for Marketing you might want to add a school such as Kellogg (reach); Ross or Stern. Or for IT/tech, GA tech as you mentioned, or Tepper (. Finally, other programs known for entrepreneurship include Babson & Ross. Really depends on what programs you are most drawn to, and match your interests and goals, so I encourage you to keep researching!

Best of luck to you, let us know if you have other q's.
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