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Zero Work Experience: One week until GMAT exam (Please help) [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2013, 05:22
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I am requesting your help regarding selection of B-schools for management educations after graduation.

First, my profile:

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Academic Background:

- 10th ICSE: 87%
- 12th HSC: 83% (96% in Physics-Chemistry-Maths -- the only subjects I regarded pertinent then due to my engineering aspirations)
- MHT CET (Entrance exam for engineering): 191/200 (In the top 25, state-wide)
- Current CPI: ~9+ (9.81, 9.81, 10 in three semesters)

Leadership Roles:

- Managed a group of 10 people over 6 months as the Magazine Secretary to publish the annual publication (huge learning experience as far as leadership is concerned)
- Led a group of 10 people on a report-project over the course of 2 months (involved compilation, selection, editing and presentation on a topic; I coached a few friends to help their presentation as well - does this count?)
- Head Speakers' Club sessions every week (regularity subject to the presence and absence of exams/submissions etc.)

Awards:

- For scoring highest in Mechanics subject in the entire college in the first year

Extracurriculars:

- Debate enthusiast
- Started a Speakers' Club in college (moderately successful; )
- Key role in Décor team of a college fest (It was my friend's college; is this relevant? No certificate...)
- Participant of Creative Writing competition, Science Quiz etc.

Hobbies:

- Reading online articles on Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, Ancient History
- Writing poetry
- Reading online webcomics




GMATprep diagnostic test has given me a score of 760.

I have only one week before the exam and will have to submit five course names of my choice.

As the title says, I have zero work experience (I am still in my penultimate year of graduation). I have no specific fields in mind as of yet and am open to almost all specializations (except perhaps marketing). I have applied for ISB's YLP programme and have passed Round 1 of selection.

Getting to the point, I could figure that these seem to be the best courses for undergraduate students like me:

    The HBS 2+ 2 Program
    The LBS Master's in Management Program ACCELARATE
    The Duke MMS Program
    The Yale Silver Scholars Program
    The HEC Paris Master's in Management Program


Kindly suggest courses that would be perfect and courses that would be within my reach. I have tried to research but am thoroughly confused. Please help!

Thanks!


EDIT: Updated profile

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Re: Zero Work Experience: One week until GMAT exam (Please help) [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2013, 05:50
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Those are great programs to send your scores to, but don't forget, sending your scores does not mean you have to apply to these programs!
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Re: Zero Work Experience: One week until GMAT exam (Please help) [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2013, 05:55
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Those are great programs to send your scores to, but don't forget, sending your scores does not mean you have to apply to these programs!


Thanks for your prompt reply. I agree that I am not bound to apply for them, but I feel it would be prudent to know the schools I want to apply for in advance, lest I should waste my opportunity to send the score for 5 courses.

And while I agree that these are some of the best courses, I would really appreciate some light on their relevance to me, i.e. how realistic is it for me to go for these programmes and whether there are there any caveats I need to be aware of?
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Re: Zero Work Experience: One week until GMAT exam (Please help) [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2013, 06:43
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aerien wrote:
Those are great programs to send your scores to, but don't forget, sending your scores does not mean you have to apply to these programs!


Thanks for your prompt reply. I agree that I am not bound to apply for them, but I feel it would be prudent to know the schools I want to apply for in advance, lest I should waste my opportunity to send the score for 5 courses.

And while I agree that these are some of the best courses, I would really appreciate some light on their relevance to me, i.e. how realistic is it for me to go for these programmes and whether there are there any caveats I need to be aware of?


We have no idea... No where near enough info to give you any real advice on your chances... I think the main point of your post is this

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I have no specific fields in mind as of yet and am open to almost all specializations


if you have no idea why you want an MBA why are you planning on applying now? Take the GMAT do well, and just pick schools that you think you may want to apply to in the future. (hell my first attempt only had 1 school on it that I actually applied to) In the long run, $35 a school or whatever it is now is nothing. If you're debating shooting for the stars, fine, try HBS 2+2 and such... But stop thinking about where you're sending your scores and focus on the test... Where you send your scores really doesnt matter.

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Re: Zero Work Experience: One week until GMAT exam (Please help) [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2013, 08:51
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siddharthnishar92 wrote:
aerien wrote:
Those are great programs to send your scores to, but don't forget, sending your scores does not mean you have to apply to these programs!


Thanks for your prompt reply. I agree that I am not bound to apply for them, but I feel it would be prudent to know the schools I want to apply for in advance, lest I should waste my opportunity to send the score for 5 courses.

And while I agree that these are some of the best courses, I would really appreciate some light on their relevance to me, i.e. how realistic is it for me to go for these programmes and whether there are there any caveats I need to be aware of?


We have no idea... No where near enough info to give you any real advice on your chances... I think the main point of your post is this

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I have no specific fields in mind as of yet and am open to almost all specializations


if you have no idea why you want an MBA why are you planning on applying now? Take the GMAT do well, and just pick schools that you think you may want to apply to in the future. (hell my first attempt only had 1 school on it that I actually applied to) In the long run, $35 a school or whatever it is now is nothing. If you're debating shooting for the stars, fine, try HBS 2+2 and such... But stop thinking about where you're sending your scores and focus on the test... Where you send your scores really doesnt matter.

Good luck!


Thanks!

You make a valid point. The truth is that I am hoping to find orientation while I get introduced to various spheres of business in the duration of my studies. I come from an Engineering background and as such I feel there would be little learning in the positions that I could get (I could be wrong) as far as business management is concerned. While there would definitely be some learning, I feel that those two years could be better invested into educating myself, effectively making much more of the same time than I would have, had I opted to work in a position that may or may not give me a chance to discover myself.

I am open to suggestions though. Most of you here are more experienced than I am and in a much better position to comment...
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