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New post 16 Jan 2015, 07:09
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1) Brief description of full-time work experience. - Market Research & Consulting- Sr Research Associate with 2.5 year of work (Background Engg)
Have ample experience on Govt Projects and Corporate research projects...Need the MBA tag for further growth in consulting industry
Wanted to get a head start in the marketing profile so started with this industry..Its a 5-6 year old startup by an IIM-A guy
2) GMAT- 730/8/5.5

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Are there any other good colleges that I should focus on specifically..Will a better score make it possible
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A few thoughts for you to ponder on:
  1. I think you are off to a good start. Even though the brand may not be there, but consulting experience can be really good assuming the impact you've created has been big on your projects
  2. I dont think GMAT will really be a hurdle so that's not necessarily the thing you should be looking at taking up. Of course since you have the year, if you are confident of taking it beyond 750, worth a shot
  3. For reasons mentioned here, I will not hazard a guess at school chances. That said, the top schools are likely to be still a bit tough. Another year of experience or a better brand can help though

Hope this sparks some more thoughts

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Hi,

Please evaluate my profile.
Below are my profile details.

Age: 23 years
Nationality/Gender: Indian Male.
Work Ex: Around 3 years of experience in Consulting (Marketing Analytics), 1 year as Junior Consultant (Marketing Analytics) with IMS Health and 2 years as Associate (Marketing Analytics) with ZS Associates
Duties at work: Project management from India, management of about 2-3 analysts on projects, managing timelines and SPOC for on-shore team members on projects. Also, have designed the training material and deliver training to about 35 members (from analysts to managers) of marketing analytics group - Marketing analytics SPOC for training at india level

GMAT: To be taken - targeting in range of 700-720
College: Ramjas College, University of Delhi
Major: Statistics
Aggregate: 66℅
Year of graduation: 2012

Academics:
High School: 88%, 91% (best of 4)
Intermediate: 86%
Graduation : 66%
1 internship completed with NTPC while in college
Worked on a project with an NGO in college for 6 months - recruited and on-boarded 5 team members to establish the project in college and spread awareness of recycling paper which was recycled and sent to underprivileged children while employing hearing impaired women (recycling of paper).
Finalist in many college level management competitions while in college, took part in one-day management workshop at Faculty of management studies (FMS), University of Delhi
Part of college's placement committee
Harmonium player in events at school level, been a part of school cricket team

Target Programs:
MBA

Plan to Apply in 2015 for admission in 2016.

Post MBA goal: To accelerate the growth in consulting

Target B-Schools in no order:
1.Rotman
2.Sauder
3.UCLA
4.Schulich

Pls suggest some other schools also, where I stand a good chance.

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Hi,

Please evaluate my profile.
Below are my profile details.

Age: 23 years

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Pls suggest some other schools also, where I stand a good chance.

Thanks,
Kunal


Kunal,

A few suggestions for you:
  1. The brands you have for your professional experience are pretty good. If you 'formally' manage a team of 2-3 analysts, that's pretty early on in your career and will be a big advantage to show leadership attributes. The one year stint at IMS though will require some explanation due to the short duration.
  2. The post-MBA goal is in line with what you have done and shows a good progression. For mainstream strategy/management consulting, a higher GMAT score though will be preferable. Not only for the bschool admission, but also in the future recruitment discussions. So aim for something in the vicinity of 740.
  3. The school list doesnt seem to have any apparent consistency. You may want to check out our insider's look into Rotman here and here. Premature to provide school recommendations but UCLA does seem a bit of an aberration there. Research more as that may not be the ideal list for consulting

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Hi Sameer/MG

Shall be grateful if you could do a profile evaluation:

Female candidate,28 years
ACADEMICS:
XII,DPS RK Puram-Humanities,with Economics and Maths-89%-graduated with a gold medal for excellent academic performance for consecutively 8 years.
BA(Hons) Economics-Sri Venkateswara College,Delhi University,High First division
MSc Economics with Econ History-London School of Economics
GMAT-To take in June

WORK EXPERIENCE:I started working only after completing my postgrad from LSE.On completion of the postgrad,I had to come back to India since my visa expired.
First job:Consultant in PwC India-6 months.I didn't like the profile and also realized that I didn't enjoy consulting.
Second Job:Senior Research Analyst-Think tank of the Unitech Group-worked there for 1.10 years-undertook city research and analyst,index building etc.This was a new think tank started by the group,which unfortunately didn't take off.

Third Job-As an Economist and team manager with one of the world's leading economic analysis and forecasting companies,in its India office.This profile has been my real calling card.In addition to carrying out responsibilities of an economist,I have also been leading and managing a team of 2 junior economists.This involves recruitment,training and coaching, and conducting formal performance reviews.I have also been part of the company's formal global leadership and management programme,aimed specifically at managers.

Reasons to do an MBA-Want to expand my area of expertise and gain holistic knowledge of how organizations work.Want to specialize in Finance.Post-MBA,would like to continue as an economist,but in a senior position in a global rating agency/investment bank.

I' not sure as to which schools would be a good fit for me.I want to work in Asia,and hence,looking at INSEAD Asia and HKU. However, I'm uncertain as to how these schools would be a good fit for me.Am I better-off applying to US schools?

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Hi Sameer/MG

Shall be grateful if you could do a profile evaluation:

Female candidate,28 years
ACADEMICS:

<<snip>>

I' not sure as to which schools would be a good fit for me.I want to work in Asia,and hence,looking at INSEAD Asia and HKU. However, I'm uncertain as to how these schools would be a good fit for me.Am I better-off applying to US schools?

Thanks in advance !


Dear Economist2015,

Consider the following points:
  1. Assuming GMAT won't be an issue, your profile is very interesting. The work you have done is fairly unique and that itself will grab initial eyeballs. The brand of your current firm will matter but I can't comment on that because of lack of information here
  2. In terms of your post-MBA goals, it is not a very common one - companies rarely hire fresh MBA grads for economist positions. Make sure you've done your research and know whether you are going for the right degree. This is the area that will be most critical in your profile assessment
  3. For a career in Asia, apart from the schools you mentioned, it may still be worthwhile spreading your risks by applying to a few american schools as well. You can always think of it in a 2, 5 and 10 year framework - assuming there is no pressing need for you to work in Asia.

Hope this helps,

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12th: 83.4%

GRADUATION
B.Tech. in Computer Science from IP University, Delhi with an aggregate score of 72.6% (First Class)

GMAT: 740

WORK-EX:
Working with Samvardhana Motherson Group (SMG) (World’s 5th largest group) for past 2 years as a Software Engineer. Involved in different roles for 2 years. Was a JAVA developer for the first 12 months and worked on a project related to automobile industry wherein we tracked all the activities of major automobile players (like Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen etc.) and their manufacturing plants. In this project I proposed a module which involved scanning of invoices, of which I proposed the algorithm, to potentially reduce the effort at customer’s side. This brought a business of 60.2 Million INR to organization. Received Star Performer of the Year award for the initiative taken.
In lieu to this initiative taken, after 1 year in the organization, I was shifted to Business Intelligence Team to use the critical data like revenue; budget etc. of the organization to track down the lacuna’s to suggest possible changes to be made for organization’s benefit. Working under this team, I proposed the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) which shall mitigate the re-work done in few teams in the organization. Upon review it was implemented in the organization. I inked down the proposed SDLC and got it converted in form of a research paper, published in a prestigious journal.

Total Work-Ex at the time of ISB 2016-17 application will be 2 years 8 months.

OVERSEAS EXPERIENCE
Went with project leader and other team members for installation and demo of the project to the client for duration of 3 months in Hungry during my tenure as a JAVA developer in initial 12 months

ENTREPRENEURSHIP EXPERIENCE
In last year of under-graduation, founded a tech company along with 2 friends, to develop websites and applications ranging from android to ecommerce website. The company is registered in the name of www[dot]crebertech[dot]com. The company generated a revenue around INR 1 lakh. Currently serving as the business head in the startup.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR
I have categorized extra-curricular into following categories.
Scholastic Achievements:
• Have 5 research papers being the 1st author published in prestigious journals with a high impact factor. For one of the research paper published, was selected as a reviewer at the same journal (Science Alert) where mostly doctorate and post-doctorate professors are selected.
• Was selected to represent my school in a competition of Mathematics and English conducted by University of New South Wales.
• Winner of 3 state awards in technical events conducted at Delhi College of Engineering (DCE). Runner-Up in 4 technical events conducted at Delhi College of Engineering.
Dramatics
• Winner in 1 competition and runner up in other organized in IGIT.
• Played Football at National Level. Represented Delhi and scored a hat trick and helped team to reach semi-finals. Was also adjudicated Man-of-the-tournament by sports head of IIT during an intra-college football tournament in my college.
• Organized literary events during college fests in the year 2011-2012-2013. Recoded higher participation with each successive year.
Debating and Literacy
• Winner of 3 State level debate competitions organized at Delhi College of Engineering.
• Winner of 3 State level extempore competitions organized at Delhi College of Engineering.
• Winner of 3 State level essay competitions organized at Delhi College of Engineering and 1 essay event organized in my college.
• Contributed to college and school magazines and remained an active blooger in my organization monthly newsletter.
Social Initiative
• Involved with an NGO for past 3 years. Working as a treasurer now. During my time I organized events to raise fund for the NGO and used the same money to prevent cow smuggling and prevent slaughtering of cows in the small villages of Haryana.
• A short 3 months internship at AIESEC under the program Iccha, to help slum children identify the basic cause of malaise. Helped them identify major pollutants and areas acting as a breeding ground of mosquitoes. Drafted a survey on the area visited and was adopted as a blue print by the local residents to palliate the waste.
• Worked for 5 months at Children Home, Delhi Government foster home to orphan kids. Provided pedagogy to students and was involved in various teaching drives organized at foster home during those 5 moths.
• Active member of CSR committee of my organization. Awarded for an active role in donation and social drives.

My target schools are Yale, Booth, Ross, Anderson, Tuck, Stern, Hass, Insead, Kellogg, ISB, Stanford GSB, LBS, Tepper and Johnson. Is it too ambitious or can I count some of them as moderate ? if yes, which one ?

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10th: 86%

12th: 83.4%

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My target schools are Yale, Booth, Ross, Anderson, Tuck, Stern, Hass, Insead, Kellogg, ISB, Stanford GSB, LBS, Tepper and Johnson. Is it too ambitious or can I count some of them as moderate ? if yes, which one ?


I see that we've already had our fair dose of interaction on the thread here Vipul. Don't have more to add unless you had other queries.

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Hello MBA Crystal Ball,

Greeting of the day!

I am currently working in a large firm and have 5+ years of exp. I am planning to pursue MBA from USA , Canada or Australia. However,I have few queries and would request you to please help me.

My profile is as below:
1. B.Tech ( Mech Eng) 68%-
2. 12th - CBSE - 85 %
3. 10th CBSE - 83 %

I have completed CMA ( Certified Management Accounting). Also done with my GMAT and I got 680.
However, I am not able to decide the following:
1. Shall I pursue 1 year or 2 year? I would prefer mid way that is 15 or 18 months program
2. What will be my career path in terms of position etc?

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Hello MBA Crystal Ball,

Greeting of the day!

I am currently working in a large firm and have 5+ years of exp. I am planning to pursue MBA from USA , Canada or Australia. However,I have few queries and would request you to please help me.

<<snip>>

2. What will be my career path in terms of position etc?


Jumping straight to your questions Kabir:
  1. This really depends on what you want to do the MBA for Kabir and is not a question that can be answered in isolation. Purely based on your years of experience, you can go for either. A shorter program usually has lesser avenues for making a career 'change' happen but can be better in terms of RoI.
  2. You have barely mentioned anything here for me to even take a guess at this. In any case, you should approach the question the other way round. Meaning, think first of what you want to become/achieve and then see if MBA is even the right step forward. Without knowing what you have done in the past 5 years and in what kind of place with what results, it is impossible to give any insights into this question. So feel free to post other details such as those of your work experience, career aspirations and achievements.

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Hey Manish,

Below is my complete profile, please let me your suggestion and also we can discuses on phone. If your free and can give your time.

I am currently working in a large Utility firm and have 7.5 years of exp. I am planning to pursue MBA from USA , Canada or Australia. However,I have few queries and would request folks out there to please help me.

My profile is as below:

1. B.Tech ( Electronics) 68%- 2005

2. 12th - CBSE - 85 %

3. 10th CBSE - 83 %

SAP Finance techno functional consultant involved in SAP project management and implementation ( from 2005- 2011)

Shifted my career from SAP project management to IT risk management due to lack of opportunities . Last 4 years working in Internal Audit as Audit Specialist and looking after Project risk management ,SAP internal controls review etc.

I have also completed CMA ( Certified Management Accounting) from ICMA US. And last month done with my GMAT and got 680
However, I am not able to decide the following:

1. Shall I pursue 1 year or 2 year? I would prefer mid way that is 15 or 18 months program

2. Which specialization i shall pursue?

3. What will be my career path in terms of position etc?


Being in IT and based on my job profile i foresee 3 options ahead of a post MBA degree . I could join either a good consulting firm like Accenture, Deloitte, Cognizant etc and focus on project delivery and operations. else i could join any IT product based firm like SAP, Google etc and be in product life cycle management. Lastly i could broaden my current scope of IT risk management and go for Enterprise risk management .However, i would like advise on which specialization basically would help me. I know that UBC, canada as on the college for MBA in product and service management. I can also focus on strategy but not sure about the ROI. may be it might help me in long run. I would really appreciate your advise

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Hey Manish,

Below is my complete profile, please let me your suggestion and also we can discuses on phone. If your free and can give your time.

I am currently working in a large Utility firm and have 7.5 years of exp. I am planning to pursue MBA from USA , Canada or Australia. However,I have few queries and would

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really appreciate your advise

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Thanks for the follow-on post Kabir with the details.

It is great to see that you already know the options in front of you. Of these, the third one is not really a post-MBA career - you can do it with more specialized courses and not with an MBA. So the choice really boils to the first two (or maybe some more). At this point, I would like to suggest you check out our MBA MAP which will help answer exactly the kind of questions you are jousting with. If interested, feel free to connect on the contact details in my signature below.

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Hi Manish,

Many thanks for your advice, will catch you in mail and look forward to speak with you.

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Hello there!,

I am Shravan from India, currently working at Tata Motors Limited.I have a degree in Mechanical Engg from National Institute of Technology-Karnataka, Surathkal (one of the top NITs in India).

My GMAT score is 770 (Q51, V42) and my GPA is 7.8/10.I will have 3 years of work experience by Matriculation (2016).

I have acquired experience in both Sales and Service in the Automotive Industry.Here's a brief rundown of my career so far:

Customer Support Manager (~1.5 years)

OK, this role was very unconventional and is slightly difficult to explain.I was part of a 3 member team from my company in charge of overseeing bus maintenance operations at a bus depot / bus garage belonging to Delhi Transport Corporation. This particular bus depot is the largest such facility in the world according to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Park_Bus_Depot). During my shifts, I was in charge of guiding the service provider workforce of nearly 30 people consisting of Mechanics ,Electricians and Works Managers . Within a year, we achieved a turnaround in the performance of the bus garage with on-road bus breakdowns reducing by nearly 70%.

After spending more than a year in this role, I decided to move on to sales to gain more business exposure.

Territory Sales Manager for Pre-Owned vehicles division (Feb 2015- Present)

I am currently in charge of the Pre-Owned Vehicles division of my company for an entire state with two people directly reporting to me and overseeing a sales team of nearly 20 people spread across dealerships. In a short span of time, I have achieved a volume growth of nearly 30% YOY and have expanded the dealer network.Also, I am the youngest TSM ever for this role.

Extracurriculars

1 Placement coordinator in my college ( made sure nearly 90% of my batch got recruited in a difficult placement year)
2. Community fund raising for an NGO serving under privileged kids.

Post MBA, I want to practice consulting focusing on the Automotive Industry.Long term, I would like to return to the Industry in a strategy / Leadership role.

Please let me know if I have a shot at any of the top 15 schools.My dream schools are Kellogg & Tuck and I also want to apply for Ross,Darden and Yale.Is my extra curriculars very weak? How do you think AdComs will view my career so far?

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I am Shravan from India, currently working at Tata Motors Limited.I have a degree in Mechanical Engg from National Institute of Technology-Karnataka, Surathkal (one of the top NITs in India).

My GMAT score is 770 (Q51, V42) and my GPA is 7.8/10.I will have 3 years of work experience by Matriculation (2016).

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Post MBA, I want to practice consulting focusing on the Automotive Industry.Long term, I would like to return to the Industry in a strategy / Leadership role.

Please let me know if I have a shot at any of the top 15 schools.My dream schools are Kellogg & Tuck and I also want to apply for Ross,Darden and Yale.Is my extra curriculars very weak? How do you think AdComs will view my career so far?


Dear Shravan,

A few points on your profile:
  1. The career arc you have carved is enviable and impressive. Automotive sales is in many ways, a post-MBA career and should get you good mileage. Even so, pre-owned is not mainstream so that may take away a few brownie points. The other thing to note is perhaps 1 year less than the average years of experience. All things considered though, you should still have a good shot there. Just make sure adcoms understand the scale of operations you have managed since people may still not be fully aware of Tata Motors :)
  2. Good academic pedigree and the fantastic GMAT score will get you instant attention. While it is speculative on my part for reasons mentioned here, but with the rightly worded essays, you should have a decent chance at at least some of your target schools. We've worked with others from Tata Motors in the past and you do seem to have the right ingredients for success
  3. On closing note, just a word of caution. Make sure you stress test the feasibility of that post-MBA goal and know what you are talking about clearly. That tends to be the single biggest stumbling block for candidates from the auto sector. It is a niche industry and it is not straightforward to connect the skills you learn here with other sectors.

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Thanks for the reply Manish. I know that I have not really nailed my post MBA goals and that it is pretty much a work in progress. How can MBA crystal ball help me with this?

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Hello there!,

I am Shravan from India, currently working at Tata Motors Limited.I have a degree in Mechanical Engg from National Institute of Technology-Karnataka, Surathkal (one of the top NITs in India).

My GMAT score is 770 (Q51, V42) and my GPA is 7.8/10.I will have 3 years of work experience by Matriculation (2016).

<<snip>>

Post MBA, I want to practice consulting focusing on the Automotive Industry.Long term, I would like to return to the Industry in a strategy / Leadership role.

Please let me know if I have a shot at any of the top 15 schools.My dream schools are Kellogg & Tuck and I also want to apply for Ross,Darden and Yale.Is my extra curriculars very weak? How do you think AdComs will view my career so far?


Dear Shravan,

A few points on your profile:
  1. The career arc you have carved is enviable and impressive. Automotive sales is in many ways, a post-MBA career and should get you good mileage. Even so, pre-owned is not mainstream so that may take away a few brownie points. The other thing to note is perhaps 1 year less than the average years of experience. All things considered though, you should still have a good shot there. Just make sure adcoms understand the scale of operations you have managed since people may still not be fully aware of Tata Motors :)
  2. Good academic pedigree and the fantastic GMAT score will get you instant attention. While it is speculative on my part for reasons mentioned here, but with the rightly worded essays, you should have a decent chance at at least some of your target schools. We've worked with others from Tata Motors in the past and you do seem to have the right ingredients for success
  3. On closing note, just a word of caution. Make sure you stress test the feasibility of that post-MBA goal and know what you are talking about clearly. That tends to be the single biggest stumbling block for candidates from the auto sector. It is a niche industry and it is not straightforward to connect the skills you learn here with other sectors.

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Thanks for the reply Manish. I know that I have not really nailed my post MBA goals and that it is pretty much a work in progress. How can MBA crystal ball help me with this?



Specifically for the goals bit (and for school selection strategy), you can check out the MBA MAP.

For help on actual essays and application, check here.

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Hello Sameer,

I'm Joshua from India. Kindly evaluate my profile:-

1. 23 years old, non-engineer (BBA) male.
2. 8.24 CGPA in BBA.
3. Work experience of 10 months at Evalueserve as a business analyst.
4. Planning to register a pharmaceutical company with my father to achieve my entrepreneurial dreams.
5. Co-curricular- Played chess at a national and international level. Represented my state in various elite National "B" chess championships and team championships. Have other certificates in classical music, tennis and swimming.

6. Recently took the GMAT and scored a 690 (Q 42, V 42). I find my score disappointing and imbalanced so i'm planning to take the test again on Aug 3rd.

My target B-schools are SP Jain and ISB Hyderabad (early entry option). Do I have a chance of getting into these schools with my profile? (2016)

Which other B-schools are within my range? (India and international)

Thanks,
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Hello Sameer,

I'm Joshua from India. Kindly evaluate my profile:-

1. 23 years old, non-engineer (BBA) male.
2. 8.24 CGPA in BBA.

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Joshua,

You have an interesting mix of ECs and work experience. What is the nature of your work at Eval? If you succeed in the entrepreneurial venture before the applications, that'll bring in a really good dimension - though it has to be judged in the perspective of your eventual post-MBA goals.

The Quant score is a bit of an eyesore so yes, if you have the energy, worth a retake. With that, the ISB/SP Jain options are worth a shot.

There are not very many options for early entry out there. Depending on how the next attempt goes, something here might be worth a look.


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