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INDIAN Applicants: Ask MBA Decoder your Admissions Queries!!

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Here's a list of the blogs we have covered in this thread:
How to Research Business Schools
Sumbitting an Application that Shows Maturity
Top Eight Reasons to do an MBA
IIMA PGPX Essay analysis
Breaking down the Common Recommendation
An interview with Disha Chabra: An author, product manager and IIMC PGPX alumna
To MBA, in Europe or USA?
An interview with a Richard Ivey Alumna
NEWS: Block Chain funding at Wharton, Kenan Flagler, McCombs and Haas
B-schools that offer two intakes of MBA
INSEAD's ‘50 Years, 50 Women, 50 Ideas’ aims to Celebrate, Build, Enable
Factors to Consider, When Researching Business Schools
MIT Sloan Fellows MBA Program for Senior Applicants
Stanford MSx Program for Senior Applicants
LBS Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy: For Senior Applicants


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MBA Decoder is a specialist MBA admissions consultancy that has helped applicants get into the top global b-schools, including ISB. We'd like to offer you our expertise in MBA admissions and our knowledge about ISB by answering your questions related to admission at ISB.

So, feel free to shoot across your queries.



By what date will we get our feedback from ISB Admission team.
I have requested them two days back.
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MBADecoder wrote:
MBA Decoder is a specialist MBA admissions consultancy that has helped applicants get into the top global b-schools, including ISB. We'd like to offer you our expertise in MBA admissions and our knowledge about ISB by answering your questions related to admission at ISB.

So, feel free to shoot across your queries.



By what date will we get our feedback from ISB Admission team.
I have requested them two days back.



Hi Vivek,

Nice to have you open the thread.

The feedbacks start rolling sometime in May-June. This time ISB is giving a more detailed feedback as compared to what they have given in the past years. So you may have to wait a little longer than usual.

We can have a quick look at your application and provide you feedback.
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Hi Namita, would appreciate if your could look into my profile for ISB.
Test Date Verbal Quantitative Total Analytical Writing Integrated Reasoning
GMAT-3: 28 April 2015 34 / 71% 49 / 79% 680 / 84% 6.0 / 92% 5 / 52%
GMAT-2: 19 July 2012 35 / 76% 47 / 68% 680 / 84% 5.0 / 60% 2 / 12%
Gmat-1 : 09 May 2012 27 / 46% 47 / 68% 610 / 64% 5.0 / 60% ~ / ~

EDUCATION:

• Bachelors in Technology in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, 2008 batch (CGPA-7.48)
• 10th from St. Joseph’s Convent School (86.16%)

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Working with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation limited as Senior Operations and Maintenance Engineer since August, 2008.

Certifications: I am a Certified Petroleum Manager, completed 1 year company sponsored (one of the 20 pipeline officers nominated by our CFD) course by Indian School of Petroleum.


• Representing a team of 100-120 Officers, for ensuring smooth functioning of day-to-day operations & maintenance of the plants/equipments.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

• Awarded BEST PERFORMER OF THE YEAR-OPERATIONS for HPCL’s Mundra Delhi Pipeline for year 2010-2011.

• Consistently rated as an excellent performer in multi disciplines throughout the service tenure.

• Actively participated in the college fests; specifically designed & formulated a WIRELESS ROBOT for a competition at IIT Roorkee.

Looking to hear from you soon.

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Hi Namita, would appreciate if your could look into my profile for ISB.
Test Date Verbal Quantitative Total Analytical Writing Integrated Reasoning
GMAT-3: 28 April 2015 34 / 71% 49 / 79% 680 / 84% 6.0 / 92% 5 / 52%
GMAT-2: 19 July 2012 35 / 76% 47 / 68% 680 / 84% 5.0 / 60% 2 / 12%
Gmat-1 : 09 May 2012 27 / 46% 47 / 68% 610 / 64% 5.0 / 60% ~ / ~

EDUCATION:

• Bachelors in Technology in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, 2008 batch (CGPA-7.48)
• 10th from St. Joseph’s Convent School (86.16%)

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Working with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation limited as Senior Operations and Maintenance Engineer since August, 2008.

Certifications: I am a Certified Petroleum Manager, completed 1 year company sponsored (one of the 20 pipeline officers nominated by our CFD) course by Indian School of Petroleum.


• Representing a team of 100-120 Officers, for ensuring smooth functioning of day-to-day operations & maintenance of the plants/equipments.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

• Awarded BEST PERFORMER OF THE YEAR-OPERATIONS for HPCL’s Mundra Delhi Pipeline for year 2010-2011.

• Consistently rated as an excellent performer in multi disciplines throughout the service tenure.

• Actively participated in the college fests; specifically designed & formulated a WIRELESS ROBOT for a competition at IIT Roorkee.

Looking to hear from you soon.

Thanks


Hi Sahil,


You would have about 7 years of work experience by the time you apply to business schools (Oct). That's a little high, but it does not put you at any disadvantage. Here are a few things that will matter:
1. Academic score and GMAT- The undergrad scores and the GMAT are both average. You have already taken GMAT 3 times, therefore I would not advise you to attempt it a fourth time (specially for ISB).

2. Leadership capability- is an important criterion for an older candidate like you. Demonstrate how you have taken control over difficult situations, handled teams and team dynamics, and led people to make an impact on your organization.

3. Career growth- How has your career progressed? What are your career goals and how will doing an MBA help you achieve them?

You have missed out the description of extra curricular activities alongside your work. from your writing "excellent performer in multi disciplines throughout the service tenure", I assume you have some commendable experience in this category as well. Do highlight this in the applications.
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10th: 86%

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%

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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Hi Vipul,

Overall, very interesting experiences. I like the fact that at various occasions you have gone out and taken initiative to improve processes (both work related examples) and do new things (prevention of cow smuggling). The entrepreneurial experience is also good.

ISB should definitely be a choice for this year.

I assume that your work experience will be 2y8m by October 2015? Or do you mean by April 2016, when the ISB session commences? In case of the former, you will be a little younger for the American b-schools.

Also Vipul, what are your career goals? What do you want to do after getting a business degree?
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Hi MBADecoder. Currently working as a consultant, I want to continue my career in the same field. Gain a comprehensive and more insights of top level strategy and planning and then later down time start my own consultancy along with an NGO.

My work-ex would be 2yrs8months by March 2016. Do you think I have a long shot at b schools in the range 10-30 in US ?
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Hi MBADecoder. Currently working as a consultant, I want to continue my career in the same field. Gain a comprehensive and more insights of top level strategy and planning and then later down time start my own consultancy along with an NGO.

My work-ex would be 2yrs8months by March 2016. Do you think I have a long shot at b schools in the range 10-30 in US ?



Vipul, my guess is that you are an IT consultant.
I think you are good to apply to ISB this year. For the American b-schools, I would prefer that you wait another year. This will give you the chance to really beef up your profile and be competitive at all your target b-schools. I don't mean that you have to go out of your way to "beef up" your profile A good career progression, like the one that you have now and continued involvement in extra curricular activities should be sufficient.

Feel free to discuss over a call.
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School is cool. But which B-school is the coolest for you?
How to Research business schools?

If you are just getting started with the MBA application process, this is a question that could be tormenting you like none other. Which 5-7 b-schools should I apply to? If you have trawled any admissions related forums, you would already have picked up buzz words like “fit” when collating your “target b-schools” list.

Essentially this means how well do you fit into these b-schools’ environment. Will the teaching method suit your learning needs? Will you thrive in a small class size and a college town environment? Will you perform better if the programs emphasize on hand-on learning as opposed to theoretical learning? Do you have any geographic preferences for the post- MBA job?

These are just some of the questions you can ask yourself.

We always recommend applicants to conduct a primary research by reaching out to the stakeholders- students, business school representatives and alumni. The insights you get from these resources will not only bring clarity about your “fit” with business schools, but also help you write more convincing essays explaining the same.

Here are some ways that you should use to conduct your research:

1. Campus Visit– Every B-school encourages you to visit its campus. There is nothing like sitting through a case study class at Harvard or Darden to understand whether you like the case method and can live with it for two years (500+ case studies). You can attend a class, workshops, open houses to really get a feel for the school, besides getting a tour of the campus.
Some b-schools such as Tuck, Kellogg and UNC Kenan Flagler give you the option clubbing your interview with the on-campus visit.

2. Register for online events – Attending school hosted webinars and chat sessions is among the simplest ways to get to know b-schools. Most have a school briefing followed by a Q&A round, where school representatives will answer your questions. The topic of discussion could be general MBA admissions queries or specific to a department (e.g. marketing) or an industry (e.g. private equity). Chicago Booth for instance regularly hosts regular online chats while Wharton has a long list of archived webinars uploaded on their website. Previous Booth chats are also available for your reading.

3. Register for off line events– Just like the online chats, almost every school out there hosts coffee chats, receptions and . These are small events held regionally by alums or student ambassadors. Hearing the experiences of these people is as close to the MBA experience you will get before joining it yourself. You may be so impressed by the story of one alum during this session, that you may upgrade the school on top of your target list.

Wharton has Summer Coffee chats, Haas has the Winter Break Coffee and Tuck simply has Tuck Coffee. Yale hosts Summer Socials where current students travel across the world for information sessions on the SOM.

Booth’s Chicago Conversation aims to get the applicants interested in a specific industry together in a city where that industry thrives. Industry experts and alumni join the discussion and share their perspectives. Past conversations have included ‘Infrastructure’ in Dubai, ‘Media Entertainment and Technology’ in Los Angeles and Entrepreneurship in Asia at Hong Kong.

The top b-schools also conduct tours across the major cities of the world, where some visiting members from the admissions team make their presentation.
Take note that these events can sometimes accommodate only a small number of people, so book your slot as soon as the registrations open. Never miss these!

4. MBA fairs : These fairs, held at major cities across the world, give participating b-schools and applicants a chance to congregate under one roof. Many business schools do not undertake individual tours, but do come as part of the tour. Some tours to watch out for are The MBA Tour, QS World MBA Tour and Access MBA’s One-to-One MBA event. Some events available exclusively to US applicants are the Forte Forum and Inside the MBA.

5. Subscribe to mailers from b-schools’ admissions teams and set Google Alerts.

6. Read blogs and watch vlogs– There is a wealth of information you will find in the blog section of every b-school. Blogs can be written by a number of people- the admissions team, faculty, students and also the Director of admissions. At Booth, you will hear from the admissions team through the Booth Insider. The Admissions Director at Ross, Soojin Kwon, and Dee Leopold, Admission’s Director at Harvard have their regularly updated blogs. Sarah Neher, Director of Admissions at Darden, gives application advice through her video blog. Infact a lot of crucial information about the admission process such as the deadlines, the essays or the interview process are first revealed by the admission directors, on their blogs. Stay tuned to these!

Kellogg’s blog which is called The Inside Perspective is shared by both the admissions team and students. Wharton’s student blog is called the Student Diaries, whereas Fuqua’s informative blog is called the Duke MBA blog.
Every b-school that you could want to apply to will have atleast a few students blogging their experiences- read them and become informed.

7. You can also reach out to b-school students and alumni through Linked In.

8. Admissions Ambassadors: Many b-schools have second year students designated as ambassadors that you can directly email to. Wharton calls them Admissions Fellows and UCLA calls them Admissions Ambassador Corps; at Ross and Columbia Business School, they are simply called student ambassadors. MIT has the MBA Ambassadors Program where current students host sessions during the spring semester. According to Wharton, the Admission Fellows play a key role in the admissions process by conducting on-campus information sessions where they provide their perspective on the Wharton experience.

9. Videos and podcasts: Many b-schools have regularly updated YouTube channels. Stern has a “Day in Life of a Stern MBA” series and virtual tours of the campus and surrounding areas.

10. Interactive platforms: B-schools like Ross and Columbia Business School have superbly interactive features such as Ross’ “What interests you” prompt. Once you select the career path that interests you (such as entrepreneurship, consulting, technology etc.) you are guided to the next page which lists out information about the school’s resources in that career path. For example, if you select consulting, you will find employment figures, companies that hire in consulting, specific curricula, related clubs and even students you can contact to figure out more – and all this information is on one page!

CBS has a very interesting concept- Notes to the next class. Students and alumni can add small notes about their experiences on various subjects such as academics, student life, career, admissions, orientation, graduation and many more. Although, there are several informative notes and quotes from alumni who graduated between 1900 and 2010, it was a pleasant surprise to see a note on teamwork from an alum who graduated in the class of 1971.

11. Don’t underestimate the good ol’ way of reaching out to your friend’s friend who had been to business school two years ago. Your network built from college mates and work colleagues is just as important.
In today’s time and age, its difficult to not conduct any research before applying . With 11 ways to deploy laid out before you, you can no longer be short of ideas.
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Submitting an Application That Shows Maturity

“Making the best use of my resources and circumstances always is my passion. It helped me get several opportunities to display my personality as a self-starter, team player and multi-tasker.

After engineering, I got a job in IT which was a new field for me; I decided to give it my best. My resolution led me to be among the top three performers in our batch. While working in IT, getting certified on the skills is a major achievement. I was awarded with certificates on my skills and also on new technologies”.

Every year, we get several essays like this one, which go on a never ending, mindless banter! Can this essay impress? Not really!

The essay not only does not impress, but also tells another thing about the applicant: that his ideas and thoughts lack maturity. He does not have the ability to analyze a situation and serve the reader information after assimilating and filtering it. The result is a salvo of thoughts flying in all directions, but making no impression at all.

Why does your maturity level matter to a business school?

Because, the level of discussion in an MBA class is of very high quality. You will have students with as much as ten years of work experience. How is the level of discussion that you engage in, adding to their experience? What are others getting to learn from you during class and project discussions? Unless the insights that you have drawn from your work are of high quality, there is little knowledge that you will contribute to the class. And this is also likely to get reflected in your essays.

Even if you do write solid essays with help from friends, family or admissions consultants, the interview can be another place where you can give yourself away. Many of the MBA interviews have behavioral questions that test you on specific experiences. If you are asked what was your biggest achievement, and your answer revolves around earning an IT certification, it will not be a very powerful example. Rejection could be on the cards!

The good thing is that you can work on your professional maturity. Become aware of what you speak and how you speak on a day-to-day basis. Make your communication with people around you more meaningful. And when you write your essays for the business schools, give better insights than the example above.
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Top Eight Reasons to do an MBA

Are you at a stage in your career where you are clueless as to what the next stage should be? Need a boost but unsure about how to get it? You might not know it yet, but an MBA might be the answer, if any of the following problems bother you:

1. You have hit the glass ceiling: Despite all the hullabaloo about gender equality in the workplace, most women feel the presence of a glass ceiling that restricts their further growth. Fortunately B-schools are aware of this and are making concerted efforts to correct the gender gap on campus. Once you get in, there are diversity groups such as “Women in Business” almost on every campus that will create a supportive community to make your MBA experience fruitful.

2. You are stuck in a rut: You have had a steep learning curve in your job but the growth has slowed down now. Even if you stay on for another year, there would be the same agenda points, same clients, same operations. You’re itching to take up new challenges, diversify, learn and play in a bigger arena, but can’t find the right opportunity. An MBA will expose you to a range of professional opportunities and help you broaden your horizon.

3. You need Skills 2.0: You are ready to move into a higher managerial position, but need a different skill set to justify your next position. The best MBA programs are designed for just that. They’ll smoothen the transition from functional to managerial and equip you with an upgraded repertoire of skills need to fuel the next stage of your professional growth.

4. Your first MBA came with an expiry date: You completed an MBA in the early part of your career and took what you got. Although you’ve got valuable work experience now, yet you are ready for better opportunities that require higher managerial skills. A second MBA from a top college can be the best key to opening shut doors.

5. An MBA is your mandatory path to growth: If you’re working in an industry such as consulting or banking where an MBA is required for career progression beyond a certain point, not getting one is probably not an option.

6. You want to re-align your career: Many people are already finished with their bachelors’ and are two years into a job by the time they begin to understand their own preferences, strengths and weaknesses and the possibilities ahead. At this point, many look to change profile or switch companies, but some wish to move to a different industry altogether. Depending upon what you have in mind, an MBA is a foolproof way to re-align yourself in a new direction.

7. You are a Philomath: You love to study! You are a CPA and FRM already and have taken 10 MOOC certifications in the past two years. Yes, studying perennially is your thing. Go ahead and apply for the MBA, only just be sure to convince the b-schools that your learnings will be put to test in a real world business scenario. Shortly put, you will go back to work and not another course.

8. You are start-up material but need some grooming: You may have launched a start-up which never really take off. Or maybe you’re fed up of working for someone else and dream of starting your own company. Or maybe you’ve got an idea which you want to refine and are looking for like-minded partners for your venture. In all cases, joining a good MBA program will be a good bet. Over the recent years, entrepreneurship has gained a lot of traction at business schools, and they are going all out to give you the right ecosystem to start your venture. And you’re sure to come across some very talented people on the same wavelength as you.

So, as we said, these are some of the most common reasons given by applicants for pursuing MBA. If one or more of them strike a chord with you, you know the path you have to take.
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Hello,

I intend to apply to ISB in R2 this year. Please evaluate my profile for the same. The details are as mentioned below.

I have taken the GMAT thrice, last in Dec’15 when I scored 680 [Q 47, V 37, IR 6, AWA 5.5]. In my previous two attempts in Sep’15 and Nov’14 I had scored 600 [Q 49, V 23, IR 5, AWA 5] and 610 [Q 45, V 28, IR 5, AWA 5] respectively.

I will have completed 7 years [2009 – 16] of work experience in Mar’16. Throughout these 7 yrs I have worked in two infrastructure development companies in a project management role for construction projects. For the first two years I was in a hydro electric power plant construction project in Sikkim and for the remaining period I worked in a metro railway viaduct & stations construction project in Kolkata.

My academic qualifications are briefly mentioned below

Class X - ICSE 2000 - 89.83%

Class XII - ISC 2002 - 81.33%

B. Tech (Civil Engg.) – NIT Surat [2003 – 07]– CGPA 8.16 / 10

PGPACM – NICMAR, Pune [2007 – 09] – CPI 8.16 / 10

Right after my graduation, I have done post graduation in Advanced Construction Management, which is a course especially designed for project management in the construction industry and is not comparable to any other MBA course.

Also, I was the lead author (there were 2 co-authors) of an article regarding application of Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) in construction project selection that was published in ‘DECISION’ the IIMC Journal (Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta) in 2011.

I presented technical papers in some Technical Festivals during at IIT Roorkee, NIT Trichy, and in my own college NIT Surat.

Also I was event coordinator in one of the events during our college Techfest.

During my tenure in my first company, I had taken up a few CSR initiatives for the company.

Apart from this I was enthusiastic in playing cricket and football and represented my hostel / class / company in some small tournaments.

As is obvious from the above, I don’t have much ECA to speak of. Also, there is a one year gap after my Class XII boards, when I prepared for competitive examinations. Will these two factors be a major drawback in my application? Will the article that I published work as an advantage ?

Also, please give your views on my overall profile.

Also, please suggest which other B-schools may be targeted with this GMAT score and profile.
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ESSAY ANALYSIS FOR IIMA PGPX ESSAYS

Essay 1 : Describe a situation where your professional ethics were challenged and how you came to terms with the situation. What did you learn from this? (Max up to 500 Words.)

We are glad that IIMA has traditionally ditched the regular SoP or the career goals essay to ask two behavioral questions. There is scope for applicants to reveal so much about themselves through such questions. The focus is on analysis and introspection of the values that matter to you and why. And ofcourse, how far are you willing to go to uphold them. This has to be followed with your reasoning for your actions- leaving this section out can make your essay limp and unrevealing, and will be the differentiator between the successful applications and the unsuccessful ones. Ultimately, every situation teaches you something, and this learning is important in every b-school essay.

We suggest the STAR approach for building this essay:

1. What was the situation?
2. What was the ethical challenge?
3. What were your values that were challenged?
4. What were your thoughts at that time? What dilemma did you face in going this way or that way? What risk would you take in either situation?
5. Eventually what actions did you take and why? 6. What was the outcome?
7. What did you learn out of this situation (about yourself and about handling such situations)?
8. (Optional) If placed in a similar situation once again, how would you react?

Once again, we will emphasize on the reasoning for your response to the situation and the learning you derived from the situation. In terms of space distribution, keep about 40-50% of the essay for these two important elements. Mean editing will be a key to successful writing.

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Essay 2 : Describe a situation where you failed and how did you deal with this experience. What did you learn from this?
(Max up to 500 Words.)


In our experience of helping MBA applicants, failure essays are more difficult to write as compared to the achievement essays. They require a lot more introspection, analysis and ofcourse the ability to accept, that yes, I was wrong. And we mean, accept it truly. TRULY! Many a times when we are brainstorming with applicants, we hear lame failure stories, such as issues due to prioritizing tasks, failing because they love to take additional work. Its difficult to offer any real insights in such stories and after 3+ years of work experience, they begin to sound like your experiences lacked any depth at all.

So when you are brainstorming for essay ideas, go beyond the most obvious stories (like the ones mentioned above). Think of a time when you really slipped up. Your project could have suffered, it could have led to negative consequences – that’s okay, so long as you learned a major lesson and preferably, got a chance to implement your learnings in your future assignments.

Now, there is one caveat to selecting stories – you definitely don’t want to offer stories which will make the admissions committee doubt your capabilities. For instance, doing something so drastically wrong that you were asked to leave the organization, or maybe doing something ethically wrong.

We suggest the following structure for this essay:
1. What was the situation
2. What actions did you take?
3. How did you fail? Why did you fail?
4. What was the impact of the failure?
5. Could you salvage the situation? If yes, how?
6. What was your analysis of the failure?
7. What did you learn out of this situation?
8. What actions did you take to improve?
9. If you already had the chance, how did you do a similar thing better the next time? If not, how would you do something similar better the next time?
10. (Optional): Is there some IIMA program feature that you will leverage to improve further?

Your essay may not require each one of the steps mentioned above, so pick out the ones that most matter in your storytelling. And we will reiterate the most important tip: let the focus of your essay be on analysis and self improvement. A common error in such essays is to utilize 60% of the space in explaining the situation.

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Our Analysis of the Common Recommendations Questions:

Q1.Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and if applicable, applicants role in your organization. (Maximum word count: 50 words)
 How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity have you known her/ him?
 Brief description of applicant’s role in your organization
 How often do you interact with the applicant?

Q2. How does applicant’s performance compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide a specific example (Eg what are the applicants principal strengths). (Maximum word count: 500 words)
 Give a brief overview of the applicant’s performance.
 On what criteria would you rate her performance better than her peers’ and why? Pick 2-4 of the applicant’s qualities where she is better than her peers.
 Give examples to support each quality that you mention. Give the situation, the challenges, the actions taken by the applicant and the results achieved

Q3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (Maximum word count: 500 words)

 A constructive feedback is one which helps the applicant improve.
 However, the applicant must be open to receiving feedback and improving herself, in order for it to be constructive.
 Narrate an incident, where the applicant, with her best intentions, did something wrong or had a weakness which you pointed out to her.
 How did she react to the feedback you shared with her? What was your feedback?
 What actions did she take to correct herself?
 How did she improve after working upon the feedback?
 You could quote another example to show how she performed in a similar situation after she worked upon your feedback

Q4. Is there anything else we should know?
 Is there anything else you can add about the applicant? This could be several things- we will mention some of them here:
o leadership capability that will benefit the school,
o why an MBA makes sense given the applicants’ goals,
o career goals could need an explanation and endorsement,
o Leadership in extra-curricular activities at work.
o If there is some weakness in the applicant’s profile, and its pertinent for the recommender to address it ( you will not know about her college grades or life before she joined your organization, so use your judgment here)
o Support for your decision to apply to b-school and how the applicant could contribute there.
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Interview with an IIM CALCUTTA Alumna


Several years ago, Disha Chabra had reached out to us to write a blog for us. At that time, she was fresh out of her IIMC-PGPEX course and had just published her first book. Since then, Disha has worked as Product Manager at Yatra Online, Paytm and now Amazon. In due course, she has also successfully run a parallel career as a book author.

In this interview, Disha talks about her journey as an author, as a product manager and about her time at IIM Calcutta.

Hi Disha, please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a corporate professional by profession and a writer by passion. I work as a senior leader with Amazon India and have over 12 years of experience with companies like Paytm, Yatra.com and Mentor Graphics. I have authored three books: Corporate Avatars, Because Life Is A Gift, My Beloved's MBA Plans.

How has an MBA been helpful in your writing career?
An MBA at IIM-Calcutta teaches you great time management skills. This has been my biggest asset because of which I have been able to strike balance between my professional commitments and passion for writing.

What writing tips can you leave for people who have to write essays?
Being an IIM-C alumna, I have reviewed many essays and I am sharing insider's view. As a reviewer, we get so many applications that we end up spending not more than 5 minutes per application. In those 5 minutes, we look for :
A). Clarity of thought, especially on the Why MBA?
B). How is this profile different from the thousand others that we get?
C). Structured thinking. The first line of every paragraph should be strong enough for the reviewer to read it. The story should come out. Put yourself in a reviewer's shoes. Would you select this candidate (yourself) if the application came your way?

Career Before and After MBA


Please describe your career before the MBA and your transition to product management.
I had no clue till I did my Engineering as to what direction I wanted to give my career. All that mattered then was to make some money. So I got a good paying job not knowing if that was what I really wanted. A few years into my job, I started feeling unhappy with the way my career was shaping. I started asking myself what I wanted to do, introspected on what my strengths were and what I wanted in the long-term. I saw Product Managers around me and I liked what they were doing. After speaking with them, I did a lot of introspection in marrying my strengths as a professional with the choices available to me. I then saw what it would take to get there and decided to take a break to do my MBA and get into product management.

On IIM Campus, I did not take up many well-paying offers, as they were not aligned with my long-term career goals. Eventually, I got into Yatra.com as a product manager, holidays. Since then, there has been no looking back.

What does a product manager do?
A product manager (PM) is someone who sits between business and technology and helps draw the fine balance. He owns the customer experience of a product. Every time, you experience a product, be it physical or digital, the PM has gone through enough hurdles to ensure you experience the best if user flows and the product is intuitive enough for you to adapt to.

I am now with Amazon Home Services as part of which we need a product to help customers avail services at home. So I talk to customers, understand what would make them comfortable with people coming into their homes, how they would choose a service partner and so on. I then design tech-product to come up with the product tactical and strategical roadmap and plan its execution. Earlier, as part of Paytm, I worked as Head of Seller Products. I met a lot of sellers and asked them what features could I provide them for making selling easier for them. I then worked backward and executed on the product strategy with the goal of making selling easy for people.

The value of an MBA for a Product Manager

How has the MBA help in your product manager's role?
An MBA helped me bridge the gap between technical skills and business understanding. An MBA helps one get skills of stakeholder management, time management. An MBA makes one's thinking much structured, which helps when one writes product documents as part of the job. Learning to prioritize using the business skills makes a great product manager.


What would you have lacked had you moved into product management without an MBA?
As an engineer, I was given a task which I completed without understanding the impact of my work on the overall business. As a product manager, I now ensure all my engineers just don't think of 'how' to solve a problem but even why is that problem important to be solved over all the other problems.
How did IIMC help you find a job in product management?
I found my job post-MBA off campus. There were not too many product management openings on campus. And I had a location preference. Having IIM-C on my resume helped me gather recruiter's attention offline. And then, it was up to an individual to take it ahead. An institute's stamp is important but not the only thing which makes a difference.

For a student who wants to transition to product management, what are the best IIMC resources?
You should participate in a lot of college events where one works on a business problem, especially from a product management perspective. Also, engage with the alumni and peers to learn from their experiences.

Having graduated from IIMC 5 years ago, what do you think it the value of the program at this stage in your career?
IIM-C not only gave a good headstart to me but also some core soft skills which are useful as you grow in the corporate ladder. Negotiating with top management, prioritization frameworks, structured problem-solving, business metrics orientation are some examples.
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To MBA, in Europe or the USA?

This past year, there has been increasing interest from applicants about European MBA programs. A major reason is the uncertainty about the US visa laws as well as a lack of clarity over Brexit, which has made both US and UK lose some sheen among Indian applicants as favored MBA countries.
This article makes a case for a European MBA versus an American MBA.

1. More international: the biggest difference between the European and American MBA programs is the high diversity on European campuses. Most European MBAs boast of over 90% international students. With peers from 50-80 nationalities, you couldn’t ask for a better inter-cultural experience. The INSEAD MBA for example, which calls itself “The Business School For the World” has students from 94 nationalities. Most US b-schools in comparison have only 30-45% of the class composed of internationals, representing 30-40 countries. Only a few cross the 5 top-ranked these are not the top-ranked MBAs. Among these is the 83rd ranked Babson MBA which has 71% foreigner passport holders, while UCL Paul Merage MBA (42nd ranking, US News) has about 50% international students.

As most of the MBA education is through peer-based learning, having a diverse student body is highly beneficial. International students bring in diverse perspectives driven by their different cultures, and socio, economic and political environment, which benefit the class during discussions and project work. Moreover, the network you build with this set of classmates is more international in nature.

2. Smaller Duration: European MBAs are perfect if you can’t commit two years to an MBA. Most of them are 10-12 months long. Although in the US there are a handful of one year MBAs, the bigger trend is for a two-year program. The only longer European programs are offered by IESE, Spain (19 months), ESADE, Spain (has options for a 12, 15 or 18 months program), and Manheim, Germany( option between 12 months and 15 months).

One year MBAs are super intensive. They have smaller internships, which is a drawback if you wish to explore many career choices. One year MBAs are ideal for students who are older, have family commitments and need to start earning sooner; and are not seeking drastic career changes after the MBA.

3. Smaller dent on the pocket: Being smaller duration programs, the European MBAs also have smaller price tags, another consideration point for several applicants. In addition, you get back to work a year earlier, reducing the opportunity cost of studying.

4. More matured class: European MBAs attract older students with more work experience. While the average work experience of students at US MBA programs is 4 - 5 years, at the European programs, students join with 5 to 7 years of work experience. The average age of students at INSEAD is 29 years. Only 4% of the class is below 26 years, whereas over 31% students are over 31 years. At IMD Switzerland, average class age is 31 years, whereas its 32 years at Edhec, France. In the US in comparison, the average age of MBA students is mostly around 26-28 years.

5. Two intakes: You missed the application bus for the American fall intake? Fear not, European b-schools such as HEC, INSEAD, EDHEC, IE have a Fall as well as a Spring intake and will come to your rescue. In the USA, CBS is the only high-ranked MBA program that has two intakes.

6. The dizzying GMAT score requirement is lesser: because the European MBA attracts older applicants, GMAT score requirement tends to be lesser, while their quality of work experience and overall profile gain more importance for admission. Compare the average GMAT scores of US MBAs with the European ones and you will see the difference. Wharton’s average GMAT score is 730 while Kellogg’s is 732. Europe’s top program, INSEAD’s average GMAT score in comparison is 709.

7. Wider career opportunities : Despite the smaller programs and a lack of full-blown internships, European MBAs, like the American ones, offer great employment opportunities, that include a change in industry/function/location. While a large number of the class stays in Europe, The European b-schools send out a sizeable number of students to different regions across the world. On the other hand, about 90% students in US b-schools start their career in the US after completing their MBAs.

8. More stringent full-time work experience requirement : Most US b-schools do not have a minimum work experience requirement, although they prefer applicants with work experience. The European MBAs in comparison specifically ask for at least 2-3 years of work experience.

9. Offer profile evaluation: Lastly, all European programs offer a profile evaluation. Send your resume to them, and they would get back to you on whether they would like you to apply. We believe this is an unbeatable service and always advise applicants to avail it if they are applying to European programs. You are already known to the admissions team, even before you apply.
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Interview with a Richard Ivey Alumna

We got a chance to connect with Avani Shah, an MBA from Ivey Business School in Canada. Avani works as a commercial banker with Royal Bank of Canada. Before her MBA in 2017, she worked for 6.5 years as a Chartered Accountant in India, in business strategy, M&A and corporate finance teams of companies in CPG and Oil & Gas industry.
Here we present an excerpt of an insightful discussion we had with Avani on her Ivey MBA, the application process and her advice to future applicants:


MBA Decoder: Tell us about your decision to do an MBA.
Avani Shah: I was born and brought up in Mumbai. I studied commerce in college and then pursued CA (Chartered accountancy). Although I had a great stint working as a CA for 7 years, I always felt I lacked a holistic understanding of business. I realized that if I were to continue doing what I was doing, I would end up becoming a CFO, not a CEO. This is one of the reasons I decided to get an MBA. I wanted to learn all aspects of a business, over and above the finance function. I wanted to see how things are actually embedded on the ground level, whether it’s in operations, supply chain, or sales.


MBA Decoder: What was your strategy as an applicant?
Avani Shah: I applied in the second round, because I hadn’t got my GMAT results until then. I believe not being from an engineering background worked in my favour. Also, for the first time in my life, I had the leverage of being a woman. International schools value the presence of women as they are looking for all kinds of diversity. In my case, they were able to tick off multiple check boxes- I was a woman, a CA and an international student.

I used my application strategically to string the dots of why I did what I did. I told the story of how finance appealed to me initially, and why it did not anymore. I have met applicants on LinkedIn who were rejected and felt many were unsuccessful as they could not tell the story of why they wanted to do an MBA, and why they wanted to do it from Ivey. Knowing your story thoroughly and being able to convince the adcom during the interview are the hallmarks of a successful application.


MBA Decoder: Were you only looking at Canada?
Avani Shah: Yes. Canada seemed very warm and welcoming through the students blogs I had read. I experienced this warmth once I got here.

Among all the Canadian programs, Ivey appealed to me most for its case based mode of instruction and because it’s a one-year program.


MBA Decoder: As an older applicant, what kind of challenges did you face? How did you overcome those?
Avani Shah: About 80-90% of my class was younger than me. I did have a few challenges as an older applicant. I realized the only way to overcome that is to be yourself and to be authentic Try to bring your own personal angle in everything you do. Don’t undervalue your personal insight. Your experience will let you shine.

MBA Decoder: What are the most important things to do in the application process?
Avani Shah: Be yourself. Write the story in you believe in. Research your b-school well by talking to current students and alumni. Mention in your applications how they influenced your decision to apply. Also, communicate your purpose in life. Make sure you don’t come off as someone who is doing an MBA for the sake of doing an MBA.

MBA Decoder: What does Ivey look for?
Avani Shah: They are looking for all kinds of diversity. I had classmates from an Army background and a medical background. Do not fear rejection if your background is unconventional, People from different backgrounds can provide diverse opinions. As a student, I learned equally from my professors and my classmates.

MBA Decoder: How was your experience? What were the highlights of the MBA program?
Avani Shah: The surprising highlight of my experience was, Ivey taught me not just to be a great business professional but also a good human being. We had a course called Transformational Leadership dedicated to that. For a finance person like me, Value Investing was a really good course.
Another course I loved was Decision Making with Analytics. I got an understanding of how analytics is used in Big Data which is a big thing here in Canada.

MBA Decoder: What did you learn from your international exposure?
Avani Shah: I learned not to be afraid to ask for help. This was a challenge for me personally as I am a shy person.
I learned that people are always willing to help and they do not perceive you negatively if you ask them for help. When you are exposing your vulnerability, it will help others to connect with you too. These connections are very helpful as a student and even as a business professional.

MBA Decoder: How easy or difficult was it for Indian students to find jobs in Canada?
Avani Shah: It is challenging. Many Canadian employers are not well versed with Indian experiences. It is for you to translate your experience into relevant business work. Another challenge is that Canadian Immigration has opened up to skilled labour, as a result there is a huge influx of Indians and you are also competing against them. In effect, you are competing with PR holders as well as your own classmates.


MBA Decoder: How did you get your job?
Avani Shah: I got my job through networking. I networked with my seniors working at Royal Bank of Canada. I understood their roles, assessed whether I would be a good fit and then went for the kill.

MBA Decoder: What were your best experiences at Ivey beyond the classroom?
Avani Shah:The parties and networking events, because that’s where you meet new people and get to form really valuable networks and friendships.

MBA Decoder: Do you have any specific suggestions for Indian applicants?
Avani Shah: If possible, try to get a PR before coming to Canada and applying to Ivey. That way, you can get a fee waiver.
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Blockchain funding for Wharton, UNC Kenan Flagler and McCombs


Ripple, a company that uses blockchain technology to provide real-time and seamless, cross-border currency transfer has pumped in a cool $50 million as research funding to 17 prestigious institutions all over the world. Besides the funding, the company will also provide subject matter expertise to these institutions for academic research and technical development of new-age technology for blockchain, cryptocurrency, and digital payments.

Among these 17 institutions are University of Pennsylvania, McCombs School of Business and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. The universities are free to prioritize their focus areas for research. The advantage for students is the deeper focus on Fintech these MBA programs are likely to build through new curricula as well as more intense dialogue between students, faculty and business leaders on everything FinTech.

Wharton, in alliance with The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania plans to use the funds for cross-disciplinary faculty research, financial aid for students and curriculum development. According to Wharton’s Dean, Geoffrey Garrett, “The Ripple Project will transform the way our students and faculty look at blockchain and its potential to change the world. We are thrilled to welcome Ripple’s collaboration as we prepare future leaders who will shape the future of how this dynamic technology is developed to transform fields as diverse as finance, logistics, and healthcare.”

The Ripple Project will also create opportunities for learning outside the classroom through student-led initiatives such as the Penn Blockchain conference, and other events that help bring together the UPenn and the Philadelphia Blockchain community.

At the McCombs School of Business, apart from financial resources, the initiative will also provide them with technical resources and strategic guidance. They will use the funds to carry out research regarding blockchain technology, to develop their course, and to carry out organizational activities. McCombs already has a Blockchain Initiative which hosted its first McCombs BlockChain Conference in April, 2018. “Demand for blockchain learning, research and project-based experience is at an all-time high among university faculty and students, and this gift will go a long way in fulfilling that demand,” said Cesare Fracassi, a McCombs associate professor of finance and the Blockchain Initiative director. Now the Blockchain Initiative will be a key beneficiary of the Ripple project.

UNC Kenan-Flagler plans to use the Ripple funding for curriculum development as well as research on cryptocurrency and distributed payments, blockchain and distributed systems, topics related to entrepreneurship, as well as innovation in banking and financial technology.
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