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Hi Vikram ..Indian male here with 6.5 yrs exp. Want to get into product management. Yet to attempt GMAT. Could you pls recommend some schools? Also are US schools worth it over the ones in Europe/Asia when looked from an ROI perspective?
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Thanks a ton Vikram for sharing your knowledge. I appreciate your advice and I will work on my applications with your advice in mind
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Hi Vikram ..Indian male here with 6.5 yrs exp. Want to get into product management. Yet to attempt GMAT. Could you pls recommend some schools? Also are US schools worth it over the ones in Europe/Asia when looked from an ROI perspective?
Cannot recommend without a GMAT score or without knowing your profile. Else I might as well say Stanford, MIT, Haas, Wharton. US vs Europe/Asia - difficult question to ask because there are so many other factors which come into play - 2 year vs 1 year etc.

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Thanks a ton Vikram for sharing your knowledge. I appreciate your advice and I will work on my applications with your advice in mind
Not at all. All the best!
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Not at all. All the best!

Also, if I were to pump my score from 710 to, say, a 740/750, would my list of safe schools change? Or is it all the same? I plan on applying for R1
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Also, if I were to pump my score from 710 to, say, a 740/750, would my list of safe schools change? Or is it all the same? I plan on applying for R1
First get the score! And yes, your safe schools could change.

Thank you guys! I wish you all the very best for your applications. Reach out to me if you need any help.

Originally posted by ConsultVikramShah on 21 Jun 2022, 09:32.
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I came across your profile and wanted to get your views on my candidature to European business schools for an MBA.

Background
Age: 25
Gender: Female
Location: India
Nationality: Indian
Languages: English, Hindi
GMAT Score: Took the GMAT 2 years ago and scored a 640. Preparing to retake it next month and currently scoring 690/ 700 in mocks.
Schools: INSEAD, LBS, HEC, IESE, IE, Oxford said, Cambridge Judge

Work Experience:
1. 5 years of work experience at KPMG India in the Technology Center of Excellence of Risk Advisory. Currently working as an Assistant Manager and have received out of turn promotions back to back along with 1 rating consistently. Currently working in the product management space with a global 10 member team on a global KPMG project with funding for our SaaS product being deployed and adopted globally across KPMG member firms.
2. Experience involves data and analytics support to clients in the form of Process Mining and Data Visualisation projects that allows clients to map their current processes with best practices, identify gaps, perform continuous monitoring and business performance assessment as well as 3 level CXO Reporting.
3. Strategy projects such as technology transformation for large orgnaisations looking to revamp their processes and adopt technology for better oversight and automation/ digitisation of their organisations.
4. Leads a team of 7 people. In the top 1% employees to win a jury based award (ACE Award) across the entire Advisory practice along with other awards.


Academic:
1. Graduated with a degree in Bachelors in Commerce from Delhi University. Received first division i.e. 73%.
2. GMAT - Preparing
3. School - 93%

International Experience:
1. Global support to clients based in Europe (Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia), United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia.
2. Been staffed at KPMG Australia for 1 year working on a global KPMG project with KPMG International funding. However, not onsite due to COVID protocols with possibility to travel this year.
3. Part of a 2 member team that provided consultancy services and program assistance for a clients Blockchain based technology Solution launch at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain


Extra-Curricular Activities:
1. Led PMO Support for KPMG to Organize India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2018 and India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2019 in association with DoT and COAI which involved interactions with industry veterans to seek perspective around the challenges faced by the telecom industry while implementing new technologies keeping in mind the country’s vision of Digital India and smart cities. This was inaugurated by the PM of India, Shri. Narendara Modi. I have received a special mention from the CEO of KPMG for my contribution towards the event.
1. Speaker at 3 panels for college students to speak about Consulting opportunities they can pursue as well as my personal experience of working in a tech space despite being from a non tech background. Each session has seen participation of about 100 participants.
2. Identified and registered Mentor at a global community called Women in Consulting Community.
3. Selected basis my exemplary performance at KPMG as a Gen Y mentor for an upward mentoring programme that involves mentoring a partner (mentee) and helping them navigate working with millennial's in their team.
4. Personal coaching and mentoring to 2 lower income level girls pursuing careers post college which involves Resume prep, Interview coaching, Finance planning and tax planning. This is not restricted to career oriented mentoring but also covers the intricacies of navigating having a career in line with the social stigmas in their families.

Post MBA Goals:
Short Term: Work as a strategy consultant for startups and help them roll out products globally, helping in assessing the product viability in a specific terrain as well as product positioning and management. Looking to apply for Product Marketing Manager roles.
Long Term: Work in leadership roles at Product companies in the corporate space and breaking down barriers by setting an example of a Woman in Tech and a Non Techie in a Tech background. Be able to help and create a platform for working women to prosper in senior corporate roles especially product strategy.
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Hello @ConsultVikramShahI came across your profile and wanted to get your views on my candidature to European business schools for an MBA. Can you suggest some colleges that will help me better w.r.t post-MBA field?

Background
Age: 28 & work exp 5 yrs
Gender: Male
Location: India
Nationality: Indian

GMAT Score: 690 (Might get 700/710 in re-attempt , please suggest if it makes a considerable difference in my application)
Schools: Open to suggestion for European colleges with focus on green energy/sustainability or the colleges which has strong alum network in these sectors is preferred

Work Experience:
1. 5 years of work experience in Wind Turbine industry. 3.5 yrs with Vestas (danish company, among top 3 players in the industry). Worked at system level to calculate aeroelastic loads. Handled sales team (technical bid manager’s) requests for product customization & wind farm optimization strategies (But no direct interaction with client). After 2 yrs promoted as Technical lead (unofficial designation) for repowering business in US, handled a team for 3 for this.
In last 2 years switched to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy worked on product development of Offshore wind turbines. This role was more focused on New product development unlike customization focused role in last company.
2. Experience involves load calculation and analytics support to sales team in the form of maturing bids for specific sites. Also worked on developing best practices, identify gaps, perform continuous improvement. As a tech lead for repowering directly worked with Sr. Director (Technical bid management head) to propose various feasible solutions.
3. Strategy projects such as technology implementation into values chain to match needs of post product development activities. Achieved a milestone: to reduce around 2% steel weight for towers.



Academic:
1. Graduated with a degree in bachelor’s in mechanical Engg from Shivaji University. Held first position in class of 2015 (67% Absolute grading)
2. M.E in Design Engineering from BITS Pilani (8.67 CGPA Relative grading)
3. Xth : 86.36% XII th:70%

International Experience:
1. Closely worked with technical bid managers across the world mostly from US, Europe & APAC,where I tried to analyze requirements & proposed optimized solutions.
2. As a loads engg closely worked with teams in Denmark on various projects related to New product development. Worked with Noise experts from Denmark to help sound reduction at sensitive sites.

Extra-Curricular Activities:
1. Founder of Vestas Chess Club , Led Vestas Chess team to 1st FIDE international Corporate Chess Tournament in 2021 . Also member of Vestas Sports club, co-organized various sporting events for a group size of 100+ players.
2. Speaker at 2 international conferences in 2017,2018
3. Published 2 research papers during my Master’s degree
4. Volunteered as M.E Students representative in BITS
5. Cofounded Chess Club during in my bachelor’s college 2011. Also won zonal chess championship in 2012.
6.Member of Indian Climate Youth Netwok

Post MBA Goals:
Short Term: Work as a strategy consultant in a big consulting firm in field of Energy. I am passionate about energy transition & climate change mitigation. So using my past exp in wind industry I would like to consult projects in renewable field.

Long Term: Work in leadership roles at Product companies focusing on UN sustainable goals.
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Hello,
It'll be really helpful if you could review my profile.
Indian Male Engineer (not from IITs or NITs but a decent university)
CGPA 7.16/ 10 (~64%)
GMAT score- 690 (Q47, V38)
Work ex- 5 yrs in education sector (2 year teaching fellowship and 3+ years in CSR of a big firm in India)
Post MBA short term goal- Working for a consulting firm in social impact space (social impact consulting in BCG, KPMG, Dalberg, etc)
Post MBA long term goal- Start my own consulting firm
Given my nontraditional background, it is difficult to gauge which schools I have a shot at and which schools shall help me get scholarships. So, could you please suggest some schools outside India in 3 buckets (dream, moderate and safe schools) and chances of scholarship in them?
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Hi Vikram,

I am 30 with 10 YoE as a Engineering Manager in Plant Engineering in Companies like Unilever, Coca-Cola. I am also a PMP and Certified Energy Auditor.
GMAT First Attempt Score 620, Reappearing in January. Target Score 740.

Tier 2 Engineering College, Electrical Engineer with GPA 7.3/10.

Post MBA, Want to pursue consulting/operation roles in Manufacturing, Energy, CPG.

May you please suggest suitable
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Dear all,
Please help me gauge my chances of selection at ISB 2023 round of admissions.

Personal profile: Dr. Nishant Joshi, 22 years, male, Indian

Academic background:

10th from CBSE, India: 10 CGPA
12th from Rajasthan State board in PCB: 94.6%Selected through National Level entrance test NEET-UG SCORE- 595/720
MBBS from RNT Medical college, Udaipur: from 2017 to 2022
MBBS average Percentage 65%
GMAT: scheduled in August 2023

Professional background:
Internship : 12 months Mar. 2022 to Mar. 2023 in MB Government hospital ,Udaipur
Total Work experience: 0 months (Planning to join it post GMAT exam, currently looking for early entry options)

Extra- Curricular
*Participated in intercollege debate competition twice and won certificate of appreciation.
*Won medals at college level essay writing, debate competition.
*Participated at college level sports event with 4 gold and 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.
*Founding members of the college literary club, leading a team of junior doctors every year since 2017 to participate in reading and writing activities in the club.
*Founding member and organizer of the annual doctor’s meet of our district.
*Volunteer for annual blood donation event at college since 2018
*Helped manage funds for the student welfare committee.

MBA Plan - MBA in general management with add on concentration in healthcare management

Future plan post MBA: Want to work in healthcare firm at consulting/strategy role to utilize my already available experience in the field and gain valuable insights to build a start-up to provide easy access to healthcare services for patients who belong to poor backgrounds.

TARGET SCHOOL – ISB also open to suggestions about other schools that might fit my profile.

What should be my target score?
What further can be done to be a better fit to the school?
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Hello!
I am looking to apply to R1 for the 2024 intake. I would request you evaluate my profile for top US/Europe FT MBA programs.

Background and nationality:
29 years, Indian Engineer Male working in Consulting sector. Lived for 15 years in Saudi Arabia (though no work per se).

Undergrad/certification information:
Bachelor in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani with CGPI 7.33/10.
Completed Product Management course on Upgrad from DUKE CE

GMAT:
700 (Q50,V35) - 4th attempt after score plateau of 650. Can plan to take GRE if that helps.

Work experience and leadership:

Total Work experience: 6 years

1) Currently working as Senior Associate in a strategic healthcare consulting firm working with top US pharmaceutical clients (since June 22)
Brief of the role: Lead a team of 2 associates to operationalize the market research studies of top pharma companies for projects worth USD 2+ Mn. Few Initiatives to help the company save/generate USD 1+ Mn. The promotion is due in Sept this year.

Prior work experience:

2) Spent 3 years as a Consultant in an Impact consulting firm dealing with clients— CSR companies, NGOs, Foundations, and Government. Received 3 promotions, one every year.
Brief of the role: Lead a team of 5+ members to execute end-to-end 25+ impact assessment projects across Education, healthcare, livelihood, Water Sanitation and hygiene etc. Led PnL of projects worth USD 15 Mn. Executed data collection exercise across 22+ states of India covering 6000+ stakeholders. Helped the company expands its clientele base. Significant contribution in building team capacity and growing the team size from 7 to 32 members (when I left)

3) Worked as Development Consultant to an Indian Member of Parliament on a 1-year long fellowship program
Brief of the role: Worked on multi-million government and CSR projects to bring development to the constituency. Notable ones such as solving the decade-long arsenic contamination problem, enhancing healthcare delivery services, beautification of lakes, etc

4) 8 months as Senior Analyst at IT consulting firm. Left the firm early because I wanted more functional role and hence transitioned to social sector.

Extracurricular activities/Achievement:
1) Started a social enterprise helping artisans sell their products on e-commerce in 5+ categories with total sales of INR 1.2 Mn in 1.5 years
2) Held a leadership role of being Hostel Rep (part of the Student Union at BITS)
3) Held various leadership roles on various organizing committees of international events at the college
4) Received a Letter of Recommendation from a Member of Parliament I worked with

Post MBA goals:
Short-term: Join consulting firms in the likes of MBB in ESG or healthcare vertical (because of my experience in consulting but in my current role I'm into operations of market research and would want to get into the more strategy-oriented role)
Long-term: Start social enterprise focussed on enhancing livelihood in Indian rural areas (Showcase my commitment to the social sector and combine learning from consulting experience)

Recommendation: From my immediate managers in my current and last company.

Additional point to note:
I applied to 3 schools this March - IESE (R3), HEC Jan intake (R3), and INSEAD Jan intake (R1) - and was rejected in all 3. I believe the GMAT score or essay or profile, probably, was the concern.

Target Schools:
1) Kellogg
2) Booth
3) Duke
4) Ross
5) Darden
6) Anderson
7) Kenan-Flagler
8) INSEAD
9) LBS
10) Oxford
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Hii. I'm not sure what colleges should I target based on my profile. Please advice. Thank you in advance.

EDUCATION & TEST SCORE
1. GMAT FE - 675 (96th percentile)
2. B.tech (Mechanical Engineering from Uttarakhand Technical University) - First class honours (76%)

­WORK EXPERIENCE (5 years)
Currently working in Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) (2019 to 2024) as a Scientific Officer. Responsible for planning, executing, managing and closing contracts in NPCIL Project. Outstanding grades for four consecutive years. Got 1st promotion within the minimum eligibility period. Lead teams for efficient contract execution, provide mentorship to contract engineers, and implement streamlined processes so as to achieve project targets on time. Completed 1 year on job full time training in NPCIL (2019-2020) with 84 % score. Specialized in nuclear reactor design, construction, commissioning, and operations.

CERTIFICATION COURSES
1. Team Building and Team Management (Institute of Secretariat Training and Management)
2. Project Management (Integrated Government Online training)
3. Purpose-Driven Leadership (ISB Hyderabad)
4. Critical Thinking (ISB Hyderabad)
5. Managing and Leading Teams (ISB Hyderabad)
6. Introduction to Emerging Technologies (Wadhwani Institute of Technology and Policy)
7. Physical Fitness and Injuries (Sashastra Seema Bal)
8. AutoCAD , CATIA, Solidworks & Autodesk Inventor

ACHIEVEMENTS
1. CAT:- 99.3 Percentile
2. GATE:- All India Rank 236 out of 167,376 candidates
3. Qualified Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) exam and selected in interview (Didn't joined)
4. Selected in Indian Oil Corporation (Didn't joined)
5. Selected in Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (Currently working)
6. Won the CAD design competition and was awarded a professional certification course for free as a reward

EXTRA CURRICULARS
1. Actively participated in various seminars, like the Entrepreneurship Development Seminar, the Education and Research Workshop, and various technical events.
2. Playing member of the runner up team in Nuclear Cup cricket tournament held by DAE (2024).
3. Won the Inter-Regional Chess Competition held by DAE (2022), and also achieved runner-up position in college chess tournament (2017).
4. Interests include travelling, gym and fitness activities, photography and sports.

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