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Hi Experts,

I belong to the largest pool of Indian male IT Engineers. I did not study in a elite school. My academic is average with 78% in class 12 and 69.4% in B.E.
My Skills:
I am a portrait artist. I started drawing from school and did certification. I am a certified photographer(not pro). I did the certification during my undergrad. And I am a professional web developer. So, accumulating all my skills I am developing my own website to start a small business, where I will be selling my photographs and drawings, and will be providing web development service.
Apart from that I am making some small films to represent some Indian cultures.

IT career:
I am 27 with 4.4 years of experience.
I worked in Infosys, one of the top IT companies in India for 2.5 years. During that tenure I worked for Infosys' one of the top clients Apple Inc. and I got to manage a group of 3 people. Apart from that I took an initiative to develop a POC( proof of concept) product. There I got 3 promotions: Systems Engineer Trainee, Systems Engineer and Senior Systems Engineer.

After 2.5 years working in Infy I joined an Indian small scale company G2Technology Solutions an a Senior Software Engineer to learn more in management and development projects. Now I am working for an US client and I handle my client. I have developed more than 15 products in this project till now and client is very happy about it.

GMAT:
I already have started preparing for GMAT and planning for 2019 batch. Alongside I am preparing a list of B-SCHOOLs. Here I need your help. Since I am building my profile more into creativity and innovation, which colleges will give aid to my skills in the admission process. Am I going on the right path to build my profile? I know it is difficult to name a school without the GMAT score, but I just want to make a possible and realistic list of schools, so that I can focus on those and get more info about those.
Note: please let me know I am going wrong somewhere.

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Why do you want to do an MBA? What are your post-MBA goals?


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And if you are not CREATIVE and INNOVATIVE, probability of getting admitted is very less.

Moreover as a starter for an Indian IT Male, I believe you should focus completely on GMAT at the moment and get done with that asap.
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Thank you for replying to my post. I love to answer this question.
Sir, I belong to a place where the sun rises first in India. Yes, it is the most beautiful north-east which resides India's 4% of the population and constitutes a single linguistic region with about 220 languages, 220 ethnic groups and the equal number of dialects. But unfortunately, it poses a higher rate of unemployment and poverty than the average rate of India, despite having an immense opportunity in terms of agriculture, manpower and tourist destinations. Here Assam only has more than 18 Lakhs educated unemployed youths out of which 2 lakhs are graduates. So I know they have everything but good leaders.
This place needs a good number of entrepreneurs and leaders. So, I have always been trying to nurture myself with new skills and leadership quality. That is why I have been staying far from my place, exploring other places while working there. Whenever I get a chance to explore a new place or to learn new things, I grab it. During my IT career of 4.4 years, I have worked in Mysore, Bangalore and Coimbatore. But since my ultimate goal is to get into entrepreneurship and do something for my people, I need to learn more about managing a diverse group of people. Which I don't think I will get working in an IT job further, to be honest. So I have planned to do an MBA. I want to do it in Europe where B-Schools have a good diversity in their classes and they provide one year MBA.
So, I think I am pretty clear about what and why I want to do.
In order to fulfil my dream, to take a taste in entrepreneurship I started my own business and involved some of my friends from my place.

Please let me know if I am doing anything wrong.

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And if you are not CREATIVE and INNOVATIVE, probability of getting admitted is very less.

Moreover as a starter for an Indian IT Male, I believe you should focus completely on GMAT at the moment and get done with that asap.

Thank you for your reply.
That's a very good point you brought in: if the B-Schools do not think my creative and innovative skills aren't good enough. I am working on it. And I am preparing for GMAT as well.

Since my job is very flexible I get enough time to spend for my own stuff. So, I decided to improve my profile and list the probable schools I can get into, alongside. I do this when I get exusted from studies (I can't study for a very long time in one go, though trying to overcome it :) )

So, please let me know if you have any input for me in this special case. :)

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Alright Rakesh. Here’s my view (I’m a fellow applicant and maybe admission consultants can offer a different perspective).

1) There’s no such thing as a “b-school for creative and innovative skills”. All business schools like their students to have a “different” side, which in some cases can be about being “artsy” with design, drawings, photography etc. But the primary purpose of a business school is to get you a business education, and hopefully land you a good job that you like.

2) In my opinion, going to business school to become an entrepreneur is probably not a great idea. I don’t know about your financial situation but going to business school is very expensive. And starting your own business in India after incurring debt in Euros will be a tough situation. If you have avenues to fund your education without debt, then it might still be okay. The greatest benefit a business school can offer is a good network of smart people. But you don’t really need to go to school to start your own business where you’ll learn by doing.

3) You are from the toughest applicant pool - Indian Male IT engineer with IT experience. You’ll need to really stand out to go to a good school in Europe. That’ll mean a GMAT preferably 740+, some good leadership experience at work, some useful extracurricular roles etc. It’s definitely possible but it won’t be easy.

4) From what I’ve learned in the application experience, all the “creative” and “artsy” stuff is great to complement your profile. But what b-schools want is a solid profile in its core items - GMAT, academics, work experience, career progression, leadership experiences. Everything else is secondary.

5) Figuring out a list of business schools is something YOU need to do through research and effort. The application experience is a long and hard process. And you’ll benefit the most if you figure out things yourself. Start scouring these forums, go to school websites, look at employment reports, look at profiles of school alums on LinkedIn. You’ll need to put in the effort.
Use google wisely. Also utilize websites like PoetsandQuants.

Good luck.


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stoiczoan wrote:
Why do you want to do an MBA? What are your post-MBA goals?


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Thank you for replying to my post. I love to answer this question.
Sir, I belong to a place where the sun rises first in India. Yes, it is the most beautiful north-east which resides India's 4% of the population and constitutes a single linguistic region with about 220 languages, 220 ethnic groups and the equal number of dialects. But unfortunately, it poses a higher rate of unemployment and poverty than the average rate of India, despite having an immense opportunity in terms of agriculture, manpower and tourist destinations. Here Assam only has more than 18 Lakhs educated unemployed youths out of which 2 lakhs are graduates. So I know they have everything but good leaders.
This place needs a good number of entrepreneurs and leaders. So, I have always been trying to nurture myself with new skills and leadership quality. That is why I have been staying far from my place, exploring other places while working there. Whenever I get a chance to explore a new place or to learn new things, I grab it. During my IT career of 4.4 years, I have worked in Mysore, Bangalore and Coimbatore. But since my ultimate goal is to get into entrepreneurship and do something for my people, I need to learn more about managing a diverse group of people. Which I don't think I will get working in an IT job further, to be honest. So I have planned to do an MBA. I want to do it in Europe where B-Schools have a good diversity in their classes and they provide one year MBA.
So, I think I am pretty clear about what and why I want to do.
In order to fulfil my dream, to take a taste in entrepreneurship I started my own business and involved some of my friends from my place.

Please let me know if I am doing anything wrong.

Regards,
Rakesh

Your goals should be realistic to the Adcoms. Even if you truly want to become an entrepreneur and better your community, it is going to be a tough sell. Also, everyone has creative and innovative skills that you are talking about, please don't let that be your selling point.
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stoiczoan wrote:
Alright Rakesh. Here’s my view (I’m a fellow applicant and maybe admission consultants can offer a different perspective).

1) There’s no such thing as a “b-school for creative and innovative skills”. All business schools like their students to have a “different” side, which in some cases can be about being “artsy” with design, drawings, photography etc. But the primary purpose of a business school is to get you a business education, and hopefully land you a good job that you like.

2) In my opinion, going to business school to become an entrepreneur is probably not a great idea. I don’t know about your financial situation but going to business school is very expensive. And starting your own business in India after incurring debt in Euros will be a tough situation. If you have avenues to fund your education without debt, then it might still be okay. The greatest benefit a business school can offer is a good network of smart people. But you don’t really need to go to school to start your own business where you’ll learn by doing.

3) You are from the toughest applicant pool - Indian Male IT engineer with IT experience. You’ll need to really stand out to go to a good school in Europe. That’ll mean a GMAT preferably 740+, some good leadership experience at work, some useful extracurricular roles etc. It’s definitely possible but it won’t be easy.

4) From what I’ve learned in the application experience, all the “creative” and “artsy” stuff is great to complement your profile. But what b-schools want is a solid profile in its core items - GMAT, academics, work experience, career progression, leadership experiences. Everything else is secondary.

5) Figuring out a list of business schools is something YOU need to do through research and effort. The application experience is a long and hard process. And you’ll benefit the most if you figure out things yourself. Start scouring these forums, go to school websites, look at employment reports, look at profiles of school alums on LinkedIn. You’ll need to put in the effort.
Use google wisely. Also utilize websites like PoetsandQuants.

Good luck.


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Agree with stoiczoan that an MBA program is not the best way to go about entrepreneurship. Besides the debt part, there is little correlation between what you learn on entrepreneurship at B-schools and how your business pans out.

What is more important than creativity or innovativeness is your ability to solve problems, in this case business problems. That’s the goal of more or less every organization. Whether you were creative in pulling that off or displayed some other quality such as perseverance or persuasiveness is less material.

Also being from IT background from India, you should get a high GMAT score.
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