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Hello Linda,
I'd really appreciate your help with this evaluation. I need to decide which school to apply to and also how to improve my profile for the Top-10.

1) Brief description of your full-time work experience:

Indian, male, 23.

I have been a Graduate Engineer Trainee with a Fortune 500 (Top15) company for the past 1.5 years. This is my 3rd rotation in the program.
My rotations:

Engineering (8 months): Handled projects worth $200,000 in my first 6 months. Successfully completed Factory Acceptance Test with the End User by myself. Assisted on several other projects, with programming, planning etc.

Sales (8 months): Made regular cold calls, generated firm inquiries within the designated 8 months, with some of them being converted to Sales. (Progress was a little slow due to an illness and subsequently, death in the family). :(

Marketing (2 months): Responsible for qualifying leads, releasing quarterly newsletter, customer interaction, organizing National Level Meets. Coordinated the National Sales Meet in Feb 2013.

Working on developing a hardware product with my father's embedded electronics company by mid-2014.

2) Your GMAT: Haven't taken it yet. But I am certain of getting 720+.

3) College info: B.E (2011) from Pune University with 58% (Approximately 3.0 according to WES). No particular reason for it, except my involvement in drama and other cultural/organizational activities in college.

4) (i) Cultural Secretary for my department (Electronics and Telecommunications)
(ii) Founding member for cultural committee in college and Lead Actor and Coordinator for the college's production for a State-Level drama competition. Raised funds from the college for the production, beginning at $400 (compared to other colleges' $2000) in 2009 to $1000 in 2011.
(iii) Part of organizing committee for the National Level Technical Fest held by the college every year, regular organizing member of college's annual cultural festival.
(iv) Prefect, Best All-Round Student in High School
(v) Initiated the participation of the High School's team in district cricket tournaments.

5) Important certifications: Certificate Program in Business Management from the Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, the Business School in the IIT Bombay campus. The course involved lectures and assessments on First Year subjects in their MBA program. This was done along with my Final Year of B.E, through distance learning.

A1 level in French Language cleared, applying to Level A2.

6) Your target programs: None yet. Was hoping you could help me with some schools! :)

7) When you plan to apply: Mostly by 2014, second half. By which time I will have completed 3 years of Work Experience.

8) Your post-MBA goal: To work in Strategy or Marketing and later to start my own company, hopefully product-based.

PS: How much does it help my profile if I join a startup?

Thanks a lot!
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makshinde wrote:
Hello Linda,
I'd really appreciate your help with this evaluation. I need to decide which school to apply to and also how to improve my profile for the Top-10.

1) Brief description of your full-time work experience:

Indian, male, 23.

I have been a Graduate Engineer Trainee with a Fortune 500 (Top15) company for the past 1.5 years. This is my 3rd rotation in the program.
My rotations:

Engineering (8 months): Handled projects worth $200,000 in my first 6 months. Successfully completed Factory Acceptance Test with the End User by myself. Assisted on several other projects, with programming, planning etc.

Sales (8 months): Made regular cold calls, generated firm inquiries within the designated 8 months, with some of them being converted to Sales. (Progress was a little slow due to an illness and subsequently, death in the family). :(

Marketing (2 months): Responsible for qualifying leads, releasing quarterly newsletter, customer interaction, organizing National Level Meets. Coordinated the National Sales Meet in Feb 2013.

Working on developing a hardware product with my father's embedded electronics company by mid-2014.

2) Your GMAT: Haven't taken it yet. But I am certain of getting 720+.

3) College info: B.E (2011) from Pune University with 58% (Approximately 3.0 according to WES). No particular reason for it, except my involvement in drama and other cultural/organizational activities in college.

4) (i) Cultural Secretary for my department (Electronics and Telecommunications)
(ii) Founding member for cultural committee in college and Lead Actor and Coordinator for the college's production for a State-Level drama competition. Raised funds from the college for the production, beginning at $400 (compared to other colleges' $2000) in 2009 to $1000 in 2011.
(iii) Part of organizing committee for the National Level Technical Fest held by the college every year, regular organizing member of college's annual cultural festival.
(iv) Prefect, Best All-Round Student in High School
(v) Initiated the participation of the High School's team in district cricket tournaments.

5) Important certifications: Certificate Program in Business Management from the Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, the Business School in the IIT Bombay campus. The course involved lectures and assessments on First Year subjects in their MBA program. This was done along with my Final Year of B.E, through distance learning.

A1 level in French Language cleared, applying to Level A2.

6) Your target programs: None yet. Was hoping you could help me with some schools! :)

7) When you plan to apply: Mostly by 2014, second half. By which time I will have completed 3 years of Work Experience.

8) Your post-MBA goal: To work in Strategy or Marketing and later to start my own company, hopefully product-based.

PS: How much does it help my profile if I join a startup?

Thanks a lot!


Consider programs like HEC Paris, UNC, Duke, UT Austin, Emory, USC Marshall, IE, and Darden. You may also want to look in to the MS in Entrepreneurship at U of Michigan.

Best,
Linda
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Thanks a lot for the reply! I checked the Masters in Entrepreneurship from UMich, it looks interesting. I was hoping you could help me with a few things:
1) What are my chances at schools like Booth, Stanford or Haas? Is my work experience too less for the top 20?
2) What is missing from my profile?
3) Do I have a shot at the schools mentioned above if I show leadership and have startup experience? (I'm planning to join a software/retail startup in India)
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makshinde wrote:
Thanks a lot for the reply! I checked the Masters in Entrepreneurship from UMich, it looks interesting. I was hoping you could help me with a few things:
1) What are my chances at schools like Booth, Stanford or Haas? Is my work experience too less for the top 20?
2) What is missing from my profile?
3) Do I have a shot at the schools mentioned above if I show leadership and have startup experience? (I'm planning to join a software/retail startup in India)
makshinde wrote:
Thanks a lot for the reply! I checked the Masters in Entrepreneurship from UMich, it looks interesting. I was hoping you could help me with a few things:
1) What are my chances at schools like Booth, Stanford or Haas? Is my work experience too less for the top 20?
2) What is missing from my profile?
3) Do I have a shot at the schools mentioned above if I show leadership and have startup experience? (I'm planning to join a software/retail startup in India)

You're welcome!

1. I don't think your chances at STanford, Booth, or Haas are very good. I don't recommend applying. Your work experience is on the low side for the top 20, Aim for schoosl with lower average ages, like CMU Tepper or Rochester Simon.
2. I high level of achievement, leadership, and impact. You may have it, but it's not showing in your post. Your GPA could also be an issue.
3. It depends what you do at the startup. If you make a major contribution and difference, then it will enhance your profile. Working at a start-up is not automatically a plus or a negative.

Best,
Linda
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Hello Linda,

Thank you for the reply! It is very helpful to know which schools/region to target

Since my last post I have changed my company. Have been working with a startup in the education technology space in India for the past 9 months or so. I have been working in a Sales/Business Development (BD) role. During this time I have covered the entire sales/BD cycle from market research, data qualification/organization, cold-calling, pitching and closing for the B2B product. I have worked with the product development team to shape some aspects of the product. I have been closely involved with the strategy or approach to the market (which market to target, whether to go for inbound or outbound sales, product placement etc.). I work directly with the Sales/BD head to handle pan-India marketing/sales for the product. Most of the sales/planning activites for the product have since been handed over to me. Now I'm in more of a managerial/leadership role for the recently launched B2C product where I have to decide the process for sales and partnerships with channels for sales. I will be handling a team of 3-4 to streamline the company's sales activities. I think this has added significantly to my experience and will really give me some quality leadership experience.

I would really appreciate any suggestions for improvements in the profile and your opinion on whether this adds to my previous post. I plan to work on Business Development for technology companies. Any schools you would suggest in particular for my profile and my plans for technology/strategy?

Thank you!
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makshinde wrote:
Hello Linda,

Thank you for the reply! It is very helpful to know which schools/region to target

Since my last post I have changed my company. Have been working with a startup in the education technology space in India for the past 9 months or so. I have been working in a Sales/Business Development (BD) role. During this time I have covered the entire sales/BD cycle from market research, data qualification/organization, cold-calling, pitching and closing for the B2B product. I have worked with the product development team to shape some aspects of the product. I have been closely involved with the strategy or approach to the market (which market to target, whether to go for inbound or outbound sales, product placement etc.). I work directly with the Sales/BD head to handle pan-India marketing/sales for the product. Most of the sales/planning activites for the product have since been handed over to me. Now I'm in more of a managerial/leadership role for the recently launched B2C product where I have to decide the process for sales and partnerships with channels for sales. I will be handling a team of 3-4 to streamline the company's sales activities. I think this has added significantly to my experience and will really give me some quality leadership experience.

I would really appreciate any suggestions for improvements in the profile and your opinion on whether this adds to my previous post. I plan to work on Business Development for technology companies. Any schools you would suggest in particular for my profile and my plans for technology/strategy?

Thank you!


Assuming a 720 GMAT for you, my list really hasn't changed much. YOu progressed nicely at work it seems, but you still have that low GPA. I still suggest you consider HEC Paris, UNC, Duke, UT Austin, Emory, USC Marshall, IE, and Darden . You may want to add Foster to the list.

Best,
Linda
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Hello Linda,

It has been a little more than 3 years since my last post on this thread. Would really like your input on my profile evaluation. Here are the changes since last time:

1) I had a successful stint at the education technology startup that I was working at. I set up operations and sales for them in 2 cities entirely by myself. I was offered almost a 100% hike towards the end of 2014.

2) I left that startup and helped start a new one as a founding member. Unfortunately, it was shut down 4 months ago. It was funded by a very reputed VC (think Sequoia/Accel/Tiger Global), we raised a sizable amount of money in our Series A funding and were among the top 2 in India in our field (in terms of revenue, growth and market cap).

I was the the Sales Head there, managed 65-70 people and was responsible for two major cities as well (operations, sales, HR, administration etc.). During my time at the company:

A. I led the expansion efforts and set up operations in 2 major cities by studying the market/competition/scope there and devising the best entry plan accordingly. This meant good numbers right from day one and meeting of targets, even exceeding them on occasion.

B. Set up the pay structure, hierarchy, targets, reporting and evaluation for my department (Sales).

C. Collaborated with the product, operations and customer service team to make our service as smooth as possible. Developed protocols and the software product by constantly collaborating with these teams, resulting in smaller and fewer delays in our service, thus driving throughput and revenue up.

D. Before hiring, worked with the rest of the founding team and HR to set HR guidelines for the company for all departments.

We had been mentioned in Forbes as one of the 20 startups to watch out for in 2016.

The company had to be shut down due to a massive drought in funding in India and I've not taken up a new job since then. I have made a 3500 mile motorcycle trip across North-East India and plan to write a blog about it to create awareness about the area. I will also be working on a film as Assistant Director while preparing for my GMAT.

My primary interests still remain: Technology/Strategy/Consulting.
Work Ex: 5 years.
Applying for: Fall 2018 intake.

Would be great if you can help me with some direction as to which colleges I can apply to considering my profile and which ones I have a chance of getting into.

Thank you.

PS: Apologies for the long post!
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Hello Linda,

It has been a little more than 3 years since my last post on this thread. Would really like your input on my profile evaluation. Here are the changes since last time:

1) I had a successful stint at the education technology startup that I was working at. I set up operations and sales for them in 2 cities entirely by myself. I was offered almost a 100% hike towards the end of 2014.

2) I left that startup and helped start a new one as a founding member. Unfortunately, it was shut down 4 months ago. It was funded by a very reputed VC (think Sequoia/Accel/Tiger Global), we raised a sizable amount of money in our Series A funding and were among the top 2 in India in our field (in terms of revenue, growth and market cap).

I was the the Sales Head there, managed 65-70 people and was responsible for two major cities as well (operations, sales, HR, administration etc.). During my time at the company:

A. I led the expansion efforts and set up operations in 2 major cities by studying the market/competition/scope there and devising the best entry plan accordingly. This meant good numbers right from day one and meeting of targets, even exceeding them on occasion.

B. Set up the pay structure, hierarchy, targets, reporting and evaluation for my department (Sales).

C. Collaborated with the product, operations and customer service team to make our service as smooth as possible. Developed protocols and the software product by constantly collaborating with these teams, resulting in smaller and fewer delays in our service, thus driving throughput and revenue up.

D. Before hiring, worked with the rest of the founding team and HR to set HR guidelines for the company for all departments.

We had been mentioned in Forbes as one of the 20 startups to watch out for in 2016.

The company had to be shut down due to a massive drought in funding in India and I've not taken up a new job since then. I have made a 3500 mile motorcycle trip across North-East India and plan to write a blog about it to create awareness about the area. I will also be working on a film as Assistant Director while preparing for my GMAT.

My primary interests still remain: Technology/Strategy/Consulting.
Work Ex: 5 years.
Applying for: Fall 2018 intake.

Would be great if you can help me with some direction as to which colleges I can apply to considering my profile and which ones I have a chance of getting into.

Thank you.

PS: Apologies for the long post!


Your work experience sounds interesting. What GMAT score do you anticipate? What was your GPA and major and where did you go to college?

Best,
Linda
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1) I anticipate a GMAT score in the 730-750 range.
2) I majored in Electronics and Telecommunication from Pune University (India, non-IIT).
3) The free calculation on WES gave me a GPA of 3.0. Other than that, I have no way of knowing the GPA for sure. Is there any other method to find out?

With these details, which schools would you say I am eligible for?

Thank you.
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makshinde wrote:
Hello Linda,

1) I anticipate a GMAT score in the 730-750 range.
2) I majored in Electronics and Telecommunication from Pune University (India, non-IIT).
3) The free calculation on WES gave me a GPA of 3.0. Other than that, I have no way of knowing the GPA for sure. Is there any other method to find out?

With these details, which schools would you say I am eligible for?

Thank you.


What was your percentage?
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My aggregate for all four years comes to around 58%. I graduated from Pune University.

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My aggregate for all four years comes to around 58%. I graduated from Pune University.

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Consider programs like Cornell Johnson, Georgetown, UNC, UT, Duke Fuqua, and USC. Since your grades are on the low side, check out 5 A's for a Low GPA.

Best,
Linda
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