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New post 31 Jul 2014, 10:54
Hi mbaMission!

Thanks for taking time out to review profiles!
Kindly advise what steps I should take based on my profile.

-Indian Male Age - 24. WIll be 25 by the time I start the program in Fall '15
-Undergraduate - Bachelors in Business Management (specialization in finance) from Christ University, Bangalore - ranked no. 1 for the program by India Today (if this helps in anyway)
-CFA Level 1 and 2 completed.
-GMAT Score 650 (Q 44 V 34) - not the most awesome score
-GPA: 3.44
School results (in case it matters) - Standard X - 89%, Standard XII - 92%

[b]Work experience: 2 years 3 months
as of now. Close to 3 and a half years by the time I start.

Got straight in to my family business after graduation. I did have an offer from one of the Top 4, but since I had decided that I wanted to do my business in the long run, I didn’t take up the offer and dove right in to the business.

Company profile:

The company is basically a technology solution provider covering almost all verticals existing in the IT sphere today.
Our company is a key Premier Business Partner / Master Distributor / Premier Support Provider for several vendors. (HP, IBM, AutoDesk, Csoft, Microsoft etc)

We have multiple go-to-market motions including value added sales by specialized marketing experts across different product groups for large customers, retail outlets, distribution, etc. We also have a key support motion (engineers) across multiple product segments.
We employ approximately 120 odd people located across Eastern/Northeaster India, Mumbai, Hyderabad and other cities.
We have a turnover of approximately $10 million.

Brief description of what I did:

The first 3 months was allocated to understanding some of the key business functions such as accounts/logistics/sales/support to get an in-depth understanding of how each department works. Spent roughly 3 intensive weeks in each department to understand the entire business, process right from the time we crack an order to execution and servicing.

I am currently looking after the MPS (Managed Print Services) division of the company, which basically entails providing corporate houses with high printing volume an end to end solution for all their printing requirements.
A notable achievement was a closure of an MPS deal at a Big 4 valued at roughly $ 80,000.
Managing the core team driving the MPS business as also leveraging the entire sales resources of the organization to evangelize the MPS offering from our company and acquire customers for the company was my main task.
We also had the best achievement viz a viz target for HP MPS in the country. The year on year sales growth attributable to MPS has increased by over 20% and is expected to improve further.
Other than the above, overall business management such as managing HR, book keeping, maintaining vendor relations (have represented my company on quite a few meets) have all been a
standard part of day to day operations.

Based on my above profile, kindly suggest which schools are within my reach. I am looking at Singapore, USA and Europe (less preferred though).
Are one year MBA programs more suited to my profile, considering the fact that I plan to return to business post MBA?

Thanks and Regards

Kudos if the post helped! :)

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night. -H.W. Longfellow

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New post 03 Aug 2014, 14:28

Thanks for posting and sharing. So while it sounds like you've been steadily building a variety of skills in business at your family company, overall you may be a bit less experienced than many candidates and likely the top 15-20 or so schools (at least in the US) would be a reach. The GMAT is also a good deal less than averages at the very top schools. If you are definitely coming back to the company post-graduation, you could go either way (1 year or 2 year), but certainly could make a strong case for 1-year option in that scenario. The US is still mostly 2-year options but you could look into Goizueta, Marshall, BU, Babson (note: top for entrpreneurship; possibly useful to bring back to the family biz); Katz for example for 1-year US. In Europe, IE could be a reach; could look at Bocconi, Warwick, Cranfield. In Singapore you could look at NUS, or Nanyang though their average GMAT is often higher than NUS.

Have you considered taking the GMAT again or is that not an option at this point? Let us know what other q's you have!

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