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Looking for feedback on school selection [#permalink]
30 Jul 2014, 00:57
I am a younger Indian female applicant on the lower end of the work experience spectrum with extensive startup experience and I would really appreciate your thoughts on my profile:
Here's a brief summary of my profile:
1) GMAT: 710 (47Q, 40V) 2) Education: Electronics and Communication Engineering from a top 25 engineering college in India (Non-IIT) - CGPA: 9.03/10 (21 out of 250, top ten percent of class)
3) Internships: a) International semiconductor company (think Intel, Freescale - got through rigid selection process) - Design Intern (6 months) b) University in Eastern Europe - Research Intern (1 month) c) Indian School of Business - Research Intern (2 months)
4) Work Experience - Total Experience 1 year (2 at the time of matriculation)
a) Software Engineer at tech startup started by serial entrepreneurs (1 year) - 1 promotion from Consultant to Software Engineer - Worked directly with clients from the U.S and Africa, took ownership of projects within 6 months of joining - Reduced development time by 60%, developed proprietary algorithm marketed to retailers such as Walmart & Target - Female coder, only female among 30 odd male employees - Confident of getting a strong recommendation from the founder of the startup
b) Founder of startup that provides professional writing services to students and young professionals - Leading a team of two part time employees and an intern while working full time myself - Have had around 400 clients in less than a year of its inception; students accepted to Duke, Cornell and similar - Observing profits of over 200% due to low initial investment and knowledge capital - Designed the marketing strategy, developed the website, oversee the writing, top search result on Google
Extracurriculars and additional information: - Vice President of the Student Body (~8000 students) - Member of the Sports Council - Played for the Women's Basketball team at college - Headed a green initiative (5K Run, Campus Cleanup, mobilised funds) - Maintain a blog with 30,000+ views and 5000 unique visitors - Developed apps for NGOs, pro bono - Coaching govt. school kids for a scholarship exam (5 hours a week for 3 months) - Travelled to over 30 countries so far
My Target Schools (in order of priority): Yale, Tuck, Johnson, Darden
My Query: Can you please let me know if my school selection is realistic or I need to focus more on schools such as Goizueta and Tepper?
Looking forward to your response. Thanks in advance!
Re: Looking for feedback on school selection [#permalink]
30 Jul 2014, 07:18
Also forgot to mention:
My goals: I want to get experience across industries in as little time as possible so that I can hit my final goal of starting my own venture. With that in mind, consulting is a highly appealing, low risk-high reward option. Either technology or management consulting would allow me to learn about how different companies tackle problems and how CEOs take decisions in such a high level-high stakes scenario. I want to use that experience to start my own company in the technology space in India, with my priority being - it isn't going to be just another IT service provider or KPO firm (we have too many of those). I'd like to create real value and real products.