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New post 07 Jul 2011, 09:10
Hi Brian,

I just gave GMAT today and I want to see what options I have so that I decide on the future course of action:

Age : 22
Country: India
Gender: Male

GMAT: 680
TOEFL: Haven't taken it

- Bachelors in Information Technology from Indian Institute of Information Technology - Allahabad. [Institute ranks 9th in India ]
- GPA 7.5/10
- "A" in Business and Management Courses.

- Was Class representative and School.
- Career Expo representative at Undergrad.

Work experience:
- 6 months with Motorola as an Intern at Applied Research and Technology Centre, Motorola India Research Labs.
- Have a patent application with US PTO for the research done at Motorola (Listed as the first inventor)
- 2 years working for Cisco. (Continuing now)
- Won a Cisco Star Award (Best employee of the quarter)
- Got promoted in the 1st year of work at Cisco.

- Involved in various Social Initiatives at Cisco.
- Active participant in the School Adoption Program at Cisco. [ We developed the school with the help of funds received from colleagues and educate the kids]
- Was a member of Prayaas at college. [ Prayaas is a program we started to educate the uneducated kids in the slum near our college]

Please let me know a few schools where I stand chance with the above profile.

Thank You..

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New post 15 Jul 2011, 04:55
Hello seeker21, thanks for your question.

From an academic perspective, given that you come from an overrepresented demographic, your GPA is on the low side, as is your GMAT.

Look to distinguish yourself with your leadership at work. You should call out experiences during your 2 years at Cisco where you have truly led, driven results, taken the initiative. Winning the Cisco Star Award is an accomplishment; you must have exhibited leadership to have attained that accolade, right? Moreover, your experience as an inventor at Motorola is different from the norm – emphasize these to your advantage.

Your extracurricular activity is another area where you could potentially differentiate yourself from your demographic. Regarding your work with social initiatives, can you call on moments of leadership from that arena? That would move the needle with admissions committees.

Your competitiveness will depend on how much leadership experience you have to call on. I think you could reach for programs like Fuqua or Ross, especially if you improve your GMAT, but would be more competitive at a program like UNC.

Best of luck,

Brian Eng
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