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New post 25 May 2006, 07:55

A quick roundup of my profile:
1. Undergrad: Mechanical Engineering from Univ. of Bombay (First class with Honors)
2. MS: Mechanical engineering (GPA: 4.0)
3. GMAT: 720
4. Working full-time at a top manufacturing firm in the US (will have more than 2 years work ex)
5. Community involvement (serving on the planning committee of an event)
6. Started a webdesigning company while I was doing my undergrad in India just because of my passion for design. It did quite well and I got a few projects (I quit it when I came to the US)
7. Worked on a research project while doing my MS
8. Know 5 languages, member of ASME
9. Work experience has given my two projects which display my leadership quality
10. Took up an economics class at a local college and received an A
11. Plans: Return to India to start a manufacturing company after working about two years in the US post-MBA. I have specific plans. Moreover, my family business is related to mechanical engineering. I do not plan to 'expand and diversify' the family business but rather, simply use the resources/infrastructure/network/contacts to build my own company
12. I am looking for training in general management and operations/manufacturing from an MBA
13. I believe I am ready as my current work experience has provided me the necessary ideas for my future
14. I think the uncommon aspects of my profile are: Dedication to mechanical engineering; the flow of my academic and professional years are very much aligned to my future goals; born and brought up in India but studied and worked in the US
15. Based on my profile, I am considering: Kellogg's (MMM), MIT, Michigan (TMI), Cornell, Yale, Darden, UCLA, Carnegie Mellon

Some quick questions for you:

1. Does my profile find favor with the schools I mentioned?
2. Do my two years of work ex (plus two internships during MS) serve as an obstacle for Kellogg's, MIT, Darden?
3. Should I consider lower ranked schools?
I would really really appreciate your inputs... I know it is a long post ..

Thanks a ton!
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New post 25 May 2006, 17:54
Wow! This is a lot of info. The first thing you may want to do is decide what 2 or 3 things you really want to stand out in your application.

To answer your questions...

1. I think your choice of schools is very good, given your interest in manufacturing. The Kellogg MMM program, Michigan's TMI program, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon in particular good be a good fit for you.

2. Your limited work experience may hurt you a bit, esp. for the more specialized programs (MMM and TMI). MIT may be a little more willing to admit someone with only 2 years of experience, but be aware that this may hurt you.

3. Your risk is that you really need to find a way to stand out from the pack. An Indian with a tech degree who wants to go back to India to start a company is a VERY common profile these days. What makes you different? I see some nuggets of uniqueness in the info that you listed, but you'll need to focus on a couple of key messages. If you are unable to do that, then you may indeed want to include a few top-30 schools on your list.


P.S. It's Kellogg, not Kellogg's. Kellogg's is a breakfast cereal company. :)


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New post 26 May 2006, 05:30
Ouch... Kellogg, huh?
That doesn't make me look very good but a BIG thanks nevertheless!

Also, thanks for your response. It really helped.
I do realise that I am in a very common pool of applicants. I will surely try to differentiate myself from the rest.
Moreover, I have a specific plan to present for my future goals/company. Hopefully, that will help. I am hoping that the fact that I have a mech engg related family business should help too.

Thanks, once again!
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