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New post 04 Aug 2017, 01:35
Nationality- Indian
Male
Age- 29
GMAT- 710 (V35 Q50) Given in 2014
Undergraduate Information-
GPA:3.7 University on Mumbai, India (B.E - Electronics and Telecommunications) May 2010

Graduate Information-
GPA:4.0 University of Maryland- College Park, USA (Masters in Telecommunications) May 2012

Work Experience:
Senior Systems Test Engineer in the Telecommunications Industry- 5 years
- established a team in India
- lead feature testing and mentored several colleagues
- cross functional role with customer interaction

Leadership:
- Treasurer & Technical Head, IEEE Student Chapter
- Joint Cultural Secretary in undergrad college
- Founding Vice-President and Adviser of a youth non-profit NGO in India

Extra-curricular:
- Theater actor- performed plays in San Diego and LA; also helped in organizing/ staging plays
- Organized and hosted various inter-collegiate events in school
- Volunteered for various student organizations during school

Applied to various schools for 2015 intake but got dinged by all :(
Haas, Anderson, Sloan, GSB, Sloan, Ross, Darden, Tepper, Duke

Target schools for 2018 intake: Haas, Anderson, Ross

post MBA goals: venture into general management with more focus on strategy/ technology management

Thinking to re-attempt GMAT to improve my score and apply for R2 deadlines

Please evaluate my profile and suggest whether I should retake GMAT. Do suggest target schools based on my profile.

Thank you so much for your time and guidance!

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agadodia wrote:
Nationality- Indian
Male
Age- 29
GMAT- 710 (V35 Q50) Given in 2014
Undergraduate Information-
GPA:3.7 University on Mumbai, India (B.E - Electronics and Telecommunications) May 2010

Graduate Information-
GPA:4.0 University of Maryland- College Park, USA (Masters in Telecommunications) May 2012

Work Experience:
Senior Systems Test Engineer in the Telecommunications Industry- 5 years
- established a team in India
- lead feature testing and mentored several colleagues
- cross functional role with customer interaction

Leadership:
- Treasurer & Technical Head, IEEE Student Chapter
- Joint Cultural Secretary in undergrad college
- Founding Vice-President and Adviser of a youth non-profit NGO in India

Extra-curricular:
- Theater actor- performed plays in San Diego and LA; also helped in organizing/ staging plays
- Organized and hosted various inter-collegiate events in school
- Volunteered for various student organizations during school

Applied to various schools for 2015 intake but got dinged by all :(
Haas, Anderson, Sloan, GSB, Sloan, Ross, Darden, Tepper, Duke

Target schools for 2018 intake: Haas, Anderson, Ross

post MBA goals: venture into general management with more focus on strategy/ technology management

Thinking to re-attempt GMAT to improve my score and apply for R2 deadlines

Please evaluate my profile and suggest whether I should retake GMAT. Do suggest target schools based on my profile.

Thank you so much for your time and guidance!


Hi agadodia

- Your school selection was off last year and it is still not perfect at your current GMAT score.
- Try and raise the GMAT by 20+ points to have a better shot at the schools you are looking at.
- As a Test Engineer, you may also be perceived by some schools as not having enough business/management exposure. This needs to be addressed in your essays, if it was not already.
- Are you currently in India or the US? It seems like it is India. How long did you work in the US for?
- Your acads are quite strong and you have a Master's degree as well. With a 710, you already have the intellectual horsepower to be able to get to a 730 or above in say 2 months of studying. Some R1 deadlines are feasible. That will also put you in much better shape for your target schools.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.
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New post 04 Aug 2017, 11:24
GyanOne wrote:
agadodia wrote:
Nationality- Indian
Male
Age- 29
GMAT- 710 (V35 Q50) Given in 2014
Undergraduate Information-
GPA:3.7 University on Mumbai, India (B.E - Electronics and Telecommunications) May 2010

Graduate Information-
GPA:4.0 University of Maryland- College Park, USA (Masters in Telecommunications) May 2012

Work Experience:
Senior Systems Test Engineer in the Telecommunications Industry- 5 years
- established a team in India
- lead feature testing and mentored several colleagues
- cross functional role with customer interaction

Leadership:
- Treasurer & Technical Head, IEEE Student Chapter
- Joint Cultural Secretary in undergrad college
- Founding Vice-President and Adviser of a youth non-profit NGO in India

Extra-curricular:
- Theater actor- performed plays in San Diego and LA; also helped in organizing/ staging plays
- Organized and hosted various inter-collegiate events in school
- Volunteered for various student organizations during school

Applied to various schools for 2015 intake but got dinged by all :(
Haas, Anderson, Sloan, GSB, Sloan, Ross, Darden, Tepper, Duke

Target schools for 2018 intake: Haas, Anderson, Ross

post MBA goals: venture into general management with more focus on strategy/ technology management

Thinking to re-attempt GMAT to improve my score and apply for R2 deadlines

Please evaluate my profile and suggest whether I should retake GMAT. Do suggest target schools based on my profile.

Thank you so much for your time and guidance!


Hi agadodia

- Your school selection was off last year and it is still not perfect at your current GMAT score.
- Try and raise the GMAT by 20+ points to have a better shot at the schools you are looking at.
- As a Test Engineer, you may also be perceived by some schools as not having enough business/management exposure. This needs to be addressed in your essays, if it was not already.
- Are you currently in India or the US? It seems like it is India. How long did you work in the US for?
- Your acads are quite strong and you have a Master's degree as well. With a 710, you already have the intellectual horsepower to be able to get to a 730 or above in say 2 months of studying. Some R1 deadlines are feasible. That will also put you in much better shape for your target schools.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.



Thanks a lot GyanOne for your views and guidance. All your points are on the same lines as I was thinking.

I should have been more specific- I am currently working in the US in a leading semiconductor and telecom company in California and completing 5 years this Sept.

For the management experience, I am hoping to portray the growth in my responsibilities along with some accomplishments like establishing a team in India, mentoring, leading features, etc.

Along with a busy full-time job, I think 3 months preparation for GMAT will be more realistic and achievable- which would mean missing most of R1 deadlines.

Is it advantageous to apply in R1 than in R2? Also can you please suggest some schools I can target based on my profile.

Thanks again.

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agadodia wrote:

Thanks a lot GyanOne for your views and guidance. All your points are on the same lines as I was thinking.


Always glad to help

agadodia wrote:
I should have been more specific- I am currently working in the US in a leading semiconductor and telecom company in California and completing 5 years this Sept.


That is excellent and actually gives you a better chance. Have you visited your target schools already? If not, your absolutely should. Semiconductors is a good domain but your post-MBA goals, at least the way they are expressed, will give rise to questions on why you need an MBA to achieve them. Need to dwell on those a bit more and refine in expression.

agadodia wrote:
For the management experience, I am hoping to portray the growth in my responsibilities along with some accomplishments like establishing a team in India, mentoring, leading features, etc.


That alone may not be enough. The people part is good, but they are looking for more than that. Think problem solving and business exposure.

agadodia wrote:
Along with a busy full-time job, I think 3 months preparation for GMAT will be more realistic and achievable- which would mean missing most of R1 deadlines.


You are the best judge on that. Do keep setting targets and pacing yourself to measure progress.

agadodia wrote:
Is it advantageous to apply in R1 than in R2? Also can you please suggest some schools I can target based on my profile.


Put in your best application with your best GMAT score, whether it is in R1 or in R2. All other things being equal, prefer R1 to R2.
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Thanks a lot GyanOne for the prompt reply.

These are some good points to consider and keep in mind.

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Hi there,

Thanks for sharing your background! You are demonstrating leadership in your professional role and extracurricular endeavors, which is great, but there are a couple of things that will make you more competitive at the schools you have listed:

- Raising your GMAT score to 740+. Unfortunately, you come from a tough demographic (Indian male), so getting that GMAT score up will be important to meet the threshold that these schools are expecting from your demographic
- Clearer post-MBA goals. Right now, the goals as stated feel very broad. You will want to be more specific, be able to "connect the dots in your story," and convey why you need the MBA now

R1 is better given that you come from an over-represented demographic. However, if you'll be able to put together a better quality application in Round 2, then it's better to wait

Hope that helps! If you would like to discuss further through a free consultation, feel free to reach out at https://www.ivygroupe.com/contact.

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Hi there,

Thanks for sharing your background! You are demonstrating leadership in your professional role and extracurricular endeavors, which is great, but there are a couple of things that will make you more competitive at the schools you have listed:

- Raising your GMAT score to 740+. Unfortunately, you come from a tough demographic (Indian male), so getting that GMAT score up will be important to meet the threshold that these schools are expecting from your demographic
- Clearer post-MBA goals. Right now, the goals as stated feel very broad. You will want to be more specific, be able to "connect the dots in your story," and convey why you need the MBA now

R1 is better given that you come from an over-represented demographic. However, if you'll be able to put together a better quality application in Round 2, then it's better to wait

Hope that helps! If you would like to discuss further through a free consultation, feel free to reach out at https://www.ivygroupe.com/contact.

Best,
Shaifali
(HBS Grad/MBA Admissions Expert)



Thanks a lot Shaifali. All these pointers are definitely helpful.

Regards.

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