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New post 25 Mar 2018, 05:45
Hey guys,

Apologies if I am posting in the wrong forum.

I am targeting US B-schools and ISB (India) for 2019 intake. Can you guys please evaluate my profile and share your comments? Please be as blatant as possible.

Can you guys suggest a few schools that I should apply to? Stretch, achievable and safe ones.

Profile summary
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Age: 27
Nationality - Indian

Academics:
Class X - 86%
Class XII - 89%
GMAT - 700 (Q47, V39)
Undergrad GPA: 8.1/10, Computer Science and Engineer


Work Experience - Currently, I've 4 years of work experience in IT. I have played the role of an Application Developer, Tester and Functional Consultant. I have worked in Banking (Credit Cards),

Retail (Apparel) and Energy & Resources (Steel) domain and have gathered relevant business knowledge of the same. I have taken up a few strategic roles during this tenure and received awards for

the same.

Extra curricular activities:
1) During college, I was the member of the core group, which successfully managed to pull the sponsors for our college Annual Fest. Although, it sounds pretty odd, our college did not have any

initiatives for fests etc. until we pitched in and showed the management that why an "Off-week" is required.
2) Member of the college and school soccer teams. Won a few tournaments.
3) College Representative of the Training and Placement Office. Interacted with company representatives during recruitments.
4) School representative for inter-school fests.
5) Member of my company's community club.

Career Goals - I had initially joined the company to gain experience to get into a proper MBA/MS(management) program abroad. And now I think it is time to work towards that. I have not fixed on any particular destination as such but i am slightly biased towards US b-schools and ISB. I found management/strategy counsulting specialisation somewhat to my liking after reading about it. I'd definitely like to make a transition from my current role in a service based industry into a full-fledged consulting/strategy role. I haven't decided on the industry, but I see myself involved in a consultant role. I agree that during the course of one's MBA, the focus can shift, but if everything goes as per the plan, this is where I see myself after 5 years. We, as IT professionals, definitely do informal consulting, but our clients always takes it with a pinch of salt. This is one restriction I want to break.


Please let me know in case any additional information is required from my end.
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New post 26 Mar 2018, 09:29
Hi roykabir772, thanks for reaching out, and you came to the right forum for a profile review.

Your GPA is very strong, and you're at a good point in your career to be applying to business school. Keep up the good work on the job!

The first thing I recommend is retaking your GMAT. 700 is good, and you have a well-balanced score, but if you want to apply to any top 25 schools in the US (and even for ISB which has gotten quite competitive), you really need a score above 700. So I would give that another shot, if possible.

Second thing I would do is increase your extracurricular involvement -- you were involved on campus and that's great, but I would like to see you more involved in current activities, outside of the office. It's also not just about putting in a few volunteer hours a week, schools value leadership roles and also when you demonstrate real passion for a cause or an activity.

Finally, I agree there are many transferable skills to consulting. It can be tough for applicants with a technical background to switch immediately to strategy consulting, so you might want to consider a mid-term step in tech or operations consulting, before moving on to strategy. That's worth researching more as you finalize your list of schools and find out what career opportunities they have.

Good luck!
Kate

roykabir772 wrote:
Hey guys,

Apologies if I am posting in the wrong forum.

I am targeting US B-schools and ISB (India) for 2019 intake. Can you guys please evaluate my profile and share your comments? Please be as blatant as possible.

Can you guys suggest a few schools that I should apply to? Stretch, achievable and safe ones.

Profile summary
-------------------------------------------------------
Age: 27
Nationality - Indian

Academics:
Class X - 86%
Class XII - 89%
GMAT - 700 (Q47, V39)
Undergrad GPA: 8.1/10, Computer Science and Engineer


Work Experience - Currently, I've 4 years of work experience in IT. I have played the role of an Application Developer, Tester and Functional Consultant. I have worked in Banking (Credit Cards),

Retail (Apparel) and Energy & Resources (Steel) domain and have gathered relevant business knowledge of the same. I have taken up a few strategic roles during this tenure and received awards for

the same.

Extra curricular activities:
1) During college, I was the member of the core group, which successfully managed to pull the sponsors for our college Annual Fest. Although, it sounds pretty odd, our college did not have any

initiatives for fests etc. until we pitched in and showed the management that why an "Off-week" is required.
2) Member of the college and school soccer teams. Won a few tournaments.
3) College Representative of the Training and Placement Office. Interacted with company representatives during recruitments.
4) School representative for inter-school fests.
5) Member of my company's community club.

Career Goals - I had initially joined the company to gain experience to get into a proper MBA/MS(management) program abroad. And now I think it is time to work towards that. I have not fixed on any particular destination as such but i am slightly biased towards US b-schools and ISB. I found management/strategy counsulting specialisation somewhat to my liking after reading about it. I'd definitely like to make a transition from my current role in a service based industry into a full-fledged consulting/strategy role. I haven't decided on the industry, but I see myself involved in a consultant role. I agree that during the course of one's MBA, the focus can shift, but if everything goes as per the plan, this is where I see myself after 5 years. We, as IT professionals, definitely do informal consulting, but our clients always takes it with a pinch of salt. This is one restriction I want to break.


Please let me know in case any additional information is required from my end.

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Senior Consultant, mbaMission

Website: http://www.mbamission.com
Blog: http://www.mbamission.com/blog
mbaMission Insider's Guides: http://www.mbamission.com/guides.php?category=insiders
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New post 26 Mar 2018, 09:56
mbaMissionKate wrote:
Hi roykabir772, thanks for reaching out, and you came to the right forum for a profile review.

Your GPA is very strong, and you're at a good point in your career to be applying to business school. Keep up the good work on the job!

The first thing I recommend is retaking your GMAT. 700 is good, and you have a well-balanced score, but if you want to apply to any top 25 schools in the US (and even for ISB which has gotten quite competitive), you really need a score above 700. So I would give that another shot, if possible.

Second thing I would do is increase your extracurricular involvement -- you were involved on campus and that's great, but I would like to see you more involved in current activities, outside of the office. It's also not just about putting in a few volunteer hours a week, schools value leadership roles and also when you demonstrate real passion for a cause or an activity.

Finally, I agree there are many transferable skills to consulting. It can be tough for applicants with a technical background to switch immediately to strategy consulting, so you might want to consider a mid-term step in tech or operations consulting, before moving on to strategy. That's worth researching more as you finalize your list of schools and find out what career opportunities they have.

Good luck!
Kate

roykabir772 wrote:
Hey guys,

Apologies if I am posting in the wrong forum.

I am targeting US B-schools and ISB (India) for 2019 intake. Can you guys please evaluate my profile and share your comments? Please be as blatant as possible.

Can you guys suggest a few schools that I should apply to? Stretch, achievable and safe ones.

Profile summary
-------------------------------------------------------
Age: 27
Nationality - Indian

Academics:
Class X - 86%
Class XII - 89%
GMAT - 700 (Q47, V39)
Undergrad GPA: 8.1/10, Computer Science and Engineer


Work Experience - Currently, I've 4 years of work experience in IT. I have played the role of an Application Developer, Tester and Functional Consultant. I have worked in Banking (Credit Cards),

Retail (Apparel) and Energy & Resources (Steel) domain and have gathered relevant business knowledge of the same. I have taken up a few strategic roles during this tenure and received awards for

the same.

Extra curricular activities:
1) During college, I was the member of the core group, which successfully managed to pull the sponsors for our college Annual Fest. Although, it sounds pretty odd, our college did not have any

initiatives for fests etc. until we pitched in and showed the management that why an "Off-week" is required.
2) Member of the college and school soccer teams. Won a few tournaments.
3) College Representative of the Training and Placement Office. Interacted with company representatives during recruitments.
4) School representative for inter-school fests.
5) Member of my company's community club.

Career Goals - I had initially joined the company to gain experience to get into a proper MBA/MS(management) program abroad. And now I think it is time to work towards that. I have not fixed on any particular destination as such but i am slightly biased towards US b-schools and ISB. I found management/strategy counsulting specialisation somewhat to my liking after reading about it. I'd definitely like to make a transition from my current role in a service based industry into a full-fledged consulting/strategy role. I haven't decided on the industry, but I see myself involved in a consultant role. I agree that during the course of one's MBA, the focus can shift, but if everything goes as per the plan, this is where I see myself after 5 years. We, as IT professionals, definitely do informal consulting, but our clients always takes it with a pinch of salt. This is one restriction I want to break.


Please let me know in case any additional information is required from my end.

Thanks a lot for your response and suggestions, Kate.

I agree that I should get more involved and take up more roles & tasks in the social sector.
Regarding the GMAT retake, I took GMAT twice and scored 700 both the time (q47 v39 and q49 v37). For the last one month, I didn't prepare for GMAT and have been thinking about applying to a few schools in the early rounds.

Based on my two week research I am interested in kelley, Emory and Carlson for now. Yet to research a few other schools. I understand that even these three schools are quite competitive but I am willing to take a shot and go through the admissions phase for once before a reattempt.

Based on my current profile, which schools would you suggest me to target in the early rounds?

Appreciate your help.

Cheers,
Kabir
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New post 26 Mar 2018, 20:09
Hi Kabir,

Sounds great. I think those are good schools to target, especially if you apply in the first round as yes, they can be quite competitive. You could also check out Foster, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Olin (Wash U). Those are a few that come to mind.

Best,
Kate

roykabir772 wrote:

Thanks a lot for your response and suggestions, Kate.

I agree that I should get more involved and take up more roles & tasks in the social sector.
Regarding the GMAT retake, I took GMAT twice and scored 700 both the time (q47 v39 and q49 v37). For the last one month, I didn't prepare for GMAT and have been thinking about applying to a few schools in the early rounds.

Based on my two week research I am interested in kelley, Emory and Carlson for now. Yet to research a few other schools. I understand that even these three schools are quite competitive but I am willing to take a shot and go through the admissions phase for once before a reattempt.

Based on my current profile, which schools would you suggest me to target in the early rounds?

Appreciate your help.

Cheers,
Kabir

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Kate Richardson
Senior Consultant, mbaMission

Website: http://www.mbamission.com
Blog: http://www.mbamission.com/blog
mbaMission Insider's Guides: http://www.mbamission.com/guides.php?category=insiders
Free Consultation: http://www.mbamission.com/consult.php

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