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New post 01 Apr 2018, 11:49
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.
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 01 Apr 2018, 11:55
You need to re-take the GMAT.

There is much more that needs clarity about your profile, but Indian IT males with a GMAT of 750-760 can safely think about 16-25 ranked schools.
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New post 02 Apr 2018, 03:22
Consider the following points Kabir:

  1. While the breadth of your experience sounds great, it is not clear as to the achievements therein. Since you are in a competitive pool of applicants, do a lot more in articulating and communicating your differentiators and how you stand out.
  2. The ECs during college time look healthy enough. But it is very important to factor in what you do now. In that respect, you've only mentioned being part of your community club. If that doesn't mean much, see how you can ramp that up in the limited time available.
  3. For reasons mentioned here, we do not speculate on school selection. That said, transition you have in mind could be a tough one. So think hard and deep about it not just from a personal preference perspective but also from other stakeholders' perspective.
  4. A higher GMAT always helps, especially if this was only your first attempt.

Hope this helps some.

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New post 05 Apr 2018, 01:50
Hey roykabir772
The 700 for your demographic will make this process tricky unless you are really open to a wide range of schools. If you are targeting the Top 10 in the US, this will be very difficult. Nothing is impossible, but I want to be clear that it will be difficult. You are also in IT, and what I commonly see there is a lot of IT skills but not a lot of leadership and management. Make sure your CV shows that you're not just a programmer. The CV needs to show leadership and business impact. Whether or not you know Java or C++ is not really important. You've got some great extracurriculars, which is helpful.
My top recommendation is to try the GMAT again and aim for a higher score. 750+ would be great.
Thanks!
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mbaMissionKrista wrote:
Hey roykabir772
The 700 for your demographic will make this process tricky unless you are really open to a wide range of schools. If you are targeting the Top 10 in the US, this will be very difficult. Nothing is impossible, but I want to be clear that it will be difficult. You are also in IT, and what I commonly see there is a lot of IT skills but not a lot of leadership and management. Make sure your CV shows that you're not just a programmer. The CV needs to show leadership and business impact. Whether or not you know Java or C++ is not really important. You've got some great extracurriculars, which is helpful.
My top recommendation is to try the GMAT again and aim for a higher score. 750+ would be great.
Thanks!
Krista

Hey Krista,

Thanks a lot for your response and suggestion.
I have plans to retake GMAT but for now I am thinking about applying to colleges from 20-30 (US only) in the early round with my current profile. Any suggestion on the colleges I should target probably?



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