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Profile Evaluation - 6 years work-exp

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A short summary of my profile:

Indian/IT/Female/27

GMAT - 660 [not sure whether to take a retest]
10th - 87%
12th - 88%
BE - 83%

Extra -curriculum activities - good. [Won multiple accolades in debate, extempore, anchoring, drama ]

International Experience - 1 year (Canada + Israel, multiple recognitions )

Career graph:
5 yrs work exp in Amdocs, a leading software provider in telecom domain. I joined the organisation as a trainee, but with four promotions in span of 5 years, quickly rose to senior consultant, working closely with sales team on branding of new product.
1 yrs work exp in Oracle Product India Ltd. - got chance to work in cutting edge technology and futuristic products.

MY expectation from MBA is either to stay in IT domain or move to consulting.

Colleges shortlisted:
1. HEC Paris
2. SDA Bocconi
3. Rotterdam B School
4. ISB
5. INSEAD (confused as GMAT score is low)

Please suggest whether I stand a fair chance in any of the above colleges. MY preference is of 1 yr MBA.
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Hi - We are happy to offer you some guidance. I have to make some assumptions as I'm not quite sure what some of your information means...

For example, I assume that 10th and 12th refer to grade levels? And that BE refers to a Bachelor of Engineering??? If that is the case and you are at 83% at a university in India, that is exceptional. That will bode well with adcoms as they assess you from an academic point of view. But i am assuming that is a quant heavy Bachelor...right now I just don't know because you haven't shared the details of where you went and what your Bachelor was in. The other important part of the academic profile is your GMAT score. So you got a 660...I'd like to know the breakdown. That is important. For example, if you scored higher in the verbal section than the quant section and come from a less-quant-heavy background (both academically and professionally), schools will be concerned about your capability to handle the rigorous coursework. n the flip side, if you performed better in the quant section than you sis in the verbal, that will likely draw less apprehension from the adcoms. We can also help you better mitigate a low verbal score than we can a low quant score (again, particularly if your career has been light in that regard). Regardless of the breakdown scores, yes, we would encourage you to take the exam again. Unless of course this is the third or fourth time you've taken it and you feel you simply can't improve it. Can you still be competitive with a 660...yes. But the GMAT score is being more heavily weighted by adcoms because folks are doing such a great job these days of putting together strong written applications.

Let's talk about your career. That looks strong across the board. I can certainly see that you have grown/had progress and developed/use strong interpersonal skills. Looks like you have examples of both teamwork and leadership and have been strategic, innovative and versatile. Again, no concerns there.

Let's talk about your extracurriculars. it looks like you are solid in terms of ec's during college. I will assume that you haven't had any since college since you didn't list anything? Believe it or not, although that isn't ideal - having no involvements since college, it isn't the end of the world. Adcoms seem to focus more on an applicant's sense of balance during college than post-college because they find that how a person conducts him/herself in college is indicative of how they will conduct themselves in b-school. And they want folks who are well balanced, who want to excel in the classroom and outside it through participation in clubs, conferences, etc. So you look ok here - not strong, but ok.

Let's move on the trickier metric with you - your career ambitions. right now you just haven't given me much to go with. If you stay in the IT domain, do you want to move from a technical role (i am assuming your role is more technical now?) to a more strategic role, and if so within what industry/sector so on and so forth? OR if you want to move into consulting, what kind? WHY? And after consulting what do you want to do? Right now, I don't see that you have put a great deal of thought into your career narrative. THAT is critical when applying to top b-schools. I feel like I could play devil's advocate with you, ask you questions to test how much thought you have put into your ambitions, and that you might have trouble passing the test. That leads me to my next insight....

Schools. So right now all these schools seem fine----INSEAD is the going t be the toughest one to get traction with. I think, if you create efficacy with your ambitions and can infuse them with passion, you would be taken seriously. However, I have to ask why you are aiming for a 1-year program that doesn't have an internship opportunity. Those programs would really only be good fits for you if you were aiming to advance your career, not switch/shift it. That means that if you want o stay in IT but move into a strategic capacity 10year programs could work for you. But if you want to move into consulting, which is a switch, you really need a two-year program which allows you to test out consulting (and for consulting to test you out as well). So selecting your ambitions is going to be critical when selecting your schools.

Now, just one more point to touch on...and this is vital for you given you are coming from IT in India (which represents the largest category of applicants). You need t think about the intangibles/life experiences/perspective/etc that make you who you are ...that drive and define you. Having depth and dimension that we can then help clients integrate into their applications can be what leads them to get offers over someone else who looks just as strong (or even stronger) in other areas of their applications. Right now, I don't know how you measure along this metric.

I hope you found my thoughts helpful. I am happy to talk more via skype if that would interest you, Just let me know. Otherwise, we wish you all the best with your application process!

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New post 09 Apr 2015, 20:28
Hi Kathy,

Thanks for your insight. I will try to think in the lines suggested to come up with more substantiated application. Once I have a application in place, I will contact you for further assistance.

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New post 10 Apr 2015, 07:01
You are most welcome. Good luck as you work on your application(s)!
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