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Profile Evaluation/Career Advice :)

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I am a 24 yr old Indian Male currently working IT Sector having 15 Months of Experience. Would be grateful if you could provide me a profile Eval/Career Advice.
My Existing Profile is as Follows
GPA 6.1/10(61%) in Mechanical Engineering from N.I.T Jalandhar (belonging to a list of prestigious state sponsored schools)
GRE 800Q + 610V AWA 4.0 (will prolly be obsolete by the time i submit my BSchool App) TOEFL 100
A certificate in software testing from ISTQB and two internships in manufacturing companies.

I have a pretty average-below average undergrad score (wasnt serious enough coupled with a department high of 8/10). Although I did everything to get into a core job, I couldnt and had to satisfy with a poorly paid easy software job

My ultimate aim is to pursue MBA in US from a top 10-20 college(I am excluding top 10 coz my undergrad being so horrible they wont consider me anyway and m not a genius to develop something overnight or too risk averse to go down the entrepreneurship bandwagon

I am currently applying to MEM(Duke, Cornell CWRU) and IE (NCSU VTech and TAMU) programs in US with the hope that
1. i would study hard there.. manage a >3.5 GPA there and improve my academic credentials for MBA app, gain international work ex.
2. Also working in US would help me fund the MBA with the dollar paycheck, also since i would have close to 3-5 yrs of experience).

Do you think its a correct approach?? Also could you give me some tips as to how i can improve the likelihood of admit, also to a top 10 school

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There are some potentially significant obstacles for your candidacy to a top program in the U.S. First, as you know, given that you come from an overrepresented demographic in the applicant pool, competition is quite fierce in terms of standardized test scores and GPAs. Second, I know the circumstances did not work in your favor, but your description of your job after university does not indicate that it would put you in the position to gain valuable leadership experience. I am not saying that your admission to a top 20 program is impossible, but I believe it could be difficult, unless you can differentiate yourself by speaking to your leadership experience both in and out of work. That could potentially differentiate you.

In terms of applying to another graduate program and then to an MBA, I think you would need to prove to admissions committees how exactly an MBA would enable you to pursue your career objectives in a way that your other graduate does not, which could bring into question why you even pursued the first graduate degree at all. That is a potentially tough and tricky sell.

I do not mean to discourage you from applying, but the factors you speak of seem to be challenging.

Best of luck,

Brian Eng
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