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Profile Evaluation for 2020 Intake

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New post 15 May 2019, 01:34
Hello All,

I would really appreciate if somebody could evaluate my profile:

GMAT : 700
Work Experience: 3 years at the time of application as a Design Engineer in an MNC in USA
Education: MS Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State and BE Mechanical from Manipal Institute of Technology
GPA: 3.8/4 in MS and 7.5/10 in BE
Target Schools: ISB , SP Jain, INSEAD, HEC Paris

To summarize my current role, I work in an Architectural Engineering firm as a part of a team which comes up with design solutions for clients. Our clients include Ford, GM, Fiat Chyrsler, VA hospitals and many more automative companies and hospitals. It involves a lot of inter-disciplinary coordination and client interaction on a daily basis with the help of various modeling and simulation software. I worked on a similar role for 2 years in my previous company which was a Fortune 500 MNC firm and reason to switch companies was to work with a different client domain. My current firm has around 1000 employees.

My career goal after graduation is to transition into Consulting role for a Technology, Engineering or Infrastructure company. The reason to pursue MBA is to move from a technical role to a more project management based role.

I am also involved in volunteering hours for my local community.
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New post 24 May 2019, 08:02
Hi Abhishek1292,

Thank you for your post. Here are a few observations:

First, it would behoove you to try to boost your GMAT score. Average scores at ISB, INSEAD, and HEC Paris are generally in the 700 to 710 range, and especially in the case of the two European programs, it will be difficult to apply from such a crowded and competitive pool of applicants with a GMAT score that is "only" at or slightly behind the GMAT curve for those schools. Trying to outshoot the average by 30 or 40 points is often a good goal.

Second, you are going to be on the lighter side of the work experience curve for the European programs, so you will have less experience and impact to draw on with only three years of experience at the point of application. To be candid, I don't think you'd perform quite as well applying this year relative to applying at a point in the future. (The averages at these programs is often six years of work experience. I'd consider your current juncture the earliest at which you might reasonably apply, but again, I think you'd underperform relative to applying in a year or two.)

Third, given your technical background, you are going to need to make a compelling case for transition to business and really unpack the motivations, passion, and purpose behind wanting to make that transition. You'll need to articulate your goals at a very deep level (not just what industries, but what companies, teams, and roles within those industries); how who you are and what you've done to this point -- PLUS the MBA -- equals or leads to those goals; what knowledge, skills, and experience you already have that are relevant; what knowledge, skills, and experience you're missing and therefore need to acquire via the MBA. I would encourage you read more here: ... on-process

If you do end up applying in a future year (and thus give yourself more time), I'd encourage you to bolster your community involvement, which seems somewhat nominal in your post. Aim for deep, impactful, leadership-oriented involvement rather than mere "membership" or "casual volunteering." You might consider paths to doing so both through your organization or outside of your organization entirely (directly in the community). You might also consider how you can show extra leadership at work (e.g., raising your hand to lead certain initiatives).

Finally, if have the time, you might also consider taking a couple of core business classes, as your current educational and professional background does not include much in the way of that. That will also be a nice signal to adcoms that you are serious about the transition to business and have the fundamental business chops to succeed in and contribute to an MBA classroom.

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