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Profile evaluation (Oil & Gas, Political consultancy)

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New post 27 Mar 2017, 04:42

I'll be applying to B-schools this summer for entrance in 2018 august. Post MBA I hope to work at a management consultancy firm for a while before ultimately starting my own venture. Please find below the summary of my profile. I'd be obliged if you could evaluate my chances.

-Indian male, 26 years age at time of application
-GMAT 760
-B. Tech, Civil Engineering, IIT Kanpur (9.1/10), 2014
Academic excellence awards
Elected member of student senate, part of organisation team of university technical festival, student guide, placement cell core team member
-Field Engineer Trainee, Schlumberger, India (10 months, Aug'14-June'15)
Received 11 weeks training at company facility in Abu Dhabi
Led teams of 4 at oil rigs for various oil and gas clients in India providing drilling and measurement services
Received appreciation letter from client
-Field Engineer, Schlumberger, India (12 months, July'15 to June'16)
Received 2 week training on high-volume drilling and measurement technology at company facility in USA
Only person with formal training in high volume technology in India
Led the effort for successful application of high-volume technology in India, through training personnel, service quality interventions and operational support
Assisted the Field Service manager for North East India with tool and personnel planning and client interfacing for project involving operations at over 10 oil rigs
-Senior Associate at a non-profit organisation advising the largest national political party in India on strategy for assembly elections at the largest state in India (Aug'16-present)
Led a team of five in conceptualising and building a volunteer organisation premised on support for the party's national leader/face. Current strength of the organisation is about 1.6 million pan India (about 25 at each zip code level in the state) and growing. Volunteers used for spreading party's agenda and conducting door-to-door campaign during state elections apart from other activities
Part of a five-member team that set-up and ran operations at the election war-room at the party headquarter in the state.
Coordinated efforts with the party's state vice-president for setting up teams at each of the 0.14 million polling booths in the state
Assisted in scheduling campaigns in different regions of the state based on analysis of key parameters
Prepared a customised playbook for each of the 403 candidates in the state, with advisory on different central and local campaigns along with various constituency specific data
Embedded in a battleground district with 7 constituencies during the last leg of the campaign to assist the candidates' campaign team
I can't state the result of the election on this forum since that would divulge the party's identity. We are currently devising strategy for upcoming elections in another state

Should get LORs from my current direct manager and my direct manager from Schlumberger. Before college I earned a senior diploma in tabla (classical Indian music instrument) with distinction. Apart from this not much on the extra curricular front. Both my jobs required long working hours all 7 days of the week.

I am planning to apply to Harvard, Columbia and Yale for entry in August'18. Thanks in advance.
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New post 28 Mar 2017, 11:02
Hi there,

Thanks for reaching out! Your work experience, GMAT scores, accomplishments, etc. seem very impressive and I think you’re on a great track for your MBA applications. Also, great job starting your research so early in the process!

My main feedback is to strengthen your story for why you need an MBA. You had mentioned working for a management consultancy firm before starting your own venture – how have your past experiences prepared you for an MBA and why do you need an MBA to achieve these goals? Why are these goals meaningful to you – I’d love to learn more about this long-term venture and the history behind this ambition.

For better or for worse, Indian males are part of a highly competitive pool of MBA applicants so you want to do everything you can to stand out. Since you’re starting the process early (which is great!), you should have time to focus and really do what it takes to create a compelling story that clearly indicates your needs for an MBA and that clearly differentiates you from your competitive set.

To answer your question on extracurriculars – I would start with your story and then think strategically about what would strengthen your overall business school brand in terms of these activities. Since time is precious, I wouldn’t volunteer somewhere just to put it on your resume. But if you could find an activity that is aligned with your long term goals – e.g., teaching entrepreneurship skills to youth – I think this could serve as another differentiating aspect of your application.

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