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Status: INSEAD - my dream school !! :-D
Joined: 08 Jul 2011
Posts: 22
Location: India
Concentration: Operations, Strategy
GMAT 1: 740 Q50 V39
GPA: 3.6
WE: Operations (Energy and Utilities)
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New post 21 May 2013, 03:58
Please evaluate my profile - Specific questions are at the end


GMAT: 740 (Q50, V39, AWA 4.5, IR 6)

WORK EXPERIENCE: July 2010 - Present (2 years 11 months)
Working as Drilling Fluids Field Engineer for one of the top 3 oilfield products and service providers in the world.

• Managed delivery of drilling fluids products & services in 20 Oil & Gas exploration projects with median drilling fluids budget of $500,000.
• Responsibilities included but not limited to drilling fluids formulation and management, daily reporting & costing, inventory & contingency management and ensuring adherence to HSE standards.
• Worked on offshore & onshore drilling sites in multiple countries viz. Papua New Guinea, Oman, Bangladesh, Gulf of Thailand, Bangladesh & India for elite national and international energy companies. Worked with multinational personnel in culturally diverse, highly dynamic and often harsh work environs.
• Attended professional training courses in USA along with engineers and managers from multiple nationalities.
• Successfully led teams of 10 or more members of local drilling crews as drilling fluids site supervisor.
• Trained and assessed junior field engineers and technology scientists in the area of rig operations management.
Achievements at Work:
• Successfully tested two new technologies for 2 different clients on rig site which increased oil well production, and also increased revenue for my company.
• As a presenter in the Know Your PSL sessions, educated company Business Development team about drilling and completion fluids, niche technology, customer challenges, market limitations etc. and helped in the development of business expansion strategy in India.

Freelance Consulting
• Optimized resources & strategically modified shop floor layout using KAIZEN methodology for a CNG & LPG Kits manufacturer. Implemented standard safety norms at shop floors and imparted operational training to workers. This resulted in decreased in-process inventory, safer working conditions and 30% increment in plant productivity.
• Developed market entry & distribution strategy for a local Speed Limiting Device manufacturer. Led to 40% sales escalation by incorporation of OEMs, vehicle retailer tie-ups and setup of 3 retro fitting centers.
Leadership Roles
• As convener, led a team of 100 students to organize the annual cultural festival of my undergraduate school. Arranged a total sponsorship of $ 60,000 for the festival, which recorded a footfall of 20,000 over 4 days.
• Served as Public Relations Coordinator of a non-profit organization aimed at creating awareness against terrorism.
• As Head of Student Council in senior high school, organized various cultural, academic and sports events and represented school at national level.
• Also, gave private mathematics tuition to make ends meet while in college. Basically worked my way through college doing any job I could get my hands at.

Bachelor Of Engg., Manufacturing Processes & Automation from one of the top 8 engineering institutes of India. SCORE - 75%, Top 15% of the class.
Class XII - 91% - Merit Scholarship
Class X - 95 % - All India Rank #16, Merit Scholarship.

Harvard (2014-16 Batch) September
ISB, India (2014-15 Batch) April
INSEAD, France (2015 Batch) January
ESADE, Spain (2015-16 Batch)
IESE, Spain (2015-16 Batch)

The reason for MBA is that I want to expedite my career in the Oil & Gas sector. Post MBA, I have 3 choices (in order of preference) of what I would like to do to:
1. Work for Oil & Gas major operator like Chevron, BP, Exxon Mobil or Repsol etc. in a O&G operations(drilling fluids) management role.
2. Work in the Oil & Gas practice of consulting firms like McKinsey, Bain, BCG etc.
3. Work as a operations consultant for a Oil & Gas service company. (I would be happy to go back to the company I am working for now, though overseas).

Location Preferences:
1. Europe - Concerned about job availability for international students.
2. USA - Though not too inclined to go for 2 yr programs. Would only go if I get more than 70% scholarship.
3. India - ISB, Lower investment, but lower rewards. Will definitely try though.

1. General Evaluation of my profile.
2. My chances at my target schools?
3. Based on my post MBA goals, please suggest more target schools and also advice whether my current target schools are the right choice. I am still not able to identify the schools I should apply to
4. Considering the financial conditions and reducing no. of employment visas being granted in Europe, is a huge invetment worth it?

Thanks & Regards,
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New post 24 May 2013, 07:06
Your profile looks very solid. Academically you are strong; professionally you have interesting work experience to share perspective from with classmate (although an extra year or two of work experience could be something to consider); You have a good perspective on highlighting your leadership to date. You also are very clear on "Why and MBA, and Why now." However, for purposes of the application I would focus on one post-MBA goal, not three.

I believe you would have a solid chance at your target schools. I might add to the list of US schools: Stanford, Tuck (where I attended); Columbia; UCLA; Northwestern; you might get more money from a Duke or a Michigan. In terms of attaining a consulting job at a McKinsey or the like, all of these will have many opportunities with the big consulting firms, and they will all come to campus to interview. From my experience the consulting firms are looking for international students. Goals one and three would probably require you to go to the companies yourself to pursue opportunities (although some of these firms may interview on campus).

As for the investment, business school is expensive (tuition averaging $55,000 a year at the top US schools), but I have found the ROI to be significant. I do not know what you are earning in your current job, but the median starting salary out of Harvard is $120,000, while everyone of the top 15 schools has a median starting salary similarly above $100,000. I am guessing if you go the consulting route, you will easily recoup this cost.

Best of luck to you!

Courtney Jane
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