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Took GMAT at 24 , need advice.

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Hi, my name is Chirag, I am an Engineer from India. I just took GMAT a few days back and scored 750 (98 percentile) with Q51 (96 percentile) and V41(94 percentile)

Background :

I am a 24 years old Male
Completed my bachelors from IIT(The best University for Engineering in India) with a CGPA of 8.59/10 (Indian grading system)
I am presently working at Oracle as a Software Developer since the past 14 months.

Career Aspiration : To work as a Product Manager in a top IT Company.

I am aiming for universities like INSEAD, HEC or one of the top 30 universities in US (if I get a scholarship)

Please evaluate my profile and let me know what my next steps should be. Also kindly tell me what my chances for a Scholarship at the above mentioned universities are.

Thanks in advance. :)

Originally posted by chiragmishra93 on 26 Jul 2017, 11:14.
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chiragmishra93 wrote:
Hi, I am an Engineer from India. I just took GMAT a few days back and scored 750 (98 percentile) with Q51 (96 percentile) and V41(94 percentile)

Background :

I am a 24 years old Male
Completed my bachelors from IIT(The best University for Engineering in India) with a CGPA of 8.59/10 (Indian grading system)
I am presently working at Oracle as a Software Developer since the past 14 months.

Career Aspiration : To work as a Product Manager in a top IT Company.

I am aiming for universities like INSEAD, HEC or one of the top 30 universities in US (if I get a scholarship)

Please evaluate my profile and let me know what my next steps should be. Also kindly tell me what my chances for a Scholarship at the above mentioned universities are.

Thanks in advance. :)


Hello there "Engineer from India" ;)

So first step is clear: work 3-4 more years. And do well. Very well. And aim for LEADERSHIP roles.

Your base profile is very good - IIT, good grades, good employer, great GMAT. lovely!

But you can't apply without minimum 3-4 years experience, and as an Indian, and as an IT guy, realistically speaking the average is closer to 7-9 years.

Why? Because before a top school will accept you they will want to see PROVEN success.

And as you know that takes time.

That's doesn't however mean you should just sit in your thumbs for three years!
There's lots you can do - to learn about the schools, to improve your profile, to build your network:
- Make sure you have one solid constant strong volunteer work position during the entire time. What is a strong position? one with LEADERSHIP or leadership potential
- If you have any entrepreneurial ideas, make them happen!
- Make sure you do as well as possible at work
- Do some other activities - the hardest thing for Indian Techies is that everyone has the same boring old profile. You will need to DIFFERENTIATE yourself, if you are to succeed.

Other than that go to as many MBA events as you can. Gather information. Talk to people. Doing it slow and steady will win the race :)

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Thanks a lot JonAdmissionado for your advice. I forgot to mention a few points :

    I have Co-founded a startup and worked as its CTO for almost an year during my bachelors.

    Also I have worked as a Teaching Assistant to junior year class for a course.

    I have also worked for a non profit organization, teaching underprivileged children.

    I have worked as the Technical Head of the technical fest at my university, supervising a team of developers.

    I was also elected as a mentor to fresher year students.

    At my organization(Oracle), I have been a part of Campus Recruitment Team and have interviewed candidates for the same profile as I am working in.

    Also I have delivered a TechTalk to a team of 60 developers over a new technology.

    I am assigned as a buddy (mentor) to new hires in my team.

I would really appreciate if you could let me know if these points count in favor of me and make my application strong. This would help me build my profile further at and outside work. :)

Thanks,
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chiragmishra93 wrote:
Thanks a lot JonAdmissionado for your advice. I forgot to mention a few points :

    I have Co-founded a startup and worked as its CTO for almost an year during my bachelors.

    Also I have worked as a Teaching Assistant to junior year class for a course.

    I have also worked for a non profit organization, teaching underprivileged children.

    I have worked as the Technical Head of the technical fest at my university, supervising a team of developers.

    I was also elected as a mentor to fresher year students.

    At my organization(Oracle), I have been a part of Campus Recruitment Team and have interviewed candidates for the same profile as I am working in.

    Also I have delivered a TechTalk to a team of 60 developers over a new technology.

    I am assigned as a buddy (mentor) to new hires in my team.

I would really appreciate if you could let me know if these points count in favor of me and make my application strong. This would help me build my profile further at and outside work. :)

Thanks,
Chirag


Dear Chirag,
Absolutely! Each one of these points is relevant. And I think each one of them can be added to your profile, one way or another. It's very important in fact, that you have such activities in your profile, to give it breadth and depth, and I would encourage you to continue such things, especially talking in public, leading and mentoring where you can. And that entrepreneurial experience is also valuable and unique.


What can I say, but "keep up the good work:! :)

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Thanks again Jon. I will definitely try to strengthen my profile with such activities as well as volunteering work. :)

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chiragmishra93 wrote:
Thanks again Jon. I will definitely try to strengthen my profile with such activities as well as volunteering work. :)

Cheers !


Great!
good luck!
Looking forward to hearing back from you with your new and improved profile :)
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