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My Current Posititon, Advice/Suggestions greatly appreciated

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vkc911 Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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My Current Posititon, Advice/Suggestions greatly appreciated

Post Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:24 pm
First of all thank you for taking time to look into my profile. I will want to apply for the MBA programs commencing in Fall 2013. Below is my detailed profile:

Nationality: Indian
Acads:
-B.E. (Electronics &Communication) with 82.1% from Anna University
-GMAT: 700 (QA: 50, VA:34, AWA:5)

Work Experience:
-Working as Test Engineer in Infosys Limited since Oct'09
-Within 6 months into production, I was sent to Melbourne, along with few experienced colleagues, to work with the new Client to build rapport & trust and to secure long-term business commitment. Worked there for 8 months. Was given an opportunity to lead a team of 4. Had impressed Client with the leadership and technical work. Awarded Best Performance for the Quarter, by the client.
Worked with multi-cultured people. Was influential in decision-making on various aspects of the applications when working with the Business and Development
- At Offshore(India), lead a team of 8. Completed the testing of application under time and resource constraints. Bagged an internal award for Best Performance in the Quarter. On the company's role, I'm not a Team Lead as the promotions are policy driven and not performance driven.

Extra-Curricular:
- Lead Organizer of the Cultural and Technical fest. Was involved in Planning, Strategizing, Procurement, Resource allocation and Overall event management.
-Had organized the Industrial Visits for the Department in different semesters
-Had taken the initiative to work with Counseling Cell to support the fellow students in need of support
-Was part of the Blood Donation drive in the college and at Infosys
-Served as an Administrator of various clubs in Infosys (such as SLR Photography Club, Lenz Club) out of my interest in photography
-Played a active role in Sneham, a social welfare club at Infosys that supports underprivileged children around Chennai, India
-Out of my passion to travel and explore new places, I had planned and organized tours across Australia for self and fellow colleagues.
- I actively trade in Stock Markets, offer valuable suggestions to my peers, analyze the markets on a daily basis. I have made losses in intra-day trading and deliveries after which I spent time understanding the basic market fundamentals, the importance of right stock selection to maximize returns and identify the right time to make a buy/sell.

Why MBA?
Career and industry shift. I want to study marketing and work in manufacturing/consumer goods/pharmaceuticals industry with a long term goal of being an entrepreneur and cater to the industrial customers and individual consumers in an arbor scent approach. My strength is in analyzing people, their psychology and getting them convinced of my thoughts and ideas, which I feel is vital in Marketing apart from market analysis.

Schools short-listed based on my Research:
1. University of Chicago: Booth
2. University of California at Berkley: Haas
3. Duke University: Fuqua
4. Northwestern University: Kellogg
5. NYU: Stern
6. Dartmouth College: Tuck
7. Cornell University: Johnson
8. University of Michigan: Ross
9. UCLA: Anderson
10. Carnegie Mellon: Tepper

I look forward to valuable suggestions/advice with reference to my profile, the school selection and my profile’s sufficiency to the MBA programs.

Cheers,
kc

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Post Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:53 am
Allright sir,
so first off you are off toa good start. You have good work experience, good extra currics, a good GMAT. You can apply to all or any of the schools you have mentioned in your short list, with hopes of getting an accept (although of course overall you are gonna have to build a strategy that makes sense... meaning for the schools you ultimately apply to, a nice balance between harder dream schools, and then schools where you are a stronger candidate. )So for example Booth is likely to be one of the tougher ones on your list, and Andeson Tepper will be a bit easier). You have some slight "disadvantages" of having less than a 720 (Indian candidates! You guys just score way too high! Smile), and not coming from IIT... but everything else is really good so they aren't "black marks" against you, you are just gonna have to try harder. What does that mean: 1. Clever, logical and ambitious goals (and unique where possible) 2. A Unique presentation of yourself through your application, recommendations, essays, etc.

If you have any follow up questions, feel free!

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vkc911 Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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Post Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:11 am
Thank you for the feedback Jon.

But I'm yet to figure out how to link my current experience to my goals as it is a complete shift in career and industry!!!

Prior to the essays and recommendations, do I need to do any ground work to strength my application?

Also, which schools from the above list are more suitable for Marketing?

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kc

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Post Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:22 am
In addition to the above, is it advisable to attempt GMAT again to try and score a 720+?

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kc

Post Thu May 03, 2012 10:41 pm
Tough to say. It can help a bit, certainly but a retake of the GMAT is also only worth it if you know that you can get higher. It also requires a lot of time and effort, and it's not necessarily true that this is your best investment. I would say take the GMAT again if you score consistently higher on Mock Exams, or if you feel like you can crack your previous score with confidence. Your 700 is an excellent score. But you DO have a bit the luxury of time, so if you can arrange it, and you have more potential in it, why not? But I would say that once essays are released (Junish) you don't want to still be working on your GMAT at that point, because then you will need your energies to work on your applications.

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