vipulaggarwal wrote:Hi Gyan. Would you help in evaluating the profile below
B.Tech. in Computer Science from IP University, Delhi with an aggregate score of 72.6% (First Class)
Working with Samvardhana Motherson Group (SMG) (World's 5th largest group) for past 2 years as a Software Engineer. Involved in different roles for 2 years. Was a JAVA developer for the first 12 months and worked on a project related to automobile industry wherein we tracked all the activities of major automobile players (like Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen etc.) and their manufacturing plants. In this project I proposed a module which involved scanning of invoices, of which I proposed the algorithm, to potentially reduce the effort at customer's side. This brought a business of 60.2 Million INR to organization. Received Star Performer of the Year award for the initiative taken.
In lieu to this initiative taken, after 1 year in the organization, I was shifted to Business Intelligence Team to use the critical data like revenue; budget etc. of the organization to track down the lacuna's to suggest possible changes to be made for organization's benefit. Working under this team, I proposed the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) which shall mitigate the re-work done in few teams in the organization. Upon review it was implemented in the organization. I inked down the proposed SDLC and got it converted in form of a research paper, published in a prestigious journal.
Total Work-Ex at the time 2016-17 application will be 2 years 8 months.
Went with project leader and other team members for installation and demo of the project to the client for duration of 3 months in Hungry during my tenure as a JAVA developer in initial 12 months
I have categorized extra-curricular into following categories.
"¢ Have 5 research papers being the 1st author published in prestigious journals with a high impact factor. For one of the research paper published, was selected as a reviewer at the same journal (Science Alert) where mostly doctorate and post-doctorate professors are selected.
"¢ Was selected to represent my school in a competition of Mathematics and English conducted by University of New South Wales.
"¢ Winner of 3 state awards in technical events conducted at Delhi College of Engineering (DCE). Runner-Up in 4 technical events conducted at Delhi College of Engineering.
"¢ Winner in 1 competition and runner up in other organized in IGIT.
"¢ Played Football at National Level. Represented Delhi and scored a hat trick and helped team to reach semi-finals. Was also adjudicated Man-of-the-tournament by sports head of IIT during an intra-college football tournament in my college.
"¢ Organized literary events during college fests in the year 2011-2012-2013. Recoded higher participation with each successive year.
Debating and Literacy
"¢ Winner of 3 State level debate competitions organized at Delhi College of Engineering.
"¢ Winner of 3 State level extempore competitions organized at Delhi College of Engineering.
"¢ Winner of 3 State level essay competitions organized at Delhi College of Engineering and 1 essay event organized in my college.
"¢ Contributed to college and school magazines and remained an active blooger in my organization monthly newsletter.
"¢ Involved with an NGO for past 3 years. Working as a treasurer now. During my time I organized events to raise fund for the NGO and used the same money to prevent cow smuggling and prevent slaughtering of cows in the small villages of Haryana.
"¢ A short 3 months internship at AIESEC under the program Iccha, to help slum children identify the basic cause of malaise. Helped them identify major pollutants and areas acting as a breeding ground of mosquitoes. Drafted a survey on the area visited and was adopted as a blue print by the local residents to palliate the waste.
"¢ Worked for 5 months at Children Home, Delhi Government foster home to orphan kids. Provided pedagogy to students and was involved in various teaching drives organized at foster home during those 5 moths.
"¢ Active member of CSR committee of my organization. Awarded for an active role in donation and social drives.
I am targeting kellogg, Yale, ISB, Tepper, Fuqua and Ross. What's your take on the profile ?
Thanks for posting.
Your profile has definite strengths in terms of your GMAT score (excellent), your academic scores (decent), and your extra-curricular activities (outstanding). You have certainly taken some very good initiatives at work, and have been recognized for them too, and that recognition counts. You have some great initiatives and achievements on the extra-curricular side, and in multiple dimensions. These certainly set you apart.
On the technical side, you have done some good work, and the publications add to it. On the other hand, you are coming in from an overrepresented industry (IT - your core function). The fact that you moved to the Business Development team after your first 12 months certainly helps, but there too your work (at least as mentioned) seems to have been more technology-centric (i.e. creating results through technology) than working on business parameters that you mention. Not being from a highly visible Indian institution (such as IIT, BITS, DCE, or the NITs) is a slight concern too, though nothing you can do about that apart from focusing on your work and applications now. Your international experience is also on the lower side, notwithstanding the short Hungary stint. Don't take this to be criticism at all, but just an evaluation of your profile, as you asked for.
Overall, you need to make a strong case for yourself as someone who can do great things in business, apart from doing great things in technology. With 2.8 years of experience, it sometimes becomes difficult to demonstrate that as you would have not have had as much of a chance to create business impact.
In terms of your schools, you will be a good candidate for ISB. Yale is probably not a great fit for the career you are looking at (we assume business roles in tech). Kellogg, Tepper, Fuqua, and Ross will be ambitious for you at this stage. We would recommend reviewing the schools based on your career goals (not mentioned here).
We would like to get a better idea of your work and its impact, but multiple posts on a forum might not be right for that. Do contact us directly [through this link
] and we will help evaluate some of the things you mention at greater depth.
Hope this profile evaluation has been useful.