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by bblast » Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:33 am
Hello Sir,
I got a call all of a sudden from SP Jain GMBA(Dubai/Singapore). I had casually filled out its form 48 hours back. I seriously have not researched this school. I will have to take a flight and valuable time off from work for the interview on 5th March. Is the program worth it ?

I have applied to some good bschools in USA for R3 and awaiting response from them.
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by MBACrystalBall » Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:46 am
bblast wrote:Hello Sir,
I got a call all of a sudden from SP Jain GMBA(Dubai/Singapore). I had casually filled out its form 48 hours back. I seriously have not researched this school. I will have to take a flight and valuable time off from work for the interview on 5th March. Is the program worth it ?

I have applied to some good bschools in USA for R3 and awaiting response from them.
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Hi Kumar,

Before answering that question, a couple of quick ones from my side.

What's the GMAT story? Are you planning to re-take it (770 target!). Also can you share a little more about your profile and what schools you've applied to in R3?
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by Ashish321 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:14 am
Hello Sameer ,

I have posted you a PM . Could you please have a look.

Thanks!

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by MBACrystalBall » Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:51 am
Ashish321 wrote:Hello Sameer ,

I have posted you a PM . Could you please have a look.

Thanks!
Ashish bhai, I've just responded.
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by Ashish321 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:05 am
MBACrystalBall wrote:
Ashish321 wrote:Hello Sameer ,

I have posted you a PM . Could you please have a look.

Thanks!
Ashish bhai, I've just responded.
Thanks a lot Sameer :)

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by bblast » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:50 am
MBACrystalBall wrote:
bblast wrote:Hello Sir,
I got a call all of a sudden from SP Jain GMBA(Dubai/Singapore). I had casually filled out its form 48 hours back. I seriously have not researched this school. I will have to take a flight and valuable time off from work for the interview on 5th March. Is the program worth it ?

I have applied to some good bschools in USA for R3 and awaiting response from them.
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Hi Kumar,

Before answering that question, a couple of quick ones from my side.

What's the GMAT story? Are you planning to re-take it (770 target!). Also can you share a little more about your profile and what schools you've applied to in R3?
i am 25 yrs/ 3 yrs work ex,engineer pune univ good grades blah blah, set up own small industry now, 3 yrs work ex- 2 accenture SAP. 1 entrepreneurship. i am a good(probly extraordinary) writer as well, applied in texas + rotman r3.
I am now partner of an industry as well as executive-operations of TEO(the earth organization india-ngo)

770 is what i would target next summer if "needed". i am not an outrageous study geek but can deliver if required. i got a 47/34-5.5 in a month with small amt of prep.
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by MBACrystalBall » Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:40 pm
bblast wrote:
MBACrystalBall wrote:
bblast wrote:Hello Sir,
I got a call all of a sudden from SP Jain GMBA(Dubai/Singapore). I had casually filled out its form 48 hours back. I seriously have not researched this school. I will have to take a flight and valuable time off from work for the interview on 5th March. Is the program worth it ?

I have applied to some good bschools in USA for R3 and awaiting response from them.
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Hi Kumar,

Before answering that question, a couple of quick ones from my side.

What's the GMAT story? Are you planning to re-take it (770 target!). Also can you share a little more about your profile and what schools you've applied to in R3?
i am 25 yrs/ 3 yrs work ex,engineer pune univ good grades blah blah, set up own small industry now, 3 yrs work ex- 2 accenture SAP. 1 entrepreneurship. i am a good(probly extraordinary) writer as well, applied in texas + rotman r3.
I am now partner of an industry as well as executive-operations of TEO(the earth organization india-ngo)

770 is what i would target next summer if "needed". i am not an outrageous study geek but can deliver if required. i got a 47/34-5.5 in a month with small amt of prep.
Kumar-bhai,

I like the super-confident response :-)

In your situation, I would skip the SP Jain offer, fix up the GMAT (it'll help you target higher ranked schools) and then take a shot at the Round 1 deadlines in the coming season.

That would give you a few more months to prove your mettle at the entrepreneurial intiative and build up a few more impressive success stories. You'll also have more time to research schools and not feel pressured to jump at offers that come out of the blue.

Don't let impatience get the better of you. Hang in there and go back into the akhaadaa with a stronger profile.
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by bblast » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:10 pm
Thanks mate, i have decided to go for the sp jain interview however I would think again if I get a nod from them- The interview would be more as a prep interview for the next season :).
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by MBACrystalBall » Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:00 pm
bblast wrote:Thanks mate, i have decided to go for the sp jain interview however I would think again if I get a nod from them- The interview would be more as a prep interview for the next season :).
Chak de phatte, buddy. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

Come back and let us know how it went.
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by bblast » Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:22 am
Hey Yaar, My SP jain interview was ok, but as it said I dont think the investment is worth,


In the meantime, I am planning a GMAT retake with 3 months of solid study Starting 1st april 2011.

I have already appeared gmat once 47/34-5.5, looking for a high 700 now and apply to ISB/Insead/Nanyang this year(2012-2013). studied only 37 days last time over for a decent splitted 650. Got calls from a couple colleges this year but not taking it up.


Profile by august 2012 : - Professional experience - 4 years
2 yr top IT- SAP-analyst.
2 yr entrepreneurship- till date.
1.5 year TEO(the earth organization south africa)-NGO-exec head operations- India.
Engineer from Univ of Pune, decent grades all over.
I am a good writer of essays/sop's. I reviewed the GRE sop's of a few friends and my personal goal essays are also surprisingly good as per feedback of most people who read them.

Also this year I had applied to all colleges(smith,cox,wsc,tamu) for OTM(operations and tech management). I dont think its intelligent for me to get back to IT after a long break of 2 years.

You mentioned ur specialty is only top schools info. So i thought I would consult u regarding this.
How is OTM at ISB/Insead ? employment opportunities ? I dont wanna come back to own business immediately after an MBA.

I am planning eveything in advance for next year. This year I went with a slack approach and screwd up eveything.
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by gargvaibhav » Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:22 pm
Hi
Kindly suggest suitable college in US and Europe. I want to pursue my MBA in Operations.
Age: 25
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Degree: B.E in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from Delhi University.
Score: 68.5 %
High School: 75.4 %
SSC: 86.8 %
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No. of attempts till now: 1
Score: 700
AWA: 4.5
Work Experience: Working with Indian Oil Corporation for the past 3 years. Current position as Maintenance Engineer. Past experience includes working in the project and Commissioning of a Petro-Chemical Plant.
Activities: The member of "The Neighborhood project" in college where we used to teach poor children after college hours.
2. Involved in the organization of Inter College Cultural festival of the College.
3. Part of dramatics team in the college.
Certifications:
1. National Talent search scholarship in class tenth. This scholarship is awarded to only 750 students all over the India by Central Board of Education.
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by MBACrystalBall » Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:33 am
bblast wrote:In the meantime, I am planning a GMAT retake with 3 months of solid study Starting 1st april 2011.

I have already appeared gmat once 47/34-5.5, looking for a high 700 now and apply to ISB/Insead/Nanyang this year(2012-2013). studied only 37 days last time over for a decent splitted 650.
Not 35, not 40...but a precise 37 days! So you were actually counting days? Just kidding.
bblast wrote:I am a good writer of essays/sop's. I reviewed the GRE sop's of a few friends and my personal goal essays are also surprisingly good as per feedback of most people who read them.
Compared to the MBA applicant pool, MS programs attract candidates with considerably different profiles, aspirations and experience levels. So just be a little cautious on replicating the SOP approach for B-schools.
bblast wrote:Also this year I had applied to all colleges(smith,cox,wsc,tamu) for OTM(operations and tech management). I dont think its intelligent for me to get back to IT after a long break of 2 years.

How is OTM at ISB/Insead ? employment opportunities ? I dont wanna come back to own business immediately after an MBA.
Happy to get into a call to answer your other questions about GMAT, post-MBA goals (operations, IT), employment options et al.
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by bblast » Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:18 am
and how do i schedule a call with u sameer ?
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How to prepare before your MBA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upz46D7 ... TWBZF14TKW_