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GMAT Query : I have some doubts on the exam schedule and my profile. Kindly help :-
I am working in an IT professional working in a MNC for more than three years. My total experience in IT industry is 3.5 years.
10th Std : 80.2%
12th Std : 72%
Graduate in E&C engineering with 78.56% (Honours) from a private college in Bhopal
I have participated in organizing many events at college, Was in the T&P cell of my college. Though my extra curriculur activities are not certified much.
1) When should I plan to appear for GMAT so that none of the reputed colleges gets missed by application deadlines. I mean to say,, what can be the best date before which I can attempt GMAT so that I can apply to maximum no. of colleges.
2) I am interested in changing my field of Study from technical towards finance,. I will be having an experience of a public sector bank in India for almost 6 months. Will it be possible for me to do a PG in Finance? Will the colleges consider my application for MBA in finance?
3) Though, an irrelevant question, but what should I probably target in GMAT so as to be eligible for selection in top notch colleges.
Query on GMAT: I need some advice on the following, below is my profile
B.E, MBA (Marketing from a Tier II college)
Total Experience : 6 Years (3 Years in IT and 3 Years in Brand Management post MBA with top MNCs in the sector)
1. Can I plan to do an MBA with specialized courses in Marketing with the top institutes outside India?
2. How do I get information about these courses which is in line with my experience and interest?
3. Should I finalize on the course and college first before preparation?
4. When can I give GMAT to start the course in 2016?
I need some guidance on my MBA application process. I am in a dilemma about where all to apply. Below are some details of my profile:
10th - 94.2%; 12th - 80.2%
B.E. (Hons.) Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS - Pilani, Dubai - CGPA: 7.05/10, First Division
GMAT - 1st attempt (April'13) - Q42, V26, Total: 560, AWA-5, IR-5
2nd attempt (March'14) - Q46, V27, Total: 600, AWA-5, IR-4
3rd attempt (Dec'14) - Q46, V40, Total: 700, AWA-4, IR-7
I do not intend to give another attempt at GMAT.
Experience: I have been working with a top MEP construction company in Dubai as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor for around 3 years 9 months now and will have completed over 4 years by the time I start the session anywhere in 2016.
My job is a techno-commercial role based out of projects and my responsibilities include maintaining the project cash flow and monitoring costs and value throughout the project duration by preparing billing projections / forecasts, cost to completion reports, regular payment applications as per the forecasts, variation claims, etc. This involves regular discussions with the site engineers, operations team along with physical visits to the site to review actual progress. All these projects have been huge projects with project values ranging from 15 Million AED to over 140 Million AED. Projects include hotel cum office building for Oberoi in Dubai, Audi car showroom, district cooling plant, forensic lab building for Dubai Police, Emirates NBD Bank Headquarters, etc.
I also liaise with the Consultants, Clients and other Contractors for commercial issues. Many of these people happen to be from nationalities other than India and other South Asian countries.
I also manage sub-contractors' contracts and have also been training a junior employee under me for almost a year now.
In addition, I prepare extensive project review reports every month which I present to the Top Management that includes the General Manager, Regional Commercial Manager, etc.
I have learnt a lot in the past 4 years and have handled responsibilities usually handled by far more experienced people. I have also moved up the ladder with one promotion from the trainee to the assistant stage fairly fast and have also gathered regular positive feedback and appreciation from my superiors.
I have also interned in a few other companies in UAE but I have not mentioned those here as I feel internships won't lend any weight to the application.
All my experience has been in Dubai with a single company since my graduation after engineering. I have not worked in India or in any other country.
The major reason that I want to an MBA is that I want to move out of the construction industry. While there is money in this industry, it comes with a lot of experience and is a slow process. Moreover, at this stage, I feel I am not learning as much as I used to a couple of years back. As I have done well with whatever has been thrown at me, I need more challenges to sustain myself and enough of that is not happening right now. Also, the construction industry is fairly volatile here with the market booming at times and failing miserably at others, which does not inspire a lot of confidence. Future success in my role involves an interest in and grasp of contractual knowledge, which I am not very much interested in. Currently my job involves dealing with lots of numbers and excel sheets which I love. As my job role is in Operations and I report directly to the Operations Manager, I am looking to use my interest and experience with numbers and working in tight deadlines and in a team, while supplementing it with formal theoretical and working knowledge of management principles and concepts, in General Management / project management roles or Operation roles outside the construction industry. I am keen on moving on to Consulting roles which could also involve travelling, an aspect that is not at all present in my current role.
I do not have extensive extracurricular activities to talk about other than an odd volunteering experience here and there. Most of the activities I took part in happened during school days, several years back. Most recently, I have taken a French language beginner course and have travelled a bit in other middle-east countries (Qatar, Oman) as well.
I was originally planning to apply primarily in ISB, IIM-B (EPGP), IIFT in India. I also thought about applying to Insead, HEC in France, Rotterdam in Netherlands, Mannheim in Germany, NUS,NTU, Insead in Singapore in addition to the Indian colleges. I did not include any colleges from USA in the list as those are very expensive programs and the duration of most programs is 2 years. I would prefer to do a one year MBA but I am also open to doing a 2 year MBA in case I do not get any good one year MBA. I am a bit skeptical of European colleges too but I felt good colleges like Insead and HEC might hold good even in the current not too bright European market.
However, recently I have started wondering whether I am limiting myself by applying only to a few colleges. I cannot wholly bank on ISB or any one college. Some people have suggested that I should consider US colleges too as they are the traditional powerhouses for MBA and they continue to dominate the overall MBA landscape. A quick look at the costs for most decent programs revealed costs to the tune of 85 lakhs to 1 crore INR, which is too much in my case. How do I go about in deciding where to apply? I do not want to limit myself but I feel restricted when I look at such high costs for an MBA. Are the scholarship chances at most US schools realistic in my case?
Any help that can guide me in the right path will be appreciated. I can provide any additional info as well if required at all.
why do GMAT and GRE exam fees are too high for Indians?
Please evaluate my profile; Confused whether I should go for 2 year course or increase work ex and go for 1 year.
B.Tech (NIT) in Civil Engineering: 76
Work-ex: 1 Year in Construction Procurement at Metro Rail Corporation in India
Few scholarships, nothing worth mentioning though.
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Is it necessary to send scores to colleges immediately after the GMAT exam or can that be done later without incurring any additional fee ?
If I send my scores to colleges immediately after the exam,will the scores be valid for future intakes of those colleges to which I have applied or just for the next particular intake.
(I am appearing for the exam this month but I have decided not to apply this year after consultation with a few experts.)
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Here is my profile
3 years of work experience in Telecom field.Presently working in ETISALAT (ongoing 1 year UAE experience as Project Coordinator)
Please need ur valuable feedback as I am looking for 1 year MBA
My Profile: Class 10: 88% (Maharashtra Board)
Class 12- 73%
B.com : 65%
Work Ex: 3 years of internship during my Chartered Accountancy Course...
Presently working in an investment consultancy firm ,my role is to research analyse and handle clients equity portfolio.
Also as a part of business venture co-owner of a fashion studio where we work for private retail customers and with online prospects
Extra curricular- Average
Looking for: Full time MBA
Priority 1.India 2.USA 3.Canada 4.U.K
Please guide me through the Universities along with their GMAT score cutoffs
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