Profile assessment and school suggestion


samco.me
Kindly, bear with this long post :)
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Indian Age 33
B. Tech Mechanical (top tier IIT) CGPI 5.5/10
Work ex:
*1 yr as Marketing engineer with leading Manufacturer of Power Plant Ash Disposal Systems
*4 yr as Project Manger with Leading Steel making company. I was involved in setting up key process plants for iron steel making. (Key roles Conceptulization for Process plant, Project monitoring & Execution, Design review, Vendor development, E&C Supervision, Proposal evaluation)
*1 yr: worked with Solar PV power generation company as Manager technology looking into improvement of mechanical/civil design of existing structures and hunting for new sustainable technologies globally.
*1.5 yrs: Joined a technology startup - started by one college mate, a friend too- as Head of Strategy; Brainstorming on business concept, Market research, App development (wireframing), team building, Business planning

*Last 1.5 yr: officially unemployed; a tragic thing happened to my wife, bad miscarriage after multiple attempts. Though both of us were devastated, but my wife got severely hit,: she went in a shell and just cut herself from all social circle. I just listened to my instincts and quit startup to try help her get back to normal life. In spare time, I used to teach underprivileged children, every weekend in nearby community school and, occasionally; undertake problem solving classes (physics & Maths) through online platform; and I used to go for Seed-ball (plantation) activities out of my concern towards growing pollution. Though this unfortunate event at personal front took a big toll on me - lost purpose in life & battled depression - I have come out to be a more mature and stronger person: rebuilding myself and finding purpose & happiness through community teaching, reigniting passion and confidence through photography, cooking, developing self-awareness by reading articles on astronomy & science; more importantly led my wife out of her shell and back to her own self. Soon my entreprenurial urge started to pinch me. Because that startup needed an MBA insight more than a engineering professional and I would like this startup to achieve sustainable growth with atleat Series C funding in 2-4 years, I thought MBA would be the most logical thing to do. Hence, I eventually started preparing for gmat
GMAT 1: 610(Q44, V30)
GMAT 2: 660 ( V48, V32)
GMAT 3: Targeting 700+

Extracurricular :
Actively participated in Dramatics events, played lead roles too.
Participated in robotics tournament back in college
Love Sketching and singing
Passionate about cooking, photography: capture wildlife and nature in and around places I visit

Preferrence : 1 yr Full time mba (entrepreneurship, operations & strategy) I would like to know of my chances in these schools RSM, Warwick, Manchester, St. Gallen, Scheller, WHU.
Also, if I should add any other School and what prospects do I have for scholarship.
Kindly, bear with this long post :)
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Indian Age 33
B. Tech Mechanical (top tier IIT) CGPI 5.5/10
Work ex:
*1 yr as Marketing engineer with leading Manufacturer of Power Plant Ash Disposal Systems
*4 yr as Project Manger with Leading Steel making company. I was involved in setting up key process plants for iron steel making. (Key roles Conceptulization for Process plant, Project monitoring & Execution, Design review, Vendor development, E&C Supervision, Proposal evaluation)
*1 yr: worked with Solar PV power generation company as Manager technology looking into improvement of mechanical/civil design of existing structures and hunting for new sustainable technologies globally.
*1.5 yrs: Joined a technology startup - started by one college mate, a friend too- as Head of Strategy; Brainstorming on business concept, Market research, App development (wireframing), team building, Business planning

*Last 1.5 yr: officially unemployed; a tragic thing happened to my wife, bad miscarriage after multiple attempts. Though both of us were devastated, but my wife got severely hit,: she went in a shell and just cut herself from all social circle. I just listened to my instincts and quit startup to try help her get back to normal life. In spare time, I used to teach underprivileged children, every weekend in nearby community school and, occasionally; undertake problem solving classes (physics & Maths) through online platform; and I used to go for Seed-ball (plantation) activities out of my concern towards growing pollution. Though this unfortunate event at personal front took a big toll on me - lost purpose in life & battled depression - I have come out to be a more mature and stronger person: rebuilding myself and finding purpose & happiness through community teaching, reigniting passion and confidence through photography, cooking, developing self-awareness by reading articles on astronomy & science; more importantly led my wife out of her shell and back to her own self. Soon my entreprenurial urge started to pinch me. Because that startup needed an MBA insight more than a engineering professional and I would like this startup to achieve sustainable growth with atleat Series C funding in 2-4 years, I thought MBA would be the most logical thing to do. Hence, I eventually started preparing for gmat
GMAT 1: 610(Q44, V30)
GMAT 2: 660 ( V48, V32)
GMAT 3: Targeting 700+

Extracurricular :
Actively participated in Dramatics events, played lead roles too.
Participated in robotics tournament back in college
Love Sketching and singing
Passionate about cooking, photography: capture wildlife and nature in and around places I visit

Preferrence : 1 yr Full time mba (entrepreneurship, operations & strategy) I would like to know of my chances in these schools RSM, Warwick, Manchester, St. Gallen, Scheller, WHU.
Also, if I should add any other School and what prospects do I have for scholarship.
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mba hipste...
If you're looking at one year MBAs, most US schools will probably be off the table (does Scheller even offer a one year MBA?)

I have a feeling a lot of the schools you'll be targeting will be reaches for you at this point. A 700+ GMAT would help but maybe you can also consider some less competitive schools, given that you're in a very competitive applicant group. Make sure, with the schools you're targeting, that you have solid, unique reasons why you're considering each one.

Scholarship support will also be fairly low, I'd imagine.

Get ready to explain the gap in your work experience. This will be a flag for many admissions committees.
If you're looking at one year MBAs, most US schools will probably be off the table (does Scheller even offer a one year MBA?)

I have a feeling a lot of the schools you'll be targeting will be reaches for you at this point. A 700+ GMAT would help but maybe you can also consider some less competitive schools, given that you're in a very competitive applicant group. Make sure, with the schools you're targeting, that you have solid, unique reasons why you're considering each one.

Scholarship support will also be fairly low, I'd imagine.

Get ready to explain the gap in your work experience. This will be a flag for many admissions committees.
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Duncan
Ranked from most to least probable:

Safe schools.
RSM
Manchester

Stretch schools.
WHU
Warwick

Not competitive.
St. Gallen
Scheller

[Edited by Duncan on Jul 25, 2019]

Ranked from most to least probable:

Safe schools.
RSM
Manchester

Stretch schools.
WHU
Warwick

Not competitive.
St. Gallen
Scheller
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samco.me
Ranked from most to least probable:

Safe schools.
RSM
Manchester

Stretch schools.
WHU
Warwick

Not competitive.
St. Gallen
Scheller
what do you mean by 'Not competitive' and 'stretch' and can you suggest any other school to add to the list.
[quote]Ranked from most to least probable:

Safe schools.
RSM
Manchester

Stretch schools.
WHU
Warwick

Not competitive.
St. Gallen
Scheller[/quote] what do you mean by 'Not competitive' and 'stretch' and can you suggest any other school to add to the list.
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samco.me
If you're looking at one year MBAs, most US schools will probably be off the table (does Scheller even offer a one year MBA?)

I have a feeling a lot of the schools you'll be targeting will be reaches for you at this point. A 700+ GMAT would help but maybe you can also consider some less competitive schools, given that you're in a very competitive applicant group. Make sure, with the schools you're targeting, that you have solid, unique reasons why you're considering each one.

Scholarship support will also be fairly low, I'd imagine.

Get ready to explain the gap in your work experience. This will be a flag for many admissions committees.
I am ready to face the heat from Ad-coms that is partly the reason I am retaking GMAT. I have a valid explanation about the gap, but biggest concern is this question: 'What are you doing now', because I can't just say that I am working on applications and retaking GMAT. True reason is that after coming to my senses ( lots of psychological sessions later)I don't intend to return to same types of jobs I did earlier (both of my short term and long term goals are also about start-up plan). I am trying to get into Physics and Mathematics teaching - good at both- for competitive exams but with no relevant experience out of overall 7-8 years I am not getting a chance
[quote]If you're looking at one year MBAs, most US schools will probably be off the table (does Scheller even offer a one year MBA?)

I have a feeling a lot of the schools you'll be targeting will be reaches for you at this point. A 700+ GMAT would help but maybe you can also consider some less competitive schools, given that you're in a very competitive applicant group. Make sure, with the schools you're targeting, that you have solid, unique reasons why you're considering each one.

Scholarship support will also be fairly low, I'd imagine.

Get ready to explain the gap in your work experience. This will be a flag for many admissions committees. [/quote] I am ready to face the heat from Ad-coms that is partly the reason I am retaking GMAT. I have a valid explanation about the gap, but biggest concern is this question: 'What are you doing now', because I can't just say that I am working on applications and retaking GMAT. True reason is that after coming to my senses ( lots of psychological sessions later)I don't intend to return to same types of jobs I did earlier (both of my short term and long term goals are also about start-up plan). I am trying to get into Physics and Mathematics teaching - good at both- for competitive exams but with no relevant experience out of overall 7-8 years I am not getting a chance
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Duncan
Safe means I think you are probable to be admitted. Stretch means that it's a stretch but possible with a great application and good timing. Not competitive means you are not competitive as a candidate, and will almost certainly not be admitted.

Read my profile page for other suggestions.
Safe means I think you are probable to be admitted. Stretch means that it's a stretch but possible with a great application and good timing. Not competitive means you are not competitive as a candidate, and will almost certainly not be admitted.

Read my profile page for other suggestions.
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mba hipste...
Some good reading on work experience gaps here:

https://find-mba.com/articles/what-to-do-about-a-work-experience-gap
https://find-mba.com/board/general-forum/explaining-work-experience-gaps-33226

I don't necessarily think that that's a dealbreaker. Your (relatively) low verbal score on the GMAT could be a flag.
Some good reading on work experience gaps here:

https://find-mba.com/articles/what-to-do-about-a-work-experience-gap
https://find-mba.com/board/general-forum/explaining-work-experience-gaps-33226

I don't necessarily think that that's a dealbreaker. Your (relatively) low verbal score on the GMAT could be a flag.
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