Many, many ambitious people apply to 20 or more; yes, TWENTY or more. That's a lot of work, but doing so will give you the greatest options.Hi Erin
Thanks a lot! Whole night i was waiting for your response. I just wanted to know what you feel about my score, since you are an authority in GMAT.
Regarding the details you have asked.....
I am looking for US schools, specially near California as my brother is there. But if its a good school, and i get in, i won't mind going somewhere else as well.
Secondly, my GPA in US terms.........i don't know.......
I can tell you on the Indian Scale.......I got 82%. in BS Information systems.
I have 3 years of full time experience in Good Indian Comapnies.
Erin, i would like to know the following things:
1. How many universities i should apply to be on a safer side?
And what should be my broad criteria in choosing them?
I would say the minimum would be five schools or so, though.
How to choose a school? Unfortunately, many people choose schools by various rankings only, but really, in the long run, our happiness is much more important than anything else, so you should try to choose schools where you will thrive.
I believe that most people try to have a mix of both--a high ranking and a good match.These are great companies, and that will help you a lot. Without a doubt, though, you need to use the recommenders who know you best. An "empty" rec letter from a big name is pretty much worthless. I think these letters should be honest and come from people who really know you. Think about it--if you were on the adcom and some 24-year-old submitted a letter from the CEO of Citibank, wouldn't you be suspicious?
2. Tell me about the recommendation letters.
Will recommendations from following people be fine:
i). Senior Manager of the company i worked for. I can get it from my CEO as well. But in case universities cross check on recommendations, the manager would be in a better position to speak about me.
ii). I have a friend working as manager - datacenter operations with American Express Bank.
iii). One more friend working as Manager Telecom - India Operations with Mckinsey & Co.
I actually had a student do something like this once (s/he didn't tell me s/he was going to do, s/he just did it). The adcom was suspicious and told this to my student. The asked for proof that the letter was genuine.
My student gave up on that school.Honestly, I think you need to study what you want to study--follow your heart, reach your dreams, arti.
I can have all these people write pretty good about me, as they know me very well. Are they fine, or i need to look for people with more flashy designations?
3. I have already told you that i am from a computer engineering background. Earlier, i was looking for a major in Information Systems. But since, the market situation is so bad, is there a possibility that i might not get visa for the same? Should i opt for some other major and change it later (after i reach there). is it possible?
I can't address the visa stuff, you never know what's going to happen. As you know, I've started a visa section of this group, but there aren't many posts there...
Changing your major, as a rule of thumb, is easier at low-ranking schools than at more highly ranked schools. But I'm confused--what would you study other than IS? Going from Marketing to IS is a big change and probably wouldn't be a good plan. Furthermore, because of your work experience, you'll have the best chance if you apply for a more technical field, IMHO.I don't really know all about this--I think International Business majors tend to go to different countries, so it's really hard to say.
4. Tell me the market scope of majors like International Business and Leadership.
I'd like to hear other people's opinions, but I believe that there is some sort of image of International Business as a sort of "easy" field of business. Again, these are just my impressions, I may be wrong, but it seems that there are so many I-Business programs, and they seem to be easier to get into.
Can I assume from your question, then, that you are considering this as your major? If so, my advice is to stick with what you love. Our lives are too short to do something only for money. If you like IS, stick with it. You could try MIS or CIS, too, or you could have a dual emphasis. I think you have many, many options, Arti!!The first rule of all admissions procedures: FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.
5. Incase a university asks for 3 recommendations and i give 4. Does it give a negative impression???
Occasionally, schools will give you a chance to strengthen your app with another letter. In this case, you'd submit the new one, but again, not with the original app, only later.The bigger, better-funded schools hold interviews in various locations all over the world. You need to find out when and where you can have your interview. If you're lucky, they'll have one in India. If you're unlucky, you'll have to go to Tokyo or London, or even to the US. Expensive, I know, but you have to do it.
6. Most of the universities mention that an interview is required before admission. Pls. elaborate as to how they do it for candidates from Asia?I don't think this school is well known in the US. I've heard of it, but only because I was reading some info on infozee.com. I think the best known non-US schools in the US are the London Business School and INSEAD.
7. tell me one more thing - Have you heard of
Indian School of Business
India. It has good reputation in India, but don't know about its reputation in US.Hope that helps, Arti! And please, please be sure to share your experiences with us so that others can learn from you!!
I know Erin. what all i have asked is gonna take a lot of your time. And i know that you are busy. But i really need to know about all these things. I would really appreciate if you can give your expert opinion.
I would be eagerly waiting to hear from you.
Regards and thanks in advance.