Next up in our series of featured MBA applicant bloggers is Abhishek, author of the blog, “Beyond GMAT: The Quest Begins.” Please enjoy Abhishek’s thoughtful answers and use them to help you make your way through the MBA admissions process.
Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself – where are you from, where did you go to school and when did you graduate; and what prior degrees do you hold?
Abhishek: I am Abhishek Chakravarty, a middle class Bengali Brahmin boy born in Palamu, in the tribal state of Jharkhand, India. I went to Sacred Heart School, the only English medium school in the district of Palamu and later graduated from Manipal Institute of Technology in Karnataka, India as an electrical and electronics engineer in 2007.
Accepted: When do you plan on applying to business school? Which schools will you apply to? Do you think you’ll apply to a “safety school”?
Abhishek: I will apply to b-schools this year for full-time MBA curriculums commencing in 2012. I will apply to top US and non-US (India and Singapore) business schools. My application spectrum includes one from the Top 10, three from the Top 20 and two Safety Schools. (Two considering the fact that I want to get back to work latest by 2014. Fingers crossed!).
Accepted: How many times did you take the GMAT? Are you happy with your score?
Abhishek: I took the GMAT once and got a 710. Although I feel I underachieved by 20-30 points, I am not complaining; a 710 would still make me competitive for top b-schools provided I have stellar apps.
Accepted: Does cost play a factor in where you’re applying? Do you plan on applying for financial aid or scholarships? Has your current job offered to pick up part or all of your b-school tab?
Abhishek: Coming from a middle class Indian family, cost of the b-school is definitely one of the factors that will determine where I am applying. I understand that getting a top MBA is a significant investment and I need to figure out all possible sources of funding that would help me attend a particular b-school. In that light, scholarships become hugely important.
My post MBA plans are to enter the core Information technology consulting business. And since my current company is more of a services company, it offering to pick up all or part of my b-school tab is more or less ruled out, and is not an option really.
Accepted: What courses or experiences or people have motivated you to go to business school? How?
Abhishek: I am well versed in technology processes and I foresee a paradigm shift towards the way we look at technology. However, I lack formal management skills and definitely need better insights into the details of just how an enterprise takes shape, and survives. Also, the recent technological developments and changing business scenarios around these developments make a strong case for attending a b- school. Needless to say, a top MBA will not only expand my professional horizons but also equip me with strong networks to give my career a boost in the right direction.
Accepted: How has the current economy affected your decision to attend business school?
Abhishek: The current world economy while extremely volatile is also full of opportunities. It’s best to sit back, get your business basics right and learn from the present failures. I am an optimist all the way, and while the current economy does not emit great vibes, I sense a lot of activity in the technology domain. I want to be done with business basics and bolster my networks while things look down, because when they start looking back up (and we all know they will), I want to see myself as somebody who used the volatility to his advantage.
In the end, the current economy has not affected my decision to attend business school.
Accepted: Why did you choose to blog about the MBA application experience?
Abhishek: With a full-time job and simultaneously preparing for the GMAT, I came across a lot of issues that needed to be addressed. These issues ranged from what to study for the GMAT to where to apply after one had the GMAT score ready! And I always found most answers on the MBA blogging forums. Since I myself was a recipient of such useful data and information while I prepared for the GMAT and as I apply to b-schools, I decided to tell my application journey as well and add to the store of very useful advice. It not only helps future GMAT aspirants in their quest to the best GMAT, but also keeps fellow applicants informed and motivated about important b-school info and save a lot of valuable time.
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