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Almost There, Going Nowhere. [Help] [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 15:57
Hello, everyone.

Let's start off with my "profile":

-Age: 19
-Sex: Male
-Nationality: Indian
-Work Experience: A lot of freelance work (Journalism), two unpaid internships at small firms (Finance, and small business), and currently looking for more part time internships.
-Extra-Curricular Work: Head of Creative Department for our college festival. (Biggest BMS festival in Mumbai, top 5 in state), and to be elected as Vice Chairperson next year. Currently volunteering at an NGO for autistic people, which I will stop once I clock 40 hours, and move on to a more recognized NGO.

Currently, I'm doing my undergraduate (Bachelor of Management Studies) through a college affiliated with University of Mumbai (UoM). UoM is currently in the list of top ten best universities of India (Number 5). I graduate in 2015. It's too early to tell what my end GPA will be.

I am going to start preparing for my GMAT soon (November 16th onwards, I think).

The reason I'm writing this post is because, well, to be honest, I have no idea what I'm doing. I was going through posts written by people, and everyone knows what they're doing, where they're going to apply, etc. I know it's too early to have a panic attack without even knowing my GMAT score, my GPA, my end work experience, and full profile. However, being at the stage that I am, with time on my side, I would like to get a head start in building my profile to appear more attractive.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should start doing, and how I should go about it? (More internships, more social work, better grades, etc.)

Oh, and also, when should I give my GMAT? Last year of undergrad, after undergrad, or after I graduate? I was thinking of giving it in 2014, after my 4th semester. I know that the result is applicable for 5 years, but I hear it's not smart to have a score older than 2-3 years.

Thank you.
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Re: Almost There, Going Nowhere. [Help] [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2013, 01:02
First of all, it is good to start planning for an MBA so early in your life. You are very young and you have every chance of making your application awesome as you have a lot of time in your hands. So, do not panic. These are the points that all the top schools expect from their applicants.
1. Good academics (GMAT, GPA)
2. Solid work experience (4-6 years)
3. Leadership qualities and Achievements
4. Extracurricular activities

You know better than anyone else on how to plan and ace your academics. Even though solid work experience is not a must you need to work at least 3 years to have a chance at top schools. Explore Harvard Business School’s 2+2 program. And in your job, try to assume as many leadership roles as possible and lead your team from front. Set up some goals in your job and extracurricular activities and work hard to reach them. Go through the free eBook (How to get into a top school) on our site.
About GMAT, you can take it any time comfortable to you and the scores will be valid for five years. I would recommend taking as early as possible so that it gives you time to consider retaking GMAT again and prepare if you think you didn’t get what you deserve. Good luck.

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Re: Almost There, Going Nowhere. [Help] [#permalink] New post 25 Nov 2013, 05:05
Hey, man.

Thanks for the reply. I would like you to keep in mind that I'm planning on doing a MiM, or MSc, course after I'm done with my BMS.
That gives me a year and a half to build a seemingly attractive profile.

Would you want to change anything in your reply keeping this in mind?

Also, your website is a lot of help. Thank you.
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Re: Almost There, Going Nowhere. [Help] [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2013, 00:15
Hi

Its always a good idea to get done with GMAT during your last year in college. As you said, although the score is valid for five years, some colleges that you may want to apply to may ask for a more recent score. Moreover you'll have ample time to get accustomed with the GMAT curriculum in this case. As of now my only advice is - 'Work hard on your GPA while you still have the chance to'. GMAT is just another thing that will require some hard/smart work. You will get a good score in the second attempt if not the first. But GPA is something that will matter a lot for these courses (personal exp) and once you get done with college, you shouldnt be in a position to repent not having out those extra hours for even a 0.5 increase.

Also, since you are already studying Business Management, you will be able to apply to a lot more colleges in Europe than non-management students. And these colleges are highly competitive. A strong GPA+GMAT is sometimes all that they ask for.
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