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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2012, 22:28
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I got a GMAT score of 680 and i want to pursue MIM because i am an engineering graduate(petroleum engineer). My gpa is decent(6.8 on the scale of 10).
I have a good number of extracurricular activities on my resume.

1) Played(division 3) county cricket.
2) District Chess Champion.
3) Badminton and Lawn Tennis College champion for 2 consecutive years.
4) Held the post of sports secretary in my college(Highest post offered to a student).
5) Captain of the football team that won inter-college football tournament.
6) Captain of college cricket team.
7) Few hours of community service under my belt.
8) Few technical projects done during the college tenure.

Will be joining a MNC on 2nd jan, so i will get about 8 months of work ex before september 2013.

According to my profile i am looking for 2-3 decent colleges(with a good chance of selection). I am already considering Edhec business school.

Can anybody please help.
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 01:12
Hi,

If you are planning on applying next year, you definitely want to pick up extracurricular activities that ideally relate to a cause you care about, allow you to get some leadership experience, and/or contribute your skills to help others.

Your list of schools seem reasonable.

It will be important to put together strong application essays that represent you in the best way.

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Age 25, Male, Indian

Academic Details:

Xth Grade -83.2%
XIIth Grade - 85.4%
Electronics and Communication Engineering from one of the top 10 Engineering Colleges in India.
Top 10% of the batch , Percentage -76.4%
GMAT - 680 (Q49, V32 , AWA 5 , IR 8)

Work Experience:

2 years 5 months , Technical Sales Engineer: Field Sales Office.

As a technical Sales in one of the top Semiconductor company ,I handle and manage the top clients from Telecom, Industrial, Renewable Energy and Automotive domains . My primary responsibility is to drive revenue and develop sales strategy at these high potential clients.
Work involves understanding the client applications by both technically and commercially by working with the top management.
Recommending suitable semiconductor solutions by leveraging internal applications and systems teams.
Other key functions of my job are Channel Management, Revenue forecasting and development of 'pricing strategies' based on market and competition analysis.
I have been able to generate a business pipeline of $1M since I joined the field sales role.

Also,worked in the US for 8 months in different product groups and conducted market research on upcoming technologies. The data was utilized by the strategic marketing team to affirm the market strategy.

Extra Curricular Activities:

- Chief organizer of the Literary events in the college cultural festival.
- Organized and represented my employer in technical training and workshop at my college.
- Mentored new hires.

MBA Goal :

My immediate goal is to transition to a Product Marketing role in technology company. Long term goal is to get into strategic marketing.
A school strong in technology marketing courses and having a good alumni network in the hi-tech product/ renewable energy companies would be suited for my needs.

Target Schools are :

1) Kellogg
2) Haas
3) UCLA
4) Tepper
5) Tuck
6) NUS

I believe a relatively low GMAT score and a slightly less work-ex and no volunteer activities can hinder my chances for admission at top B schools this year. Would want to hear your views and other recommended B-Schools that I can apply to.

Also, would love to hear your views on what can make my profile stronger for these schools if I choose to apply next year.

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When are you planning on applying?

Strong academics, clear industry passion, and extracurriculars all look great.

What type of business function are you interested in?

You can continue to strengthen extracurriculars by contributing your skills and find opportunities to demonstrate your leadership ability.

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Key Interests: 1. Venture into shipbuilding industry and thus diversify into the manufacturing industry.
2. Use photography for social Change.

Xth : 92.8%, XIIth : 88.6%
GPA : 8.5/10 (Rank : 2/50, Ship Design, IIT, India's Best Engineering College)
Chose to pursue it even after being offered Computer Science for my love of manufacturing tangible products - have been always enthused by automobiles, aviation, railways and ships. Decided to pursue one for my life.
GMAT : 750+ (Yet to give, but confident, have given practice tests)

Internships : 2 Internships, each at Indian and Singaporean Shipyard respectively.

Extracurriculars :
1. Member of Debating Society, Won at a leading National Model United Nation Conference at school.
2. Sports - Athlete and part of intra college medal winning team for two consecutive years.
3. School - awarded Student of the Year for best extra-curriculars and academic performance for several years.
4. Photographer for a non-profit for 1 year. Doing photo essays to bring social change. Volunteered at NSS (social service) for last 3 years.

Do I stand any chance? I have several stories to tell about every thing, how each decision has been taken, what have I learnt from each experience. But how can I strengthen my extra-curriculars? And where do I lack? How can I make it stronger?

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 15:15
Hello,

I've planned to apply for the PhD program of any of the top 30 business schools of the US in marketing. I'd really appreciate it if you evaluate my chances.

I'm a 27 year old female from Iran. I studied mathematics in a well known university in Iran. Mathematics has always been my area of interest and strength. Because of some severe family problems, I totally stopped studying and if I managed to get passing grades it was all due to my strong background in mathematics from high school days. I graduated with a low 2.64 out of 4 gpa. I'm now in my last year of MBA in Tehran university of economic sciences and my gpa is currently 3.8 on a scale of 4. Three months ago, I decided to apply for PhD programs of the US. I studied two months for GMAT and I scored 710 (Q:51 - 98%, V:34 - 69%, IR:5 - 52%, AWA: 5.5 - 77%). I took TOEFL last week and my score is 110.

I was the sales manager of a small company for two years and this is the only professional job experience I have. I've had several voluntary duties (managing mathematics workshops for 5 years in various high schools), I was the teaching assistant of the logic course during my bachelor's and I was also the head of the Student Scientific Association of mathematics department for two years but I doubt these would help my resume.

How do you evaluate my profile and do you think I have any shot at business schools ranked 15-30? Is my low gpa going to haunt me in my way to get an admission?

Many many thanks in advance.
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Hi,

You have a good GMAT score, and your GPA currently in the MBA program is good, so these should offset your low undergrad GPA a bit. It will also help to explain that the factors (family problems) that led to your poor performance in undergrad no longer exist.

Your strength in math, and experience in marketing related function - sales, and teaching experience all support you wanting to apply your math skills to marketing w a PhD.

Your goals for top 15-30 seem achievable.

Let me know if you have other questions, and if you are interested in getting assistance w the application process, please feel free to contact me -
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Hello,

I've planned to apply for the PhD program of any of the top 30 business schools of the US in marketing. I'd really appreciate it if you evaluate my chances.

I'm a 27 year old female from Iran. I studied mathematics in a well known university in Iran. Mathematics has always been my area of interest and strength. Because of some severe family problems, I totally stopped studying and if I managed to get passing grades it was all due to my strong background in mathematics from high school days. I graduated with a low 2.64 out of 4 gpa. I'm now in my last year of MBA in Tehran university of economic sciences and my gpa is currently 3.8 on a scale of 4. Three months ago, I decided to apply for PhD programs of the US. I studied two months for GMAT and I scored 710 (Q:51 - 98%, V:34 - 69%, IR:5 - 52%, AWA: 5.5 - 77%). I took TOEFL last week and my score is 110.

I was the sales manager of a small company for two years and this is the only professional job experience I have. I've had several voluntary duties (managing mathematics workshops for 5 years in various high schools), I was the teaching assistant of the logic course during my bachelor's and I was also the head of the Student Scientific Association of mathematics department for two years but I doubt these would help my resume.

How do you evaluate my profile and do you think I have any shot at business schools ranked 15-30? Is my low gpa going to haunt me in my way to get an admission?

Many many thanks in advance.

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 18:53
Thanks Christine for your comments and advice :)
I want to get into analytics and corporate strategy, and thus my short term and long term goals align accordingly (to keep it short).
Also, given my GMAT score, GPA and the demographics, I guess an MBA from Cornell would be well beyond my reach. :(
Let me know if you think the schools I mentioned are within reach, or if that list needs some tweaking.

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 23:20
HI,

Gmat 650, V - 37, Q - 43.
Undergrad 3.56 - Berkeley
Employed in sales ops at Google Inc.
1 year + of experience

I have two great letters of rec from two managers directly above me.

Target schools - Oxford, Cambridge (I am from the U.S. and am planning to pay full tuition), USC, Northwestern, Duke, Darthmouth.

I am not sure what I would like for my primary concentration as of now, but generally in the field of management, sustainability, or human resources.
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 23:22
Hi,

So you can leverage your industry experience, and say that you want to work on analytics and corporate strategy for the insurance industry. our li

I feel that you should allow yourself to add at least one "dream" school to your list. Doesn't necessary have to be Cornell, could be Yale, or some other school.

It would help if you have some great leadership examples.

Good luck!

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Thanks Christine for your comments and advice :)
I want to get into analytics and corporate strategy, and thus my short term and long term goals align accordingly (to keep it short).
Also, given my GMAT score, GPA and the demographics, I guess an MBA from Cornell would be well beyond my reach. :(
Let me know if you think the schools I mentioned are within reach, or if that list needs some tweaking.

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2012, 23:33
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Hi,

I would be happy to help. Just email me your resume at clin@marveladmissions.com, and we can set up time to talk.

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Gmat 650, V - 37, Q - 43.
Undergrad 3.56 - Berkeley
Employed in sales ops at Google Inc.
1 year + of experience

I have two great letters of rec from two managers directly above me.

Target schools - Oxford, Cambridge (I am from the U.S. and am planning to pay full tuition), USC, Northwestern, Duke, Darthmouth.

I am not sure what I would like for my primary concentration as of now, but generally in the field of management, sustainability, or human resources.

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 11:08
I would be delighted if you can have a look at the below profile:

Age 21, Male, Polish

Academics (studied simultaneously):

BA Quantitative Methods in Economics and Information Systems, Warsaw School of Economics GPA: 3.65
Exchange: BI Norwegian Business School GPA: 3.75
MA Law, University of Warsaw GPA: 3.00
Coursera: 3 courses completed
GMAT - 670

Work Experience:

5 months (current role) as a Senior Specialist at one of the leading world's bank (Investment Funds)
4 months (current role) as a Reseach Assistant at foreign embassy (Energy&Environment)
3 months as a Project Member at governmental agency
4 months as a Researcher in one of the leading Polish media agency
1 month as a Real Estate Specialist in real estate agency


Extra Curricular Activities

• Member of various student organizations at my university, project leader, students' union representative
• Member of the board of foundation helping disabled people
• President of an association whoch helps teenagers to develop
• Active member of various foundations, associations and societies
• Member of management team of well-established international career network
• Member of a prestigeous group of students under supervision of one company from MBB

I would like to join one of the top business school in order to develop my understanding of current global business issues and to meet top-notch academics and students. I would like to embark upon the emerging markets and lead a business in one of these regions. I am particularly interested in an energy sector (from the perspective of emerging markets). What is more, I would like also to explore the field where business intersects law.

Target Schools :
MIT Sloan
HKUST
LBS
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 12:03
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I request you to please evaluate my profile.

Male, Indian
Age: 25

Acads:
Xth CBSE 85%
XIIth CBSE 90.4%
Economics (H) from SRCC 65%

GMAT: 710 (Q50, V35) AWA - 4

Total work experience: 54 months

Senior Derivatives Trader : Responsibilities include proprietary trading in Commodity and Currency Derivatives in both domestic and international exchanges including CME, NYMEX, LME, MCX, MCX-SX.
Responsible for handling a portfolio of 100 million INR.
Responsible for Risk Management of my portfolio using Market Risk Analysis tools such as Stress Testing, Scenario Analysis, VaR etc.
Use Fundamental and Technical analysis and Bloomberg, Reuters and Future Source. And use Option Pricing models for arbitrage in FX Derivatives.
Only trader selected from a group of 125 traders to help two professional risk managers in setting up the risk management department at my organisation.
Managing a team of 12 derivative traders.

Professional Certifications :
1- Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM)
2- CFA Level 3 candidate

Extra curriculars:
1- Memeber of Economics Society and Placement Cell of college.
2- Started publishing a magazine in my 2nd year at college.
3- I am an avid PC gamer. Participating in national level gaming competitions held by Reliance Webworld, Intel, EA Games, ESWC and ICGC for the past 8 years. Finished in top 10 in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
4- Member of a Cycling Club. Currently it has 6 members. We meet twice a month and visit new places in Delhi.

Post MBA goals:
Want to be a Wealth Manager.

Target Schools - NUS, INSEAD, LBS, HEC, Rotman, HKUST
Thanks for your time. :)
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 14:51
KUDOS to you for accomplishing so much at your age.

When are you planning to apply to business school?

I wish your GMAT score were a little higher, since you're targeting MIT and London Business School. Would you consider retaking it?

Great extracurriculars and work experience so far.

Let me know if you like to have a quick chat. I got my MBA from London Business School, and have been an alumni interviewer for the school, so I can talk to you about the selection process. Just send me your info, and we can schedule a time to talk. http://marveladmissions.com/contact-us/

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I would be delighted if you can have a look at the below profile:

Age 21, Male, Polish

Academics (studied simultaneously):

BA Quantitative Methods in Economics and Information Systems, Warsaw School of Economics GPA: 3.65
Exchange: BI Norwegian Business School GPA: 3.75
MA Law, University of Warsaw GPA: 3.00
Coursera: 3 courses completed
GMAT - 670

Work Experience:

5 months (current role) as a Senior Specialist at one of the leading world's bank (Investment Funds)
4 months (current role) as a Reseach Assistant at foreign embassy (Energy&Environment)
3 months as a Project Member at governmental agency
4 months as a Researcher in one of the leading Polish media agency
1 month as a Real Estate Specialist in real estate agency


Extra Curricular Activities

• Member of various student organizations at my university, project leader, students' union representative
• Member of the board of foundation helping disabled people
• President of an association whoch helps teenagers to develop
• Active member of various foundations, associations and societies
• Member of management team of well-established international career network
• Member of a prestigeous group of students under supervision of one company from MBB

I would like to join one of the top business school in order to develop my understanding of current global business issues and to meet top-notch academics and students. I would like to embark upon the emerging markets and lead a business in one of these regions. I am particularly interested in an energy sector (from the perspective of emerging markets). What is more, I would like also to explore the field where business intersects law.

Target Schools :
MIT Sloan
HKUST
LBS

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Hi,

Great work experience, and extracurriculars.

LBS may look at your MBA application and ask that you apply to Mif instead of the MBA program, given your post MBA goal of being a wealth manager.

I'm not suggesting you pick one over the other, but if you want to get an MBA, you have to be clear about why you want to get an MBA, and how that fits into your short-term and long-term career goals.

The top financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, UBS, etc do recruit at LBS and Insead for their wealth managment division.

When are you planning to apply?

Happy to share insights I have as a graduate of London Business School's MBA program, and as an alumni interviewer for the past ten years. Just send me your info http://marveladmissions.com/contact-us/

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Hi,

I request you to please evaluate my profile.

Male, Indian
Age: 25

Acads:
Xth CBSE 85%
XIIth CBSE 90.4%
Economics (H) from SRCC 65%

GMAT: 710 (Q50, V35) AWA - 4

Total work experience: 54 months

Senior Derivatives Trader : Responsibilities include proprietary trading in Commodity and Currency Derivatives in both domestic and international exchanges including CME, NYMEX, LME, MCX, MCX-SX.
Responsible for handling a portfolio of 100 million INR.
Responsible for Risk Management of my portfolio using Market Risk Analysis tools such as Stress Testing, Scenario Analysis, VaR etc.
Use Fundamental and Technical analysis and Bloomberg, Reuters and Future Source. And use Option Pricing models for arbitrage in FX Derivatives.
Only trader selected from a group of 125 traders to help two professional risk managers in setting up the risk management department at my organisation.
Managing a team of 12 derivative traders.

Professional Certifications :
1- Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM)
2- CFA Level 3 candidate

Extra curriculars:
1- Memeber of Economics Society and Placement Cell of college.
2- Started publishing a magazine in my 2nd year at college.
3- I am an avid PC gamer. Participating in national level gaming competitions held by Reliance Webworld, Intel, EA Games, ESWC and ICGC for the past 8 years. Finished in top 10 in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
4- Member of a Cycling Club. Currently it has 6 members. We meet twice a month and visit new places in Delhi.

Post MBA goals:
Want to be a Wealth Manager.

Target Schools - NUS, INSEAD, LBS, HEC, Rotman, HKUST
Thanks for your time. :)

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 15:24
Actually I wanted to apply this year for some Master programme (not MBA) in Europe/Asia but I decided to give MBA a shot (due to the earlier deadlines for US universities) and to write a GMAT without much preparation (I prepared only a few days for this test). And now it is quite difficult for me to decide what to do because my GMAT score isn't superb but it is also not bad.

If I decide to apply for MBA now I have no idea how big chances I have right now with such an experience and such a GMAT score so maybe it is better to postpone it and apply for MBA later. On the other hand, if I postpone my MBA application I do not know whether such a score is sufficient to be accepted to some top-notch Master Programmes (HSG, LBS etc.) or still should I retake the test (I bet the better score is possible not only because I lacked preparation but also I have finished the test about 1 hour before deadline so maybe slowing down would be helpful).

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 22:02
Hi,

I had the feeling you are capable of getting a much better GMAT score. You should definitely spend more time to prepare for it and pace yourself properly during the test. Not only does the higher GMAT score help your chances of getting into the top schools, it will also help your chances of getting scholarship.

For the top MBA programs, such as London Business School, they really want you to have 3 years of work experience.

So it makes sense for you apply later with more work experience and a higher GMAT score.

Let me know if you like to discuss further.

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Actually I wanted to apply this year for some Master programme (not MBA) in Europe/Asia but I decided to give MBA a shot (due to the earlier deadlines for US universities) and to write a GMAT without much preparation (I prepared only a few days for this test). And now it is quite difficult for me to decide what to do because my GMAT score isn't superb but it is also not bad.

If I decide to apply for MBA now I have no idea how big chances I have right now with such an experience and such a GMAT score so maybe it is better to postpone it and apply for MBA later. On the other hand, if I postpone my MBA application I do not know whether such a score is sufficient to be accepted to some top-notch Master Programmes (HSG, LBS etc.) or still should I retake the test (I bet the better score is possible not only because I lacked preparation but also I have finished the test about 1 hour before deadline so maybe slowing down would be helpful).

Thanks for your response!

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 23:08
Hi,

London Business School would be the best MIM program (I may be slightly biased cuz I went there), but you'll be connected to the alumni network, established career services, great faculty and diverse students.

Your GMAT is just slightly lower than the average, so you will have to put together strong application showing your leadership potentials through professional and personal experiences.

I've been conducting alumni interviews for London Business School for the past ten years, would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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I got a GMAT score of 680 and i want to pursue MIM because i am an engineering graduate(petroleum engineer). My gpa is decent(6.8 on the scale of 10).
I have a good number of extracurricular activities on my resume.

1) Played(division 3) county cricket.
2) District Chess Champion.
3) Badminton and Lawn Tennis College champion for 2 consecutive years.
4) Held the post of sports secretary in my college(Highest post offered to a student).
5) Captain of the football team that won inter-college football tournament.
6) Captain of college cricket team.
7) Few hours of community service under my belt.
8) Few technical projects done during the college tenure.

Will be joining a MNC on 2nd jan, so i will get about 8 months of work ex before september 2013.

According to my profile i am looking for 2-3 decent colleges(with a good chance of selection). I am already considering Edhec business school.

Can anybody please help.

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2012, 03:00
WHat are my chances to get into any top 10 b schools for MBA ?
my profile details :
currently age 23
working with IBM for 18 months planning for MBA after 2-3 years , by then it will be WE of 36 to 40 months at the time of applying to b schools
btech in engg - 3.4gpa
Gmat - not yet appeared

Please let me know my chances < realistic > or any useful suggestions on how to improve to reach the desired level.
please help me to figure this out.

Thanks and Regards,
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2012, 03:52
Hi,

Thanks for your reply.

I am particularly interested in the investment management side of private wealth management. It is basically Asset Management but with client interaction and it requires strong investment management skills and good client handling skills.

My education and work experience has provided me with a thorough understanding of the technical skills required to be a private wealth manager. What I lack are strong inter personal skills, client handling skills, people skills, networking skills etc. The reason for doing an MBA now is to strengthen these skills, plus build a diverse professional network.

Also with almost five years of work experience, I feel that an MBA will be a more viable option that MiF.

What do you suggest?

Thanks for your time :)
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2012, 09:31
Hi,

What you have said made sense for getting an MBA, so you just have to explain it in a way the admissions committee can appreciate it - your cademic and professional experiences have provided you with great technical skills, and you are now looking to gain more leadership skills to inspire others and gain client's trust, ability to work well with teams of diverse background, learn more about marketing to help market your service, etc.

If you are considering getting an admissions consultant, we can set up a time to chat.

Good luck!

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Hi,

Thanks for your reply.

I am particularly interested in the investment management side of private wealth management. It is basically Asset Management but with client interaction and it requires strong investment management skills and good client handling skills.

My education and work experience has provided me with a thorough understanding of the technical skills required to be a private wealth manager. What I lack are strong inter personal skills, client handling skills, people skills, networking skills etc. The reason for doing an MBA now is to strengthen these skills, plus build a diverse professional network.

Also with almost five years of work experience, I feel that an MBA will be a more viable option that MiF.

What do you suggest?

Thanks for your time :)

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2012, 10:35
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It will depend on the impact you've made at work, your GMAT score, and any outstanding accomplishments outside of work (athletics, community service, other competitions, leadership experience, etc).

You didn't mention your role at work. Try to seek opportunities to lead projects and take initiative to go beyond what is normally expected for your role.

Also it helps to have clear career goals, so now is the time to figure out what you would like to do post-MBA and long-term, and how an MBA fit into that picture. Depending on what you want to do post-MBA, make sure you research the role by reading, talking to people currently holding your desired post-MBA job to understand the skills needed for such jobs, and start networking.

If you are interested in getting admissions consulting help for the application process, please email me your info. http://marveladmissions.com/contact-us/


Good luck!

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sumantIBM wrote:
WHat are my chances to get into any top 10 b schools for MBA ?
my profile details :
currently age 23
working with IBM for 18 months planning for MBA after 2-3 years , by then it will be WE of 36 to 40 months at the time of applying to b schools
btech in engg - 3.4gpa
Gmat - not yet appeared

Please let me know my chances < realistic > or any useful suggestions on how to improve to reach the desired level.
please help me to figure this out.

Thanks and Regards,
Sumant

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Marvel Admissions Website | Marvel Admissions Blog

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