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I've submitted an application for the FT program to a couple of b-schools in the US, and was considering a few others. I was hoping I could get help regarding my chances at schools I am targeting, and I thought you could point me in the right direction.
My profile: Indian Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecom (top 10% of class) GMAT - 710 (Q-48 V-40) TOEFL:113 IT - 4 years in Financials and 1 year in Retail (US Retail Chain) Worked for Goldman Sachs for 2.5 years in Asset management and am working for RBS in the exotics interest rates department.
I have had decent leadership experience, at Goldman and now at RBS. Ran a few critical business projects across Asia/Europe and North America for the asset management business at GS. Now I lead a team of 5 individuals and work with the exotic rates middle office of RBS.
I also started a IT consulting firm, and have roped in a couple of clients for my firm. Also worked for strategic initiatives at the all-India level with my father who is heading a national level organization in the telecommunications sector.
Extra-curricular activities: Not too bad 1. Involved in a lot of sports throughout my life, school/college/work. 2. Ran a few programs in a small organization at GS. 3. Work with a few charitable organizations and have organized events for GS employees to participate in.
That pretty much sums it up.
I am looking to kick start a career in strategy consulting, as my father has a strategy consulting firm which i'd like to join going forward. He and his partners have great connectivity but are unable to devote enough time to it. I want to get some international experience before getting on-board.
I have already applied to UNC and Kelley, and am looking at Duke and Kellogg in the second round.
What do you think are my chances? Do you suggest any other schools I apply to?
Schools in the bottom half of the top 16 are where you should really target -- Darden, Duke, Michigan, Haas, UCLA, NYU, Cornell and Yale. These are likely your sweet spot schools (choose 3-4 from this list). Kellogg, Booth, Columbia, Sloan and Tuck are stretches (i.e. choose 1-2 from this list). Schools outside the top 16 like UNC and Kelley are more likely safeties (i.e. you should be able to get into these two schools you applied to so long as your applications are decent and you don't run into bad luck). _________________
Thanks Alex, that was helpful indeed. However, does applying to these schools in the second round pose significant challenges for someone with my profile. I ask this question because I applied to INSEAD in the second round for Jan '10 intake and got a reject, I would attribute this to a lack of international experience (working away from your home country), and the fact that my application went in the second round.
What do you think? Also, among the schools you mentioned would you be able to give me a head start on which schools to research, as my career plan is geared towards management consulting specifically.