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Big dream/Poor profile [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2013, 23:06
What if someone at the age of 25years with no relevant work ex wants to make it into the ivy league. He is an Artist and has done theater shows(Stage/Street acting) from past 4 years. MBA with this profile looks impossible and stupid. So he started preparing for GMAT and got 720+ in mocks, he wants to take GMAT but still thinking to pay around 15k INR for the exam is it worth to take a shot?

He also dosent have good grades in graduation(44% out of 100) and has done it through distance learning, moreover he belongs to a below middle class family where people need good and extra ordinary reasons to study . Reason for MBA- Has learned to work hard in those 4 years and wants to get a good job and settle down.Now what should he do? Has anyone converted any top US bschool with this kind of background??

10th= 50%
12th= 66%
Graduation= 44% Bachelor in commerce Pass( Two reasons for doing grad. through distance learning one poor score so unable to make a cut in good government colleges, had no money to study in Private universities).

From school days he acted on number of street shows,so even after graduation he persuaded the same profession.But day by day its becoming difficult to survive as the per month income is too low.

Any suggestion/guidance would be appreciated.

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Re: Big dream/Poor profile [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2013, 14:15
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Hi there,

Unfortunately - I have some less than stellar news for you. Your chances at an Ivy are out of the question. Your chances at a top 20 MBA are almost entirely out of the question as well.

On one hand, your background as an artist is interesting but the problem is you have a weak GPA, no professional experience, and probably no leadership (that's an assumption but one I think may be accurate). If you were an artist working for a large firm leading design projects and wanting to make the switch to the business side (e.g. marketing) then that's a great story and helps you stand out. However, your background is in theater and really, there would have to be an incredibly good reason for a ranked program to admit you versus the thousands of other far more qualified Indian applicants. Unless you have an answer to this reason that I don't know based on what you wrote, I think you're not in a good spot.

If you did want to get an MBA, you'd have to, at the very least, get relevant business experience and even then you'd have to have such exceptional experience to offset your GPA that you would be hard pressed to find a job like that after years on the stage.

I know this isn't an optimistic reply but I don't want to mislead you. I'm sorry - my professional opinion is that you're not in a position to be competitive in the MBA process.

Sorry mate,


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Re: Big dream/Poor profile [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2013, 17:40
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I have to second the previous poster's comment. Coming from a theatre background myself, and having a mediocre GPA, I struggled to get into a reputable program. My saving grace was my management experience in my side job, but without that and a solid GMAT score, I wouldn't have stood a chance. I'd recommend either waiting and trying to gain some work experience, or scoring obscenely high on the GMAT.

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Re: Big dream/Poor profile [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2013, 21:46
Thanks for your responce mr2015 and criticalsquaremba
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