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Affiliations: Volunteer Operation Smile India, Creative Head of College IEEE branch (2009-10), Chief Editor College Magazine (2009), Finance Head College Magazine (2008)
Joined: 25 Jul 2010
Posts: 471
Location: India
WE2: Entrepreneur (E-commerce - The Laptop Skin Vault)
Concentration: Marketing, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V38
WE: Marketing (Other)
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Frustrated - Please help with a review [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2012, 09:41
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There is probably a lot of information in this request however I am hoping it will help give you a better sense of what I have done and what I am doing since my profile is a bit hard to explain. I feel that itself may have had some impact on my previous applications, in that I may not have been able to get my point or experience across clearly enough. Any help would be great.

I have applied to schools for the past 2 years as you can see from my profile but haven’t had any luck so far. I would like to know. It is a frustrating process and frankly I am unsure about how to continue. I did go to a "reputed" counsellor last year but fortunately I had done a lot of research through GC before I went to him and was not taken in by all his "advice".

GC has been home for me these past couple of years and I am hoping it is able to come through again this time. It would be absolutely wonderful if you could help me out.

GMAT:710 (Q49 V38)

Age: 24, Indian, Female

Academics: 2010 B.E. (Electronics & Telecomm)

MBA Specialization: Marketing

Short term: Brand Management preferably in the Luxury Sector, Improving the model for my e-commerce venture

Long term goal for MBA: Start a Brand management firm providing end-to-end solutions for Luxury Companies as well as reduced rate/pro bono services for NGOs

Your work ex:

3 yrs at Matriculation

1.75 yrs @ Operation Smile India (non-profit) (Indian chapter of American Non-profit doing free cleft Lip & Cleft palate surgeries) as Resource Mobilization Coordinator
  • Streamlining the branding, created presentations, newsletters, etc.
  • Created the branding (being used internationally) for the Cleft Care Centre
  • Working with Student/School Clubs to raise awareness & funds

3 mths so far (1 yr at Matriculation) @ Trinity Vintners Pvt. Ltd.(Indian Wine co. over 1 yr old) as Communications Manager
  • Brand & Marketing management for Turning Point wines, JLT wines, Scotch Malt & Whisky Society (India)
  • Conceptualizing Brand activation, promotions & launches

9 mths ago (simultaneously running this with both other jobs) I conceived an e-commerce venture The Laptop Skin Vault (http://www.laptopskinvault.com) Designing Laptop Skins & launched my website end of March. I founded it as well created all the designs so far. Planning to open it up to other designers on a Royalty basis for their designs which I will sell through my website.

I also do freelance Logo & presentation designing.

ECs:
  • Creative Head for IEEE (2009)
  • Finance head & Chief Editor Magazine in Undergrad (2008 & 2009).
  • Mentored a student with his High School business project (2011)
  • Volunteered on 6 Operation Smile missions in India (2010-2011)
  • Part of proceeds from my Laptop Skins Venture are donated to charity

Region you want to settle post MBA: USA but open to coming back to Asia, long-term looking to come back to India

Target Schools:
  • NYU Stern
  • UCLA
  • Chicago Booth
  • Northwestern Kellogg
  • Berkeley Haas
  • INSEAD Singapore
  • UC Davis
    Would like to hear any suggestions you may have

Any other Question that concerns you:
  • Is my profile good enough to apply again this year? – My goals are much clearer and my work ex is
  • better esp with my new position the responsibilities are much greater. My salary has also almost doubled.
  • Are my school choices correct? Are there any schools I should add or remove?
  • Any suggestions you may have?
  • Am I going about this wrong?Should I be doing anything else to strengthen my chances?

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Re: Frustrated - Please help with a review [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2012, 18:29
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KidChaos-

My guess is that you simply had not garnered enough experience in the past to get the attention of the adcoms perhaps. It's rare for someone with 0-2 years expereince to get in, particularly at the elite schools, so you may have gotten bumped by others with similar background or profile characteristics but more experience. B-schools really value the real world experience, because it's mostly what you end up offering in the classroom discussions or with your study groups. B-schools have to fill seats with folks who have at least been around the proverbial block enough to bring something to the table of value, otherwise they become dead weight on a study team. The good news is, with three years' experience, you now are getting closer to the average and additionally, you have done some things specifically in the last 12 months that would warrant a reapplication. The key question for you now is to dig deep into "what's different about me now" vs. a year ago and, particularly for your reapplicant schools, emphasize these advancements in your career, your vision, your maturity, etc. A female applicant with a 710 and good experience like yours plus extra curricular involvement like you have should have a good shot at these target schools. Might help if you have some impressive sales figures by the time you submit, or at least enough quantifyable skin sales to demonstrate success in your endeavor. Make sure your vision is honed to a fine, sharp blade. I have a good feeling about your chances this year!
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Re: Frustrated - Please help with a review [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2012, 18:33
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By the way, if you like Kellogg, check out Fuqua too. similar cultures and opportunities.
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