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Status: Preparing for GMAT
Joined: 09 Apr 2012
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Location: United Kingdom
Concentration: Strategy, Finance
GMAT Date: 03-29-2014
GPA: 1
WE: Accounting (Accounting)
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Help me evaluate my chances! [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2012, 06:25
Dear All,

I would appreciate any kind of feedback.

1) Basic demographic info: 27/ M

2) Educational Background: Engineering Degree - First Class Honours, Chartered Accountant (failed couple of papers)

3) Work experience: 5+ years - Managing a large management project in one of the largest banks in the country. Recently promoted.
Prior to that, financial Reporting (2 years) and auditing (from a top 10 firm) for 3 years. Software Engineering for 6 months.

Stellar performance. Recommendation would be easy.

4) Extracurriculars: Nothing of note. Have done everything but nothing.

5) Short/Long term goals: Stay in the UK or move to USA but I want to do one year MBA from UK or Europe. Consulting or banking.

6) Schools: 1) LBS 2) INSEAD 3)IMD 4) Oxford/Cambridge 5) ISB (India)

7) GMAT - Aiming for 700+ [Gave a mock yesterday and scored 600 without any preperation so hope I am not being too unrealistic]

8) Gaps in my CV - Well, As mentioned above failed 2 papers while doing ACA( chart. acc) - Didn't think it mattered too much till now.

Also, I cant provide my first 3 years of transcripts for my engineering degree as I took a transfer to Surrey in my final year and that's all I have. This could be my differentiator as well? I have adapted seamlessly to different schools/countries/environment. I am an Indian passport holder with UK permanent residence.

Aiming for Sep 2013 or Jan 2014 start!

Thanks
Ash
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Re: Help me evaluate my chances! [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2012, 18:24
Hello,

You have a strong profile for the schools mentioned ( IMD could be a bit stretch, but not far )

You have a good combination - engineering with chartered accountant, you can capitalize on strengths of both degrees in your essays.

Do not worry about the gaps where you failed in two papers ( you can easily defend this in your optional essay )

700 score at GMAT is ideal for your target schools specifically for LBS , Insead, IMD and ISB, but if you can score 10/20 above 700, it will be an advantage.

for EC , if you do not have one, start something now, you still have some time, so you can work on the same. Its never too late.

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Status: Preparing for GMAT
Joined: 09 Apr 2012
Posts: 7
Location: United Kingdom
Concentration: Strategy, Finance
GMAT Date: 03-29-2014
GPA: 1
WE: Accounting (Accounting)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 0

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Re: Help me evaluate my chances! [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2012, 22:10
Is there a thread or can you suggest ways to improve EC?
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Re: Help me evaluate my chances! [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 11:45
EC's are very dependent on your interests and your location. I'm sure at your work there are many opportunities to get involved you just have to go look for them.

Try finding 2 or 3 at most and try to gain a leadership position in the activity. Youd be suprised how little time (2-5 hours a week) is required to really have an impact.
Re: Help me evaluate my chances!   [#permalink] 18 Apr 2012, 11:45
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