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INDIAN BANKER - REQUEST A PROFILE EVALUATION [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 09:56
Hiya,

Thank you for taking the time out to review my profile. Let me give you a brief on my resume so that you can have a better understanding of the same:

a) Work Experience: Currently working for an Indian investment bank as a PE/M&A analyst. I am planning to apply for 2013 batch and hoping to work till early 2013. I would have gained ~3 years of work experience (front end investment banking + micro Finance manager ) which I think should prepare me to apply to a business school. I have worked on various deals, some of them have been the biggest in their sectors in India and also been part of the bank's business development exercise. Was solely responsible for originating a see side mandate for an Indian sugar company ($20 mn)

b) International Exposure: Apart from my one year stint in the UK during my masters (A top British Uni), I don’t really have any international exposure. Having said that, I do work with a lot of mid-market and boutique investments banks in US and UK which might count as “international exposure”.

c) GMAT: I have a GMAT score of 710

d) Social Involvement: I have worked with C.O.R.P for one year teaching English in a municipal school in Mumbai and a six month internship with a microfinance firm as a principal manager for new initiatives and business develoment covering rural areas and villages in the state of Rajasthan, India. Helped setup special help groups and also led firms communications with international peers and VC funds

e) Investment banking background: Mid-market investment banks in India give a better profile and exposure to its analysts as compared to their peers in the US and Europe. I have worked on live deals and also been a part of the business development exercise of the bank which is rare in global banks or US banks where analysts have a limited role.

f) Education: BA (Economics) Top of the class and university topper at Mumbai University, one of the oldest and prestigious arts and science college in India. Masters in Finance and Economics from a top British b-school.

g)Internships: 2 internships with large global financial services firm with private banking and asset management divisions in India

h) Schools short listed: - Wharton Business School

- Yale SOM

- MIT Sloan

- Chicago Booth

- Kellogg

- Tepper School

- Columbia

- NYU

- Darden Virginia

Plan to continue with IB after MBA. Help companies in the Education sector to raise capital and go public. Also work with banks which have a specialised focus on micro-finance companies. I would like to leverage my sector knowledge and deal experience to raise money in nascent but very potential sectors.

Please do let me know if my choice of schools is apt for my resume. Your thoughts will be deeply appreciated. Thank you again for all your help and support.

Hoping to hear soon from you.
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Re: INDIAN BANKER - REQUEST A PROFILE EVALUATION [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 16:17
As you know, if you're focused on IB recruiting, then you should limit your schools to the top 16 (and you did). You may also want to look at a few Euro schools as well (if you're interested in working in London).

In any case, here's what I suggest:

Stretch: Columbia, Booth (choose 1 or both)
Semi-stretch: LBS, INSEAD
Sweet spot: Yale, NYU, Cornell (choose all 3)
Safety: Oxford, Cambridge

Whether you apply to the Euro schools comes down to whether you want to work in London post-MBA in IB (which can be a good alternative to NY, especially if you want a more global experience in terms of deal flow). In any case, these schools are the strongest for finance recruiting, and schools where you have a shot of getting into. As you know, NOT being an IT/engineering guy certainly helps.

Beyond that, it comes down to how well you execute your applications, and obviously a bit of luck (as it would be for any applicant).
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Re: INDIAN BANKER - REQUEST A PROFILE EVALUATION [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2012, 02:14
Hi,

Thank you so much for your reply.
I completely agree with your list, but i don't know how viable INSEAD and LBS will be since they usually look for older applicants which is not the case in their American peers. Does it make sense for someone like me with just over 3 years and ~4 years at the time of matriculation to apply to European schools?

I was also keen on applying to Wharton along with Chicago and Columbia. I think given my IB background and continued work in micro-finance space on the side can make a compelling story for my essays. What are your views?

I am also trying to bring my GMAT score upto 720-740 in order make myself more sell-able to the top schools.

Thank you again for all your help and guidance. Hoping to hear soon. Cheers
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Re: INDIAN BANKER - REQUEST A PROFILE EVALUATION [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2012, 07:58
You're up against a ton of other IB folks around the world, and to be honest, adcoms will prefer those who worked in IB in the US and Europe. Wharton is a stretch already for traditional IB folks in the US, so it's going to be a pretty big long shot for you.

Again, you have a decent profile, but you need to have realistic expectations about where you stand versus other applicants.
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