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Indian Female NIFT 770 GMAT [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2014, 08:58
Hi!

Please help evaluate my profile and shortlist some schools for me.

Background:
Indian
Female
24 years old (at present, will be 25 at matriculation)

GMAT:
770 (Q50, V45)

Education:
NIFT Delhi
Fashion Technology
CGPA : 6.8

Work Experience:
2 years as of date(will be 3 at matriculation)
Working as an Assistant Merchandiser in an apparel buying liaison office. Involves coordinating with buyers in the parent company and vendors located across South and South East Asia - cost negotiations, design aesthetics and production follow ups.

Freelance Work Experience:
Worked as a Freelance fashion Reviewer & Critic for Wills India Fashion Week and also various online publications.
Worked in All India Radio in various capacities for the past 20 years (started out in their "Shishu Mahal" ) :)

Post MBA Goals:
To continue in my current industry in a business development or marketing role.

Target(or should I say "dream") Schools:
Any of the M7 schools, LBS, INSEAD, NUS, ISB (Not sure if my profile will help me get into any of them, but here's hoping :-D )

Thanks!!
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Re: Indian Female NIFT 770 GMAT [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2014, 10:15
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Hi there,

Thanks for your post and CONGRATS on the outstanding GMAT score!

Your background is fairly unique and that should help you stand out from the crowd to a certain degree, and the stellar GMAT will also get you noticed.

Overall I'd say so far you have the following strengths:

-GMAT
-less common background (potentially interesting perspective to bring to the class)
-schools are always looking for qualified female applicants
-evidence of communication skills (always a plus)

And the following are questions I'd have for you/unknowns:

-do you feel you have examples/evidence of leadership skills or potential?
-key accomplishments, impact you've made at work and/or on others?
-any more detail you could provide about your career path/plans? (could slightly strengthen your story)

Your essays have the potential to really make an impact or seal the deal for you, as that is where you really showcase who you are and what you'll bring to the class. A less traditional industry or background can be a real plus, as long as you are clear in indicating WHY you need and want the MBA and how you'll use it.

Generally you have a great start to your profile and should be competitive at top global b-schools. Think about what city/cities you'd most like to be in (as that may be even more relevant to you given your industry); the reputation of the program of course; the curriculum and experience of each program; etc. Do some research to see which of the programs you have mentioned you really feel is a good fit for you.

Let us know what other questions you have, and you can also do a free consultation at any point if interested, at http://www.mbamission.com/consult.php. Good luck and keep us posted!
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Re: Indian Female NIFT 770 GMAT [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2014, 11:09
Thanks Jen! I think I have a few stories to tell regarding my leadership potential. Will definitely include them in my essays.

Can you please help with a couple of relatively safe but good schools that I could apply to?
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Re: Indian Female NIFT 770 GMAT [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2014, 11:06
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Hiya-- glad you feel you have some good leadership stories to add in there. ;) And keep in mind the other points I mentioned too-- they do play a role in the admissions decision (for example, how strong of a case/explanation you make for your career goals and why you need the MBA).

I do feel you could be considered at the schools you mentioned, even being that they are top global programs, with strong applications, essays, recommendations and interviews. ;) So in terms of 'safety' schools I'd say anything maybe outside top 15-ish in the rankings? But I'm hesitant to just throw school names out at you because I think there ARE so many considerations-- location (huge); length of program; class size; curriculum; class profile; hiring statistics; etc etc. I'd urge you to think about the immediate post-MBA role you may take and what school might best help with that (both with choosing your target/dream schools and safety schools), by reviewing hiring/employment statistics and companies that recruit there and roles that graduates go into for example. If fashion is still important to you then consider location-- perhaps you'd like to be in a fashion capital (NYC; Paris; Milan-- ie Stern/Columbia; HEC; Bocconi) for that experience and those connections. Lots to think about! ;) If you have q's on specific schools you think we can advise on just let me know.
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