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Indian Male,Non IT Background, CFO Africa Profile Evaluation

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Indian Male,Non IT Background, CFO Africa Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2013, 05:05
A Brief about my Qualifications and Work Experience

1. Qualified accountant from India ( CMA India - Cost And Management Accountants Institute/ICWAI)
2. Total work ex 8 years in the finance and accounting domain.
3. Started as an articled clerk in an accounting firm - to accounts officer- finance manager - Country CFO in a reputed MNC now. I am currently based out East Africa. Its been an year in Africa.
4. GMAT score 620(Q 42,V 33).
5. Secured an All India rank in my Final exam of my accounting qualification.

Need your help regarding the below.
1. Target schools in US,UK. Looking for Finance specialisation to make the shift to IB/Hedge Funds/PE.
2. I plan to apply in Round 2 - 2013/2014. The deadlines are in the first week of Jan.
3.Do you suggest that I retake the GMAT.( This is my second attempt) Or focus on my essays and applications and apply on the basis of 620.

Thanks a lot in advance.

Sesha.
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Re: Indian Male,Non IT Background, CFO Africa Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2013, 07:32
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Sesha,

Thank you for reaching out. I have worked with countless clients at Stratus Prep with similar background to yours and am happy to share my expertise in this area.

Not knowing your undergraduate GPA, I am basing my target school suggestions on your GMAT score and desire to specialize in finance. A few targets for you are Fordham and Indiana (Kelley). Some stretches to consider are Boston College (Carroll), Duke (Fuqua), and University of Virginia (Darden).
Loyola (Sellinger) is a safety school to consider.

If you would like to begin school fall 2015, then R2 this year is the time to apply.

I recommend that you retake the GMAT with the help of a private tutor. Indian males are an overrepresented group at business schools, so you will need to stand out in your applications. I have had clients at Stratus Prep get into HBS with GMAT’s in the 590 range, so a low GMAT is a hurdle you can overcome, but if you feel you have adequate time to prepare, retaking may be a good option. You should begin essays and other application components concurrently to ensure that you have sufficient time to put forth the best representation of yourself possible.

I hope that was helpful. If you have further questions or need to clarify anything, feel free to comment below or send me an email at shawn.oconnor@stratusprep.com. In addition, I recently wrote a Forbes article with tips for Indian applicants which you might be interested in reading.

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