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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, 05:16
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 a rank ( in the top 100 of the country) 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.

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Re: Indian Male,Non IT Background, CFO Africa Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2013, 19:55
Hi Sesha,

I would say a GMAT score of 620 is going to put you in an edgy situation - it can become the sole decision making point for the top level MBA programs. If you can retake the GMAT, but with sufficient practice and a change in your current studying plan, then it will be worth the effort. This website has tons of stories of people pulling their scores very high in a retake, so I would urge you to utilize those resources.

Your leadership experiences and career progression are good. I would think more deeply about your career goals. The industries on your target list are difficult to get into, even in the US. How does your career upto the present tie in with the positions you are seeking?
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Re: Indian Male,Non IT Background, CFO Africa Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2013, 23:21
• Hi Sesha

You have a good profile. With your experience and credentials (leadership positions, international experience, etc), you can truly target some of the top business schools. But the only point that can hinder your chance of admission is your GMAT score.
Choosing your target school is the most vital thing in MBA as your career is totally dependent on it and that decision can change your life. So I recommend you retake GMAT and work hard to achieve a score of 700+ and then apply for some top schools.
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Re: Indian Male,Non IT Background, CFO Africa Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2013, 18:08
I echo everybody else’s comment that you should retake the GMAT.

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