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Please advise- Thanks [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2011, 21:22

Could you please help me short-list schools that I should apply to for the MBA program?

My profile:
- 2006: Graduated with an honors degree in Economics from India (Delhi University). Even though I scored only 57% in my graduation, but based on my university results it was easily in the top 20%. Not too sure how I will get my university to say this but will try my best. (so, this is a definite red on my app)
- 2006-2008: After my graduation, I joined a leading rating agency (of the world) in Delhi and worked in their Private equity advisory team for 2 years as an associate.
- After spending two years in that role, I wanted to transition to I-Banking.
- 2008: And then, I joined a graduate internship program in London with a leading Swiss Investment Bank in London.
- 2009: I got very good recommendations from my internship but since the Visa rules in the United Kingdom were very stringent at that time, I was offered a role by the bank in their off-shored division in Shanghai (with a third party vendor which is a billion dollar NYSE listed firm that runs close to 300 head counts in middle office for the bank) as a Senior analyst. Was promoted last month to a team lead and now I manage a team of 6 middle office analysts.
- So, my total work experience till September 2012: 5 years (2 years in India, 1 year in London, and 2 in Shanghai).
- I wrote the GMAT exam yesterday and scored a 710. (80+ percentile in both sections) I also speak 4 languages including Hindi (Indian), Chinese and English

From my MBA, I am looking to enhance my knowledge in Finance and would ideally like to move to a more market or product facing role as opposed to my current operations oriented role. I am happy to work in any country after my MBA.

Schools that look good based on average GMAT scores: MIT (dream), Duke, Cornell, Tepper, Mcgill (Canada). Also looking at LBS, Insead, HKUST and Cambridge.
For safer options, I am also planning to apply to Emory and NTU (Singapore).

Please feel free to ask me any more questions.

Thanks a lot.
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Re: Please advise- Thanks [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2011, 10:32
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Hey air!
So I do like what I see. You do have that black mark of your grades on your profile, but from then on it seemed that things have been on the up and up. Managing a team of six is wonderful.

I think we can easily build a "comeback story" profile for you.
As for your schools choice, you seem to have chosen a good mix of schools. I think Johnson is your sweet spot and it is a wonderful program for your background. MIT will be tough, but totally go for it. If you wanted to add another tough school I would think about Chicago, and another medium tough would be NYU Stern, which fits you preeeeetty darn well.

Let us know if you have any other Qs

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