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Joined: 22 Jul 2013
Posts: 16
Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Finance
GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V41
GPA: 3.7
WE: Asset Management (Mutual Funds and Brokerage)
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Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2013, 22:22
I'm an Indian male with a Masters in Financial Engineering at a prestigious US School. Out of school, I've been working at a bulge bracket US bank as a risk analyst, first in the US, now in Asia Pacific - leading a team of 7 members. I've been promoted three times in four years, set up my function in a new office, doubled the number of people I manage. I've had experiences dealing with problems in operations, managment, strategy as a manager and I've realized that these are problems I like solving more than dealing with risk reports. I'm now looking to transition into strategy consulting because I am interested in an idea-driven role than a process driven role and consulting will give me that venue. I'm fairly comfortable dealing with numbers and I'm looking for a school which helps me get better in aspects of leadership, management, presentation and networking.

I'm looking to apply in R1 to five schools: Harvard, Wharton, Kellogg, Chicago Booth, Columbia.


Demographic - Indian male
Age - 29
GMAT score - 750 (50 V 41 Q)
Education:
Masters Financial Engineering (US) - 3.3 GPA
Bachelor of Engineering (India) - 3.7 GPA - non IIT
Work Experience -
IT consulting (9 months) - India
Banking and Investment Management - 4 years (in multiple locations) - 2.5 years in management

What are my chances?
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Re: Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2013, 05:38
Hey quantumdots - it looks like you have a lot going for you! Your ability to transition yourself from the standard engineer into the business side and your MFE, your fast-track promotions, your strong GMAT and your experience at a BB in a less-common niche (risk management) all adds up to a distinctive profile. Even though there are traces of the stereotypical "Indian male engineer", there's also enough here that will help you break out of the pack.

We can never answer the "what are my chances" question more definitively since it really depends on how all the different elements come together in the pitch, but we are a very bright green light for you. You look like you have what it takes to break into a top school based on the brief sketch you've offered here. We are responding not to the standard stats of GMAT and GPA (which are certainly strong) but to the information you gave about your career trajectory thus far. For many schools it really depends on your future goals and how they're articulated - strategy consulting is exceedingly common these days, which is fine, but it still matters how you lay it all out. The essays can make a real difference - we've certainly see people muff it up even though they had everything in their favor. But it looks like you may have the raw material that is needed to mold into a winning application.

The only caution is that you cited "3.7 GPA" for your bachelor's; where did you get this number? If you had an official conversion from WES then it's fine but all the schools (except MIT) want applicants to report academics in their original scale, and converting from the Indian system can be tricky, people often get it wrong. You should be using your actual marks instead (and the school you attended would be a good datapoint to have too).

Anyway, you have a lot to work with and you're starting early enough to make it happen. Let us know if you have any follow-ups and we hope you'll stay in touch!!

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