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i am 23 yr old indian. i am a Chartered accountant( equvi to American CPA) by profession. i am presently working with GE CAPS as Asst. manager. i have around 15 months of workex till now and plan to apply 2 following schools in fall 07.
Apart from this i am also doing my ICWAI final(equi to UK CIMA)
I am also a certified assesor by CII ( confederation of indian industries) and a certified treasury manager by catalyst consulting group.
i have ok extra curiculars/community services.
i also have certification from NSE( national stock exchange of india) in derivatives and capital markets.
my Gmat score is 740.
now my question 2 all u gurus is
by the time i will be applying my exp wud be 2 yrs and the time i wud be joining these schools my exp wud be around 3 yrs. is it too early for these schools. i have 3 yrs of articleship exp during my CA days.
plzzz comment on my profile having regard 2 my target schools and what shud i do 2 make my profile even more suitable for these schools.
I think you have a shot, but I'd recommend at least another year of experience. Also, nothing about your profile really stands out as unique, so your extracurriculars/community service/hobbies will be important.
All of this info is potentially very valuable in setting you apart from other applicants! Don't be afraid to talk about this stuff in your application. Adcomms will tend to be more interested in things like this than your certifications.
The other key thing for you is what you want to do with an MBA. If it's definitely finance, then I think your choice of schools is good. If you're looking to get more into general management or consulting, then also consider schools like Kellogg and Tuck.
No, I think your main weakness right now is just your work experience. Also, your career goals (banker, then startup in India) are VERY common these days. Don't go changing your career goals just for that reason, but keep that in mind. I see that type of thing very regularly.
I think you're still a bit young, but you will probably have a decent shot at at least one of those schools.
i am very happy and delighted with ur fair comments
Anything which u can suggest me 2 offset the weakness suggested by u. i have avery gud quality workex of 3 yrs by the time i will join. and i have decent extra/community services. i have heard the schools like H/S/W and other top 10 have shown their intent and increasing preferring to take younget students. in this context dont u think i can have a decent shot and work ex may not be a very imp thing which the adcomms will consider.
Well, work experience will always be a very important consideration. Maybe the most important thing. But quality matters more than quantity, so as long as you have "high quality" work experience (e.g., leadership, results), you should be okay.
i have posted in some other thread on this forum and the reply i got was not encouraging . u know my profile and my extra/community service.
as u know i wud be applying to H/S/W/COLUMBIA/ CHICAGO/MIT/NYU/TUCK/KELLOG.
what do u think are my chances of atleast getting an interview at each of these schools provided i write decent essays. i wanna know this bcoz i dont wanna put in the effort in getting in a college which u guys think will not in any ways call me for an interview. i wud rather invest that time and money in some other school where i have a decent chance of getting in.
do u think any of these schools can be a safety school for my profile or u wanna suggest any other.
please hep me out with these .
i am so distubed with the comments of some people on this forum.
plzz help me decide
PS: i got the reply as H/S chances are low, W/K /chigaco...... rest are fair NYU/Yale its decent,
I would never call any of these a safety school for anyone. (I define a "safety school" as one where you have a very good or excellent chance of being admitted.) Of the ones you listed, NYU and Columbia may be your best bets.
Also, Rochester, Cornell, and Indiana are very good schools in finance. I think your chances would be better at these schools. (That doesn't mean you shouldn't apply to the other schools you mentioned.)
Keep in mind that it's VERY difficult to get into the top ten schools... They typically have acceptance rates in the 10% - 20% range. So don't be discouraged!
nothing much to ask u as i have already done that in all my earlier posts.
Just wanted 2 ask u do u honestly think that i can make it 2 to any of the schools i have mentioned and how can i increase my chances if there are at all at these schools
were shud i work on and how 2 present my profile in a better way.
I think that if you're clear about your goals and can distinguish yourself from other, similar-sounding applicants, your chances of getting into at least one of those schools are good. But spread your bets, and don't just aim for the top 5!
just wanted to inform u that in my earlier posts i mentioned that i am pursuing my ICWAI Final(equvi to UKs CIMA) , i cleared that exam and one more thing .
i am going 2 finland for a couple of months for transition of new business. i was selected among 2000 people in our company and the transition will involve moving out the whole work which those guys were doing there for so many years back 2 india . its generally pretty difficult 2 transist a new business as it involves learning new things and people are not interested 2 share it with you because at the end of it they wud loose their jobs, so we have convince those guys and learn work from them.
Now my question is whether this experience( both work wise international and cultural) would be any help 2 me in my profile.
and how can i make this unique exp more appealing to the adcoms
Sounds like a great experience. It's potentially very valuable since it can help set you apart from other applicants. In terms of how to present it, the key will be showing adcomms was you learned from the experience. Getting selected is great, but even more interesting will be what you did and learned from the experience.
Here i am again...i again have a small question for u...
As u know.. I am interested to get in to I banks after my MBA...
How do rate a MS finance....how good is it and how recognised is it when comparred to an MBA...will it help me in getting into an I bank and is there any differentiation from the recruiters ( in terms of position offered ) ...
Kindly help me out with this,,,recently a colleague of mine got into LBS Masters in finance...he suggested me with this,,,
It depends on what exactly you want to do in finance. An MS in Finance will probably lead you to a more specialized career, while an MBA will allow you to get into finance but possibly take on a wider variety of roles. I'm biased, but I'd recommend getting an MBA unless you want to REALLY specialize in a specific aspect of finance.