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Profile Eval-Indian female/Marketing/640/4yr WE

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Joined: 12 Dec 2011
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GMAT 1: 640 Q45 V34
WE: Marketing (Hospitality and Tourism)
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Profile Eval-Indian female/Marketing/640/4yr WE [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2012, 22:47
I am a 26 year old female from India and applying to US business schools in 2012. I have a GMAT of 640 (Q:45 / V:34 / AWA:4) and a TOEFL score of 96. I have worked for 4 years as a marketing executive in India in the hospitality industry. I have worked for two different hotel groups 1) 1 yr at a large single hotel located in the commercial center in the capital city of India 2) ~3 yrs at a large multi-national and multi-brand hotel chain, with responsibility for nationwide (India) marketing. I had hit a ceiling at my company and without an MBA they were not willing to promote me further or give me additional responsibilities. So I quit and for last 2 months, I have been working as a full-time volunteer for an NGO for differently-abled and underprivileged children. By the time I join a business school (hopefully), I would have worked at this NGO for almost 1 year. I am passionate about dance and was part of a professional dance group for 5 years (alongside my college and job). Both at college and as part of this dance group, I have performed at multiple shows with audiences of 1,000+ people and won many awards. I have an undergraduate degree in English (Hons.) where I studied English, History and Philosophy. I was very active in my college’s dance and theatre society. Indian colleges do not have a GPA system. I would consider myself a firm mid-tier performer academically.
I am very keen on continuing a career in marketing. Can you kindly advise which schools will best suit my profile? I am keen on Duke, Haas and Cornell.
Thank you very much in advance.
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Re: Profile Eval-Indian female/Marketing/640/4yr WE [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2012, 10:00
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Hello,

What an interesting profile - thanks for sharing! Let's break it down:

Academics: Unfortunately, this is the big weakness in your profile. A 640 GMAT is quite low for top programs, and it sounds like your grades from undergrad are average. Is there any chance of retaking the test and improving your score? Even if you could reach a 680, that would really improve your chances at the programs you are interested in. I'd really strongly suggest you retake the exam and aim for that 700+ if possible!

Professional experience: Your professional experience is very interesting - marketing + hospitality. It sounds to me like you'll have a lot of strong leadership stories to draw from. The fact that you've transitioned into an NGO is somewhat of a wildcard - shows that you are committed to your community, but unless you can find a way to tie it into your career narrative, it might just seem like you are lost/unfocused.

Extracurricular/Community: Your dance background is awesome and I'm sure you'll have strong stories to draw from here as well.

Overall, your profile outside of academics is very interesting and well-balanced, but your academics as they currently stand will keep you out of the running at programs like Haas, Duke, Cornell. I'd really strongly encourage you to retake the GMAT if possible and work to improve your score - - if you can get in the 680+ range, I think you'd definitely have a shot at these programs (ideally a 700+). If you plan to apply with your current scores, I think you'll need to aim much lower towards programs like USC, University of Maryland, etc.

Please let me know if you have additional questions!
Mili


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Intern
Intern
Joined: 12 Dec 2011
Posts: 29
GMAT 1: 640 Q45 V34
WE: Marketing (Hospitality and Tourism)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 4

Re: Profile Eval-Indian female/Marketing/640/4yr WE [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 01:10
Hello Mili,

In light of my average grades and Gmat score, should I re-take GMAT? Also, with Q-45 and V-34, should I push my quant score up, as I am part of the Indian applicant pool(high on quant) and my undergrad was in arts(non-quant)? or should I push both quant and verbal up evenly?

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Re: Profile Eval-Indian female/Marketing/640/4yr WE [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2012, 20:31
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Hello,

As I mentioned, I strongly encourage you to retake the GMAT. You should aim for an 80th percentile minimum on quant and verbal respectively. Good luck!

Mili
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