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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2011, 12:48
Hi,

Work Ex: 3 years in the research department of a famous US hedge fund.
Age: 24, Female, Indian
GMAT: 710 (Q: 50, V: 37) AWA: 5.5
Academic:
Master of Business Economics
Major: Econometrics and Finance
Year of Grad: 2009
GPA: 3.9
Bachelor of Business Economics
Major: Econometrics and Finance
Year of Grad: 2007
GPA: 4.0
During College: member of Environment Club & senior editor at the Department. Was also in the organization committee of a few events.
Post College: participated in CSR events at my workplace

Need help in shortlisting schools in which i stand a realistic chance.
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 13:55
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Hi soko:

I think that one of the most important things that convinced remember is that the MBA is a forward-looking but rather an MBA is not necessarily need it because of your past accomplishments, rather it is needed in order to reach your future goals. The issue with what you stated that your profile is that contains little, if any, insight into what your career goals are.

I can point out a few things that I think work in your favor. Being female and Indian -- while working in a traditionally male-dominated industry -- definitely help your cause. Also, I know that you work for an American company but I am not certain if you work in the US. If you work in the US, and were selected to do so by your company, that definitely lends you additional credibility. In a similar vein, if your undergraduate was performed in the US, but will also help you distinguish your candidacy from other than Indian applicants.

One thing that I would work on is getting your GMAT score up to about 730 or 740. I know that may seem trite, but my advice ring's true specially considering the exceedingly competitive nature of (what I understand to be) your demographic.

Granted that I do not know what your future goals are, it is going to be hard for me to short list MBA programs. However, I will take a shot at it and assume you want to go back into finance.
The programs you should take a closer look at are -- Columbia, NYU, Tuck and Chicago. I think that MIT can also be a realistic possibility. If you can get your score closer to 750 or so, I would encourage you to apply to schools like HBS, Wharton and GSB.

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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 23:48
Hi Paul. Thank you for the insight.

Some more details:

I work in the research line for a US hedge fund. I want to move upfront, where i can actively invest/trade, while remaining in the same industry. And i work in India. For academic, my education was entirely done in India - University of Delhi.

So with this score and the updated profile, would you still recommend me to try out Chicago (Booth) and NYU? You mentioned MIT. Any thoughts on MIT MS Fin program. Is that a realistic aim?
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