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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 08:02
Hi,

I am a 28 year old Indian female. My profile is below:

GMAT: 740 (Q48, V42)
Work Experience: 3.5 years at a Big4 Consulting firm in New York (technology consulting for financial services clients). Traveled extensively for work, including 5 months in London (Jan 2009 - Present)
Recommendations: Solid recommendations (including former clients at top investment bank and other major FS firms)
Grad: MS in Information Systems from top 20 business school in the Midwest (GPA: 3.7) - (graduated Dec 2008)
Undergrad: BS in Apparel Merchandising (minor in Information Technology) from top design school in India (GPA: 7.1/10 - Not the best performance, due to a variety of reasons such as being in the first ever graduating class of the school, constantly evolving program content, faculty and infrastructure etc. Basically, this was a poor choice made by an 18 yr old straight out of high school. Unfortunately, it could not be rectified midway because the Indian education system does not provide the flexibility of changing majors and/or credit transfers. Dropping out would have meant losing a year) - (graduated May 2007)
Extracurricular: Nothing to write home about. Wrote and published official program newsletter in grad school, CSR initiatives through work, on-campus recruiting
Other: Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

Target schools:
1. Wharton
2. Booth
3. Columbia
4. INSEAD
5. LBS

Any inputs on the strengths/weaknesses of my profile (and what I can do to improve it) would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 25 May 2012, 08:44
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Hello feenix, thanks for your question.

Your GMAT is rock solid, so no worries there. And, I think your work experience holds potential for some good stories. Your competitiveness will come down to the quality of your leadership experience in and out of work. Can you draw upon “moments” when you truly led: influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative? The more you can do this, the better.

In terms of weaknesses, you mentioned your undergraduate GPA. You might try to explain those factors in the optional essay. Better yet, do you have other analogues that better represent your academic ability and potential – like your grad school GPA? Programs will want to know that you can handle the material. Have you taken other classes and received better grades?

You haven’t mentioned your career ambitions. In terms of your post-MBA goals, paint a picture that cohesively ties together your past, present, and future. Demonstrate to the admissions committees that your desired career path necessitates an MBA.

Finally, extracurriculars could be a challenge for you. But, they need not be limited to official community service. You might also speak to your passions and interests as vehicles through which you have done good for the world.

While it’s hard to handicap your chances with limited information, I think your GMAT opens the door at all of those programs, but that they’re a bit of a reach unless you can really drive home your leadership through your essays.

I hope this helps!

Best of luck,
Brian

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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 25 May 2012, 15:03
Thank you! That's actually really helpful.
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2012, 04:04
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Glad I could be of help! Let me know if you have questions in the future.

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