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Hi,
Thank you for reviewing my profile. Any advice you have would be much appreciated.

Age: 28 years
Nationality: Indian
Bachelors: Engineering in Computer Science from a reputed university in India
Work Ex: 4 years as a sales manager in an MNC IT company.
UG CGPA: 2.87
Cleared all 3 levels of CFA
Decent Extracurricular, VP of a club, secretary of another, Organized quite a few events in college
GMAT: 750

I am looking for a career in finance,banking and in that regard how much would my work ex in sales hurt my chances ?

I would like to know the schools in which I should apply ? Also how hard will it be to make it to top 20 b schools taking
into account my low CGPA ? Would it help if I retake the GMAT and get a higher score like 780 or so ? Should I get a few years of finance/banking work-ex before I apply for my MBA? Will my chances be better if I apply in European B-schools(IE,IES,Esade,HEC) or in Canada ? What can be done to improve my profile in the next 12 months or so?
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 20:41
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Hello,

Thanks for sharing your profile. I think it's great that you've pivoted out of an engineering background and into a sales/business role -- this will be a plus for you. Sales to banking is not a natural/common transition, but I don't think your sales experience hurts you. Sure, your case would be stronger if you had a clear justification for the desired career change, as evidenced by tangible steps taken in that direction, but if it were that easy to get into the field, you wouldn't need an MBA, right? :)

Your GMAT score is great - I don't think it's a good use of time to retake it. The undergrad GPA is low - I'm hopeful you have a good reason for it and can explain that in an optional statement.

Post college ECs and community work seem scant - this could be a weakness.

I think one thing you could do to improve your profile is get involved with a nonprofit/NGO -- perhaps in a finance type of role, so that you can hit two birds with one stone (community + finance interest/steps). Any extracurriculars you can take on that involve team work and leadership would also be great. European programs are getting to be just as competitive as US programs, so I'd say you should apply to the programs you feel you have the strongest fit with (US or not).

Hope this helps!
Mili

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