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Joined: 13 Jul 2011
Posts: 16
Location: United States
GPA: 2.7
WE: Sales (Computer Software)
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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2012, 10:42
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 10 Nov 2012, 08:32

Great questions, and great job on your recent GMAT and CFA exams!

Regarding your work experience in sales -- there's absolutely nothing wrong with changing career paths. This is one of the mot common reasons people decide to go to business school. You've developed skills and abilities in your career thus far, and those will still be applicable in your desired future career path. What's important is to demonstrate this via your essays. This is where you can show what you've accomplished thus far, be it leadership experience, strong client skills, business problem solving, etc., and how you hope to apply that to a different industry.

I also wouldn't worry too much about your undergraduate CGPA. Given the number of years removed from that degree, your scores on the GMAT and your complete CFA charter show that you have the academic capacity to thrive in business school. Business schools are concerned with the total application package, not just one aspect, particularly one aspect that you've shown you've grown from.

As for your school choice, it's important to consider the specific programs and what you want to get out of them. European programs tend to be more internationally focused, which may be what you're interested in. A for working in the finance/banking sector, if this is something you want to do, there's no reason to not pursue it now, regardless of what you decide to do with your applications. It may help you gain experience and insight to take your sales experience into the financial sector, but at the same time, it may be more worthwhile to start a program and use that as your launching point.

You have strong enough credentials that I would focus on the specifics of what you've achieved professionally and how you can apply that to the b-school programs you seek. The more specific the better.

We'd be happy to discuss your profile more. Please contact Meli at and let us know what you think!
Re: Profile Evaluation   [#permalink] 10 Nov 2012, 08:32
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