I'm an Indian male with a Masters in Financial Engineering at a prestigious US School. Out of school, I've been working at a bulge bracket US bank as a risk analyst, first in the US, now in Asia Pacific - leading a team of 7 members. I've been promoted three times in four years, set up my function in a new office, doubled the number of people I manage. I've had experiences dealing with problems in operations, managment, strategy as a manager and I've realized that these are problems I like solving more than dealing with risk reports. I'm now looking to transition into strategy consulting because I am interested in an idea-driven role than a process driven role and consulting will give me that venue. I'm fairly comfortable dealing with numbers and I'm looking for a school which helps me get better in aspects of leadership, management, presentation and networking.
I'm looking to apply in R1 to five schools: Harvard, Wharton, Kellogg, Chicago Booth, Columbia.
Some basic information to help you evaluate my profile
Demographic - Indian male
Age - 29
GMAT score - 750 (50 V 41 Q)
Masters Financial Engineering (US) - 3.3 GPA
Bachelor of Engineering (India) - 3.7 GPA - non IIT
Work Experience -
IT consulting (9 months) - India
Banking and Investment Management - 4 years (in multiple locations) - 2.5 years in management
What are my chances?
Pretty good I'd say!
The only "black mark" in your profile is that you are not an IIT graduate, but you seem to more than have made up for it since. You have though, the most important things - the fantastic GMAT and the right pedigree (or career). Bulge-Bracket + quick advancement + real leadership experience + fantastic essays = great business school.
You can apply to those five schools, and if you had time I'd also add Tuck and Sloan (in R2 perhaps???), as they are both fantastic places to go to in order to move into strategy consulting.
I really like what I see here, and if you can boost things with a fantastic passionate original application, and excited detailed laudatory recommendations, I think you can make a strong case.
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