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Current Student
Joined: 22 Jul 2013
Posts: 16
Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Finance
GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V41
GPA: 3.7
WE: Asset Management (Mutual Funds and Brokerage)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 2

Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2013, 22:11
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 (not India) - 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 demographics)

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?
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2013, 17:06
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Hi there,

Thanks for sharing your profile, and congrats on the excellent GMAT score. It will never be simple to get into top-ranked programs such as HBS and Wharton, and as qualified as you are, it's a tough admissions environment with no shortage of qualified applicants. That said, you have demonstrated solid evidence of academic ability, quantitative and analytical ability, leadership, progression in your job, interesting experience you sound like you could do a decent job writing about, etc. My view would be that yes you have a shot at those top programs, IF you create an excellent set of compelling essays for each school you apply to, that answers the questions-- 1) What makes you unique and what will you bring to the program? 2) Why do you want the MBA? 3) How does your past lead to this MBA and then to your career goals? 4) Why is xyz school the best fit for you?

HBS will still be the biggest reach. You may want to consider another couple of schools slightly down the rankings list too in case your top choices didn't work out. Let us know if we can help further!

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