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GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V38
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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2014, 05:11
Indian Male, 25 years old,3 year bachelor's degree in business administration

UG GPA: 3.51 (as per World Education Services Conversion

GMAT: 720 (Q49, V 40)

Experience

1) Close to three and half years with a US-based firm, researching and advising Fortune 500 sized companies in US and Canada on risk management (C-Level executives only)

2) One year with a start-up restaraunt chain, handling launch of new outlets and working with partners with to manage the business (we had to shut down due to changing market dynamics at certain locations)

3) Five months with a hedge fund (current position), covering consumer product and retail companies in Asia

Extra Co-Curricular

1) Consultant to two upcoming start ups: one is a travel website and the other is a an architectural firm trying to pioneer a low cost construction technique in India
2) Coaching underprivileged school children to play competitive cricket
3) Have undergone over 200 hours of training to be a meditation instructor; traveled to Eastern and Central Europe to train university students
4) Cooking and exploring new cuisines; have traveled to many parts of Europe and obscure parts of India to sample local cuisines and learn new techniques

Languages: English, Hindi, and Sanskrit

Short-Term Goal: Make the switch to strategy consulting or a VC and learn more about the consumer products industry and how to setup a new business

Long-Term Goal: Come back to India to start my own chain of restaurants or something in the broader food industry

Target: Top 20 US MBA Programs

Questions

1) Which four US schools will you recommend to me?
2)Since the average GMAT for Indians is relatively high, what is a good score with my profile?
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2014, 06:29
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Hello,

The most consistent thread in you profile seems to be food and restaurants! (Since I love both, it’s hard to be objective!)

Well, you’re right about the challenge of being in an over-represented group that also has high GMAT and often GPA too. For a general range, I’d say that the lower end of top-20 level programs would be reasonable reaches.

Another challenge I see to your profile is that your career is kind of all over the place: risk consulting, entrepreneurship, hedge fund; this is then followed by the ST goal of strategy consulting OR VC (more diluted focus). You will face the burden in the application of thoughtfully creating a cohesive story out of these wide-ranging experiences – while also showing professional growth and advancement. Breadth must be accompanied by increased responsibility and impact to be competitive at top programs.

Your extracurriculars look strong, and hopefully you can make the whole story cohere through the interest in food, which ties together your past career, non-work life, and LT goals.

Right now, 4 US schools I’d recommend looking closely at are Cornell Johnson and UNC Kenan-Flagler (reasonable reaches – and maybe add Darden to this list), and for on-pars Boston University and Univ. of Maryland Smith.
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