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Concentration: Finance, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 720 Q49 V39
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Profile evaluation and CFA dilemma [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2012, 11:43
Here is a brief summary of my profile as per the template preferred by you. Request you to please provide your inputs (validate my assessment :D)

1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.
- 38 months in Assurance, KPMG India
- 10 months in Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young India

2) Your GMAT.
- 720 (first and only attempt) Q49, V39

3) College info:
a. Chartered Accountant, Class of 2010 of the ICAI
Cleared all three levels in first attempt. Ranked 44 across India, Nepal and Dubai in level 2 examinations. Average percentage across three levels 60% ie first division.
b. Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) University of Delhi
Average percentage (three year course) 72% (first division is granted at 60%)
Note – Checked with WES, first division or 60% in India is stated as equivalent to grade A in US.

4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
- Part of school, college and office (captain as well) football and basketball teams.
- Formed the KPMG sports team with the help of a Director of a separate division whom I met during my first introduction session at KPMG. Participated and won (silver and gold) in Cry Sports meet for corporates.
- Helped sell tihar jail inmates products (jute bags, lunch boxes) to employees at various companies .

5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
- Chartered Accountant. In dilemma regarding CFA. It is an expensive course so I want to be perfectly sure about enrolling in it. Still evaluating the pros of doing it vs obtaining a CPA degree or becoming a member of ICAEW. Also, not yet decided whether to enrol for the December level 1 exam (if at all) or June 2013.

6) Your target programs.
- FT MBA at INSEAD (Sep13 intake)
- International MBA at IE (April13 intake)
- FT MBA at HEC Paris (Sep13 intake)
- FT MBA at HKUST
- PGP at ISB (Apr13 intake)

7) Your post-MBA goal.
- To be engaged in M&A consulting primarily focused on Information, Communication and Entertainment sectors in Asia/Europe.
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Re: Profile evaluation and CFA dilemma [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2012, 21:03
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ShalabhAr wrote:
Here is a brief summary of my profile as per the template preferred by you. Request you to please provide your inputs (validate my assessment :D)

1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.
- 38 months in Assurance, KPMG India
- 10 months in Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young India

2) Your GMAT.
- 720 (first and only attempt) Q49, V39

3) College info:
a. Chartered Accountant, Class of 2010 of the ICAI
Cleared all three levels in first attempt. Ranked 44 across India, Nepal and Dubai in level 2 examinations. Average percentage across three levels 60% ie first division.
b. Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) University of Delhi
Average percentage (three year course) 72% (first division is granted at 60%)
Note – Checked with WES, first division or 60% in India is stated as equivalent to grade A in US.

4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
- Part of school, college and office (captain as well) football and basketball teams.
- Formed the KPMG sports team with the help of a Director of a separate division whom I met during my first introduction session at KPMG. Participated and won (silver and gold) in Cry Sports meet for corporates.
- Helped sell tihar jail inmates products (jute bags, lunch boxes) to employees at various companies .

5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
- Chartered Accountant. In dilemma regarding CFA. It is an expensive course so I want to be perfectly sure about enrolling in it. Still evaluating the pros of doing it vs obtaining a CPA degree or becoming a member of ICAEW. Also, not yet decided whether to enrol for the December level 1 exam (if at all) or June 2013.

6) Your target programs.
- FT MBA at INSEAD (Sep13 intake)
- International MBA at IE (April13 intake)
- FT MBA at HEC Paris (Sep13 intake)
- FT MBA at HKUST
- PGP at ISB (Apr13 intake)

7) Your post-MBA goal.
- To be engaged in M&A consulting primarily focused on Information, Communication and Entertainment sectors in Asia/Europe.


You have a competitive profile for HKUST, IE, and ISB. If you also have an international component to your work experience -- evidence of an "international outlook" in INSEAD's words, then you have a competitive profile for INSEAD, and HEC too (provided you meet the language requirements there).

Best,
Linda Abraham
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Re: Profile evaluation and CFA dilemma [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2012, 02:15
Thanks for your reply.

In terms of 'international outlook', although I have not had the opportunity to go on professional trips abroad but do have personal visits to add to my profile. However, I have worked with foreign clients albeit on their business ventures in India and interacted with them only on mail/calls.

I got it confirmed from both HEC and INSEAD regarding my language requirements. I do not need to take a language test. As far as the Insead three language policy is concerned, I comply with it. I know english, hindi (native) and German (High school as well as language course).

Finally, other than what is stated above, could you also help me whether I should opt for a longer term MBA than 10 months as I intend to switch laterally from my current employment. Also, if so which schools should I be looking at?

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Re: Profile evaluation and CFA dilemma [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2012, 22:24
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ShalabhAr wrote:
Thanks for your reply.

In terms of 'international outlook', although I have not had the opportunity to go on professional trips abroad but do have personal visits to add to my profile. However, I have worked with foreign clients albeit on their business ventures in India and interacted with them only on mail/calls.

I got it confirmed from both HEC and INSEAD regarding my language requirements. I do not need to take a language test. As far as the Insead three language policy is concerned, I comply with it. I know english, hindi (native) and German (High school as well as language course).

Finally, other than what is stated above, could you also help me whether I should opt for a longer term MBA than 10 months as I intend to switch laterally from my current employment. Also, if so which schools should I be looking at?

Thanks


Given that you are planning a career change, I suggest a program that includes an internship. If you start in INSEAD's January term, it includes an internship, but is still of fairly short duration. The internship is important.

Given your personal travel and multi-cultural interactions, you should be able to make a case for a global or at least multi-cultural perspective and experience.

Best,
Linda
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Re: Profile evaluation and CFA dilemma [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2012, 09:55
Thanks for your helpful replies and your time Linda. Really appreciate it. :)
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Re: Profile evaluation and CFA dilemma [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2012, 13:44
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ShalabhAr wrote:
Thanks for your helpful replies and your time Linda. Really appreciate it. :)


You're most welcome.
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Re: Profile evaluation and CFA dilemma [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2012, 07:24
Shalabh - Just noticed that you completed your CA in 2010 and have shown your experience at KPMG as 38 months. I am not sure how it works, as per my understanding only the post qualification experience is considered by the schools.

Can you / somebody else throw some more light on this?
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