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Profile evaluation :: Consulting 3 years :: 720 GMAT

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Joined: 12 Jan 2013
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Concentration: Strategy, Operations
GMAT 1: 720 Q49 V40
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Profile evaluation :: Consulting 3 years :: 720 GMAT [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2013, 10:19
Hi, I am a 26 years old Indian with 3 years experience in management (Strategy & Operations) consulting. Having worked for 2 start-ups, I had the opportunity to lead several engagements independently. I also received a ‘partner commendation for outstanding contribution’ for one engagement.

My GMAT score isn’t all that great -720 (Q49, V40)

I pursued my undergrad in computer science engineering from the international campus of a top 10 engineering college in India (Bits – Pilani, Dubai). My Undergrad GPA is 3.1 (7.76/10).

No significant extracurricular activities at college level. However, I was part of the organizing team for our college sports fest. I am currently on the leadership team of our Alumni organization (Voluntary role). I play some tennis at club level (nothing spectacular though!)

I aspire to pursue my MBA from a top-10 B-school. I intend to apply during Round 1 for 2014 intake. Do I stand a chance?

Post my MBA I’d like to work for a large consulting firm for some time. I find this line of work to be very exciting and challenging. Although daunting at times, the work is very dynamic and the lifestyle is pretty fascinating.

My problem is that I haven’t really worked for any big names. All my work experience is at start-up firms, which handle small and medium clients. Will this be a setback for my candidature? Also, my present firm isn’t doing all that well. Consequently, I have been idling for quite some time now. 

So, where do I stand? Please Advise!

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Re: Profile evaluation :: Consulting 3 years :: 720 GMAT [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2013, 03:15
Thanks for the posting.

Based on what you present, the problem is not that you worked for a company that is not well known - but that your grades and extra-curricular activities and community service profile are not competitive with T-10 levels. If you put your mind to it, you can change the community service profile, but the grades are still going to hold you back.

I know there is a strong desire to attend a T-10 program and take advantage of the strong recruiting. However, many schools from T-11 to T-30 also have very good recruiting programs and if you do well and are proactive about your career, you will be able to obtain a position in strategy consulting. Programs at this level are much more likely for you, although not guaranteed. To be admitted, you are going to have to still submit compelling applications including strong essays, recommendations, resumes and perform well on your interview. This is not an area of your candidacy that you should take lightly and you need to invest the time, energy and resources to make sure that it is compelling and properly reflects your background, goals and motivations.

Good luck.

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Re: Profile evaluation :: Consulting 3 years :: 720 GMAT   [#permalink] 02 Apr 2013, 03:15
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