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I would really appreciate if the experts here can evaluate my profile, thanks.
I am Vaibhav, Indian male, an engineer by qualification but have never worked in IT or engineering related roles. Below is the snapshot of my profile.
GMAT : 680 (Q49, V34)
Experience : 5.5+ years
Profile : Currently a business consultant, helping an American Social enterprise to set-up India and Bangladesh operations. 1.5 years - Earlier - Business Head for a retail company and helped them set up a retail sore network Also worked in strategy consulting, sales and business development with same organisation 2- year full time teaching fellow with a leading NGO, taught full time in a school in a slum community in Mumbai 1.5 years - Global management trainee in worlds biggest sourcing and trading company, worked in India, Hong Kong and China
10th : 70% 12th : 75% B.Teach : 71%
Companies : Two of them very well known, other 2 relatively unknown Other work- consultant to another social enterprise, also founder of an international(South Asia) conference series - topic: Peace
Strength : Diverse experience, can actually show a need of academic degree, extensive work as a manager and in leadership positions, leadership initiatives, genuine work experience in non-profit sector
Weakness : Low GMAT score, bad academics
Kindly can you please suggest whether I should re appear for the GMAT and try to improve my score or should I go ahead with this score apply
Institutes I am targeting: INSEAD, ISB, XLRI, IIMs ( last three all in India)
Would appreciate help, also if I have breached posting rules or there is some other forum on which I should post please do let me know. Thanks.
It sounds like you have very interesting professional and extracurricular experience. It does seem like you have a narrative around social enterprise/impact, but you have done a fair amount of jumping around in terms of your career path over the past 5+ years. I would be very thoughtful of how you frame those transitions, as it could appear that you are a bit of a "professional wanderer" (which I'm sure you're not!).
Academics are a little weak, I'd agree. And outside of your conference series, I don't see a lot of extracurriculars. I do think it would be worth your while to retake the GMAT if you think there's a chance of improving your score.
In fact I forgot to mention extra curricular activities. I do have a decent list of that 1. won competitions in debating and public speaking at inter college festivals 2 set up an informal schools for girls in local slum community during college 3 consult a few NGOs on Monitoring and evaluation and conduct workshops on the topic as well 4 Love to cycle, recently went from Mumbai to Goa on cycle
Now will all this cover up for Low acads and low GMAT score? I can take the GMAT and realistically score around 720 but not sure if I would want to repeat the whole process again. Thoughts are welcome.
That bike ride must have been amazing! These extracurriculars will help, but hard to say whether it will be enough. I know retaking the GMAT is not a fun idea, but if you really think you can get a 720, I'd advise you to go for it!