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Profile evaluation - Exp:consulting, NGO, sourcing, retail [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2013, 04:31
Hello

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.

Vaibhav
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Hi Vaibhav,

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.

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Re: Profile evaluation - Exp:consulting, NGO, sourcing, retail [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2013, 20:20
Thanks Mili, it is very helpful.

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.

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Re: Profile evaluation - Exp:consulting, NGO, sourcing, retail [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2013, 13:47
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Hi -

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!

Best,
Mili
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