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Profile Evaluation for an Indian,Male,760 with mixed work ex [#permalink]
06 Sep 2012, 06:42
1) Brief description of full-time work experience - 5 yrs work ex till now. 2.5 yrs in marketing analytics advising pharma companies of US & UK in promotion response modeling, sales force effectiveness solutions etc. (Includes 6 months of leadership experience) 2.5 yrs in quant finance in derivatives and risk domain. (Includes 1 yr of leadership experience in Big 4 firm, currently in an individual contributor role in a Bulge Bracket IB) 2) Your GMAT.- 760(Q50,V42) 3) College info: IIT Delhi, BTech+MTech, Maths & Computing. Low GPA 4) Significant college extra-curricular activities and some community service, with some leadership experience and awards as well. Was hostel representative, Festivals co-ordinator for both Cultural & technical fests, Actively involved in Dramatics events. Not much Extra-curric post college though. 5) CFA (Level 3 candidate), FRM 6) Schools Reach - Booth(R2) & Kellogg(R2), Medium- Stern (R1) & Tuck(EA/R1) , Safety - Cornell (R2) & Darden(R1)
Please assess if this selection is appropriate. 7)Post MBA- Goals First Priority - Invesment management roles - short term goal to start of as a Research analyst in Buy side/Sell side & then move on to be a Portfolio manager (Target companies Fidelity, ING,BlackRock,PIMCO) Alternative Goal - General mgmt./Rotational dev programs in Industry (Something like Cargill would be ideal which combines Industry sector opportunities & Risk management opportunities), Work in Corp Strategy/Corp Fin roles for a while, Develop Sector knowledge and then try to move in a Investment Management role maybe in IFC in World Bank. So basically any career track which gives me enough sector knowledge mixed with financial valuation skills which I can translate into Investment arena
You've got a really strong profile: despite your low GPA, you've got a great GMAT score and certifications which should compensate for it. Your professional experience is very interesting - you've already made one big career change and your more recent roles lend themselves to your career narrative very well. Sounds like you'll have a load of professional leadership stories to draw from. The only real gap in your profile, as you've pointed out, is your lack of post-college community and extracurricular leadership. I think you'll be able to over come this though, given the strength of the other dimensions and the fact that you were active in college. Still, I would consider thinking through your personal stories over the past 3-5 years to see if there is anything in there that will demonstrate your passions/interests/character. They want to know WHO you are, not just what you do. Sounds like you're already aware of this!
Your school targets look pretty balanced to me. I think if you can execute your application well, you'll see some good results with this mix of schools. I might suggest Columbia in place of Kellogg based on your finance interest, but just a thought - I'm sure you have other criteria you're considering, so feel free to ignore me on that one