Would be really thankful if you can help evaluate my profile.
Background: 24 year old male from India.
GMAT: 770 (Q51,V44). AWA - 5, IR -8
Academics - Consistently finished in the Top 3 of the class in my school and received a President's Gold Medal for consistent outstanding performance. Took part in a number of state level and national level olympiads.
College: Bachelor of Engineering(Electronics and Communication) from IIT Roorkee, India. Graduated in 2010 with a CGPA of 8.05(On a scale of 10). Was in Top 10 in a class of 45 students.
Work Experience: 25 months as on today. Working as a Consultant in one of the Big 4 professional services firms. Worked in various teams offering broad services towards security and privacy.Took ownership of threads and collaborated directly with clients in almost all projects.
1. Took part in various Olympiads at regional, state and national levels getting ranks in Top 20.
2. Recipient of prestigious NTSE(Merit based National level scholarship awarded to around 1500 students for pursuing education in basic sciences) and CBSE scholarships(Awarded to first 350 rankholders in a national level examination)
3. Part of Inter Year and Inter Hostel Basketball teams, winner of Intra Hostel TT tournament
4. Winner of various events organized in the Technical fest of college.
5. In charge of managing a few events in an annual Hostel event.
Social Work - Member of National Service Scheme during college for one year. Participated in various activities including giving free classes to students in the area, college-wide waste newspaper collections etc.
Target Schools: London Business School, Ross, Chicago Booth, Columbia, Wharton
Post MBA Goal: After an MBA I want to get into strategy consulting.
1. What are the schools for which I can realistically aim at?
2. How much would a work ex on the lower end be a factor in my application ?
3. Would LBS specifically be a good fit for me?
Your help would truly be appreciated!!
Thanks for your post.
Your relative lack of work experience will be a factor and should be one in choosing your programs. To answer your questions:
1. You should aim for schools that are more welcoming to younger applicants and that support your goals. Consider HBS, Stanford, Chicago, UCLA, Darden, CMU Tepper, and Columbia.
2. It should be a factor for you in choosing where to apply. Despite your stellar scores, if you want to increase your chances of acceptance aim for those programs where you are more likely to fit based on multiple criteria including amount of experience.
3. I don't think it would be a good fit because it generally trends older. Again, your other qualifications are impressive and it's possible LBS (or other programs that trend older) will be so impressed by what you have accomplished that they will admit you despite your age. But that's harder.
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