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Profile evaluation for School selection [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2012, 01:49
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!!
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Re: Profile evaluation for School selection [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2012, 14:46
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Wow! Congrats on the GMAT - that is a very impressive score!!

Your academic profile is stellar - a 770 GMAT + very top scores in undergrad from IIT. Great work in this dimensions.

Work experience: on the lower end in terms of experience, as you are already aware. Business schools care more about quality not quantity, though, so it really depends on the depth and breadth of your leadership experience over those two years. If you can demonstrate that you have strong leadership capacity, that you've been consistently promoted and taken on more and more leadership responsibility over time, that's great. It's just harder to prove that after two years on the job.... you could benefit from waiting a year to apply and working to take on more leadership roles in the mean time.

Extracurricular: Some potential stories from undergraduate years but nothing really stand out. Also, nothing from post-grad years, which could also be something you work on if you decide to wait a year to apply.

Community: ad-hoc experience in college, but nothing since then.

So, the biggest gaps in your profile are your lack of strong extracurricular and community experience, and a lack of strong professional leadership experience (based on what I am inferring from below). All that said, your academics and your consulting background at a Big 4 could help you overcome those weaknesses. I think Ross, LBS and Booth are realistic targets -- I'd say that Columbia and Wharton you'd be a wildcard candidate (your strong GMAT makes it worth a shot, but your weaknesses might prevail at these schools). I'd also add a safety school to your list like Darden. LBS would be a reasonable fit, I think, given that international programs tend to weight community/extracurriculars slightly less than U.S. programs.

Good luck!

Mili Mittal
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