Thanks for your post. I am really excited to be able to share my thoughts with you.
At Stratus Prep
, we have extensive experience working with finance professionals in India. In fact, one of our clients in this sector from the 2011-2012 cycle was accepted to Wharton with lower overall numbers than yours.
Overall, I think that your profile is strong and that you should consider adding some more stretch schools. However, it is important to note that in the US, Canada, and Europe, your essays and recommendations are some of the most important components of your application, thus to best position yourself for success at those stretch schools, you may want to consider retaining an admissions consultant.
Your work experience sounds quite strong. It is just important to be sure that you don’t simply overemphasize your deal experience but also demonstrate the development of your soft skills and leadership potential which is critical for success in MBA admissions.
I would not worry about your international exposure. I think that it is sufficient. I also think your masters from Britain will help but you just need to be sure to make a good case for why the MBA in your essays since you already have a grad degree in finance. This can easily and effectively done, but again is an example of how an expert might be helpful to you.
To evaluate your GMAT score, it would also be helpful to know the breakdown between the math and the verbal. Since your score is just a bit on the low side for top schools, I might consider retaking. Stratus Prep
offers virtual tutoring that has proven very helpful to GMAT test takers abroad. We just had one of our students in Beijing score a 730. However, even if your GMAT does not increase, I think that you can be competitive this cycle with your current profile, especially since we have seen University of Mumbai graduates be quite successful in the American/European MBA admissions game.
Your social involvement is also impressive. We had another client a couple of years ago who did similar work in Rajasthan and as a result was admitted to HBS. Keep up the good work on that front.
Based on my experience, you have sufficient experience to apply to the British as well as American schools. I might just consider adding a few other leading finance schools such as Columbia, for example.
If you land a position in a top firm for after graduation, you are unlikely to face major visa issues. Currently the H1-B visa situation in the US is very hospitable (probably a bit more hospitable than the comparable visa in Europe).
As I mentioned previously, the Stratus Prep
team and I do a lot of work with Indian finance professionals and are confident that we could help you maximize your chances of getting into the schools of your choice. If you would like to speak further about how our services could be of assistance to you, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
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