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Concentration: Marketing, Healthcare
GMAT 1: 760 Q51 V41
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Profile Evaluation - Indian Female 760 GMAT [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2014, 14:33
Hi!

Could you please help me evaluate my profile and advise on target schools:

Background:
Indian female
24 years old (25 at the time of matriculation)

GMAT :
760 (Q51, V41, IR8, AWA 5)

Education :
Btech in Civil Engineering from IIT Roorkee (CGPA: 7.3/10)
3 awards for best all round girl student displaying outstanding proficiency, conduct,excellence in academic performance, extra curricular activities and social service

Work Experience:

2 years (3 years at the time of matriculation) with ZS Associates (US based sales and marketing consulting firm)

Working as a Business Analytics Associate Consultant on market research projects in various geographical markets spanning across 6 countries from Asia and North America with cross office teams from 4 office locations (Princeton, Toronto, New Delhi, Shanghai). Started as an Associate, promoted to Associate Consultant in 2 years (faster than the average).

Few details of my work:
1. Implemented process streamlining and automation and reduced project's execution time by ~25%
2. Managed multiple projects and mentored junior associates on the team
3. Ran the first project on a new analytics tool at ZS with a team of 4 members and 3 vendors
4. Conducted training for the senior management to help them assess pros and cons of the new tool and contributed in set up of a plan for efficient transition

Other roles at ZS (not work related):
1.Took a lead at creating and conducting case study interviews for hiring experts for a new tool (for transition process)
2.Sponsorship lead of Analytics team under new employee sponsorship program. Managed 17 team members to help 47 new campus hires for smooth transition from college life to professional life.
3.Formulated a basketball team at ZS, entered a corporate tournament and bagged 4th position

Extra Curricular Activities:
1.Sports: Captain of the college basketball team. Led the team through various tournaments, winning 5 medals (including a first ever gold in inter IIT Sports Meet and a silver in a State Basketball tournament)
2.Volunteer Work: Member of National Service Scheme in college. Taught mathematics to kids from financially weak backgrounds. Participated in trips to nearby villages to spread awareness for requirement of girl education.
3.Member of sponsorship cell of college sports festival. Gathered 100 thousand INR worth sponsorship for the festival. Also co-coordinator of an event in the college technical festival
4.Member of college news magazine run by students and trekking club

Applying for 2015 fall intake

Post MBA Goal: Higher consulting/Managerial role in market research sector

Target Schools: Any school where I can get some scholarship to offset the tuition fees. (I belong to a middle class Indian family and wish to return to my country and work, so I am short on the money I can invest)

I want to know for which schools would my profile be a fit. Also, I would prefer a lower rank school if I can manage some sort of partial/full scholarship to offset the tuition fees.

Thanks a lot! :)
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Indian Female 760 GMAT [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2014, 23:32
Hi Guys,

Could you please provide me some inputs regarding this?

It will be really helpful!
Regards,
Gursheen
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Indian Female 760 GMAT [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2014, 20:09
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Hi Gursheen--

Thanks for posting, and thanks for your patience-- July 4th is the US Independence day/national holiday so it was a long holiday weekend over here. ;)

First of all CONGRATS on the outstanding GMAT! Truly impressive and will help you stand out initially.

You have a solid profile in many ways.

Some of your strengths based on the info provided:

-GMAT
-recognition through your academics
-market research experience and exposure (not typical of the average Indian engineering grad)
-international experience and exposure (not quite clear where your job was based and whether travel was involved, but still)
-project management experience and quantifiable accomplishments
-taking a lead on various initiatives (seem like someone who would be involved on campus, for example)
-some community volunteering
-schools are looking for qualified female applicants

I wouldn't say you have any huge weaknesses per se... but you could strengthen your description of your goals and overall reason/rationale for applying to b-school in the first place (after all... that is the entire point of your applications, right?! ;) ). You will also have fewer than average years of work experience, so you'll want to do two things... 1) emphasize that the QUALITY of your experience is strong and it's not just about quantity of experience, and 2) show how and why NOW is the right time for you to go to b-school (vs working another year or two).

Depending upon your essays and applications etc, you could be considered at most top global programs... that said, top 5 or so in the US are extremely competitive. Your best shot is likely in the 6-15-ish range (very roughly), keeping in mind that as you indicated, slightly lower ranked programs will be more likely to offer a scholarship. You can begin researching scholarship and financial aid statistics now, on school websites and through school financial aid offices. Be sure to apply early/first round as most scholarships are given out early. For more on choosing schools, check out our free download at: http://info.mbamission.com/Selecting-Yo ... ram-E-Book.

Let us know what other q's you have and how we can help. We are also available by phone if you decide at any point, for a free 30 minute consultation, you would register at http://www.mbamission.com/consult.php. And/or feel free to continue to chat here. Good luck to you!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Indian Female 760 GMAT [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2014, 22:29
Thanks Jen for your feedback.

I was planning to have a mix of school as follows: Kellogg, Ross, Anderson, Kenan Flagler, McCombs, NUS, Rotman, ISB

Let me know if it sounds realistic as per my credentials.

Regards,
Gursheen
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Indian Female 760 GMAT [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2014, 13:03
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Hi Gursheen,

I think your list sounds appropriate given your credentials, sure thing. Kellogg will be the most challenging but always nice to include a challenge; Anderson is also pretty selective in terms of acceptance rate. The biggest challenge will be-- do you plan to apply to all of those. I won't say it's impossible, but 3-4 schools is common... sometimes up to 6.... just be careful not to sacrifice QUALITY of your apps for pure quantity... you do need to tailor each app and set of essays to each school, which can take time. Each application should look like it's the ONLY one you submit ;).... to that school, it is!! Also keep in mind you'll need that many letters of rec too! ;)

I am excited for you thought for this process!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Indian Female 760 GMAT [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2014, 22:45
Hi Jen,

Thanks for your feedback!

I understand the amount of effort which would go in, which is making me think that I should probably reduce the number of schools I am targeting (maybe come down to 6). I started off with a 9 but it seems slightly impossible now :S

Top 6 for me would be: Kellogg, Ross, NUS, Kenan Flagler, Rotman, ISB

First 3 in R1 and rest in R2.I hope that works out for me :D
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Indian Female 760 GMAT [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2014, 18:02
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Sounds like a plan. Keep me posted for sure on everything, and let us know if we can help further. Good luck, excited for you!
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