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Profile evaluation, Indian Male Non-IT [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2011, 12:25
Hey

I am a 23 year old male from India, though not in the dreaded IT category! I am planning to apply for fall 2012. Please evaluate my profile as per below:

Work experience (total 40 months as of Sep 2012):
1.) JP Morgan Investment Bank - (Feb 2010 - present)
Analyst, Middle East Advisory
# Started this team in JP Morgan, India
# Single member team in India with other team members in Dubai, Riyadh, Paris and London
# Have worked on 5 deals as of now (including M&A, IPO and Advisory), with two >US$500 million. Worked with several high profile clients in telecom, fashion, Private Equity and construction industry.
# International exposure - visited my team's headquarters in Dubai for 3.5 months (youngest ever in my division to get this opportunity, within 3 months)
# Continuous promotions with exceptional rating, can get great recos from international guys.
# Mentored and led interns and junior Analysts in India and London

2.) UBS Investment Bank (May 2009-Jan 2010)
Analyst, Oil & Gas team
Worked on one IPO. Shifted to JP Morgan owing to a Management buy out of my division.

3.) Woodstock Events, Event and Artist management company (June 2010 - present)
Founder Partner
My own start up (work parallel to JPM), have managed and organised 2 events until now, and 3 in pipeline. Major ones being:
# Metal festival with 7 indian and 2 international bands (from UK and France), total attendance of over 500, sponsorship and corporate tieups, and celebrity presence.
# Fund raising for a micro finance NGO - a play and concert, total attendance around 400, high celeb presence
# Pipeline includes movie festival and music events for the cultural festival for a top 3 Indian B-school
# Part time because of lack of confidence and resources (network, capital) to pursue it full time.

Education
# Mechanical Engineer, BITS Pilani (top 5 engineering institute in India)
# GPA 3.0
# Excellent leadership and extra currics - started the debating society and initiated several international tie-ups. high level of international and national level event management, right from initiation to management. Have headed technical, cultural, debating and theater societies

Extra-curriculars
# 1 Patent pending approval
# Scripted and directed a play for fund raising, casting poor children for their sponsorship
# Tutored the workers at my internship company (Gabriel Ltd) in Physics, Chemistry and Maths for their distance learning education
# Published poet and writer for my alumni magazine
# Presented Paper on 'Distorted Mirrors'
# Member, Indian Mathematics Society and Toastmasters

Scores:
# GMAT - 710 (50,35)
# TOEFL - 113

Languages known - English, Hindi, French and Spanish

Post MBA plans:
# Pursuing Event Management full time. Felt the need of a stronger business acumen, network and credentials for getting sponsors and investors. Prime reasons for pursuing an MBA and for not pursuing Event management full time now. Will leverage the diverse pragmatic learnings of industry & company strategy, and market & investor dynamics from my IB experience + Better business acumen, network and credentials from MBA

Target schools:
Strong diversity focus - INSEAD, LBS, Tuck, Kellogg and HEC. Would appreciate any suggestions on my list.

Queries:
# Profile evaluation for above schools and college suggestions
# Should I retake my GMAT, given I am a young applicant ?
# Would the extreme diversity - Mechanical Engineering + I-banking + Event management be viewed negatively ? If yes, can it be offset ?

Many thanks for your help. Really appreciate it :)
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Re: Profile evaluation, Indian Male Non-IT [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2011, 15:54
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What is up my friend. Jon Frank here, at your service. Gosh, lots to talk about eh? Well...let's get into it.

Now, I do like your list of schools. It seems a bit...random tho bro. I mean, why did you choose these schools? What do you wanna do when you grow up? Give me a bit more input on your career goals (and how they tie to your past, which I now understand very well) and I can help there for sure.

Events management? Ermmm, I dont like it. Doesnt sound important enough. I mean dont get me wrong bro, do it if you want to. But...dont tell the adcom that thats your plan. I mean you dont need an MBA for that, really. Or at least thats what the adcom will think. Go back to banking, asset management...something of that nature. This will make you MUCH less risky. I mean...what IS events management anyway? : ) If I dont know, thats a red flag right there man.

And secondly, do you think that you COULD increase your GMAT if you tried? If yes, then retake the test dude. Why not--at 730, you are in the race for Kellogg etc. At 700-710, less so. Sad, but true. And those scores, year to year, only increase...

So to answer your final question, your diversity of experience would be a liability for you...unless you TIE it together. Go with banking man, stick with your current strengths. THAT is your most logical story. "I tried all these things, but now finally I am happy." Or at least close.

That will solve your problems, and take LOTS of risk off the table. Events management....scares me. And it will scare the adcom too dude...

Hope this helps my friend, and GOOD LUCK!
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Re: Profile evaluation, Indian Male Non-IT [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2011, 22:35
Hi Jon/Raj

Thanks for the feedback. I really appreciate your honest and straightforward opinions.

Sincere apologies, i should have been clearer about my aims
1.) Short term career goals - PE/VC
2.) Long term - Still not decided between Finance and Event management

My choice of schools is primarily based on the diversity, thats why not looking at a lot of US schools (67% US students in most schools). INSEAD, LBS and HEC for that reason, Tuck being known for its small class sizes and great bonding, and Kellogg I added as a dream. :)

Regarding GMAT - Are there any means to offset it ? My workex is highly analytical and technical. and i am also a member of MENSA.

Would it help if I show Event management as an extra curricular activity, pursual of hobby etc ? I do have some great stories to tell about my event management experience, so I don't know if i can do justice to it.

Also, based on my clearer aims, and fresh portrayal of Event management, how would you evaluate my profile for the selected colleges ? Any suggestions are most welcome.
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Re: Profile evaluation, Indian Male Non-IT [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2011, 14:50
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Hey dude.

Now sadly, you wont get any credit for Mensa. For better or for worse, our friends at AdComs wont give credit for that. And also, did you read our post about VC and PE as short term goals? : ( Seems like not...that is very risky indeed.

Im not feelin it yet on the apps dude. I wish I were--drop a line personally if youd like, we can dig in a bit deeper together.

But both events management and PE are...a bit lackluster Im afraid...

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