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Profile Evaluation (Indian Male- non-IT/engg)

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Profile Evaluation (Indian Male- non-IT/engg) [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2014, 00:28
Hello, thanks for doing this.

I am a 27 year old Indian male currently based out of Singapore.

Undergrad- IU Kelley- 3.3 GPA ; Major- Finance and Econ
Grad School: Master's in Finance- WUSTL Olin- 3.8 GPA
CFA Level 3 candidate
GMAT: 710 (46Q 42v)

Internships during undergrad:
- Real Estate finance at a large REIT based out of Chicago
- Internal Strategy Consulting at a big real estate firm again based out of Chicago

ECs during undergrad:
- Director of Strategy for a club, Treasurer for another and International Student Ambassador for the school.

Work Exp. between undergrad and grad school: 8 months of working in the family business as a business development associate. During this time I helped in acquiring one new contract, exploring different market sectors and also restructuring some of the debt. The business is a construction business with real estate and infrastructure contracts with a revenue of over $17 MM p.a.

WE after grad school: 2 years in equity research as a research associate at a large bank in Singapore.
- My coverage was mostly industrial firms.
- Was ranked as a top research associate during my time there.

1 years at a hedge fund/PE (3bn AUM) in Singapore focused on SE Asia and long growth equities. (Current job)
- In a client facing role of advising and helping clients to find solutions directly.
- In this role, I have met with a lot of high level executives and made a few good contacts. One of them would definitely write me a great recommendation.


Extra-curriculars: Don't have much time for this.
- I am still involved in the family business as in an advisory capacities. This work usually takes up 7-10 hrs a week.
- Manage a portfolio of $60,000 by myself. Started out with only 30k about three years ago.
- Write for a local financial websites about macro-investing strategies to make money out of macro shocks in the market.

My weakness might be that all my extra curriculars are kinda in sync with my work or skills.

Goals: The true reason for applying to MBA programs would be build a network, work on my soft skills, get a solid education, a change of scenery, and most importantly a change of career in the US

Post-MBA goals would be a corp. dev or strategy job.

Schools:
1) Kellogg
2) Booth
3) Michigan
4) Darden
5) Duke
6) UNC
7) Kelley (Safety?)

As you see from the school choices, I am partial to the Midwest and big sports schools particularly the Big Ten and then the ACC. :)
Going to apply R1 this year for FALL 2015 entry.

Really wanna start a life in the US now. Spent a quite a few years there, quite fond of the place and still have many good friends there.

Thank you.
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Re: Profile Evaluation (Indian Male- non-IT/engg) [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2014, 02:27
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Your profile gives the idea of person very strong in finance. GMAT score of 710 and undergraduate GPA of 3.3 maybe a little less for some of your target schools, but being a CFA Level 3 candidate certainly offsets whatever academic weakness your profile has.

Having 4 years of work experience is a great time to apply to pursue an MBA. All your work experience looks amazing, but were you in a leadership role in the 4 years? Leadership experience is very important to business schools. Since yo work experience is so finance focused, you should not have any problem if you've had some leadership experience.

Your extra-curriculars are in sync with your work/skills, but that does not make it a weakness. It shows your love for finance and the focus on your career goals. A lot depends on how you present this in your application. Your list of schools is good and all schools are within reach.

R1 would be the best time to apply, so start working on your application and essays. Try to get your application verified by an alumnus of atleast one of your target schools.

You can get some application and interview tips by alumni of your target schools at : http://www.interviewbay.com/interview-tips.php

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Re: Profile Evaluation (Indian Male- non-IT/engg) [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2014, 08:35
Thank you for your evaluation. I appreciate it a lot. I should have the CFA charter by the time I matriculate. I am taking Level three in June. About leadership experience at my job there was not much opportunities for leadership really. But there were a couple of projects where I assumed leadership roles. At the current job I am the 3rd guy in a team of 5 so the other 2 guys listen to what I have to say most of the time. HAHA! :-D
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