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Profile Evaluation - Indian Sell Side

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Joined: 20 Apr 2012
Posts: 23
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Economics
GMAT 1: 720 Q48 V42
GPA: 3.32
WE: Analyst (Mutual Funds and Brokerage)
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Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 3

Profile Evaluation - Indian Sell Side [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2012, 20:58
Profile Info:
Indian Male/25 years old/ Engineering + Finance background

Education:
B Tech in Production Engineering (3.3/4 GPA from an NIT - one notch below the IITs)
Cleared 2 levels of CFA; Would be done with 3 levels at the time of application.

GMAT: 720 (q48, v41)

Work Experience:
18 months as an engineer in Tata Motors - responsibilities were in installation and commissioning of a new project at two different locations in India. Led teams of 200+ operators.
30 months (by the time I start MBA) as a sell-side analyst - Auto Sector

Extracurricular activities:
Plenty in college - Convener of college tech fest, chief editor of magazine, secretary of hostel etc.
After college - Nothing. Been busy with CFA etc. First job was north of 72 hours a week (which is responsible for a rapid learning experience)

Career Goals: Fundamental long/short value hedge fund.

What are my chances at CBS (Value Investing; Early Decision), Wharton, NY Stern, Booth? Will the other schools help achieve my career goals? And any other programs I should target?
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Indian Sell Side [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2012, 09:19
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Hello integraldx, thanks for your question.

As you probably already know, you come from a highly competitive demographic in the MBA applicant pool. Your 720 GMAT score is solid, but it would not move the needle as much as it would otherwise, for this reason.

I think those programs are reaches – with Stern being slightly easier – but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth applying!

Your competitiveness will ultimately come down to the quality of your leadership experience in and out of work. Can you draw upon “moments” when you truly led: influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative? The fact that you have sell-side and engineering experience could work in your favor by giving you a unique range stories that your demographic peers might not have.

In terms of extracurricular activities, what you’ve done more recently has more weight than what you did in university/school. I know working a lot of hours makes it hard to engage in activities outside of work, but at these schools you will be competing against folks who work that much and also have found a way to engage outside of work, as well.

In summary, I think you might reach for those schools but also mitigate the risk by applying to some programs a tier lower.

Best of luck,
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