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1) Brief description of full-time work experience - 5 yrs work ex till now. 2.5 yrs in marketing analytics advising pharma companies of US & UK in promotion response modeling, sales force effectiveness solutions etc. (Includes 6 months of leadership experience) 2.5 yrs in quant finance in derivatives and risk domain. (Includes 1 yr of leadership experience in Big 4 firm, currently in an individual contributor role in a Bulge Bracket IB) 2) Your GMAT.- 760(Q50,V42) 3) College info: IIT Delhi, BTech+MTech, Maths & Computing. Low GPA 4) Significant college extra-curricular activities and some community service, with some leadership experience and awards as well. Was hostel representative, Festivals co-ordinator for both Cultural & technical fests, Actively involved in Dramatics events. Not much Extra-curric post college though. 5) CFA (Level 3 candidate), FRM 6) Schools Reach - Booth(R2) & Kellogg(R2), Medium- Stern (R1) & Tuck(EA/R1) , Safety - Cornell (R2) & Darden(R1)
Please assess if this selection is appropriate. 7)Post MBA- Goals First Priority - Invesment management roles - short term goal to start of as a Research analyst in Buy side/Sell side & then move on to be a Portfolio manager (Target companies Fidelity, ING,BlackRock,PIMCO) Alternative Goal - General mgmt./Rotational dev programs in Industry (Something like Cargill would be ideal which combines Industry sector opportunities & Risk management opportunities), Work in Corp Strategy/Corp Fin roles for a while, Develop Sector knowledge and then try to move in a Investment Management role maybe in IFC in World Bank. So basically any career track which gives me enough sector knowledge mixed with financial valuation skills which I can translate into Investment arena
Your work experience is quite strong. Five years is right in the “sweet spot” when it comes to MBA applications, and it appears that you have been at strong, well-recognized international firms. However, I think that you will need to clearly convey to the AdComs your job progression from marketing analytics pharma to quant derivatives to i-banking. I would not use quant alone as the theme as this will then bucket you with thousands of other applicants with just strong quant profiles. My team at Stratus Prep and I find it is more successful to try and tie together various jobs like this strategically or thematically. It takes a lot more work on your and our part, but it tends to be a lot more successful.
It sounds like you have a clear idea of where you want to be long-term, but for your application you will want to narrow down your short-term goals so you don't have those two different options (except for at schools that specifically ask for two alternatives). Especially since you already run the risk of appearing a bit unfocused given you prior work experience.
Given your strong interest in finance, as a target-stretch, I would consider Wharton and Columbia (but be aware that Columbia requires a US co-signer for student loans for international students so if that is not possible, it may not be a good fit for you). Also, I think that you are being a little too conservative with your schools choices. Even with a lower GPA and few post college extracurriculars, you have gone to an IIT, have compelling work experience (if it is packaged correctly), and a high GMAT. At Stratus Prep, we have helped applicants from India with profiles such as this into top 3 schools in the US (including some from India with an equivalent of a 2.9 last year who we helped into Wharton).
Thanks Shawn! That's a detailed analysis and I quite like it. Yes, I have omitted CBS for the reasons you mentioned and the way I am planing right now is after I have applied to a mix of schools(3-4) in R1, I would make changes to the target list based on the feedback I get.
I would reach out to you pretty in some time to see how can we work together.I would certainly like to take a shot at Wharton/Booth in R2.