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Profile Evaluation - Please advise [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 04:51
I will be taking GMAT next month and am expecting a score b/w 680-720 as per current mocks.

My profile is as follows:

Education:

BTech in CSE from IPU (2009)
CFA level 1 (CFA Institute, USA) dec,2010.
CFA level 2 band 10 (not cleared) june, 2011.
Would be taking CFA level 2 again in June, 2012.
NSE certified market professional level 1.
NCFM certifications:
i. CDSL
ii. Portfolio management (97.5%)
iii. Option Trading Strategies (92.5 %)

Other achievments:
Rank 277 National Science olympiad (Science Olympiad Foundation), 2000
rank 69 in SMO (Indian Mathematical Olympiads Foundation), 2002

No notable extra curricular

Work Ex.

Standard Chartered Bank (Customer Service Executive) 5 months
TCS (Analyst) 2 yrs 8 months by Aug 2012
Worked with following clients in TCS as Analyst:
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs
Citibank, Singapore

Areas of interest:
Strategy based trading in derivatives.Have been trading for around 4 yrs now with occasional breaks.

I am not sure which colleges should I target based on aforementioned score and profile.

What I am looking for is post graduation in Finance from the best college within reach in accordance with my profile and GMAT score range. I am really interested in investments side and it would be really great if someone could help me with some relevant colleges.

The colleges I have in mind are: ISB, NUS, UCLA.
My dream colleges are : Chicago Booth, Columbia, Wharton. NYU - Stern is one college I would like to evaluate my chances for.

Please guide on some (both "worth taking a call" as well as "safe") colleges.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Please advise [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 19:44
Why UCLA?

For schools like ISB, NUS, etc. I'm sure you'll be fine as long as your GMAT is in range (+/- 20 points within their average) and your essays don't suck.

However, the top 16 US schools are going to be a huge stretch based on what you wrote. To be honest, all I see is math, math and more math. That will cause most adcoms concern about your ability to work well with people. Keep in mind that b-school isn't a math contest, and it's business really is not about quant/analytics (even in finance - that's for the junior employees; the partners and leaders in a firm are all about people - managing them, raising money from investors, etc.).

It's hard to say. It comes down to whether you can convince an adcom that you're as good with people as you are with numbers.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Please advise [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2011, 03:40
Thanks Alex,

I am working with TCS as business Analyst and my job profile encompasses of interacting with people across the globe (right now I am looking after South East Asia region) and coordinate meetings and discussions to extract relevant information. I am sure I would be able to get a good LOR from my seniors sitting in Singapore.

The reason, I mentioned all the bullet points in my profile was that I wanted to ask particulary about would my work exp being on lower side impact my chances at colleges like Stern? I am looking forward to mba in financial instruments and markets from Stern.
And also would I be able to bridge that gap via certifications that I have mentioned ?
How strong chances do I have for aforementioned?
Re: Profile Evaluation - Please advise   [#permalink] 25 Oct 2011, 03:40
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