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Profile Evaluation! Please Help! [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2013, 01:44
Indian Male, Age- 26

Work Experience- 5+ Years in total.
1 year in the financial services industry as a Financial Analyst and 4+ years as a Senior Manager- Business Development & Strategy at a diversified firm with interests in Textiles, Power and Higher education (most recent job). Also Co-Founded an internet venture in 2006 which I later sold off to the other partners making a decent profit on my investment.

GMAT- 720

College- Cardiff University, Business School. Degree- BSc in Accounting & Finance Result- Upper 2.1 Degree. Topped year 1 and scored a first class in both year 1 and 2 but because of death in the family had issues with my final year grades and hence the upper 2:1. Graduated in 2008.

Treasurer of the Indian society at the B-school. Developed the Corporate social responsibility charter for my current firm with focus on education and sanitation for the poor. Working with the biggest environmental NGO in India on part time basis.

Target Schools- ISB, Darden, Cambridge, IMD, INSEAD, LBS, NUS and Nanyang (Singapore)

Planning to apply for R2 2014

Reason for pursuing an MBA is that I want to change careers. Post MBA goal is to move into Strategy Consulting. Plan to gain some experience in the consulting field through a job/internship before the start of my MBA.


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Re: Profile Evaluation! Please Help! [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2013, 16:43
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You are smart to seek some consulting experience in your target area prior to school, which will look good to the adcoms, all of whom like to see commitment and purpose in your path. Your prior work experience will be a solid foundation with notable achievements and leadership demonstrated. You have a good GMAT score, and a quality undergrad degree, which will help differentiate you from Indian applicants who achieved their WE and degrees in India. Being a global citizen is becoming more important, so I think all this will combine into a favorable presentation to your target schools.
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Re: Profile Evaluation! Please Help! [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2013, 05:55
bryantmichaels wrote:
You are smart to seek some consulting experience in your target area prior to school, which will look good to the adcoms, all of whom like to see commitment and purpose in your path. Your prior work experience will be a solid foundation with notable achievements and leadership demonstrated. You have a good GMAT score, and a quality undergrad degree, which will help differentiate you from Indian applicants who achieved their WE and degrees in India. Being a global citizen is becoming more important, so I think all this will combine into a favorable presentation to your target schools.



Hey thanks for reply.

I am really keen on LBS and INSEAD because of their course structure. Recently during my research on linkedin I've realized that almost every indian pursuing an MBA at both these schools has prior work ex in either one of the top 4 consulting firms or top 4 accounting firms or at a top I-bank.

This fact has made me a little apprehensive considering I've been working a in a smallish firm with revenues of just over US$150m. Working in smaller firm has however provided me with a lot more opportunities and responsibilities. I have swiftly grown within the firm at quicker speed than my peers. I started out as an associate 4 years back but since then have been promoted thrice (the most recent a couple of months back) to the post of senior manager business development and strategy. I'm one of the youngest at the firm and definitely the youngest at the managerial level. In the last 4 years I have worked on several different projects including the setting up of a 5MW hydro power plant, setting up of 2 new b-schools, etc.

So I guess my question is that will my non-traditional experience be a deterrence for me at LBS and INSEAD? Also given my profile would you like to suggest some other b-schools?

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Re: Profile Evaluation! Please Help! [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2013, 07:45
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It's all in how you couch the experience. If you articulate in a way that convinces them you had access to some higher-level decision making and insight uncommon to those in bigger buldge-bracket firms, you are on the right track. It's all about what you bring to the table, so just make what you have done sound really different and interesting and I bet they will take notice. Let us know if we can help you position it ---consulting is valuable for that, even if it's just an hour or two with a specialist.
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