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Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2013, 09:00
Hi,

Below is my profile. With only two months to go for deadlines of round 1 applications,I wanted to get a reality check on which colleges I should focus on and have a good chance of getting in.

Nationality: Indian
Gender: Female
Undergraduate: BE in Computer Science
Year of Graduation: 2011
GPA: 3.0
GMAT: 710 (attempting again in early Sep)
Full-Time Work Ex (as on 1st Aug'13): 2 years and 2 months
MBA Programs of Interest: Two year full time MBA at the following schools:
* Kellogg
* Haas
* Ross
* Emory

I work in a professional services firm (global revenue >US$25 billion). In the two years with the firm, I worked as a core team member of the apex body in one of the lines of service installing new systems to bring the Indian territory to the standard of global best practices. We drove initiatives with the global leadership to position the Indian firm in order to mitigate risk and capitalize on the dynamic economic factors in the Indian market. I project managed initiatives that were of strategic significance for a high performance culture. I worked directly under a senior partner for other projects. The areas of my work include strategy, operational effectiveness, HR and finance. I was also involved in business development and market entry strategy for a proposition that has very strong implications in the Indian market. I have very strong recommendations from both my senior partner and the director in my team.

I was selected for the Royal Mathematics Masterclasses, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge (this however was during my school days). In terms of life beyond work, I taught underprivileged children from the age group 6-12 for two years (this was during evenings after my school hours). I am associated with Women and Child Human Rights campaign. I achieved the National Bronze Level in English Basketball Association. I am also an active member of Toastmasters.

Post MBA, I want to stay in Consulting focusing on strategy and change management roles.

Although I have an engineering degree, I have always worked in management consulting.

Here is where I need some guidance:
1. Is it realistic for me to target the colleges mentioned?
2. Which category (strong/ medium/ weak) would my profile fit in the colleges of my choice?
3. Is there an area that needs more focus. Should I wait another year and improve on those weaker areas (I however am very keen to apply this year)?
4. Are there schools in top 20 (which I have not mentioned) which I should target instead where I have a better chance of getting in?
5. If I have to narrow down on two colleges for round 1, which two would you suggest.

Really appreciate you taking time out to reply and Thank You for your guidance.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2013, 17:04
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Hi there,

Thanks for posting. I would say you have a fairly strong profile for top global MBA programs. Being a female helps, to be honest, as most US MBA programs are around 30-35% female and are always interested in qualified female applicants, which from the info you've provided, it sounds like you are. And your management consulting experience differentiates you from the large pool of Indian IT/computer science and engineering applicants, and it is also less common in female applicant profiles. Given all of that, you'll likely get a closer look for admissions committees, and if you are able to put together solid, compelling essays, focusing on what you'll bring to the program that is DIFFERENT from others, and why you need this degree, why NOW and why that school is ideal, you would have a shot.

You do have fewer than average years of work experience, so it is possible that next year you're profile would be even stronger. However if you have your heart set on this year as you mentioned, you can always go for it and try next year if needed.

As for GMAT, the 710 is actually pretty strong and not a negative to your application.... I wouldn't say it's vital for you to re-take but if you are already planning to and/or prepping, go for it, as they'll take the highest score and you never know. It could also help offset the lower GPA though not sure based on what you said if that was a true 3.0 or if you are converting, which makes a difference.

Your school list seems appropriate, with Kellogg being more of a reach, followed by Haas. All top MBA programs do a good job preparing consultants, but you might look at Darden, Fuqua, Stern, and lower down the list Tepper, McCombs, Kenan-Flagler. Overall you'll want to really do some research about the program differences and which seem the best fit for YOU to narrow down that program list. ;)

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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2013, 17:23
Thanks Jen, this really helps. Yes I did convert my GPA. It is 7.5. How different is a 3.0 (on 4.0) from 7.5 (on 10)?

Also regarding the work ex, I did intern in the same firm for 5 months (this was during the final semester of college) in the same role. Can this experience be treated as relevant work ex bringing my total work ex to 2 years and 7 months (as of 1st Aug'13).
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2013, 10:37
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Hi there,

I can't claim expertise in the translation or international grading scales, but my understanding from admissions representatives has always been to let the admissions committee do the translations with their own scales etc, vs doing it yourself and possibly short-changing yourself... a 3.0 would be fairly low for top b-schools.

As for the internship, generally full-time experience is what is counted.

I still feel you have a strong profile as discussed. Let us know how else we can help and keep us posted!
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