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Profile evaluation request - chances at the top 10 bschools

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Profile evaluation request - chances at the top 10 bschools [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2010, 05:45
Hello,

I'm a prospective applicant for a 2-year MBA starting Fall 2011. I was hoping to get your inputs on what my chances are at the top 10 bschools and which schools can i target with my profile.

I'm looking at a career in Strategy Consulting in the Technology domain post my MBA, and in time move into Private Equity/Venture Capital in the Cleantech and Emerging technologies domain.

24/M Indian, currently have 2 years work-ex (3 years at matriculation) as a Jr analyst in the IB arm of a top tier Investment Bank (bulge bracket), and have basically handled projects dealing with financial advisory on M&A and capital raising opportunities for clients in the financial institutions sector. I was one of the 5 engineers from a batch of 400 to have been selected in the IB division... and part of the 1st batch of engineering recruits in the firm - post which the dept has actively gone ahead and recruited more engineers from my college (volunteered in the recruitment drive as well). In my two years so far, I have had diverse experience having worked with colleagues in New York (remotely + a stint in NY) handling M&A and equity raising projects for the US banking sector and with colleagues in HK/Singapore (remotely) working on projects pertaining to the Asian debt capital markets. Further have actively taken part in various department-wide initiatives (Speaker sessions, Sports, Quiz, etc), and also unofficially led a team of 4 members when pitching a multi-million dollar revenue generating idea to senior management at the Investment bank as a part of another dept initiative, youngest employee in the dept to do so

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Bachelor in Engineering (Electronics), graduated from a Top tier University in India in 2008 with highest honours (First Class with Distinction, 70.2%) (equivalent GPA of about 3.5)
GMAT - 760 (Q51, V41, AWA 5.5)
Additional courses - CFA Level 1 cleared with highest grades in all subjects

In terms of my co-curricular and extra-curricular activities,

- I have a 4-year association with National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), a nonprofit organization that helps budding entrepreneurs launch their businesses and mentors the youth on entrepreneurship. Currently, I'm a part of the Leadership council of NEN E-club Mumbai Chapter.

- Additionally, I'm associated with a local NGO supporting underprivileged children and have taken initiative in mentoring the children
- Am also a part of the local chapter of Lions Club International. (Although both these activities have been recent in 2010)

- Was very active in college co-curricular activities and held several leaderhip positions in different student bodies (not sure how relevant that will be though)

I would greatly appreciate your inputs on this and your assessment would go a long way in helping me decide which schools to target with my profile.

Thanks and Regards,
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Re: Profile evaluation request - chances at the top 10 bschools [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2010, 11:07
If you're looking for schools that are in range:

Chicago/Columbia/Kellogg/Sloan/Tuck: stretch (choose 2 from this list); you have an outside shot at these, but you'll need a lot of luck on your side as well.

Duke/Darden/Michigan/Haas/NYU/Cornell/Yale/UCLA: sweet spots (choose 3-4 from this list); you have a reasonable shot so long as you put together strong applications

As for which specific schools you should look into from these lists, I assume you have opinions and preferences of your own to be able to choose on your own
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Re: Profile evaluation request - chances at the top 10 bschools [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2010, 23:25
Thanks for your inputs Alex. I was also hoping to get some thoughts from you on my career goal. And I must admit I've been back and forth on this. How feasible/realistic do you think is a switch from Investment Banking (M&A and capital raising financial advisory) into Strategy Consulting (initially as a generalist, but later covering the Hi-tech sector). I wish to start my own business in the long term in the technology domain. Some of the consultants I've spoken to, have mentioned that I should stick to finance as my career plan (can sell it easily given my banking experience), plus it makes me more employable (since I wont be a 'career switcher' then from an adcom perspective).

Is a switch from IB to consulting sellable? how will the adcom view this career goal?

Would be great to hear from you on this.
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Re: Profile evaluation request - chances at the top 10 bschools [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2010, 10:54
It may be easier to find a consulting job than a finance job in this market....

In any case, consulting is a very realistic choice if you go to a top school where they recruit - regardless of your pre-MBA background.
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