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Affiliations: Volunteer Operation Smile India, Creative Head of College IEEE branch (2009-10), Chief Editor College Magazine (2009), Finance Head College Magazine (2008)
Joined: 25 Jul 2010
Posts: 471
Location: India
WE2: Entrepreneur (E-commerce - The Laptop Skin Vault)
Concentration: Marketing, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V38
WE: Marketing (Other)
Followers: 12

Kudos [?]: 85 [0], given: 24

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Profile Evaluation Request - Reapplicant [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2011, 23:51
23/F/Indian

Undergrad major: Engineering (Electronics & Telecomm.)
GPA: 64.7%
GMAT:710 (Q48 V39)

Work experience: 2yrs at Matriculation

WE1: Resource Mobilization Coordinator at the India arm of an international NGO.

Responsibilities include Marketing, branding, fundraising & student programs.
Have started a line of merchandize for the NGO,
started up 5+ student clubs in various schools across Mumbai
Being sent to China for a student conference & student programs training
Organizing the first ever fundraiser event for the NGO


WE2: Along with my day job I have also started an ecommerce business selling laptop skins which I design and print myself (The website will go live sometime next month)
A percentage of each sale will be donated to a charity
I also do free-lance graphic designing for logos and business cards

Internship: 1 month as a Research Analyst Trainee at an Ecological solutions company

- Background research for many of the articles in a book published by the firm
- Calculated & presented data on Carbon storage in Indian tiger reserves & Green initiatives at airports around the world
- Research report on Ecology & Human Well-being in India
- Research on wireless electricity


Extracurriculars: Amateur T-shirt designer, Volunteered on 6 missions across for the NGO I work for (will be volunteering on at least 6 more till matriculation), Creative Head of undergrad IEEE chapter (2008-09), Chief editor college magazine (2008-09), Financial Head College Magazine (2007-08), some volunteering with a local rotary club

Concentration: Marketing, Brand Management, Entrepreneurship

Short term goals:: Work as brand manager in Luxury Retail/ Entertainment, Media
Long term goals: Start up own marketing/brand management firm with a dedicated arm for helping Non-profits with their marketing & brand mgmt strategy at subsidized rates or pro bono

Schools: Applied to UCLA, NYU, Chicago & UC Davis last year. I plan to re-apply to these schools along with Kellogg, Berkley, Insead this year.

What do you think my chances are at these universities? Are there any other schools I should look at for these concentrations?

Thanks.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request - Reapplicant [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2011, 14:53
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Well hello there! Thanks so much for reaching out to us, and happy to offer up some thoughts here.

Now, a few brief ideas here--perhaps the reason why you werent successful last year was that there was a disconnect between your past experience and your career goals. That is the biggest reason each year why apps fail--it sounds to me like you have NGO experience. Not luxury good, etc. So...why make this change? Why propose such a huge shift? It makes us a bit nervous, as you can imagine. There are people who already have that marketing experience in spades, better than yours. And you will need to compete with them for jobs upon graduation. My moneys on them, if you know what I mean...

; )

So. Rather than reapply to all those places, maybe you can find some NEW schools where your chances would be stronger--and then, retool your career vision so that it gels more closely with your background. That is what we would do my friend--feel free to reach out if we can help anymore--but perhaps this is why things went sideways last year...

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Affiliations: Volunteer Operation Smile India, Creative Head of College IEEE branch (2009-10), Chief Editor College Magazine (2009), Finance Head College Magazine (2008)
Joined: 25 Jul 2010
Posts: 471
Location: India
WE2: Entrepreneur (E-commerce - The Laptop Skin Vault)
Concentration: Marketing, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V38
WE: Marketing (Other)
Followers: 12

Kudos [?]: 85 [0], given: 24

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Re: Profile Evaluation Request - Reapplicant [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2011, 01:08
Sorry for the delay in reply but thank you. I know tht it is a switch from NGO to luxury goods, but my entrepreneurship business is that of luxury goods since I am selling laptop skins and I will be doing the complete marketing for it as well.

Thanks a lot for your feedback. I am applying to the same schools as well as new ones because I feel that those are still the best schools for me so no point in not applying to them just because I am scared of something as small as rejection. ;)
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request - Reapplicant [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2011, 01:28
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It's great to hear that you are still marching on towards your goals!

One final comment for you here though, try and add at least two NEW schools to the mix as well. Being a repaplicant is great and many schools love reapplicants, but you also want some new places to see some fresh blood. So if you can find some other schools that are right for your goals, maybe add them to the list.

Go for it, sir!
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