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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 [?]: 79 [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 15 Jul 2011, 11:06
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Hi kidchaos:

Based on the information you provided below, you do look like an attractive candidate. Of course it would be nice if GMAT was about 20 or 30 points higher. However, I get the sense that your GMAT or "numbers" were not the issue.

I get the feeling that your rejection at the schools you apply to last year were based primarily on your ability to articulate your work experience properly. Of course, I have not seen your essays, so I cannot make this an absolute statement.

What I see with respect to your work experience is someone who has not demonstrated a lot of leadership. I know that you have two parallel professions -- one as a coordinator for an NGO in the other as a small business entrepreneur. The issue that I see is that it may not look like your work experiences are significant enough to justify management experience or any type of formal or informal leadership. Initially, the title of "coordinator" does not strike me as being leadership oriented, but rather administrative in nature.

The small business experience does not seem to be team oriented, and this would lead the admissions committee to believe that perhaps this outside of the office activities, was something more of a hobby and certainly not leadership oriented. Of course this all depends on how you would write about it in your essays. if you did not articulate the magnitude of this extracurricular business activity, then the admissions committee would view it just as you described it in your post -- one person who is designing a relatively simple product that may have a small number of sales. If the admissions committee views this as more of a hobby, then there could be the possibility that they would view your percentage of sales donation to philanthropic causes as a feeble attempt to demonstrate your commitment to the greater good. This is just something to keep in mind. Most likely, they would not view it this way because of your full-time role with an NGO. Again, this is something to be wary of.

The other thing I wanted to point out is that the nature of your current full-time professional work activities is not within marketing. Admissions committees are always leery of career changers. I know that you are actively marketing your entrepreneurial initiatives and perhaps selling a few products, but if they view this as more of a hobby, that it will not necessarily provide the support needed for you to say that you know absolutely that your goals lie within marketing. This year if you reapply, you need to stress the growth of your small business, and what you learned. You need to stress how this has absolutely convinced you that going to marketing how is the right way to go. While I do not have the benefit of reviewing your essays, it would be interesting to see how you connect your business activities with a greater good -- thus logically connecting your entrepreneurial activities with your passion for community and philanthropy.

My recommendation is that you work on retaking the GMAT and getting about 20 to 30 points higher. I also recommend that you pay particular attention to schools that offer up essay questions that revolve around your personal background and that will allow you to address why it is that you even want to be involved in this type of philanthropic activity or charitable organizations. As I stated above, you need to be very aware that you will be required to connect your entrepreneurial interests to your goals, as well as your NGO activities. This is all under the umbrella of how you view the world, leadership and your ability to affect change through your goals. This is the challenge of any applicant -- to weave that thread and consistent candidacy.

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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 [?]: 79 [0], given: 24

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Re: Profile Evaluation Request - Reapplicant [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2011, 00:56
Sorry for the delay in replying. But thank you very much for your feedback.
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