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Joined: 14 Aug 2013
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Location: United States
Schools: Marshall '16 (A)
GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V40
GRE 1: 337 Q170 V167
GPA: 3.48
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Re: Profile Review Request! [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2013, 08:07
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Hi there,

Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the excellent GMAT score. ;) That will help you get noticed initially, and then schools will dig further into your profile. As you probably know, Indian IT/engineering applicants are very common and can be challenging to get noticed within that group, but being female and working in a less-traditional industry/sector will help some.

I'm not as clear on whether your career to date focused more on teaching, or more on technical development of test prep products, or both... you'll want to make sure your experience is fairly easy to understand as your application is read. But generally I'd say your teaching experience is a plus because it shows you are more than just an IT/technical applicant.

Overall your admissions decision will likely be most influenced by you showing 1) what you'll bring to the class that is UNIQUE (focus on that as you brainstorm!), and 2) that you do have a pretty clear post-MBA plan and that the MBA makes sense for you! It sounds like you are a bit uncertain about #2 so I suggest working on that as well. If you want to change directions that is fine but you'll need to be convincing in your discussion of the WHY.... why are you interested in this new career path? why are you passionate about it? what skills/experiences from your past roles will help you in your future career goals? Try to connect your life in a fairly logical way.... think of it as, your past + MBA => leads to your future goals. Whatever goals you choose to focus on should be and sound genuine, as that comes across on the application.

Side note-- I personally have a background in Test Prep as well and worked for many years teaching and in product management, as well as marketing and brand management, for a for-profit educational company. ;) Cheers to the connection! I did apply to b-school with 3 years of experience in that sector and went on to national brand management with the company and eventually my own small business in a related area. Good luck to you!

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Joined: 14 Aug 2013
Posts: 17
Location: United States
Schools: Marshall '16 (A)
GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V40
GRE 1: 337 Q170 V167
GPA: 3.48
WE: Education (Education)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 5

Re: Profile Review Request! [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2013, 08:43
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Re: Profile Review Request! [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2013, 12:20
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Hi again,

I would think the most ideal overall story/message to get across is how and why you decided to transition into finance and to apply for the MBA. You'll need to do some brainstorming on your overall messages and goals and plans and rationale. With my clients for example I start with getting them to think about their genuine reasons WHY (without worrying about the application initially).... why DO you want the MBA truthfully, why DO you want to work in finance, what about it appeals to you, what about your past work experiences helped you to identify that interest and desire for the future? When did you realize you were interested in that area? What role do you see yourself in, and what do you think you'd most enjoy about it? What skills will carry over from your past?

If you can effectively explain your reasons, decisions, interests etc, it would be more like a conversation ;) with a colleague where you explain how you got from your past to your future. A career change doesn't have to be an application-breaker, but it does need to be well-thought out, show your rationale, and ideally show you really know some about the area you are getting into... perhaps have done some research, spoken with people in that area. At bare minimum you have clear and well thought-out visions of what you'll be doing and why and how.

I think showing all of those areas will be important, but keeping in mind that by having an engineering and technology degree and background, playing up the 'people skills' so to speak will be what helps you stand out from all of the IT applicants.

Hope some of that helps! ;) Keep us posted.

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Joined: 14 Aug 2013
Posts: 17
Location: United States
Schools: Marshall '16 (A)
GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V40
GRE 1: 337 Q170 V167
GPA: 3.48
WE: Education (Education)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 5

Re: Profile Review Request! [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2013, 11:57
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Re: Profile Review Request! [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2013, 07:29
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You are more than welcome, and please keep me posted with q's and how things are going!

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