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Concentration: Nonprofit, Social Entrepreneurship
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Hi Experts,

Could you please review my profile and give some feedback on my goals.
Brief: A 27 years old Indian Male with 5.5 years of work experience.

Academics

  • Took the test a year ago and scored 680. Retaking soon and expecting a score of 710-730.
  • GPA: 6.4 on a scale of 10 from a Top 20 school in India.
  • Took MBAMath online course.

Work experience (Reverse chronological order)


3 years of work exp in IT and around 2.5 years in Non profit
  • April 2016- Current Worked in large size company's CSR team to develop yearly strategic plan for four charter schools & also on Cleanliness camaign. One promotion
  • April 2013- April 2016 Worked at a Fortune 200 IT firm in a Business Analyst role with 2 promotions.
  • May 2012- April 2013 Worked in the educational reform sector of a mid size firm. Worked with six charter schools to train over 90 children.

Extra curricular

  • Worked as the Student Head of the CSR wing of the IT firm.
  • Captained & mentored State-level chess teams for seven years.
  • Supported the charter schools with lessons on how to boost calculation speeds and other extra curricular activities.
  • Conducted over 15 large scale chess tournaments for over 400 school children.
  • Played the game in lots of exhibitions and seminars for a noble cause.
  • Worked as a chess coach ( both at an online platform and offline at few low income schools)
  • Participated in lots of community services especially in the last 1.5 years.

Desired b-schools

  • Rotman
  • Georgia Tech (Scheller)
  • Texas (McCombs)
  • UNC Flager
  • BU Questrom
  • UBC Sauder
  • McGill

Career goals

  • PLAN A: Join either the social sector leg of a consulting firms or the educational reform firms such as Education Pioneers, Bridgespan Group or other Ed-Tech start-ups.
  • PLAN B: IT consultant in PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, IBM Global Services or Accenture to serve clients in banking and financial services and information technology industry segments.

Questions

  • Please suggest some schools (below Top20) where I would be a good fit.
  • After speaking to students/Adcoms from most of the schools I found that there are hardly any opportunities in the Non profit sector. I feel that the Adcoms will consider my post MBA employability as a hurdle and this might reduce my chances of an admit. Thus, I am confused whether I should make my Plan A as IT consultant and Plan B to enter the Social sector wing to make myself more employable. Please let me know if my understanding is correct.

PS: My profile is not competitive enough to apply to traditional Non profit bschools such as Yale, Tuck or Kellogg.
Thanks!
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vivek6199 wrote:
Hi Experts,

Could you please review my profile and give some feedback on my goals.
Brief: A 27 years old Indian Male with 5.5 years of work experience.

Academics

  • Took the test a year ago and scored 680. Retaking soon and expecting a score of 710-730.
  • GPA: 6.4 on a scale of 10 from a Top 20 school in India.
  • Took MBAMath online course.

Work experience (Reverse chronological order)


3 years of work exp in IT and around 2.5 years in Non profit
  • April 2016- Current Worked in large size company's CSR team to develop yearly strategic plan for four charter schools & also on Cleanliness camaign. One promotion
  • April 2013- April 2016 Worked at a Fortune 200 IT firm in a Business Analyst role with 2 promotions.
  • May 2012- April 2013 Worked in the educational reform sector of a mid size firm. Worked with six charter schools to train over 90 children.

Extra curricular

  • Worked as the Student Head of the CSR wing of the IT firm.
  • Captained & mentored State-level chess teams for seven years.
  • Supported the charter schools with lessons on how to boost calculation speeds and other extra curricular activities.
  • Conducted over 15 large scale chess tournaments for over 400 school children.
  • Played the game in lots of exhibitions and seminars for a noble cause.
  • Worked as a chess coach ( both at an online platform and offline at few low income schools)
  • Participated in lots of community services especially in the last 1.5 years.

Desired b-schools

  • Rotman
  • Georgia Tech (Scheller)
  • Texas (McCombs)
  • UNC Flager
  • BU Questrom
  • UBC Sauder
  • McGill

Career goals

  • PLAN A: Join either the social sector leg of a consulting firms or the educational reform firms such as Education Pioneers, Bridgespan Group or other Ed-Tech start-ups.
  • PLAN B: IT consultant in PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, IBM Global Services or Accenture to serve clients in banking and financial services and information technology industry segments.

Questions

  • Please suggest some schools (below Top20) where I would be a good fit.
  • After speaking to students/Adcoms from most of the schools I found that there are hardly any opportunities in the Non profit sector. I feel that the Adcoms will consider my post MBA employability as a hurdle and this might reduce my chances of an admit. Thus, I am confused whether I should make my Plan A as IT consultant and Plan B to enter the Social sector wing to make myself more employable. Please let me know if my understanding is correct.

PS: My profile is not competitive enough to apply to traditional Non profit bschools such as Yale, Tuck or Kellogg.
Thanks!

Hello there Vivek,
Very good to hear from you!

I have a few thoughts for you based on your profile:
- If you can hit at least your projected minimum GMAT of 710, I would say that your school list is quite fair.
- Regarding your goals. Right now you are in NGO/Education, which is a far more unique industry than It, and you may want to propose goals in that industry instead of IT. There may not be that many jobs. But there aren't that many applicants either :)
- Plus it also seems that this is where your passions lie. Go with your passions. You will make a much stronger application.

Other than that with a 710, I'd say pretty much any school in the 20-40 range would be good. With a 730 you can up that to the 10-30 range.

Feel free to write back if you have any other questions.
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