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Any chance? 58 months experience as an Engineer & 18 months as a Chef

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New post 26 Nov 2019, 07:13
Hello.

I am a 29-year-old Indian Male and I need advice regarding my application and if I stand a genuine chance.

I have a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and Communication with a CGPA of 7.98 out of 10. After my engineering degree, I worked for 58 months as a Database Developer in a top Indian IT MNC. Now comes the tricky part. I quit on July, 17 to as I needed a break from the software industry and spent the rest of the year 2017 in setting up a small scale Hydroponics farm at my place. I was even supplying to a couple of restaurants and also working part-time as a chef (cooking happens to be my number one hobby) at one of the cafes I was supplying to. In the end, I could not set up a commercial enterprise due to lack of funds. I was utterly disappointed and did not wish to get back to the software industry to work as a developer, so I continued at the chef job. In no time, I was given the responsibility to run the entire kitchen and was soon managing the business at the outlet with the most footfall.

Even though I really love working as a chef, coming from a middle-class Indian household made me realize that without a business of my own, I wouldn't be able to make a decent amount of money in this profession. I decided to prepare for an MBA degree and as of today, I am fairly confident of my GMAT. In the two official mocks, I've scored 720. What I am unsure of are my chances of securing admission at a good college because of the aforementioned irregularities in my CV. Any insight as to how to approach my application, if I have a realistic chance, will be highly appreciated.
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Yes, definitely your profile has irregularity, but at same time you have very good GMAT Score also. I'll recommend you to apply to good colleges. Much will depend on your application and how you articulate irregularities in your application.
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New post 26 Nov 2019, 16:45
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Hello.

I am a 29-year-old Indian Male and I need advice regarding my application and if I stand a genuine chance.

I have a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and Communication with a CGPA of 7.98 out of 10. After my engineering degree, I worked for 58 months as a Database Developer in a top Indian IT MNC. Now comes the tricky part. I quit on July, 17 to as I needed a break from the software industry and spent the rest of the year 2017 in setting up a small scale Hydroponics farm at my place. I was even supplying to a couple of restaurants and also working part-time as a chef (cooking happens to be my number one hobby) at one of the cafes I was supplying to. In the end, I could not set up a commercial enterprise due to lack of funds. I was utterly disappointed and did not wish to get back to the software industry to work as a developer, so I continued at the chef job. In no time, I was given the responsibility to run the entire kitchen and was soon managing the business at the outlet with the most footfall.

Even though I really love working as a chef, coming from a middle-class Indian household made me realize that without a business of my own, I wouldn't be able to make a decent amount of money in this profession. I decided to prepare for an MBA degree and as of today, I am fairly confident of my GMAT. In the two official mocks, I've scored 720. What I am unsure of are my chances of securing admission at a good college because of the aforementioned irregularities in my CV. Any insight as to how to approach my application, if I have a realistic chance, will be highly appreciated.


Hi there!

You definitely do have a unique profile, but that can actually help you stand out from the rest of the applicant pool--especially useful when coming from an over-represented demographic.

Let's start with the basics--unfortunately GMAT scores are one of the best predictors of success in applying to top schools. We're seeing averages ~730 at the top schools, and with your background your chances will be best if you are a bit above that. Without having actually taken the exam it's hard to judge your chances from that respect. It sounds like you have some solid practice under your belt, so I'd encourage you to take the test for real and then assess where you're at--you can always retake it! (You didn't mention which school you attended for undergrad, but most of the top schools can have their pick of folks from IIT or thereabouts. If you didn't go to one of these schools that makes the GMAT even more important.)

IT database developer is another tricky element--in addition to being a fairly common job it can be hard to demonstrate leadership potential if you were mainly an individual contributor. Pulling out stories to demonstrate your ability to work with others, including leadership of others, and ability to truly think strategically about business challenges will be critical. You'll also need to take care to explain both your decision to leave and your decision to apply to business school in a way that shows both were thoughtful, premeditated decisions--the ad com definitely doesn't want to admit people who apply because they don't know what else to do. Playing up your true passion for food and hospitality, and linking your current experience to your short- and long-term career goals could help here.

Overall, without a few more key details--including an actual GMAT score--it's hard to assess your chances at specific schools, or even tiers of schools. You have your work cut out for you but I think you have the right raw material to work with, especially if your flexible on school rank and geography. Hope that helps and feel free to reach out!
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