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Hi,

I'm a non-engineer Indian, looking to enroll in B-School overseasand have been preparing for the GMAT(with great difficulty).

Would be extremely grateful to understand from those with experience whether my application stands a chance at a good business school :

Age : 30
Gender : Male

Recent Work Experience :

04 years of working as a Naturalist/Ranger/Wildlife Guide in the wilderness of India and Nepal where I'd be guiding International guests to look for Tigers, Rhinos, Crocs, Bears, Birds and the like ; at times on foot. It was a dream job, which I did out of love for it.

Also have volunteer experience as a result of the above job in relation to community work and spreading awareness about wildlife to local tribal communities around these rural areas.

The work experience is rather a left-of-centre, but what I'd really like to know if that holds me in decent stead with a good school, or that it's a handicap considering its unconventional nature.

Work experience prior to the jungle-book lifestyle :
Sales in Marketing at 5 star hotel brands for about 3 years.

Have been looking for accurate information online, but I feel that posting it on here would be helpful as well with the insights available.

Goals : To get into a school known for Marketing/Operations or Sustainable Businesses. Clear absence of financial background hence can't aim for finance.

Happy to share more, thanks so much!

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Hi,

I'm a non-engineer Indian, looking to enroll in B-School overseasand have been preparing for the GMAT(with great difficulty).

Would be extremely grateful to understand from those with experience whether my application stands a chance at a good business school :

Age : 30
Gender : Male

Recent Work Experience :

04 years of working as a Naturalist/Ranger/Wildlife Guide in the wilderness of India and Nepal where I'd be guiding International guests to look for Tigers, Rhinos, Crocs, Bears, Birds and the like ; at times on foot. It was a dream job, which I did out of love for it.

Also have volunteer experience as a result of the above job in relation to community work and spreading awareness about wildlife to local tribal communities around these rural areas.

The work experience is rather a left-of-centre, but what I'd really like to know if that holds me in decent stead with a good school, or that it's a handicap considering its unconventional nature.

Work experience prior to the jungle-book lifestyle :
Sales in Marketing at 5 star hotel brands for about 3 years.

Have been looking for accurate information online, but I feel that posting it on here would be helpful as well with the insights available.

Goals : To get into a school known for Marketing/Operations or Sustainable Businesses. Clear absence of financial background hence can't aim for finance.

Happy to share more, thanks so much!

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Hi, your profile is quite interesting. Where do you want to do an MBA? Have you taken GMAT? If yes what is the score? If no what would be the expected/targeted score?
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veron90 wrote:
Hi,

I'm a non-engineer Indian, looking to enroll in B-School overseasand have been preparing for the GMAT(with great difficulty).

Would be extremely grateful to understand from those with experience whether my application stands a chance at a good business school :

Age : 30
Gender : Male

Recent Work Experience :

04 years of working as a Naturalist/Ranger/Wildlife Guide in the wilderness of India and Nepal where I'd be guiding International guests to look for Tigers, Rhinos, Crocs, Bears, Birds and the like ; at times on foot. It was a dream job, which I did out of love for it.

Also have volunteer experience as a result of the above job in relation to community work and spreading awareness about wildlife to local tribal communities around these rural areas.

The work experience is rather a left-of-centre, but what I'd really like to know if that holds me in decent stead with a good school, or that it's a handicap considering its unconventional nature.

Work experience prior to the jungle-book lifestyle :
Sales in Marketing at 5 star hotel brands for about 3 years.

Have been looking for accurate information online, but I feel that posting it on here would be helpful as well with the insights available.

Goals : To get into a school known for Marketing/Operations or Sustainable Businesses. Clear absence of financial background hence can't aim for finance.

Happy to share more, thanks so much!

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Hi, your profile is quite interesting. Where do you want to do an MBA? Have you taken GMAT? If yes what is the score? If no what would be the expected/targeted score?


Hi Kiran, thanks for your response.

I haven;t yet given the exam - realistic target score is around 650.

I am looking at schools in Canada - as it would only be worthwhile not to return to India.

Do you reckon better calibre schools in the USA will be interested in my application?


Thanks again,

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kiran120680 wrote:
veron90 wrote:
Hi,

I'm a non-engineer Indian, looking to enroll in B-School overseasand have been preparing for the GMAT(with great difficulty).

Would be extremely grateful to understand from those with experience whether my application stands a chance at a good business school :

Age : 30
Gender : Male

Recent Work Experience :

04 years of working as a Naturalist/Ranger/Wildlife Guide in the wilderness of India and Nepal where I'd be guiding International guests to look for Tigers, Rhinos, Crocs, Bears, Birds and the like ; at times on foot. It was a dream job, which I did out of love for it.

Also have volunteer experience as a result of the above job in relation to community work and spreading awareness about wildlife to local tribal communities around these rural areas.

The work experience is rather a left-of-centre, but what I'd really like to know if that holds me in decent stead with a good school, or that it's a handicap considering its unconventional nature.

Work experience prior to the jungle-book lifestyle :
Sales in Marketing at 5 star hotel brands for about 3 years.

Have been looking for accurate information online, but I feel that posting it on here would be helpful as well with the insights available.

Goals : To get into a school known for Marketing/Operations or Sustainable Businesses. Clear absence of financial background hence can't aim for finance.

Happy to share more, thanks so much!

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Hi, your profile is quite interesting. Where do you want to do an MBA? Have you taken GMAT? If yes what is the score? If no what would be the expected/targeted score?


Hi Kiran, thanks for your response.

I haven;t yet given the exam - realistic target score is around 650.

I am looking at schools in Canada - as it would only be worthwhile not to return to India.

Do you reckon better calibre schools in the USA will be interested in my application?


Thanks again,

Varun


Hi, For your expected score you have fair chances to get admission in all Canadian B-School, except Rotman all the schools GMAT average at 650 or less. McGill and Schulich will be suitable for your post-MBA goals.

For the US- You can apply to all the schools, your profile would be a good diversity mix to them. Still, some of the schools have deadlines for 2020 SEP intake, waiving the GMAT scores. The below link will help to explore.

https://poetsandquants.com/2020/03/24/t ... e=hs_email
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New post 03 Jun 2020, 08:32
veron90 wrote:
Hi,

I'm a non-engineer Indian, looking to enroll in B-School overseasand have been preparing for the GMAT(with great difficulty).

Would be extremely grateful to understand from those with experience whether my application stands a chance at a good business school :

Age : 30
Gender : Male

Recent Work Experience :

04 years of working as a Naturalist/Ranger/Wildlife Guide in the wilderness of India and Nepal where I'd be guiding International guests to look for Tigers, Rhinos, Crocs, Bears, Birds and the like ; at times on foot. It was a dream job, which I did out of love for it.

Also have volunteer experience as a result of the above job in relation to community work and spreading awareness about wildlife to local tribal communities around these rural areas.

The work experience is rather a left-of-centre, but what I'd really like to know if that holds me in decent stead with a good school, or that it's a handicap considering its unconventional nature.

Work experience prior to the jungle-book lifestyle :
Sales in Marketing at 5 star hotel brands for about 3 years.

Have been looking for accurate information online, but I feel that posting it on here would be helpful as well with the insights available.

Goals : To get into a school known for Marketing/Operations or Sustainable Businesses. Clear absence of financial background hence can't aim for finance.

Happy to share more, thanks so much!

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Wow this is uniquely unique. :)
First of all, check these kinks which might be helpful.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/what-are-my- ... 09854.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/asksouvik-wh ... 9-120.html

At 30 and with Sales/Marketing background, looking into Schools for similar function would not be difficult. Since it's a unique profile, better get profile evaluated by admission experts first - a few like challenging applications. But do get done with GMAT because without that evaluations would be half-done.
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Hi. You have a good background. The more unique the better as long as you can leverage it for the application and your story. E.g. if you were a guide and that's all you were and you were just following a route and did nothing else, then it is bad. On the other hand, if you were coming up with your own ideas, handling customers, and providing safeguards in a highly structured environment constantly keeping you on your toes, that could be a relevant business experience.

Where are you thinking of going to the bschool? India, Asia, EU, US, CA?
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veron90 wrote:
Hi,

I'm a non-engineer Indian, looking to enroll in B-School overseasand have been preparing for the GMAT(with great difficulty).

Would be extremely grateful to understand from those with experience whether my application stands a chance at a good business school :

Age : 30
Gender : Male

Recent Work Experience :

04 years of working as a Naturalist/Ranger/Wildlife Guide in the wilderness of India and Nepal where I'd be guiding International guests to look for Tigers, Rhinos, Crocs, Bears, Birds and the like ; at times on foot. It was a dream job, which I did out of love for it.

Also have volunteer experience as a result of the above job in relation to community work and spreading awareness about wildlife to local tribal communities around these rural areas.

The work experience is rather a left-of-centre, but what I'd really like to know if that holds me in decent stead with a good school, or that it's a handicap considering its unconventional nature.

Work experience prior to the jungle-book lifestyle :
Sales in Marketing at 5 star hotel brands for about 3 years.

Have been looking for accurate information online, but I feel that posting it on here would be helpful as well with the insights available.

Goals : To get into a school known for Marketing/Operations or Sustainable Businesses. Clear absence of financial background hence can't aim for finance.

Happy to share more, thanks so much!

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Wow this is uniquely unique. :)

At 30 and with Sales/Marketing background, looking into Schools for similar function would not be difficult. Since it's a unique profile, better get profile evaluated by admission experts first - a few like challenging applications. But do get done with GMAT because without that evaluations would be half-done.


Thanks so much, will explore these, and your suggestion of taking it to a professional post GMAT score.
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Hi. You have a good background. The more unique the better as long as you can leverage it for the application and your story. E.g. if you were a guide and that's all you were and you were just following a route and did nothing else, then it is bad. On the other hand, if you were coming up with your own ideas, handling customers, and providing safeguards in a highly structured environment constantly keeping you on your toes, that could be a relevant business experience.

Where are you thinking of going to the bschool? India, Asia, EU, US, CA?


Hi BB, thanks so much.

I'm open to the best possible school I can get, based on my GMAT score + willingness of the school to accept me based on my work experience.

I am quite sure that an Indian school will not look favourably at my unconventional background to be honest, hence looking overseas.

I was handling really high-end customers - the company I was working for was Taj Group of Hotels which had a collaboration with AndBeyond Africa - it was a luxury safari lodge company.

Definitely it had its own challenges and prestige attached to it, and luckily for me it was also in difficult but interesting environments which bore risk due to the sheer nature of it - hence it taught me a lot.
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New post 08 Jun 2020, 23:24
kiran120680 wrote:
veron90 wrote:
kiran120680 wrote:
veron90 wrote:
Hi,

I'm a non-engineer Indian, looking to enroll in B-School overseasand have been preparing for the GMAT(with great difficulty).

Would be extremely grateful to understand from those with experience whether my application stands a chance at a good business school :

Age : 30
Gender : Male

Recent Work Experience :

04 years of working as a Naturalist/Ranger/Wildlife Guide in the wilderness of India and Nepal where I'd be guiding International guests to look for Tigers, Rhinos, Crocs, Bears, Birds and the like ; at times on foot. It was a dream job, which I did out of love for it.

Also have volunteer experience as a result of the above job in relation to community work and spreading awareness about wildlife to local tribal communities around these rural areas.

The work experience is rather a left-of-centre, but what I'd really like to know if that holds me in decent stead with a good school, or that it's a handicap considering its unconventional nature.

Work experience prior to the jungle-book lifestyle :
Sales in Marketing at 5 star hotel brands for about 3 years.

Have been looking for accurate information online, but I feel that posting it on here would be helpful as well with the insights available.

Goals : To get into a school known for Marketing/Operations or Sustainable Businesses. Clear absence of financial background hence can't aim for finance.

Happy to share more, thanks so much!

Posted from my mobile device


Hi, your profile is quite interesting. Where do you want to do an MBA? Have you taken GMAT? If yes what is the score? If no what would be the expected/targeted score?


Hi Kiran, thanks for your response.

I haven;t yet given the exam - realistic target score is around 650.

I am looking at schools in Canada - as it would only be worthwhile not to return to India.

Do you reckon better calibre schools in the USA will be interested in my application?


Thanks again,

Varun


Hi, For your expected score you have fair chances to get admission in all Canadian B-School, except Rotman all the schools GMAT average at 650 or less. McGill and Schulich will be suitable for your post-MBA goals.

For the US- You can apply to all the schools, your profile would be a good diversity mix to them. Still, some of the schools have deadlines for 2020 SEP intake, waiving the GMAT scores. The below link will help to explore.

https://poetsandquants.com/2020/03/24/t ... e=hs_email


Hi Kiran thanks so much - a very helpful link as well!
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