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I am looking forward to apply in MBA programs for fall 2020-21 session. Could you please give me insight which programs I should choose for a career in management consulting /product management post MBA.
My Profile:
Nationality/Gender/Age - Indian/M/33
GMAT- 750 (50,41), IR-7
Academic qualification - BTech, CET, Bhubaneshwar
CGPA - 7.6/10
10th- 82%
12th- 76%
CFAL2 completed


Work experience:
A total of 11.5 years experience in technology ( 7+ years in USA (H1b Visa) and 4 years in India).
Currently working as technical Architect in one of Financial company in New York implementing Big Data and Machine learning solutions for AML.
~ Lead large teams and delivered complex projects in various financial company. .
- Certified By Cloudera and Google for the Big Data and cloud engineering.


Extra –Curricular activities/Achievements:
I play Tabla and have won various competing in college and office functions.
Work in near by temple for the temple management and prepare and serve food during various festival.
Held multiple roles in college committee during BTech.


Post MBA plans:
Work in management/strategy consulting/product management


Kindly evaluate my profile and let me know which schools Should I target. As I have 11+ experience, I will be good for executive MBA. I will also be applying for indian clgs like ISB and IIMs.



Look forward to hearing back
Thanks
Sanjeeb


Dear Sanjeeb

Got the information we needed from you in a DM. Here is our assessment:
- Your overall profile is quite solid, with the high work experience (11+ years) as the only concern here. Yes, you are from an over-represented pool (IT) but your work differentiates you. International experience + exposure to Big Data and Machine Learning will be key differentiators here. Kudos on that.
- Although the Executive (part-time) MBA options could help you to move into product management, they will not help you move to consulting. If you are looking at part-time options in NYC, Columbia and NYU (Langone) could be excellent options. MIT is not far either, a ~4 hour drive.
- Your ECA is decent (btw, college activities may not count for much now) and your college scores are good. The GMAT is of course excellent.
- At this point, we would want to challenge you a bit and ask why India is at all on your radar. You may be able to move to some product management roles here, but they are not likely to be better than the ones you could get in the USA. That said, if you are looking at Indian programs, look at IIMA/B/C, and ISB PGP (lower chances).
- In the USA, you have other options. You could look at the EMBA programs outlined above, and could also consider the IBEAR MBA (1 year full time), the Stanford MSx, and the Sloan Fellows program at MIT. You will find this post on these programs useful and will also find this story of an IAS officer who made it to MIT inspiring. We have worked with several people with 10+ years of experience and helped them make it to top MBA programs around the world.
- Plan well and start early, and you should have some excellent options in hand with strong applications.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.
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Hi, myself Chethan. Can you evaluate my profile for Judge?

10th-79.84
12th-80.83 ( Awarded the best outgoing student award, also, college Maths topper with 99/100 )
Undergrad B.E - 8.91/10 (Instrumentation Technology)

Work Ex- 4 years 10 months of which 18 months are international experience ( 10 months in the Netherlands, 2 months in Russia, 3 months in Abu Dhabi, and 3 months in Saudi Arabia)
Domain-PLC programmer for Oil and Gas Refineries.

Currently working as a safety systems executive for an Instrumentation company with 4 years 10 months of work ex and have worked with clients from diverse background and also led a team 5 Russian engineers, mentoring them for logic generation and debugging of the same. (No promotion as every individual has to stay for a minimum of 5 years to get a promotion)

Extra-curricular activities:
Cooking, Football (Fanatic about Arsenal), Swimming, Skydiver, and paraglider.

GMAT- Yet to take (Probably in June end)

Target schools- RSM, Judge, NTU.

Any other schools you would suggest?


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Hi, myself Chethan. Can you evaluate my profile for Judge?

10th-79.84
12th-80.83 ( Awarded the best outgoing student award, also, college Maths topper with 99/100 )
Undergrad B.E - 8.91/10 (Instrumentation Technology)

Work Ex- 4 years 10 months of which 18 months are international experience ( 10 months in the Netherlands, 2 months in Russia, 3 months in Abu Dhabi, and 3 months in Saudi Arabia)
Domain-PLC programmer for Oil and Gas Refineries.

Currently working as a safety systems executive for an Instrumentation company with 4 years 10 months of work ex and have worked with clients from diverse background and also led a team 5 Russian engineers, mentoring them for logic generation and debugging of the same. (No promotion as every individual has to stay for a minimum of 5 years to get a promotion)

Extra-curricular activities:
Cooking, Football (Fanatic about Arsenal), Swimming, Skydiver, and paraglider.

GMAT- Yet to take (Probably in June end)

Target schools- RSM, Judge, NTU.

Any other schools you would suggest?


Thanks in advance


Hi Chethan92

Thanks for posting. Here is our assessment:
- Professionally, you are diverse by way of your international experience across multiple countries, and the industry that you come from. By way of function (PLC programming), you are not, and so you must be careful in highlighting the right operations/business elements in your profile apart from the Programmable Logic Controller management and coding part. If you have designed control systems and instrumentation machinery then that can be a plus.
- ECA and acads look ok. The school bits carry only little relevance now - the college performance is impressive. For the GMAT, a 700+ is going to be important.
- Which company do you work for (employer name)? That pedigree/brand can sometimes be important for some schools. Not all Oil and Gas companies are equal in the eyes of admissions committees. A big name (Shell/Honeywell etc) can help.
- In terms of the schools, RSM and NTU should be doable with a 700+. Cambridge (and it's not the GMAT score here), not very sure, given your sector and ambitions.
- Other schools you can look at can be NUS, ISB/IIMs (if looking at India), HEC, INSEAD (with a 720+ GMAT). Not suggesting Canadian/American options here as not sure you are looking at those geographies.
- Also, please shed more light on your post-MBA goals, as that might also affect school selection.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.
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Hi..
Can you please evaluate my profile.
I am looking forward for the top US MBA programs like HBS, Stanford, MIT, Wharton etc(with scholarships of course as they are quite heavy on the pocket).. Please guide me in the selection of schools as well,if not right..I am preparing for GMAT as of now,please let me know the minimum GMAT score I should aim (for a safe passage).
*7 years+ in the army
-selected for a United Nations mission on merit basis(Isarel-Lebanon border)
-top gradings in all courses and also selected for nomination based courses
-rated 'outstanding' in all annual reports
-served in counter insurgency areas
-commanded sub units and held staff appointments
-carried out various training
exercises
- hockey captain
-reaponsible for organising various events
*College
-Mechanical engineer
-73%
-lead guitarist in college rock band
-various prizes in dance competitions
-part of cultural committee
*School
-86%(12th)
-84%(10th)
-School captain
-prizes in debates, declamation etc

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Hi..
Can you please evaluate my profile.
I am looking forward for the top US MBA programs like HBS, Stanford, MIT, Wharton etc(with scholarships of course as they are quite heavy on the pocket).. Please guide me in the selection of schools as well,if not right..I am preparing for GMAT as of now,please let me know the minimum GMAT score I should aim (for a safe passage).
*7 years+ in the army
-selected for a United Nations mission on merit basis(Isarel-Lebanon border)
-top gradings in all courses and also selected for nomination based courses
-rated 'outstanding' in all annual reports
-served in counter insurgency areas
-commanded sub units and held staff appointments
-carried out various training
exercises
- hockey captain
-reaponsible for organising various events
*College
-Mechanical engineer
-73%
-lead guitarist in college rock band
-various prizes in dance competitions
-part of cultural committee
*School
-86%(12th)
-84%(10th)
-School captain
-prizes in debates, declamation etc

Thanks

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Hi neelgmat

Delighted to get in touch. This article is meant exactly for you. Here is our assessment on your profile:
- Your academic performance, professional performance, and academics are all good. No worries there.
- Frankly, if you are looking at a top US MBA program, you are looking at a GMAT score of 740+ to get into contention. In addition, while scholarships are a possibility, please note that these are the top schools - they can often be mercurial in scholarship decisions, so a grant there is never a given.
- You definitely have some excellent elements in your profile that will not just differentiate you from other non-military applicants, but even from other military applicants. The Israel-Lebanon stint, command (people and operations management) and staff (administrative acumen), and training stints will be very handy.
- While an MBA abroad is an excellent proposition, you have also got to think deeply in terms of post-MBA avenues. While you have done very well in the military, what proportion of those skills are transferable to a top corporate role? That will be an important question to look at to draft not just your applications but indeed your entire MBA strategy.
- Would also suggest that you look at options in India (ISB/IIMs) as the Indian environment can better contextualize your experience so far.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.
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neelgmat wrote:
Hi..
Can you please evaluate my profile.
I am looking forward for the top US MBA programs like HBS, Stanford, MIT, Wharton etc(with scholarships of course as they are quite heavy on the pocket).. Please guide me in the selection of schools as well,if not right..I am preparing for GMAT as of now,please let me know the minimum GMAT score I should aim (for a safe passage).
*7 years+ in the army
-selected for a United Nations mission on merit basis(Isarel-Lebanon border)
-top gradings in all courses and also selected for nomination based courses
-rated 'outstanding' in all annual reports
-served in counter insurgency areas
-commanded sub units and held staff appointments
-carried out various training
exercises
- hockey captain
-reaponsible for organising various events
*College
-Mechanical engineer
-73%
-lead guitarist in college rock band
-various prizes in dance competitions
-part of cultural committee
*School
-86%(12th)
-84%(10th)
-School captain
-prizes in debates, declamation etc

Thanks

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Hi neelgmat

Delighted to get in touch. This article is meant exactly for you. Here is our assessment on your profile:
- Your academic performance, professional performance, and academics are all good. No worries there.
- Frankly, if you are looking at a top US MBA program, you are looking at a GMAT score of 740+ to get into contention. In addition, while scholarships are a possibility, please note that these are the top schools - they can often be mercurial in scholarship decisions, so a grant there is never a given.
- You definitely have some excellent elements in your profile that will not just differentiate you from other non-military applicants, but even from other military applicants. The Israel-Lebanon stint, command (people and operations management) and staff (administrative acumen), and training stints will be very handy.
- While an MBA abroad is an excellent proposition, you have also got to think deeply in terms of post-MBA avenues. While you have done very well in the military, what proportion of those skills are transferable to a top corporate role? That will be an important question to look at to draft not just your applications but indeed your entire MBA strategy.
- Would also suggest that you look at options in India (ISB/IIMs) as the Indian environment can better contextualize your experience so far.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.


Hi GyanOne'
Thanks a lot for your quick reply and the analysis.. will certainly try to get past 740.
Your reply really helped however did pop up other questions as well..will be glad if you can answer those.

1. Which top B schools abroad will be best suited for someone like me?
2. How do I logically and realistically go about evaluating my post MBA avenues?
3. Can you please elaborate on your mention of IIMs & ISB being better for me .

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neelgmat wrote:
GyanOne wrote:
neelgmat wrote:
Hi..
Can you please evaluate my profile.
I am looking forward for the top US MBA programs like HBS, Stanford, MIT, Wharton etc(with scholarships of course as they are quite heavy on the pocket).. Please guide me in the selection of schools as well,if not right..I am preparing for GMAT as of now,please let me know the minimum GMAT score I should aim (for a safe passage).
*7 years+ in the army
-selected for a United Nations mission on merit basis(Isarel-Lebanon border)
-top gradings in all courses and also selected for nomination based courses
-rated 'outstanding' in all annual reports
-served in counter insurgency areas
-commanded sub units and held staff appointments
-carried out various training
exercises
- hockey captain
-reaponsible for organising various events
*College
-Mechanical engineer
-73%
-lead guitarist in college rock band
-various prizes in dance competitions
-part of cultural committee
*School
-86%(12th)
-84%(10th)
-School captain
-prizes in debates, declamation etc

Thanks

Posted from my mobile device


Hi neelgmat

Delighted to get in touch. This article is meant exactly for you. Here is our assessment on your profile:
- Your academic performance, professional performance, and academics are all good. No worries there.
- Frankly, if you are looking at a top US MBA program, you are looking at a GMAT score of 740+ to get into contention. In addition, while scholarships are a possibility, please note that these are the top schools - they can often be mercurial in scholarship decisions, so a grant there is never a given.
- You definitely have some excellent elements in your profile that will not just differentiate you from other non-military applicants, but even from other military applicants. The Israel-Lebanon stint, command (people and operations management) and staff (administrative acumen), and training stints will be very handy.
- While an MBA abroad is an excellent proposition, you have also got to think deeply in terms of post-MBA avenues. While you have done very well in the military, what proportion of those skills are transferable to a top corporate role? That will be an important question to look at to draft not just your applications but indeed your entire MBA strategy.
- Would also suggest that you look at options in India (ISB/IIMs) as the Indian environment can better contextualize your experience so far.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.


Hi GyanOne'
Thanks a lot for your quick reply and the analysis.. will certainly try to get past 740.
Your reply really helped however did pop up other questions as well..will be glad if you can answer those.

1. Which top B schools abroad will be best suited for someone like me?
2. How do I logically and realistically go about evaluating my post MBA avenues?
3. Can you please elaborate on your mention of IIMs & ISB being better for me .

Thanks


Hi neelgmat

1. With a 740+, you could aim for Ross, Cornell, Tuck, Duke, UCLA, and Darden. Kellogg/Columbia may be possible but long shots.
2. Speak to people who have been in your shoes. Many of them may be your former coursemates, seniors, or even slight juniors who transitioned into the private sector and got an MBA. As we have worked with several people with such backgrounds, we can tell you that the options they took ranged from direct private sector roles, to the IIMA short-term program and then private sector roles, to MBAs abroad. No option is closed, but you need to decide which are the ones right for you given your own personal, family, and career preferences.
3. Sure. As Indian Army experience is most understood and valued in India, your post-MBA experience in your own country is likely to get more recognition. Yes, IIMs and to a lesser extent ISB may not be able to get you global careers or international opportunities, but they will be able to get you above-par, stable roles in India. However, if it is only a global career you seek, or are particular about some geography, look abroad. You are currently in the right spot to be in contention with a good GMAT.
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Hello, please find below details about my profile. My primary interest is INSEAD, but I am open to suggestions.

Background:
- Indo Canadian (naturalized citizen), Male, 30
- Bilingual - Hindi, English

GMAT (TBD: scheduled for September first week): Aiming for 710+ (feedback welcomed)

Education:
- Undergrad - B.Eng. in Comp Science from a mid tier university in India (Honours degree, ranked in top 2 of graduating class) - 79%
- Grad School - Master of Science in Comp Science from a top public research university in Canada (100% scholarship, Department Research Award) - (GPA - 3.85/4)

Profile summary:
- Software Professional with 8+ years experience in ideating, implementing, and delivering innovative solutions
- Experience in technical leadership, customer-centric technology and R&D consulting, software project management, and technology risk management

Work experience (Moved to Canada right after undergrad, so the entire work experience is international(?)):
8+ years of work experience in Canada at increasing responsibility levels in technology:

1. Software Engineer (3.5 years)
- 1 year at a research lab directly working with industry partners
- 2.5 years at a large gaming company

2. Senior Software Engineer/Team Lead (6 months)
- Helped an early stage product startup scale
- Lead various automation efforts and technical team

3. Software Architect (4 years) - Boutique technology consulting firm
- Technical Project Manager responsibilities for about 8 months
- Technical decision making during sales & implementation lifecycle of various consulting projects - architecture, scoping, estimations etc.
- Leadership including mentoring team members, designing and leading the hiring process, team growth (led to 5X growth)
- Business development, attending conferences/sales (mostly US) as a technical expert

Tech Entrepreneurship Experience:

1. Co-founded an engagement analytics product company (tech startup) (8 months)
- Venture selected for a prestigious seed-stage program for scalable, science-based companies
- Mentorship by some famous VCs and entrepreneurs in technology space
- Actively involved in all aspects of product and business development: product refinement, market research, growth strategy, financial evaluation/projection, investment strategies, customer outreach
- Raised capital investment

2. Software Architecture Consultant (Independent)
- I have recently made this move. Initial projects involve analytics, artificial intelligence etc., along the lines of introduction of new technology in SMEs and product roadmap & technology risk management consulting for startups.
- Haven't signed up a big corp. yet, but hoping to sign up one soon.

Other activities/Volunteer work:
- Technology Advisor/Board member for a STEM education not-for-profit organization
- Regular participation as an instructor in not-for-profit STEM learning workshops for children and youth
- Lead a team that won a hackathon related to open data and technology use for civic engagement
- Avid hiker

Additional information:

Multicultural work experience:
- During grad school, worked was a part of research lab that has researchers from all over the globe (Brazil, US, Germany, France, Canada, Finland, Ethiopia etc.). Presented at conferences abroad.
- For first job (gaming company) - worked only global level integration projects and with teams in Sweden and India, in-office team comprised of people from India, China etc.
- Software Architect position with technology consulting firm - projects with billion dollars global energy companies, government organizations, and SMEs; technology leadership with multiple teams comprised of individuals belonging to various backgrounds.

Travel - International
- Research conference in the US
- Business conferences in the US
- Business trips to India

Reasons for entrepreneurship move:
- Getting out of comfort zone
- Honing business development skills
- Experience with strategizing growth

Post-MBA goals:
Short term:
- Management consulting to complement existing technology consulting experience/skills, specific interests: strategy consulting and analytics

Medium term:
- Senior Leadership positions at technology firms (FAANMG)

Long term:
- Entrepreneurship

Questions:
- Profile evaluation for INSEAD
    - Where do I stand?
    - What must be improved to increase chances of an admit?
- Is the lower bound for GMAT score aim sufficient, or should I aim for a higher score?
- I have already taken the entrepreneurship leap, and I am currently a self-employed Software Architecture Consultant, is this seen as a negative or a positive attribute of a profile?
- Planning to apply for September 2020 intake, does it make a difference when submitting an application for round 2 vs. round 3?
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Hello, please find below details about my profile. My primary interest is INSEAD, but I am open to suggestions.

Background:
- Indo Canadian (naturalized citizen), Male, 30
- Bilingual - Hindi, English

GMAT (TBD: scheduled for September first week): Aiming for 710+ (feedback welcomed)

Education:
- Undergrad - B.Eng. in Comp Science from a mid tier university in India (Honours degree, ranked in top 2 of graduating class) - 79%
- Grad School - Master of Science in Comp Science from a top public research university in Canada (100% scholarship, Department Research Award) - (GPA - 3.85/4)

Profile summary:
- Software Professional with 8+ years experience in ideating, implementing, and delivering innovative solutions
- Experience in technical leadership, customer-centric technology and R&D consulting, software project management, and technology risk management

Work experience (Moved to Canada right after undergrad, so the entire work experience is international(?)):
8+ years of work experience in Canada at increasing responsibility levels in technology:

1. Software Engineer (3.5 years)
- 1 year at a research lab directly working with industry partners
- 2.5 years at a large gaming company

2. Senior Software Engineer/Team Lead (6 months)
- Helped an early stage product startup scale
- Lead various automation efforts and technical team

3. Software Architect (4 years) - Boutique technology consulting firm
- Technical Project Manager responsibilities for about 8 months
- Technical decision making during sales & implementation lifecycle of various consulting projects - architecture, scoping, estimations etc.
- Leadership including mentoring team members, designing and leading the hiring process, team growth (led to 5X growth)
- Business development, attending conferences/sales (mostly US) as a technical expert

Tech Entrepreneurship Experience:

1. Co-founded an engagement analytics product company (tech startup) (8 months)
- Venture selected for a prestigious seed-stage program for scalable, science-based companies
- Mentorship by some famous VCs and entrepreneurs in technology space
- Actively involved in all aspects of product and business development: product refinement, market research, growth strategy, financial evaluation/projection, investment strategies, customer outreach
- Raised capital investment

2. Software Architecture Consultant (Independent)
- I have recently made this move. Initial projects involve analytics, artificial intelligence etc., along the lines of introduction of new technology in SMEs and product roadmap & technology risk management consulting for startups.
- Haven't signed up a big corp. yet, but hoping to sign up one soon.

Other activities/Volunteer work:
- Technology Advisor/Board member for a STEM education not-for-profit organization
- Regular participation as an instructor in not-for-profit STEM learning workshops for children and youth
- Lead a team that won a hackathon related to open data and technology use for civic engagement
- Avid hiker

Additional information:

Multicultural work experience:
- During grad school, worked was a part of research lab that has researchers from all over the globe (Brazil, US, Germany, France, Canada, Finland, Ethiopia etc.). Presented at conferences abroad.
- For first job (gaming company) - worked only global level integration projects and with teams in Sweden and India, in-office team comprised of people from India, China etc.
- Software Architect position with technology consulting firm - projects with billion dollars global energy companies, government organizations, and SMEs; technology leadership with multiple teams comprised of individuals belonging to various backgrounds.

Travel - International
- Research conference in the US
- Business conferences in the US
- Business trips to India

Reasons for entrepreneurship move:
- Getting out of comfort zone
- Honing business development skills
- Experience with strategizing growth

Post-MBA goals:
Short term:
- Management consulting to complement existing technology consulting experience/skills, specific interests: strategy consulting and analytics

Medium term:
- Senior Leadership positions at technology firms (FAANMG)

Long term:
- Entrepreneurship

Questions:
- Profile evaluation for INSEAD
    - Where do I stand?
    - What must be improved to increase chances of an admit?
- Is the lower bound for GMAT score aim sufficient, or should I aim for a higher score?
- I have already taken the entrepreneurship leap, and I am currently a self-employed Software Architecture Consultant, is this seen as a negative or a positive attribute of a profile?
- Planning to apply for September 2020 intake, does it make a difference when submitting an application for round 2 vs. round 3?


Hi pipinstall

Thank you for posting, and welcome to the GyanOne thread. Here is our perspective:
- Education and GMAT score first. On that front, the mid-tier university in India part will not help in terms of the brand, but the rank (#2) will help. The Master's in Canada is a big plus, and the fact that you did it on a full ride matters as well. The GMAT at 710 is slightly iffy. If you can get it to 730+, we would be a lot more comfortable. This is not to say that the 710 can never work, but that the 730 is a better bet.
- Software, as you know, is one of the most common backgrounds for candidates to top B-schools. INSEAD is a bit of an exception there (they don't get as many software engineers as other top schools; more on this later). Now, while your work in the domain has spanned a wide variety of fields (BD, PM, development), INSEAD will only be moderately impressed. Why? The boutique firm experience. If you were at a tech major, this would have helped a lot more. Also read more in this series of articles though we understand you are not the typical Indian IT Male engineer.
- The technology entrepreneurship part is very interesting, but the question here is - why an MBA so soon after starting a venture? Indeed, why?
- The international exposure and extra-curriculars part is pretty strong for you. Read this to know more about how INSEAD looks at international experience - in any case, you are solid on this front.
- Career goals:
- Short term: Need to review this in more detail. Simply a FAANMG goal is unlikely to work.
- Long term: Back to entrepreneurship. This is even more shaky. What happens to your current venture then?
- On your questions:
1. You are an above average applicant as of now, but need to improve on your GMAT, goals, and overall story.
2. You should ideally enhance your score. In the tech category, a 710 is somewhat shaky.
3. The entrepreneurial experience is certainly a positive, but the question is - why an MBA in just 8 months after taking the plunge?
4. The earlier the better. Round 2 is better than Round 3 (other things such as GMAT etc considered the same).

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WIth the advent of analytics and artificial intelligence and changing socio-economic pictures of countries around the world, it is a challenge for finance professionals to choose between MBA vs Masters in Finance, to advance their careers. Let us have a detailed look at these, with a focus on career opportunities post each of these degrees.

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HKUST has consistently been ranked in the top 20 best business schools around the world for a number of years now, is located in cosmopolitan Hong Kong, affording easy access to Asia and America, and has recently introduced a number of very exciting electives focused on digital transformation, management consulting, and private equity. Still want more?

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GyanOne: HKUST is catering to changes in certain industries by also introducing separate electives in areas such as FinTech. How do you see the jobs scenario changing for HKUST MBA students in such areas? Are such jobs or roles already mainstream or are these options more for future proofing?

We definitely see a lot of promise in the application of technology to business, and this trend only reflects that. A lot of recruiters have been approaching us in the recent past, with requests for students who understand both business and technology.

Within the Hong Kong region in particular, we have a lot of financial services companies, and they are naturally looking for students, managers, and future leaders who can manage FinTech and help integrate it with existing operations.

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In this interview with GyanOne Universal, Shari Hubert (Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke University) and Dan McCleary (Assistant Dean of EMBA and One Year Masters Programs) discuss multiple topics of high relevance to potential Fuqua applicants. These include their insights into Fuqua culture, what Fuqua looks for in MBA applicants, jobs for international candidates at Fuqua, the Fuqua MMS and Duke MEMP programs, and of course, much more.

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Rotterdam offers not great jobs post-MBA, and exposure to a rich culture. A very global class compositions, and a chance to build skills in exciting areas such as digital business await you too! The program trains students to leave a mark on their company/industry. And bring positive change to the world.

In this interview with our Partner, Brandon Kirby, the Director of MBA Marketing and Admissions at the RSM MBA, discusses multiple aspects of the RSM MBA. Key topics include inputs on how to excel at the RSM MBA admissions process and exciting new components of the RSM MBA program. Iit also includes extensive insights on jobs and visa policies in The Netherlands.

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Rodrigo: The Fellows program start off with a lot of 101 advising to make sure that students have the background in place. There are multiple checkpoints through the two years in which we ensure that the Fellows are making progress. At the end of the development plan, we have a capstone to bring the concepts and cohorts together. We see Fellows programs as a purposeful way to put together development opportunities at McCombs.

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Beginning his career in Goldman Sachs, Vishal was able to steadily move up the ladder thanks to his exceptional work ethic and focused efforts on the given target. He constantly impressed with his ability to bring teams together to lead projects, oversee funds and ensure that fund launches are executed without a hitch. Within two years he moved to a senior analyst position which was a reinforcement of his capabilities.

Several new challenges were handled with ease as he gained experiences in strategy and business process management in the new firms Genpact and Crowe Horwath International......WHARTON LAUDER MBA
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The US is one of the toughest places in the world to secure a job for MBA graduates. And with the change in government, it has become even tougher. One of the primary reasons for the same is the lottery system.

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An overseas management graduate from a US university is allowed to stay in the country for one year after completing their studies. Foreign students generally pursue their degrees on an F-1 visa, which provides an option of getting a one-year Optional Practical Training (OPT).

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Karnam Kashyap Sahariya has received calls from best of the best MBA in USA: Ross School of Business, along with confirmations from Johnson Cornell And Tepper School of Business with a scholarship of 40K and 20K respectively. What’s more, he has also been accepted into UNC Kenan Flager Business School with a 100% scholarship! Well, if you have read the above lines a second time, you are not the only one to do the same. This is no mean feat!

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What do increasing average GMAT scores mean? Are top MBA programs preferring higher GMAT scores?

This is your Ultimate Guide to Average GMAT scores and their meaning at top MBA programs.
Every time you visit a webpage of business schools, you are tempted to first check out the average GMAT scores of the latest incoming class. It gives you a starting point or something to work towards. Once you do that, it is kind of hard to ignore how the GMAT numbers seem to be on the rise. A look at the table provided gives you an idea about the increase in GMAT averages in top business schools.

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The biggest jump can be seen in Columbia Business School and Michigan Ross which have seen a 12-point increase from 2016 to 2018. Similarly, among the European schools, INSEAD and HKUST,

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