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PROFILE EVALUATION FOR CANADIAN MBAS FOR FALL 2020.

DEMOGRAPHICS : Indian Male, 25 years old.

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE : B-Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from SRM University, Chennai (2017)
CGPA – 8.6/10 OR 3.44/4

WORK EXPERIENCE : 2.5 years in Software consulting from Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai

LONG TERM GOAL: To become a Marketing head in a Canadian/International company of repute in Sports/Music/Travel/FMCG/Retail/Consumer Electronics industries AND To settle in Canada with a PR.

SHORT TERM (post-MBA) GOALS : entry-level marketer/Marketing manager in the above industries OR join Management Consultancy for a few years then become a marketer in those industries.

I’ve taken a few UG-level credit courses and online courses in MGMT, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship to help me facilitate my transition from Software to Marketing.

TEST SCORES:
GMAT – 710 (Q48, V40, IR 5, AWA 5)
IELTS Academic – 8.0 (L-8, R-9, W-7, S-7)

EXTRA-CURRICULARS:
1. Committee Member & Marketing Head of the SRM University Cycling Club
2. Cleared with distinction Grade 5 exam in “Drum-kit” conducted by Trinity College of Music, London, 2008.
3. Successfully completed BRM-200 (Brevet d’Audax), a 200 km cycle race conducted by Mumbai Randonneurs division of Brevet d'Audax, France in 12 hours and 10 minutes in February 2018.
4. Since 2015, have been a regular member of The Indian Stammering Association (TISA), a not-for-profit organization by and for people who stutter. Since 2018, have been the Co-coordinator for the organization’s Mumbai chapter. Website: https://stammer.in/.
5. Regular participant and host of Mumbai Drum Circle, a community drum circle specialising in Djembes (South African hand drums).

**Interested in only 20+ months MBA program to get 3 year Work permit after graduating. Hence, IVEY, Queen’s, Simon Fraser, uOttawa, etc are OUT.
**NOT interested in colleges in Quebec due to liabilities of not knowing French. Hence McGill, Concordia, HEC are OUT.

TARGET PROVINCES: Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta

Colleges Applied so far:
1. McMaster (DeGroote) Co-op MBA -> Interviewed; awaiting final results.
2. UCalgary (Haskayne) Daytime MBA -> Submitted in R2
3. York U (Schulich) MBA -> Submitted in R1

Profile Evaluation required for:
1. University of Toronto Rotman – MBA
2. University of Alberta – MBA
3. UBC Sauder - MBA
4. Brock University Goodman – MBA ISP
5. Carleton University Sprott - MBA

Could you help me understand my initial profile evaluation for these above 5 programs?
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New post 03 Dec 2019, 20:45
chinmayrav wrote:
PROFILE EVALUATION FOR CANADIAN MBAS FOR FALL 2020.

DEMOGRAPHICS : Indian Male, 25 years old.

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE : B-Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from SRM University, Chennai (2017)
CGPA – 8.6/10 OR 3.44/4

<<snip>>

Could you help me understand my initial profile evaluation for these above 5 programs?

Thanks for posting on our thread chinmayrav. A few thoughts on your profile evaluation:
  1. The academic arc looks decent since SRM is a decent brand and your GPA is above average too (?). The GMAT is ok - at about hygiene for at least the top schools. In general, one can easily add 20-30 points to a given school's average. Check here for average GMAT scores.
  2. The professional experience seems to be the weakest link - at least in so far as you have described. Being part of one of the largest pool of applicants means that you have to double down in articulating the differentiation, whatever possible. The other thing to bear in mind is that the average experience is in the 4-5 years range at most schools out there. That can make applying this year a bit of tricky proposition overall.
  3. For reasons mentioned here, we don't speculate on school selection chances. However, given your personal preferences and filters, the school list seems to be the right one.
  4. The ECs arc looks to be the most solid part of the profile. So make sure to use it well.
  5. It will also be critical to connect the dots well. Marketing roles from IT, and in general too, are pretty tough to break into for international MBA grads, even more so in the type of industries you are targeting. It would be prudent to bring a bit more realism there.

Hope this sparks the right thoughts. Do reach out directly for more.

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Life after consulting: Exit options

One of the most coveted roles across bschool campuses, many consulting careers are short-lived, two to three years long. Consultancies have an “up or out” culture, meaning that many of those who feel they can’t make it to partner level, change jobs. Little wonder then that consultancies have a turnover rate of 15 to 20 percent.

In this post, we explore the various reasons people move out of consulting, and the multiple career options it opens up for you.

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New post 31 Dec 2019, 21:58
Hello and Happy New Year!

If you could spare the time to evaluate my profile, it would be greatly appreciated! Any and all feedback and comments are welcome.

Age:
23 (Plan to apply in 3-4 years)

Ethnicity:
Korean-American

Academics:
Top 10 U.S. University (not known for engineering)
GPA: 3.61 (Majored in Mechanical Engineering and Minored in Finance)

GMAT:
740 (49Q, 41V)
(2nd attempt; thinking about retaking the GMAT again to achieve a score of 760+ due to my demographic)

Experience:
Engineer
100% in the aerospace industry (including internships)

Current Job:
Engineer at Fortune 100 Aerospace Engineering Firm

Intended Post-MBA Career:
1.) Management consulting (MBB), using my experiences in the engineering industry (both small and large firms) to help clients with problems unique to the intersection of business and engineering.
Or
2.) Program Manager at current company, using my engineering background, industry experience, and business education from an MBA.

MBA Schools:
Reach: HBS, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Booth, Columbia
Target: Kellogg, Haas, Ross, Stern

Thanks in advance.
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Hello and Happy New Year!

If you could spare the time to evaluate my profile, it would be greatly appreciated! Any and all feedback and comments are welcome.

<<snip>>

Reach: HBS, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Booth, Columbia
Target: Kellogg, Haas, Ross, Stern

Thanks in advance.

SimbaJSK, a few thoughts on your profile evaluation:
  1. The academic pedigree certainly helps. Where did the GPA put you, relatively in the class? The GMAT score will be a good one to go with it. A higher score always helps but don't break your head too much on it.
  2. The professional profile sounds ok. However, it would be important to understand the actual work, achievements and differentiation therein. Aero is not a big feeder industry and since you have started early, will be good to explore other avenues.
  3. While consulting is ok, PM may not necessarily be so - unless your firm hires MBA grads for such roles; usually rare.
  4. You haven't mentioned anything on the ECs front. Here is why ECs matter in your MBA application.

For folks in your situation, we usually suggest a deep dive for Profile Building. So, check it out.

Cheers,
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MBA without work experience

The norm in India is to do MBA right after undergrad. This is not the case globally, creating a constant tussle and dilemma for Indian students.

In this blog post, we explore the pros and cons of doing MBA without experience as well as options in geographies such as Canada and Germany.

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What skills does an MBA give you?

While an MBA is a ticket to corporate super-stardom for many, a lot of candidates vying for it don't fully comprehend the actual skills that go behind making the degree a valuable one.

In this article, we will discuss the skills that become a part of a good business training. Skills that may not be a part of the formal curriculum, however, manage to creep into the training process by virtue of the learning experience.

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McKinsey vs BCG vs Bain vs Big 4 (Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC): Differences & similarities

They come with various names - the big 3, big 4 and the likes. In this article, we try to make some sense of the giant management consulting firms that still hold the top place when it comes to an MBA aspirant.

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