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You are most welcome. I look forward to talking with you!

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Hi Personal MBA Coach,

I'm planning to take advantage of the open interview period at Tuck and Fuqua, but would like to know your thoughts about my profile.

Male, 28 years old
International Student from Central America
GRE - 160 Q , 154V
Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from a public school in FL
GPA 3.4
Work experience: 2 years in BB banking operations in the US, 2 1/2 in automotive/manufacturing (F500) including 1 year working in Europe.
In the process of founding an affinity group in my current company

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Hi Personal MBA coach,

Please evaluate my profile-

Indian Male, Age-26
Bachelor's- Mechanical Engineering from Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU), India in 2012.
Got 75.86% ( Ist Div-Hons)- in the top 5% students.
GMAT- hope to get around 680-710.
Work Ex.- Working in oil & gas sector M/s Indian Oil Corporation Limited ( top Indian company in Fortune 500 list)as an Assistant Manager for the last 5 years. Got one promotion also.
Handling maintenance & automation related projects of crores in value. Managing 50+ manpower in the plant. Exposed to different culture, conditions in the beginning of my career itself ( Posted in southern India for 4 years)
One of the 5 employees across India to attend International conference during 2016-17.
Awarded for best innovative idea under Idea Conclave. ( Cash prize too)

Extra Curricular-1) Volunteered for Teach For India during college days for about 2 years.
2) Associated with NGO "Bhumi" for 2 years during my tenure in southern India.
3) After promotion & transfer to North India last year, continuously engaged in company's CSR activities.

Post MBA goal- Want to explore options in & out energy sector.
Considering my profile, which schools shall I target for R1?( Thought of Duke, McCombs, Ross)
Please let me know your suggestion regarding school selection & also please comment on my candidacy.
Thanks in advance


Thank you for your post. If you can crack 720 then a place like McCombs and Duke would be reasonable. Unfortunately the Indian male pool is competitive as you know so anything in the 600s will make it challenging at those programs.

Good luck and reach out if you want to discuss how we can help with GMAT tutoring or admissions consulting!

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Hi,

I took GMAT exam on 16th & could score a mere 640 only.
I'm totally hopeless now whether this score can help me get admission to any good school.

I really look forward to receive your valuable feedback on this.

Rgds.

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Hi Personal MBA Coach,

I'm planning to take advantage of the open interview period at Tuck and Fuqua, but would like to know your thoughts about my profile.

Male, 28 years old
International Student from Central America
GRE - 160 Q , 154V
Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from a public school in FL
GPA 3.4
Work experience: 2 years in BB banking operations in the US, 2 1/2 in automotive/manufacturing (F500) including 1 year working in Europe.
In the process of founding an affinity group in my current company

Thanks!


Thank you for your profile details. What is your role in the automotive / manufacturing company? This would impact my analysis of your profile. Also what bank did you work for?

From what I see here the stats are a little low for Tuck, though closer for Fuqua which is a good target. Would you consider retaking the GRE? Being from Central America will help you but a higher score will improve your chances overall. Is this part of a broader application strategy to more schools?

Good luck and reach out with any further questions!

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As August comes to a close and we get closer to round one deadlines, here are few very quick reminders! Then stay tuned for more...

1) Recommendations - Ensure these are submitted by the deadline. While it is possible that some schools give an extension, do not assume this. Even if it can be done, you are always better off getting things in by the deadline. Give your recommenders fake deadlines to avoid any risk of being late.

2) Resume - Have you updated your resume? Yes the essays will take the most time but don't forget about the resume. If you plan to use the latest version you submitted for a job, think again! The MBA application resume should be different from the professional resume. Click below to learn more
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3) Short answers - Don't forget about these short answers. For some schools they are quite comprehensive and will take time to write and edit. For others they may be brief but still important.

More round one planning: https://www.personalmbacoach.com/single ... eady-to-go

Good luck everyone!

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Hello Personal MBA Coach,

Could you please evaluate my profile and gauge my chances at Melbourne Business School? I am also looking for some information on how the scholarships work at MBS and what are the chances of securing an interview with top Management Consulting firms with my GMAT score.

I understand that the big consulting firms do not consider candidates with a GMAT score <700. Is this true? I am planning to give another exam next month and my target score is 700+.

Profile:
Female, Age 32, Mother of 2 (3yr & 1yr old)
Australian Citizen (India born)

Education:
10th – 79.5%
12th - Diploma/Polytechnic – 76.27%
Graduation – B.E in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from AMIETE – 6.56 GPA
GMAT – 670 (Q45,V37,IR6,AWA5)

Work Experience:
14 years of extensive experience in managing IT Infrastructure. I have attached my LinkedIn URL for your reference - http://www.linkedin.com/in/aparnarallabhandi

Extra- Curricular:
Worked as a teacher and a helper for a non-profit school for 7 years from 2005-2012.

Post MBA goals:
I want to join Management Consulting preferably Technology Management Consulting (given my experience in the IT) after completing my MBA.

Thank you in advance for all your help!

Cheers,
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Hello Personal MBA Coach,

Could you please evaluate my profile and gauge my chances at Melbourne Business School? I am also looking for some information on how the scholarships work at MBS and what are the chances of securing an interview with top Management Consulting firms with my GMAT score.

I understand that the big consulting firms do not consider candidates with a GMAT score <700. Is this true? I am planning to give another exam next month and my target score is 700+.

Profile:
Female, Age 32, Mother of 2 (3yr & 1yr old)
Australian Citizen (India born)

Education:
10th – 79.5%
12th - Diploma/Polytechnic – 76.27%
Graduation – B.E in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from AMIETE – 6.56 GPA
GMAT – 670 (Q45,V37,IR6,AWA5)

Work Experience:
14 years of extensive experience in managing IT Infrastructure. I have attached my LinkedIn URL for your reference - http://www.linkedin.com/in/aparnarallabhandi

Extra- Curricular:
Worked as a teacher and a helper for a non-profit school for 7 years from 2005-2012.

Post MBA goals:
I want to join Management Consulting preferably Technology Management Consulting (given my experience in the IT) after completing my MBA.

Thank you in advance for all your help!

Cheers,
Aparna


Aparna,

Thank you for the post and congrats on the newborn (1 yr old is close enough!). While your stats would put you in range, your experience is high for MBS so I would advise an executive or part-time program to maximize your chances of getting in. Can it still work out with full-time? Sure, but the odds are not as great as the average applicant has around 5.9 years of experience. Feel free to reach out with further questions!

Best,
Scott
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Hi Scott,

Thank you so much for your reply!

Cheers,
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Aparna,

You are most welcome. Best of luck!

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Hi,

Wondering about possibly applying in R2, and would like to get your thoughts on how high to aim. As you can see, I aimed high in R1, and would like some honest advice on how best to diversify and improve my odds. Thanks in advance!

25, M, Canadian
3.75 GPA at top Canadian business school (Queens/Ivey)
3 years in T2 management consulting, helped found a thought leadership centre
1 year experience at a globally-recognized NGO (sponsored by MC firm) working on a project with major media attention
Extracurriculars: Exec role at a nonprofit consultiing group in my firm, volunteering to ESL kids
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Goal: to transition into more of what I got a chance to do at the NGO, working in financial services in developing countries

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Wondering about possibly applying in R2, and would like to get your thoughts on how high to aim. As you can see, I aimed high in R1, and would like some honest advice on how best to diversify and improve my odds. Thanks in advance!

25, M, Canadian
3.75 GPA at top Canadian business school (Queens/Ivey)
3 years in T2 management consulting, helped found a thought leadership centre
1 year experience at a globally-recognized NGO (sponsored by MC firm) working on a project with major media attention
Extracurriculars: Exec role at a nonprofit consultiing group in my firm, volunteering to ESL kids
740 GMAT (49Q/41V)
Goal: to transition into more of what I got a chance to do at the NGO, working in financial services in developing countries


Thank you for your post.

- What firm do you work for? I know T2 but the specific firm matters so let me know that, either posting here or emailing privately if you prefer. Also are you at the NGO now or at your firm?
- It would be great to see your resume as many of these things are rather standard and I would love to give you the best advice

However before seeing that, I can say top 10 schools look reasonable for you. Where within that would depend on the resume, performance at work, salary raises, LOR quality etc.

Best,
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Scott,

Thank you for doing this!

Background: Asian Male U.S. Military

Undergrad: United States Air Force Academy B.S. Legal Studies GPA 2.36

Graduate: Oklahoma State University M.S. Entrepreneurship GPA 3.727

GMAT: 710 49Q 37V 5AWA 7IR

Work Experience:
-Air Force Contracting Officer, aka acquisitions for Air Force. Significant leadership experience through Air Force. Multiple Group level awards, led team through organizational change which led to 1 Major Command Award. Exited military as a Captain 5 years
-Medtronic surgery consultant/sales experience. Started as a trainee, graduated year-long training program in 6 months, graduated top of class out of 15. Increased revenue in a 2 year downward trending territory. Grew passion for biotechnology. 2 years
-Currently working on launching platform for New York City to help veterans in need. 4 months

E/C
-Currently Air Force Reserves Captain, I volunteer to interview applicants to Air Force Academy to help them decide if the military is right for them.
-Medical Missions, I was able to earn more than $500k worth of medical implants and tools from Medtronic, and helped ship them to Puerto Rico to help surgeons treat children with scoliosis. Did this for a year and a half while at Medtronic
-Habitat for humanity. Volunteered while in the Air Force to help give back to the cities that embraced the Air Force Base.

Story
-Enjoyed time in Air Force grew passionate about conducting business deals enabling mission capability for Air Force. At Medtronic grew passionate and saw the impact of biotech watching patients move limbs for the first time after an accident. Long-term goal is to become accredited investor focused on biotech ecosystem to help improve quality of life globally. Short term is to become investment banker in healthcare group to learn to correctly value companies and identify key growth factors.

Additional info
-I had family health issues that I will not disclose here, but I did not know how to deal with the demanding military and academic curriculum and family issues at home.
-I have always wanted to attend a top MBA program, but I knew my UG gpa is a scarlet letter. I took finance and accounting in Graduate school where I got A's in, out performed peers during my careers and scored a fair GMAT 710 to compensate.

Target Schools in no particular order: CBS, NYU, Tepper, Darden, Cornell

So my question is, have I done enough to offset my poor UG GPA?
And are my target schools reasonable?

Thank you for taking the time to do this.

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Hi,

I have been in search of a community or a forum, to find out the best-suited courses in MBA or MSc aligned with Corporate Social Responsibility and green/sustainable management. So far it's been a struggle to find a similar pool of applicants or threads for such courses and I'm really not able to find some good measure of rankings.
General information that I'm looking for is - Job prospects after degree, ideal profile with median GMAT score, and usefulness of the course.
Following are some courses that I know of and would like to know more about -

1. The Università Bocconi MAGER - MSc in MSc Sustainability and Social InnovationGreen Management, Energy and Corporate Social Responsibility
2. HEC Paris - MSc Sustainability and Social Innovation
3. RSM Erasmus University -MSc Global Business & Sustainability
4. UBC, Vancouver - MASTER OF SCIENCE IN RESOURCES, ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY (MSC)
5. Oxford University - MSc in Environmental Change and Management
6. University of Toronto -Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM)
7. Columbia University - Master of Science in Sustainability Management

Bit about me - Background - Indian Female, I.T. Consulting with 40 months of Experience in a Big Four Company
Cumulative Percentage - 78% (Honors Degree in Bachelor of Technology (IT major) tier 2 institute.
Extra Curricular- Associated work with WWF and a few Non-Profit driven educational institutes.
GMAT Score - 650

Please evaluate this profile and "in reach" schools for my score. What extra is needed for profile to be considered strong.

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Scott,

Thank you for doing this!

Background: Asian Male U.S. Military

Undergrad: United States Air Force Academy B.S. Legal Studies GPA 2.36

Graduate: Oklahoma State University M.S. Entrepreneurship GPA 3.727

GMAT: 710 49Q 37V 5AWA 7IR

Work Experience:
-Air Force Contracting Officer, aka acquisitions for Air Force. Significant leadership experience through Air Force. Multiple Group level awards, led team through organizational change which led to 1 Major Command Award. Exited military as a Captain 5 years
-Medtronic surgery consultant/sales experience. Started as a trainee, graduated year-long training program in 6 months, graduated top of class out of 15. Increased revenue in a 2 year downward trending territory. Grew passion for biotechnology. 2 years
-Currently working on launching platform for New York City to help veterans in need. 4 months

E/C
-Currently Air Force Reserves Captain, I volunteer to interview applicants to Air Force Academy to help them decide if the military is right for them.
-Medical Missions, I was able to earn more than $500k worth of medical implants and tools from Medtronic, and helped ship them to Puerto Rico to help surgeons treat children with scoliosis. Did this for a year and a half while at Medtronic
-Habitat for humanity. Volunteered while in the Air Force to help give back to the cities that embraced the Air Force Base.

Story
-Enjoyed time in Air Force grew passionate about conducting business deals enabling mission capability for Air Force. At Medtronic grew passionate and saw the impact of biotech watching patients move limbs for the first time after an accident. Long-term goal is to become accredited investor focused on biotech ecosystem to help improve quality of life globally. Short term is to become investment banker in healthcare group to learn to correctly value companies and identify key growth factors.

Additional info
-I had family health issues that I will not disclose here, but I did not know how to deal with the demanding military and academic curriculum and family issues at home.
-I have always wanted to attend a top MBA program, but I knew my UG gpa is a scarlet letter. I took finance and accounting in Graduate school where I got A's in, out performed peers during my careers and scored a fair GMAT 710 to compensate.

Target Schools in no particular order: CBS, NYU, Tepper, Darden, Cornell

So my question is, have I done enough to offset my poor UG GPA?
And are my target schools reasonable?

Thank you for taking the time to do this.


Thank you for your detailed post and congrats on your accomplishments! We work with a lot of military applicants each year and the good news as you probably know is that schools appreciate military leadership experience. Your extra-curriculars are quite impressive (and remind me of some of my international health non-profit work years ago!). Have you taken any extra graduate level courses recently? The graduate school work you have will really help, as will difficult analytical courses you could take now. For some schools like CBS and Darden your stats are still a bit low. When I see a very low GPA, I am looking for a GMAT to blow things out of the water in return. Your GMAT is actually below the average for males at these schools so we don't really check that box. Would you consider retaking it? I don't see any safe schools here so while the list is decent, I would recommend either getting tutoring (let us know if you are interested) and retaking the GMAT or adjusting the list a bit. You will get a military boost but for a school like CBS, especially at this point in the year since they are rolling, we really need a much higher score. Even for Cornell I would like a higher score to offset the GPA.

Reach out with any further questions!

Best,
Scott
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