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Hi Souvik,
Please help me evaluate my profile, and let me know what all school I shall/can apply to, for 2021 admit, in and out US.

Indian, Male, Mechanical Engineer'16 (VIT University)
GPA: 3.3/4 or 8.2/10
GMAT : 720

PROFILE SUMMARY
• Experienced associate in Product / Brand Management, skilled in Business Intelligence and Strategy planning.
• Experienced in driving new launches in FMCG/FMCD industries
• Possess ability to develop, plan, coordinate and contribute in diverse marketing activities and providing insights to improve the product offering


WORK EXPERIENCE

1. 1.5 Year, Product Manager, Godrej (Present)
• Led pan India new launches for Godrej Electronic locks, Door accessories, Furniture fittings & Glass hardware.
• Led end to end new product development (including market study, ideation, price progression, packaging, test market launch and scaled launch) for Godrej’s newly launched Towerbolts, in door accessories.
• Conceptualized & standardised NPI launch process, leading to incremental distribution expansion of new products by ~25%, pan India and achieving YTD ABP sales by 124% for Electronic locks.
• Extracted and analysed market insights by frequent market visits (all regions) and incorporated learning for expansion of glass hardware portfolio.
• Benchmarked competition activities for all 4 categories on monthly basis and taken corrective actions - including trade schemes, price progression, product gap.


2. 2.5 Year, Marketing Coordinator (Brand Management), SC Johnson Products Pvt Ltd. (US Based MNC)
• Managed end-to-end product life cycle management for 3 globally renowned brands – Kiwi, Glade and Mr Muscle
• Drove business metrics and built pricing strategies
• Extensively examined and analysed data to publish monthly reports including heat maps/ deep dives, basis AC Nielsen, providing business insights and identifying growth opportunities across brands.
• Worked closely with customer marketing for GTM planning and BTL assets development and execution
• Executed innovative campaigns to build/grow category, in collaboration with cross-functions
• Vendor management - managed 15 vendors (Global and Local)
• Managed and led (India execution) the launch of Glade HIF, Kiwi Shoe Shampoo and Mr Muscle Kitchen Cleaner - key growth driver for FY19


Achievements:
Recognized and awarded for speedy execution of GST price drop project with 150%+ efficiency
• Recognized by Finance and Marketing Director, SCJ India, for on-time delivery of launch of Glade HIF project
• Top performance rating for 2 consecutive years



EXTRA CURICULLAR
1. Head of Media and Marketing | Rowing Canyon
Managed the media and marketing department of Rowing Canyon, a registered NGO, which focused on teaching and grooming underprivileged kids, using Info-Graphics.
2.Event Manager | graVITas’15 (VIT University)
Head of Sponsorship division of GraVITas’15, VIT University’s national tech-fest., and led a team of 8 members. With collective team effort, we managed to achieve a sponsorship sum of INR 20M.
3. Freelance Photographer
Worked at Gointhecity, a historical tour agency, in association with Bookmyshow, to host city tours. Taught basic & intermediate photography techniques to participants, in the most interactive way possible
Also, won photography content at Saarang’14, IIT Chennai, under top 10 category (among 7000 participants)

Please help me out with the suitable b-schools for Marketing profile Post MBA, expecting FMCG/CPG/E-Commerce.

Thanks For your Help! :)
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Hello Souvik,

My expected GMAT Score: 720
B.tech (Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering): 8.3/10 CGPA
12th: 74.5%
10th: 84.5%

Age: 29

Work exp:
2014-2018 (4 years) : IT Analyst ( Test Analyst)
Aug 2018- Aug 2019 : Developer
August 2019- till day of application for MBA: Business ( Proprietorship)

Extracurricular Activities:
Soccer, Badminton, Newspaper, Chess,Content Analysis, part of an NGO

Won Prizes in:
Best Developer, Soccer, Acting, Chess(3 times), Badminton, High Jump.

Please advise me on the below points:
1) Which MBA is preferred if I want to continue with Business or change stream to Finance.
2) I am basically aiming India as I want to continue with Business as well as Job. Which colleges should I apply in India?
3) Which colleges should I apply in US/ Canada and have a fair/best shot at them.
4) Can I have a fair shot at Insead or ISB.

I know there are many questions but I will really be grateful to you.
Thanks a lot..
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Hi Souvik,

Hope this finds you well!

I would love your feedback on my profile and any recommendations on the schools I should be targeting.

My educational trajectory:
I started my educational journey in Bachelors in Computer Science frankly at a pretty average engineering college in India with a barely average GPA. I attributed my lack of performance in my bachelor's to the substandard education system I have been part of which prioritized rote learning over fostering innovation and originality with a syllabus that was out of touch with the industry.

My true potential was realized when I secured an admission in to University of North Texas for Masters in Computer Science. I enjoyed learning there and executed several projects on my own. I learnt what it takes to actually engineer something.

Bachelors percentage : 60%
Masters GPA: 3.4

My professional trajectory:
I started as a software consultant with one of the most boring and uninnovative Telecom companies in US - Verizon. I learnt how to navigate in a team setting but never really grew as an engineer. Then I surprised myself after scoring a gig at Microsoft after a gruelling interview prep and interview. I was hired as contract-to-hire meaning I could be fired anytime if I didn't meet the expectations or I would be offered a full-time position if I did perform. I performed and became a permanent employee. I ended up working at Redmond headquarters for 8 years and executed some really cool projects like Office 365 analytics, Virtual reality apps for hololens etc.

After I felt I got enough experience of working for a corporation, I explored to venture out and found a Sr Software Engineer role at a peppy and techie e-commerce company called Zulily based in Seattle that literally invented the shopping category called 'Entertainment Shopping'. I enjoy taking complete ownership of projects here and my Team loves me.

As you can see, I started my educational and professional journeys at very average institutions and slowly propelled myself in to excellent ones over time.

Why MBA?
I have always assumed complete ownership while executing many engineering projects and often donned the hat of a Product Manager. Over time, I started developing affinity towards that role. I believe Product Managers are mini-CEOs operating in an Enterprise setting. The experience and learnings I would get working as a Product Manager would help me get in to the start-up scene in India and coupled with a quality MBA program I would be well equipped to start and lead an organization to success. I don't intend to change domains or industries. I'd like to still work in tech post MBA.


Extracurricular:
I have affinity towards learning languages more so ancient ones. I know rudimentary Sanskrit and also teach kids through an organization here in Seattle.

I also help out an NGO my friend founded that aims to transform primary education in the state of Andhra Pradesh. We executed some cool projects that had a major impact on the ground. Our experimenta reduced the dropout of students after primary education drastically and increased educational outcomes in about half a dozen schools in Chitoor district of AP.

GMAT: I am planning to give GMAT soon and expecting score in the range of 680-730

Age:34

Target schools: ISB, Rotman

Few questions lingering me:
1. Is my age a concern for full-time MBA from the likes of ISB?
2. I would prefer a full-time over part-time frankly because of the wholesome school experience. Is that a weird way of looking at it?


Thank you! Looking forward to hearing your evaluation of my profile and recommendations on target schools.

- Shashi

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New post 19 Apr 2020, 09:11
hii Souvik, Thanks for the live Youtube video on profile evaluation. I really enjoyed it.

Im planning to apply for 2yr MBA program in R1 this sept . plz help me in analysing my profile.
Target Schools: Wharton, Harvard, Kellog, Sloan, Columbia, Booth, Stanford, LBS, Insead, Yale

Im an Indian male.
academics: Matriculation- 9.6 CGPA(out of10) approx->91.2%
12th Percent- 87.16%
Undergraduate- 7.51 CGPA(out of10)
GMAT: 740

Work experience: 36 months.
Actually soon after engineering since i was so much interested in business, i continued with the Network Marketing which i started during my final year in college.
I worked in this Network Marketing Company for 2years where i was promoting the company products which developed good Marketing Skills in me. Meanwhile, I was handling a team of more than 4000 and helped the team in promoting Company products.
after 2yrs in this company, i moved to education Sector thinking,letme understand the mindset of youngsters and let me have the exposure to different kinds of students which will help in building my Analysing Skills.
so, currently im working a Teacher for approx. 2years in education sector.

Since network marketing is considered self employed business, i dont have any proof for that to consider as Work Experience. So kindly let me know is it considered or not?

Extracurricular Activities: I have organised many Free Computer Awareness Camps for Poor. Moreover, i have been a part of Blood Donation camps & conducted Seminars on Leadership Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and related concerns.

so, this is my profile. kindly, help me in analysing my profile.
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New post 19 Apr 2020, 09:20
Hello Souvik,

I hope you are doing well. Thank you for your session on the MBA profile evaluation on 19th April.

I am sorry for a very big profile description in here, but I didn't want to miss points.

I am looking to apply to MBA programs in the upcoming application cycle and would be extremely grateful if you could help me with a
profile eval for schools like ISB, Ross, Stern, Foster, Tepper, INSEAD

Background: Male, Indian, 28
Undergrad : College of Engineering & Technology (Not among top colleges); Class of 2014
GPA: 8.3/10 CGPA
GMAT: 710 (Q49 V38)

Work Experience:

5 years 9 months as of today (4 Years in India, 1 year and 9 months in Germany, currently in Germany)

1. Software Developer and UI/UX Architect in a big IT firm India(JUL'14 - Present) for BFSI domain

A. Designed Aviation claims to handle and reporting mobile and Web app for Brokers and Claim handlers
B. Collaborated with Acturials to design and implement Business technical solutions for Technical pricing and risk management
C. Worked as a Developer and technical solution architect for Catastrophic Risk modeling project to design and develop the solutions and software for Business.
D. Worked on Business proposal alongside Manager to win a deal of 400k Euros project, this was an appreciation with regards to my work on my last project.
E. Designed a dynamic solution to save the cost of one extra person in the project because of budget constraints.


Target Industries
1.TECH and Consulting

Extra-Curricular:
1. CSR activity of Teaching Government school kids and Security personnel on Computer knowledge and English

2. Prepared two apps for Kids School Quiz competition.

3. Hackathons on real-world business problems and recently started contributing to Tech community such as GitHub and Stack overflow.


Few queries from my end

1. Is my IT experience and GMAT score less lucrative for MBA programs?
2. I have taken some good initiatives to provide good Business benefits but my profile lack Leadership experience. Would that be a bigger problem?
3. What general advice would you like to give on this profile?

Thank You :)
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New post 19 Apr 2020, 10:14
Hi Souvik!

I'd be grateful if you provided your views on my profile.

Background:
Nationality : Indian (male)
Career : Investment Banking + Private Equity
Qualification : Chartered Accountant
Age : 30
GMAT : 700
TOEFL : Not required as I have undertaken my undergraduate studies in English

Education:
Qualified Chartered Accountant from ICAI (considered to be a tough exam with passing % around 7-10%)
Bachelors of Commerce (3 year course) from R A Podar College (Mumbai University) passed with Distinction in all 3 years


Work Experience: Total 7+ years
Job 1 - Mid Market Investment Bank
Worked for 3 years in a small team of 3 people in the Industrial and Infrastructure segment. Closed 2 transactions aggregating to USD 50+ million (1st transaction was a cross border M&A with an Italian company while 2nd transaction was a structured finance transaction from one of the leading global PE fund). No international travel, but lots of interactions across Europe / Asia during the various M&A transactions that I worked on. Was very difficult to crack into the IB segment not being a MBA grad and started working as an intern eventually rising to the position of an Associate.

Job 2 - Private Equity Fund
Mid market PE fund with an AUM of ~USD 350 million. Worked on a couple of rounds of follow on investment along with bolt on acquisitions for the existing portfolio companies. Was deeply involved in day to day management of the portfolio companies as the fund philosophy was similar to that of a buy out fund. Helped turnaround 2 of the companies under my active management through various cost optimisation and revenue focused initiatives. Helped exit 4 of the portfolio companies returning ~2x the original investment.

Extra curriculars - An adrenaline junkie, have traveled widely searching for various extreme sport activities including sky diving, rafting, bungee jumping, cliff jumping, scuba diving, etc. Also interested in poker and football (soccer) and traveled quite a bit following the club I support (Liverpool FC). Used to play Basketball and Football in high school and represented the school at a district level. Also involved in quizzing and took represented high school in a televised quiz competition.

Post MBA Goal - Continue working in Private Equity which is my passion. Want to actively work in funds that are focused on creating a social as well as environment impact on the society. In the long term, I would want to start a PE fund of my own based on the above principles.

Target Schools - INSEAD, LBS, Columbia J Term, Kellogg

I thank you for the taking the time to go through my profile above, any thoughts / views you may have are much appreciated.

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Hi, I am A doctor, percentage- 62%. work ex- 4 years, I want to do Mba in healthcare managment. Please suggest some schools from Asia and USA.
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New post 20 Apr 2020, 00:07
I have watched your webinar on the Profile evaluation. Thanks for the insightful suggestions.
Please have a look at my profile and help me in finding answers to my questions.

Briefly:

Indian Male 25
10th-94
12th-93
Grad Mech Engineering(BTech)-92
Not yet given GMAT.

EC's:
Captain of an ecokart making team from university- Stood in Top 10 national level
Organized events in university ( National Level too)
Part of an NGO. Teaching
Club President in university
University gold medalist


Work ex:
Senior Software Analyst- 4 yrs(Single company) of working in an IT product based company that is into the engineering sector. Service-based product development providing customizations on the product based on customer requests.
Has international exposure to client locations
Also acts as a trainer on our product to customers
Recognized with awards for good performance.

Targets:(Trying for 2021 Sept)
ISB
UK Schools
Not yet fixed on US B schools(Because of 1 year OPT)
Interested in Operations, Supply Chain, General Management

Ques:
Is it preferable to choose 1 year MBA over 2 year MBA?
What are the factors that should force us to get into a 1 year MBA compared to 2 year MBA courses?
Is it wise to choose UK B schools over others?
My chances of getting into Top B schools.
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Hi sir,

I plan to pursue MS in Finance from the US, preferably, or the UK.

Profile:
1. Age 25
2. Nationality: Pakistani
3. UG: BBA (Hon's) Double Majors in Finance and Marketing from Lahore School of Economics (2nd best business school in Pakistan)
4. CGPA: 3.56/4.0
5. Internships: AIESEC; LABELS - an upscale fashion retail chain in Pakistan
6. GMAT to be taken: expected score 680-700
7. Languages: Fluent in English & Urdu
8. Extracurricular: Played under 19 cricket at regional level; won Special Mention at the most competitive Model United Nations conference in Pakistan; won another debating competition at my university.

Work Experience: 33 months | Worked at my family's struggling construction company after graduating in 2017. For first two years, I worked as Operations Manager, and undertook multiple initiatives primarily focused on employee welfare. In 2019, I was promoted to the position of Director where I undertook company-level reforms in financial management practices of the firm. I have amassed incredible amount of real life experience in the construction sector. However, had it not been for lending a helping hand to my family's construction business, I wanted to pursue a career in finance. Now, that the business is doing relatively better, I want to go back to pursue my passion for finance. Hence, I want to get an MSF degree before starting my career as an analyst and move my way up.

Please suggest me a few schools that I should target in the US and the UK. Any word from your side will be invaluable to me. Thanks so much in advance.
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It was a great session! Thank you! Looking forward to more sessions like this.

Could you please review my profile?

Demographics (nationality, gender): Indian, male, will be 30 years old, this July.
· Education (undergraduate institution, GPA, major - high school/entrance exams not needed): Visvesvaraya Technological University, (India), Bachelor's in Electrical and Electronics engineering, GPA : 3
· GMAT or GRE (include section breakdown): 730 (Q49, VA 45 )
.Work experience (highlight amount of work experience, industries, roles, promotions, special accomplishments, international exposure):
- Started with IBM as an IT analyst and moved to Deloitte as an IT consultant. Was an individual contributor, and received a 'stellar performer of the year' award. Planned three
different platforms to address client issues. Worked with the development teams to outline a ticketing tool, curated for my team needs.
- Joined British Telecommunications as a network engineer, and later got promoted as a manager - workforce management consulting ( Individual contributor) . Designed a sharepoint
site for global clients to analyse their project data. Brainstormed different versions to come up with something closer to their operational goals. Received 4 quarterly awards for
process improvement, and 5 (senior) client recommendations. Massively improved operational performances for 3 different projects which was performing pathetically poor, leveraging
the benefits of the dashboard I designed. I have also been involved with several business transformational projects.

- Have a brief ( failed) entrepreneurship journey after bachelor's. I brought together a team from few of the best IITs to build a product, however, failed to gain clients. Learnt a lot from the experience.

IBM : January 2014 – August 2015
Deloitte : September 2015 – December 2016
British Telecom : December 2016 – Present.

· Extracurricular activities (highlight notable undergraduate and post-undergraduate ones):
- School :
- Was the cultural captain : Was responsible to host cultural events and collaborate with other schools on cultural fests. Received 4 gold medals in school level athletics.
-Was the captain of the school's cricket team, for two years. (captaincy rotated every two years.


- Undergraduate:

o Founded the college's first heavy metal band
o Started the college's first Music club with a separate brick and mortar house.
o Received several gold/silver medals for different inter-college sports/game/music competitions.
o Founded a poetry club.

- Post college : Won a state level powerlifitng championship and ranked in a national level powerlifting championship

. Post-MBA goals: I want to get into management consulting or finance.


Target : Darden, Fuqua, Stern, Tepper, McCombs, Emory, KElley, Anderson

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Hi Souvik

Really have been enjoying your Gmat Club Webinars and appreciate you taking the time out for these profile evaluations
My Profile details are as follows
 
Nationality :Indian
Age 26 in a month
Education: Chartered Accountant(2018)
                 B.Com-(2016) -St Xaviers College,Kolkata- Aggregate of 63%
Gmat Score: Planning to take it in a month.
Toefel :108
Work Experience : Apart from the mandatory internship/articleship(3 years) that one has to go through for completing
                           CA, I have  2.5 years of work experience.
                           (i)9 months at ICICI Bank in their treasury desk (Back-end Analyst job where one had to pre-
                              dominantly vet the deals executed by the front end desk)
                           (ii)The remaining time (before and after the ICICI Stint) has been spent in my family CA firm,
                                in audit and tax work. My mandatory 3 year full time articleship/internshhip which i plan to show
                               as full time work ex (taking the total to a close 6 years till date) was also in my own family audit
                               and accountancy firm
Post MBA Expectation: To be absolutely frank,I have no absolute aims and goals apart from getting into a
                                 finance/banking/consulting space in a MNC
Target Schools:Indian B Schools: ISB
                      East coast US B Schools: Stern, Cornell,Tepper,Darden,Tuck
                      Singapore B Schools: NUS,Nanyang
Not hell bent on Top 10 schools; would rather get a possible waiver from a Top 20                      

I  also have two specific questions that perhaps you could address :

1) Based on you experience with recruiters ,how much does the Indian Work Ex matter,especially when a chunk of it has been in a family setting(although mine was a professional accountancy firm having an international clientele);Does this work-ex  go against you when you are trying to find jobs /go for interviews.Is there a pre-conceived notion that since most of your pre MBA experience has not been in corporate,you fall behind the competition for a corporate gig- thus making it harder to land a job  ?

2)Will the fact that I spent such a short time at ICICI work against me (while admission or recruiting).I had some personal family issues because of which I had to come back home. I would likely join a bank post the COVID situation;Would such frequent switching work terribly against me . Am i better off just working in my firm for a while,till I get an admit. Or perhaps I should apply after working somewhere else for a year or so?

Would love to hear any other observations that you may have on my profile

Thanks again for taking the time out
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Most people are familiar with my story on the forum. The TL;DR version is that I applied to a bunch of schools in 2016, got rejected in most of them, and then turned it around in 2017 and got a lot of admits/interviews and such. I posted my GMAT story HERE and a brief version of my admission and application insights HERE.

Since doing these two posts, I have been getting a lot of PM's about whether the GMAT is enough or whether applying to a certain school makes sense, and honestly, I have not been able to keep up with those PM's.

So this is my attempt to set up shop for my completely non-qualified and anecdotal advice. A place where I will entertain profile evaluation requestions, school strategy and positioning, and some general unadulterated feedback.

Go ahead, and Ask Me Anything!

Edit: I have no aspirations of becoming an admissions consultant. I am playing with the idea of helping others with basic stuff like school selection and resume review, but of course, it will always be free!



UPDATE - May 10, 2019 - After a long sabbatical, I am back! First year at Ross was great and I have some downtime to answer more questions. Throw me those profile evals and school strategy questions!


Hi Souvik,
Thanks for extending the help.
It would be wonderful if you can help me with some insight into my resume and further strategy before my GMAT Exam.


Will be Applying for Fall 2021

Gender: Male
Nationality: Indian
Age: 32 (By the time I enter the Fall 2021 session)
Background: Bachelor's in Architecture, National Institute of Technology (H.P, India) (7.75 CGPA)
Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, CEPT University (Ahmedabad, India) (74%)
Awards: GATE Scholarship for Graduate Studies (AIR 151)
Publication: 1 Research paper in International Journal published through Springer Link
Training: Sustainable Land-use Planning (WorldBank) and 3 Trainings on various aspects of programme management and consulting (AIZ),
Experience: 6.5 Years (By 2021)
Areas of Work: # GIZ GmBH (4.5 Years), Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Worked primarily as a Technical Advisor, along with a 15 Member team for management of 12Mn euros Bilateral Grant to Govt. of India for various projects in the space of Smart cities, Housing and Urban Development. Primarily role is to procure, manage and do quality control of technical advisory consignment through consultants in discussion with government partners.
Have managed a disbursement process of funding programme under National Housing Mission for a Tier II city in India. 600 beneciaries benefited during my tenure in the support programme. Fund disbursed during my tenure as technical expert to the city government amounts to 15 Million Euros (16.2 million USD)

# IL&FS(1 Year), Delhi, india
Worked as an Technical Consultant for Urban Development. Worked in roles of technical analyst for Smart City Menagaluru, during the Swiss Challenge of 100 Smart cities. Moreover, worked in advisory unit of Delhi Mumbai industrial Corridor (DMICDC).

# Christopher Charles Benninger Architects (CCBA), Pune
Worked with one of India's leading architects as an Junior Architect in 2 Institutional design projects.

Additional Initiatives: Support and programme management ZERO Waste Initiative during Hockey World Cup 2018. I am working on a advisory to Govt. of India for ZERO Waste events, and I along with my team would be discussing with Indian Olympic Association.

Extracurricular Activities: Convener for Technical Fest at NIT, 2010
Lead Visual Arts student advisor for SRIJAN, student magazine at NIT
Volunteer at Youth Empowerment Seminar, a associate member of International Association for Human Values
Carrom Champion at CEPT University
Won Commendation Award for Sustainable Eco Resort Design, competition by Saint Gobain’2009.
I am Mountaineering or Scrambling enthusiast and have climbed on Dhauladhar mountain, Mantalai Lake Trek and Chadar Trek among others.

Post MBA career Goal: Would like to excel in "finance and portfolio management roles" at large Housing and Infrastructure financing / Banking institutes, or be a part of portfolio management at Multilateral Aid agencies such as World Bank, USAID, IMF, or BMGF. Currently, I have apt amount of consulting and part financial management career and now I would like to explore the financing side of the story. And would like to start my journey into the world of Investment Banking.

Expected GMAT Score: 700 - 730 (I would be Appearing for GMAT in June 2020)

Schools I am targeting are,
1. University of North Carolina: Kenan-Flager
2. University of Florida: Warrington
3. University of Texas: McCombs
4. Washington University: Olin
5. University of Washington: Foster
6. Indiana University: Kelly

Looking forward to your additional recommendations, if any.

Thanking You,
Regards,
Adi

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Hello Souvik,

I would appreciate if you can provide feedback on the profile. Thanks :)

· Demographics (nationality, gender):
- Indian
- Male (turned 27 in January '20)

· Education (undergraduate institution, GPA, major - high school/entrance exams not needed):
- B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (popularly known as IIT Delhi - Among Top 2 Engineering schools in India)
- Graduated in May 2016
- CGPA - 8.1/10 (Major - Textile Engineering, class rank among top 10% but it's not mentioned on transcript)

· GMAT or GRE (include section breakdown):
- Aiming for 780+ but expecting atleast 750+, not sure about the breakdown but hopefully will do well in quant
- Haven't taken any mocks recently (preparation is still underway) but took one in my undergrad (had 710), can go for GRE as well (not sure which one is preferred)

. Work experience (highlight amount of work experience, industries, roles, promotions, special accomplishments, international exposure):
- Designation: Senior Manager at analytics consulting firm based out of Gurgaon, India (have been pretty unlucky with H1B lottery for last 3 times)
- Current Employer: EXL Analytics, multinational company headquartered in NYC with 1 billion USD yearly revenue (wouldn't consider as recognized as BCG, Bain, etc. but probably Tier 2)
- Work Experience: have been working with the same company for about 4 years now right after my undergrad
- Promotions: Total 3 promotions in ~4 years (2 fast track promotions in first 2 years of working with the company)
- Special Accomplishments - not sure if this carries much weight here (Best Innovator Award and Best Employee award)
- International Exposure - No long time international work experience but have client meetings exposure (been on business trips to US few times)
- Industry - Analytics/Data Science consulting in Banking and Finance
- Actual Work - currently leading a team of 5 consultants all graduated from top schools in India, worked on numerous data science/analytics projects for top US banks (Credit Card Risk & Fraud Mitigation)

. Potential Recommendations -
(IMO nothing great from alumini perspective)
- VP at EXL (IIM - top B school in India) - strong
- SAVP at EXL (The Mays Business School at Texas A&M University) - strong
- Director at top US Bank (past client) (George Washington University School of Business) - strong
- SVP at top US Bank (past client) (MS from Carnegie Mellon University) - strong

· Extracurricular activities (highlight notable undergraduate and post-undergraduate ones):
- During school time, I founded a tech forum/community with about 1Lakh members and had Alexa traffic rank of ~70,000 in 2008. Had to shut down due later due to higher studies
- Did a lot of freelancing work (Web apps/coding) during 5th - 10th grade while in School
- I enjoy working on mobile app development, worked on a startup idea recently but later decided to drop it
- I had decent extracurrics during my undergrad - part of organizing committee (very competitive in college), leading a team of about 40 odd people, for one of India's biggest college festival (Rendezvous, 2nd to Mood Indigo) , affiliations with extracurricular clubs (part of Music club and organized various events ) during undergrad
- Never tried for any certification but I play both Guitar and Piano

. Post-MBA goals: want to start with a product role in a tech company (Google/FB/Amazon/etc.), however in long term would want to get in a leadership role in either a tech company or in a bank (leading analytics efforts)
· Target schools:
- Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Sloan, Chicago Booth
- Thinking of giving GMAT by July '20 if covid situation is stable and applying in R1, however could wait an extra year if my profile has better chance at top B Schools next year

· Other information relevant to your profile: I have always been very passionate about things especially during my school days and had decent source of income back then from my freelancing work for international people. I would rate my college time a little dull in terms of big accomplishments but have learned a lot emotionally during undergrad. I have also learnt a lot of people skills over the years.
Even though I have some idea that my profile isn't upto mark with what's required to make it to Top 5 US B Schools, I would want your opinions as to how I can improve. I have seen people from my undergrad making to Harvard/Wharton but those always have had either better GPA or/and more recognized work experience in terms of employer's reputation (read consulting). Anyway, thank you for looking at my profile and for your suggestions :)
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Hello Souvik,

Thanks for the initiative.
Would love if you could help me out with profile evaluation for MBA for admission in 2021 in top 15 MBA colleges in Europe and US.

Age at the time of admission: 24 years

GMAT Score: 750 (Q49, V41)

Educational Qualifications:

Graduation: B.Tech in Electronics and Communication, DTU (Formerly DCE) - 75.45% (8.29 CGPA with college’s conversion formula)
Class 12: 95.8%
Class 10: 10.0/10.0

Work Experience: 3 years (at the time of admission) - currently -> 2 years

Worked as a Business Analyst for UnitedHealth Group (US Fortune 6 Healthcare organisation) for Marketing Analytics team. Performance measurement until now includes , consecutive thrice over-driver ratings, 2 promotions in 1 year, 2 organizational awards.

Extra curricular activities:
Vice-Chairperson, IEEE DTU - lead a team of more than 200 members through year long organizational and event work.
Have decent exposure to Volunteer work.
Other society activities in college.
Other hobbies and activities include Golf, Music.

Other academic activities include published research papers in Electronics and Communication Engg.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

PS: Have an ISB EEO admit for ‘21

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Hi Souvik,
You have already briefly evaluated my profile during YouTube webinar, but could you please give me more feedback about potential business schools.

About myself: female, Russian, 34 years old
GPA: 3.5 / 4
Educational experience: Master degree in Accountancy (Russian University)
Work experience: 11 years in Finance (Treasury and Risks in International companies)
Aim: only full-ride day-time program in USA
Sphere: Entrepreneurship

Please advise me on the below points:
1. Could it be any concerns from schools about the age?
2. If I get 700 on GMAT for what schools it would be sufficient for full ride?
3. What schools would be best options in my case in USA?
4. What general advice would you like to give on my profile?
Thank you very much in advance.
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Demographics

Female, 25 yo, South Asian
GPA from Ivy League: 3.75 / 4
GMAT: have not taken yet on new format
Educational experience: Bachelor of Arts, Economics Major
Work experience: 2 years in quant trading at BB, only female only floor. Left after 2 years to pursue arts, credits include editorial modeling and lead on West End musical production.
Aim: Columbia ED, looking at Stern as well.
Post MBA goals: consulting / marketing (combine business with creative)
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Love the youtube videos! I am getting ready to work on apps for R1 this upcoming fall and am currently solidifying my goals/visions for my future.

Age: 25
Demographics: US citizen, white male
GMAT: 750 (49,42,7,6)
Undergrad: 3.78 GPA at a top 20 US college (double major Econ + Sport Management)
Division 1 varsity athletics
Work (yrs): ~3 years at time of application, ~4 years at matriculation
Work (description): 1 year at a large-cap energy company as a financial analyst on the business development team. Current role is ~2 years in corporate finance at a mid-cap energy company. Current job responsibilities spill over into investor relations as well due to "smaller" company size and consolidation due to coronavirus.

Extracurriculars: Board member for the athletic department of my undergrad university; volunteer at SPCA (specializing in cats) and assisting with fundraising for special events; Alumni interviewer for undergrad school; Sports is still a big part of my life.

Goals: Still trying to figure this out, but I am very interested in a transition into a role that deals with consumer analytics. I don't know if targeting a CPG type role (would be a great base and provide wonderful training for my interests) is too far from my finance/energy background, but that is a big interest of mine and would be ideal. Also interested in the sports industry. I enjoyed a sports marketing internship I did while completing my undergrad, but that was a few years back. I do not want to stay in the energy sector, and desire to work in a sector that I am more passionate about (such as consumer products, sports, or retail). Long term goal would be to head up a business unit of a major product or product-line for a large multinational corporation.

Target Schools: Booth, Kellogg, Sloan, Columbia, Ross, Fuqua

Recs: One will be from my current supervisor (Director level) and one will be from a coworker from my previous job (senior analyst).

Thank you very much in advance for your thoughts on my candidacy.

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Zack1317 wrote:
Love the youtube videos! I am getting ready to work on apps for R1 this upcoming fall and am currently solidifying my goals/visions for my future.

Age: 25
Demographics: US citizen, white male
GMAT: 750 (49,42,7,6)
Undergrad: 3.78 GPA at a top 20 US college (double major Econ + Sport Management)
Division 1 varsity athletics
Work (yrs): ~3 years at time of application, ~4 years at matriculation
Work (description): 1 year at a large-cap energy company as a financial analyst on the business development team. Current role is ~2 years in corporate finance at a mid-cap energy company. Current job responsibilities spill over into investor relations as well due to "smaller" company size and consolidation due to coronavirus.

Extracurriculars: Board member for the athletic department of my undergrad university; volunteer at SPCA (specializing in cats) and assisting with fundraising for special events; Alumni interviewer for undergrad school; Sports is still a big part of my life.

Goals: Still trying to figure this out, but I am very interested in a transition into a role that deals with consumer analytics. I don't know if targeting a CPG type role (would be a great base and provide wonderful training for my interests) is too far from my finance/energy background, but that is a big interest of mine and would be ideal. Also interested in the sports industry. I enjoyed a sports marketing internship I did while completing my undergrad, but that was a few years back. I do not want to stay in the energy sector, and desire to work in a sector that I am more passionate about (such as consumer products, sports, or retail). Long term goal would be to head up a business unit of a major product or product-line for a large multinational corporation.

Target Schools: Booth, Kellogg, Sloan, Columbia, Ross, Fuqua

Recs: One will be from my current supervisor (Director level) and one will be from a coworker from my previous job (senior analyst).

Thank you very much in advance for your thoughts on my candidacy.

Best,
Zack1317


Your profile is incredibly strong. With the right execution on your narrative, I’d be surprised if you don’t get into more than half of your target school list. As is, you look like a shoe-in for Fuqua and Ross with plenty of scholarship.

Of the M7 schools, your future goals tie best with Kellogg based on industry, while Sloan is best known for analytics.

The three key items that need to be tightened are:
- the thinking/decision making for industry changes: why’d you choose Energy, why are you now interested in Consumer Products/Retail (since that wasn’t part of your background). Maybe you can frame it as you initially wanted to join an industry that was very quantitative and strategic (which Energy is), but then you gravitated towards projects or solutions that were more consumer-centric (and have reasons for why on all those decisions)
- the industry or customer you want: you mentioned 3. I could see two paths here. (1) anything B2C, which could be brand management at CPG, product Strategy/marketing at a tech company, General management for Fortune 500 B2C, etc. (2) mix of your industry goals such as general management/strategy for anything sports/health related like Nike, UnderArmour, FitBit, DraftKings. You’ll have to stick to one goal/path for your story. Inconsistency will make adcom think you could easily get lost when recruiting.
- leadership skills: because you’re on the younger side professionally, you definitely want someone to speak in detail to that in your recommendations

Hope this helps!

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New post 13 May 2020, 16:40
Hi Souvik,

I have seen your great work across the gmatclub forum and am really thankful for clearing most of my doubts. But one thing I want to check with you is how good will be an MBA from the US, if someone wants to switch to FInance( Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Non-investment banking roles) from IT.
I have around 6 yrs of experience in IT with Accenture.
I have worked in an NGO for 3 yrs along with the job.
Scored 700 in my first attempt but will retake GMAT in next couple of months.

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New post 23 May 2020, 10:39
Nice work on the youtube channel! Would love to hear your opinion on my profile.

Background: Male, Australian (naturalised citizen); Ethnicity: Indian; Age 30

Academics:
700 GMAT
Masters with equivalent of 3.7/4.0 GPA in Business Information Technology at a leading Australian University and a Bachelors in Technology from an Indian University

Work: ~ 8 years
Work experience spans across US (past 1.5 years), Australia (5 years) and India (~1 year)
Currently working in sales at a Life science technology firm in the US West Coast in a mid-senior level role

Extra-curricular:
Worked at an animal shelter NGO in Sydney
Captain of soccer team in school

Goal: To work as a product manager at a top life science/technology firm and eventually move to a leadership role with a focus on strategy. My work experience is in roles across technology, project management and sales and a product management role post MBA will help me bring all of these together and setup for the longer term leadership role.
Eventually planning to move back to Australia.

Business Schools: Focusing on part time (weekend) programs in the following order: Haas (close proximity to current location), Booth (preferred school but will have to see if the travel makes sense) and Stern (in case I want to move to East Coast).

Questions:
1. Based on my profile, do these schools seem achievable? (I have time to write the GMAT again but happy to avoid if I can :)
2. I can go full time if I get into Harvard, Wharton or Stanford. Is that even plausible considering my profile?

Thanks!
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