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26, male, Indian Sikh.
Business economics graduate from Delhi University (first division). I've derived that my GPA is 3.7 (kindly correct if wrong)
GMAT: 740 (Q51, V39, IR8, AWA6)
Work experience:
Full time 2.5 years, freelance 1.5 years.

I freelanced with a production studio as a cinematographer and a video editor for 6 months. They hired me full-time and promoted me to the post of senior producer because I was good at dealing with clients. This lasted for 6 months too.
Then I left for Mumbai to assist in ads and films to learn more. I was freelancing as well. I was the assistant cinematographer in Kapil Sharma's "Firangi". Was part of many short films as well.

Then I joined my family business of medicine exports. It involved handling purchase and negotiating rates and payment terms. Soon I started travelling to Imphal to manage a pharmacy as it's conflict struck area and hiring someone local was tough.
Additionally, I became a mutual fund distributor in Jan last year. I have a sizeable AUM under me. I am also a stock trader. I still freelance as a cinematographer.

In college I used to make short films on social causes. I'd write, shoot, direct and edit myself. The topics ranged from communal differences, eve teasing to organ donation. I screened the organ donation movie in my college and about 50 viewers pledged their organs after the screening.
I also won numerous awards in -
Street theatre
Best photographer
Best cinematography
Best short film (director)

I wish to get into financial consulting post MBA.

What is the deal breaker here? I've been told that my work ex won't count since I've mostly worked for myself or my family (albeit full time).

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New post 14 Jul 2019, 03:31
Hello All !

Please evaluate my profile and let me know on the chances of getting in

Nationality : Indian
Gender : Female
Age : 26 years
Class X : 93%
CLass 12 : 98%
Btech in Mechanical engineering( JNTU university hyderabad) : 86%
Mtech in BITS Pilani (WILP) : 97.5%
GMAT Score : 710

Overall 6 years of experience in Aerospace manufacturing company " Tata Advanced systems Limited"
3 years in Operations ( Production, Engineering, Tooling)
3 years in Supply chain ( Strategic sourcing team)
Certifications:
Lean six sigma green belt trained and led several projects

Extra curriculars :
Participated in indoor sports and atheltics at school, college and comapny level.
Participated in CSR initiatives from company side.

Post MBA goal:
Leading global supply chain teams across different industries.

Please let me know.

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New post 20 Aug 2019, 11:14
Hi all,

I'd really appreciate any profile evaluation for me

I'm 26, Male from Indonesian

GMAT: 680 (Q49, V34) IR 7
Total WE: 5 years in O&G EPC Contractor (4 years as Process Engineer in Netherlands office and 1 year as Business Development Specialist in Dubai office)

Spent the first 4 years as Process Engineer in The Hague, The Netherlands then moved to Dubai office (the same company) last year as Business Development Specialist. In my current role, I mainly create presentation for client meetings, involved in bid strategy and execution, market and competitor analysis, manage monthly reporting to excom level and support business process improvement.

Undergrad: Chemical Engineering in The Netherlands.
GPA: 8.1/10

Extra-curricular:
Vice President of Indonesian Student Association in The Hague for 1 year then continued as Advisor for the next 2 years
Board member of internal organization in The Hague office that acts as platform for networking, knowledge sharing and external excursions

Post MBA Goal: business development or consulting in renewable energy industry

Would like to apply the Early Action but it's tight so might postpone to Round 1

Thanks

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Hi all,

I'd really appreciate any profile evaluation for me

I'm 26, Male from Indonesian

GMAT: 680 (Q49, V34) IR 7
Total WE: 5 years in O&G EPC Contractor (4 years as Process Engineer in Netherlands office and 1 year as Business Development Specialist in Dubai office)

Spent the first 4 years as Process Engineer in The Hague, The Netherlands then moved to Dubai office (the same company) last year as Business Development Specialist. In my current role, I mainly create presentation for client meetings, involved in bid strategy and execution, market and competitor analysis, manage monthly reporting to excom level and support business process improvement.

Undergrad: Chemical Engineering in The Netherlands.
GPA: 8.1/10

Extra-curricular:
Vice President of Indonesian Student Association in The Hague for 1 year then continued as Advisor for the next 2 years
Board member of internal organization in The Hague office that acts as platform for networking, knowledge sharing and external excursions

Post MBA Goal: business development or consulting in renewable energy industry

Would like to apply the Early Action but it's tight so might postpone to Round 1

Thanks

Thanks


Hi,

You have outstanding international work experience, and that will make you desirable to admissions committees. Also noteworthy is a move from a technical role to a BD position, which allows you to work directly on your company's business objectives. Any worthy achievements in this role, such as successful bids, revenue generation etc. will add further shine to your resume.

As Darden is a case-method b-school, where most of in-class class learning happens through discussions, showing yourself to be proficient in soft skills (interpersonal skills, ability to work with people from different backgrounds, adaptability, listening to others, etc) will help.

The concerning bit right now is the low GMAT score- with Darden's average GMAT score being 718, you are almost 30 points below. If you are applying in R1, you should consider taking the GMAT once again. Also noticeably absent in this profile description are extra curricular activities in the recent past.

Your goals sound okay. Darden has great resources for the energy industry and on sustainability, so you will be in a good place.
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New post 21 Aug 2019, 21:32
Thanks for the reply Namita!

Do you think I have a better chance if I submit in early action? My application is now in progress and I might pull it off just on time.

To be honest, I think it will be difficult for me to improve my GMAT significantly in few weeks (also considering test availability in my area). It sounds cliche but it’s kinda true

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FSUMAR wrote:
Thanks for the reply Namita!

Do you think I have a better chance if I submit in early action? My application is now in progress and I might pull it off just on time.

To be honest, I think it will be difficult for me to improve my GMAT significantly in few weeks (also considering test availability in my area). It sounds cliche but it’s kinda true

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If you think this is the best you can do, then apply in early action. If your application is otherwise very strong, then you never know, it may work with a low GMAT score.
Remember to capitalize on your other strengths, which are also substantial.

All the best and keep us posted :)
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Thank you Namita! Wish me luck!

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Background: Applying Fall 2020.
Race/nationality: White, US
Sex: Male

Undergrad school/major: George Mason University, History (3.43 GPA)

Grad School: London School of Economics MSc. International History

GMAT Score: Have yet to take

Work experience and leadership: Have worked in political campaigns extensively ether as an intern or as a full-time employee before going to grad school, including for a high profile state party. I worked as a researcher for three prominent public affairs outfits. While I interned for several think tanks in college and on the Hill for a high profile member of Congress as well as for a House committee. I am currently working as a government contractor with a Federal agency. In these roles, I have worked with high-level donors, officials, and dealt with issues/risks impacting business.

Community and Others:
Served as a board member and treasurer of my undergraduate social fraternity's alumni org.
Treasurer for a local political organization
Active in DC foreign policy networking organizations.

Post-Grad Goal of MBA:
I want to work in energy finance/consulting, focusing on how political and regulatory risks impact this industry.

Additional: VA in-state resident if that counts for anything. I also know many Darden MBA alumni.
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Looks good, very interesting profile, I feel very optimistic. Just need to articulate why MBA and how it will make you more viable for the chosen post-MBA job. It's good that you are from VA; they will feel you are more likely to choose them and so they will be more likely to choose you. Esp with George Mason and all. I think they will see you as someone who could contribute to the intellectual focus at Darden; they value spirited and informed discourse. Of course, tough to evaluate your profile without a test score but if you meet the class average, you're a contender; white males are overrepresented but your work experience is a source of diversity so offsetting entries.

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Background: Applying Fall 2020.
Race/nationality: White, US
Sex: Male

Undergrad school/major: George Mason University, History (3.43 GPA)

Grad School: London School of Economics MSc. International History

GMAT Score: Have yet to take

Work experience and leadership: Have worked in political campaigns extensively ether as an intern or as a full-time employee before going to grad school, including for a high profile state party. I worked as a researcher for three prominent public affairs outfits. While I interned for several think tanks in college and on the Hill for a high profile member of Congress as well as for a House committee. I am currently working as a government contractor with a Federal agency. In these roles, I have worked with high-level donors, officials, and dealt with issues/risks impacting business.

Community and Others:
Served as a board member and treasurer of my undergraduate social fraternity's alumni org.
Treasurer for a local political organization
Active in DC foreign policy networking organizations.

Post-Grad Goal of MBA:
I want to work in energy finance/consulting, focusing on how political and regulatory risks impact this industry.

Additional: VA in-state resident if that counts for anything. I also know many Darden MBA alumni.

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Getting a GMAT score would definitely help evaluating your chances for Darden. Another potential target school (for your career goals) would be Yale. Also - should definitely be more specific on exactly which finance role do you have in your mind. There are quite a few that that touches upon regulatory, politics and enegery - and Darden may not be the best choice for some of them.
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Getting a GMAT score would definitely help evaluating your chances for Darden. Another potential target school (for your career goals) would be Yale. Also - should definitely be more specific on exactly which finance role do you have in your mind. There are quite a few that that touches upon regulatory, politics and enegery - and Darden may not be the best choice for some of them.


Interesting,

Just curious why do you suggest Yale?

As I though Yale SOM's big strength was healthcare consulting?
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Londinium wrote:
skyblueseven wrote:
Getting a GMAT score would definitely help evaluating your chances for Darden. Another potential target school (for your career goals) would be Yale. Also - should definitely be more specific on exactly which finance role do you have in your mind. There are quite a few that that touches upon regulatory, politics and enegery - and Darden may not be the best choice for some of them.


Interesting,

Just curious why do you suggest Yale?

As I though Yale SOM's big strength was healthcare consulting?


For careers in government and public sector, SOM has a pretty good edge for it. It is one of the "synergies" that they have with the university(Yale).
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New post 27 Aug 2019, 09:11
Hi, please evaluate my profile.

Female, 25 years old, India

Secondary education : 9.4 gpa
Senior Secondary : 81.9%

Graduation :
Bachelors of Architecture
(5 years course including 6 months internship)

College : NIT

CGPA : 7.67

GMAT : 710 (Q49, V 36)

Work Experience : 25 months at Larsen and Toubro
(as on august 2019)
Role : Senior architect

Have taken up more responsibility than is usually awarded at my cadre. Have handled one project in last year and am handling another project on my own as of now.(project values upwards of 100 crores)

Co Curriculars :
1. Regularly volunteer for ngo camps ( elderdly health camps etc)
2. Was part of organizing committees of college fests, department functions, functions in school
3. Was involved in dramatics and debating in school


Why mba ?

I know the technical aspects of a building, from the floor plans to the ventilation system, from the effect it can have on a person to the how livable and sustenable it can be .
I want to able to look at the same built environment from a business/financial/economic point of view also, to be able to have a more cohesive bigger picture.

Thanks !

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Hi All,

Please evaluate my profile.

Age: 25
Nationality : Indian
GRE: 327 (Q168, V159) AWA 4
Undergraduation: B.Tech from NITK (8.04/10)

Work Experience :
36 Months in Wipro Technologies.
Worked on a Class III medical device software (Pacemaker Programmer on iOS and FDA approved) for a leading US healthcare giant.
Lead a team for a software module.

Extra-curricular:
a. Convener of college level clubs
b. Member of Students Council
c. Placement Coordinator.
d. State level Football player, captained district team.

Post MBA Goal and Why MBA: Want to work in Healthcare Industry either as a Consultant or a Product manager and leverage my experience in IT Healthcare.

Please let me know your honest opinion whether I have a shot at Darden and other schools I should target.

Thanks in advance :)
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Hi All,

Please evaluate my profile.

Age: 25
Nationality : Indian
GRE: 327 (Q168, V159) AWA 4
Undergraduation: B.Tech from NITK (8.04/10)

Work Experience :
36 Months in Wipro Technologies.
Worked on a Class III medical device software (Pacemaker Programmer on iOS and FDA approved) for a leading US healthcare giant.
Lead a team for a software module.

Extra-curricular:
a. Convener of college level clubs
b. Member of Students Council
c. Placement Coordinator.
d. State level Football player, captained district team.

Post MBA Goal and Why MBA: Want to work in Healthcare Industry either as a Consultant or a Product manager and leverage my experience in IT Healthcare.

Please let me know your honest opinion whether I have a shot at Darden and other schools I should target.

Thanks in advance :)



Things are looking good at your end. To be more specific, this is what looks good:

1. You gave a good GRE score, which is close to Darden's avarage (V-164, Q- 164)
2. Darden has a good offering for healthcare so you will find a direct fit with what the program offers. Check this. And the programs has long been great for professiona with interest in technology. So from your career perspective, its a god fit.

Now the challenge can lie in the execution of your application. Since last year Darden has revamped its essay questios quite a bit. Unlike the other MBA programs they ask a lot of smaller questions, with the intent of getting to know you really well. And that fits with the b-school's personality of being very, very collaborative and community oriented.
So matured answers, that answer the question (yea, this one is not so intuitive), and show depth in your experiences are critical for a successful application. The last one is important because Darden uses the case method, where every student is expected to participate. Your essay answers should reflect the experiences that will be valuable for in-class discussions.

Feel free to reach out if you need help. Among other programs, you can consider Tuck, McCombs, Fuqua, UNC KF, Emory, UCLA.
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Hi ,

I am looking for some guidance regarding selection of MBA colleges as I am planning to apply for Fall 2020 intake

I would appreciate if you could take a look at my profile and give me a realistic approach regarding my chances and guide me further regarding how to approach essays.

Here is some information regarding my background :

GMAT : 710
IELTS : 8 Bands

STD 10: 82% (90 percentile) - 2011
STD 12: 83% (95 Percentile) - 2013

Bachelors (2013-2016)
BBA
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
CGPA : 6.02
*Not fantastic , I know*

2016-2017
I worked with my father to learn the ropes of family business but did not find it interesting and decided to move on.

2017-2018
Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Marketing Communications
Xavier's Institute of Communications, Mumbai ( Ranked in top 5 across nation for communications and media)
B+

2018 -2019
Brand strategist
Shobiz Experiential Communications
I got to conceptualize activation, campaigns and events for various multinational brands . My role often required me to coordinate with various other departments in order to get the pitch ready and present it to the client. I have led projects which required me to give non-traditional creative ideas for a unique experience.

2019- CURRENT
Senior executive - conceptualizer and copywriter
Wizcraft International Entertainment
My profile has the added responsibility of writing content for various clients. Wizcraft is an international entertainment agency ; IIFA is an intellectual property of Wizcraft.
Currently , I conceptualize events and experiences along with designing content in the journey as required.

Post MBA Goal:

Short term
Consulting - Strategy
Mainly for new ventures / start-ups

Long term
Entrepreneurship


Total work experience upon matriculating : 2.5 years

I recently met some MBA schools at an admission fair and asked them whether my GMAT would be a hindrance since I do not come from a conventional background of engineering or finance and hence scoring near 730 or 740 is a tad bit difficult for me. Most of them were open to considering a lower score given my background.

I would like feedback on school selection and please suggest some other schools which you think would be suitable for my profile.

Schools :
NYU Stern
Duke
Cornell
Darden
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Hello!

Requesting a profile evaluation for Darden please.

Background and nationality: Female, Indian

Undergrad Information:
Graduated with a 9.0 of 10 CGPA from a non-IIT college in India.
I topped my university in my first year of Information Science branch beating around 2500 students and securing a maximum grade of S in 11/12 subjects. As a result of this I got a merit seat in Computer Science and then went onto complete the remaining 3 years of my undergrad as a computer science student.
(Information Science and Computer Science are essentially the same branches in India with almost the same curriculum - Computer Science is slightly on the tougher side)
I interned with a local IT company in my second year of engineering.
I was an active volunteer for 1.5 years at a well known NGO - I taught Math, Science and English to the students of Grade 8, 9 and 10.
An active volunteer at college cultural events too throughout my undergrad.

GMAT: 710 (Q49, V38, IR 8, AWA 6) - I really need help deducing if this is sufficient to get me through Darden or if I would be filtered out without an interview.

Work experience and leadership:
In my last semester of undergrad - I interned for 6 months with a Fortune 100 US company and landed a job with them. Been working with them for the past 4 years in the capacity of a software developer.
I was promoted to Senior Associate in my second year and to Manager in my third year with them.
I lead the Scrum/Agile process for the team and am always the talking point when it comes to interacting with the US counterparts.
I am very well known throughout the global team to be able to multi-manage and communicate effortlessly. I usually lead all the team calls and am always depended most upon to manage the team dynamics.
I am also known to be extremely creative and won the best creative team award for my team at one of our Global events.
I am active member with the firm's Toastmasters club and have served on its club officers group for a year (as a Vice President of PR and as Club Secretary)
I have participated in public speaking competitions(won second place at Division level), hosted events(hosted the area and Division events in my city), mentored folks (mainly involves honing their public speaking and leadership skills by providing constructive feedback/evaluations for every project/level they complete and guiding them structure and prepare their speeches) all over my city. I mentor about 25 people within my home club. I have completed the first level of toastmasters international and am currently in the advanced level. I have been recognized with a special award for my exemplary contribution to Toastmasters as a mentor and as a fellow toastmaster.

All suggestions will be much appreciated. Many Thanks!
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