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Hi All,

Please evaluate my profile as an international applicant for the MBA program at Booth

Nationality: Indian
Age: 27
Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor in Commerce(3 year course with a GPA of 3.4)
Masters Qualification: Masters in Global Business (16 month program in Singapore and Dubai. Unfortunately, my GPA here is extremely low: 2.5 though I took a number of challenging courses)
GMAT: 730
Work experience: 3.5 years, all of it in market research. Of the 3.5 years, 2.5 years were in the Middle East and a year in India
Extracurriculars: Moderate: represented my state in tennis, wrote for a sports website for a year etc. Have also done community service for 3 months where I taught English and Maths to 10 year old children
References: Will be able to get some strong references from people in senior management at both my work places so far

Do you think I stand a realistic chance and it's worth applying?

Thanks in advance!

Varun

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New post 17 Oct 2016, 06:29
I haven't gotten into Booth yet so I am probably not the best person to comment...

But I think your GPA for your masters is a little on the low side and you are coming from an over represented region. Your work experience in market research doesn't really stand out to me but I am sure you could sell it much better :)

However, you have a much better GMAT score than I did (although, that is only one part of a full application) and if I can get an interview, maybe you can too!

I quite like your extracurricular activity and I think you would make for quite a meaningful classmate that I'd hope to meet :)

Personally, my experience with applications this year have been incredibly insightful. Regardless of whether I go or not, I have discovered a lot about my future paths, my passions and my resilience :)

I would encourage you to think about why you want to do an MBA and weigh the pros and cons of doing it this year vs. a couple of years down the track with more of a story with extra-curriculars and work experience that can explain your future path and why an MBA is important to you.

The process taught me a lot and I hope this comment can "pay forward" a bit of insight from the lessons i've learnt.
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I haven't gotten into Booth yet so I am probably not the best person to comment...

But I think your GPA for your masters is a little on the low side and you are coming from an over represented region. Your work experience in market research doesn't really stand out to me but I am sure you could sell it much better :)

However, you have a much better GMAT score than I did (although, that is only one part of a full application) and if I can get an interview, maybe you can too!

I quite like your extracurricular activity and I think you would make for quite a meaningful classmate that I'd hope to meet :)

Personally, my experience with applications this year have been incredibly insightful. Regardless of whether I go or not, I have discovered a lot about my future paths, my passions and my resilience :)

I would encourage you to think about why you want to do an MBA and weigh the pros and cons of doing it this year vs. a couple of years down the track with more of a story with extra-curriculars and work experience that can explain your future path and why an MBA is important to you.

The process taught me a lot and I hope this comment can "pay forward" a bit of insight from the lessons i've learnt.


Thank you very much for your response. The main reason for me wanting to do an MBA is for a career change, I'm hoping that is a good enough reason for the Admissions team
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Hi varunjog89! Thanks for your question. While I am not Booth adcom- I have adcom experience and I will answer like an adcom member to give you some insights into how others might see your profile.
varunjog89 wrote:
Hi All,

Please evaluate my profile as an international applicant for the MBA program at Booth

Nationality: Indian
Age: 27
Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor in Commerce(3 year course with a GPA of 3.4)
Masters Qualification: Masters in Global Business (16 month program in Singapore and Dubai. Unfortunately, my GPA here is extremely low: 2.5 though I took a number of challenging courses)Two hurdles to cross here.... why you need another MBA and also poor performance in first one... So the way to counter this is with something else over the bar.... your GMAT is good- but for your pool not terribly "over" the bar.
GMAT: 730
Work experience: 3.5 years, all of it in market research. Of the 3.5 years, 2.5 years were in the Middle East and a year in India
Extracurriculars: Moderate: represented my state in tennis, wrote for a sports website for a year etc. Have also done community service for 3 months where I taught English and Maths to 10 year old children
References: Will be able to get some strong references from people in senior management at both my work places so far

Do you think I stand a realistic chance and it's worth applying?So for certain- you need a better answer for why MBA other than I just want to shake up the career again... you've done that once- and adcom needs to understand how it will be different this time. I'd stress the US work experience but you need to dig a little deeper for what is really driving this. Until you know- you can't really "sell" it to adcom. And I don't see what you are selling so far...
One thing we do at StratusPrep that could help is to spend almost a month with our clients BEFORE even considering applying anywhere and just better understand what makes you unique and really pop in the admissions process. Doing this work helps inform school selection and also nailing down your WHY. I think this could help you. To get a free consult of how we could walk you through a process like that, go to this link: https://stratusprep.com/free-consult/
Best of luck to you!


Thanks in advance!

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New post 18 Jul 2017, 06:37
Hi my name is Abhishek Srivastava from India

GMAT : 760 (Q-50 V-44)
Industry : Pharmaceutical Consulting
Work Experience : 72 (months)
Under grad : Jaypee Institute of Information Technology (B.Tech - Information technology)
Under grad GPA : 2.4

I have been working for a market research startup which provides data to pharmaceutical companies so that they could help devise strategies related to new brand production, market capture etc. My post is of a regional manager and I been heading a team of 10 people now. earlier the time size was 2. No promotions because hierarchical structure is very less ( only 2 managers above and then the ceo of company). Yet I have handled major projects for company like glenmark pilot, zydus optistox etc. Glenmark was ready to roll out pan india only when they saw success in uttar pradesh and I was the given the role of leading that projects bringing in revenue of Rs 1.5 crore.

Extracurricular : Film making group in hometown, assistant director for the same. directed movies majorly on women issue and farmer labour.

I want to specialise in operations consulting.

Post mba: I want to work in healthcare consulting.
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Dear nice-folk of gmatclub, Here are my stats, would really appreciate an evaluation:

Age: 26
Nationality: Indian
GMAT: 750 (Q50, V42)
Undergrad: Non-IIT, Top 25 engineering school
Undergraduate GPA: 3.6
Current work ex: 48 months - Consulting (19 months), Pharma (29 months)

I worked in a leading multinational pharma consulting firm as an associate for 19 months. International work ex was limited to working with American clients and colleagues - no travel. President of the toastmasters club and launched training programs for new hires. Not much to write about work, I'd left before getting promoted. Received an award for gamifying the toastmasters program
I then moved to one of the largest multinational pharmacos in a commercial excellence role (SFE). Managed multiple projects across functions: sales force rationalization, strategy roadmaps, capability building roadmaps, gamification, restructuring businesses, implementing innovative business models, go to market implementation - many of these have had business impact in $MM or equivalent. Have been awarded 3 times in the last 2 years for 3 different projects. Youngest member of team, colleagues are MBAs and received a fast track promotion in 2y against firm average of 3y.

Extra Curriculars:
President of Toastmasters club
Watch a lot of movies (>300 last year alone)
Travelling - have traveled to ~10 countries, and to multiple altitude regions of the Himalayas in the last 3 years
One helluva storyteller :)

Short term goal: Top tier consulting firm



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Dear nice-folk of gmatclub, Here are my stats, would really appreciate an evaluation:
Hi @karthikeyanchellappa I know I am late to this party- but I am curious how it has worked out for Booth. From what I see here, it looks like you may have done well in Booth's process- did you apply R1?
Age: 26
Nationality: Indian
GMAT: 750 (Q50, V42)
Undergrad: Non-IIT, Top 25 engineering school
Undergraduate GPA: 3.6
Current work ex: 48 months - Consulting (19 months), Pharma (29 months)

I worked in a leading multinational pharma consulting firm as an associate for 19 months. International work ex was limited to working with American clients and colleagues - no travel. President of the toastmasters club and launched training programs for new hires. Not much to write about work, I'd left before getting promoted. Received an award for gamifying the toastmasters program
I then moved to one of the largest multinational pharmacos in a commercial excellence role (SFE). Managed multiple projects across functions: sales force rationalization, strategy roadmaps, capability building roadmaps, gamification, restructuring businesses, implementing innovative business models, go to market implementation - many of these have had business impact in $MM or equivalent. Have been awarded 3 times in the last 2 years for 3 different projects. Youngest member of team, colleagues are MBAs and received a fast track promotion in 2y against firm average of 3y.
[color=#0000ff]Like the Toastmasters Involvement and think you have some good work experience. Not sure that watching a lot of movies is all that impressive- unless you also secretly plan to get into film or entertainment..... But I think the stats and the work and overall package looks strong. Of course it is not just having the goods- but how you present them and Booth's question while simple.... is really simply difficult! And there are clearly people who approach this better than others. Hope it went well for you- if not- we do have counselors who are alums who can help you debrief on your application and regroup if need be. You can reach us at: th23autolink_encode_start_2o79gcx7PCEtLSBtIC0tPjxhIGNsYXNzPSJwb3N0bGluayIgaHJlZj0iaHR0cHM6Ly9zdHJhdHVzYWRtaXNzaW9uc2NvdW5zZWxpbmcuY29tL2FkbWlzc2lvbnMvYnVzaW5lc3Mtc2Nob29sLWFkbWlzc2lvbnMtY29uc3VsdGluZy1nbWF0LWNsdWItdmlzaXRvci8iPmh0dHBzOi8vc3RyYXR1c2FkbWlzc2lvbnNjb3Vuc2VsaW5nLmNvbSAuLi4gYi12aXNpdG9yLzwvYT48IS0tIG0gLS0+th23autolink_encode_end_2o79gcx7 [/color]
Extra Curriculars:
President of Toastmasters club
Watch a lot of movies (>300 last year alone)
Travelling - have traveled to ~10 countries, and to multiple altitude regions of the Himalayas in the last 3 years
One helluva storyteller :)

Short term goal: Top tier consulting firm



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Background and nationality: Indian, male
Undergrad Information: 3 year Business Administration (Private Uni - think Christ / Symbiosis / NMIMS), GPA: 3.37/4
GMAT: 760 (50/41/5/8)
Work experience and leadership: 6.5 years of Risk Consulting (Advisory) experience, with the last 2.5 in a big 4 (think EY/KPMG). 3 promotions overall, great quality of work-ex and leadership experiences. Currently in a team management role.
Community and others: Substantial, but it's on the go and domestic. As in, it has been very personal and not with an organization (genuine though!)
Post MBA goals: Top-tier consulting or bust.
Anything else?: I am just concerned whether this is application might end up being a futile effort because (i) Indian applicant pool (ii) Not so competitive UG brand / degree (iii) No McKinsey etc on the CV and (iv) No brand-name community/co-curricular work in addition to being Round 2. However, at this point I have done significant research on my goals and the school so the content in the essays is going to be on point. (N/A for Booth)

Would love to see what you all think
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Asking for my friend

Undergraduate: Top 5 IIT, 7.2/10
GMAT: 720 (50Q, 35V)
Work Ex: 5 years

Strong history of leadership

3 years at large e-commerce player (corporate strategy, supply chain, biz dev)
Pitched and led the rollout of extremely important product feature in a key vertical (that gave strategic advantage over global competition)
Turned around function that drives 2nd highest costs for company, adding $18 million in bottomline, managing a team of 8

2 years at high-growth start-up

Drove 8x growth in sales, big factor in a $30m funding round (launched and scaled new categories, marketing channels, products)
Led the growth team (promoted from manager to head in 12 months) & additional responsibility for consumer products
Very well regarded in the company, as one of the early members, helped build the company culture and fabric
Managed teams of 8-15 on cross-functional projects
Strong quant & data skills

ECs: Self taught guitar player, part of National Service Scheme at university, coached students for IIT

Long term goal: Entrepreneurship in India

Schools: HBS, Wharton, Booth, Stanford, Ross, Kellogg, LBS
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Nationality: Polish
Age: 25
Undergraduate Qualification: Math (GPA 3.7/4)
Masters Qualification: Math (it is unusual in my country to end higher education with undergraduate degree only)
GMAT: 740 (Q51/V39), but I also have a very low AW score - 3.5
Work experience: 1.5 years (roughly 7 months as an junior analyst in HFT and 7 months as software developer)
Extra: I'm a licensed investment advisor (a designation which hold less than 700 people in my country). I'm also studying for the CFA level 1.
References: From job and academia (I feel pretty uncomfortable with those, as I have an impression that a recommendation letter for each school should be different, so it looks like I can ask a recommenders for only one/two letters - for different schools - as to not to require too much work from them)
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wozszym wrote:
Nationality: Polish
Age: 25
Undergraduate Qualification: Math (GPA 3.7/4)
Masters Qualification: Math (it is unusual in my country to end higher education with undergraduate degree only)
GMAT: 740 (Q51/V39), but I also have a very low AW score - 3.5
Work experience: 1.5 years (roughly 7 months as an junior analyst in HFT and 7 months as software developer)
Extra: I'm a licensed investment advisor (a designation which hold less than 700 people in my country). I'm also studying for the CFA level 1.
References: From job and academia (I feel pretty uncomfortable with those, as I have an impression that a recommendation letter for each school should be different, so it looks like I can ask a recommenders for only one/two letters - for different schools - as to not to require too much work from them)
Post MBA goal: Transition to IB


I'm not sure why you think that regarding the references. I had the same two people write all of my recommendation letters, and they were fine with it. It really doesn't take that much extra time as most of the top schools ask the same or very similar questions, so it isn't like they have to completely write a brand new recommendation letter for each school.
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