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7.5 years
Viet Nam
2025
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Score: 675 GMAT Focus
GPA: 3.68
Pre-MBA industry: Real Estate
Post-MBA industry: Health Care
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14 Jul 2024 08:07
Graduated from top business school in Vietnam in 2015 with GPA 3.68/4.0 Top 90th - 95th percentile of the program.


Work experience: 7.5+ year | At the time of matriculating MBA program will be 8.5 years. Detail below:

Spend 1 year after the graduation to look for job and had some internship during that time. Subsequently, applied successfully the fresh graduate program in Deloitte - Tax Consulting function.

Then I moved to another function of Deloitte and worked as a M&A advisor perform variety of jobs including deal structure advisory, Financial due diligence, valuation, capital structure advisory, etc. Since the nature of job is financial advisory and deal execution, we do not focus on a specific industry.
Currently, working as investment manager for a logistic RE asset management platform.

Why MBA?
Improve general management knowledge + network + change the industry
Industry post MBA: finance for infrastructure for healthcare / healthcare management which is new in my country.
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14 Jul 2024, 09:28
You have a solid background with a GPA of 3.68 and 7.5 years of work experience. While your GMAT Focus score of 675 is decent, it might be low for schools like Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton. Consider retaking it for a higher score. Tailor your essays to each school, showing how their programs match your goals and how you will contribute. Strong recommendations and a good interview are also important. Your experience and clear goals give you a good chance at the top MBA programs.


Your MBA goals are clear and well-defined. Post-MBA, you aim to move into finance for infrastructure in healthcare or healthcare management, an emerging sector in your country. This shift will allow you to leverage your skills while contributing to an important and growing industry.

Good luck!
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14 Jul 2024, 20:45
You have a good profile. I have no idea how your peer GMAT score compares. Hopefully you are not evaluated along with India/China applicants who tend to apply to these programs with a 99th percentile scores and quickly crowd out folks with anything lower than that. I checked the decision tracker https://gmatclub.com/forum/decision-tra ... try=0&we=0 and it looks like you should be in a decent spot and not get crowded out. There are some HBS admits with a 730, which is the 675.

I would recommend getting in touch with some of the folks from Vietnam to hear what they have to share and wisdom and also feedback on your profile. Should be a small enough group to where people should be helpful and responsive.
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10.2 years
India
2025
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Score: 665 GMAT Focus
GPA: 3.01
Pre-MBA industry: Law
Post-MBA industry: Entertainment and Sports
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14 Jul 2024 08:07
Age: 33

Male, Indian.
Pre-MBA Industry - Lawyer.
Currently an Independent Consultant (2021- date). Previous work - ex with a small firm (2014-21).

I have 10 years' experience as a lawyer advising clients on general corporate, start - up, commercial contracts, public policy, government procurement and investment transaction matters.

I am looking to switch to the sport industry post MBA.

Interests - Sports, music, reading.

Pro - Bono Work: (a) advised an NGO focused on water and sanitation in rural areas on multiple matters; (b) Conducted sexual harassment prevention seminars for multiple companies and their employees; (c) advised a start up in the mental health space on multiple matters; (d) partnered with a global non - profit and conducted a seminar on legal issues w.r.t a specific industry and participated as a jury panelist/mentor on one of their accelerator programs.

Leadership roles -
a. During Law School - (a) Treasurer - Moot Court Society for 1 year; (b) Convenor - Moot Court Society for 1 year.
b. Post Law School - (a) Hired, trained and managed a team of 3 associates; (b) In charge of finance, budgeting and roadmaps for the firm and individual teams; (c) business development and client handling.

Co-curricular: On the Law school's football team (won 2 tournaments).
Extracurricular: 2nd runners up at a moot, QF at another.

Other Ventures: (a) Set up a small record label to finance small music artists - completed our first project in 2022.
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14 Jul 2024, 01:46
As long as you don't sue me for being honest, here goes:
1. Revisit your target industry goal post-MBA; they don't sponsor internationals.
2. Assuming my premise #1 is absolutely correct, where you can go will depend on where you come from, i.e. what skills are portable.
3. 10 years today would mean 11+ by Fall 2025, when you start. This is too high for almost all 2-year USA MBA programs. Hence, revisit your school's selection too. Look up MIT Sloan Fellow, Stanford MSx.
4. As an Indian male, 665 will not be enough to turn the scale in your favor. Your GPA being much below the typical 3.5 / 3.6 doesn't lend you strength either.
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14 Jul 2024, 02:20
Hi Dee,

Thank you for your inputs.

I will look at re-evaluating my target industry post MBA and targeted schools as suggested.

Thanks again!
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14 Jul 2024, 04:45
Hi @chunkymonkey25,


Robiul, given your impressive 10 years of legal experience and your current role as an Independent Consultant, your profile stands out. However, it's important to address that your GMAT Focus score of 665 and GPA of 3.01 are on the lower side for competitive MBA programs. To strengthen your application, consider retaking the GMAT to achieve a higher score. Emphasize in your application how your extensive background in corporate law and investment analysis, along with your entrepreneurial ventures and pro bono work, uniquely position you for a successful transition into the sports industry post-MBA.

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14 Jul 2024, 12:04
hi Chunkeymonkey,
It would help to know : 1. what you are doing as a freelancer. 3 years is considerable work experience as a freelancer. 2. What you did at the law firm - what kind of deals/projects did you work on? what was the $$ impact of these projects/deals? Given these two experiences, where do you want to be post MBA? The connection with sports and entertainment industry is not obvious through your writeup so I'd need some more context here.
The pro bono work is nice, and I love it when lawyers have it (most keep so busy at their day jobs that they lack ECAs). Similarly, your work with music artists is differentiating and adds some color to your profile. (sports and music seem to be personal interests, but these alone would not be convincing reasons for a career switch).
Overall, I like what I read. I am aware of lawyers getting an MBA at 30+ age. Are you considering some European MBAs? Let me share with you a video interview I conducted just last week with a lawyer (with more work exp than you), who graduated from b-school this summer. Have a look:
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14 Jul 2024, 20:21
Law work is great for US MBA, for many industries, so you have a strong background.
Your weakness will be work experience - not having a massive legal firm and just having a smaller employer and being self-employed.

Your score is on the lower side for most of the M7's. Attorneys can usually squeeze most out of the Verbal section on the GMAT and then get a decent quant score. Not sure how reasonable or doable it is to squeeze more and sports/entertainment is probably the MOST competitive field. You have to live and breath it so you are definitely not picking the easy path 😂
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5.8 years
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2025
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Score: 675 GMAT Focus
GPA: 3.43
Pre-MBA industry: Consulting
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
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14 Jul 2024 12:07
After nearly 6 years of total work experience, including 5 years in Healthcare Consulting at ZS (3 years), IQVIA (2 years), and Axtria (2 months), I am looking to pursue an MBA either in the US or Europe. I haven't identified specific "target schools," but with my GMAT FE score of 675 (96 percentile), academics and background in healthcare, I am particularly interested in applying to Duke, Ross, Tepper, and other US B-schools. INSEAD and HEC are also top priorities for me in Europe. Could someone advise on my chances of admission with this profile and score?


Also, I have been a top performer at work. Got a fast-track promotion at ZS and superb reviews through and through. At college, I headed a few college events.

That's all I could think of right now. Please let me know about my chances. Thank you very much in advance!
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09 Jul 2024, 12:40
Hi and welcome to GMAT Club.

As a candidate from Asia and India, you are about 20 points below average for Ross and Fuqua for your peer demographic.

on the positive side you are not changing industries that makes your application stronger and your employment prospects better.

Hopefully you have some promotions that can make your résumé stronger and show upward trajectory.
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09 Jul 2024, 12:44
Hi bb, thanks for your response. I have an ex-junior colleague who has joined Fuqua this year. If he writes a support letter for me combined with recommendations from Associate Principal at ZS and Manager at IQVIA, would it be possible?
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12 Jul 2024, 22:44
Hi @deenana2
I am Priyanka, Client Manager at ARINGO. Speaking about your profile, it looks solid. Your near 6 years of experience at top healthcare consulting firms like ZS, IQVIA, and Axtria is seriously impressive. Fast-track promotions and stellar reviews will make you a rockstar. XD

Your target list is a great starting point – Duke, Ross, and Tepper are all awesome choices in the US, and INSEAD and HEC Paris are top-notch options in Europe.

The leadership roles in college events are cool, but maybe there are other ways to show you're a well-rounded person? Did you volunteer somewhere? Maybe participate in some awesome extracurricular activities? These can add some depth to your application and make you stand out.

Let’s connect. We can help you craft a killer application that showcases your achievements, leadership potential, and passion for consulting.

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13 Jul 2024, 00:03
Hello @deenana2,

Your profile is quite impressive. With nearly six years of experience at top healthcare consulting firms like ZS, IQVIA, and Axtria, fast-track promotions, and stellar reviews, your professional journey speaks volumes.

Your target schools—Duke, Ross, Tepper, INSEAD, and HEC Paris—are excellent choices. They align well with your career aspirations in consulting.

While your leadership roles in college events are commendable, consider diversifying your profile further. Have you been involved in volunteering or engaging in other impactful extracurricular activities? These experiences can enrich your application and highlight your well-rounded personality.
Let's connect to discuss how we can collaborate on crafting a compelling application that effectively showcases your achievements, leadership potential, and passion for consulting.

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14 Jul 2024, 12:32
I like the very strong focus on different healthcare companies throughout your career - and by just what these companies do- you likely have well rounded knowledge of the healthcare industry- its challenges and opportunities. This can help at b-schools such as IESE (i know its not on your list) and Darden, which are both case method b-schools. An early action application at Fuqua will surely help, so consider that.
If you are applying to INSEAD, you will need to demonstrate international motivation. Read this article which explains it : https://mbadecoder.com/insead_for_indian_applicants/
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4 years
India
2025
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Score: Plan to take the GRE
GPA: 8.7
Pre-MBA industry: Tech
Post-MBA industry: Tech
Anderson
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14 Jul 2024 12:07
I have 4 years of SDE experience at a top Investment banking firm, have received one promotion and couple of awards.

Extracurricular:
- Led a funding campaign during COVID
- teacher at Teach for India for few months
- Developed a website for an NGO
- Won accolades in State and National sports tournaments in college and school

Post MBA goal:
Want to pivot to product management or tech consultant. Long term goal is to be an entrepreneur.

Looking for tech focused schools where getting a scholarship will be achievable based on my profile ( hoping to get 325+ in GRE)
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12 Jul 2024, 18:45
Congrats on the profile and hope you have a strong IB brand on your resume - it will help quite a bit with recruiting.
Ideally for scholarships we have been seeing GMAT test takers get offered money and GRE tends to be more barren, at least anecdotally. What we have seen is that candidates with strong profile will get in with an average GRE score. However, we do not see a great GRE helping out candidates with an average profile if this makes sense.

TFI - that's something US Schools know so this will help in your application though most expect years of experience. Either way, having teaching experience will help with a few things including interviewing and potentially also help with edtech recruiting.
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12 Jul 2024, 18:45
Scheller may offer a scholarship but a bit of a question about the others
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12 Jul 2024, 21:15
An Indian male engineer seeking a scholarship needs to offer something significant to a school in order to secure a scholarship. Amongst all the elements in your control, the score is most important. I would encourage you to recalibrate your target to 335+ in the GRE. The chances will decrease if you aim for R2. Hence, unless you are well placed to have the score in hand within the next four weeks, you are VERY late. I am happy to speak if you wish to.
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13 Jul 2024, 00:17
Hello, @zaidh98

Considering your profile with four years of SDE experience at a top investment banking firm, awards, and leadership in extracurriculars like Teach for India and NGO website development, you should target tech-focused MBA programs like MIT Sloan, UC Berkeley Haas, Carnegie Mellon Tepper, UT Austin McCombs, UW Foster, and Georgia Tech Scheller. These schools offer strong tracks in technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation, aligning well with your goals of transitioning to product management or tech consulting with a long-term aim of entrepreneurship. They also provide opportunities for merit-based scholarships, leveraging your professional achievements and extracurricular impact in your application to enhance your chances. Aim for a GRE score of 325+ to strengthen your application further.

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13 Jul 2024, 06:17
Hi @zaidh98

I am Priyanka, Client Manager at ARINGO. Your profile looks good on the surface. An 8.7 GPA is killer and crushing it as a Software Development Engineer at a top investment bank shows you've got serious tech skills. Plus, leading a fundraising campaign during COVID is some impressive leadership and initiative.

Your target schools are all fantastic choices, but ambitious. With a strong GRE score you could be a top scholarship contender too. Focus on how your coding skills translate to product management or tech consulting – those are valuable assets.

Think about schools with strong alumni networks and killer entrepreneurship programs to help you launch your own venture someday. Programs like Haas's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies or McCombs' Zell Lurie Institute sound like a great fit for your goals.

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14 Jul 2024, 12:20
You have a good profile, but with many Indian applicants working as SDEs, what is your differentiating factor? Getting a ~330 /740 (GMAT FE equivalent) is almost a requirement at some of the choices you have mentioned.
On the work front, the devil will lie in the details- how have you added to the business? What products have you rolled out (worked on development) that made trading more profitable/ faster/efficient? Adding these details to the resume will help a great deal and show your business savvy.
The ECAs look alright - again, you would try to show impact and leadership.

I think you've got a good list of b-schools. Haas is most selective from these and I would reconsider applying there, esp if the GRE does not live up to the set expectations. All else looks good. Best of luck for the GRE.


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5.5 years
Bangladesh
2025
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Score: 625 GMAT Focus
GPA: 3.27
Pre-MBA industry: Venture Capital
Post-MBA industry: Venture Capital
Rotman
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13 Jul 2024 11:07
Hi, this is Robiul from Bangladesh. I am looking for an MBA program with a Business/Data Analytics concentration. I worked as an Investment Analyst at a venture capital firm in Bangladesh for 3.5 years. Then I joined a top-tier university in Bangladesh as an FPnA manager and have been working here for 2 years. Moreover, I am a Chartered Accountant with an ACCA membership for almost 3 years.


I am looking for funded MBA programmes be it in the form of a scholarship or graduate/teaching assistantship. I am willing to go to a lower-ranked university if I can secure funding there.
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13 Jul 2024, 23:08
Hi Robiul!

Given your strong GMAT Focus score and your specific career and funding goals, several business schools you might consider are known for offering generous financial aid packages, including scholarships and assistantships you should consider several business schools known for their generous financial aid packages. Here are a few schools known for their generous financial aid packages that you might consider: Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Schulich School of Business at York University, Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University, and Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. These schools offer a variety of scholarships and assistantships that could meet your funding needs.

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2025
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GPA: 3.7
Pre-MBA industry: Finance
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13 Jul 2024 10:07
Hey! Thanks in advance for reviewing my profile :).


Any advice will be helpful, but I’m mainly looking for guidance on the following:
- How strong is my profile? Do I stand a chance with my unconventional CV?
- What colleges should I target based on my profile?
- I’m planning on applying for R1 intake. I’ve been studying for the GMAT over the last few months and just started my 3-week holiday, which I’ll spend entirely studying before taking the GMAT on the first of August. Obviously, higher is better, but how low can I go with my GMAT score to have a decent chance of getting in? I’m aiming for the typical average score, but what if I score below that?
- Any other advice on what I can improve would be appreciated.
-Please recommend application consulting services, I would really like to speak to one though unsure on who is better.

Details:
- Male
- White
- 27 Years old
- Brazilian/American

Life Pre-College
- Born in the US to a low-income Brazilian family. My dad passed away, and my mother moved us to a small city in Brazil.
- Attended a local high school on a scholarship.
- Joined the youth wing of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, where I participated in leadership development, community involvement, campaigns, and met governors, mayors, ex-presidents, and ministers.
- Founded a Leo club (youth organization of Lions Clubs International) in our small city.

College Experience
- Moved to São Paulo with the goal of getting into investment banking, which was non-existent outside São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro.
- School: 2nd-tier private university. A poor choice in hindsight, making it nearly impossible to break into investment banking at the time. I lacked the clarity coming from a small city in Brazil to know which university to attend.
- Degree: Economics
- GPA: 3.7
- Extracurricular: Member of the Finance Club - Met some influential people, including having a drink with the ex-president of the central bank and father of the Real Plan, the 1994 monetary reform that ended hyperinflation in Brazil.

Work Experience/Internships
Some Brazilian universities allow internships from the first year, which I did both from a career ambition perspective and to pay for my education.
- Operations Intern at a small asset management firm (10 months)
- Large Corporate Business Development at a 2nd-tier Brazilian bank (1 year)
- M&A Intern at an M&A boutique (8 months) - Started at the beginning of my third year of university. I barely attended morning classes, working from 10 am to 10 pm or later. Managed to maintain high grades while taking a heavier workload. Received an offer to become a full-time analyst after 8 months.
- M&A Analyst at the M&A boutique (2 years) - One year while still in college, another year post-graduation. According to the partners, I was 6 months from becoming an Associate when I left.
- Business Development Associate at a London-based Crypto ETF Issuer (1 year and 8 months): Offered a role by a contact I made while working in M&A, moved to London, and became one of the first employees of the first Crypto ETF issuer in Europe. Worked with the CEO to manage relationships with market makers, stock exchanges, and Web3/Blockchain companies. Responsible for developing, raising capital, and executing the company's new tokenization projects, among other tasks.
- Head of Business Development (11 months): Continued some tasks from the BD Associate role but became the CEO's right-hand man for strategy, product, and corporate development. Led the company’s potential capital raise and pivot to selling the company. Learned a lot from the CEO about operations (HR, Legal, Finance, IT). Still consulting for the CEO and get paid occasionally for some work.
- COO Tech Venture Builder (Web3, Media/Events, others TBD) (12 months - Current) - Joined post-sale of the previous company, attracted by a contact’s vision and product. Built and now manage day-to-day operations and two ventures. Hired and manage a team of four (HR, Finance, Legal, IT). Overseeing financial planning and budget management. Drafted the company’s foundational legal documents. Represent the company at most conferences around the world (traveling to over 10 different countries in last 10 months). CEO (Majority shareholder) refuses to call me a co-founder due to “branding,”.

Extra-Curricular Activities
Worried that I don’t have anything significant after moving to London.
A bit unconventional, so unsure about mentioning this: Over the last three years, using personal finances and donations from various Crypto/Web3 communities, I’ve anonymously raised funds to help cats in Brazil with a specific disease. This disease kills within a day to a week if not treated with a medication that isn’t available in Brazil. Due to the medication's high global cost and Brazil’s weak currency, it’s nearly impossible for owners to save their pets without help.

Why MBA / Plans Post-MBA
While I’ve taken myself a long way, I feel like I could do better by knowing more and having a better network. Also, having issues with my UK visa prompting me to move.
- In the short term, I plan to leverage my M&A and start-up experience, along with my connections with VCs and tech company venture arms, by joining a venture capital firm or venture builder in the tech sector.
- Long term, I have a 5-year plan to build a venture builder in collaboration with three of my contacts in London. This is the primary reason I want to pursue an MBA and gain relevant experience in the space beforehand. I want to gain a different perspective and experience outside of London, where my contacts have spent their entire careers.
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09 Jul 2024, 13:43
Hey @GMJ09

I am Priyanka, Client Manager at ARINGO. Speaking about your profile, from a small town in Brazil to leading a tech venture builder – that's incredible. Your 3.7 GPA is a strong base, and crushing the GMAT will definitely boost your application.
You've overcome challenges and shown leadership in a non-traditional path, which is a huge plus. Your experience in finance, M&A, crypto, and building a venture showcases a killer combination of skills. While founding a Leo Club and leading a tech venture builder screams initiative and leadership.

Working in Brazil, London, and traveling the world shows you're adaptable and comfortable in different cultures.

While aiming for the average is good, a higher GMAT score can really strengthen your application, especially for those M7 programs you've got your eye on. You need to quantify those accomplishments in your resume – deals closed, capital raised, team size managed. Numbers are your friend.

Feel free to Connect with us for a detailed profile review. We can help you craft a compelling application that tells your unique story, showcases your achievements, and positions you for success at your target schools.

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09 Jul 2024, 16:18
I would strongly recommend that you apply R2 I have over a decade of experience doing this full-time and I have found that it’s very difficult to get momentum on M7 Applications that require a top score while you are still trying to obtain a competitive score. It’s rarely achieved in parallel. And then the stress of the test and the applications, which is a full-time job by itself, on top of your work and other obligations. You’re going to set yourself up for a loss. I would put your whole focus on the GMAT - as a former verbal tutor of 20 years - people do not take this exam once generally - extremely Uncommon. Plan on taking the GMAT two or three times to get your ideal score and **then** giving yourself two solid months minimum uninterrupted on *just* the applications/recommendation anecdotes and I mean minimum minimum. Like three or four months will be much better. And then give yourself time to talk with a variety admissions consultants who can give you feedback on your profile and you can sense if there is a good track record and good chemistry there. Check references.
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13 Jul 2024, 10:52
Farrell couldn't be more correct
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4 years
India
2024
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Score: 720 GMAT Classic
GPA: 3
Pre-MBA industry: Tech
Post-MBA industry: Tech
Foster
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InterviewedFeb 5, 24
AcceptedMar 23, 24
Scholarship50%
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Goizueta
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Tepper
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AppliedJan 4, 24
WaitlistedMar 6, 24
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AcceptedMar 11, 24
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03 Apr 2024, 16:07
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Nice to see this. I come from tech background too. Would like to connect with you.
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4.1 years
India
2025
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Score: 555 GMAT Focus
GPA: 3
Pre-MBA industry: Consumer Products
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
Rotman
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13 Jul 2024 12:07
I am planning for my second after first mba from India . In total, I have 4 years of experience. Right after MBA, I Joined Unilever as an Executive Trainee where I had different stints with different projects which later transitioned into a General Trade Sales Role, where I managed a team. A stint with Unilever was for 1.5 years. Then I joined Reliance Retail Ecommerce as a National Category manager. Spent a little over 1.5 years. Then I joined Conagra-Agro Tech as a National Manager - Ecommerce & Modern Trade, Managed a team before deciding to call quits in 7 months to join a startup my wife was running. Presently I am serving as a Managing Partner at the Firm. It is a Food and Beverage business.


Want to apply for a top global business school in Round 1 this year . Will be taking the gmat again ,however if there isnt much improvement from my earlier score what are my chances ?
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12 Jul 2024, 12:16
Hi @broyroy
I am Priyanka, Client Manager at ARINGO. Coming to your profile, your background in consumer products is interesting for Rotman's MBA program. Managing teams across those roles shows strong leadership and business sense. Plus, Super awesome for taking a leap and joining your wife's startup. (Great initiative)

Your GPA will require an explanation in your application, also focus on your accomplishments to showcase your capabilities. While a 555 GMAT FE score is below Rotman's average (usually it is around 670) a strong retake attempt is needed to improve chances.

Please consider adding some "safety schools" to your list too. The key is crafting a compelling story that explains your career path, your decision to join the startup, and your clear goals for an MBA in consulting.

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13 Jul 2024, 00:51
Hi @broyroy


Your background in FMCG, retail e-commerce, and being a managing partner in a food and beverage startup makes you a strong candidate for top global business schools this year. While a higher GMAT score would bolster your application, your leadership experience and entrepreneurial drive set you apart. Focus on highlighting your achievements and explaining how an MBA will accelerate your career. A clear application showcasing your unique perspective will strengthen your chances of admission, even if your GMAT score doesn't see a significant increase. If your GMAT score doesn't improve significantly, your chances at top global business schools will depend more on how well you present your overall application. Admissions committees also value industry impact, strong recommendations, and compelling interviews. Therefore, emphasize your strengths and readiness for their MBA program to maximize your competitiveness.

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12 years
India
2025
Score: Plan to take the GMAT
GPA: 7.92
Pre-MBA industry: Energy and Utilities
Post-MBA industry: Energy and Utilities
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7 years
India
2025
Male
Score: Plan to take the GMAT
GPA: 68%
Pre-MBA industry: Real Estate
Post-MBA industry: Other
IIM Ahmedabad
PGPX
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5 days ago
IIM Bangalore
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13 Jul 2024 12:07
Please evaluate my profile

Suggest colleges, cources which can meet my future goals


Educational Summary:
10th Percentage: 87%, CBSE
12 Percentage: 78%, CBSE
Engineering Percentage: 68%, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun

Targeted GMAT FE Score: 715

Professional Summary:

From Tier 2 Indian University, Graduated in 2017. Having work experience of 7 years across Real estate & food sector in Business operations .Have majorly worked across startups only( Stanza Living & Eatclub Brands). In my last role I was handling PNL of 144 INR Crores & a team size of 250+ members. Got promoted twice.Since Nov, 23 working as Business Consultant for a cosmetic brand & building buisness, process & teams from scratch. During this period I also consulted an education company for their real estate projects in capacity of Associate Director.

Extracurricular & Certifications;

Was part of Indian Scouts till school &
did some social volunteer work in past 7 years. Am very much active in sports but not having any recent certificates, planning to participate in marathons & doing certifications on Data science & Operations management from Coursera.

Reason for MBA: Growth in Carrier, Leadership roles in Business side functions

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09 Jul 2024, 16:24
Hi. Sorry I’m not an expert in the Asian business schools so will have to get someone else’s input.

However, my understanding is that they’re fairly sensitive to high scores so if you can indeed pull off score you think you can get, that would be a very strong boost to your chances.

Other aspects it will be evaluated will be your professional growth, promotions, salary increases and how you compare to your peers. Schools want to take successful people and make them more successful in other words. so you want to demonstrate success.
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09 Jul 2024, 21:12
Thanks bb
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12 Jul 2024, 12:35
Hi @AbhiS101
I am Priyanka, Client Manager at ARINGO. Speaking about your profile, your 7 years in startups across the real estate and food sector is impressive – especially leading a 250+ person team and managing a huge P&L is serious leadership.
The GMAT score is important, a 715 on the FE is a great target. While your engineering GPA might need a bit of explanation, your work experience should compensate for it.

Since you're open to options, consider other top Executive programs. We can help you craft a killer application that showcases your leadership, your startup hustle, and your clear goals for an MBA.

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13 Jul 2024, 00:35
@AbhiS101

With your experience leading teams and managing budgets at startups, consider MBA programs emphasizing global management education, operations management, entrepreneurship, and technology and innovation. Schools like INSEAD, Kellogg School of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management, Wharton School, and London Business School are known for their strong programs in these areas. Highlight your leadership and operational achievements in your application to demonstrate your readiness for these programs, emphasizing your potential in business management and entrepreneurship. Additionally, consider courses in data science and operations management to enhance your skill set.

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3.3 years
Canada
2025
Pre-MBA industry: Consulting
Post-MBA industry: Education
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12 Jul 2024 09:07
After 3.5 years in consulting, I am looking to pivot into product management in either big tech or ed tech. I am am aerospace engineer with a minor in computer science.
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09 Jul 2024, 22:07
Hi. You are a tiny bit on the younger side when it comes to experience so for your admission your interview will be important to demonstrate maturity and good presence.

You also want to demonstrate promotion and growth in your application. For your score, I would recommend hitting at least the averages so the score doesn’t keep you out but as a younger candidate you are expected to be still sharp from college and probably have a little bit of a higher score.

There are a number of programs that are strong with tech placements or other used to be strong with tech placements. Some may offer scholarships and those will be substantial savings especially if you end up recruiting on your own off-campus, using your own wits and resources.

The challenge lately with Tech recruiting has been supply and demand and there is a sufficient number of applicants with technical experience which tend to be recruited and preferred due to existing experience. my recommendation for admission and for recruiting would be to try to get some product management experience. Perhaps an internship or volunteering somewhere. Even GMAT Club has an PM internship that we run in October and February each year but it’s quite a bit of ways away. I’m sure there are other organizations that may have opportunities like that.

if you’re looking at education and technology, having teaching experiences also valuable. I’m not sure if you are already volunteering at schools or with other educational organizations but that would build up quite a bit of your authority in terms of being able to use examples in your applications as well as in your interviews. I know a number of tech companies have recruited former teachers for p.m. roles because they wanted people with first-hand experience managing a classroom and managing the technology and so that’s another way you can make yourself stand out.
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09 Jul 2024, 22:15
Thank you bb!! I have over 10 years experience as a tutor for high school, college, and university students so I'm sure I can leverage that.
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10 Jul 2024, 07:17
That works! the more you can make it sound as professional and show achievements, growth, etc (basically saying you are a better tutor than average and that you are serious about it and achieved great results) the better
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12 Jul 2024, 09:58
Hi @xhym
I am Priyanka, Client Manager at ARINGO. Speaking about your profile, an aerospace engineer with a CS minor transitioning from consulting to product management in ed tech is a unique story.

While your target schools (Sloan MIT, Harvard, Wharton, Stern) are ambitious, your background is impressive. Focus on how your consulting experience translates to product management skills and also highlight projects where you honed analytical and problem-solving skills.

With a compelling application that highlights your transferable skills and passion for education, you can be a competitive candidate. Feel free to connect with us for a deeper analysis. We can help you craft a story that showcases your unique talents and positions you for success in the ed tech world.

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2025
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Score: 329 GRE
GPA: 8.03
Pre-MBA industry: Real Estate
Post-MBA industry: Real Estate
Yale
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12 Jul 2024 09:07
I'm an architect who has been working in my (mid-sized) family business in real estate development, consulting and contracting for 4 years. My family business consults for 2 big real estate companies, one of which I signed myself. Lot of experience leading people much older than myself; my work is high on impact and I think my empathy-based leadership (work in progress, of course) will hopefully give me some decent essay materials.
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21 May 2024, 03:59
Hi there,
Some relevant bits would be the business impact of your work. As I understand, you are involved in the business decisions and deal sourcing, other than just working as an architect. That's a great point, and this 'business skill' will be more relevant in your applications as compared to the technical skills as an architect. Even for the project management bit, you can make your work experience relevant- you talked about empathetic leadership, and this would reflect in how you deal with your contractors, workers and other stakeholder to get work done as part of your day to day implementation work.
With the b-schools you have mentioned here, a 329 GRE will be a tad less, so i would suggest to bring that score up to a 331-332+
Also, look at MBA programs that have concentrations or certifications on RE/ RE finance - Columbia, UCLA, Stern, Ross and Kellogg come immediately to mind. If you wish to be in the industry long term, these will definitely help.

I'd like to also understand about your undergrad degree, marks and ECA to give a holistic picture about your profile. Feel free to reach out for a more derailed profile evaluation.

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22 May 2024, 10:03
Hi, thanks for your detailed response! I've actually only worked as an architect for a year after graduation and since the last 4 years I've basically been in general management (bring an architect has definitely been an indirect help in real estate). I'm heavily involved in our development (liaising with government officials, being a part of successful lobbying initiatives etc, bring involved in entire project lifecycles) and also consulting (where we consult for 2 of India's largest developers, 1 of whom I signed on myself because the first one is undergoing bankruptcy - which I'm helping them get out of).
I understand your point about the GRE, but since this was my 4th attempt I'll just try to stand out in other ways.
My undergrad was a top 10 architecture school but honestly people beyond my state wouldn't know it, let alone US adcoms. I was in the top 5% of GPAs out of 1700 students from my University though. Thanks again for your feedback :)
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21 May 2024, 08:20
Decent stats. It will really depend on a) how you (an Indian male) can differentiate yourself from other Indian applicants, b) your career narratives, achievement examples, etc.; and c) the depth of your research when selecting schools; you should select only those that can take you where you want to go (which is linked to point b here). When you say, 'consulting industry to gain external exposure by working in multiple industries/companies', you will also need to step into the shoes of hiring managers and think: 'Why should they hire you? just because you have an MBA?' Consultants need three specific skills, and you'd be expected to showcase those in your applications.
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22 May 2024, 10:06
Hi, thanks I've elaborated on my work impact in another comment on this thread. I'm curious about the 3 skills a consultant needs - could you elaborate? I'd think they would be analytical ability, communication skills and time management abilities, all of which I pretty much do daily in my company's consulting division (and have demonstrated examples going back to college)
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22 May 2024, 06:52
You are looking at some top-ranked programs. While it looks like you can demonstrate impact at work, I feel you may need a higher GRE to safely target the schools you are interested in. I'm not saying you shouldn't apply now - that is entirely your decision. I'm just saying that you will have much better odds if you have a higher score. The post-MBA goal in consulting may not be the best choice - we will need to examine where your current work profile and skills lie, and if that ties in well with consulting, then it's fine. Otherwise, you may be better off revisiting that goal. Happy to have a longer chat - feel free to get in touch: https://bit.ly/GM_AugAcd_Profile_Evaluation
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10 Jul 2024, 18:47
Good luck with your app! Your GRE Score should be great. if you have a low GMAT core, DO NOT SEND it in.
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12 Jul 2024, 09:48
Hey,
I am Priyanka, Client Manager at ARINGO. Speaking about your profile, a 329 GRE and an 8.03 GPA are decent. Leading a family business and securing clients for major real estate companies demonstrates leadership and strong negotiation skills at a young age.

Your focus on empathy-based leadership is impressive and could translate into powerful essays that showcase your unique perspective. While aiming for Yale is awesome (reach), your target list with Darden, Kenan-Flagler, Anderson, and Goizueta is solid. These schools have top-notch real estate programs and would value your experience.

Feel free to connect with us for a deeper analysis. We can help you craft a compelling story that highlights your leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for real estate.

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2025
Score: 720 GMAT Classic
GPA: 4
Pre-MBA industry: Energy and Utilities
Post-MBA industry: Other
Kellogg
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ISB
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2025
Score: Plan to take the GMAT
Pre-MBA industry: Finance
Post-MBA industry: Finance
ISB
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12 Jul 2024 09:07
After working in the field of Data Science/Data Engineering for almost 5 years of which 2 years for a large hospitality giant and 3 years in a Fintech Unicorn where I used to handle couple of projects related to credit risk underwriting using data science and another project that uses GenAI and create detailed description about companies with several datapoints and make it easy for credit underwriter to get to know about an organisation. In managing these projects, I closely worked with directors and product managers to better shape the product that I’m building as they are my stakeholders. I’m the span of 4.5 years, I got promoted twice and rated as a top performer all the 4 years. I wanted to do a MBA that helps me to switch from mostly technical role to a management role. My long term goal is to startup and build a successful business. My short term goal is to do a MBA to switch to management role where I can learn about how to lead a team and build products/services, manage different aspects of a business, build skills to identify areas of improvement in a business. I'm an Indian engineer targeting ISB, Hyderabad.
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10 Jul 2024, 22:10
Cool! you have a good story and a good profile. Just get something over 665 on the GMAT and you should be pretty set.
Other ideas to improve your profile would be improve your career trajectory (hard) but if you can eek out a promotion or a raise, that would be amazing. Similarly if you can demonstrate facing customers, execs in your work, that also signals seniority and maturity. If you have taken initiative and led something (format or informal), I would include it somehow if you can.

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12 Jul 2024, 09:32
Hey @Nagasatish

I am Priyanka, Client Manager at ARINGO. I hope you are doing well. Speaking about your profile, your data science/engineering experience at a big hotel chain and a hot fintech startup is impressive.

The ISB Full-Time MBA looks like a great fit for your goals to become a manager. The GMAT test score is important, so study hard! Your GPA might need a quick explanation, but your work experience shows you're a strong candidate.

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2023
Score: 760 GMAT Classic
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LBS
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24 Oct 2023, 06:15
Hi, have you taken help of any consultancy? if know any good ones please let me know.
I am targeting LBS for 2024 for MiM
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24 Oct 2023, 08:17
Hey, how come not accepted at HBS with a very good Gmat score ? 760 is great
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11 Jul 2024, 20:45
B-schools look at profiles holistically and just a high GMAT score can not help you get admission. It also depends upon the rest of your application + your interview

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3.8 years
India
2025
Female
Score: Plan to take the GMAT
GPA: 8.01
Pre-MBA industry: Manufacturing
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
ISB
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I have a B.Tech from NIT Durgapur and have worked in supply chain domain with manufacturing giants such as Alstom and Maruti Suzuki.

My goal is to make it to ISB. My 10th ,12th and university cgpa is 95.6%,95.6% and 8.01.
Through MBA I want to transition to a different field such as consulting.
If anyone can help regarding the target score and application tips.
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1 years
India
2027
Score: Plan to take the GMAT
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ISB
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6 years
Romania
2025
Female
Score: Plan to take the GMAT
GPA: 3.8
Pre-MBA industry: Law
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
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10 Jul 2024 08:07
After 6 years working as Real Estate and Energy lawyer with a global law firm, I am looking to pivot to an industry role in ESG consulting


Will take the GMAT Focus on August 8, last mock test score was 655 (on the Focus edition)
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09 Jul 2024, 09:59
Hey @Zhelen0401

I am Priyanka, Client Manager at ARINGO. Speaking about your profile, your 3.8 GPA is fantastic, and those 6 years at a global law firm, especially with a focus on real estate and energy, are pure gold for ESG consulting.

Targeting M7 programs and LBS shows serious ambition, but your unique background perfectly aligns with their focus on impact and leadership. Crushing the GMAT will definitely help – any target score in mind?

Showcase how your legal experience translates into consulting skills. Think analytical thinking, problem-solving, and client communication – all music to a consultant's ears. Don't forget to highlight your passion for ESG in your application, that'll be a game changer.

While your profile is rocking, navigating the application process for these top programs can be a jungle. Sharing your CV and connecting with us for a detailed profile review could be a game-changer. We can help you craft a compelling application that positions you for success at your dream schools.

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09 Jul 2024, 18:28
ESG consulting is tricky but as someone with a legal degree you will have a leg up on other candidates.

Good luck on the GMAT! 655 is decent but ideally you want to touch the averages at these programs - which tend to be closer to 675 when translated into Focus terms.
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09 Jul 2024, 23:15
(not an expert here, just a reapplicant who wanted to help) Hey, as an international student who put down ESG consulting as a short-term goal, I struck out at all top 20 US schools last year. I would strongly, strongly advise you to reconsider your goals (at least for the application) because you are looking at a very niche industry in a bad economy. ESG firms don't hire many international students even in a good economy so you need to give the admissions committee some comfort. From my visits to the US schools, consulting/finance/tech are the safest industries for those needing sponsorship. Good luck, don't want anyone to make the same mistakes
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10 Jul 2024, 18:44
Thank you for chiming in!
ESG is tricky for a few reasons (sorry, I did not finish) - it is competitive. A lot of people at the end of their career and in the midst decide they want to do something much more meaningful and so it is challenging to recruit with that much competition. Many do it pro bono sometimes for the satisfaction with organizations directly and there are not that many large organizations that are ESG friendly and able to support lots of consultants. This is a niche that everyone wants to get in but if you talk to people in the industry you realize it is tough and may cast you in a not-well-researched light even if you have done the research.

Ideally for best chances, you want to pick a boring and easy transition - e.g. RE and Energy Lawyer to RE or Energy consulting would be the most logical. Consulting in general is also a common pathway.
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10 Jul 2024, 20:28
Thank you both for the insights! Really helpful to realise that, in looking for a specific goal, I may have gone too specific. Energy consulting is genuinely part of what I am interested in, so I will def try to increase my chances :)
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4 years
Viet Nam
2025
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Score: 675 GMAT Focus
GPA: 3.74
Pre-MBA industry: Accounting
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10 Jul 2024 03:07
I graduated dual degree in Business Law and Accounting in local university (Vietnamese), as well as achieving another Bsc Hons in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes. All of them are first class.


After that, I experienced 3 years in auditing in Big4 and left when I was a senior. I engaged in the largest IPO project in Vietnam when I was in Big4. Then, I joined a largest conglomerate in Vietnam and worked as a accounting and tax specialist.

In terms of extracurricular activities, I used to be a leader of content department in a social project of university. I am also a free mentor for university students (advise about finding jobs, career path etc).

Besides, I am an ACCA member and I have plan to learn CFA soon. I can use Vietnamese, English and Japanese.

Since I do not have a generous budget, I want to get scholarship as much as I can.
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10 Jul 2024, 15:10
Hi @Hyu98
I am Priyanka, Client Manager at ARINGO. Speaking about your profile, you have a strong academic background. Dual degrees in Business Law and Accounting with a first-class honor, followed by a first-class Bsc Hons in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes, demonstrates both breadth and depth of knowledge.

Your 4 years of experience in Vietnam's accounting sector, including a stint at a Big 4 during a major IPO project, showcases valuable industry exposure. Transitioning to a tax and accounting specialist role at a leading Vietnamese conglomerate further highlights your adaptability and growth trajectory.

Your extracurricular activities as a social project content leader and free student mentor demonstrate leadership, initiative, and a commitment to giving back. ACCA membership with plans for CFA adds another layer of credibility to your finance aspirations. With a clear desire to shift from accounting to finance post-MBA, your target schools are all excellent choices with strong finance programs.

Given your scholarship goals, a detailed look at your CV would be helpful to identify specific scholarship opportunities you might qualify for. Additionally, connecting with us would allow for a more tailored discussion about your application strategy and how to best position your profile for each program.

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10 Jul 2024, 15:55
Hi Congrats on your profile. Not sure if you have room to bump up your score - most schools are motivated by high scores when it comes to scholarships. It helps that you are a woman in finance, which is more rare and that's something they would be open. I would encourage you to check out Forte. I think their class and program have completed the recruiting process for the new class, but they still have good resources and lots of app fee waivers (though those are easier to come by these days).

Anyway, GMAT score is the best way to move a program to offer $$. Having a strong achiever profile like yours would solidify it. I would also recommend UNC. It is finance-friendly and is often generous with scholarships. Another though much lower-ranked program would be Simon. They used to be a Finance powerhouse but never recovered from the 2008 crisis. Also would be very generous with a scholarship for your profile. As an example, moving your score 20 points can probably get you a scholarship at a place such as Darden or potentially Fuqua. Not sure how much room you have to maneuver with the score, just saying and totally understand if you don't want to touch the test with a 7-foot pole.

What are your plans after MBA? What are you looking to do afterwards?
I would also encourage you to connect with Vietnamese students at some of the programs.
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3 years
India
2025
GPA: 3.89
Pre-MBA industry: Consulting
Post-MBA industry: Tech
Foster
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10 Jul 2024 03:07
I am currently working as a technology consultant at a big4 firm for 3+ years (4+ years or experience by the time sessions start). I have worked on multiple large scale transformation projects that involves a variety of groups. I have a bit of leadership experience from these projects. I have experience as a startup founder as well have good extracurriculars. I am looking to move into the TPM roles or moving into management consulting. My long term goal is to start my own company in the technology and marketing sector.

My primary target is US and I'll be applying to a few schools in Asia and Europe.
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10 Jun 2024, 18:19
Business Schools in general receive high volume of applications from Big 4 - so in your case the critical factor will be focusing on your applications and test score. The shortlist of schools is very broad and applying to so many schools is not a wise decision both in terms of time and efforts, and in terms of creating a unique application. Would recommend have a relook at the list of schools once you have a GRE/GMAT score with an emphasis on programs that have a focus on Technology.
US tends to be the best for Technology careers, so that destination would be recommended over EU and Asia.

All the best!

Thank you,
Abhinav
Principal Consultant and CEO
https://thembaedge.com/
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10 Jun 2024, 21:29
Strong GPA. Well done. A very strong GMAT will put on a strong wicket. The rest is all about positioning, packaging, and selling your candidature to the buyer based on what you bring, what they seek, and how you fit. For this, deep research on schools will be crucial.
- Dee
(MBA Admissions Consultant and Management Consultant)
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10 Jul 2024, 15:19
Hello @Whateven3980
I am Priyanka, Client Manager at ARINGO. With a stellar GPA, your academic foundation is rock-solid. Your experience as a technology consultant at a Big 4 firm showcases valuable technical expertise and consulting know-how. Leading on large-scale transformation projects demonstrates your ability to collaborate across teams and manage complex situations.

Your experience as a startup founder can prove to be the icing on the cake. It adds a unique dimension to your profile, highlighting your entrepreneurial spirit and risk-taking ability. Strong extracurricular activities further showcase your well-roundedness. Targeting both Tech Product Management and management consulting roles post-MBA positions you perfectly for a variety of exciting career paths. Your long-term goal of launching your own tech and marketing company ties everything together beautifully.

Your target schools are spot-on- Foster, Fuqua, McCombs, Ross, and Scheller are all excellent choices in the US with strong tech and/or consulting programs. HEC Paris, ISB, Judge Cambridge, and NUS Singapore provide great diversification for your European and Asian applications.

To get even more specific about your application strategy, we'd love to connect as it would allow for a deeper dive into the specifics of your consulting experience and the impact of your startup venture.

Click here to contact us.
You can also email me your CV at: priyankak@aringo.com
Good Luck!
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