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Please Evaluate: Early Career NGO Background

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Affiliations: Volunteer Operation Smile India, Creative Head of College IEEE branch (2009-10), Chief Editor College Magazine (2009), Finance Head College Magazine (2008)
Joined: 26 Jul 2010
Posts: 468
Location: India
WE2: Entrepreneur (E-commerce - The Laptop Skin Vault)
Concentration: Marketing, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V38
WE: Marketing (Other)
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Hi I have listed out my profile below and I am hoping you can provide me with some assistance in evaluating it. Also please tell me if there are any areas I need to focus on and what my chances are for UCLA & Chicago if I apply as an Early Career Candidate. I have not exaggerated in any part of the Profile and would appreciate your honest feedback. Also if you could suggest any other schools to which I should apply that would be great.

Name: Mansi Parikh

Age: 22yrs

City, Country: Mumbai, India

Undergrad Major: Engineering in Electronics & Telecommunication (Graduated June 2010) with 64.7%

GMAT: Scheduled for Oct, 28, 2010

Work experience: 1 yr at Matriculation

Organization: I started off as a Resource Mobilization Intern in July 2010 and now I am the Resource Mobilization Coordinator for an NGO called Operation Smile India.

My Job entails Marketing, PR & Donor Relations for the org and I basically handle it alone with help from the Executive Director who is situated in Bangalore & comes in a couple of times a month. I am in the process of designing the PR material for the organization and working on a couple of new Fund raising ideas. I am also the liaison between the org. and the Operation Smile Students Club in the American School Of Bombay.

I get to attend all the Medical Missions (almost 1 every alternate mth) conducted all over India in Rural areas where they perform free Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate or Burns surgeries for young children. On these missions my role is different as per the requirement for eg. when we have donors coming to volunteer or observe the mission then it is Donor relations but otherwise it varies from Medical Records to Translation (since the doctors and nurses come from Abroad).

I have already been on 1 mission for the organization to Kolkata & my next mission is in December to Guwahati, Assam.

Internship: In July 2009 I did a 1 mth internship at a Firm called NatureFirst GEMS which was a Global Ecological Management firm, which helped businesses become more eco-friendly and compliant with LEEDS Norms, as a Research Analyst Trainee. My job was mostly researching and making reports based on that research for the firm to use in their pitches to various industries.


1.) Currently learning Spanish (Basic Level) and planning to pursue it for further levels

2.) Have applied to join Teach For India to volunteer to teach under-privileged children

Undergrad: Held leadership roles as

1.) Chief Editor for the college Magazine Academic year 2009-2010

2.) Creative Head for the college IEEE branch which entailed designing of all publicity & Promotional Material for the Inter-college Festival and all the events and Seminars held during the academic year 2009-2010

3.) Event Head for the Debating event in the intra-college festival acad. year 2009-2010

4.) Financial Manager: College Magazine Academic Year 2008-2009

5.) Event Head for the marketing based event in the inter-college festival acad. year 2008-2009


1.) House Captain/ School Prefect in the 10th grade acad. year 2003-2004

2.) Participation and prizes in Other Inter-school events such as Debating, Throwball, Art, etc. throughout school years

Languages Spoken: English (Primary), Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Spanish(Learning)

Short term goals: To work in Marketing with focus on Brand Management & PR, in any of the following industries:
  • High tech
  • Luxury
  • Entertainment & Media

Long term goals: To Open my own Brand Management & PR firm which can also provide reduced rates or pro-bono assistance to NGOs

Preferred Schools : UCLA, Chicago:Booth, NYU Stern, UC Davis, Columbia Business School

I am planning to apply to these schools particularly since they offer a wider variety of electives in the Marketing as well as Entrepreneurial studies and have some of the best faculty for Marketing subjects.


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You have done a lot of very interesting things and you have taken great care to lay them out in a way that is easy to read. Unfortunately though, there is a missing ingredient that will be make-or-break for you ... why now? Can you reasonably convince Adcom that now is the time for an MBA? Nearly every reader is going to come to the same conclusion: "sure, eventually." There is nothing about your career goals or current path that I'm seeing that suggests a need to accelerate this process other than impatience. And that is a trait that just plays right into the stereotype of your generation as a whole. "Nobody wants to put in the time, get experience, take a measured approach, etc." is sort of the sentiment among Boomers and Gen Xers. They see Gen Y or the "Millennials" as being way too eager to skip all the steps. So the onus is really on you to show that you have advanced maturity/leadership/teamwork and - even more importantly - that you are ready from a professional standpoint.

One easy way to make sure that does *not* happen is to articulate a short-term goal in luxury goods or entertainment. Even high-tech is a risk. You are seeking a marketing position in the most coveted, niche industries which suggests that A) you are going to be hard to place for career services and B) you might be naive about the recruiting pipeline. You don't even need a third strike here, you will be out.

So for you, it's going to be about taking a long hard look at whether now is the right time. If you still believe it is, then you have to articulate that in each and every word within the application. All the key themes, the career goals ... everything is going to have huge implications.

For school choice, if marketing is your aim, you are missing a couple of no-brainers in Kellogg and Duke. Also Haas. All are strong in marketing, whereas that is not Columbia's wheelhouse. But that's all cart before the horse. This comes down to whether you can show you are ready and that you need the degree now rather than 2-4 years from now when it would make more sense on paper.

Sorry to come burst your bubble, but that's the honest truth. Hope this helps you on your road to b-school success.

Thanks for reaching out.


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