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New post 22 Nov 2019, 12:32
Hi all, I'm gearing up to submit some applications, but I want to make sure I'm not wasting my time. Here's my profile:

Nationality: American
Age: 29
Undergraduate: Bachelor's in Philosophy and Classics (full-on humanities education from a small liberal arts university); graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Graduate: Master's in Philosophy (with a specialization in logic. My grad program was in a mid-level state university, but the department itself is highly regarded in the field.)
GMAT:760
Undergrad GPA: 3.75
Grad GPA: 3.96
Work experience: 6+ years
About me: A career teacher, I've taught in three different countries, and at every level--kindergarten, elementary and middle school, high school, university, and working adults. After two years in Europe and one year Asia, I moved back to the U.S. to start a MA in philosophy. (Actually, I specialized in logic, but logic tends to find its home in Philosophy departments in the states, rather than in a computer science or its own department.) I decided to transition to business at the end of my coursework, but since my Master's Thesis wasn't finished, I took an extra year of work before applying to MBA programs. Bilingual (learned second language in Europe).

Key work achievements: Excellent teaching accolades. Awards and promotions in a couple organizations, universally stellar reviews, a worldwide teaching certification.

College Extracurriculars: Philosophy, Logic, Latin, and Greek tutor to student athletes; Founder & President of the Swim Team; President of the Film Club; 3 honor societies.
Post-college Extracurriculars: Latin tutor for 3 years; Certified ski instructor at well-known ski mountain for 4 years; Also an avid mountain climber, have climbed over a dozen mountains; Was a swim coach for two high school teams after undergrad.

Why MBA: I decided to transition to business last year, but my background is entirely education and academia. I was fully planning on an academic career, but changed my mind after 2 years in grad school. I need an education in business fundamentals and to build the right relationships. An MBA is perfect for that. As for WHY NOW--I just don't have the education to pursue my goals. Any delay in an MBA means a delay in pursuing the career I want. I'm aiming for consulting after my MBA, followed by international business. Columbia is really good for both of those. Plus, I want to move to and live in New York.

I'm concerned about my universities, educational background, and work experience. None of it took place elite universities and gold-plated firms. I know MBA programs say they want communities with diverse educational and professional backgrounds, but I also know that historical data suggests that they tend to really like people from Princeton and Goldman-Sachs. I have the GPA and GMAT for elite programs, but worry that my background and pedigree will stand in my way.

I don't want to waste my time if I don't have a realistic chance at elite programs and at Columbia (my #1 choice) in particular. Thanks in advance for any feedback!
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ns89 wrote:
Hi all, I'm gearing up to submit some applications, but I want to make sure I'm not wasting my time. Here's my profile:

Nationality: American
Age: 29
Undergraduate: Bachelor's in Philosophy and Classics (full-on humanities education from a small liberal arts university); graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Graduate: Master's in Philosophy (with a specialization in logic. My grad program was in a mid-level state university, but the department itself is highly regarded in the field.)
GMAT:760
Undergrad GPA: 3.75
Grad GPA: 3.96
Work experience: 6+ years
About me: A career teacher, I've taught in three different countries, and at every level--kindergarten, elementary and middle school, high school, university, and working adults. After two years in Europe and one year Asia, I moved back to the U.S. to start a MA in philosophy. (Actually, I specialized in logic, but logic tends to find its home in Philosophy departments in the states, rather than in a computer science or its own department.) I decided to transition to business at the end of my coursework, but since my Master's Thesis wasn't finished, I took an extra year of work before applying to MBA programs. Bilingual (learned second language in Europe).

Key work achievements: Excellent teaching accolades. Awards and promotions in a couple organizations, universally stellar reviews, a worldwide teaching certification.

College Extracurriculars: Philosophy, Logic, Latin, and Greek tutor to student athletes; Founder & President of the Swim Team; President of the Film Club; 3 honor societies.
Post-college Extracurriculars: Latin tutor for 3 years; Certified ski instructor at well-known ski mountain for 4 years; Also an avid mountain climber, have climbed over a dozen mountains; Was a swim coach for two high school teams after undergrad.

Why MBA: I decided to transition to business last year, but my background is entirely education and academia. I was fully planning on an academic career, but changed my mind after 2 years in grad school. I need an education in business fundamentals and to build the right relationships. An MBA is perfect for that. As for WHY NOW--I just don't have the education to pursue my goals. Any delay in an MBA means a delay in pursuing the career I want. I'm aiming for consulting after my MBA, followed by international business. Columbia is really good for both of those. Plus, I want to move to and live in New York.

I'm concerned about my universities, educational background, and work experience. None of it took place elite universities and gold-plated firms. I know MBA programs say they want communities with diverse educational and professional backgrounds, but I also know that historical data suggests that they tend to really like people from Princeton and Goldman-Sachs. I have the GPA and GMAT for elite programs, but worry that my background and pedigree will stand in my way.

I don't want to waste my time if I don't have a realistic chance at elite programs and at Columbia (my #1 choice) in particular. Thanks in advance for any feedback!


I think you have a good shot if you better define your post MBA goal. What specific business or line or work? What drove you to that interest, what strengths do you have to be successful there, and what does CBS have to help you achieve those goals? A lot of teacher's make it to good MBA programs but it requires very specific execution.
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New post 24 Nov 2019, 13:31
Hi ns89, I'm a current CBS student, come from a non-traditional background (a bit of academia in there myself) and would be happy to chat with you about this stuff if you want. I actually think you'd have a fine shot at the school, but just defining what your exact goals are and why nyc / cbs will be essentially in obtaining them will be very useful.

If you need specific help or insight, feel free to DM me, I'm not one of those people on here that makes you pay for the info you need :lol: just a member of the hermes society at the school.

Best of luck - hope to see you here next year!


ns89 wrote:
Hi all, I'm gearing up to submit some applications, but I want to make sure I'm not wasting my time. Here's my profile:

Nationality: American
Age: 29
Undergraduate: Bachelor's in Philosophy and Classics (full-on humanities education from a small liberal arts university); graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Graduate: Master's in Philosophy (with a specialization in logic. My grad program was in a mid-level state university, but the department itself is highly regarded in the field.)
GMAT:760
Undergrad GPA: 3.75
Grad GPA: 3.96
Work experience: 6+ years
About me: A career teacher, I've taught in three different countries, and at every level--kindergarten, elementary and middle school, high school, university, and working adults. After two years in Europe and one year Asia, I moved back to the U.S. to start a MA in philosophy. (Actually, I specialized in logic, but logic tends to find its home in Philosophy departments in the states, rather than in a computer science or its own department.) I decided to transition to business at the end of my coursework, but since my Master's Thesis wasn't finished, I took an extra year of work before applying to MBA programs. Bilingual (learned second language in Europe).

Key work achievements: Excellent teaching accolades. Awards and promotions in a couple organizations, universally stellar reviews, a worldwide teaching certification.

College Extracurriculars: Philosophy, Logic, Latin, and Greek tutor to student athletes; Founder & President of the Swim Team; President of the Film Club; 3 honor societies.
Post-college Extracurriculars: Latin tutor for 3 years; Certified ski instructor at well-known ski mountain for 4 years; Also an avid mountain climber, have climbed over a dozen mountains; Was a swim coach for two high school teams after undergrad.

Why MBA: I decided to transition to business last year, but my background is entirely education and academia. I was fully planning on an academic career, but changed my mind after 2 years in grad school. I need an education in business fundamentals and to build the right relationships. An MBA is perfect for that. As for WHY NOW--I just don't have the education to pursue my goals. Any delay in an MBA means a delay in pursuing the career I want. I'm aiming for consulting after my MBA, followed by international business. Columbia is really good for both of those. Plus, I want to move to and live in New York.

I'm concerned about my universities, educational background, and work experience. None of it took place elite universities and gold-plated firms. I know MBA programs say they want communities with diverse educational and professional backgrounds, but I also know that historical data suggests that they tend to really like people from Princeton and Goldman-Sachs. I have the GPA and GMAT for elite programs, but worry that my background and pedigree will stand in my way.

I don't want to waste my time if I don't have a realistic chance at elite programs and at Columbia (my #1 choice) in particular. Thanks in advance for any feedback!
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New post 25 Nov 2019, 03:58
Hi Nisha,

Thanks for the reply. To answer your questions:

1) Have you had work experience (including client engagements) outside of India? Yes, I have spent a good amount of time with the clients in Singapore and Bulgaria. Apart from that, I have worked with clients from various geographies such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.

2) what was your undergrad GPA/graduation honors? My undergrad percentage was 77.5%. Seems like that would convert to 3.3 GPA. I can get the proper GPA conversion done. But this is the number at a high level.

Thanks

mbaMissionNishaT wrote:
Hi there, and thanks for writing! It sounds like you have progressive work experience, and good involvement outside of work as well. Have you had work experience (including client engagements) outside of India? For Indian applicants, we've seen those who are most successful in the process have international education/professional experience.

Re: GMAT - a 740+ is ideal for Indian applicants, but for CBS given its rolling admissions process, it's best to apply as early as possible at this point to have the best chance possible given the level of competitiveness. Also, what was your undergrad GPA/graduation honors?


mightythor wrote:
Hi,

Background and nationality - Male, 26, Indian, Computer Science engineer, Management Consultant
Undergrad Information - National Institute of Technology Calicut
GMAT: 730
Work experience and leadership - Currently, I am a senior associate at PwC US Advisory(DIAC) and am based out of Mumbai. Received 3 promotions in 5 years. I have been part of 3 sectors in the firm - Consumer Market and Retail, Industrial products and services, and a cross vertical firm initiative driving AI solution for the clients. I have led multiple engagement teams(2-3 team size) as a senior and an experienced associate in the firm. I have recently started working with cross vertical team driving AI solutions for the clients. I am leading and helping the firm build a team here in India. In the past 5 months, I have helped the team expand to a team of 6 members now. As I am transitioning to this new sector within the firm, I am also looking at the my other base verticals which I have been a part of in the past.

Community and others - I was part of the Rotaract club of my college. I have worked on a couple of pro bono engagements, as I thought I can contribute in a better way by offering the services that I am actually good at.
Post MBA goals - MC/SC with MBB
Anything else? - I run a blog dedicated to the aviation industry, airline miles, travel, hotel points and credit cards. I also have a social media presence with a good amount of engagement on my content.
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New post 26 Nov 2019, 15:58
Got it, thank you. The international work experience certainly will help, so definitely highlight it on your resume. Regarding GMAT, you don't need to convert it, but the top schools typically see 80%+ GPAs from Indian applicants, so it would be ideal to apply with a higher GMAT. Since you're still relatively early in your career, would you be open to applying in the spring, as soon as the 2020-21 application comes out?


mightythor wrote:
Hi Nisha,

Thanks for the reply. To answer your questions:

1) Have you had work experience (including client engagements) outside of India? Yes, I have spent a good amount of time with the clients in Singapore and Bulgaria. Apart from that, I have worked with clients from various geographies such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.

2) what was your undergrad GPA/graduation honors? My undergrad percentage was 77.5%. Seems like that would convert to 3.3 GPA. I can get the proper GPA conversion done. But this is the number at a high level.

Thanks

mbaMissionNishaT wrote:
Hi there, and thanks for writing! It sounds like you have progressive work experience, and good involvement outside of work as well. Have you had work experience (including client engagements) outside of India? For Indian applicants, we've seen those who are most successful in the process have international education/professional experience.

Re: GMAT - a 740+ is ideal for Indian applicants, but for CBS given its rolling admissions process, it's best to apply as early as possible at this point to have the best chance possible given the level of competitiveness. Also, what was your undergrad GPA/graduation honors?


mightythor wrote:
Hi,

Background and nationality - Male, 26, Indian, Computer Science engineer, Management Consultant
Undergrad Information - National Institute of Technology Calicut
GMAT: 730
Work experience and leadership - Currently, I am a senior associate at PwC US Advisory(DIAC) and am based out of Mumbai. Received 3 promotions in 5 years. I have been part of 3 sectors in the firm - Consumer Market and Retail, Industrial products and services, and a cross vertical firm initiative driving AI solution for the clients. I have led multiple engagement teams(2-3 team size) as a senior and an experienced associate in the firm. I have recently started working with cross vertical team driving AI solutions for the clients. I am leading and helping the firm build a team here in India. In the past 5 months, I have helped the team expand to a team of 6 members now. As I am transitioning to this new sector within the firm, I am also looking at the my other base verticals which I have been a part of in the past.

Community and others - I was part of the Rotaract club of my college. I have worked on a couple of pro bono engagements, as I thought I can contribute in a better way by offering the services that I am actually good at.
Post MBA goals - MC/SC with MBB
Anything else? - I run a blog dedicated to the aviation industry, airline miles, travel, hotel points and credit cards. I also have a social media presence with a good amount of engagement on my content.

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I’d greatly appreciate if my profile could be evaluated. Feedback regarding my chances of getting admitted and tips for improving those odds are welcome. I will try to be brief in order not to take a lot of your time. Thanks in advance.


Personal Info: 25 years old Brazilian (from Salvador).

Education: Undergrad - Law School (not ranked);

UNDERGRADUATE GPA: 7,09/10 (Due to imaturity, since i got into university with 16 years old);
POSTGRADUATE GPA: 9,01/10 (Business Law post grad at the best law school of Brazil);
GMAT: 720 (Q50, V38, IR 7, AWA 5.5);
IELTS: 8.0;

Work Exp: 4 years of exp at matriculation:
2 years as an intern in M&A (boutique law firm);
3 years as an Associate Lawer - M&A (boutique law firm);

Extra Cs: Head of the pro bono practise of the law firm i work;
Member of the Brazilian Bar Business Law Commission;
2 months as an English teacher for AIESEC at Colombia;

Languages: Portuguese (fluent), English (fluent/advanced), Spanish ( intermediate) and French (level c1 - advanced)

Goals: To change my career and break into finance industry (PE or IB).

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I’d greatly appreciate if my profile could be evaluated. Feedback regarding my chances of getting admitted and tips for improving those odds are welcome. I will try to be brief in order not to take a lot of your time. Thanks in advance.


Personal Info: 25 years old Brazilian (from Salvador).

Education: Undergrad - Law School (not ranked);

UNDERGRADUATE GPA: 7,09/10 (Due to imaturity, since i got into university with 16 years old);
POSTGRADUATE GPA: 9,01/10 (Business Law post grad at the best law school of Brazil);
GMAT: 720 (Q50, V38, IR 7, AWA 5.5);
IELTS: 8.0;

Work Exp: 4 years of exp at matriculation:
2 years as an intern in M&A (boutique law firm);
3 years as an Associate Lawer - M&A (boutique law firm);

Extra Cs: Head of the pro bono practise of the law firm i work;
Member of the Brazilian Bar Business Law Commission;
2 months as an English teacher for AIESEC at Colombia;

Languages: Portuguese (fluent), English (fluent/advanced), Spanish ( intermediate) and French (level c1 - advanced)

Goals: To change my career and break into finance industry (PE or IB).

Best regards,


Hey there,

You have an interesting profile and business schools such as CBS certainly welcome career switchers, and the switch from law to MBA is a popular one. You'll be evaluated against other international candidates (more specifically Latin America) and your profile is a bit of a stretch compared to the candidates who get admitted to CBS from Latin America, where they have better GPA, GMAT score, and went to top-ranked schools.

That said, there are a few things you can do to strengthen your candidacy:

- The unknown in your profile is the quality of your recommendation letter, so make sure you're able to get glowing recommendations
- Have very compelling stories as to why you're switching from law to business. This switch will set you apart so make sure you can deliver a good story
- Think of good reasons for why CBS - they're big on this one
- Have a good explanation for your undergrad GPA. Because you went to a non-ranked undergrad and have a GPA on the lower side, this will raise questions so be prepared to answer

If you're able to do these, that will improve your candidacy for CBS. It's not an impossible goal for you, but it will definitely be a bit of a stretch so you want to do your best at increasing your chances if CBS is your dream school. Hope that helps, good luck!
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GMAT - 730
Undergrad - B.Tech in Biotechnology (major) and Computer Science (Minor) (Undergrad) from IIT Guwahati (Top 10 in India)
GPA - 8.6/10 (Top 15% in my class)
Background - Indian - non IT Male
Total Work Ex - 5.5 years (~1 Year in IT consulting and ~4.5 years in consumer tech startups)

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During my 2 month B.Tech internship at University of Strasbourg - France, I published a research paper on HIV in International Journal of Virology. I have spent almost 3.5 years in a early stage start-up , where I was the first Data Analyst to be hired and went on to lead the Analytics team as Associate Director - Data Analytics. I was also working on Central Growth strategy and helping the CEOs office in raising a $50 Million Series D funding. I am currently working in a mid stage startup as a Sr Manager in Strategic Business Planning Team, scaling and commercialising the Commercial Interior Design vertical and refining the Annual Operating Plan for the entire organisation. I have also worked with an IT MnC in India for about a year as a Validation Consultant for the Regulatory Domain in the Medical Devices Vertical where I was helping the clients as well as internal teams to create products compliant with the FDA rules. I have done volunteering work with an NGO for 2 months, during which I trained the students from Primary Government School to participate in city level competitions where the children secured top positions. I have also taken a few online courses on Data Science and a executive course on Project Management from IIMB, one of the top B schools in India. I can get recommendations from the Founders/CXOs in the startups which I have worked. My short term MBA goal is to get into a startup and contribute in a larger capacity or join a corporate strategy team of a big organisation. Long term goal is to start a business on my own.
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Hi,
Thanks in advance for your time!

Background and nationality: Asian, male, 33 y/o, Indonesian (but US resident)
Undergrad Information: public university in Texas with 3.7 GPA (magna cum laude), double majoring in finance and accounting
GMAT: not yet taken (will take executive assessment soon)
Professional certification: Certified Public Accountant

Professional experience:
All US based:
+ 2 years in local CPA firm as an auditor servicing public companies clients based in energy sector.
+ 3 years as supervising senior auditor with big 4 accounting firms (one of EY, KPMG, PwC, Deloitte) servicing fortune 500 clients, primarily in energy and software sectors. Accolades include ovation award (top performance award), accounting system champion for southwest area, trainer / teacher for staff and experienced hire auditors' classes
+ 3 years as audit experienced manager with one of national firms (one of GT, BDO, etc)
+ 2 years as executive in oil & gas exploration production company (promoted multiple times from controller to current CFO position) with approx. $50MM annual revenues, growing through M&A

Business experience / side gig:
+ chairman and co-founder design and build construction company in indonesia with a friend (US licensed and educated engineer) in 2018. our clients are primarily commercial or luxury homes. 4 full time office employees. 20 field workers. Employing virtual reality technique in design. i handle the financial aspect of the company and assist the ceo with sales and marketing (including creating website etc). my sales efforts generated approx. 60% of company's revenues.

Community and others
+ 7 years as community leader at church
+ 2 years volunteering as mentor for prospective graduates through an Indonesian mentoring program at a Texas university.
+ volunteered for an acquaintance provincial legislative election (currently a senator in Jakarta)

Post MBA goals
+ work at a major company as an executive
+ apply what I learn at Columbia for my construction company
+ create charity that allows people to invest in local industries in Indonesia
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