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New post 31 Jul 2018, 10:06
Hi,

I am desperately looking for some help and guidance. I am glad I came across this thread. I will share a brief about my profile and then will mention the places where I am stuck.

GMAT - 700 (Q50, V34, AWA-5, IR-8). Work ex – 49 months as on date. Will have 57.5 months of work –ex as on 31st March, 2019.


Grad & Work Ex:
I have done my graduation in Fashion Technology from National Institute of Fashion Technology. My college is regarded as the best fashion college in the country and is among the top 3 colleges in Asia. Right now I am working with the biggest apparel organization in the country. I have reached middle management role in a very short duration. Currently I head pan India operations of my brand.

Profile:
Qualitatively I have a strong profile. I have worked hard to build my profile over the last few years. I am national level athlete and a national level quiz medalist. I have led teams during my college days and have also worked for couple of spiritual and non-for-profit organizations in the past.


Reasons for MBA:
Though I have got good success in the initial years of my career, a graduate degree won't be sufficient to take me to senior level roles in future. There are certain areas in the field of strategy and finance where I feel I am still not equipped enough to handle things completely on my own. An MBA at this stage will also help in making my profile much stronger. A master’s degree will make me financially more stable.


Post MBA plans:
Post MBA I want to work in roles of Brand Management with specialization in the fields of Strategy and Marketing. I am open to industries outside the fashion industry though I wouldn't mind coming back to this industry.

Dilemma:

Under the given geopolitical situation, will it be advisable for Indian candidates to apply to US schools?

I'm targeting colleges within top 30.

One option is to apply to top US schools. But the fees in most top schools is exorbitant. With my score it is quite tough for an Indian male fashion designer to get a scholarship from any top B school. The current political situation is quite scary for job perspective. Not getting a job in US after such a huge investment is a nightmare.

The other option is to try for Indian colleges. There are 3 Indian colleges in top 35. They're not that fancy but have a respectable reputation.



Inherently I am a very optimistic person and I always look for opportunities of growth and learning. But I am getting slightly skeptical at this stage because of the cost involved. There is absolutely no margin for error in this case.

The biggest question on my mind is - Which B Schools should I apply to?

Hope I have given all the required information to suggest the best course of action. Let me know if any other detail from my side is required. Will be obliged if you can suggest the way forward. Thanks.
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New post 31 Jul 2018, 11:55
Hi there, and thanks for writing! I definitely hear your concerns.

Given the limited types/number of companies who sponsor internationals ( for example most consumer package goods companies, who hire brand marketers, do not), getting a job in the U.S. for internationals in this field indeed is difficult. You'd have to communicate in your apps very clearly about which firms you're targeting, as well as your intention to return to your home country in the long-term (since that is more feasible, and adcoms review plans for feasibility). Regarding the cost - you are right about that as well.

I think that applying to top Indian schools is the right move, along with a few of Europe and Asia's top programs (LBS, Oxford, INSEAD, HKUST) since they may give you more options.

Hope that helps a bit - do let me know of any other questions!


GoodGuy wrote:
Hi,

I am desperately looking for some help and guidance. I am glad I came across this thread. I will share a brief about my profile and then will mention the places where I am stuck.

GMAT - 700 (Q50, V34, AWA-5, IR-8). Work ex – 49 months as on date. Will have 57.5 months of work –ex as on 31st March, 2019.


Grad & Work Ex:
I have done my graduation in Fashion Technology from National Institute of Fashion Technology. My college is regarded as the best fashion college in the country and is among the top 3 colleges in Asia. Right now I am working with the biggest apparel organization in the country. I have reached middle management role in a very short duration. Currently I head pan India operations of my brand.

Profile:
Qualitatively I have a strong profile. I have worked hard to build my profile over the last few years. I am national level athlete and a national level quiz medalist. I have led teams during my college days and have also worked for couple of spiritual and non-for-profit organizations in the past.


Reasons for MBA:
Though I have got good success in the initial years of my career, a graduate degree won't be sufficient to take me to senior level roles in future. There are certain areas in the field of strategy and finance where I feel I am still not equipped enough to handle things completely on my own. An MBA at this stage will also help in making my profile much stronger. A master’s degree will make me financially more stable.


Post MBA plans:
Post MBA I want to work in roles of Brand Management with specialization in the fields of Strategy and Marketing. I am open to industries outside the fashion industry though I wouldn't mind coming back to this industry.

Dilemma:

Under the given geopolitical situation, will it be advisable for Indian candidates to apply to US schools?

I'm targeting colleges within top 30.

One option is to apply to top US schools. But the fees in most top schools is exorbitant. With my score it is quite tough for an Indian male fashion designer to get a scholarship from any top B school. The current political situation is quite scary for job perspective. Not getting a job in US after such a huge investment is a nightmare.

The other option is to try for Indian colleges. There are 3 Indian colleges in top 35. They're not that fancy but have a respectable reputation.



Inherently I am a very optimistic person and I always look for opportunities of growth and learning. But I am getting slightly skeptical at this stage because of the cost involved. There is absolutely no margin for error in this case.

The biggest question on my mind is - Which B Schools should I apply to?

Hope I have given all the required information to suggest the best course of action. Let me know if any other detail from my side is required. Will be obliged if you can suggest the way forward. Thanks.

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New post 03 Aug 2018, 12:27
Thanks Nisha for your revert. Job uncertainty is a big reason I am skeptical about applying to US B schools. Having no good job after a loan of 220K $ is a terrible situation for any middle class person to be in. With my profile and current GMAT score do you see any chances of getting a decent scholarship from top 15 US school (may be in courses such as luxury & retail MBA from NYU stern, etc.)

I believe it will help if I am able to use tactfully my diverse background and rich experience as a lever in applications. My biggest USP is going to be my Fashion background. Which European/Asian colleges would be aligned to my background, current role and future goals?

As suggested by you, I will definitely apply to Indian colleges. I tried booking a slot with you for consultation but your calendar is completely blocked for next 2 weeks. Will help if you can share your inputs here.

mbaMissionNishaT wrote:
Hi there, and thanks for writing! I definitely hear your concerns.

Given the limited types/number of companies who sponsor internationals ( for example most consumer package goods companies, who hire brand marketers, do not), getting a job in the U.S. for internationals in this field indeed is difficult. You'd have to communicate in your apps very clearly about which firms you're targeting, as well as your intention to return to your home country in the long-term (since that is more feasible, and adcoms review plans for feasibility). Regarding the cost - you are right about that as well.

I think that applying to top Indian schools is the right move, along with a few of Europe and Asia's top programs (LBS, Oxford, INSEAD, HKUST) since they may give you more options.

Hope that helps a bit - do let me know of any other questions!


GoodGuy wrote:
Hi,

I am desperately looking for some help and guidance. I am glad I came across this thread. I will share a brief about my profile and then will mention the places where I am stuck.

GMAT - 700 (Q50, V34, AWA-5, IR-8). Work ex – 49 months as on date. Will have 57.5 months of work –ex as on 31st March, 2019.


Grad & Work Ex:
I have done my graduation in Fashion Technology from National Institute of Fashion Technology. My college is regarded as the best fashion college in the country and is among the top 3 colleges in Asia. Right now I am working with the biggest apparel organization in the country. I have reached middle management role in a very short duration. Currently I head pan India operations of my brand.

Profile:
Qualitatively I have a strong profile. I have worked hard to build my profile over the last few years. I am national level athlete and a national level quiz medalist. I have led teams during my college days and have also worked for couple of spiritual and non-for-profit organizations in the past.


Reasons for MBA:
Though I have got good success in the initial years of my career, a graduate degree won't be sufficient to take me to senior level roles in future. There are certain areas in the field of strategy and finance where I feel I am still not equipped enough to handle things completely on my own. An MBA at this stage will also help in making my profile much stronger. A master’s degree will make me financially more stable.


Post MBA plans:
Post MBA I want to work in roles of Brand Management with specialization in the fields of Strategy and Marketing. I am open to industries outside the fashion industry though I wouldn't mind coming back to this industry.

Dilemma:

Under the given geopolitical situation, will it be advisable for Indian candidates to apply to US schools?

I'm targeting colleges within top 30.

One option is to apply to top US schools. But the fees in most top schools is exorbitant. With my score it is quite tough for an Indian male fashion designer to get a scholarship from any top B school. The current political situation is quite scary for job perspective. Not getting a job in US after such a huge investment is a nightmare.

The other option is to try for Indian colleges. There are 3 Indian colleges in top 35. They're not that fancy but have a respectable reputation.



Inherently I am a very optimistic person and I always look for opportunities of growth and learning. But I am getting slightly skeptical at this stage because of the cost involved. There is absolutely no margin for error in this case.

The biggest question on my mind is - Which B Schools should I apply to?

Hope I have given all the required information to suggest the best course of action. Let me know if any other detail from my side is required. Will be obliged if you can suggest the way forward. Thanks.
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GoodGuy wrote:
Thanks Nisha for your revert. Job uncertainty is a big reason I am skeptical about applying to US B schools. Having no good job after a loan of 220K $ is a terrible situation for any middle class person to be in. With my profile and current GMAT score do you see any chances of getting a decent scholarship from top 15 US school (may be in courses such as luxury & retail MBA from NYU stern, etc.)

I believe it will help if I am able to use tactfully my diverse background and rich experience as a lever in applications. My biggest USP is going to be my Fashion background. Which European/Asian colleges would be aligned to my background, current role and future goals?

As suggested by you, I will definitely apply to Indian colleges. I tried booking a slot with you for consultation but your calendar is completely blocked for next 2 weeks. Will help if you can share your inputs here.



Hi mbaMissionNishaT,

Can you please revert? Unable to book a slot to have a discussion with you :(
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New post 16 Sep 2018, 16:21
mbaMissionNishaT

Hello

I have a question regarding Wharton application. I took GMAT this year (which I would like to be considered as my score). I also have an old GRE score (from 4 years ago but still valid), which is low as I didn't prepare for it at all, and which I can not cancel

Wharton asks a question if I have taken GRE, it is obligatory question and if I say Yes, I must submit my scores. What if I don't want to submit my GRE results? Can I just answer No?

What is best to do in this situation? (My GMAT is a bit lower than average, I am already addressing this... Having a super low GRE on my application in addition to GMAT won't exactly be helpful)

Thank you
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