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GUIDANCE ON APPLICATION

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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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Hi there! The bad news that as an Indian male you are coming from an extremely tough demographic when it comes to b-school apps, and one that tends to have very high GMATs (740+). BUT the good news is that you have a very unique profile among your demographic. Your work work in the fashion industry is unique (most Indian males are working in very technical engineering roles) and, since it is unique, I would recommend sticking to fashion in your post-MBA goals since that will also help you stand out (most people in your demographic want either product manager roles in a tech firm or jobs in consulting).

I think it is worth considering US schools. Even if you don't work in the US afterwards, US b-schools are among the best in the world and can help your earning power significantly. That said, I would not focus on US schools exclusively for the reasons you name & would consider European, Canadian and & Indian schools as well.

There are lots of ranking out there so I'm not sure which one you are referring to when you mention top 30 (we typically use US News & World Report for US rankings), but I would say Rotman, IESE, IE, IMD, ESADE, Rotterdam, Manchester and Mannheim would all be ones to consider. In the US, I'd consider UCLA (a bit of a stretch but worth a shot), Tepper, UNC & Emory (the latter 3 tend to accept more Indian male applicants than other schools do).

Definitely reach out to us if you'd like to talk in more detail. Claudia at claudia@admissionado.com can get you set up with a free consultation!
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Thanks Jon for your inputs. Post your suggestion, I have been researching about the schools you mentioned. Have prepared a final list to proceed with. Willl be great fi you can suggest how to proceed further.

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Hi there! The bad news that as an Indian male you are coming from an extremely tough demographic when it comes to b-school apps, and one that tends to have very high GMATs (740+). BUT the good news is that you have a very unique profile among your demographic. Your work work in the fashion industry is unique (most Indian males are working in very technical engineering roles) and, since it is unique, I would recommend sticking to fashion in your post-MBA goals since that will also help you stand out (most people in your demographic want either product manager roles in a tech firm or jobs in consulting).


In my post MBA goal, can i put fashion E Commerce as the targeted industry? As suggested by you, I don't want to move outside Fashion.

JonAdmissionado wrote:
I think it is worth considering US schools. Even if you don't work in the US afterwards, US b-schools are among the best in the world and can help your earning power significantly. That said, I would not focus on US schools exclusively for the reasons you name & would consider European, Canadian and & Indian schools as well.

There are lots of ranking out there so I'm not sure which one you are referring to when you mention top 30 (we typically use US News & World Report for US rankings), but I would say Rotman, IESE, IE, IMD, ESADE, Rotterdam, Manchester and Mannheim would all be ones to consider. In the US, I'd consider UCLA (a bit of a stretch but worth a shot), Tepper, UNC & Emory (the latter 3 tend to accept more Indian male applicants than other schools do).


This is the final list I have prepared. Let me know your opinion:

Asia - NUS, NTU

Canada - Rotman

US - Stern (primarily because of focus on Fashion), Haas (more open for business roles), & Darden ( High probability of scholarship for Indian candidates).
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Haas & Darden will be in the reach category (especially Haas) but it's fine to include them if you want some stretch schools. The rest of your list looks good!
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