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Dear Team

I am a 33-year-old Indian male planning to write the GMAT soon for intake into the regular 2-year MBA programs. I have the following grades. I would be extremely grateful if I could receive your feedback on certain aspects, especially how realistic it would be for my aspirations.

1. Class X- ICSE -89%
2. Class XII -ISC - 86%
3. Engineering - Private Engineering college - CGPA - 8.46 /10
4. Masters in Engg (VLSI Design) - CGPA - 8.81/10
5. Work Exp - 8 years (now)
(a) 3 years with TCS
(b) 5 years (till date) with an Indian Public Sector Bank - working in several profiles. In the process, I have acquired certain certifications from Indian Institute of Banking and Finance -
(a) JAIIB (First Class) - June, 2015
(b) CAIIB (First Class) - December, 2015
(c) Certificate Course in Foreign Exchange - January, 2017

After my MBA, I would like to work in the Finance domain. I could also look at Consulting profiles, but Finance would be my first choice.

Target countries- Canada, USA, Europe, Singapore
Extra-curricular and other achievements -
I do not have much extra curricular activities -Was adjudged the “Best Table Topic Speaker” at Toastmasters International during my stint at TCS, ranked third in my M Tech course, was an associate editor of my college magazine, won a certificate at an in-house L&D and CTO initiative at TCS.

I have mediocre academic grades so far and do not have much leadership roles to write about. Should I do CFA level1 before I apply in 2020 ?
Please advise how good/bad is my profile for admission to the good B schools.
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Hi Magicnow,

Thank you for your post. This is a bit difficult to assess in a vacuum (i.e., without knowing what caliber of programs you are considering). That aside, one thing that jumps out to me here is the quantity of your work experience and how far removed you are from undergrad, especially if you are planning to apply next year.

Among U.S. programs, students tend to have an average of five years of experience, with middle 80% work experience ranges (10th to 90th percentile) at many programs ranging from three to seven years. The average age of candidates is generally around 28, with a middle 80% range of 25 to 30/31. European programs tend to trend about a year older on these metrics.

With that in mind, you are going to be a pretty noteworthy outlier if you're focused on full-time two-year programs, and in almost all cases, admissions committees would point you to Executive MBA programs as a better fit. There are a small handful of full-time programs for mid-career professionals out there as well, such as USC's IBEAR program.

Long story short, I would encourage you to research programs very well to determine fit across these parameters and others (i.e., that you are in the phase of career that a given program caters to). The more you stray from that, the more you will need to be an outlier to the plus side across other metrics, such as GMAT score and quality of essays, recommendations, etc.

All of this, of course, also hinges on the quality and specificity of your career goals, why MBA, why now, why XYZ school, how well you tell your story, the passion and purpose behind your goals, and so forth. You can read more about these cornerstones of the MBA application process here: https://www.avantiprep.com/blog/the-mos ... on-process

I wish you the best of luck!

Kind Regards,
Greg
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New post 29 Sep 2019, 19:47
Greg - Thank you very much for taking time out to answer my queries. I graduated in 2009 (undergrad), did Masters in 2011 and have been working since. I haven't appeared in GMAT yet; but truth to tell, I would like the top 20-30 US programs, 1-2 Canada or Europe (France), Singapore programs.
But I want a full-time program instead of the part-time and Executive programs.
1. With a very good score, is it possible to get into a very good program (say top 20-30 US B-Schools, top 1-2 of Canada or Europe-France) with my profile with a good scholarship ?
2. As I will be 36/37 by the time I graduate, will it be difficult/improbable to secure placements/jobs after the programs in the countries mentioned ?
3. Will a CFA level1 help me improve the overall profile before I apply in 2020 for 2021 intake ?
4. Moreover, could you please advise/give me a few pointers on how to research B schools (beyond the class profile details on the B-school website) ? I do not know many people who have graduated from B schools.
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New post 10 Oct 2019, 19:50
Hi Greg

Thank you very much for taking time out to answer my queries. Could you please answer the following queries too ? It would indeed be extremely beneficial.
I graduated in 2009 (undergrad), did Masters in 2011 and have been working since. I haven't appeared in GMAT yet; but truth to tell, I would like the top 20-30 US programs, top 1-2 of Canada or Europe (France), Singapore programs.
As you have delineated, I will try to get a good score. But I want a full-time program instead of the part-time and Executive programs.
1. With a very good score, is it possible to get into a very good program (say top 20-30 US B-Schools, top 1-2 of Canada or Europe-France) with my profile with a good scholarship ?
2. As I will be 36/37 by the time I graduate, will it be difficult/improbable to secure placements/jobs after the programs in the countries mentioned ?
3. Will a CFA level1 help me improve the overall profile before I apply in 2020 for 2021 intake ?
4. Moreover, could you please advise/give me a few pointers on how to research B schools (beyond the class profile details on the B-school website) ? I do not know many people who have graduated from B schools.
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New post 12 Oct 2019, 08:35
Hi Magicnow,

Thank you for your follow-up questions. For reasons described in my original post, I think that even gaining admission to the type of programs you've described will be very very difficult, let alone scholarships. If your score is super high, then you might be able to make a lower-ranked school look past the lack of full-time fit and potential job obstacles. So perhaps a super high GMAT score and superb application execution could turn into an admission and maybe even some funding. But even doing so in the U.S. T20-30 strikes me as hard, so I think you'd have to go further down-ranking to have a chance at pulling it off. The further down-ranking you go, the higher your scores are, and the better your application and essays (and why MBA, why now, goals, post-MBA plan, etc.) are, the better your still very difficult odds of getting into a full-time program will be.

Regarding your other questions, the recruiting apparatuses and types of post-MBA jobs that companies look to fill do tend to cater to folks that are earlier in their career than you would be when you graduate, so that does create challenges with respect to placement (and therefore with respect to getting in, as adcoms will have a tough time envisioning your post-MBA path). It's doable, but you would likely have to do a lot of your own networking and create your own path to find the right fit.

I suppose that having the CFA Level I is nicer than not having it, but I don't think it would really move the needle for you. You would likely be better served spending that time on other efforts, whether leadership-related, or really even just focusing on identifying the right fit(s) from a school perspective (given your unique circumstances), engaging with students at those programs, and planting early research and networking seeds toward your post-MBA goals.

Regarding school research and engagement, nearly all schools have student ambassadors, admissions ambassadors, or region representatives of some variety. So if you don't have any natural contacts at programs, I would encourage you to identify those current student contacts (who are there to engage with prospective applicants) and politely reach out to them. If you are to email them, I'd keep the email relatively brief (i.e., two lines of background about your experience and/or goals, not two paragraphs) and a couple of questions, being respectful of their time. Sometimes they can put you in touch with folks who share your background or goals, so if you want to try to get in touch with "older candidates" in their class, that could be a way to do so.

Thanks!
Greg
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