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New post 25 Mar 2018, 14:30
Hey guys,

Apologies if I am posting in the wrong forum.

I am targeting US B-schools and ISB (India) for 2019 intake. Can you guys please evaluate my profile and share your comments? Please be as blatant as possible.
Can you guys suggest a few schools that I should apply to? Stretch, achievable and safe ones.

Profile summary
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Age: 27
Nationality - Indian

Academics:
Class X - 86%
Class XII - 89%
GMAT - 700 (Q47, V39)
Undergrad GPA: 8.1/10, Computer Science and Engineer


Work Experience - Currently, I've 4 years of work experience in IT. I have played the role of an Application Developer, Tester and Functional Consultant. I have worked in Banking (Credit Cards),

Retail (Apparel) and Energy & Resources (Steel) domain and have gathered relevant business knowledge of the same. I have taken up a few strategic roles during this tenure and received awards for the same.

Extra curricular activities:
1) During college, I was the member of the core group, which successfully managed to pull the sponsors for our college Annual Fest. Although, it sounds pretty odd, our college did not have any
initiatives for fests etc. until we pitched in and showed the management that why an "Off-week" is required.
2) Member of the college and school soccer teams. Won a few tournaments.
3) College Representative of the Training and Placement Office. Interacted with company representatives during recruitments.
4) School representative for inter-school fests.
5) Member of my company's community club.

Career Goals - I had initially joined the company to gain experience to get into a proper MBA/MS(management) program abroad. And now I think it is time to work towards that. I have not fixed on any particular destination as such but i am slightly biased towards US b-schools and ISB. I found management/strategy counsulting specialisation somewhat to my liking after reading about it. I'd definitely like to make a transition from my current role in a service based industry into a full-fledged consulting/strategy role. I haven't decided on the industry, but I see myself involved in a consultant role. I agree that during the course of one's MBA, the focus can shift, but if everything goes as per the plan, this is where I see myself after 5 years. We, as IT professionals, definitely do informal consulting, but our clients always takes it with a pinch of salt. This is one restriction I want to break.


Please let me know in case any additional information is required from my end.
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New post 27 Mar 2018, 19:17
You have a solid profile but with your GMAT (700) which is generally fine, your options for the top MBA programs which are feeders for the top end strategy consulting shops may be limited. Nothing wrong with this but just want you to be aware of this. So you can retake the GMAT and aim for higher ranked schools which would require a higher GMAT. If you want to work with your current profile, I would take a look at schools like UT Austin, USC, and Kelley as schools that can probably still allow you to break into consulting. But think through what firms you have in mind then work backwards into the schools with high placement rates at these schools
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New post 31 Mar 2018, 08:20
VeritasPrepDozie wrote:
You have a solid profile but with your GMAT (700) which is generally fine, your options for the top MBA programs which are feeders for the top end strategy consulting shops may be limited. Nothing wrong with this but just want you to be aware of this. So you can retake the GMAT and aim for higher ranked schools which would require a higher GMAT. If you want to work with your current profile, I would take a look at schools like UT Austin, USC, and Kelley as schools that can probably still allow you to break into consulting. But think through what firms you have in mind then work backwards into the schools with high placement rates at these schools


Thanks a lot for your response and suggestions.

I have plans for a retake but before that I want to apply to a few colleges in the earlier rounds with my current profile. Since, I belong to the IT industry hence I have plan to get into tech consulting companies such as Deloitte, IBM, Accenture, etc post MBA. In the long run I want to try out the major management consulting firms such as McKinsey, BCG, and Bain, etc.
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