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Profile Eval-Indian female/Marketing/640/4yr WE [#permalink]
11 Sep 2012, 23:47
Profile Eval-Indian female/Marketing/640/4yr WE I am a 26 year old female from India and applying to US business schools in 2012. I have a GMAT of 640 (Q:45 / V:34 / AWA:4) and a TOEFL score of 96. I have worked for 4 years as a marketing executive in India in the hospitality industry. I have worked for two different hotel groups 1) 1 yr at a large single hotel located in the commercial center in the capital city of India 2) ~3 yrs at a large multi-national and multi-brand hotel chain, with responsibility for nationwide (India) marketing. I had hit a ceiling at my company and without an MBA they were not willing to promote me further or give me additional responsibilities. So I quit and for last 2 months, I have been working as a full-time volunteer for an NGO for differently-abled and underprivileged children. By the time I join a business school (hopefully), I would have worked at this NGO for almost 1 year. I am passionate about dance and was part of a professional dance group for 5 years (alongside my college and job). Both at college and as part of this dance group, I have performed at multiple shows with audiences of 1,000+ people and won many awards. I have an undergraduate degree in English (Hons.) where I studied English, History and Philosophy. I was very active in my college’s dance and theatre society. Indian colleges do not have a GPA system. I would consider myself a firm mid-tier performer academically. I am very keen on continuing a career in marketing. Can you kindly advise which schools will best suit my profile? I am keen on Duke, Haas and Cornell. Thank you very much in advance.
Re: Profile Eval-Indian female/Marketing/640/4yr WE [#permalink]
10 Nov 2012, 10:53
Hello, and sorry for the notable delay!
It seems that you have decent initial experience with your hospitality firms. It will help to focus on what you accomplished in these years for the hotels. Business schools want to see what value you provided the firm and what you were able to achieve, rather than what you did on a daily basis. What sorts of team or leadership roles did you have? What kind of difficulties and obstacles were you able to successfully address?
It's also important to identify which type of program will help you achieve your goals. Knowing that your focus is on marketing, rather than a financial MBA, you should look at programs that focus on this, and specifically in hospitality if that's something you would like to get back into.
Working at the NGO can definitely show variety in your profile, as well. Focus on what you've been able to do to help the community and why that is important to you.
Let us know what you think, and good luck!
Re: Profile Eval-Indian female/Marketing/640/4yr WE
10 Nov 2012, 10:53