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Profile Eval: MS in Finance from European Universities

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New post 17 Jan 2019, 10:57
Hey guys,

I am having a hard time to decide on the Universities best suited for my profile.
I would really appreciate your inputs. I am posting my details below:

Nationality: Indian
Age: 24
Qualification: B.com Honours, University of Delhi and Cleared CFA Level II, Cfa Institute USA
GMAT Score: 660 (Q48 V34), IR 7, AWA (not released-waiting for the result)
Undergrad Score: 78.63% (Considered First division)
Academic Scholarship:
1. Received one for my undergraduate studies.
2. Twice from the CFA Institute - Access Scholarship
High school score: 94.4%
Internship:
1. PepsiCo, India - Finance Department
2. Sabio Capital, an Investment management startup in India
Work Experience:
1. A fin-tech startup in Equity Research - 1 year 4 months - Held positions of responsibility (training of new employees)
2. A Knowledge Process Outsourcing company- 10 months - Corporate FInance - M&A Advisory services - worked on multiple deals

Extracurricular activities:
1. Represented state at the national level in declamation (oration basically, similar to debates) contest
2. Affiliation with Red Cross Society (NGO)
3. Organized various inter-college events as a part of the Debating Society and the Fine Arts Club in college

I intend to apply to European Universities. GMAT:660 - this bothers me but I chose to move on with this. Stockholm School of Economics is my first preference. Other universities that I will be applying to are - NHH Norway, BI Norwegian School of Economics, Lund University (School of Economics and Management), Rotterdam School of Management. Considering my profile and the low GMAT score, I have a few questions:
1. What are my chances of converting the above mentioned schools (esp. Stockholm School and NHH Norway)? Do I stand a chance to win a scholarship in any of these listed schools?
2. What other schools should I send an application to? Does it make sense for me to apply to St Gallen (Switzerland), Bocconi University (Italy), IE Spain, Frankfurt School (Germany), EADA Spain, Esade Spain or Essec (France)?
3. Do you think that my low GMAT score can be compensated with my academics? Do I still have a chance to fetch scholarship?
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New post 27 Jan 2019, 12:04
TinaSethi wrote:
Hey guys,

I am having a hard time to decide on the Universities best suited for my profile.
I would really appreciate your inputs. I am posting my details below:

Nationality: Indian
Age: 24
Qualification: B.com Honours, University of Delhi and Cleared CFA Level II, Cfa Institute USA
GMAT Score: 660 (Q48 V34), IR 7, AWA (not released-waiting for the result)
Undergrad Score: 78.63% (Considered First division)
Academic Scholarship:
1. Received one for my undergraduate studies.
2. Twice from the CFA Institute - Access Scholarship
High school score: 94.4%
Internship:
1. PepsiCo, India - Finance Department
2. Sabio Capital, an Investment management startup in India
Work Experience:
1. A fin-tech startup in Equity Research - 1 year 4 months - Held positions of responsibility (training of new employees)
2. A Knowledge Process Outsourcing company- 10 months - Corporate FInance - M&A Advisory services - worked on multiple deals

Extracurricular activities:
1. Represented state at the national level in declamation (oration basically, similar to debates) contest
2. Affiliation with Red Cross Society (NGO)
3. Organized various inter-college events as a part of the Debating Society and the Fine Arts Club in college

I intend to apply to European Universities. GMAT:660 - this bothers me but I chose to move on with this. Stockholm School of Economics is my first preference. Other universities that I will be applying to are - NHH Norway, BI Norwegian School of Economics, Lund University (School of Economics and Management), Rotterdam School of Management. Considering my profile and the low GMAT score, I have a few questions:
1. What are my chances of converting the above mentioned schools (esp. Stockholm School and NHH Norway)? Do I stand a chance to win a scholarship in any of these listed schools?
2. What other schools should I send an application to? Does it make sense for me to apply to St Gallen (Switzerland), Bocconi University (Italy), IE Spain, Frankfurt School (Germany), EADA Spain, Esade Spain or Essec (France)?
3. Do you think that my low GMAT score can be compensated with my academics? Do I still have a chance to fetch scholarship?


Aringo MBAkarma gurufi and other experts - could you please help me

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New post 03 Feb 2019, 23:37
Hey Tina,

I must say that you have a pretty impressive profile.
Let's break things down and discuss in detail what works for you and what can be worked upon.

Firstly, here is a summary of your profile strengths
You have a strong work profile in finance and seem to have held positions of responsibility. If you are judicious enough to pick and highlight the right experiences, it will be a major boost to your application.
CFA has one of the most rigorous curriculums which only a minority of applicants are able to crack, hence clearing CFA Level 2 will earn you some brownie points
Your scholarship track record is the icing on the cake
GPA is also fair, however, how it impacts your selection chances is subjective. This is because certain countries like US,UK, Germany have a stronger emphasis on academics while countries like France,Spain are relatively more relaxed with the academics if the overall profile is good.

This being said, there are certain things that you need to take care of :

You have decent extracurriculars, but note that adcoms are interested in impact created rather than just participation. So take are that you are mentioning some significant impact as far as the extra-curriculars are concerned.

GMAT, as you have already mentioned, is on the lower side. However, looking at your profile I would not say that it is a dealbreaker if you know how to work around your application and highlight other strengths. You have mentioned if the low GMAT can be compensated by academics. I would say that since you have a strong profile, it can certainly be compensated, but not with academics solely.
You will need to highlight some solid strengths ( viz.impact that might have created in your companies) for this.
You can use your essays to weave a story that
a. explains the reasons for your low score,
b. justifies your reasons of pursuing finance as a long term career
C. justifies how the school can help you reach that goal
D. Why you are a good fit for the school that you are applying to



If you get these 4 things right, I would say that you will have a fair shot with most of the good MFin programs even with a slightly average GMAT.
In case you feel that you need help in creating such a competitive application, you can check out this resource here : https://www.mim-essay.com/masters-finan ... y-editing/

Regarding your target schools, Stockholm, RSM, and St.Gallen are in the dream category, Frankfurt, IE, ESSEC can be considered as competitive options while Bocconi can be considered as a safe school.

As far as scholarship chances are concerned, it is very subjective since it depends on the kind of applicant pool that you are competing with.

If you ever have to choose between a school brand and a scholarship, I would advise you to go for the brand.
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New post 04 Feb 2019, 00:21
Abhyank wrote:
Hey Tina,

I must say that you have a pretty impressive profile.
Let's break things down and discuss in detail what works for you and what can be worked upon.

Firstly, here is a summary of your profile strengths
You have a strong work profile in finance and seem to have held positions of responsibility. If you are judicious enough to pick and highlight the right experiences, it will be a major boost to your application.
CFA has one of the most rigorous curriculums which only a minority of applicants are able to crack, hence clearing CFA Level 2 will earn you some brownie points
Your scholarship track record is the icing on the cake
GPA is also fair, however, how it impacts your selection chances is subjective. This is because certain countries like US,UK, Germany have a stronger emphasis on academics while countries like France,Spain are relatively more relaxed with the academics if the overall profile is good.

This being said, there are certain things that you need to take care of :

You have decent extracurriculars, but note that adcoms are interested in impact created rather than just participation. So take are that you are mentioning some significant impact as far as the extra-curriculars are concerned.

GMAT, as you have already mentioned, is on the lower side. However, looking at your profile I would not say that it is a dealbreaker if you know how to work around your application and highlight other strengths. You have mentioned if the low GMAT can be compensated by academics. I would say that since you have a strong profile, it can certainly be compensated, but not with academics solely.
You will need to highlight some solid strengths ( viz.impact that might have created in your companies) for this.
You can use your essays to weave a story that
a. explains the reasons for your low score,
b. justifies your reasons of pursuing finance as a long term career
C. justifies how the school can help you reach that goal
D. Why you are a good fit for the school that you are applying to



If you get these 4 things right, I would say that you will have a fair shot with most of the good MFin programs even with a slightly average GMAT.
In case you feel that you need help in creating such a competitive application, you can check out this resource here : https://www.mim-essay.com/masters-finan ... y-editing/

Regarding your target schools, Stockholm, RSM, and St.Gallen are in the dream category, Frankfurt, IE, ESSEC can be considered as competitive options while Bocconi can be considered as a safe school.

As far as scholarship chances are concerned, it is very subjective since it depends on the kind of applicant pool that you are competing with.

If you ever have to choose between a school brand and a scholarship, I would advise you to go for the brand.


Hey Abhyank,

Thank you for evaluating my profile.
I have a few more questions:
How to justify a low score in GMAT in the essay??
For the schools that ask for CV too,should we tell the same things in the essay? For eg, I n my first essay, I chose to highlight those facts about my experience which were not mentioned in the CV, to avoid repetition.. Is this safe to do?
And, should I apply to SDA Bocconi? I have heard it is extremely competitive. I am not eligible to apply to St. Gallen though..
I am also considering to apply for Essade and EADA. Could you please evaluate my chances for these schools.

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