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New post 31 Aug 2017, 13:33
Hey admissionado,

So here is my profile :

I'm a 24 y/o Indian working as a Risk Analyst at a Big4 firm in India

1) Past Education - Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering ( GPA 3.5/4) from a top tier Engineering College in India.
Extra curriculars in college - College tennis team captain and active volunteer at tech fests/social service organization. Won a technical competition at college and published 1 research paper.

2) Work Experience :2 years by enrollment. Been working as a risk analyst at a Big 4 firm in India since 08/2016.The work so far has entrusted project management qualities at a very early part in my career. Have handled a risk analysis project for a telecom giant in India for the eastern market ( The responsibilities entrusted have been due to the small team size at my location) . Supervising work of 2 junior analysts at the firm .

3) Extra curricular activities- Formed my own NGO working towards improving living standards of slum dwellers in India. Active part of Round table and Rotary ( Social organizations) for the last 5 years.
Continued playing tennis at City level
( P.S- The consulting profile doesn't give me much time to devote towards extra curriculars)

4) GMAT score- Took the GMAT in march and scored a 680 ( Q 47, V 35) - Quant was a little lower than expected ,but have scored A+ in all mathematic courses during under graduation

5) Recommendation Letters- 2 recommendation letters being given from my performance manager and associate director at the firm . I've worked closely with both of them over the last year.

6) Target Schools - R1 - Emory, Michigan Ross, ASU -Carey
R2- Berkley Haas, texas Mccombs , Georgetown ( Mcdonough) ,Notre Dam -Mendoza


Kindly review my chances of getting into the following schools.
I have a couple of questions
1) Should i retake the gmat ( If you suggest that should i apply to all schools in R2 then as R1 deadlines are in a month and ive been out of touch with GMAT since march)
2) Is it worth giving a shot this year to these schools
3) Incase I decide to wait should i change my job? ( Currently im working in the IT risk consulting Industry which doesn't align with the kind of work and doesn't interest me )
Thanking you for your assistance.

Regards,
Rohan

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New post 03 Sep 2017, 23:45
rohan1093 wrote:
Hey admissionado,

So here is my profile :

I'm a 24 y/o Indian working as a Risk Analyst at a Big4 firm in India

1) Past Education - Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering ( GPA 3.5/4) from a top tier Engineering College in India.
Extra curriculars in college - College tennis team captain and active volunteer at tech fests/social service organization. Won a technical competition at college and published 1 research paper.

2) Work Experience :2 years by enrollment. Been working as a risk analyst at a Big 4 firm in India since 08/2016.The work so far has entrusted project management qualities at a very early part in my career. Have handled a risk analysis project for a telecom giant in India for the eastern market ( The responsibilities entrusted have been due to the small team size at my location) . Supervising work of 2 junior analysts at the firm .

3) Extra curricular activities- Formed my own NGO working towards improving living standards of slum dwellers in India. Active part of Round table and Rotary ( Social organizations) for the last 5 years.
Continued playing tennis at City level
( P.S- The consulting profile doesn't give me much time to devote towards extra curriculars)

4) GMAT score- Took the GMAT in march and scored a 680 ( Q 47, V 35) - Quant was a little lower than expected ,but have scored A+ in all mathematic courses during under graduation

5) Recommendation Letters- 2 recommendation letters being given from my performance manager and associate director at the firm . I've worked closely with both of them over the last year.

6) Target Schools - R1 - Emory, Michigan Ross, ASU -Carey
R2- Berkley Haas, texas Mccombs , Georgetown ( Mcdonough) ,Notre Dam -Mendoza


Kindly review my chances of getting into the following schools.
I have a couple of questions
1) Should i retake the gmat ( If you suggest that should i apply to all schools in R2 then as R1 deadlines are in a month and ive been out of touch with GMAT since march)
2) Is it worth giving a shot this year to these schools
3) Incase I decide to wait should i change my job? ( Currently im working in the IT risk consulting Industry which doesn't align with the kind of work and doesn't interest me )
Thanking you for your assistance.

Regards,
Rohan


Dear Rohan,
Very good to hear from you! So before you make any final decisions about where to apply and when I would suggest you read through two articles, which should clarify in depth your situation:
http://admissionado.com/mba/3-tips-for- ... n=mba_blog
http://admissionado.com/mba/to-retake-o ... n=mba_blog

What should be clear from the information above is that:
1. Yes, you should take the GMAT again. This is especially true if this was your first take, which means that you can likely do better

2. You do not really have enough experience yet for an MBA. It is true that 2-3 years CAN sometimes be enough, but usually this is for people working in the big strategy consulting firms - MBB, or big banks. As you saw from the first article, the average age for Indian applicants is a few years higher (27) than for US applicants. This doesn't necessarily mean that you have to wait until then, but do take into consideration that with so little experience, you will be at a distinct advantage, and without some "ace in the hole" you will be up against tough competition. So to answer your question, I would suggest waiting two more years, and not JUST waiting, but actually WORKING towards your MBA.

What can you do to improve your profile over the next years???

I would like to present you with a list of ideas, which should help you:

- Definitely do at least one if not real real volunteer works while you are working. the BEST possible volunteer work is anything that has to do with leadership or fundraising, so if you see those opportunities, jump on them!

- Make sure you do the best possible at work, taking any opportunities to lead, to get involved in social events, to advance.

- Likewise try and keep up your life! What I mean is that schools LOVE candidates who have a broad range of activities and interests.

- If you have any interest in entrepreneurship as a side project, it can be good to have that in your profile.

- If you have any interest in politics as a side project, it can be good to have that in your profile.

There are probably more things that I am not yet thinking about, but this is a very good place to start!


3. If what you are currently doing does not interest you, yes, if possible, you should change your job into something that DOES.


I hope you find this helpful!

Best,
Jon
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