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Profile Evaluation - 29 years old, Indian Male, Finance, CFA

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New post 17 Aug 2019, 11:07
Dear Admissionado,

If you could kindly evaluate my profile, I would be very grateful.

Background: Dartmouth Freshman Year - transferred to NYU - GPA 3.7, cum laude, Economics (highest honors), minor in Mathematics
Age: 29 - would be 30 when entering b-school
Will be married by time entering b-school (currently engaged)

GMAT: 700 (46 Q 40 V) (exam taken July 2019)
Earned CFA Charter in 2016

Unemployed first year out of college - used time to travel, study for GMAT (back in 2012 and received 700 48Q 38 V)
First Job - finance accounting for startup IT consulting company (1.5 years)
Second Job - credit rating agency - focused on distressed corporate ratings (worked there for close to four years)
Third Job (Now AVP) - Insurance Company - working in credit default swap underwriting - in current and past jobs - worked on different deals and have solid interactions with C-Suite management of several companies (often leading the meeting) - coming up on 2 years of work experience

Extracurriculars are minimal - mostly do work with local CFA society - Young Leaders group for past three years

Personal life perspective - have become healthy (quit smoking), work out in the gym a lot now (bench press 275, deadlift 365, squat 315)

Applying to HBS, GSB, Wharton, CBS, Sloan, and Booth - making solid money now and feel that if go to business school would need to be worth the opportunity cost and debt

Vision - work for a distressed credit fund to help turnaround companies out of bankruptcy

Recommendations will be strong - while working I am always promoted, given more pay, and I work hard for my companies

Looking forward to your guidance!
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New post 25 Aug 2019, 13:54
HI there, Thanks for reaching out. The 3.7 at NYU is great, and it sounds like you have some solid work experience but you are above the average age & your GMAT, while solid, is below average for the very top schools & it sounds like your extracurriculars & leadership experience are limited. Although it's good that you are American, being an Indian male is still tough when it comes to b-school apps; even American Indian males are overrepresented in the application pool.

Assuming your GMAT stays the same, I'd target schools in the 11-20 range. If you can increase your score to something in the 730 range that would make you more competitive for the schools you named, but at the end of the day the scores are also just one piece of the overall puzzle. In order to get into these very top schools it's also critical to show a unique value proposition -- the schools want to know what you can uniquely contribute & why they should admit you vs. someone else who "looks like" you on paper (and may even have higher scores). That value prop is made up of many things: your work experience & the impact you've driven there, your post-MBA goals & why that is your passion, your experiences outside of work (i.e., any factors that have shaped who you are as a person or informed your values), etc. There's no formula when it comes to these apps -- but the one thing that is critical is to differentiate yourself.

If you'd like some help thinking through your strategy & your story feel free to reach out to us. If you email Claudia at claudia@admissionado.com she can set you up with a free consultation with one of our MBA consultants who can take a look at your resume & give you some more targeted thoughts.
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