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Profile Evaluation and Improvement Recomendations for <2yrs work exp.

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To set context - I am an Indian male working in marketing field with a B tech degree (GPA=3.7). I gave my GMAT on 28th July and scored 650. Because of the low score I will be giving it again on 29th August. I am able to consistently score from 700 to 720 in my mocks. Currently, I am facing a hurdle with the selection of B schools. I have 1 year of work experience and since score is valid for 5 years I want to get done with the GMAT ASAP.

My whole Work Experience has been in Digital marketing. I have around all the certificates which google has listed for digital marketing. Because of my presence in the marketing agency my company was able to endorse Google adwords certified. Along with that I have been used as a filler for my company where I have done modelling for the products which the company endorses. Also, I was involved in various outreach and strategy development programmes like convincing the local businesses to incorporate affiliate marketing. There are a lot of other things as well but I hope this paints a picture. In addition to this I am now the manager in the company so will be leading a team of 7 to 11 people singlehandedly for all the marketing campaigns.

In college I was the founder of an NGO club which head raised funds around Rs45,000 in a year. I addition to that I was the coordinator(head position) of the astronomy club in the college and was responsible for various activities. I have been in town hall and sang on auspicious occasions like Republic day in front of high dignitaries like city collector etc.


Keeping in mind the score and my profile till now can you suggest me some B schools across US, Canada and Europe (mentioning all the three because I don't know which one to choose) which can be targeted in this range. I don't want to be too ambitious and fill the universities which are out of my scope. Also, I don't want to be blinded by the rankings which are available in the market for the B schools. Since GMAT allows us to choose 5 schools of our choice for free, I don't want to waste that opportunity. But I don't have enough information to take a wise decsion. Therefore I am seeking for help.

It would also be really beneficial if you could also let me know what should I do in order to further strengthen up my profile.

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Hi SANNIDHYAB,

Thank you for your post. I often work with clients on School Selection (through my Hourly Services offering), so if that's something you would be interested in, I would be more than happy to partner with you. You can read more about the services here: https://www.avantiprep.com/services.html

Beyond that, your question is really quite open-ended in that it encompasses an unknown GMAT score and all of the U.S., Canada, and Europe. One way to narrow things down geographically is to consider where you'd hope to have a chance of ending up after your MBA. Again, I'd be happy to help you work through this if you'd like.

If using your GMAT score as a barometer helps, then I'd encourage you to look at programs at which your GMAT score would sit 30-40 points above the class average. (That doesn't mean you'll get in, of course, it just means that your GMAT score will "align.") That's a product of how crowded and competitive the field is for Indian male applicants.

Finally, keep note of your work experience. Students at top programs in the countries you've listed have an average of five years of work experience (sometimes a little more in Europe), are 28 years old in the U.S., and are, again, usually a shade older in Europe. Applying with only one year of work experience is neither plausible nor recommended.

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Here is some guidance I have shared with candidates who are just starting their careers and considering MBA programs in the future:

- Work really hard, be a good person and teammate, try to have a positive impact on your colleagues and organization. Do it because it's the right thing to do, not because you plan to apply to business school in a few years and want to "look good." If you do it because it's the right the thing to do, good things will come (e.g., promos, opportunities, etc.). If you do it purely for the sake of future MBA applications, it won't be or come across right.

- Raise your hand for extra challenges, initiatives, leadership opportunities, or responsibilities at work. It's easy to put your hands in your pockets when the organization needs a junior person to spearhead a group or initiative. You're plenty busy with your regular job, after all. You don't need to raise your hand every time. But pick and choose the right spots where you can have a positive impact beyond your core job responsibilities.

- Find a couple of "extracurriculars" outside of work that have a positive impact on the community and/or are super meaningful to you. Real depth, time, leadership, and impact in a couple of areas (or with a couple of organizations) is better than sporadically trying your hand in a whole bunch of different things. Maybe one deep channel is very community related. Maybe another is more passion oriented. Do things that really resonate with you.

- Finally, continue to consider your career goals over the next few years. They'll very likely evolve as you're exposed to more and more things. Take the opportunity to meet people, learn more about what they do, seek mentors (and mentor others), and continually introspect on your own "passion and purpose," where you hope to be in a few years, and what you hope to accomplish over the long term. It's a journey, and things evolve!

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You should also read the following two posts on GMAT Club for introductory context regarding your chances:

MBA Admissions Chances for Indian Applicants (Top 50 Analysis)
https://gmatclub.com/forum/mba-admissio ... 39142.html

The Indian Male MBA Application Guide
https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-indian-m ... 56968.html

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Hope this helps!

Thanks,
Greg
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Thanks a lot Greg! I will definitely get in touch once I am done with my GMAT.
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