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New post 18 Apr 2019, 21:09
Hello All,

I would really appreciate it if you could evaluate my profile. My dream school is Cornell - Johnson and I'd be applying next year 2020. My career goal after graduation is to transition into investment banking and work for large bulge bracket bank (JPM, Goldman Sachs, BofAML, UBS, etc.) I think the small class sizes and the proximity to NYC would really benefit me and their investment banking immersion program is well known for preparing MBA candidates for a career in IB.

I will be applying when I am 30 years old. American - Male - White

I transferred majors and schools a couple of times through undergrad and and worked two jobs throughout as well. Because of this, and some credits not transferring, I did not graduate until I was 25 years old. I was always in good academic standing throughout undergrad.

Education: B.S. Finance - Undergrad GPA: 3.0/4.0 - from a large state school in the SW United States that has a top 35 business school.

- CFA charterholder
- GMAT Score: 720

Work Experience (4 - 5 Years): First two years after graduation I worked as a financial advisor for a large wealth management company (Morgan Stanley, Fidelity, Vanguard, BofA Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo) last two years I have worked as a portfolio manager for a large private wealth management company (JPM, BofA Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo) and was promoted once.

-In my current role I support Senior Portfolio Managers with a combined assets under management of $1.5 billion with customized investment management services to high net worth individuals, families, and foundations.

I have extensive volunteering hours through my company and local community.

Other schools I'll be applying to: Ross, Darden, and Stern.

Thank you so much for your expertise!
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New post 22 Apr 2019, 19:26
On paper, you're quite a bit above the average for a full-time b-school applicant, which can make it more challenging to get in. But I think the fact that you had to work your way through undergrad combined with the fact that it sounds like you consistently did well in school will help convince them to overlook your age. Your GPA is a bit on the low side, but again the fact that you were working two jobs will help to explain that & your GMAT score will also help compensate. I think you do have a good shot at Cornell. UVA, Ross & NYU are all generally ranked a bit higher than Cornell (we use US News & World Report) & are going to be a bit harder to get into but you do have a shot at it. I'd also consider Columbia's part time program if that's an option for you & your job. It's an excellent program & would also prepare you well for your goals. Part time programs tend to be a bit easier to get into but you still get access to the same professors, career resources & alumni network as the full time counterpart, and CBS has an excellent reputation. Hope that helps & good luck to you!
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New post 07 May 2019, 22:14
Hello ,

I request you to scan my profile and suggest some colleges as I would apply for MBA September - 2020 intake .

GMAT :710

Bachelor's : 3.1 GPA
Post graduate diploma in advertising and Marketing communications - 75%
St. Xavier's , Mumbai

Work experience - 19 months

I would be entering the batch with a work experience of around 2.5 years

Work profile : Brand Strategist

I have worked at a national experiential agency for above a year where I would conceptualize events , activations and campaigns for various multinationals such as HUL , SAP , SIEMENS , ORIFLAME etc.

Worked as both - leader in projects worth 7 million dollars for SAP and team player for other projects , I have extensively worked in conceptualization and execution of Advertising and marketing communication for a range of industries that span across IT , FMCG and AUTO .

Number of employees in company : 250-300

Company background :
One of the largest and oldest experiential agency in India with work heavily skewed towards designing on ground consumer experience.
Shobiz Experiential communications

My projects constantly involved heavy interaction with the Account Management team , design team and the main client to align the Marketing communication and thus , I have heavy cross-functional team experience.

Extra curricular :
Worked on a start-up project while pursuing PGD that leveraged the concept of upcycling and succeeded in producing the product. This required me to team up with professors at my PGD .

LED a group of volunteers to impart education and certain set of skills to less privileged kids

Served in the capacity of Cultural President at high school for a year that helped me in organising all the events and co-ordinate with a team of juniors.

During Bachelor's , I served in the capacity of marketing manager for a state-level initiative of organising a business festival for 15 days .

I will be waiting for feedback.

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New post 09 May 2019, 22:53
Hi,

Please evaluate my profile.

Nationality: Indian
Gender: Male
GMAT score: 710 (Q49, V37)
Education: Graduated from IIT Delhi, Class of 2014

Work experience:

Worked in political consultancy domain as a Manager, Analytics for 3.5+ years.
(# of employees ~500)
- worked with national parties in conceptualizing and executing campaigns targeting over 50 million people.
- built tech products to help senior stakeholders in war rooms

Recently joined AI startup as a Senior Machine Learning Engineer (6 months)
(# of employees 50)
- Managed a team of 4 research scientists to drive innovations in and adoption of AI solutions and shape the next generation platform, product, and applications in fashion and apparel industry across the world
- Developed a deep learning model for live Virtual Try-ons in Full HD for e-commerce businesses and fashion websites in Europe and
USA to enhance online shopping experience and increase engagement

Extra curricular:
- Led 2 bands during and after college to numerous competitions
- worked as a technical editor for the college magazine
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New post 10 May 2019, 20:04
Hi vaibhavijobalia, thanks for reaching out! Based on what you shared here, I'd target schools in the 25-40 range (we use US News & World Report). If you happen to be a female candidate, you could target schools in the 20-35 range. As you may know, Indian applicants are the most over-represented demographic when it comes to b-school applicants, and the majority tend to be male. It's also an applicant pool that tends to have very high GMATs (740+) as well as strong GPAs. The good news is that you're coming from a unique work background. Most applicants from this demographic tend to have engineering backgrounds & very technical work experience & their post-MBA goals are typically product manager in a tech firm or consulting. Your brand management experience will definitely set you apart -- and ideally you want to build on that with some marketing-related post-MBA goals (which be unique for your demographic as well. Your GMAT & GPA are a bit on the low end for a top 20 school, and with only 2.5 years of experience you'll be a bit on the low end of the range there as well (most people have 3-5 years of experience upon matriculation), but you've definitely got a strong shot at schools in the 20+ range. The big factor that will impact whether you get into a school in the 20s vs. the 30s will be the strength of your essays & LORs as well as the accomplishments you can highlight on your resume. If you want any help thinking through your story & coming up with your strategy for differentiating yourself, definitely reach out to us & Claudia can set you up with a free consultation with one of our MBA consultants. You can reach her at claudia@admissionado.com.
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New post 10 May 2019, 20:12
Hi sandman13, thanks for reaching out! Any chance at all that you can improve that GMAT score? You are coming from the toughest demographic when it comes to b-school applications (as you may know) & it's one that tends to have very high GMATs -- think 740+ for a top 20 school. It's great that you went to IIT, but the fact is many other applicants will have as well, so it's not enough to differentiate you unfortunately. Your quant/engineering background is also the most typical background for your demographic, which is not to say it's a deal breaker by any means -- but it does mean you face stiff competition. A lot will depend on the business skills you can show that you've used at work and, most importantly, the business impact you've driven (i.e., driving increases in revenue, decreasing costs, launching new products or divisions, etc) as well as the leadership experience you've had. Your post-MBA goals are important as well since those form the foundation for your post-MBA goals. Product manager in a tech firm and consulting are the most common ones for your demographic - so if you happen to have something that's NOT one of those that will help you stand out. And again, it's not a deal breaker if one of those happens to be your goals, but it will mean you'll have to work that much harder to differentiate yourself from the crowd. Based on what you shared here I'd target schools in the 25-40 range. If you can improve your GMAT and if you have some strong results from work you'll be able to aim higher. The numbers are important but at the end of the day these applications are an art form and it's all about the story that you tell. If you'd like some help thinking through your story definitely reach out to us - we've got a lot of experience helping folks from your demograhic & we know what's cliche, what's unique, and what it takes to get into a top school. Reach out to Claudia at claudia@admissionado.com and she can get you set up with a free consultation where we can talk about your profile in more detail.
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