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Hello,

Kindly review my profile and share your valuable inputs. 

Profile: I completed my graduation in Fashion studies from one of the top 3 colleges in Asia in 2014 with a CGPA of 7.43. I have been working with the biggest apparel organization in the country since June 2014. Currently have a rich experience of 39 months.

 

Extra-curricular: I am a national level athlete and I am regularly involved in different sports.

Have also won national level quiz competitions. Have been involved with couple of NGOs during my college days.



I gave my third attempt of GMAT at the beginning of the week. Below are all my scores:
1st attempt : 680 (Q-50, V-30, IR-7, AWA - 4)
2nd attempt : 670 (Q-49, V-33, IR-7, AWA - 5)
3rd attempt : 700 (Q-50, V-34, IR-8, AWA- awaited).

Though i did manage to touch the psychological barrier of 700, I still feel I am 30 points shy of reaching my target score. I need your help in pursuing my MBA dreams. 

Below is the shortlist which I have done:

Location
1) US - Most preferred country for further education
2) Asia – ISB/NUS/NTU are the only preferred colleges for an Indian

Areas of interest : 1) General Management, 2) Marketing

I need your help in deciding which colleges I should apply.

 

I am targeting top 15 US B schools. So should I apply in Round 1 or give GMAT again and apply in Round 2 with a higher score?

As studying in my current job is becoming extremely tough, I am planning to switch my job and take a break of around a month between the jobs. 

 

Will it be okay if I plan my next GMAT attempt between a job switch?

Will a new job have any negative impact on my candidature?
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New post 05 Sep 2017, 10:49
Hi Yashkumar,

Thank you for your note. At a very general level -- based on your descriptions -- your undergraduate university, area of focus, work experience, and extracurricular accomplishments sound interesting, and could provide you with some basis to distinguish yourself from an otherwise highly competitive pool. I think you'd really want to bring those interests and experiences to life in your applications.

From a career goals perspective, you'll want to tell a clear, coherent, specific, and personal story about the origins of your interests, how those interests and your work experience now lead you to want an MBA, what your short- and long-term career goals are (very specifically), and why you need an MBA to achieve them. As characterized below, "General Management" and "Marketing" are very general.

On the job front, I would certainly not leave your current job unless you have a new one lined up. If you do have a new job offer that feels like the right move for you, continues to show career progression, fits in the pattern of your career arc, and is a place you'd want to be if your MBA plans didn't work out, then it seems like a rational move.

The main thing to consider would be how it might impact your recommendations from your current employer. You don't want to burn bridges from your primary recommendation source (where you've worked for 3+ years). And down the line (in your applications), you'll want to credibly and coherently string the story together of current job --> new job --> MBA. You don't want it to look like you took a new job, didn't like it, and are now "fleeing" to an MBA.

With regard to application rounds, we're already into the time of year when mobilizing to submit a series of quality round one applications would be very difficult. It stinks to have to take the GMAT again, but I do think it would be in your best interest, especially if you think you have another ~30 points in you. I'd focus heavily on score improvement (namely verbal) and then apply in round two.

Boosting your score will make you a more viable candidate for top 15 U.S. programs. For marketing, Kellogg, Fuqua, Ross, Columbia, Stern, and Anderson would be interesting to explore. I'd specifically highlight the New York (Columbia, Stern) and Los Angeles (Anderson, Marshall) programs if your interests remain fashion-oriented (which I happen to think is a better story than an outright career pivot).

I'd be happy to further this conversation via a Free Consultation, which would allow us to discuss things in more detail and with greater nuance. If that sounds interesting to you, please feel free to sign up for a Free Consultation via the link in my signature below. In the meantime, best of luck to you!

Kind Regards,
Greg
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Hi Yashkumar,

Thank you for your note. At a very general level -- based on your descriptions -- your undergraduate university, area of focus, work experience, and extracurricular accomplishments sound interesting, and could provide you with some basis to distinguish yourself from an otherwise highly competitive pool. I think you'd really want to bring those interests and experiences to life in your applications.

From a career goals perspective, you'll want to tell a clear, coherent, specific, and personal story about the origins of your interests, how those interests and your work experience now lead you to want an MBA, what your short- and long-term career goals are (very specifically), and why you need an MBA to achieve them. As characterized below, "General Management" and "Marketing" are very general.

On the job front, I would certainly not leave your current job unless you have a new one lined up. If you do have a new job offer that feels like the right move for you, continues to show career progression, fits in the pattern of your career arc, and is a place you'd want to be if your MBA plans didn't work out, then it seems like a rational move.

The main thing to consider would be how it might impact your recommendations from your current employer. You don't want to burn bridges from your primary recommendation source (where you've worked for 3+ years). And down the line (in your applications), you'll want to credibly and coherently string the story together of current job --> new job --> MBA. You don't want it to look like you took a new job, didn't like it, and are now "fleeing" to an MBA.

With regard to application rounds, we're already into the time of year when mobilizing to submit a series of quality round one applications would be very difficult. It stinks to have to take the GMAT again, but I do think it would be in your best interest, especially if you think you have another ~30 points in you. I'd focus heavily on score improvement (namely verbal) and then apply in round two.

Boosting your score will make you a more viable candidate for top 15 U.S. programs. For marketing, Kellogg, Fuqua, Ross, Columbia, Stern, and Anderson would be interesting to explore. I'd specifically highlight the New York (Columbia, Stern) and Los Angeles (Anderson, Marshall) programs if your interests remain fashion-oriented (which I happen to think is a better story than an outright career pivot).

I'd be happy to further this conversation via a Free Consultation, which would allow us to discuss things in more detail and with greater nuance. If that sounds interesting to you, please feel free to sign up for a Free Consultation via the link in my signature below. In the meantime, best of luck to you!

Kind Regards,
Greg


Thanks a lot Greg for your reply. I can assure that getting recommendations from my current employer won't be a problem even if I leave my job. I am actually looking for switch for two reasons - 1. get growth in my career, 2. preparing for GMAT.

And yes I won't leave my job till I have a new job in hand. I know I can't apply to any B school when I am unemployed.

I do believe I can further take my score up to 730. Hopefully will be in a much better situation with a higher score. Work on application will remain same, irrespective of my score.

Also with a 700 should I apply in Ross/Fuqua/Stern in R1 or should I wait for my next GMAT attempt attempt and target them in R2?

Will there be any negatives of applying in Round 2 ?

Also, as I have already done my under graduation in fashion, I don't want to confine myself when it comes to Masters. Hence looking for a more generalized field.
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New post 07 Sep 2017, 10:39
Thank you, Yashkumar. If you are going to retake the GMAT and believe you can further elevate your score (30+ points), then I would focus on mastering the GMAT and applying in round two. Also keep in mind how robust and time-consuming a process it is to put forth a series of quality applications in a given round (let alone a handful of applications in only a matter of weeks). Applying to these programs requires thorough self-evaluation and thorough research on each program. Ross, Fuqua, and Stern will all be curious to know what specific steps you've taken to determine those are the right programs for you. Strong applications in round two (with an improved GMAT, hopefully) are preferable to rushed applications in round one.

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New post 09 Sep 2017, 04:43
Thanks for your reply Greg. As suggested by you, I will concentrate on my next attempt of GMAT as of now. Will definitely get in touch with you around end of November when I am done with my exam. In the meantime I will start searching for a job which will fall in line with my overall plan.
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New post 11 Sep 2017, 10:52
Thank you, Yashkumar. That sounds great. Best of luck to you. I look forward to reconnecting whenever is most convenient for you. My email is greg@avantiprep.com. Thanks!
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