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Profile Evaluation for MBA

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Hi there, I would really appreciate some feedback and answers to my questions below.

Questions:

1. From the info below, what do you think are my prospects at my preferred universities?
2. Which universities do you think I should explore as my backup options?
3. Is there an advantage to applying from Dubai rather than India?
4. What part of my application should I make sure to highlight? I know the modeling differentiates me from other candidates, but will Adcom see it as a siginificant plus?

Nationality:
Indian (Resident of and applying from Dubai)

Gender:
Female

GMAT Score:
700. Math (40 percentile), Verbal (95 percentile)

Education:
Undergrad: Bachelors of Science (Hons) in Business Management from King's College London '13. Grade: Upper Second Class

Professional Experience (5 years):
Jul 2013- Mar 2015: Marketing Specialist at a Tech Collaboration company called Moxtra based in Bangalore.
Jul 2015- Dec 2016: Assistant marketing manager - Social Media at Teabox, Bangalore
Jan 2017 - Present: Marketing Manager at Byte Academy.

I have worked in start-ups that have been at varying stages of business. Moxtra is the brainchild of the Founder of Webex, and as a result, had sufficient investment backing it. My role encompassed a variety of marketing activities such as conceptualizing and organizing dedicated marketing events in Bangalore, California, New York and Michigan as well as negotiating terms for various events across the world for Moxtra to sponsor/ participate in, including TechCrunch Disrupt, AppsWorld Europe, and DevLearn Vegas. Setting up the complete execution strategy for the company's social media campaigns, both organic and paid, creating and executing content strategies - curating, optimizing and editing content for all social media channels and the blog, both in-house and with agencies + A lot of BD targeting companies in India.

At Teabox my role focused on the content creation and social media side of things. They had a practically non-existent social media strategy in operation when I joined, and I was able to set up a lot of the strategy and processes that they still currently use.

Byte Academy was one of my most impactful jobs. Being the first employee of this NYC based company in India, I had the opportunity to set up their operations and campus in India, ultimately leading to a constant stream of students taking the courses. I currently lead all the marketing activities in India.

Extra Curriculars:
I am also a professional model and have worked in Dubai, London and Mumbai. I have been on the cover of a magazine in India, along with editorials in Vogue, Friday, and Grazia. I have also walked at London Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week and for top Indian designers such as Sabyasachi, Faraz Manan, Bvlgari Jewellery and Nicolas Oakwell.

Languages: English, Hindi, French (A1), Marathi.

MBA Objective:
After spending a considerable amount of time in both industries - tech and fashion, I am looking to merge the unique skills and experience that I have amassed and relaunch a career in Fashion Retail, specifically Brand Management and Strategy.

Schools:
Preferences: INSEAD, Columbia Business School, NYU Stern, UCLA Anderson,
Back up: I haven't thought about my backups yet, but would definitely like to be in a big city.

Thank you in advance!
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Schools: HBS, INSEAD, HEC, ISB, Rotman, IIMA , IIM, EDHEC
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New post 25 Jul 2018, 02:11
saloni4591 wrote:
Hi there, I would really appreciate some feedback and answers to my questions below.

Hello @saloni4591

Questions:

1. From the info below, what do you think are my prospects at my preferred universities?
2. Which universities do you think I should explore as my backup options? Shortlisting schools is an art- from dream to reach to scholarship schools. It requires a much deeper understanding of your achievements at work and career goals.
3. Is there an advantage to applying from Dubai rather than India? Like you I too worked in Dubai & in Fashion before pursuing my MBA, it was an advantage in my case. The international experience can give you an edge, but there is a lot more that makes your profile. Read here to know all the factors critical for admission.
4. What part of my application should I make sure to highlight? I know the modeling differentiates me from other candidates, but will Adcom see it as a siginificant plus? Extracurricular add to your profile but do not make or break your chances. Ultimately you are applying to a business program, if you can tie this up with how you become a better candidate it can be of help.

Nationality:
Indian (Resident of and applying from Dubai)

Gender:
Female

GMAT Score:
700. Math (40 percentile), Verbal (95 percentile)
The GMAT is much below the average of the schools that you are targeting. It will work against you. Indians in general are expected to score high. Also, since you have a very low percentile on Quant, I'll recommend get a more balanced score- at least a 75 percentile in quant- overall target 730+.
Education:
Undergrad: Bachelors of Science (Hons) in Business Management from King's College London '13. Grade: Upper Second Class
The international study ex can help, but the grades are average at best, so all the more higher GMAT is recommended.

Professional Experience (5 years):
Jul 2013- Mar 2015: Marketing Specialist at a Tech Collaboration company called Moxtra based in Bangalore.
Jul 2015- Dec 2016: Assistant marketing manager - Social Media at Teabox, Bangalore
Jan 2017 - Present: Marketing Manager at Byte Academy.

I have worked in start-ups that have been at varying stages of business. Moxtra is the brainchild of the Founder of Webex, and as a result, had sufficient investment backing it. My role encompassed a variety of marketing activities such as conceptualizing and organizing dedicated marketing events in Bangalore, California, New York and Michigan as well as negotiating terms for various events across the world for Moxtra to sponsor/ participate in, including TechCrunch Disrupt, AppsWorld Europe, and DevLearn Vegas. Setting up the complete execution strategy for the company's social media campaigns, both organic and paid, creating and executing content strategies - curating, optimizing and editing content for all social media channels and the blog, both in-house and with agencies + A lot of BD targeting companies in India.

At Teabox my role focused on the content creation and social media side of things. They had a practically non-existent social media strategy in operation when I joined, and I was able to set up a lot of the strategy and processes that they still currently use.

Byte Academy was one of my most impactful jobs. Being the first employee of this NYC based company in India, I had the opportunity to set up their operations and campus in India, ultimately leading to a constant stream of students taking the courses. I currently lead all the marketing activities in India.
Your unique work ex adds to the diversity of your profile, but my friend most things mentioned here are your responsibilities. The deeper you go into qualitative details the more it will help. Bring out the achievements and real business impact of your contributions.

Extra Curriculars:
I am also a professional model and have worked in Dubai, London and Mumbai. I have been on the cover of a magazine in India, along with editorials in Vogue, Friday, and Grazia. I have also walked at London Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week and for top Indian designers such as Sabyasachi, Faraz Manan, Bvlgari Jewellery and Nicolas Oakwell.
Very unique. Key will be weaving a story around it to show how this makes you a better applicant.

Languages: English, Hindi, French (A1), Marathi. Definitely a plus

MBA Objective:
After spending a considerable amount of time in both industries - tech and fashion, I am looking to merge the unique skills and experience that I have amassed and relaunch a career in Fashion Retail, specifically Brand Management and Strategy.
Goals look organic and realistic. But make sure to show why you cannot continue on the desired path without an MBA. Retail/Fashion is a field that does not necessarily require an MBA to grow, so focus on that. Your could read more on career goals here. Also, you will need to select schools accordingly. NYU has a program towards Luxury Brand Management, you can look at HEC & SDA Bocconi as well.

Schools:
Preferences: INSEAD, Columbia Business School, NYU Stern, UCLA Anderson, Yours is a mixed bag. There are many things that are working for you, international work ex, unique industry, extracurricular. 700 GMAT is low for these schools. It would not have been deal breaker but your low percentile in quant makes things tricky.
Back up: I haven't thought about my backups yet, but would definitely like to be in a big city.
As mentioned, NYU, HEC, SDA may look fit for your goals, but this is pure speculation. Shortlisting schools takes much more info to arrive at a final list.
Overall I like your profile as it it strong on quality but slightly weak on quantity (and I can personally relate to it :-) ). Needless to say how well you tie together your story in the essays will be the deciding factor.
Best
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New post 25 Jul 2018, 04:11
Hi,
You have wide range of extra curricular activities in your profile and the best you have highlight in your profile is your work experience and apart from this your GMAT score will be the plus point for your application. 700 GMAT score with experience will give you advantage over others having less work experience.
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