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Hi,
Could you please evaluate my profile and share the chances you feel I have, to get admission in some of the reputed (I want to target Ivy League) universities for MBA program?

Nationality: Indian
Education: B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Bhopal, India (GPA: 7.03/10, year 2014).
Work: Analytics Industry

Professional WE:
I started working in Jan, 2015, with a Financial Services firm that ranks around 240 in Fortune 500 and have a total work-experience of just less than 3 years with it. I am a Business Analyst (working majorly on SAS and also used Tableau and currently learning R and Python). I have started my career with this firm and never switched to a new job.

Social Experience:
In my college (NIT Bhopal), I have been deeply involved with Rotaract Club (affiliated to Rotary International). While I was Media Incharge of the Rotaract Club for an year, for 3 years I have been working for this club managing/organising several cloth collection and distribution drives, blood donation drives and teaching at a slum (daily for 3 years).
After moving from the college, I joined an NGO and for the past year have been managing many events like Rural Recruitment Drives, Career Counselling etc. I was a Team Leader for Public
Relations and as of now I am the Practice head of Public Relations and CSR activities at the same.
I have also worked for another organisation called Goonj and conducted some camps for cloth collection for flood victims.

Please let me know in case you need further details to evaluate my profile.
I plan to take GMAT in January, 2018 and target a score of 740. Below are some of my queries (expecting I score around 730):
1) What are my chances to get admission into an Ivy League program. Does my profile seem worth qualifying to make into these programs?
2) If my profile doesn't sound like one that can make it into Ivy League programs, can I work now to make it a worthy one?
3) If both the above answers are 'Yes', what would you suggest me to do?
4) If both the above answers (1 & 2) are 'No', what would you suggest me to do?
5) Any other comments or suggestions?

Thanks in advance for the guidance you would be providing me.

Regards,
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Hi Bulleride,

Thank you for your note. If you'd like to cover anything in greater detail, or with more nuance, please feel free to sign up for a Free Consultation via the link in my signature below.

With regard to schools, I imagine when you say "Ivy League schools" you mean "top MBA programs." Do note, however, that these are not one and the same. The actual Ivy League includes eight institutions (Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Penn, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown, Cornell). So I'll assume that you intend to refer to "top" or "highly regarded" MBA programs, both inside and outside the actual "Ivy League."

If you can score a 730, 740, or 750+, then that will be a helpful start. So the first important step for you is to really focus on maximizing your GMAT score. GMAT score is, of course, only one element of the application. So a great score is only one step in your process.

Beyond that, you'll want to really consider which programs you're interested in. Even with a great score, it can be very difficult to differentiate oneself when you're targeting the top five or 10 programs. Everyone has their own personal preferences as to which programs they'd want to attend, but I'd encourage you to explore the top 25 or 30 and see what catches your eye. You'll want a thoughtful school selection strategy.

A good bit of this school selection strategy will be driven by your actual GMAT score. If we assume a 730, then I still would encourage you to research a range of schools that fit with your preferences. You can then build a strategy that diversifies your risk and chances across schools. (You ultimately shouldn't include any programs you wouldn't be excited to attend, but a smartly constructed, diversified strategy is wise.)

If you're applying in R2, there's not a ton you can do to change the "black and white" of your profile. What you can and should do, however, is (a) really research the schools, get to know the programs, their people, offerings, culture, talk to students and alums, join webinars, attend events if you can, etc., and (b) really start to think about your own story, career goals, and what you can uniquely bring to an MBA program.

Doing all of this research and introspective work is rigorous, and then tying it all together into a coherent, compelling, and credible narrative -- as told by way of your essays, resumes, recommendations, and application writ large -- is even more cumbersome. But if you had a good GMAT and solid work experience -- your experience seems reputable though it would be important to unpack that experience more, because on its face it seems to lack advancement and responsibilities beyond the purely analytical -- then much of your "chances" come down to the story you tell, the vision, goals, and fit you articulate, and the impression you make on the admissions committee. Hence my recommendations above.

Best of luck to you with the GMAT. As noted, please feel free to request a Free Consultation via the link below!

Thanks,
Greg
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New post 20 Sep 2017, 21:51
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Hi Bulleride,

Thank you for your note. If you'd like to cover anything in greater detail, or with more nuance, please feel free to sign up for a Free Consultation via the link in my signature below.

With regard to schools, I imagine when you say "Ivy League schools" you mean "top MBA programs." Do note, however, that these are not one and the same. The actual Ivy League includes eight institutions (Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Penn, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown, Cornell). So I'll assume that you intend to refer to "top" or "highly regarded" MBA programs, both inside and outside the actual "Ivy League."

If you can score a 730, 740, or 750+, then that will be a helpful start. So the first important step for you is to really focus on maximizing your GMAT score. GMAT score is, of course, only one element of the application. So a great score is only one step in your process.

Beyond that, you'll want to really consider which programs you're interested in. Even with a great score, it can be very difficult to differentiate oneself when you're targeting the top five or 10 programs. Everyone has their own personal preferences as to which programs they'd want to attend, but I'd encourage you to explore the top 25 or 30 and see what catches your eye. You'll want a thoughtful school selection strategy.

A good bit of this school selection strategy will be driven by your actual GMAT score. If we assume a 730, then I still would encourage you to research a range of schools that fit with your preferences. You can then build a strategy that diversifies your risk and chances across schools. (You ultimately shouldn't include any programs you wouldn't be excited to attend, but a smartly constructed, diversified strategy is wise.)

If you're applying in R2, there's not a ton you can do to change the "black and white" of your profile. What you can and should do, however, is (a) really research the schools, get to know the programs, their people, offerings, culture, talk to students and alums, join webinars, attend events if you can, etc., and (b) really start to think about your own story, career goals, and what you can uniquely bring to an MBA program.

Doing all of this research and introspective work is rigorous, and then tying it all together into a coherent, compelling, and credible narrative -- as told by way of your essays, resumes, recommendations, and application writ large -- is even more cumbersome. But if you had a good GMAT and solid work experience -- your experience seems reputable though it would be important to unpack that experience more, because on its face it seems to lack advancement and responsibilities beyond the purely analytical -- then much of your "chances" come down to the story you tell, the vision, goals, and fit you articulate, and the impression you make on the admissions committee. Hence my recommendations above.

Best of luck to you with the GMAT. As noted, please feel free to request a Free Consultation via the link below!

Thanks,
Greg


Thank you so much for the recommendations above, it helps. I would like to go deeper and hence will be signing in for the consultation. Thanks again.
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