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New post 07 Nov 2019, 04:03
Hi Experts, appreciate an eval if possible:

Background:
Arab, naturalized American
Age 29
GMAT 750
V international upbringing, multiple countries

Education:
Hons BAcc, small US liberal arts school, full scholarship (Edit: GPA 3.95/4)
Oxbridge MSc Finance

Work Experience: Total 6 years
London, Commodities Trading, moved to BB S&T 2 years ago. Lots of work travel, Asia mostly.
Quit this year after promotion to VP to pursue other things. Doing freelance consulting now

Extra curriculars:
- Impact investing own funds
- Travel
- Sport

Post MBA Goal:
Move to APAC for MBB ideally, 3-5 years then corporate leadership
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New post 07 Nov 2019, 05:02
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Hi Experts, appreciate an eval if possible:

Background:
Arab, naturalized American
Age 29
GMAT 750
V international upbringing, multiple countries

Education:
Hons BAcc, small US liberal arts school, full scholarship (Edit: GPA 3.95/4)
Oxbridge MSc Finance

Work Experience: Total 6 years
London, Commodities Trading, moved to BB S&T 2 years ago. Lots of work travel, Asia mostly.
Quit this year after promotion to VP to pursue other things. Doing freelance consulting now

Extra curriculars:
- Impact investing own funds
- Travel
- Sport

Post MBA Goal:
Move to APAC for MBB ideally, 3-5 years then corporate leadership


Your profile looks good. the high GMAT score and international profile should help for sure. career goals look reasonable and given that you are already doing some consulting stints would help further. My topmost advice- go ahead and apply!
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Profile evaluation request.

Indian Male, 28 years old.

Aiming to get into INSEAD's 2021 January intake.
2nd option - LBS
3rd option - NYU Stern Tech MBA or Cornell Tech MBA
4th option - ESADE or IESE 1year MBA

Education: 5 Year (Graduation + Post grad) in Mechanical engineering from one of the top 5 engineering colleges in India. CGPA - 7.8/10.

Extra curricular -
* Was involved in college's tech fest as Head of publicity and Steering committee member
* Member of college's CRY (Child Rights and You)
* Founding member of an NGO supporting education of underprivileged students

Work experience. Total - 6.5 years

1. Business Analyst - Biggest startup in India. Got promoted to Associate Product manager within 1 year. Worked as APM for 1.5 years more, built one of the pivotal products at the startup.

2. E-Com startup - Build a e-com startup based on learnings from the last job experience, was COO and Head of product at the company. Build a team of around 10 people, raised $100,000 in seed money. The startup failed due to some mistakes in the execution. Quit and closed the startup after 1.5 years.

3. Sr. Product Manager at Fintech startup - Led the B2B product at one of the best and fasted growing fintech startups. Built some critical products for the company over 1.5 years.

4. Moved to South-east Asia- Working as a Sr. Product manager at one of the biggest tech companies in SEA with presence in 5 countries. Building products for all 5 countries, regularly need to work with teams located in different locations. Working with a very diverse teams with teammates coming from at least 5-6 nationalities.

Post MBA Goal :
1. Long term - Tech entrepreneurship
2. Short and medium term - Product management at any of the big tech companies.

GMAT -
1. Gave 4 mock GMAT official exams with scores of 760 (Q49V44), 710 (Q50V37), 750 (Q50V41) and 770 (Q51V42).
2. Took the GMAT and scored 730 (Q50V39) and IR 7

My questions? -
1. I am targeting the 2021 intake due to some reasons, will it be too late? (in terms of work ex)
2. Should i re-attempt the GMAT? Given the fact that i was scoring better in my mocks. I am mainly having issues with verbal as I am not able to go into the exam with confidence of crossing 40 in verbal although i have score upwards of 40 multiple times in mocks.
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Profile evaluation request.

Indian Male, 28 years old.

Aiming to get into INSEAD's 2021 January intake.
2nd option - LBS
3rd option - NYU Stern Tech MBA or Cornell Tech MBA
4th option - ESADE or IESE 1year MBA

Education: 5 Year (Graduation + Post grad) in Mechanical engineering from one of the top 5 engineering colleges in India. CGPA - 7.8/10.

Extra curricular -
* Was involved in college's tech fest as Head of publicity and Steering committee member
* Member of college's CRY (Child Rights and You)
* Founding member of an NGO supporting education of underprivileged students

Work experience. Total - 6.5 years

1. Business Analyst - Biggest startup in India. Got promoted to Associate Product manager within 1 year. Worked as APM for 1.5 years more, built one of the pivotal products at the startup.

2. E-Com startup - Build a e-com startup based on learnings from the last job experience, was COO and Head of product at the company. Build a team of around 10 people, raised $100,000 in seed money. The startup failed due to some mistakes in the execution. Quit and closed the startup after 1.5 years.

3. Sr. Product Manager at Fintech startup - Led the B2B product at one of the best and fasted growing fintech startups. Built some critical products for the company over 1.5 years.

4. Moved to South-east Asia- Working as a Sr. Product manager at one of the biggest tech companies in SEA with presence in 5 countries. Building products for all 5 countries, regularly need to work with teams located in different locations. Working with a very diverse teams with teammates coming from at least 5-6 nationalities.

Post MBA Goal :
1. Long term - Tech entrepreneurship
2. Short and medium term - Product management at any of the big tech companies.

GMAT -
1. Gave 4 mock GMAT official exams with scores of 760 (Q49V44), 710 (Q50V37), 750 (Q50V41) and 770 (Q51V42).
2. Took the GMAT and scored 730 (Q50V39) and IR 7

My questions? -
1. I am targeting the 2021 intake due to some reasons, will it be too late? (in terms of work ex)
2. Should i re-attempt the GMAT? Given the fact that i was scoring better in my mocks. I am mainly having issues with verbal as I am not able to go into the exam with confidence of crossing 40 in verbal although i have score upwards of 40 multiple times in mocks.


1. Your number of work experience will be around the class range at the programs you have selected in 2021. If you must apply in Fall 2020, then its ok. But apply in round 1.
2. If you can improve the GMAT score with minimal efforts then it would be great. Although you don't need to - 730 is in itself a good score. That said, you have the time in hand, and you were scoring so well in the mocks.
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Profile evaluation request:

Latin America White Male with European Citizenship, 29 years old.

1st option - INSEAD's 2020 September Intake 3rd round or INSEAD's 2021 January intake (Not sure if I apply on 3rd round or wait for January intake)
2nd option - LBS (15 months) , Kellogg 1 year, Columbia (short term)
3rd option - IESE

Education: Economics on the best school of my country. GPA - 6.0/10

Work experience. Total - 5 years 2020 for 3rd round or almost 6 years for January 2021 Intake

1. Equities Desk analyst for 1,5 year in a BB
2. Moved into consulting (MBB) for 2 years
3. As a Junior Manager, I have developed a new area in a Private Banking leading 3 employees
4. Moved into a more Senior position in a FinTech company leading the same number of employees

Post MBA Goal :
1. Long term - Reach senior roles on FinTech companies / Founder in a Tech Company
2. Short and medium term - Product manager or Business Development at any of the big tech companies

GMAT
1. Took the GMAT and scored 690 (Q46V38) and IR 7
I will try to retake GMAT before 3rd round deadline but not sure if I'm gonna be able to rise to 720 (Which was my goal), but if I decide to apply for Jan 2021 I'm going to retake for sure.

My questions?
1. Do I have any chances for 3rd round September 2020? Is it too late for a profile like mine?
2. Is it better to give a better shot on Jan 2021?
3. What would be a ideal GMAT score to try to earn a scholarship on Insead?
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Kindly evaluate the following profile. Just wanted to get an idea I can make it through with this profile and if there is

any possibility of some scholarship.

Indian Male (31) - Targeting 2021 batch

10th : 93% 12th: 91%

Undergrad : Engineering (7.91/10)

First MBA : Marketing (2.99/4)

GMAT 720 (Q:48, V:40) - Planning a retake in Jan'20

Job profile :

1) Present (3.5 years): Working in FMCG industry for past 3.5 years.
Have managed national category development roles for Food categories (preparing and implementing sales strategy for two of

India's largest food brands).
Currently leading a team of 15 members to drive sales in Modern Trade channel for one of the highest growing markets of

India

2) Brand manager (2 years) : Pharmaceuticals (nutritional supplements)

3) Pre MBA (2 years) : Product development in a Japanese auto-maker. Coordinating with Japanese counterparts to prepare,

evaluate and develop products to optimize vehicle performance

Other interests:
1) Part-time author. Have published book of fiction which is live on Amazon and Flipkart and has sold more than 1000

copies.
2) Was co-founder in a digital marketing start-up during first MBA
3) Passionate about portrait photography. Have my own page of black & white portrait photography
4) have participated and won case study competitions organised by some leading MNCs
5) Assisted a NGO in developing programs to spread awareness of HIV in high risk population areas
6) Sponsor one child from HIV affected family to attend evening classes

Internation exposure:
I have spent 2 years in a Japanese MNC where I had to collaborate with my Japanese counterparts on a daily basis

Post MBA aspirations
1) Joining either a product bases organisation or an e-commerce organisation in business development, strategy or

marketing team
2) Joining a consulting group

Thanks in advance.
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Hi would like to get your views on my profile:

Nationality: India
Gmat: 730 (v37q50)
Education: Engineer (7.72/10) + MBA (67%)(marketing+ops)
Experience: 70 months (no international)

Sector: Advertising

Profile:
Digital Media Planner. Handling marketing budgets upwards of USD 1 million for a leading MNC bank and cab hailing service. This includes more than 15 product launches across the career across sectors of FMCG, Real estate, banking, etc.

Some achievements:
- My work has won industry wide awards
- Got coverd as industry young achiever
- All of the businesses i manage, have shown growth of 30% YOY.

NGO:
- Closely worked with NGO in Aids sector
- Regular volunteer with Red cross society

Extracurriculars:
- Having certificates in event management
- University certificates in music (Tabla) & language (Hindi)
- Sports & arts certificates at University level

Goal:
- Brand lead for tech start-up or product centric.

Recommendations of where to apply also welcomed.

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Manan.shah.73 wrote:
Hi would like to get your views on my profile:

Nationality: India
Gmat: 730 (v37q50)
Education: Engineer (7.72/10) + MBA (67%)(marketing+ops)
Experience: 70 months (no international)

Sector: Advertising

Profile:
Digital Media Planner. Handling marketing budgets upwards of USD 1 million for a leading MNC bank and cab hailing service. This includes more than 15 product launches across the career across sectors of FMCG, Real estate, banking, etc.

Some achievements:
- My work has won industry wide awards
- Got coverd as industry young achiever
- All of the businesses i manage, have shown growth of 30% YOY.

NGO:
- Closely worked with NGO in Aids sector
- Regular volunteer with Red cross society

Extracurriculars:
- Having certificates in event management
- University certificates in music (Tabla) & language (Hindi)
- Sports & arts certificates at University level

Goal:
- Brand lead for tech start-up or product centric.

Recommendations of where to apply also welcomed.

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New post 16 Nov 2019, 00:09
Hi would like to get your views on my profile:

Nationality: India
Gmat: 720 (v37q50)
Education: Mechanical Engineer (4.0/4.0 GPA)
Experience: 40 months
(27 months:Saint Gobain Abrasives as Business Development Engineer)(doubled the market share in 2 years (1Mn USD to 2Mn USD)
(13 months and on : Dewas Hydroquip as Manager Marketing and Sales - PAN INDIA KEY Accounts)

Sector: Business Development / Sales / Marketing

Profile:
Pan India Sales and Marketing of fluid conveying systems. Dealing with all the leaders in Automotive industry. Handeling a territory worth around 700 million INR ( 10 million USD)

International Exposure :
- Successfully completed a one year Exchange Program to Brasil as an Indian ambassador.
- Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish
- (2015) Founded 'Rotex Club Dist3131' - One of the only 4 Clubs across India that deals with the Foreign Exchange Students visiting India every year. Raising Funds and Doing social work along with them while helping them adjust to the culture.

Social Work / NGO:
- (2013) Along with Rotary International, founded 'Rotaract Club of Pune Pride). The club deals with self development, organizing variety of fund razing activities and using the funds for the betterment of underprivileged people.
- Active member of CRY : NGO aimed at helping the underprivileged kids.

Extracurriculars:
- Stood second in the district and 26th in the state in Competitive Maths Scholarship Exam.
- Member of student board and MESA during the university years.

Goal:
- Handle/Represent a Sales and Marketing team for a company/brand on an international level.

Recommendations of where to apply also welcomed.
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Indian female
Age 28
Chartered accountant
X std 93% (GPA 4)
XII std 88% (GPA 4)
Graduation 86% (GPA 4)

Best article award during first year of articleship in top 5 accounting firms in india

2 years work experience in EY in corporate and international taxation where I was extensively involved in restructuring taxation models for Indian counterparts of telecom companies abroad and did lot of tax compliance and litigation related work.
1 year 8 months as taxation manager in another company- compliance, litigation and tax advisory role.
Left it to pursue a job in government sector.
Now working as an administrative officer accounts specialist in one of the 4 general insurance PSUs in India since a year.I am handling the coinsurance business of more than Rs 300 crore for my regional office.

On extra curricular front, I have been one of the few Indian delegates at the Harvard Project for Asian and International relations (HPAIR) held in Hongkong in 2016 in the Humanitarian tracks.
I have learnt lot of different dance styles and had my own belly dance classes for a while.

I want to apply for the one year MBA programs next year as my experience would be over 5 years and I would like to move out of government sector to core strategy roles.

Would love some insights on my profile and my chances at IIMA, IIMB, IIMC, IIML, SPJIMR, ISB and some European schools like LBS, Oxford , INSEAD etc.

Planning to take GMAT early next year with expected score 700+ and will only apply if I get 720+. I had scored 700 in 2016 GMAT

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Hi would like to get your views on my profile:

Nationality: India
Gmat: 720 (v37q50)
Education: Mechanical Engineer (4.0/4.0 GPA)
Experience: 40 months
(27 months:Saint Gobain Abrasives as Business Development Engineer)(doubled the market share in 2 years (1Mn USD to 2Mn USD)
(13 months and on : Dewas Hydroquip as Manager Marketing and Sales - PAN INDIA KEY Accounts)

Sector: Business Development / Sales / Marketing

Profile:
Pan India Sales and Marketing of fluid conveying systems. Dealing with all the leaders in Automotive industry. Handeling a territory worth around 700 million INR ( 10 million USD)

International Exposure :
- Successfully completed a one year Exchange Program to Brasil as an Indian ambassador.
- Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish
- (2015) Founded 'Rotex Club Dist3131' - One of the only 4 Clubs across India that deals with the Foreign Exchange Students visiting India every year. Raising Funds and Doing social work along with them while helping them adjust to the culture.

Social Work / NGO:
- (2013) Along with Rotary International, founded 'Rotaract Club of Pune Pride). The club deals with self development, organizing variety of fund razing activities and using the funds for the betterment of underprivileged people.
- Active member of CRY : NGO aimed at helping the underprivileged kids.

Extracurriculars:
- Stood second in the district and 26th in the state in Competitive Maths Scholarship Exam.
- Member of student board and MESA during the university years.

Goal:
- Handle/Represent a Sales and Marketing team for a company/brand on an international level.

Recommendations of where to apply also welcomed.


Hi Mehul,

Overall you have nice experience. Your international experience, although exciting, may be a little low at INSEAD where most students have lived and worked abroad extensively.
I dont know whether your jobs provide you with international experience, but if they do, you must bring it out through the application.

A sales and marketing job may be a difficult goal coming out of an international MBA program. Typically companies hire locals for such jobs as they require an understanding of the local marketplace. Which other programs/ countries do you have in mind? We can make suggestions after knowing your preferences
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New post 17 Nov 2019, 22:15
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mehulmalpani wrote:
Hi would like to get your views on my profile:

Nationality: India
Gmat: 720 (v37q50)
Education: Mechanical Engineer (4.0/4.0 GPA)
Experience: 40 months
(27 months:Saint Gobain Abrasives as Business Development Engineer)(doubled the market share in 2 years (1Mn USD to 2Mn USD)
(13 months and on : Dewas Hydroquip as Manager Marketing and Sales - PAN INDIA KEY Accounts)

Sector: Business Development / Sales / Marketing

Profile:
Pan India Sales and Marketing of fluid conveying systems. Dealing with all the leaders in Automotive industry. Handeling a territory worth around 700 million INR ( 10 million USD)

International Exposure :
- Successfully completed a one year Exchange Program to Brasil as an Indian ambassador.
- Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish
- (2015) Founded 'Rotex Club Dist3131' - One of the only 4 Clubs across India that deals with the Foreign Exchange Students visiting India every year. Raising Funds and Doing social work along with them while helping them adjust to the culture.

Social Work / NGO:
- (2013) Along with Rotary International, founded 'Rotaract Club of Pune Pride). The club deals with self development, organizing variety of fund razing activities and using the funds for the betterment of underprivileged people.
- Active member of CRY : NGO aimed at helping the underprivileged kids.

Extracurriculars:
- Stood second in the district and 26th in the state in Competitive Maths Scholarship Exam.
- Member of student board and MESA during the university years.

Goal:
- Handle/Represent a Sales and Marketing team for a company/brand on an international level.

Recommendations of where to apply also welcomed.


Hi Mehul,

Overall you have nice experience. Your international experience, although exciting, may be a little low at INSEAD where most students have lived and worked abroad extensively.
I dont know whether your jobs provide you with international experience, but if they do, you must bring it out through the application.

A sales and marketing job may be a difficult goal coming out of an international MBA program. Typically companies hire locals for such jobs as they require an understanding of the local marketplace. Which other programs/ countries do you have in mind? We can make suggestions after knowing your preferences


Thanks for the prompt response! I don't actually have international work experience except for dealing with the sister companies situated in Europe and USA, procuring material from them and supplying to my key customers. But i don't think that would be of any advantage.

Anyways, My Country/ location preferences are as below:
1. UK
2. Any other country in Europe (France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland)
3. USA

Awaiting your suggestions,

Thanks and regards,
Mehul.
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Request you to review my profile.

Background:
Indian Male
Age 30
GMAT 720 (Q51, V35)

Education:
Bachelor of Engineering (Production and Industrial engineering) from one of the NITs
MBA from one of the top 3 IIMs
Looking to do a second MBA

Work Experience: Total 5+ years
Job 1 - Automotive MNC (21 months)

Job 2 - Investment Banking (31 months)
Focused on Consumer and Consumer Tech sector

Job 3 - Private Equity Fund (12+ months)
Mid-market PE fund with focus on resource efficiency, clean energy, renewable

Extra curriculars - Decent extra curriculars, volunteering experience

Post MBA Goal - Continue my passion for investing by working in a larger PE shop
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Hi Pls help out with your comments :

Nationality- Indian
Gender- Male
Age - 31
Grad- 72% - Bachelor of Science
Post-graduation – PGDM - 4.99/8
GMAT-720

Work Exp :

Currently working as a Senior Brand Manager (2 years) for middle east. Managing a couple of categories across 6 GCC countries for a leading consumer goods player. Driving a business of $20Mn annually.
Senior Manager-Sales ( 2 years) - Managed a team of 4 Managers and total team size of 60 people. Driving an annual sales turnover of $ 38 Mn. My experience here was that of a business head for the largest state in India
Area Manager (3 years) - Multiple roles across Key metro towns in India - Managed multiple team size and business of $10 Mn annually.
Management Trainee (1 year) - Rotational programs across multiple functions and locations in India- To take on management roles.

International work experience - 2 years till now handling markets across Middle-east and 5.5 years in India. Sufficient international travel & work experience across the GCC market handling strategy for multiple countries. Traveled enough for leisure across multiple countries.

Awards and Recognition:
Lots of work-related prize and awards - Probably 2-3 Awards/another 7-8 certificates, one of the youngest promoted to this role. Part of an elite young performers group handpicked by the top management.

Extra-Curricular Activities: Decent - Mentioning a few.
• National level Sports Player - represented school/college/institute/state.
• Advanced Certified Open water SCUBA Diver by PADI
• Scholarship by Sports Authority of India for excellence
• Multiple awards by School for excellence in Sports.

Volunteer Exp -
Certified writer for blind students during graduation.
Volunteer for Dubai expo-2020
Managed free sports camps and training sessions.
Few blood donation camps


Post MBA Goals
: I wish to continue in CPG/FMCG sector preferably with an MNC in a global role. However, I am open moving to consulting as well. Although priority would be industry roles/Leadership program/rotation programs.
a. Better MBA experience - Diversity, pedagogy focussed for an international role.
b. Change of work location
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Some questions which I have - 1) Would that GMAT score be enough?
2) I have already done a PGDM would that affect my chances.
3) How are Indian GPAs evaluated? My grad GPA and PGDM GPA aren't that great. How does that affect my chances
4) Plan to apply by April for Jan 2021 intake. Is age a negative factor?
5) Overall evaluation of my profile? Any comments
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New post 20 Nov 2019, 06:37
Hi

I am looking to apply to ISB. Can anyone help me understand my chances of converting?

Age: 25yrs

Exp: 46 months

Industry : Telecom (Reliance Jio)

Position : Assistant Manager

GMAT score: 750 (Q50, V41, IR8, AWA5.5)

Graduate: BE Hons, BITS Pilani (Pilani) ( EEE)

12th: CBSE 86.60%
10th: CBSE 9.6 CGPA (91.20%)

Round targeted: R2, December 2019 for 2020 batch

Extra curricular strengths:
Musician (guitar+vocals), performed live, competed with semi pro bands
Avid football lover. Also play the sport.

Summary:
I have worked in Jio as a technical manager and undertook various projects to implement network changes at a PAN India level. Managed 22 circles (states HQ) through the central NHQ. Also initiated several changes to way things have been done manually in the company through streamlining and automation. Acted as POC for various cross functional teams for smooth harmony

Why:
Working directly under VP of Jio has led me to envision myself as a someone capable of spearheading any customer based firm into innovative advancements. Strong Technical background would help me understand ground-level issues and quickly highlight and comprehend exact issues. Experience of handling 22 state HQs further enhanced my ability to manage people from different work lines and background, enabling me to empathise with every team member and leading the team to more efficient outputs. Direct interactions with technical vendor teams and brainstorming sessions has motivated me to Choose consulting as my primary field.

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Nationality- Singaporean
Gender- Male
Age - 30
Grad- Bachelor of Science, Project & Facilities Management, NUS (2.95/5)
GMAT- 680 (mock scores 710 and 690 – going to retake)
Applying for Jan 2021 intake.

Work experience: 3 years

Management consultant (3 years) – Big 4, consulting arm. Focus on Defence, Technology and Renewable Energy for Government & Public Sector

International Experience
Born in Vietnam, left for Singapore at 15 years old on scholarship. Served the military in Singapore for 2 years as a foreigner before converting to Singaporean. Lived abroad in Singapore for 15 years.
Working in a multi-national renewable energy project for with 1 EU country and 6 Asia countries for 1.5 years.

Awards and Recognition:
ASEAN Scholarship from 2005 – 2012

Extra-Curricular Activities:
National level swimmer in Vietnam from 2000 - 2004
Professional goalkeeper in Singapore from 2015 – 2016
Captain of firm’s Soccer team in Singapore from 2017 - now
Goalkeeper coach for youth team from 2015 - 2017

Volunteer Experience:
Active member of Vietnamese Association in Singapore, informal representative of Vietnam Embassy in Singapore. Spearheading two projects on 1) Education for Vietnamese young mothers in Singapore, in collaboration with a government agency and 2) Promotion of Vietnamese as part of linguistic education system in Singapore.

Post MBA Goals:
Join MBB.
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Questions:
1) What GMAT score will be enough to compensate for my undergrad GPA?
2) Is my work, international and volunteer experience sufficient?
3) Overall evaluation of my profile? Any comments
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New post 22 Nov 2019, 11:33
Hi,

Please, if you can, evaluate my profile as an international applicant for the MBA program
Nationality: Indian
Age: 29
Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor in technology with specialisation in computer science engineering.
GMAT: not taken yet
Work experience: 6+ years
About me - An engineer turned entrepreneur, started a textiles manufacturing and trading business, while studying, with my father (as his prior experience and willingness to work in the same industry he's ever been). Completed my engineering side-by-side. Then left for job, but kept involved in business somehow of the location benefits as my manufacturing process used to take place in the same city I got a job in. Then moved back for business, leaving my job. Since then, been in business and have turned quite a lot of things around for us, and for the market in a good way.
key achievements --
Turned everything from credit to cash.
Took things online,
and added a customer-centric approach.

All these things and ideas were new for the market and my customers, but now productivity has increased for both.
I think entrepreneurship is a good idea for my MBA, but not sure if it’s a good idea in case I want to experience something different like a job maybe for some time. Also, I am so much involved into everything I do, I don't want myself to not make use of my 2 years at an MBA program, so I am a little cautious of schools where I may not find the right mindset of people whom I can be with.

Why MBA?
I have some ideas related to my field which I think can really help and change the way things are done. I want to incorporate tech into small scale manufacturing, and I don't mean just computers. I am looking for a school where I can get some tech exposure along with my MBA, as I may need to take 1-2 tech courses along with an MBA.

Extracurriculars: I am an active sports guy. I play tennis, have coaching experience of swimming (summers only :P) have formed 2 groups in my city -- running and cycling, started with 2 people now each group has around 500+ participants, 60% of them are moderately active, 80% are somewhat active.
I trek a lot and have taken most treks closer to my place, as I work 7 days so it's hard to take an off as treks need a lot of days, but I manage that somehow by minimizing risk.
I am a cyclist, too. you'll find me cycling in the hills, if not trekking.
I have taken part in brevet, 200 km one.
I am a part of the national cycling group and I represent my city for the group.
Also, I am a participant of a blood donation group, we provide blood to blood banks and the ones in need, in person, too. we don't charge for it, it's a free community service for anyone in need. we are presently handling 3 states and the group has around 5000 members, most of them are active. It's run by the people for the people, but then there are too many things to do.

References: From clients to these groups, I can ask anyone to recommend me, but I think it makes more sense if I ask my clients or business people.

shall I apply?
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Hello everyone,

I am a 26-year-old Lebanese male working for a family business operating in the Energy and Power Industry. I act as the Sales & Business Development Manager and have around 5 years of professional experience. I gained significant experience in project management and had many success stories in developing and growing the business to twice what it was 5 years ago (revenue and staff-wise). To briefly illustrate, I attracted new clients, developed and handled all relationships with international suppliers, managed the company’s daily activities in sales, procurement and logistics, and secured contracts (nationally and regionally) for prestigious projects in both the public and private sector.

In addition, I helped in studying the feasibility of investing in an assembly/manufacturing workshop and in founding it. I also took the initiative to establish an internationally recognized quality management system for the business by working closely with a management consulting company on new policies and procedures.

Post-MBA Goal
Expand the family business (nationally and regionally) and establish a division or a separate company that focuses on the smart grid, the industrial digitalization and the renewable energy sector.

GMAT Score
670 (Q48, V34, IR 5) which I scored a couple of days ago. I was not satisfied with my score so I cancelled it. I'm planning to retake the GMAT in 2-3 weeks. My target score is 720+ to increase my chances at top MBA programs.

Education
- BE in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the American University of Beirut
- GPA: 3.64/4.00
- Graduated with distinction

Extracurricular Activities
- I played a lot basketball and almost went pro (not going pro was a personal choice). I played for the Youth National Team, University Varsity Team, High School Varsity Team and one of the country’s most prestigious basketball clubs and have been named MVP several times. I won national championships and captained most of the teams that I was part of.
- Private tutoring university students in engineering, sciences and business.
- Scout member and leader for several years
- Volunteered in two NGOs
- Member in several university clubs

Do you think I have a shot at INSEAD with my current score?

Thanks!
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Hi All

Looking for insight as to whether applying during R3 for September 2020 at INSEAD will be a worthwhile application.

Nationality: South African
Gender: Male
Age : 29
GMAT: 760 (V43, Q51)
Other: CA(SA) and CFA charterholder

WE: 6 Years

1st WE: 37 months at Big 4, audit, in Cape Town. Promoted 5 time in 3 years, departed at supervisor level, completed CA(SA) designation.

2nd WE: 12 months at UK based Venture Debt fund (in Cape Town office). Invested funds into technology company in UK space. Involved in the due diligence and investment process. Specific focus on technology companies. - Analyst level role. Obtained CFA charter.

3rd WE: 19 Months in Mezzanine finance in Vancouver, Canada. Relocated for emigration purposes. Involved in funding $22M to date, deal with clients across North America. Worked on developing our venture debt produce as part of product expansion. - Associate Level role

International: (mostly between Canada and South Africa)
Spent a year abroad in Toronto after graduating.
Moved to Cape Town for Big 4,
Worked in a UK based entity for 12 months.
Moved to Vancouver, completing deals across Canada and USA.

GPA: Extremely low, possibly 2.3/4 due to nature of my school. University had a pass/fail approach rather than A/B+ approach.
Regardless of ‘low ‘GPA I was top 15% of university (Golden Key Society)
Also came first for Management Accounting and Finance course in post-graduate diploma (score of 70%)

EC: organize a weekly soccer game and captain of a amateur men’s soccer team with friends. Play twice a week, also used to organize a game in Cape Town until I left.
Provide accounting and finance services for a charity based in Vancouver. Charity works towards providing a soup kitchen in Gabon.

Post MBA: Long term: join a multinational corporate as part of strategy, to develop, guide and execute strategy.
Shot term: MBB, focus on McKinsey. As a strategy consultant, to build out experience with strategy.

Have spent time assessing strategy for investment purposes and want to be more involved with strategy formulation than assessment. Also I believe experience working with multiple companies (audit and investment) provides insight into strategy’s employed.

Why MBA: leverage accounting and finance experience into strategic development. Insead for global outlook and consulting focus.

Concerns:
Low GPA
Big 4 audit is not the most difficult to get into. unknown venture debt/mezz finance employers are relatively unknown brands, not adding brand value to CV
Weak EC’s, have spent a lot of time travelling and exploring rather than on EC’s

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Hi All

Looking for insight as to whether applying during R3 for September 2020 at INSEAD will be a worthwhile application.

Nationality: South African
Gender: Male
Age : 29
GMAT: 760 (V43, Q51)
Other: CA(SA) and CFA charterholder

WE: 6 Years

1st WE: 37 months at Big 4, audit, in Cape Town. Promoted 5 time in 3 years, departed at supervisor level, completed CA(SA) designation.

2nd WE: 12 months at UK based Venture Debt fund (in Cape Town office). Invested funds into technology company in UK space. Involved in the due diligence and investment process. Specific focus on technology companies. - Analyst level role. Obtained CFA charter.

3rd WE: 19 Months in Mezzanine finance in Vancouver, Canada. Relocated for emigration purposes. Involved in funding $22M to date, deal with clients across North America. Worked on developing our venture debt produce as part of product expansion. - Associate Level role

International: (mostly between Canada and South Africa)
Spent a year abroad in Toronto after graduating.
Moved to Cape Town for Big 4,
Worked in a UK based entity for 12 months.
Moved to Vancouver, completing deals across Canada and USA.

GPA: Extremely low, possibly 2.3/4 due to nature of my school. University had a pass/fail approach rather than A/B+ approach.
Regardless of ‘low ‘GPA I was top 15% of university (Golden Key Society)
Also came first for Management Accounting and Finance course in post-graduate diploma (score of 70%)

EC: organize a weekly soccer game and captain of a amateur men’s soccer team with friends. Play twice a week, also used to organize a game in Cape Town until I left.
Provide accounting and finance services for a charity based in Vancouver. Charity works towards providing a soup kitchen in Gabon.

Post MBA: Long term: join a multinational corporate as part of strategy, to develop, guide and execute strategy.
Shot term: MBB, focus on McKinsey. As a strategy consultant, to build out experience with strategy.

Have spent time assessing strategy for investment purposes and want to be more involved with strategy formulation than assessment. Also I believe experience working with multiple companies (audit and investment) provides insight into strategy’s employed.

Why MBA: leverage accounting and finance experience into strategic development. Insead for global outlook and consulting focus.

Concerns:
Low GPA
Big 4 audit is not the most difficult to get into. unknown venture debt/mezz finance employers are relatively unknown brands, not adding brand value to CV
Weak EC’s, have spent a lot of time travelling and exploring rather than on EC’s

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Hi,

Good profile overall. While the GPA is a concern, you must explain the marking scheme of your college and how you turn out in relative terms compared to the rest of the class. You can also highlight some MBA relevant courses where your marks were top of class. The high GMAT score will further help in admissions.
For your work experience - you had 5 promotions in 3 years at the audit firm and also got your CA/ CFA. That's not a bad record at all. Ultimately your application stands on your strengths and not those of your employer. In larger companies such as the big 4, it can be difficult to stand out, but if you were able to do so (performing better than peers), then you have a strong case in your favour. I will say the same thing about the two smaller companies- you have made good impact at both- bring this out through super-strong resume, essays and recommendations and things will work out well for you.

As for your ECA, I like the fact that you are helping the charity by providing your core skill, that is accounting. You should definitely mention this in your essay. You can also leverage your extensive travels by writing about how it has expanded your mindset and given you a better perspective of the world.

Reach out if you need help with your application writing.
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