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Profile Evaluation Request/ Target B Schools

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New post 26 Aug 2018, 05:53
Hi,

29 years old male from India. I have already done full time MBA from IIM C, 2013 Batch (Low GPA)
Did not land a great job from campus, courtesy my Low GPA; Had to make quite a lot switches to actually come at Par.

Finally decided to go back to school and took the GMAT.
SCORE- 730
Q50, V40, IR5

Serious doubts on AWA as well as I never really prepared for IR and AWA. I am kind of disappointed as I was getting 750-760 regularly in GMAT official mocks (I purchased the full pack). Ironically Q50 and V40 in mocks was equivalent to 750 Total.

To cut the long story short -- Really confused about what to do next. Any advise on what colleges to apply will be really welcome.

Other relevant information:

10th-95.4%
12th-81.6%
B.Tech (NIT Dgp) : 8.4/10
MBA (IIM C) : 5.2/9

4 Job switches over the last 5 years. Current designation AVP in a private Indian Bank.

References: Can arrange from my previous organisations, but will need help in identifying the right persons to approach to.

Extra Currics: Not much to show here- Was part of Runners-up team in Inter NIT Cricket Tournament
Won the Intra-college Counter Strike Premier League

Please provide your honest feedback. I aim to apply in Round 1. Getting scholarship is critical
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New post 27 Aug 2018, 19:22
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Hi there, thanks for reaching out.

I think you've got a few areas to focus on...

1) Addressing the low GPA (write an optional essay if there are circumstances to explain). While your GMAT is strong already, consider retaking to help counteract the low GPA from your MBA. A high GMAT will help with scholarship opportunities too.

2) Addressing why you need a 2nd MBA because there is lots of competition for spots at MBA programs so they want people who are going to benefit most and have realistic expectations about how the degree will help them. Some schools e.g. Cornell, UCLA) also don't accept applicants who already have an MBA so that's worth double checking.

3) Related to that, what are your post MBA goals? I didn't see that in your notes and it's an important piece of the puzzle in terms of your reasons for the MBA now and identifying target schools.

4) Mitigating the job switches. You can address some of this in your essays, explaining your decisions and the path you've been on. How long have you been in your current job? I would wait to apply til you have at least 1 full year and ideally 2 full years in that job to show some consistency/commitment.

Given these factors, plus the light extracurriculars, and it sounds like you haven't done much school research, I wonder if this round is the best time for you to apply? It seems like waiting a bit longer might give you a chance to improve in some of these areas, and better research your target schools.

Not sure if that's the response you were looking for but hope it helps :-)
Best,
Kate

rohumaach wrote:
Hi,

29 years old male from India. I have already done full time MBA from IIM C, 2013 Batch (Low GPA)
Did not land a great job from campus, courtesy my Low GPA; Had to make quite a lot switches to actually come at Par.

Finally decided to go back to school and took the GMAT.
SCORE- 730
Q50, V40, IR5

Serious doubts on AWA as well as I never really prepared for IR and AWA. I am kind of disappointed as I was getting 750-760 regularly in GMAT official mocks (I purchased the full pack). Ironically Q50 and V40 in mocks was equivalent to 750 Total.

To cut the long story short -- Really confused about what to do next. Any advise on what colleges to apply will be really welcome.

Other relevant information:

10th-95.4%
12th-81.6%
B.Tech (NIT Dgp) : 8.4/10
MBA (IIM C) : 5.2/9

4 Job switches over the last 5 years. Current designation AVP in a private Indian Bank.

References: Can arrange from my previous organisations, but will need help in identifying the right persons to approach to.

Extra Currics: Not much to show here- Was part of Runners-up team in Inter NIT Cricket Tournament
Won the Intra-college Counter Strike Premier League

Please provide your honest feedback. I aim to apply in Round 1. Getting scholarship is critical

_________________

Kate Richardson
mbaMission Senior Consultant and Chicago Booth Alum
http://www.mbamission.com
Read our school insider's guides: http://www.mbamission.com/guides.php?category=insiders
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New post 28 Aug 2018, 00:59
Hi Kate,

Thanks for your revert:

1) Retaking GMAT will mean that I will have to miss Round 1 of many colleges. I want to go through the entire process this year even if that does not result in a satisfactory outcome (Personal reasons)
2) Why Second MBA : I want to move into BA or FA profile. I have been working as a sales professional for past 5 years. After pondering a lot and trying to make a profile change internally for last 2, 3 years, I finally figured out that going back to school is the best possible option available to me. I know that does not sound very convincing but I will try and phrase it in a much better way while applying.
3)Post MBA goals also tie up to Point 2

I know I have a lot of work to do in very little time. But just wanted to get a sense check on whether these efforts will bear any fruit. I did some school search over the last couple of days, and realized (As you rightly pointed) that many schools won't consider me for 2nd MBA. A practical outlook puts me in shooting range for Michigan Ross, Duke Fuqua and UC Berkley (Did not find anything mentioned on their website about non-eligibility of MBA Grads)

Still want to aim for institutes like Columbia and Booth. Can you please help me in understanding my chances for these schools.

I will be really grateful if you can also mention a ball park number on my scholarship chances if I wish to apply these schools. As of now there is lot of confusion as I have asked a lot of people about the Pros and Cons. Many people are skeptical about ROI and are of the opinion that there is no point of pursuing this without Scholarship (That too a significant one)

Really look forward to your feedback.


mbaMissionKate wrote:
Hi there, thanks for reaching out.

I think you've got a few areas to focus on...

1) Addressing the low GPA (write an optional essay if there are circumstances to explain). While your GMAT is strong already, consider retaking to help counteract the low GPA from your MBA. A high GMAT will help with scholarship opportunities too.

2) Addressing why you need a 2nd MBA because there is lots of competition for spots at MBA programs so they want people who are going to benefit most and have realistic expectations about how the degree will help them. Some schools e.g. Cornell, UCLA) also don't accept applicants who already have an MBA so that's worth double checking.

3) Related to that, what are your post MBA goals? I didn't see that in your notes and it's an important piece of the puzzle in terms of your reasons for the MBA now and identifying target schools.

4) Mitigating the job switches. You can address some of this in your essays, explaining your decisions and the path you've been on. How long have you been in your current job? I would wait to apply til you have at least 1 full year and ideally 2 full years in that job to show some consistency/commitment.

Given these factors, plus the light extracurriculars, and it sounds like you haven't done much school research, I wonder if this round is the best time for you to apply? It seems like waiting a bit longer might give you a chance to improve in some of these areas, and better research your target schools.

Not sure if that's the response you were looking for but hope it helps :-)
Best,
Kate

rohumaach wrote:
Hi,

29 years old male from India. I have already done full time MBA from IIM C, 2013 Batch (Low GPA)
Did not land a great job from campus, courtesy my Low GPA; Had to make quite a lot switches to actually come at Par.

Finally decided to go back to school and took the GMAT.
SCORE- 730
Q50, V40, IR5

Serious doubts on AWA as well as I never really prepared for IR and AWA. I am kind of disappointed as I was getting 750-760 regularly in GMAT official mocks (I purchased the full pack). Ironically Q50 and V40 in mocks was equivalent to 750 Total.

To cut the long story short -- Really confused about what to do next. Any advise on what colleges to apply will be really welcome.

Other relevant information:

10th-95.4%
12th-81.6%
B.Tech (NIT Dgp) : 8.4/10
MBA (IIM C) : 5.2/9

4 Job switches over the last 5 years. Current designation AVP in a private Indian Bank.

References: Can arrange from my previous organisations, but will need help in identifying the right persons to approach to.

Extra Currics: Not much to show here- Was part of Runners-up team in Inter NIT Cricket Tournament
Won the Intra-college Counter Strike Premier League

Please provide your honest feedback. I aim to apply in Round 1. Getting scholarship is critical
mbaMission Admissions Consultant
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Joined: 01 Apr 2015
Posts: 946
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request/ Target B Schools  [#permalink]

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New post 28 Aug 2018, 17:31
Hi again,

Thanks for the additional info. I understand the reasons for aiming for Round 1, especially if you want to maximize scholarship opportunities.

Of the schools you mentioned, I feel best about your chances at Ross and Fuqua. Haas is quite competitive (small class and popular for location). Email them to confirm their 2nd MBA policy -- I think it may be a case-by-case basis. I think Columbia and Booth will be reaches for you, but give them (or one of them depending on time) a shot. If you want high chance of scholarship, you should be applying to schools where your GMAT is significantly above their average, so Ross and Fuqua may even be too competitive for that. It's not that GMAT is the only factor in scholarship consideration, it's just a good indicator.

Good luck!
Kate

rohumaach wrote:
Hi Kate,

Thanks for your revert:

1) Retaking GMAT will mean that I will have to miss Round 1 of many colleges. I want to go through the entire process this year even if that does not result in a satisfactory outcome (Personal reasons)
2) Why Second MBA : I want to move into BA or FA profile. I have been working as a sales professional for past 5 years. After pondering a lot and trying to make a profile change internally for last 2, 3 years, I finally figured out that going back to school is the best possible option available to me. I know that does not sound very convincing but I will try and phrase it in a much better way while applying.
3)Post MBA goals also tie up to Point 2

I know I have a lot of work to do in very little time. But just wanted to get a sense check on whether these efforts will bear any fruit. I did some school search over the last couple of days, and realized (As you rightly pointed) that many schools won't consider me for 2nd MBA. A practical outlook puts me in shooting range for Michigan Ross, Duke Fuqua and UC Berkley (Did not find anything mentioned on their website about non-eligibility of MBA Grads)

Still want to aim for institutes like Columbia and Booth. Can you please help me in understanding my chances for these schools.

I will be really grateful if you can also mention a ball park number on my scholarship chances if I wish to apply these schools. As of now there is lot of confusion as I have asked a lot of people about the Pros and Cons. Many people are skeptical about ROI and are of the opinion that there is no point of pursuing this without Scholarship (That too a significant one)

Really look forward to your feedback.



_________________

Kate Richardson
mbaMission Senior Consultant and Chicago Booth Alum
http://www.mbamission.com
Read our school insider's guides: http://www.mbamission.com/guides.php?category=insiders
Sign up for a free phone consultation: http://www.mbamission.com/consult.php

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