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Profile Review - Sales to Strategy Consultant

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New post 09 Aug 2017, 11:46
Hello! I'd like to start off by thanking you in advance for reviewing my profile.

Nationality- Indian
Age- 25, Male
GMAT- Looking to score a minimum of 710 in my second attempt, my first ended with a 630
Undergrad:
A CGPA of 3.4 from MSRIT, Bangalore, India. B.E - Electronics and Communications, May 2013

Now for my work experience, this is where it gets rather unconventional:

Product Development for a furniture manufacturing start-up in Dubai ( 1 Year )
- Developed a line of acoustic products
- Lead the development of an acoustic RT60 calculator app
- Developed and executed a full reconfiguration of the firm's SalesForce CRM to fit it's operations and procedures

Current - Brand Strategy & Development in Dubai, UAE ( 4th Year Running, got transferred to a branch of the same holding company )
- Managed the brand 'IdeaPaint' for the region
- B2B sales and contract furniture consulting for large scale corporate projects
- Started the marketing department for our firm - complete website overhaul, landing pages, ad campaigns.
- The result of the above have led to an increase in 30% sales, due to actionable changes based on insights and analysis from marketing.
- In fact, I managed to secure AED 1 million ( close to USD 275,000 ) from from web leads in the first year alone. Pretty decent feat for a one man job.
- In short, I've a good hand at managing large projects. It's not an easy task to convince clients to spend a great deal of their money on something like furniture, and things go wrong all the time on large projects.

Part-Time:
- Been the sub-editor for a magazine called B-change for about 1.5 years.
- Now the Chief Editor for a start-up called Lovethatdesign dot come ( can't post URLs for some reason! ) - my role involves content creation, interviews, etc. This is since the start of 2017

Extra-curricular:
- A member of Rang-De's Dubai chapter for a brief time until we had to close it. ( Micro-finance non-profit org )
- Active volunteer for Surge for Water ( non profit for water conservation and clean drinking water ).
- Kick-boxing enthusiast

Target schools for 2018 intake: McCombs, Tepper, Foster School of Business, Indian School of Business ( Please feel free to suggest schools )

Post MBA goals: I want to get into Strategy Consulting, and move on to focus on product strategy and consulting, specifically technology. I absolutely love the idea of product management, but I also want to able strategize and consult for for different fields. I love the product development and go-to-market process!

Challenges :
- I have no choice but to apply in R2 due to time constraints.
- I'm concerned my non blue-chip experience, coupled with a sales profile will come across as unimpressive. Sales has a lower barrier to entry from what I've heard.

Would appreciate the advice. Thank you!

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New post 09 Aug 2017, 23:53
Karan9192 wrote:
Hello! I'd like to start off by thanking you in advance for reviewing my profile.

Nationality- Indian
Age- 25, Male
GMAT- Looking to score a minimum of 710 in my second attempt, my first ended with a 630
Undergrad:
A CGPA of 3.4 from MSRIT, Bangalore, India. B.E - Electronics and Communications, May 2013

Now for my work experience, this is where it gets rather unconventional:

Product Development for a furniture manufacturing start-up in Dubai ( 1 Year )
- Developed a line of acoustic products
- Lead the development of an acoustic RT60 calculator app
- Developed and executed a full reconfiguration of the firm's SalesForce CRM to fit it's operations and procedures

Current - Brand Strategy & Development in Dubai, UAE ( 4th Year Running, got transferred to a branch of the same holding company )
- Managed the brand 'IdeaPaint' for the region
- B2B sales and contract furniture consulting for large scale corporate projects
- Started the marketing department for our firm - complete website overhaul, landing pages, ad campaigns.
- The result of the above have led to an increase in 30% sales, due to actionable changes based on insights and analysis from marketing.
- In fact, I managed to secure AED 1 million ( close to USD 275,000 ) from from web leads in the first year alone. Pretty decent feat for a one man job.
- In short, I've a good hand at managing large projects. It's not an easy task to convince clients to spend a great deal of their money on something like furniture, and things go wrong all the time on large projects.

Part-Time:
- Been the sub-editor for a magazine called B-change for about 1.5 years.
- Now the Chief Editor for a start-up called Lovethatdesign dot come ( can't post URLs for some reason! ) - my role involves content creation, interviews, etc. This is since the start of 2017

Extra-curricular:
- A member of Rang-De's Dubai chapter for a brief time until we had to close it. ( Micro-finance non-profit org )
- Active volunteer for Surge for Water ( non profit for water conservation and clean drinking water ).
- Kick-boxing enthusiast

Target schools for 2018 intake: McCombs, Tepper, Foster School of Business, Indian School of Business ( Please feel free to suggest schools )

Post MBA goals: I want to get into Strategy Consulting, and move on to focus on product strategy and consulting, specifically technology. I absolutely love the idea of product management, but I also want to able strategize and consult for for different fields. I love the product development and go-to-market process!

Challenges :
- I have no choice but to apply in R2 due to time constraints.
- I'm concerned my non blue-chip experience, coupled with a sales profile will come across as unimpressive. Sales has a lower barrier to entry from what I've heard.

Would appreciate the advice. Thank you!


Hey there,
Well.. what can I say, but that your concerns are justified. Your companies aren't well-known ones, not to say blue-chip, and sales, as you indeed pointed out, unless you are doing some mega awesome stuff is seen as having a low barrier of entry.

You also currently have a low GMAT, and as an Indian Male will be against some tough competition, which means in all likelihood your school list will be a biiiiit too challenging.

So what to do from here?
1. Make sure you get the highest GMAT score you are capable of, it doesn't matter if it is this year or next. Don't rush things, but DO apply with the highest score you can get. For reference as to why this is sooooooo vital, esp. for Indian candidates have a read here:
http://admissionado.com/mba/3-tips-for- ... n=mba_blog
http://admissionado.com/mba/to-retake-o ... n=mba_blog

for you this is EVEN more important, since the GMAT will be a more major factor in the school's understanding of your capacity to succeed in an MBA after you have graduated.

2. Improve everything else you can in your profile:
- more leadership
- more volunteer work
- network at your target schools AND your target companies
- more extra curricular activities.

Do that, and you will be in the best position possible.

Feel free to write if you have any questions.
And feel free to drop us a line for a more full-on Free Consultation: http://bit.ly/mbafcGC

Best,
Jon Frank
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