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New post 04 Aug 2018, 23:09
Hi,

I would like some feedback on my profile and advice on which universities to apply

Nationality: Indian
Gender: Male
Education:
1. One-year PG Diploma in Liberal Arts (Young India Fellowship) (2016-17)- CGPA (3.46/4)
2. Engineering (2009-2014) - IIT Madras, India (CGPA: 3.11/4)
3. CFA, Level 1

GMAT: 710 (V38, Q49) (planning to give it again, please review assuming it were 740)

Work Experience:
1. Consultant, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India: (2 yrs) (2017 - till date)
I overhead the designing, planning, and implementation of extracurricular & cocurricular activities of more than 400 government schools that cater to economically underprivileged children. I managed a budget of over 20 Million USD till date to strategically improve sporting infrastructure in these schools, train the coaches etc.
2. Analyst at a startup (1 yr)
Worked at a startup aimed at providing market research support for Private Equity/ Venture Capital firms
3. Associate at Cognizant (an MNC)
Worked in Data Analytics division of an MNC. Worked for a US-based pharma client and helped them restructure their sales division

Positions of Responsibility Held:
1. Institute Volleyball Captain - Ashoka University (2016-17) & IIT Madras (2013-14)
2. Sports Secretary of a Residence Hall, IIT Madras - 2012

Extra-curricular Activities:
1. Volleyball player: Won 3 gold medals, 2 silver medals, & 1 bronze in various competitions
2. Badminton player: Won 1 bronze medal as a player
3. Cricket Player: Won 2 bronze medals
4. PADI certified scuba diver

Volunteering Experience:
1. Fundraiser, Make A Difference - 1 yr
2. Tutor, Teach for Change - 1 yr

Post-MBA ambitions:
1. Get into Private Equity/Venture Capital Industry (Primary)
2. Establish a school catering to low-income families (pet project)
3. Work for the development of sports in India (pet project)

Universities aiming:
Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Wharton, Sloan, Booth

Please let me know your valuable feedback.
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New post 05 Aug 2018, 18:56
Hi there!

A few thoughts - first, I'd consider revisiting your goals. PE may be what you really want to do after b-school but your work experience isn't really supporting that goal as strongly as we'd ideally like to see, namely because you went from doing research to support PE firms to working at your current firm where you're helping schools. They're going to wonder why you made this switch rather than staying put in the analyst role or moving into something that's not as unrelated to PE as the education industry is. It's important to be genuine when you talk about your goals, but at the same time you want to tell a story that's going to get you into b-school. There may be more to the story here & if you'd like to talk through it with one of our consultants definitely reach out to Claudia at claudia@admissionado and she can get you set up with a free consultation. Generally speaking, the adcom likes to see a linear career path & you'll need a strong story about why you made the career changes that you did as well as why these are your post-MBA goals. PE is also a tough goal in that it's popular and competitive; something in the field of education would be worth considering given your direct experience in it (it's the longest stint on your resume) as well as the fact that it's more unique & could help you stand out. You could make a convincing argument for a post-MBA goal that's education-focused.

In terms of schools, it's hard to say for certain without knowing more about you & nailing down your goals (since you want your goals to align with that school's strengths & value proposition). That said, in terms of some topline thoughts these schools would be more in the reach category. Not completely out of reach, but they are stretch schools. I'd consider looking at schools in the 10-20 range to round out your list. Unfortunately you are from a tough demographic & you're competing against a group of people who tend to have very high GPAs & GMATs; your GPA is a bit on the low end & a 740 would definitely be a solid score but not one that would necessarily differentiate you from others in your demographic. Most Indian male engineering candidates who get into top 15 schools have GMATs in the 740 range.

That said, these applications are an art form & there are things you can do to stand out from this tough demographic like I mentioned above re your goals. There are a lot of factors that go into creating a strong, unique value proposition & it looks like you've got some good material - we just have to figure out how to position it all!

Hope that helps!
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