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New post 12 Oct 2018, 08:59

would be great if you could provide some inputs on my chances at the following schools:

Target Schools:
-LBS, Cambridge, Oxford, INSEAD

-Nationality Indonesian (~10 years), moved to Australia for a while (<1 year) but spent most of my life in Singapore (>10 years).
-Speaks English, Chinese, Japanese and Bahasa Indonesia fluently, but most comfortable with English.
-Age 27, 4 years working experience upon matriculation.

-Economics major & History minor in National University of Singapore (is this school actually well-known outside Singapore?)
-Relatively lower GPA, but 2:1, around 4.1/5 CGPA - first year GPA was extremely low, but pulled grades back up towards the end, and university dean's list (top 5%) in one of the academic years. My school is also infamous for imposing a harsh bell curve, should I explain this in the optional essay?
-Also did a 6 month exchange in Tokyo, Japan, national top 10 university in the country.

750 (Q49,V42,AWA6.0)

Work Experience:
-(1st job) 1 year at at a startup providing AI-based ERP solutions, as IT/marketing consultant. Job was too technical and decide to move out of the role.
-(2nd job) almost 3 years as management consultant at a large, but regional (& therefore less well-known internationally) Japanese consulting firm. typically involved in go-to-market/strategy projects for Japanese clients into emerging countries, most notably Indonesian geography considering my background.
-Several examples as project leader for smaller projects, and also examples on managing up and taking leadership as task leaders in many projects.
-Career progression from business analyst - associate consultant - consultant in 2.5 years, also awarded top analyst award last year on basis of average project quality scores in FY2017.
-2 internships during university, one in Singapore government organization, and the other in Shanghai, China (3 months overseas internship).

Co-curricular activities:
-Publicity head in Economics society, but unfortunately no other significant leadership roles during university.
-However, as I've always been interested in history and cultures, I've been volunteering at the national museum of Singapore (on monthly basis, on average), mostly helping out and managing galleries for visitors to the museum, guiding tours at museums, basically enhancing visitor experience there!
-avid trekker, basically trekked many mountains in the region (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand etc.) and also other countries such as New Zealand, Everest Base Camp etc.

Post-MBA goals:
-either continue consulting at other consulting firms, but preferably on projects involving technology or real estate,
-OR going into internet retailing firm in the region. This space has gotten very exciting in Southeast Asia (with many Chinese, Japanese, local players trying to get a slice of this E-commerce pie), so I'm excited to be able to utilize my background/languages/consulting to shape this landscape. Especially considering that Indonesia is projected to be one of the largest Internet economies by 2022!

Realistically speaking, what are my chances at the schools? possible for partial scholarships as well? Thank you very much in advance! :)
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New post 14 Oct 2018, 11:25
Hi there,
Thanks for posting and congrats on a strong GMAT score. You sound like you have a pretty well-rounded profile and have included a lot of good content here, for a solid self analysis. A few points in response:

- Glad to hear your grades had an upward trend; you could briefly comment on it in the optional space and how you improved your ability to manage your academics over time during university etc. Keep it succinct!

- 4 years at matriculation is not uncommon, but is a touch fewer than some particularly at European schools and particularly at INSEAD... that said I don't feel it has to be an issue at all, but be sure you can articulate why this is the right time for you to get your MBA, and showcase leadership throughout your application to highlight what you have accomplished and what you'll bring to the class.

- To that end, leadership experience might be a little light?? Good that you have some volunteering and personal interests of course.... but do brainstorm on any and all examples of leadership you can come up with.

- International experience is solid and that is important for these top European schools you have mentioned. Of course be sure to focus on reasons you are interested in each specific school, where feasible, when you apply. Check out some more school details in our guides here: ... ol-primers

- I hope you will be considered and find a place among these programs; that said there is some subjectivity in the process and a lot more we don't know about you here in terms of specific achievements, essays, recommendations and more, so always tough to say. In terms of scholarships, that is often best for Round 1 (not sure of your timing), and often offered to the strongest applicants, so also difficult to predict per se.

- On a personal note I highly enjoyed my own experience at Cambridge, and I feel each of these programs is excellent for gaining a strong global perspective and building an interesting, diverse network. Good luck to you!

- Finally, if you'd like to chat further, check out at any point.
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