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I'm planning to apply to schools in the US for fall 2018 intake. Request you to please review my profile and give your valuable feedback.

Background:
Indian Female
Age 26
GMAT 630 (V27, Q49)
GPA- 3.5~55%

Education: Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from one of the top 10 colleges in University of Delhi (South Campus).

Work Experience (5 years): 1. worked for 2 years as a Market Research Associate at a technology firm that caters to the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) industry. Was responsible for researching and executing multiple trade shows and conferences per year held all around the world.
2. Co-founded a company that holds workshops for high-school students to promote experiential learning. Been working on it for 3 years now and have worked on all aspects of the business from idea-generation to scaling up.
3. While working on my first startup, co-founded a marketing firm wherein we conduct brand activation and student ambassador programs. Been working on it for 1.5 years now and have worked on all aspects of this business as well.

Extracurriculars: 1. Volunteer at an NGO that works on setting up and running mobile schools in slums. 2. Been training in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for over a year.

Post MBA: Aim to work in the US at a consulting firm for 4-5 years before moving back to India to work on my startup.

Need help in narrowing my MBA target schools, I have done that according to my GMAT score but I feel that I have good work experience and that should put me in a better position while applying to schools that have a little higher average gmat score.

PS- Re-taking the GMAT is not an option for me at this stage.

Looking forward to a quick revert.

Thanks in Advance

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New post 23 Oct 2017, 07:49
Hi kangsie,

You do have very interesting and strong work experience. The initiative and leadership you've shown will definitely be attractive to schools.

Your academic stats are going to be a concern though -- especially your low verbal score on GMAT. If retaking is really not on option (though I encourage you to reconsider this), have you taken any pre-MBA/supplemental coursework? Especially in your case, taking something like Business Communication, or taking a rigorous quant course, would help to show you can manage the MBA coursework. I strongly recommend this, and would possibly consider delaying your application a year until you can improve this part of your profile.

If you want to apply this year, one other thing I would consider is revising your goals...consulting firms often consider GMAT scores in their recruiting process, so your score could make that tough too. Perhaps working for a nonprofit or an Edtech company, or even a Marketing role, would be seen as a safer option and still be in line with your eventual goals?

As for schools, I would check out some schools in Canada where the GMAT may be less of an issue. In the US, I would check out schools like Tepper, Mendoza, Foster, Emory, Kelley.

Best of luck!
Kate

kangsie wrote:
Hi,

I'm planning to apply to schools in the US for fall 2018 intake. Request you to please review my profile and give your valuable feedback.

Background:
Indian Female
Age 26
GMAT 630 (V27, Q49)
GPA- 3.5~55%

Education: Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from one of the top 10 colleges in University of Delhi (South Campus).

Work Experience (5 years): 1. worked for 2 years as a Market Research Associate at a technology firm that caters to the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) industry. Was responsible for researching and executing multiple trade shows and conferences per year held all around the world.
2. Co-founded a company that holds workshops for high-school students to promote experiential learning. Been working on it for 3 years now and have worked on all aspects of the business from idea-generation to scaling up.
3. While working on my first startup, co-founded a marketing firm wherein we conduct brand activation and student ambassador programs. Been working on it for 1.5 years now and have worked on all aspects of this business as well.

Extracurriculars: 1. Volunteer at an NGO that works on setting up and running mobile schools in slums. 2. Been training in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for over a year.

Post MBA: Aim to work in the US at a consulting firm for 4-5 years before moving back to India to work on my startup.

Need help in narrowing my MBA target schools, I have done that according to my GMAT score but I feel that I have good work experience and that should put me in a better position while applying to schools that have a little higher average gmat score.

PS- Re-taking the GMAT is not an option for me at this stage.

Looking forward to a quick revert.

Thanks in Advance

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Blog: http://www.mbamission.com/blog
mbaMission Insiders Guides: http://www.mbamission.com/guides.php?category=insiders
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New post 23 Oct 2017, 08:54
Hi Kate,

Thank you for your response. Your suggestions are really helpful and I’ll definitely consider revising my post MBA goals.

About having a weak verbal score, in my last GMAT test that I’d taken in January 2017 I scored a 620 (V32,Q44). Since I have a better Verbal score in this, do you think schools might look at this score as well?

The list of schools that you have suggested is quite interesting, I had not included these in my list. It’ll be helpful to know how you came up with these names.

Really looking forward to your response.

Thank you!

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New post 23 Oct 2017, 08:56
Hi Kate,

Thank you for your response. Your suggestions are really helpful and I’ll definitely consider revising my post MBA goals.

About having a weak verbal score, in my last GMAT test that I’d taken in January 2017 I scored a 620 (V32,Q44). Since I have a better Verbal score in this, do you think schools might look at this score as well?

The list of schools that you have suggested is quite interesting, I had not included these in my list. It’ll be helpful to know how you came up with these names.

Really looking forward to your response.

Thank you!



mbaMissionKate wrote:
Hi kangsie,

You do have very interesting and strong work experience. The initiative and leadership you've shown will definitely be attractive to schools.

Your academic stats are going to be a concern though -- especially your low verbal score on GMAT. If retaking is really not on option (though I encourage you to reconsider this), have you taken any pre-MBA/supplemental coursework? Especially in your case, taking something like Business Communication, or taking a rigorous quant course, would help to show you can manage the MBA coursework. I strongly recommend this, and would possibly consider delaying your application a year until you can improve this part of your profile.

If you want to apply this year, one other thing I would consider is revising your goals...consulting firms often consider GMAT scores in their recruiting process, so your score could make that tough too. Perhaps working for a nonprofit or an Edtech company, or even a Marketing role, would be seen as a safer option and still be in line with your eventual goals?

As for schools, I would check out some schools in Canada where the GMAT may be less of an issue. In the US, I would check out schools like Tepper, Mendoza, Foster, Emory, Kelley.

Best of luck!
Kate

kangsie wrote:
Hi,

I'm planning to apply to schools in the US for fall 2018 intake. Request you to please review my profile and give your valuable feedback.

Background:
Indian Female
Age 26
GMAT 630 (V27, Q49)
GPA- 3.5~55%

Education: Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from one of the top 10 colleges in University of Delhi (South Campus).

Work Experience (5 years): 1. worked for 2 years as a Market Research Associate at a technology firm that caters to the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) industry. Was responsible for researching and executing multiple trade shows and conferences per year held all around the world.
2. Co-founded a company that holds workshops for high-school students to promote experiential learning. Been working on it for 3 years now and have worked on all aspects of the business from idea-generation to scaling up.
3. While working on my first startup, co-founded a marketing firm wherein we conduct brand activation and student ambassador programs. Been working on it for 1.5 years now and have worked on all aspects of this business as well.

Extracurriculars: 1. Volunteer at an NGO that works on setting up and running mobile schools in slums. 2. Been training in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for over a year.

Post MBA: Aim to work in the US at a consulting firm for 4-5 years before moving back to India to work on my startup.

Need help in narrowing my MBA target schools, I have done that according to my GMAT score but I feel that I have good work experience and that should put me in a better position while applying to schools that have a little higher average gmat score.

PS- Re-taking the GMAT is not an option for me at this stage.

Looking forward to a quick revert.

Thanks in Advance

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New post 23 Oct 2017, 09:31
Hi again,
Happy to help! They will certainly keep in mind your higher verbal score, but the overall score matters most. I also should have mentioned that you should plan to write an optional essay, and there you could re-emphasize that higher score, and explain how you use English in your daily life so they can see you are confident.

I was looking for schools where your 630 was in range (in the middle 80% of scores), and also schools where we've had success with past clients who have not had stellar GMAT stats. But those are just some to get you started, there are plenty of options and it's good to consider a range of schools.

Good luck!
Kate

kangsie wrote:
Hi Kate,

Thank you for your response. Your suggestions are really helpful and I’ll definitely consider revising my post MBA goals.

About having a weak verbal score, in my last GMAT test that I’d taken in January 2017 I scored a 620 (V32,Q44). Since I have a better Verbal score in this, do you think schools might look at this score as well?

The list of schools that you have suggested is quite interesting, I had not included these in my list. It’ll be helpful to know how you came up with these names.

Really looking forward to your response.

Thank you!

_________________

Kate Richardson
mbaMission

Website: http://www.mbamission.com
Blog: http://www.mbamission.com/blog
mbaMission Insiders Guides: http://www.mbamission.com/guides.php?category=insiders
Free Consultation: http://www.mbamission.com/consult.php

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New post 25 Oct 2017, 00:46
Thank you Kate!

Your responses have been extremely helpful.

Have a great day!


mbaMissionKate wrote:
Hi again,
Happy to help! They will certainly keep in mind your higher verbal score, but the overall score matters most. I also should have mentioned that you should plan to write an optional essay, and there you could re-emphasize that higher score, and explain how you use English in your daily life so they can see you are confident.

I was looking for schools where your 630 was in range (in the middle 80% of scores), and also schools where we've had success with past clients who have not had stellar GMAT stats. But those are just some to get you started, there are plenty of options and it's good to consider a range of schools.

Good luck!
Kate

kangsie wrote:
Hi Kate,

Thank you for your response. Your suggestions are really helpful and I’ll definitely consider revising my post MBA goals.

About having a weak verbal score, in my last GMAT test that I’d taken in January 2017 I scored a 620 (V32,Q44). Since I have a better Verbal score in this, do you think schools might look at this score as well?

The list of schools that you have suggested is quite interesting, I had not included these in my list. It’ll be helpful to know how you came up with these names.

Really looking forward to your response.

Thank you!

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New post 25 Oct 2017, 08:48
Happy to help! Good luck :-)

kangsie wrote:
Thank you Kate!

Your responses have been extremely helpful.

Have a great day!



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Website: http://www.mbamission.com
Blog: http://www.mbamission.com/blog
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