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Sloan Profile Evaluation Thread: Post all Profile Eval Requests Here

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Hello ajt0310

2 years seems low for Sloan. It is not just about the number years, but with 2 years of experience, you may find it difficult to showcase enough career progress and achievements to compete with other candidates who usually have 4+ years of work ex. You may have to showcase why now and why not a couple of years later.
The GMAT is also low for the likes of Sloan considering your Indian background. This will be a major hurdle in your case.
The extracurricular seems pretty strong- writing novels. Highlight the personal motivation behind these, what topics you write on, and how has this contributed to your personal/professional growth.
I am assuming your writing background will also help you present a strong story in the essays, so that is a plus as well.
Coming to career goals, as mentioned earlier- the need for an MBA now is a question to answer, but more importantly, how does consulting tie in with your past experience. Even more importantly, how does current experience, MBA and short term goals (consulting) tie in with the long term goals. On the face if it, the goals and the narrative seems fragmented and disconnected (you may have a clearer picture in your mind, but it does not come out like that in the post at least)

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ajt0310 wrote:
Hi,

Can someone please evaluate my profile?

B.tech 3.9 GPA from an average Indian college
2+ years experience from Amazon.com as an analyst.
Extra Curricular: Written 4 novels, all available on Amazon. Head of Writing committee at the university.
Have a family business of medicines.
GMAT- 710
Social Volunteering- done but no certificates.


Post MBA goals- short term: join a consulting/marketing firm.
Long term: to start a publishing house for budding writers in India

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MBAkarma wrote:
Hello waqui90

Kudos to the detailed info. See my replies in Blue

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waqui90 wrote:
Hi Guys, Please evaluate my profile

Indian Male, 29 years
UG: Bachelor of Fashion Technology (specialisation in Fashion & Apparel Production) - National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi (consistently ranks top in Asia among its Peer colleges)
Though not a large pool, the number of NIFT-ians has been consistently increasing to top B Schools.
PG: Masters in HRM from XLRI with CGPA 6.5
Be prepared to show in your application why you need a 2nd MBA, especially after one from a tier-1 school in India
GMAT: 720 (Q49, V39)
The GMAT though good, is below par for likes of Sloan, considering your Indian background. Consider a retake if possible, What other schools are you applying to?
GPA: 6.9/10, among the top 25% of the batch (4 as per mba.com conversion table)
No need to convert- let the transcripts show the grade. If top 25% of the class- it could be of help.

Additional Coursework:
- Business Analytics Specialisation (4courses + 1 capstone project), Wharton Online
- Business Stats with R, Duke University online
- Product Management Foundation - Darden University online
Good but make sure you show how these are relevant to your long term plans and the B School application.

Work Experience: 4 years
Industry: Indian Conglomerate -Aditya Birla Group (1.5 years, worked in HR & Project Management as part of management rotation program across Fashion Retail and Manufacturing) + Entrepreneurship (2.5 years)
In my experience with Aditya Birla Group, got an opportunity to work on a global assignment in the US as well.
In your detailed post the least information available is around your work ex. This is a bit surprising as the strength of work ex probably plays the biggest role in the application. Also, die to lack on the nature of your work (especially in entrepreneurship), career progress, key achievements, it is tough to not only judge the quality but also whether you have suitable experience to achieve the said goals. A school will look at a strong narrative that ties your past and an MBA to your future goals.

Extra-curricular Activities:
- Adventure Sports, have done multiple treks, hope to conquer the Himalayas someday.
- Huge comics nerd, and have been involved in comics strip design in college days
- Actively participated in sports, winning few medals at the university level.
- Was part of various clubs like the Social and Editorial club. Also managed crucial fests and engagements at UG level.
Some of these sound good. More than a laundry list focus on showcasing personal motivation, impact and contribution in these activities. Also how have these made you a better person/professional/candidate.

Community Service:
- Have been involved in multiple NGOs throughout my career in space of education. Presently involved (as an advisor) with a leading organization working to improve livelihood access to the young marginalised girls.
COuld be useful if presented well.

Post MBA Goals: Looking to get into strategy consultancy/Technology (Product) Firm
As mentioned earlier, your post does not make clear whether this is a realistic goal, so tough to comment. The school will look at how clear and realistic your goals are. Also, why can't you do this on your own (without an MBA)
Long-Term vision: To start tech product firm in space of Fashion/Retail in India. I see immense opportunity in India and hope to leverage business expertise & network I will get from a consultancy/Tech experience beside of course MBA alumni strength.
Again, link to you past experience and transferable skills need to be established. Plus if your aim is to build a firm in India, why a US education and specifically why Sloan (not my questions- but give compelling answers to these in your written application.

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Thanks a ton, Varun. Your suggestions would really help in the essay and why MBA?

Regarding other points, GMAT - I know its low and have been thinking about retaking it, with good preparation I can get 740-750. I'm targetting Haas, Kellog, and Ross.

Work-ex:
*My graduate rotation experience at Aditya Birla was sort of internal consultancy experience as each rotation would start with a problem statement for a given sector/business unit, and involve problem diagnosis, creating and deploying solutions. While each rotation (or project) differed in complexity and area of concern, they all were strategic and of high impact in nature.

*Entrepreneurship: I always had entrepreneurial bug, so when an opportunity to join the startup in space of fashion accessories came up (as Co-founder) 2 years ago, I immediately made the jump. For the last two years, I have dabbled across operations and marketing. Managed launch of 3 product categories, reworked marketing strategy to increase reach by 3.5X, took care of inventory planning and vendor management beside taking care of talent management. It has been a great learning curve until now, however, at times I found myself lacking in knowledge/expertise in taking things forward.

Regarding your comment w.r.t long-term goals - I do recognise that saying 'I want to start my firm in India' does sound a bit narrow, and doesn't fit into the narrative of why do I need a global education for that. Instead of that, I can rephrase it that I'm passionate about tech, and want to build a business at the intersection of fashion and technology in future.
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I hope this thread is still active! I'm looking for feedback on my profile as far as an R2 applicant goes:

Background: 28F, U.S.

Education: BS Mechanical Engineering 3.75 GPA, M.S. Mechanical Engineering

GMAT: 720 (Q49/V38/IR7/AWA6)

Work experience : 1 year as a consulting analyst before switching to the engineering industry. Currently have spent 5 years in the aerospace and defense industry. I started as a design engineer, received two promotions in < 4 years, and now I am in charge of executing $1M+ test programs from start to finish.

Other: Teach an evening college level physics course as a professor part-time for the last 3 years. Aside from that I am all about the outdoors and preserving the oudoors! My outdoor interests include an active pursuit of the seven summits, and involvement in my running and rock climbing community for the last several years.

MBA / Post MBA Goals: I want to focus on entrepreneurship at Sloan and form a start-up focused on clean technology.
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DsDs2018 wrote:
I hope this thread is still active! I'm looking for feedback on my profile as far as an R2 applicant goes:

Background: 28F, U.S.

Education: BS Mechanical Engineering 3.75 GPA, M.S. Mechanical Engineering

GMAT: 720 (Q49/V38/IR7/AWA6)

Work experience : 1 year as a consulting analyst before switching to the engineering industry. Currently have spent 5 years in the aerospace and defense industry. I started as a design engineer, received two promotions in < 4 years, and now I am in charge of executing $1M+ test programs from start to finish.

Other: Teach an evening college level physics course as a professor part-time for the last 3 years. Aside from that I am all about the outdoors and preserving the oudoors! My outdoor interests include an active pursuit of the seven summits, and involvement in my running and rock climbing community for the last several years.

MBA / Post MBA Goals: I want to focus on entrepreneurship at Sloan and form a start-up focused on clean technology.


Hi DsDs,

Thanks for posting!

Overall, your profile looks fantastic - high GPA in a difficult major, 720 GMAT w/ 49Q, and significant accomplishments and responsibility in a technical industry. Your EC are also very relevant to your career goals - basically your story makes a lot of sense!

At this point, your candidacy is likely to come down to how well you communicate in your essays and articulate the importance of Sloan and how an MBA at MIT will help drive your career aspirations. Also, it helps to have networked with admissions or made a previous visit up, not 100% necessary but little things add up.

Are you applying to any other schools during R2? Happy to help with other questions you may have for Sloan or anywhere else.

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