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Just took my GMAT today and considering if I should retake given I'm targeting GSB/HBS. I know it's on the border of even having a shot but I'm hoping that with strong resume/recs I'll still have a decent shot. Additionally, most of my firm went to either GSB/HBS and I'm fortunate enough to be able to get some pretty stellar recs from well known alumni of both schools (trustee/advisor board members). Am I dreaming or should I retake and target a 740+?

Background and nationality: Asian-American

Undergrad Information: NYU/3.8 (Cum Laude)

GMAT: 700 (Q44/V42)

Work experience and leadership:
- Vice President at well-known venture capital firm; promoted early from associate to senior associate then to VP
- Have led a few of my own investments that have done well and take board seats on companies
- Before that, 1 year management consulting and 1 year PM at startup which was acquired

Community service and awards:
- Executive/Board member of a thousands+ member non-profit
- Forbes 30 under 30
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How did you get selected for Forbes 30 under 30? I am wondering what the criteria are, and how they found you. Thanks for any information.

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Just took my GMAT today and considering if I should retake given I'm targeting GSB/HBS. I know it's on the border of even having a shot but I'm hoping that with strong resume/recs I'll still have a decent shot. Additionally, most of my firm went to either GSB/HBS and I'm fortunate enough to be able to get some pretty stellar recs from well known alumni of both schools (trustee/advisor board members). Am I dreaming or should I retake and target a 740+?

Background and nationality: Asian-American

Undergrad Information: NYU/3.8 (Cum Laude)

GMAT: 700 (Q44/V42)

Work experience and leadership:
- Vice President at well-known venture capital firm; promoted early from associate to senior associate then to VP
- Have led a few of my own investments that have done well and take board seats on companies
- Before that, 1 year management consulting and 1 year PM at startup which was acquired

Community service and awards:
- Executive/Board member of a thousands+ member non-profit
- Forbes 30 under 30
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New post 08 Jun 2019, 23:57
Thanks in advance for the profile review! I'm targeting to apply this fall.

Background and nationality:
US Citizen, 29, M, SE Asian

Undergrad Information:
Top 10 Public School
Bachelors in Business

GMAT:
700 (Working towards 720)

Work experience and leadership:
- 4 years in a leadership program (finance/strategy/sales/operations) at top tech company (FANG); 3 promotions
- 1 year in corporate strategy at another top tech company (FANG) before switching divisions
- 1.5 year in business operations/analytics at a startup division within FANG; 1 promotion + managing direct reports

Community and others:
- Served on nonprofit board during first 4 years of my career
- Led company employee resource groups
- Startup ideas with buddies
- Captain of video game team for internal tournaments

Post MBA goals:
Entrepreneurship in SE Asia - MBA is to build out my network, leadership skill, and knowledge of other functions. Hoping to meet other like-minded individuals and seed funding!

Anything else?
First generation American hoping to use talents in tech to accelerate the growth in SE Asia with leadership skills gained from GSB!
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New post 09 Jun 2019, 07:12
Hello,

Age:
22 (Plan to apply in 3-4 years)

Ethnicity:
Korean-American

Academics:
Top 10 U.S. University (not known for engineering)
Majored in Mechanical Engineering and Minored in Finance

GMAT:
740 (2nd attempt; thinking about retaking the GMAT again to achieve a score of 750+ due to my demographic)

Experience:
100% in the aerospace industry (internships)

Current Job:
Engineer at Fortune 100 Aerospace Engineering Firm

Intended Post-MBA Career:
Management consulting (MBB), using my experiences in the engineering industry (both small and large firms) to help clients with problems unique to the intersection of business and engineering.

Thanks in advance.
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Hi SimbaJSK,

Thank you for your post. The data points you provided are so minimal that it's difficult for me to evaluate your profile adequately. That said, here are a few tips:

As you pointed out, due to your demographic, an increased GMAT score will work in your favor. How are your academics? What is your GPA?

As to your professional experience, in the next 3-4 years (before applying) be mindful of having adequate leadership experience (receiving promotions will work in your favor). Sometimes, one's leadership is not reflected in the job title, so be innovative with your involvements.

I do not see any mention of community engagement, so you might also want to look for opportunities to get involved.

I hope this helps.

Good luck!


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Hello,

Age:
22 (Plan to apply in 3-4 years)

Ethnicity:
Korean-American

Academics:
Top 10 U.S. University (not known for engineering)
Majored in Mechanical Engineering and Minored in Finance

GMAT:
740 (2nd attempt; thinking about retaking the GMAT again to achieve a score of 750+ due to my demographic)

Experience:
100% in the aerospace industry (internships)

Current Job:
Engineer at Fortune 100 Aerospace Engineering Firm

Intended Post-MBA Career:
Management consulting (MBB), using my experiences in the engineering industry (both small and large firms) to help clients with problems unique to the intersection of business and engineering.

Thanks in advance.

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New post 26 Jun 2019, 02:44
Hi,

Please evaluate my profile -

Indian
10th - 93%,
12th - 86%,
B.Tech (Chemical Engg, 2015, Tier 1 NIT) - 6.3/10
GMAT - Yet to take

College Extras -
- Head of the E-Cell (helped support a couple of startups which have gone on to do extremely well)
- Started a couple of college bodies
- Started a couple of revenue generating startups
- Organising commitee for various bodies at fests (Such as TEDx, INK talks, business and literary events)
- Volunteered for MAD

Work Ex -
- First Digital Marketer at a real estate startup, ran their digital marketing ops for a few months (Handled a team + a couple of agencies).
- First Product Manager at a series A funded healthtech startup.
- Co-Founder at a Ed-Tech startup serving 1500 kids and 100 teachers

Extras -
- Leadership team in the Bangalore chapter of a org related to exponential tech.
- Part of a team which finished among the top 40 teams globally for a competition to build a self-learning app in English and African languages.

Aim - Build a career in exponential tech.

Any chance at all?
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Hi Experts!

I'd like to kindly request you for your feedback on my candidacy. Here goes.

Background:
Indian Male
Age 27
GMAT 720 (Q50, V38)
Industry: Consulting (Front end consulting role in one of the largest HR Consulting organizations in the world, typically held by Tier-1 MBA professionals)

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from IIT Delhi (CGPA – 7.0)

Work Experience: Total 4+ years (in india)
Worked for over 2 years in a social sector consulting startup and 1 year in an election campaign strategy firm (a SuperPAC). Working in the strategic HR consulting for last 1 year. Worked in diverse geographies (as a student and a working professional) from rural India to Europe

Extra curriculars – Won international competitions and worked on two international projects in Europe. Worked as Coordinator in various campus festivals and a student association club.

Post MBA Goal – Startup in the Indian vernacular entertainment segment

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Hi all,

What are my chances to get in?

Background:
Age/S: 27M
Nationality: Central Asia
Education: 3.4 GPA, BA in Econ (top university in the country)
GMAT: 700 (Q49, V34, IR 8) - planning to take the test again to increase my verbal score

Work experience
6+ years all in Singapore
Company: multinational Fortune 100 company, top 2 in the industry
Industry: Energy / Natural resources
First 2 years as sales graduate , got promoted and move to a different department as global procurement analyst, then got promoted to specialist role. Delivered few million dollar savings to the company.

I know my title looks junior on paper, but it actually equals to mid manager level positions in other companies e.g. banks, consultancy firms

Post MBA goals:
Want to start my own business / move to tech
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Hi all,

What are my chances to get in?

Background:
Age/S: 27M
Nationality: Central Asia
Education: 3.4 GPA, BA in Econ (top university in the country)
GMAT: 700 (Q49, V34, IR 8) - planning to take the test again to increase my verbal score

Work experience
6+ years all in Singapore
Company: multinational Fortune 100 company, top 2 in the industry
Industry: Energy / Natural resources
First 2 years as sales graduate , got promoted and move to a different department as global procurement analyst, then got promoted to specialist role. Delivered few million dollar savings to the company.

I know my title looks junior on paper, but it actually equals to mid manager level positions in other companies e.g. banks, consultancy firms

Post MBA goals:
Want to start my own business / move to tech


Hi There,

I have questions about your career goals:
1. if you wish to become an entrepreneur, why aren't you doing it now? Why wait for b-school? Do you have an idea in mind?
2. What is your experience in the tech industry?

Your career goals should have some continuity with your past experiences, whether it is the industry, the function or some set of skills that would be useful to the future goals. Reading your post, I am not able to draw the linkage, so do help me there.
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Hi Experts!

I'd like to kindly request you for your feedback on my candidacy. Here goes.

Background:
Indian Male
Age 27
GMAT 720 (Q50, V38)
Industry: Consulting (Front end consulting role in one of the largest HR Consulting organizations in the world, typically held by Tier-1 MBA professionals)

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from IIT Delhi (CGPA – 7.0)

Work Experience: Total 4+ years (in india)
Worked for over 2 years in a social sector consulting startup and 1 year in an election campaign strategy firm (a SuperPAC). Working in the strategic HR consulting for last 1 year. Worked in diverse geographies (as a student and a working professional) from rural India to Europe

Extra curriculars – Won international competitions and worked on two international projects in Europe. Worked as Coordinator in various campus festivals and a student association club.

Post MBA Goal – Startup in the Indian vernacular entertainment segment

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Stanford is a stretch for you. Also consider UCLA Anderson and USC Marshall. You are more competitive at both and both have strengths in entertainment and in entrepreneurship.

You're invited to join me at Get Accepted to Stanford GSB, a webinar that I will present next week twice on July 10.

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Hi There,

I have questions about your career goals:
1. if you wish to become an entrepreneur, why aren't you doing it now? Why wait for b-school? Do you have an idea in mind?
2. What is your experience in the tech industry?

Your career goals should have some continuity with your past experiences, whether it is the industry, the function or some set of skills that would be useful to the future goals. Reading your post, I am not able to draw the linkage, so do help me there.


Good question!
  • I don't really have people, who can be the tech guy, if i wanted to start a company. I think Stanford is an excellent place to form a friendship with a potential co-founder. I know there are networking events, to which i can go to with hopes of meeting the 'right' person, but it seems a bit hard to build a connection in a meaningful way, plus working full-time doesn't help.
  • I currently manage pricing negotiations and contracts with major enterprise tech companies for my company. So don't really have coding skills, but good enough knowledge to understand how everything (hardware, enterprise software) fits together in the back-end for corporates
I think it will be easy transition for me if I move to sales or business side of tech companies. I understand I need to flush this out in my essay
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Hi! I'd really appreciate some help with my profile evaluation. (I don’t know a lot of people personally who have made a switch from design - business/ corporate so I’d love some feedback/ advice!)

Background

Architect who started an illustrated merchandise brand after college. Pursued this for 4 yrs & scaled it well; wanted to learn more and gain perspective, so decided to work with startups.
Worked with a branding studio startup, found the projects superficial so decided to work with a social startup.

I have an entrepreneurial drive and hope to get into strategy/ brand management after my MBA. Not written GMAT yet, expecting to score ~700/720. 
(Writing it on Aug 30th which will be too late to decide my Unis!)

10th grade ICSE: 83.5%, 12th grade ISC: 87%

Undergraduate:
B. Architecture, GPA: 3.2
Summer school: Rotterdam university, Netherlands - July 2012

Work Experience:
1. Socialstar (Present) - Handling communication & strategy at this Social Startup which aims to make volunteering more accessible and skill-based through its online platforms.

2. Billboard recycling project (3 months) - Researched used billboards in Mumbai to see if they could be reused/ recycled as sustainable roofing elements/ products such as bags etc. Built prototypes; didn't go through with the idea because of substandard quality of the material

3. LOCAL (6 months) - Project Manager & Brand Strategist at a branding studio

4. Curiosity Kills The Cat (4 years) - Founder & Creative Director
Established a pop-culture inspired brand of illustrated merchandise, with a hidden cat in each illustration.
• Sold the products through e-commerce website & boutique stores
• Multiple features (~15) in leading newspapers/ magazines
• Designed an organ donation campaign in Bangalore for a leading hospital, worked with Tata, gifted the art to Bollywood actors

The Dabba Gaadi Project - Curator - Initiated a non-profit project to provide better graphic & roofing solutions to local street vendor's carts by collaborating with architects & designers. In the researching phase, have not implemented the idea yet

5. Did a 6-month architectural internship in Sri Lanka and 6 months in Bali, Indonesia

Extra curriculars:
1. Indian Carnatic music for ~9 years, 92% on the junior exam
2. Art & Illustration
3. Traveling + music - Backpacked for 2 months across Europe and started painting and writing after this
- Did a 1 month gig hopping tour by myself in the UK to watch my fav bands & drew about the experience
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Hi! I'd really appreciate some help with my profile evaluation. (I don’t know a lot of people personally who have made a switch from design - business/ corporate so I’d love some feedback/ advice!)

Background

Architect who started an illustrated merchandise brand after college. Pursued this for 4 yrs & scaled it well; wanted to learn more and gain perspective, so decided to work with startups.
Worked with a branding studio startup, found the projects superficial so decided to work with a social startup.

I have an entrepreneurial drive and hope to get into strategy/ brand management after my MBA. Not written GMAT yet, expecting to score ~700/720. 
(Writing it on Aug 30th which will be too late to decide my Unis!)

10th grade ICSE: 83.5%, 12th grade ISC: 87%

Undergraduate:
B. Architecture, GPA: 3.2
Summer school: Rotterdam university, Netherlands - July 2012

Work Experience:
1. Socialstar (Present) - Handling communication & strategy at this Social Startup which aims to make volunteering more accessible and skill-based through its online platforms.

2. Billboard recycling project (3 months) - Researched used billboards in Mumbai to see if they could be reused/ recycled as sustainable roofing elements/ products such as bags etc. Built prototypes; didn't go through with the idea because of substandard quality of the material

3. LOCAL (6 months) - Project Manager & Brand Strategist at a branding studio

4. Curiosity Kills The Cat (4 years) - Founder & Creative Director
Established a pop-culture inspired brand of illustrated merchandise, with a hidden cat in each illustration.
• Sold the products through e-commerce website & boutique stores
• Multiple features (~15) in leading newspapers/ magazines
• Designed an organ donation campaign in Bangalore for a leading hospital, worked with Tata, gifted the art to Bollywood actors

The Dabba Gaadi Project - Curator - Initiated a non-profit project to provide better graphic & roofing solutions to local street vendor's carts by collaborating with architects & designers. In the researching phase, have not implemented the idea yet

5. Did a 6-month architectural internship in Sri Lanka and 6 months in Bali, Indonesia

Extra curriculars:
1. Indian Carnatic music for ~9 years, 92% on the junior exam
2. Art & Illustration
3. Traveling + music - Backpacked for 2 months across Europe and started painting and writing after this
- Did a 1 month gig hopping tour by myself in the UK to watch my fav bands & drew about the experience


A couple of questions before I reply:

1. Did you work full-time at all as an architect?
2. What do you plan to do post-MBA? It's not clear to me from your post.
3. How long have you been at SocialStar?
4. How long have you been working full-time? When did you graduate?

Thanks,
Linda
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Hi Linda, please find the answers below:

1. Did you work full-time at all as an architect?

Originally posted by Resh16 on 06 Jul 2019, 23:14.
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Hi Linda, please find the answers below:

1. Did you work full-time at all as an architect?
While pursuing Curiosity kills the cat, I worked as an architect on a project basis for a cumulative period of 1.5 years.
It was on a part-time basis.

2. What do you plan to do post-MBA? It's not clear to me from your post.

A. Curiosity Kills the cat started with a focus on illustration. I exhibited and sold the artwork at over 50 events such as Comic cons across India & Singapore over the course of the 4 years. This helped build my interpersonal, managerial and sales skills significantly.
As the brand grew, I realised that an understanding of how to scale the business would have been very resourceful. In general, better client interaction, hiring the right people and knowing where and when to invest in order to make the brand grow would have helped me achieve more success with my venture.
The venture also brought a shift in my outlook and interests. While the brand started because of an interest in art, over the course of 4 years as I became involved with the ops and management, my interests shifted to handling the business side of things rather than being the artist behind it.
Overall, it was a great learning curve, and I’m keen on building the skillsets I’ve acquired by way of running a brand.

B. My professional experience post curiosity kills the cat has gravitated towards startups. During my short stint at a branding studio where I handled project management and brand strategy, I was able to set into place efficient work allocation systems for the designers which increased the efficiency of the studio and allowed us to accept more projects.
The nature of the projects led to my involvement on a campaign-level of the brands rather then being immersed in the strategical growth of the brand.
Thus I made the decision to move into a sector I was passionate about, while being in the thick of the brand ideation and setup.

Clubbed with my startup experience in 3 diverse fields and the holistic-business thinking I will be exposed to through an MBA, I’m hoping to work in a strategical capacity at a social-tech startup post graduation.


3. How long have you been at SocialStar?
I have been working at Socialstar since May 2019.

4. How long have you been working full-time? When did you graduate?

I graduated in July 2014.

Feb 2014 - June 2018:
Curiosity kills the cat + Architecture

August 2018 - Jan 2019:
Project management & Strategy at a branding studio, LOCAL

Jan 2019 - March 2019:
Pursued a project involving the recycling of billboards

May 2019 - present
I’ve been working at Socialstar


Thanks in advance!!

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Resh16 wrote:
Hi! I'd really appreciate some help with my profile evaluation. (I don’t know a lot of people personally who have made a switch from design - business/ corporate so I’d love some feedback/ advice!)

Background

Architect who started an illustrated merchandise brand after college. Pursued this for 4 yrs & scaled it well; wanted to learn more and gain perspective, so decided to work with startups.
Worked with a branding studio startup, found the projects superficial so decided to work with a social startup.

I have an entrepreneurial drive and hope to get into strategy/ brand management after my MBA. Not written GMAT yet, expecting to score ~700/720. 
(Writing it on Aug 30th which will be too late to decide my Unis!)

10th grade ICSE: 83.5%, 12th grade ISC: 87%

Undergraduate:
B. Architecture, GPA: 3.2
Summer school: Rotterdam university, Netherlands - July 2012

Work Experience:
1. Socialstar (Present) - Handling communication & strategy at this Social Startup which aims to make volunteering more accessible and skill-based through its online platforms.

2. Billboard recycling project (3 months) - Researched used billboards in Mumbai to see if they could be reused/ recycled as sustainable roofing elements/ products such as bags etc. Built prototypes; didn't go through with the idea because of substandard quality of the material

3. LOCAL (6 months) - Project Manager & Brand Strategist at a branding studio

4. Curiosity Kills The Cat (4 years) - Founder & Creative Director
Established a pop-culture inspired brand of illustrated merchandise, with a hidden cat in each illustration.
• Sold the products through e-commerce website & boutique stores
• Multiple features (~15) in leading newspapers/ magazines
• Designed an organ donation campaign in Bangalore for a leading hospital, worked with Tata, gifted the art to Bollywood actors

The Dabba Gaadi Project - Curator - Initiated a non-profit project to provide better graphic & roofing solutions to local street vendor's carts by collaborating with architects & designers. In the researching phase, have not implemented the idea yet

5. Did a 6-month architectural internship in Sri Lanka and 6 months in Bali, Indonesia

Extra curriculars:
1. Indian Carnatic music for ~9 years, 92% on the junior exam
2. Art & Illustration
3. Traveling + music - Backpacked for 2 months across Europe and started painting and writing after this
- Did a 1 month gig hopping tour by myself in the UK to watch my fav bands & drew about the experience


A couple of questions before I reply:

1. Did you work full-time at all as an architect?
2. What do you plan to do post-MBA? It's not clear to me from your post.
3. How long have you been at SocialStar?
4. How long have you been working full-time? When did you graduate?

Thanks,
Linda


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Resh16 wrote:
Hi Linda, please find the answers below:

1. Did you work full-time at all as an architect?
While pursuing Curiosity kills the cat, I worked as an architect on a project basis for a cumulative period of 1.5 years.
It was on a part-time basis.

2. What do you plan to do post-MBA? It's not clear to me from your post.

A. Curiosity Kills the cat started with a focus on illustration. I exhibited and sold the artwork at over 50 events such as Comic cons across India & Singapore over the course of the 4 years. This helped build my interpersonal, managerial and sales skills significantly.
As the brand grew, I realised that an understanding of how to scale the business would have been very resourceful. In general, better client interaction, hiring the right people and knowing where and when to invest in order to make the brand grow would have helped me achieve more success with my venture.
The venture also brought a shift in my outlook and interests. While the brand started because of an interest in art, over the course of 4 years as I became involved with the ops and management, my interests shifted to handling the business side of things rather than being the artist behind it.
Overall, it was a great learning curve, and I’m keen on building the skillsets I’ve acquired by way of running a brand.

B. My professional experience post curiosity kills the cat has gravitated towards startups. During my short stint at a branding studio where I handled project management and brand strategy, I was able to set into place efficient work allocation systems for the designers which increased the efficiency of the studio and allowed us to accept more projects.
The nature of the projects led to my involvement on a campaign-level of the brands, so I made the decision to move to a startup where I was in the thick of things; involved with brand ideation, strategy & communication - in a sector I was passionate about

Clubbed with my startup experience in these 3 fields and the holistic-business thinking I will be exposed to through an MBA, I’m hoping to work in a strategical capacity at a tech/impact startup post graduation.


3. How long have you been at SocialStar?
I have been working at Socialstar since May 2019.

4. How long have you been working full-time? When did you graduate?

I graduated in July 2014.

Feb 2014 - June 2018:
Curiosity kills the cat + Architecture

August 2018 - Jan 2019:
Project management & Strategy at a branding studio, LOCAL

Jan 2019 - March 2019:
Pursued a project involving the recycling of billboards

May 2019 - present
I’ve been working at Socialstar


Thanks in advance!!

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Hi Resh16,

thanks for the additional information. Stanford would I think find your experience intriguing, but your stats are low for Stanford. Were your grades on the U.S. 4.0 system or did you translate them? If the latter, what was your percentage ? And then there's the GMAT. If you get around 700, that's low, especially for an Indian at Stanford. If you get 720 or more, it's in the ballpark.

So I think Stanford is a stretch, but it would be a great program for you if you got in. I would encourage you to apply to it, but also apply to programs like UCLA, Marshall, UT Austin, UNC, and Duke Fuqua. These are schools with strength in entrepreneurship and where you will be more competitive.

You might be interested in joining me tomorrow for a webinar I'm presenting "Get Accepted to Stanford Graduate School of Business.". It's offered at two different times on Wednesday. You can register at the link I just provided.

Best,
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Thank you Linda!
Really appreciate your feedback.

I’ll register for the webinar, thanks again!


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Hi Linda, please find the answers below:

1. Did you work full-time at all as an architect?
While pursuing Curiosity kills the cat, I worked as an architect on a project basis for a cumulative period of 1.5 years.
It was on a part-time basis.

2. What do you plan to do post-MBA? It's not clear to me from your post.

A. Curiosity Kills the cat started with a focus on illustration. I exhibited and sold the artwork at over 50 events such as Comic cons across India & Singapore over the course of the 4 years. This helped build my interpersonal, managerial and sales skills significantly.
As the brand grew, I realised that an understanding of how to scale the business would have been very resourceful. In general, better client interaction, hiring the right people and knowing where and when to invest in order to make the brand grow would have helped me achieve more success with my venture.
The venture also brought a shift in my outlook and interests. While the brand started because of an interest in art, over the course of 4 years as I became involved with the ops and management, my interests shifted to handling the business side of things rather than being the artist behind it.
Overall, it was a great learning curve, and I’m keen on building the skillsets I’ve acquired by way of running a brand.

B. My professional experience post curiosity kills the cat has gravitated towards startups. During my short stint at a branding studio where I handled project management and brand strategy, I was able to set into place efficient work allocation systems for the designers which increased the efficiency of the studio and allowed us to accept more projects.
The nature of the projects led to my involvement on a campaign-level of the brands, so I made the decision to move to a startup where I was in the thick of things; involved with brand ideation, strategy & communication - in a sector I was passionate about

Clubbed with my startup experience in these 3 fields and the holistic-business thinking I will be exposed to through an MBA, I’m hoping to work in a strategical capacity at a tech/impact startup post graduation.


3. How long have you been at SocialStar?
I have been working at Socialstar since May 2019.

4. How long have you been working full-time? When did you graduate?

I graduated in July 2014.

Feb 2014 - June 2018:
Curiosity kills the cat + Architecture

August 2018 - Jan 2019:
Project management & Strategy at a branding studio, LOCAL

Jan 2019 - March 2019:
Pursued a project involving the recycling of billboards

May 2019 - present
I’ve been working at Socialstar


Thanks in advance!!

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Hi Resh16,

thanks for the additional information. Stanford would I think find your experience intriguing, but your stats are low for Stanford. Were your grades on the U.S. 4.0 system or did you translate them? If the latter, what was your percentage ? And then there's the GMAT. If you get around 700, that's low, especially for an Indian at Stanford. If you get 720 or more, it's in the ballpark.

So I think Stanford is a stretch, but it would be a great program for you if you got in. I would encourage you to apply to it, but also apply to programs like UCLA, Marshall, UT Austin, UNC, and Duke Fuqua. These are schools with strength in entrepreneurship and where you will be more competitive.

You might be interested in joining me tomorrow for a webinar I'm presenting "Get Accepted to Stanford Graduate School of Business.". It's offered at two different times on Wednesday. You can register at the link I just provided.

Best,
Linda
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Hello experts,

Thanks in advance for the profile review! I’m considering applying in round 2 of this year.

Background:
American
Gender: F
Age: 27
Industry: Aerospace, Space & Defense
GMAT: 700 (Q45, V40)
GPA: 3.37

Education:
Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Alabama

Work:
4 years total:
3 years engineer at the 2nd largest commercial aerospace OEM. 1 promotion to consulting type role.
Experience at aerospace start up with major airline influence.

8 months quality lead at largest Space and Defense firm.

Extra Curricular:
Director of professional development for company’s local women’s network.
Education Volunteer for 5 months

Post MBA Goals:
Management Consulting
Aerospace tech start-up/venture capital assessment

Other:
First gen college student
International work experience in Germany/France/Ireland.

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Resh16 wrote:
Thank you Linda!
Really appreciate your feedback.

I’ll register for the webinar, thanks again!


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Resh16 wrote:
Hi Linda, please find the answers below:

1. Did you work full-time at all as an architect?
While pursuing Curiosity kills the cat, I worked as an architect on a project basis for a cumulative period of 1.5 years.
It was on a part-time basis.

2. What do you plan to do post-MBA? It's not clear to me from your post.

A. Curiosity Kills the cat started with a focus on illustration. I exhibited and sold the artwork at over 50 events such as Comic cons across India & Singapore over the course of the 4 years. This helped build my interpersonal, managerial and sales skills significantly.
As the brand grew, I realised that an understanding of how to scale the business would have been very resourceful. In general, better client interaction, hiring the right people and knowing where and when to invest in order to make the brand grow would have helped me achieve more success with my venture.
The venture also brought a shift in my outlook and interests. While the brand started because of an interest in art, over the course of 4 years as I became involved with the ops and management, my interests shifted to handling the business side of things rather than being the artist behind it.
Overall, it was a great learning curve, and I’m keen on building the skillsets I’ve acquired by way of running a brand.

B. My professional experience post curiosity kills the cat has gravitated towards startups. During my short stint at a branding studio where I handled project management and brand strategy, I was able to set into place efficient work allocation systems for the designers which increased the efficiency of the studio and allowed us to accept more projects.
The nature of the projects led to my involvement on a campaign-level of the brands, so I made the decision to move to a startup where I was in the thick of things; involved with brand ideation, strategy & communication - in a sector I was passionate about

Clubbed with my startup experience in these 3 fields and the holistic-business thinking I will be exposed to through an MBA, I’m hoping to work in a strategical capacity at a tech/impact startup post graduation.


3. How long have you been at SocialStar?
I have been working at Socialstar since May 2019.

4. How long have you been working full-time? When did you graduate?

I graduated in July 2014.

Feb 2014 - June 2018:
Curiosity kills the cat + Architecture

August 2018 - Jan 2019:
Project management & Strategy at a branding studio, LOCAL

Jan 2019 - March 2019:
Pursued a project involving the recycling of billboards

May 2019 - present
I’ve been working at Socialstar


Thanks in advance!!

Posted from my mobile device


Hi Resh16,

thanks for the additional information. Stanford would I think find your experience intriguing, but your stats are low for Stanford. Were your grades on the U.S. 4.0 system or did you translate them? If the latter, what was your percentage ? And then there's the GMAT. If you get around 700, that's low, especially for an Indian at Stanford. If you get 720 or more, it's in the ballpark.

So I think Stanford is a stretch, but it would be a great program for you if you got in. I would encourage you to apply to it, but also apply to programs like UCLA, Marshall, UT Austin, UNC, and Duke Fuqua. These are schools with strength in entrepreneurship and where you will be more competitive.

You might be interested in joining me tomorrow for a webinar I'm presenting "Get Accepted to Stanford Graduate School of Business.". It's offered at two different times on Wednesday. You can register at the link I just provided.

Best,
Linda


You're most welcome. See you tomorrow!
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Aeroeng19 wrote:
Hello experts,

Thanks in advance for the profile review! I’m considering applying in round 2 of this year.

Background:
American
Gender: F
Age: 27
Industry: Aerospace, Space & Defense
GMAT: 700 (Q45, V40)

Education:
Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Alabama

Work:
4 years total:
3 years engineer at the 2nd largest commercial aerospace OEM. 1 promotion to consulting type role.
Experience at aerospace start up with major airline influence.

8 months quality lead at largest Space and Defense firm.

Extra Curricular:
Director of professional development for company’s local women’s network.
Education Volunteer for 5 months

Post MBA Goals:
Management Consulting
Aerospace tech start-up/venture capital assessment

Other:
First gen college student
International work experience in Germany/France/Ireland.

Posted from my mobile device



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