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Which schools should I target?

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New post 05 Dec 2013, 23:55

Can you please help me in identifying the schools that I should target based on my profile and career goals? I plan to start my MBA in Fall 2014 and will be applying in the second round for most schools.

Gender - Male
Age - 26
Nationality - Indian

Educational Qualification
Bachelor's of Commerce (Banking & Insurance), University of Mumbai
Year of Graduation: 2008
Results: 78.50% on 100 (Have not converted to GPA because India does not have a standardized result format)

CFA Charter holder
CFA Institute, USA
Was awarded the charter in September 2013

Work Experience
Total Work Experience: 5 years 11 months
Full time: 4 years 6 months
Part time: 1 year 5 months

• Over 4 years of full-time experience in equities & interest rates trading and investment banking
• Focused on trading assets & derivatives with an inclination towards technical analysis
• Efficient in trade execution, tracking economic data and risk management

My first two and half years (part-time + full-time) were with a boutique investment banking firm focused on Private Equity and debt syndication and placement of funds. My job involved preparation of information memorandums & financial models for clients and presentation of these opportunities to investors. After that I moved to mid-sized broking firm to pursue security trading. I worked as a Trader in their capital markets division focusing on intra-day jobbing and arbitrage. My last job was with a multinational bank as an Assistant Trader on their Interest Rate Derivatives trading desk for two and half years.

Extra-curricular Activities
• Long distance runner. Ran Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (21 kms) 2007-2013
• Elected class representative for a year during my undergraduate degree
• Participated in a number of debates and entrepreneurship related inter-college events
• Motorbike enthusiast. Been a part of motorbiking expeditions to the mountainous terrains of North India
• Trekking, travelling, reading, yoga & music

Total Score: 700 (89%ile)
Quant: 49 (81%ile)
Verbal: 36 (80%ile)

Post MBA goals
Short term: Consulting (Financial Services division of a top tier firm)
Long term: Entrepreneurial

I have already applied to INSEAD (France / Singapore) and ISB (India). Please suggest other schools in Asia and United States that I could apply to. Are schools like INSEAD, LBS, Harvard and Stanford within my reach?

Do let me know if you need any further information to evaluate my profile.

Thank you for your support.

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New post 21 Jan 2014, 23:35
Hi there,

You have an impressive profile. Based on your profile and GMAT Score I would suggest you to target b shools like Columbia University, MIT Sloan, Duke, UCLA, Cornell Johnson, Darden, Michigan Ross, INSEAD, ISB, NUS and NTU as these b shools are good into consulting and finance.

The list of b schools you have mentioned above are good but based on your profile and GMAT Score I would say LBS and INSEAD you can apply and have fair chances where as HBS & Staford are a little stretch b schools for you.

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New post 27 Jan 2014, 09:55
Hey there,

You definitely have a good profile. You're not from the highest tier of undergrad institutions but you have a great professional background. Your GMAT score, however, is a little below average for your applicant pool so that'll a small anchor on your chances. I think your goals make sense - finance to consulting with a financial focus is realistic and high profile enough to make it worthwhile. However, they're still fairly generic so from a school selection perspective, you're now looking to softer factors. At the end of the day, you need pedigree to make the transition to a top tier firm so you're looking at top 10/15. However, given what I mentioned above, the very top will be stretches (H/S/W). I think you should throw in one application to one of those three but you should really focus in on the #4 - 14. You can create a pretty strong portfolio with a balance of risk while applying to quality institutions that'll help you get that job you want. If you're thinking about waiting to apply next year, then bumping up that GMAT would be a great idea!

Let me know if you want me to expand on anything I've written or if you have any other questions!


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