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Which schools should I target?

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Joined: 26 Nov 2013
Posts: 51

Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 36

Location: India
GMAT 1: 700 Q49 V36
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New post 06 Dec 2013, 02:42
Hi Bryan,

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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You are getting a bit of a late start for round two schools, but assuming you can find some programs with rolling admissions I will say you have plenty in your profile to be attractive. STanding out in the Indian applicant pool is tricky, but with Private equity and banking experience, you will differentiate yourself in a pool dominated by engineers and IT professionals. Emphasize your leadership experience and speak specifically to the things you bring to the table from your finance background which will be valuable to your classmates. Hopefully you will get good news from the schools to which you have already replied, but if not, there is still time for a third round application or a rolling application. Another thing to consider would be part time programs, which are generally more forgiving of raw stats. i don't really see much of a match in your profile for Stanford/LBS/HBS, which typically seek out only the highest career achievers. It's tough to demonstrate that kind of leadership in banking at your stage in a banking career. There are simply too many 780 GMAT scorers out there who have virtually cured cancer which you are competing with and at this stage, you are sized up against not only your fellow R3 applicants but also everyone on the waitlist from the first two rounds. As for which schools you should try, look at University of Melbourne, NUS in Singapore, & UNC in the United States.

Bryant Michaels
Admissions Consultant

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