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profile eval... and advice on schools?

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profile eval... and advice on schools?

Post Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:08 am
Hi there!

I would really love it if you could share your thoughts on my profile - I'm currently facing a lot of confusion about which schools to apply for and any kind of feedback will help a lot...

Age: 25
Nationality: Indian
Gender: Female

740 in GMAT - 5.5 AWA

Education: Have an undergrad degree in engineering from a decent college in India. Good acads. In terms of percentage, that means 90+ in most of the exams I've taken.

Work ex: 2 yrs as a software developer designing reports for major telecom operators. Guess I've always had an eye for design Smile Took up a major career shift after that, following a short term course in entrepreneurship and some soul searching.
8 months as a marketing manager in a small business
3 months - tried to start my own business - dealing with website design and marketing for non-profits, ran into financial difficulties - had to take a job (my present one) to overcome that.
6 months (current job) as an assistant marketing manager in one of the top non-profits for children's education in my country. Surprisingly my business picked up a little steam after I took up my current job, so I basically act as a non-profit consultant for two other non-profits as well. I work a LOT (1 full time and 2 part time), and frankly I'd love to leave my job and concentrate on the independent non-profit consulting - it would be less stressful for sure.

EC: Mostly community work - I mentor a bunch of kids over the weekend and prepare them for leadership. Also active in driving environmental initiatives in my locality. I currently attend a short duration course in psychology and organizational behaviour, and also blog about the same topics.

Short term goals: To work in non-profit consulting in a bigger way. Backup plan would be marketing/brand management as I have experience there.

Long term goals: Setting up my own non-profit consultancy.

Schools I plan to apply to: Darden, Yale, Kenan-Flagler, Johnson

My questions:
1. I don't know if I'm aiming too high with my school selection (or whether I should actually be more ambitious?). Would love some feedback on my profile and the schools which would be a good fit for my kind of profile.

2. After a long stint of 2 yrs in IT, I've stuck to Marketing but in different places (entrepreneurial, for profit, non profit) and that too for only a couple of months at a time. Would that look very sketchy in my resume? I am very sure about applying for an MBA this year, and don't think I can wait for another yr.

Sorry for the long post. Thanks in advance!

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Post Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:42 pm
Hey!
Thanks for reaching out to us. First of all I like what I see here.
your strong points: grades, GMAT, volunteer work, being a female Smile, and non-profit!
Awesome.
And what does that mean? that you can apply anywhere you want! Just have amazing stories, and amazing essays and a stellar resume.
Smile
Your list is a good one, and yes, you can even aim higher. There's no reason for Stanford, Columbia, Kellogg, and Harvard not to be on your list.


You only do this once, so go for the gold.

As for the career thing, don't worry about it. It's not sketchy at all, you just need to find away to write it into the story of your career history leading to your goals.

I hope this helps you and if you got any follow up Qs, you just drop us a line,

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