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Profile Evaluation

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Ramit06 Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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Profile Evaluation

Post Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:16 am
A total of 4 years of experience(till Fall 2017) working with a Multi-National
Business Software firm (read top tier) as technical as well as functional consultant.
Worked with some prolific clients, majorly in RETAIL and LOGISTICS domain. Assisted
one of my clients on-site in Europe for his key go-live. Solved critical issues,
ramped up on-site colleagues, noteworthy appreciation followed.

Awarded in the firm consistently, with 2 promotions, in a span of 3 years. Also since ours is a product
company, have been thoroughly involved in developing innovative product ideas using
new offerings.

Besides this, I have also been roped in as CTO/Business Dev Manager with a financial
consultancy startup
. Have worked with the Core Team for 1 year leading backend
operations team, also now venturing towards strategic promotion and client
acquisition roles.

GMAT - 690 (86%) - Q 49, V 34(2nd attempt: scored 640 (Q48, V31) first time. Reappearing in September.

Undergrad College info: Jaypee institute of Information technology - middle-tier engineering
college of India. CGPA: 7.6 / 10.

Notable leadership experience in the following extra-curricular activities:
TOASTMASTERS: Competent Communicator and Competent Leader certified. Presiding over
the club operations in our firm.Extensively involved in marketing & promotion
strategies, adding new members, retaining & motivating existing members, the works.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Working with 2 NGOS. At one of these, we educate underprivileged
kids. We hold camps, admission initiatives with schools, food distribution drives,
etc (Involved in planning & leading operations)
At the other, have provided sessions pertaining to CPR to organized crowds in housing
societies. Also driven CSR initiative in office to provide free health-checkup for
service staff in office premises.

PLACEMENT OFFICE: Part of the college Placement committee interfacing between first & students.

Due to keen interest in dance & performing arts, have been dabbling in office events,
auditioned for a few modeling gigs, constantly reading, blogging & the like.

Post MBA goal: To venture into general management and/or strategy consulting.
Keenly interested in the key business operations of firms. Looking forward to
leverage the same through my business acumen.

Can you please advice me on the school selection? Also would applying in Round 2 be a major disadvantage?(vis a vis scholarships, waivers, etc). I intend to increase my GMAT score. However, if at all I apply wih this score, which univs should I apply to?

My Preferences:
Duke
Columbia
NYU
Yale
Booth
Tuck
UCLA
CMU
Kelley
Ross
UNC
LBS
INSEAD

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Post Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:47 pm
Hey there,
Good to hear from you.

Seems like your work experience is solid and that you are moving along at a nice pace. It's hard however for me to judge the strength of your position as CTO, since I dont know enough about what you have actually done.

Your volunteer work should also be a great strength.

However, you also do have many weaknesses in your profile which make your school list not very realistic.

You come from what is unfortunately the largest and most competitive pool in B-school applications - Indian/Tech/Male.

You come from a non-target UG program with a low GPA for Top schools.

And your GMAT is about 40-50 points too low for such programs.

So I have two suggestions: first of all, consider moderating your school list, and secondly, if you believe you can get a better GMAT score, you should retake! Even if this means delaying your application by a year.

Here's an article about Indian candidates and retaking the GMAT, which you may find useful:
http://admissionado.com/mba/to-retake-or-not-to-retake-that-is-the-question-indian-applicants-and-the-gmat/?utm_source=btg&utm_medium=forum&utm_campaign=mba_blog

Best,
JF

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Ramit06 Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
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Post Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:04 pm
Thanks Jon for your inputs.
I guess I wasnt very vivid with the startup details. I decided to co-found the startup along with two banking guys. We provide mutual funds & PMS consulting solutions to our clients taking them through mainly equity, debt and liquid investment solutions.Initially we all decided to take it up part-time, however with significant traction, they have now been working full-time with it. However, I am still full time with my firm and learning the ropes going forward.
Hailing from a technical background, I was initially handling backend operations such as clients' KYC registrations, registrations of the firm with fundhouses, handling any transaction fallthroughs, mapping of the data with Investwell, setting up of the application,etc.

However, going forward I hired two backend guys for assistance since I am now also majorly involved in the frontend work: acquiring clients(entailing extensive networking), suggesting investment courses with new & existing fundhouses(after thorough analysis ofcourse) taking our AUM to a whopping sum making us a platinum level brokerage firm with most key fundhouses.

I feel this has been a crucial learning curve for me and a relative departure from my stint at the software firm and is also more aligned with my long-term goals to venture towards consulting, which is what drew me to the proposal in the first place.Please advise if this can be a signifiant highlight.

Also if you can please help me with the translation of 10-point based CGPA's to 4-point grades in the US. My CGPA translates to 80% as mentioned in my Univ docus. Would that be a downer? Also if I have an improved GMAT by R2, do I stand a good chance this year? Thanks so much for your inputs.

Post Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:10 pm
Hey,
so it seems like you have been doing some mighty interesting stuff, and you can think a bout how to integrate that into your application when the time comes around.

For your GPA - you don't need to translate it. It will be considered as is. An 8+ is pretty good for Indian candidates (they will of course also consider the school from which this grade comes)

As for the GMAT - if you hit that score, yes absolutely you can apply this year. My only additional advice: Don't rush it. It's not the end of the world if you work one more year, but you DO want to get the best GMAT score you can, so if you are feeling you need more time, take it. OF course if you CAN make it, then go for it.

Hope this helps,
Best,
JF

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