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How important is Teach for India Experience in B school app?

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How important is Teach for India Experience in B school app?

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Hi,

My profile in short:

GMAT - 670 (50,31, 4.0)
Toefl - 109
WE - 3.75 years in Automobile Ind + 1 yr entrepreneurship in Music industry

Till now I have got admit from Hult B school. Further, I have received an offer from Teach for India for 2 years fellowship.

I just want to know, how much important is fellowship from Teach for India and with this experience can I add more value to my profile.

Will it help me to get into Top 20 B schools in US?

Regards

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Congrats on getting into TFI. My brother is a fellow too.

It will help you, but I would urge you to use TFI to help the education situation in India and not just because it will help you into a top school.

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Hi Mithilesh,

Honestly use your work ex "3.75 years in Automobile Ind + 1 yr entrepreneurship in Music industry" well in you essays because that will highlight the diversity and differentiate you from other Indian applicants.

Teach for India can be a good line item to add in the profile or the app form but can be a make or break thing.

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Apphelp, please can you elaborate on this -"Teach for India can be a good line item to add in the profile or the app form but can be a make or break thing". How will it "break thing". I'm also looking forward for TFI and MBA post TFI. So I would like to know the pros and cons of this.


@Mithiliseh, did you join TFI? If yes can you help me to understand the opportunities post TFI. Did you also do an MBA post TFI?

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mithilesh.vnit85 wrote:
Hi,

My profile in short:

GMAT - 670 (50,31, 4.0)
Toefl - 109
WE - 3.75 years in Automobile Ind + 1 yr entrepreneurship in Music industry

Till now I have got admit from Hult B school. Further, I have received an offer from Teach for India for 2 years fellowship.

I just want to know, how much important is fellowship from Teach for India and with this experience can I add more value to my profile.

Will it help me to get into Top 20 B schools in US?

Regards
TFI is great, but right now, more than anything, what will help you get into Top 20 programs is 40+ more points on your GMAT!!!

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Agreed with Jon here - TFI is amazing (and it's great that you're taking the time out to make a difference!) but look at your profile overall. The GMAT needs a little love!

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Jon@Admissionado wrote:
mithilesh.vnit85 wrote:
Hi,

My profile in short:

GMAT - 670 (50,31, 4.0)
Toefl - 109
WE - 3.75 years in Automobile Ind + 1 yr entrepreneurship in Music industry

Till now I have got admit from Hult B school. Further, I have received an offer from Teach for India for 2 years fellowship.

I just want to know, how much important is fellowship from Teach for India and with this experience can I add more value to my profile.

Will it help me to get into Top 20 B schools in US?

Regards
TFI is great, but right now, more than anything, what will help you get into Top 20 programs is 40+ more points on your GMAT!!!

Best,
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Gmat - 730 (Q 49, V 40, AWA 5.5)
GPA - 61% (engineering from bangalore)
Work ex- 2 yrs as an IT consultant at Accenture, 2 years as an entrepreneur (marketing services)
Currently helping a tech startup to launch the product by creating product plan, target audience etc.

Career goal - post mba- Product management in a software tech oriented company
Long term - Tech entrepreneurship

I'm gonna apply to HBS, stanford, chicago booth and YSOM

I am looking for a US based Application coaching for 2nd round

but my first question, Am i being too ambitious?

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Teach For India looks excellent. Many MBA schools have tuition waivers for “Teach For America” so they might extend these tuition waivers to Teach For India since Teach For India is part of Teach for All that was founded through Teach For America and Teach First.

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To the second poster, no you are not being too ambitious, especially if you graduated from IIT-B. Feel free to contact me for a free assessment.

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Sneha Sudge wrote:
Apphelp, please can you elaborate on this -"Teach for India can be a good line item to add in the profile or the app form but can be a make or break thing". How will it "break thing". I'm also looking forward for TFI and MBA post TFI. So I would like to know the pros and cons of this.


@Mithiliseh, did you join TFI? If yes can you help me to understand the opportunities post TFI. Did you also do an MBA post TFI?
Hi Sneha,

We have worked with many TFI candidates who have applied to ISB. While many have got through but TFI didnt play an important role during the interview process. Their interview highlights were other aspects on the experience.

Infact many times it appeared that adcom saw TFI as a digression. You were in a job, you left job and joined TFI. Now you want to get back into a good job and hence MBA. If you say that post MBA you want to get into a regular job then you are demeaning TFI by not pursuing it post MBA. If you say TFI then you have to logically defend why working with TFI needs MBA and how will you repay loans etc.

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My perspective differs from my colleague’s perspective in that I do not think Teach For India should be a break thing. First, schools understand that becoming a TFI Fellow is selective so the very fact you are applying as a TFI Fellow is a positive.

Second, if you pursue a regular job just build upon your TFI experience. This could be specifically endeavoring to involve your company in TFI or more broadly pursuing leadership opportunities in corporate social responsibility within your new company. If you choose to remain with TFI you can state how you wish to pursue management positions with the organization and hence why an MBA.

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vaibhav0101bhatt wrote:
Jon@Admissionado wrote:
mithilesh.vnit85 wrote:
Hi,

My profile in short:

GMAT - 670 (50,31, 4.0)
Toefl - 109
WE - 3.75 years in Automobile Ind + 1 yr entrepreneurship in Music industry

Till now I have got admit from Hult B school. Further, I have received an offer from Teach for India for 2 years fellowship.

I just want to know, how much important is fellowship from Teach for India and with this experience can I add more value to my profile.

Will it help me to get into Top 20 B schools in US?

Regards
TFI is great, but right now, more than anything, what will help you get into Top 20 programs is 40+ more points on your GMAT!!!

Best,
JF
Hi,
My profile
Gmat - 730 (Q 49, V 40, AWA 5.5)
GPA - 61% (engineering from bangalore)
Work ex- 2 yrs as an IT consultant at Accenture, 2 years as an entrepreneur (marketing services)
Currently helping a tech startup to launch the product by creating product plan, target audience etc.

Career goal - post mba- Product management in a software tech oriented company
Long term - Tech entrepreneurship

I'm gonna apply to HBS, stanford, chicago booth and YSOM

I am looking for a US based Application coaching for 2nd round

but my first question, Am i being too ambitious?
Hello

Your GMAT score is good but your GPA is quite low. Get it converted by WES on the 4 point scale.

Your work experience is quite unique for an Indian applicant and it will certainly help you stand out. Make the most of it in your essays.
Tell me more about your work experience as a consultant and as an entrepreneur - how successful were you? how was your performance in comparison to your peers? your achievements so far as an entrepreneur and currently with the tech start - up.

Your post MBA goals seem reasonable and well thought. Your work experience coupled with an MBA will certainly help you in realizing these goals.

Coming to your target schools - HBS, Stanford, Booth are ambitious but it always advisable to be a little ambitious and apply to one or two dream schools. What is important is that in addition to these, you also apply to a few safe schools. Your GMAT score is good, but it is average for HBS and Stanford and that would have been fine if not for your GPA.

Tell me more about your work experience and extracurricular activities. With substantial leadership potential, you may stand a chance even with your current stats.

Get your application evaluated by an alum to get a better perspective on you application.

Do get back to me.

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