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Mr. Indian Journalist

About Me:

Working as a policy and business journalist for the last 6.5 years, and have written on sectors such as civil aviation, start-ups, technology, e-commerce, and telecoms. Responsibilities include identifying, analysing and reporting on a variety of trends across these sectors, including market, corporate and financial trends.


Undergrad School: Symbiosis International University

Undergrad Major: Journalism

GPA: 2.8

GMAT: 690

Age: 28,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian


Work History:

Title: Principal Correspondent

Industry: Media

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 11 mos

Post MBA Goal:

In the short-term though, to pivot to the corporate side that allows me to make the best of my current skillset, I plan an immediate post-MBA career in strategy consulting. Specifically, I would be looking to join aviation practices of one of the top consulting firms.


Target School: HEC Paris

Status: Open

Considering: Cornell Johnson


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 41%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 45%

    Of course I like you. You’re a journalist, just like me! Your experience as a policy and business journalist nearly seven years covering such important topics as civil aviation, start-ups, technology, e-commerce, and telecoms would make you a valued member of the class, able to provide smart perspectives on a number of key issues. Also, as a male Indian, your journalism experience takes you out of the very high pile of male engineers from India. That is super important. Your GMAT score of 690 is right on target for the school’s latest class average. Still, HEC Paris’ acceptance rate is low: Just 19%, making it more selective than INSEAD, London Business School or IESE Business School. But I think your experience should overcome the odds. …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hi, this is Deepak Punwani from MBA Exchange team. Your journalism background is definitely interesting for the schools and will make you stand out among the pool of Indian applicants. Your work will ensure you would also be credited with having an evolved perspective on the India corporate (growth) story and that makes your “voice” more valuable for your fellow class members. The adcom will be cognisant of this. As long as you can tie your prior experience with your goal to move into consulting – specially aviation sector, I see your past experience as an asset. On the education side, you should reassure the adcom that you have a quantitative bent of mind and have some intuitive sense of numbers. This is especially true …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 40%

    Hello, Jen Kedrowski from mbaMission here. Coming from a journalism background can be a plus in that you are likely skilled at carefully analyzing and researching situations and considering issues from many perspectives. You would also be a less represented industry background in the classroom, and schools like HEC do want a diversified class group in terms of background and experience, not just nationality. The challenges are that since an MBA can be less common for journalists, there is more pressure on you to make a strong case for the ‘why’—show exactly why you want to go into strategy consulting and that you know what that career path is like and why it will be a good fit for you, and then that …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 45%

    Hi, it’s Jennifer Jackson from Stratus Admissions. As a journalism major myself, I love your experience! You’re coming from an untraditional industry, which will serve you very well at HEC Paris. Coming from journalism and PR, I had such a different perspective that you will also be able to add to the myriad skillsets of your classmates. I’m intrigued by your interest in the aviation industry, which likely has come out of your reporting on that sector. Be sure to connect those dots when you tell your story, as that WHY will be important so ad-com doesn’t wonder where on earth that came from. If you want to go into strategy consulting, you may want to shoot for firms outside of MBB with your lower …

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