Engineer turned sales guy and professional photographer.
Undergrad School: SRM UNIVERSITY
Undergrad Major: Information Technology
Age: 27, Ethnicity: Asian or Indian
Other Degree/Certification: Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Photography
School Name: Light and Life academy
Title: Area Sales Manager
Length of Employment: 4 yrs
Title: Regional Sales Manager
Length of Employment: , 9 mos
Topped the sales chart among 700 other salespeople. Was promoted to head a country (from a fresher) in less than 16 months. Got a chance to study in one of the best photography school in India.
Professional goal is to become the CEO of a Fortune 50 company. Personal goal would be to learn something life-changing from this journey.
Target School: Wharton
Sales experience is a great asset to have, even if it is often less valued by elite MBA admissions staff. Let me just tell you straight out: You are not getting into Wharton. By the way, someone who is a professional photographer (and has a creative side) and is also trained as an engineer (a highly rigorous education) is someone I would very much admire and respect. So I want to explain why Wharton is doing to turn you down: 1) Your 610 GMAT score for an Indian engineer is enough to hold you up. There’s just too wide a gap with Wharton’s class average of 732, and I would bet that for Indian engineers the average is closer to 740-750 at Wharton which is …
Sales experience is a great asset to have, even if it is often less valued by elite MBA admissions staff. Let me just tell you straight out: You are not getting into Wharton. By the way, someone who is a professional photographer (and has a creative side) and is also trained as an engineer (a highly rigorous education) is someone I would very much admire and respect. So I want to explain why Wharton is doing to turn you down: 1) Your 610 GMAT score for an Indian engineer is enough to hold you up. There’s just too wide a gap with Wharton’s class average of 732, and I would bet that for Indian engineers the average is closer to 740-750 at Wharton which is a school that over indexes test scores. 2) While you did exceptionally well with a 4.0 in your undergraduate studies, SRM is not a feeder school into Wharton and is ranked above 1,000 in the world. You will compete with other Indian engineers with degrees from IITs. 3) You have worked for a couple of startups and admissions will not know that these jobs were highly selective. As I have said before, MBA admissions is a risk adverse exercise. The more selective schools want to know that you have already passed through a fine screen at both the undergraduate and employer level to give them greater confidence you woj’t be an admissions mistake. And 4) You are in sales which I greatly respect but tends to be underappreciated by elite adcoms. If your heart is really set on Wharton, you would have to take the GMAT and achieve a score of 740 to 750. So here is what I suggest. Do take the GMAT again and again until you get closer to a 700 score. Meantime, you need to put together a list of schools that are more likely to consider your application and accept you. You can become the CEO of a major company from Vanderbilt, Emory, USC, Indiana Kelley, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Ohio State and many other very strong business schools. So I would encourage you to do those two things and to use your formdiable skills in sales to “sell” yourself into a solid MBA program.
You won’t be accepted with 610 GMAT unless you have some stellar extracurricular credentials in your CV. Also, remember that you are applying for Wharton. You will be competing with top tier IITians and civil servants from India applying for an MBA.
If you want to become a fortune-50 CEO, a Wharton degree is not necessary at all. Apart from your management and strategic capabilities, the most necessary factors for becoming a CEO are loyalty and persistence. You will have to be loyal to your corporation for several years and persist during bad times. I believe, an MBA degree will not teach any of these two.
You can always improve your GMAT score to increase your chances of getting admitted but still, chances will remain dim. For instance, Doug McMillon is the CEO of Walmart, #1 company in Fortune 500 and he did his MBA from “University of Tulsa” which is ranked in 750-800 band. But he started working at Walmart as a teenager and never left the company.
GMAT way too low to be seriously considered by Wharton
GMAT is too low. Sales is not highly regarded. Photography is not enough of a “wow” distinguishing factor. Assuming you are from India, your compatriots are a highly competitive cohort and you’re unlikely to stack up well against them.
Your GMAT is just prohibitively low. you won’t get into Wharton without improving it.
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