Sunday, July 13, 2008

So what next?

It been a one crazy journey in the past one year. ...

  • Wrote CFA Level 3 Exam amidst all confusions created by AICTE (only CFA candidates from India will understand what I am talking about).
  • Started Preparing for GMAT Exam (probably I started it a bit late ... Actually giving GMAT in the second week of October is too late)
  • Started applying for various B schools. (Again tooo late... did not even apply to a single school in the first round).
  • Decided against everybody's advice of keeping at least 1 safe schools (and still stand by my decision).
  • Underestimated the time that will be taken for various essays... (only 4 out of the eight schools where in the round 2. Remaining four were in round 3.)
  • Only one successful Hit - ISB.... And kindly declined this offer for admission (some people are still surprised by this decision). When I received the admission offer, I already had interview calls form Wharton & Yale and was in the process of applying for LBS and Chicago. I believed that I stand a chance in at least one of these schools.

Deep down I knew that If none of the remaining applications workout (as it didn't) I would be left nowhere(as I am now). But at times in life it seems to makes more sense to give up every thing you have for something which you deeply aspire. You are ready to take chances, keep going and do not accept defeat... till the very end ... till everything is over.

So what next???

  1. Start afresh... (forget every thing which you did last year.. except of course your mistakes :)
  2. Reconsider your schools selection (No point in reapplying to the same schools unless you believe that you your candidature has substantially improved from the last time or you believe that you closely missed getting into that B-school)
  3. Start Early (As I am not planning to retake GMAT, I can straightaway start with applications and aim to submit all applications by round 1 itself)
  4. Utilize time till for improving your candidature (enroll for new courses, acquire new skill sets, join new team activities etc...)


  1. On the last part, I read about taking courses. Did you mean taking courses from private institutions? in India?

  2. Hello, fellow MBA applicant blogger! It's nice to hear someone else agrees with me about not having "safe" schools. I plan to apply to 5 or 6, none of them safe. I've explained it so many times to family and friends! :o)

  3. Well taking additional courses could be in two ways-
    Further strengthing your core competancy eg doing some additinal course in finance
    Doing something a totally unconnected with what you have done till now.At times having diverse qualifications makes your application more interesting

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