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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2010, 22:59
Here's my profile, looking to apply for 2011 for schools listed below. Looking to do an MBA in finance, and eventually end up in Europe (Preferably Italy or Spain).

Schools:

HEC Paris
IESE (#1 choice)
ESADE
IE
Bocconi
NYU
CUNY-Baruch

Male - 26 upon matriculation - Italian American
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Major in Civil Engineering: 3.1 GPA, Dean's List first 3 semesters
GMAT - Practice tests have me at about 700
Fluent in English & Italian
Proficiency in German
Basic Spanish (learned informally)

Work exp - 2.5 years (ongoing) as a structural engineer/project manager at a 12 person consulting engineering/architecture firm outside NYC. Because of the size of the firm, I have been involved in various projects, from the entire structural design of high-end residential projects, to presenting analysis to the Chief Plan Examiner of the NYC Buildings Department

Also did a brief internship with Keyspan Energy in the Gas Construction department

EC/Extra notes:
- Part-time DJ for hire, doing small events including company holiday parties, engagement/weddings, etc.
- Part-time tutor of calculus, physics and Italian
- Volunteer soccer (football) referee and assistant coach for local youth soccer leagues/teams
- Player/captain of intramural soccer team during 4 years of college
- Player/captain of recreational soccer teams for the last 3 years (ongoing)

Other:
- Research assistant for an engineering professor performing post-doctorate study
- Studied abroad in Rome (John Cabot University) spring of Junior year
- Selected as one of 6 structural engineering students in Bedford Fellowship Traveling Studio - a week long, school sponsored trip to London & Paris to research various modern architecture/engineering projects as well as major international firms, culminating in a final presentation to professors and industry professionals

Some notes: My GPA was severely affected fall of Junior year (2.25) due to some personal family issues. Also, given the rigorous curriculum, I took 6 classes spring of my Senior year to graduate on time following my semester abroad, including taking the final senior capstone class simultaneously with one of its pre-requisites, as well as an additional graduate-level engineering course (7 total). Finally, to supplement my lower GPA, I will be taking an introductory finance course over the summer at a local college.

Questions: 1. What are my chances at the schools I have listed above?
2. Are there any schools that you would recommend applying to, given my desire for an MBA in Finance at a European school (Although, I am trying to stay away from UK schools)
3. Generally speaking, what do the international schools look for in a prospective MBA student? Does my unorthodox background put me at a disadvantage at all?
4. Aspects of my profile to improve upon?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2010, 05:38
Please evaluate my profile:

Personal: 25 y/o, white male US resident
Undergrad: Graduated 2008 from midwest state school (MAC Conference). Finance major (minors in Business, Biology, Chemistry). GPA: 3.7 (4.0 major GPA).
WE: 2 years in diversified financial services company (Fortune 100 company) as a financial analyst. In accounting/finance role. Promoted after 1.5 years. Decent accomplishments, but its hard to make a big mark in such a large business (ie, I'm not in a management role nor have I led a project).
ECs: Significant during school including many leadership roles. After school, more limited ECs, but still stayed involved.
GMAT: 710 (Q44, V42) -- if this is an issue, I'm almost positive I can improve this. I did not feel prepared for the test, but still tested about 20-30 points higher on practice tests. If I prepared more I could probably get 750+, but I'd really rather not go through all that.
CE: Passed LII of CFA; will likely pass LIII in June (will know results before applying).
Career goals: PE/HF (BS roles) by way of SS I-banking.
Target schools: Chicago Booth, Columbia ED, NYU Stern, NW Kellogg; seek to matriculate in Fall 2011.

Really not looking to go to any non-target schools at this point -- what are my chances of getting into these target schools?
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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2010, 03:43
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seemak wrote:
Following is my profile:

GMAT: 600 (47Q/26V)
TOEFL iBT: 104
Nationality: Indian
Undergrad GPA: 3.63
Graduate GPA: 3.37
Work Ex: 3 Years
Work Ex in: 1 year in audit, 2 years in recruiting

Want to do MBA in Human Resources from USA
Applying to:
CUNY Baruch,Brandeis University, Case Western, Bentley, Rutgers-New Brunswick, UT Dallas, UIUC (aspirational)

Pls suggest schools and give feedback


Hi Seema,
If you are thinking of applying with your current GMAT score, I think your list of schools is good. Additional schools you could consider include Michigan State and Texas A&M, which has a good M.S. in Human Resources management course.

Since this is a long list, here is how I would advise you to split it: 1/2 aspirational schools (besides UIUC, Vanderbilt has a good MBA in HR as well), 2 competitive schools and 2 sure-shot schools.

However, giving the GMAT again would probably strengthen your profile and give you a better shot at higher ranked schools. If you are going to do a MBA, the better school will always provide higher long-term value and I always advise clients to give it their best shot. Although your undergraduate GPA is fine, you also mentioned a graduate GPA. What was your graduate degree in? Having another graduate degree, and the field that it is in, also has a bearing on your candidacy.

You haven't mentioned extracurricular activities/community service, but keep in mind for MBA, especially for a concentration heavy on people leadership such as HR, your soft skills become especially important. Also, I am slightly concerned about your GMAT Verbal score. Effective communication is one of the main tools of a HR representative, and I would pay special attention to presentation in your essays and make sure your recommendation letters mention that your communication skills are strong. This would mitigate the concern that you might have an opportunity in your communication skills.

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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2010, 07:40
seemak wrote:
MyMBAAdmit wrote:
seemak wrote:
Following is my profile:

GMAT: 600 (47Q/26V)
TOEFL iBT: 104
Nationality: Indian
Undergrad GPA: 3.63
Graduate GPA: 3.37
Work Ex: 3 Years
Work Ex in: 1 year in audit, 2 years in recruiting

Want to do MBA in Human Resources from USA
Applying to:
CUNY Baruch,Brandeis University, Case Western, Bentley, Rutgers-New Brunswick, UT Dallas, UIUC (aspirational)

Pls suggest schools and give feedback


Hi Seema,
If you are thinking of applying with your current GMAT score, I think your list of schools is good. Additional schools you could consider include Michigan State and Texas A&M, which has a good M.S. in Human Resources management course.

Since this is a long list, here is how I would advise you to split it: 1/2 aspirational schools (besides UIUC, Vanderbilt has a good MBA in HR as well), 2 competitive schools and 2 sure-shot schools.

However, giving the GMAT again would probably strengthen your profile and give you a better shot at higher ranked schools. If you are going to do a MBA, the better school will always provide higher long-term value and I always advise clients to give it their best shot. Although your undergraduate GPA is fine, you also mentioned a graduate GPA. What was your graduate degree in? Having another graduate degree, and the field that it is in, also has a bearing on your candidacy.

You haven't mentioned extracurricular activities/community service, but keep in mind for MBA, especially for a concentration heavy on people leadership such as HR, your soft skills become especially important. Also, I am slightly concerned about your GMAT Verbal score. Effective communication is one of the main tools of a HR representative, and I would pay special attention to presentation in your essays and make sure your recommendation letters mention that your communication skills are strong. This would mitigate the concern that you might have an opportunity in your communication skills.

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Hi Seema,

It looks like you replied but I didn't get any text. Feel free to post it again.

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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2010, 22:17
Hi,

Thanks for replying quickly.

I have applied for the NYU Masters in HRM. is it good??

I got waitlisted at Case Western.

Vanderbilt is too aspirational. I dont think I can apply to that.

Is it better to do MBA in HR or MS in HRM if I want a career in HR.

Im applying to Brandeis, UIUC, UT Dallas, CUNY Baruch and Rutgers.

I would like to know my chances in all these schools.

My profile was uploaded in the earlier posts.
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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2010, 00:22
seemak wrote:
MyMBAAdmit wrote:
seemak wrote:
Following is my profile:

GMAT: 600 (47Q/26V)
TOEFL iBT: 104
Nationality: Indian
Undergrad GPA: 3.63
Graduate GPA: 3.37
Work Ex: 3 Years
Work Ex in: 1 year in audit, 2 years in recruiting

Want to do MBA in Human Resources from USA
Applying to:
CUNY Baruch,Brandeis University, Case Western, Bentley, Rutgers-New Brunswick, UT Dallas, UIUC (aspirational)

Pls suggest schools and give feedback


Hi Seema,
If you are thinking of applying with your current GMAT score, I think your list of schools is good. Additional schools you could consider include Michigan State and Texas A&M, which has a good M.S. in Human Resources management course.

Since this is a long list, here is how I would advise you to split it: 1/2 aspirational schools (besides UIUC, Vanderbilt has a good MBA in HR as well), 2 competitive schools and 2 sure-shot schools.

However, giving the GMAT again would probably strengthen your profile and give you a better shot at higher ranked schools. If you are going to do a MBA, the better school will always provide higher long-term value and I always advise clients to give it their best shot. Although your undergraduate GPA is fine, you also mentioned a graduate GPA. What was your graduate degree in? Having another graduate degree, and the field that it is in, also has a bearing on your candidacy.

You haven't mentioned extracurricular activities/community service, but keep in mind for MBA, especially for a concentration heavy on people leadership such as HR, your soft skills become especially important. Also, I am slightly concerned about your GMAT Verbal score. Effective communication is one of the main tools of a HR representative, and I would pay special attention to presentation in your essays and make sure your recommendation letters mention that your communication skills are strong. This would mitigate the concern that you might have an opportunity in your communication skills.

Feel free to drop us a line at mbaconsult@mymbaadmit.com to discuss how you can position yourself better in your MBA application. Check out our Volume Discounts and Application Packages tailored to your admission needs.


Hi,

Thanks for the reply.

Is nt Vanderbilt in Top 30 schools? I cannot apply to that. Also, is MBA better or MS in HRM for my career.

What are my chances in CUNY Baruch, Brandeis and Rutgers??

I have taken GMAt twice. I felt really bad that I cudnt do better. Bt I dont think it makes sense taking it again as in my home tests I din score more than 630 640. I dont wana go thru all that again. So thought of gng ahead with my current score...

I have applied t NYU SCPS for MS in HRM, Is it a good course?? Worth it??

I had applied to Michigan State for MBA but got a reject.
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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2010, 09:20
Hi,

I want to apply to B-schools this fall, and my first choice is Stanford. I'm also looking at Kellogg, Ross, Duke, and Berkeley. I'm trying to stay away from schools that exclusively use case-based or team project classes. I'd prefer some mix of those along with lecture and individual or experiential teaching methods. Could you give me an idea of my chances at those schools?

Age: 23, 24 at matriculation
Demographic: White male
Undergrad: UVA, degree in Finance and IT from McIntire
GPA: 3.8 (major and overall)
GMAT: 740

Work experience: 2 years at a Fortune 100 company, plus an additional year of internship and work study during my last year of undergrad. Highlights: 1 of 6 selected for accelerated associate program; designed and implemented a business intelligence tool used throughout my department; lead my team in implementing a new corporate database for our reporting.

Extracurricular: 8 years competitive powerlifting - I was a founding member of the powerlifting club at UVA and now coach powerlifting for the Special Olympics team in Northern Virginia (10-15 hours/month volunteer).

Career goals: Enter the health care/health & fitness industry. I struggled with an eating disorder when I was younger and in recovering from that I developed a passion for health, nutrition, and fitness, which I feel will be one of the fastest growing sectors in the next few years.

Thanks for your time!
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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2010, 19:55
Hello, could you please review my profile and recommend bschools?

age: 35
undergrad gpa from unranked NH state school: 3.1 (although 3.7 gpa combined junior/senior years). psychology major.
gmat: taken today, 700 (Q47, V40). Will be notified of AW in 3 weeks.
w/e: 11 years
current position: senior systems engineer at Dell Computers
extra-curricular activities: soccer (several seasons as captain)
volunteering: some, but weak

I have the luxury of a job that allows me to telecommute from anywhere in the world. In addition to bschool recommendations, I would like to hear opinions regarding part-time vs. full-time. Do I have a shot at full time, considering my age? Would love to live/work in Europe if possible.

Thx!
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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2010, 20:18
Hello,

To start, I have been accepted to Harvard Law School straight out of university (age 22) and wish to augment my education there with a joint MBA/JD degree at the HBS. I would be applying next Fall to HBS during my first year of law school at HLS. For obvious reasons, HBS is the only school to which I would be applying.

The good part: While I haven't written the GMAT, I consider a 750+ likely and my GPA is over 4.0 out of 4.33 with multiple scholarships and honors. I've double majored in business administration and economics with concentrations in honors accounting and finance. I have good extracurriculars including managing multiple business case competitions at the undergraduate level (1 internal with 120+ students, another consisting of multiple universities within the region) as well as managing an entrepreneur competition. I led a team in envisioning the competitions' objectives and mission as well as setting and executing strategy across a wide variety of areas (marketing, corp. relations, logistics etc.). This is in addition to other misc extracurrics I have. The manager of the student affairs at my university is willing to vouch for me with detailed feedback since we worked closely together on multiple events. I have a history of advocating for more case-based learning at the undergraduate level including coordinating workshops and culminating in me organizing the aforementioned internal case competition for 1st- and 2nd-year business undergrad students. I think I've demonstrated strong affinity for case-based learning which I can leverage in my applications essays. I also interview pretty well.

Now comes the bad part. I have only 3 years of part-time work experience as a real estate agent. I understand this will be a huge obstacle considering top schools want full-time work experience and preferably at an organization with a supervisor(s) who could vouch for me. Real estate agents are generally not supervised so I have no real professional references in this regard. I hope that my aforementioned recc from the student affairs manager will somewhat substitute for this. My other 2 references would both come from professors who taught case-based seminars over a semester. I achieved top grades in both classes and I expect sterling and somewhat detailed recommendations from both. I will try to work with them to tailor my reccs. I may also try to start a non-profit this summer if that would help since I have a few ideas and many connections. Lastly, I'm from Canada and my school is relatively unknown internationally.

With all that said, what do you think my odds of success are? Should I even bother attempting to seek admission to HBS without the work experience? Should I graduate law school first, earn 2yrs of WE and try then? I don't mind trying now if I have a 10-20% chance of success since my GMAT score will be valid for 5 years and saving a yr would be nice. It's definitely possible that I'll try to earn an MBA at HBS later if not now.

I think I can weave together a convincing narrative for why a JD/MBA will further my goals and I am confident I can write good essays about my management/leadership experience during the organization of the case competitions. I was thinking my management experience could act as a representation of my professional ability in lieu of my lack of work experience. What do you think?
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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 24 Mar 2010, 06:56
Hello,

I would appreciate your perspective on my profile.

Gender: Male
Nationality: Indian
Job Type: IT (System Architect)
Gosh I know, now for some good news

GMAT 710(Q51,V34) AWA 6.0
GPA 3.4
Work Ex 5-6 years (Planning to apply in 2011).
I am hoping to join the part time MBA program at Kellogg or Booth.

I have a steady salary growth.
I have a steady growth in my Job positions as well (youngest person in my company with my Job title etc)
Worked for large companies such as Infosys, Oracle, Navteq, WaMu, FitchRatings.
I can get some good recos from my supervisors at work (one of them is a Booth Alum).
Extracurriculars are decent, also I have some time to work on them (Any recommendations?)

A couple of questions -
1) I still think I can improve my Verbal score although it's not my forte, I am tempted to go for the Knewton money back guarantee and see if I can hit 760.
2) I love the concept of rolling admission and since I have only 2 schools I can apply to, I wanted your inputs regarding the best game plan.
i) Apply to Booth, since it's my top choice, in the next few months for Spring 2011.
ii) If I do get accepted then I start to party.
iii) If I don't get in, I re-evaluate my profile and then apply to Kellogg for either Summer or Spring.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2010, 07:19
Hello, this is my profile:

Male - almost 32 years - Italian
Bocconi University - Milan : "italian GPA" (i have no idea if it means something like 3,9 real GPA) : 108 / 110

GMAT - 720 (Q 49; V 40 ; awa 5)
i need to retake in coming weeks my toefl as i had 95
I'm also good - proficiency in French (diplome superieur de francais des affaires, but 10 years ago)

Work experience - 7 years (ongoing) in finance. In the last 4 years I worked as a portfolio manager (part of a team) in a small asset management italian company : so expertize in equity and bonds. In addition, I've been involved in the creation of a new ethical fund which invest in renewable energies. We also give consultancy to a Luxembourg company.
Before, i worked 3 years as a junior consultant in a small company managing 2 hedge funds.


Other:

- Studied abroad in San Diego California for 3 months 5 years ago.
- I love to travel and organize travels for friends: I've been to Cuba, California, Utah, Spain, Tanzania, Sweden, and almost all european countriesduring my vacations.
- I did volunteer for people with problems and i also served in "time banks" (it's a structure where you give a service in exchange of another service, such as tax consultant in exchange of english lessons). But i stopped some years ago so i do not have a lot of extracurricular activities.
-I am in the first stage of preparing an innovative business plan for a small private project in photovoltaic sector, but i still have to work on it.

I want to have an international experience, full time MBa as i want to focus on myself and my interaction with others and i feel my experience in my present company is over (i do not want to continue working there). My goal is to have a job more company related than the actual (we focus on technical analysis in order to buy or sell stocks), such as financial consultancy for a sector (i am interested in renewable energies) or private equity. Despite my age and contrarely to the other guys here, unfortunately I do not have an exact clear idea of my future career and i think an MBA could help me to better understand it.

First question: 1) Do you think it would be possible to apply for the last round at Esade in May? Otherwise, I'd start one year later, when I will be 33.

If i will apply in Fall for next year, I will apply there:

ESADE
IE
IESE

2)What are my chances at those schools and are there any other European schools that you would recommend applying to ?

3) For personal reasons, there is also a possibility to move to Canada. In that case, which MBa would you suggest?

Thank you in advance
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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 08 May 2010, 11:44
Hi MyMBAAdmit,

I was hoping you could evaluate my profile. Thanks in advance!

Profile:

25 year old male, international background (grew up in US and Japan), US Citizen
GMAT: 730 (96th percentile) - V45 (98th percentile), Q45 (74th percentile)
GPA: 3.4 overall from a top 20 Liberal Arts College - Double major in East Asian Studies (Mandarin Chinese, 3.7 GPA) and Economics (3.0 GPA)
Work Experience: 2.5 years in Compliance at two top asset management firms

Target Schools:
-Chicago Booth
-Kellogg
-CBS
-Stern
-HBS

I am concerned about my chances because of two potential weaknesses. The first is my Economics GPA; although my overall GPA is seemingly average (or slightly below average) for top programs, my economics GPA is low at 3.0, and my performance in the two quantitative courses I took (Statistics and Calculus) was not strong (I got a C+ in Statistics and took Calculus Pass/Fail). How much of a problem will this be? I have a strong GMAT score, but my quantitative percentile is not stellar. I am currently enrolled in NYU’s continuing education Statistics course (one of their “pre-MBA courses”). I am also considering taking Calculus.

My second concern is that I have very little in the way of ECs and no volunteer work/community involvement. The only EC I have from my undergrad was during my senior year, when I joined a program that essentially was a “mini business school experience”; I led a team that evaluated and presented a HBS case-study and performed an equity analysis, leading to a buy/hold/sell recommendation. I have no prior volunteer experience; although I realize it may come off as contrived, I have signed up for a few volunteer events over the next several months (and have already completed a few). I am hoping that having something is better than nothing.

In terms of WE, I was unable to find a job until March of 2008 as a Compliance Specialist at a large Asset Management Firm (~$300 billion AUM). In my first position, I conducted forensic reviews on a wide range of topics such as marketing materials, RFPs and trade allocation. I was also responsible for employee Compliance training. I was laid off in February, 2009 and began my current position in March in Compliance at another large Asset Management Firm (~$ 600+ billion AUM), this time focusing on personal trade surveillance/reconciliation and code of ethics administration (disclosures, political contributions, private investments, etc). I am also responsible for employee training at my current position. My current position is more focused than my previous job and is much more high-pressure, fast-paced and full of short-deadline projects.

I am interested in getting my MBA in order to transition from Compliance to Investment Banking; although I enjoy what I currently do, I would like the opportunity to work on the business side in deals and interact with clients. What I enjoy the most about my current job is meeting new employees through Compliance training as well as acting as a resource for employees throughout the firm by handling Compliance-related questions and requests. I am a strong communicator and I feel that I could be more valuable to an employer and more fulfilled on a personal level by working on deals and (eventually) winning over clients.

Any input on my chances at the schools I listed would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 11 May 2010, 07:12
We will be collecting all our profile evaluations and application review responses posted at GMATClub and other forums under the MyMBAAdmit thread to provide a single resource for our readers.

Diverse candidate with unique profile, impressive extra-curricular activities and expected GMAT of ~700 assesses MBA chances.

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I’ve been on gmatclub for a decent amount of time now and this coming fall I plan on applying to some schools. I want to know realistically what schools I would be competitive at currently and what schools I would be competitive at if I reached my GMAT goal (I’m about half way through the mgmat books so I haven’t covered every topic).

Nationality: US- Negro (That’s what the census categorized me as so that’s what I’m putting)- neither one of my parents are west Indian or African. I’m straight up African American. Love fried chicken and everything.

Ugrad major: Economics/ Business from a big state school (biggest in my state actually)
Ugrad GPA: 3.5
-every human being says this part so let me join in on the fun: I had a steady upward trend. My gpa was a 2.75 my first semester and because I was a lazy bum and hung out with a bunch of lazy bums (out of the five of us I was the only one to graduate) I thought aiming for B’s was overachieving. Smh… I know. It’s a shame. My grades really started to climb when I joined student government and got around other people with dreams and realized that I was dreaming much too small for my abilities. Then I started busted my hump and did very very well especially in my major (I think I had 1 B and the rest were A’s in my major).

WE: IMO this is my weakest/strongest point depending on how you look at it. I’m not sure how an adcom would look at it. I’ve been working for an insurance company since I graduated (Jan 2008 – present) by the time I matriculate (if I matriculate) I’ll have 3.5 years. My work is great and the people are great but the pay is far below competitive. Still I liked the work and the company is kicking the rest of the industry’s butt & I get to play an important part in it & have a good understanding of the culture. Hopefully, I can spin this to bring a unique perspective to b-school (keeping my fingers crossed). I’m an analyst and I do all sorts of crazy stuff in Excel to make sense of the data. I created several sales, attrition, growth, forecasts and models to plot out and plan all sorts of scenarios to help us grow profitably. Luckily I got to do this in teams and present findings and ideas to big wigs. They liked our ideas but it was hard to come up with takeaways.

GMAT: I took this earlier this week and got a 650 (V37 Q42). Since I’m not done studying I’m fairly confident that I can break 700, hopefully I’ll get higher than that. I’ve just got to get used to the endurance the test requires and how wide my eye has to focus for the CR questions (these are normally where I’m strongest but because I had to span 12 inches rather than 3 or 4 to view the whole argument it threw my brain off a bit). I have until June 26th to take the real test and I’m trying to blow it out the water.

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In college, as stated above I was very involved in student government, particularly the student senate. I broke a school record for the most votes for any student senator in my school’s history (though it was broken the next year by someone else when I ran for student body president). I was also the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee (we decided how to allocate $640,000 to 120 student organizations which were requesting $1.2 million it was pretty cool for a 19 yo but I’m sure it’s nothing compared to what some have done here so I def won’t boast). After we would decide I had to present the decisions to the Senate and defend our reasonings. I think a lot of people who didn’t agree with me politically still supported me because they respected my character. I don’t show partiality to anyone or any group and I made it a point to look at every issue from as may perspectives I could think of.

Also, in college I was very involved in my church, particularly in two ministries: 1) Praise and worship (music) and 2) community outreach. No joke. My college years were terribly rough on my spirit and probably the roughest point came as a result of community outreach. A friend of mine, named Eric, stayed with me and my roommate for about 2 or 3 weeks one semester and he also assisted with the community outreach to housing projects north of my campus. It was basically to just be there for the kids of the hood because a lot of them have it really rough and never get exposed to much outside of the projects. And it’s not like folks are fighting to go into the projects to broaden horizons. Most people are very fixated on their lives and careers. Anyway, we would have basketball programs and what not on Friday nights. One night I had a sinking feeling and I was determined not to go but couldn’t for the life of me explain why. Sure enough, Eric had to escort two teens out of the community center. One of the kids didn’t like it and shot him in the abdomen. He bled to death. He was 23 and about to be a father and he was nobody’s gangbanger. It was just sad. Who dies at 23 doing the right thing? That and a bunch of other things really messed with my head and heart to cause me to question whether or not I wanted to continue in any sort of real ministry to God or my community.

I guess some kind of way my heart got over those rough days and now I’m back involved in my current church & the community. I sing on the praise team and am a member of the finance ministry. I love it. I’m probably too involved. I guess I came to the conclusion that I’m gonna die anyway. Since I have no idea when I might as well live to help out other people and be the change that I want to see.

Anyway, I’ve typed your head off pouring my heart out to you lol. Do you think I could be competitive anywhere if I cross that 700 barier? My gf’s going to Wharton this fall I can’t let her hog all the education!! Let me know what you think.


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I started reading your profile and just had to keep going. This, in spite of your profile being one of the longer ones. I guess that tells you that you do have quite a compelling one!

From our admissions and client experience, we know that every candidate is evaluated on three aspects: his academic, professional and personal credentials. I am including a brief profile evaluation below.

Your undergrad GPA is good and being from a well-known state school supplements the credibility of those grades. I also like that your major GPA was strong, and of course, as every other human being seems to say (!), the story of your upward trend through college would make a great story for one of the essays! Your test GMAT score of 650 is good, and if you get it up to 700 or above, even better. You haven't said but if you are aiming for a top school, it would be great to see a higher score.

Your professional experience seems good to me, with plenty of potential examples to demonstrate hard skills such as analysis and modeling and soft skills including teamwork and communication. I am curious to know why you think it could be a weakness. Could you elaborate? I would like to mention that the value of your experience is not determined by your lower pay, but by the quantitative impact of your efforts and the personal/professional development that happened alongside. When presenting your experiences, that is what we would focus on, as well as what the AdCom would be most interested in.

Your personal profile is amply demonstrated by your involvement with student government in college and with church activities thereafter. The value of extra-curricular activities lies in their ability to demonstrate that the applicant was able to apply his skills and have an impact on activities outside the routine work/study activities that he was required to do. And, just from the description here, I am excited at the potential of getting those stories on paper and standing out from your competition by the sheer diversity of your profile.

Of course, an MBA application is as much about what you have done in the past, as what you plan to do with your degree in the future. What are your post-MBA goals and ambitions? What kind of schools do you want to focus on? It would be great to know more about your profile so I can guide you better.

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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 11 May 2010, 07:14
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Thank you so much for your feedback, My MBA Admit. It’s a real encouragement to me to read what you replied and especially that it was an interesting read. I’ll try to answer your questions.

1) I thought my work experience could be considered a weakness because I thought adcoms tend to gauge the value you provide to your company by how much your company pays you. Since property and casualty insurance in general tends to pay less than most other industries and my employer pays very conservatively even among other insurers (part of its competitive advantage IMO), I am not sure if the adcom would or wouldn’t view this a weakness. However, I am not complaining because when I graduated undergrad, this was exactly the industry, job, company and even starting position that I wanted to work in and learn about. Thanks for giving me a better view of what the adcom would look for.

2) “What do I want to do with an MBA?” and “Where would I like to go?” are the two hardest questions to answer. I’ll try to answer them with a story. I started a business last year which would design and print poster-sized athletic calendars for high schools. They were really professional and polished athletic schedules designed to get students to post them on the walls of their rooms and spark school spirit. I planned to donate these to schools for free and give the schools large monetary donations (at least $500 per sports season). What provided the funding for these donations was ad space at the bottom of these athletic schedules/posters. I’d sell the ad space to local businesses and provide them with cheaper advertising for months than they would get anywhere else. Unfortunately, the business failed and not even from the parties providing the funding but from the schools. Perhaps I am just horrible salesman but I would like to think that it was more a matter of rapport and networking that caused what seemed like a viable and profitable business to fail. Because schools didn’t know me and were weary of others who were in this line of business I couldn’t get any of them on board (correction one came on board but then reneged). The most important thing I learned from that is that the more “exotic” your product or service is to a particular market, the more important it is for you to know someone who can help you connect with that market- preferably a mutual friend who can speak to your character. I want an MBA program with classmates who have a diverse exposure to industries, cultures, and passions so that when I see another viable profit opportunity in the future I will have a point of contact to increase the success of my enterprise. I want to go to a school that emphasizes entrepreneurship and makes me look at issues through paradigms I never would have considered. I visited HBS last year and was blown away by how the case method forces students to verbalize and kick the tires of their own positions and those of others to come to a decision. I also visited on International Day when everyone wore attire from their native country. It looked like a mini-UN in the classroom. My mouth salivated at the insight of venture opportunities in that room. Since I have only visited one potential school, it’s like seeing the first pretty girl and acting like you want to marry her. However, I have researched several others extensively. I’m also interested in Kellogg because of their one year program and Stanford because of their PMP. Honestly, Stanford might be a better fit than anywhere because of their focus on entrepreneurship but I’ll have to visit to tell. The two schools that aren’t “reach’s” like the others are Tuck and Darden. Much of where I’m competitive at will depend on how I do on the GMAT. That’s why my minimum goal is to crack a 700. I’m really aiming a couple points higher.


Glad we could help! Kudos (the little +1 box on the left) are always welcome! :)

I do understand your concerns regarding the work experience. Although there is a school of thought that believes AdComs assess a candidate's value to their company based on how much the company paid them, that is less so for younger applicants, and can be well-mitigated by demonstrating the depth, breadth and value of your experience (this is where we help).

Also, I think you provided another good example (the first was your community service), and am excited by how many more examples we can work on together to position them well for a robust and compelling application tailored to the school. I think your goals make sense, in broad terms. The next level of defining them would be provide a well-thought out career plan and how the degree, as well as offerings and resources of that particular program help you achieve those goals.

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Btw, I liked your comparison of an MBA program to a pretty girl. Funny!
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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 11 May 2010, 17:51
Hi MyMBAAdmit,

Thanks so much for your response; I really appreciate the insight. I was sort of hoping for one of those bold text summaries though.. :-D

Just a few questions in regards to your comments:

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Your extracurricular activities are a bigger concern. Especially in this era, when there is a lot of emphasis on ethics and responsibility in MBA programs, an "involved" candidate is very appealing to the AdCom. That being said, a lot of candidates face this issue, and are helped by our experience. We help them evaluate their experiences without bias to identify any potential experiences they could have initially missed, and then help them present those opportunities to demonstrate an optimal fit with the program. Let me demonstrate with an example.


Given that I have ~6 months until applications start becoming due, is there anything I can realistically do to mitigate this? I have done some volunteer work over the past few weeks, and am planning to do more over the coming months. I am worried however, that this will appear contrived to adcoms and may not help me.

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For your work experience, you mentioned that you weren't able to find a job till March 2008. Since you haven't put in a graduation date, I wasn't able to tell if you had a significant gap between graduation and starting your job. If this is the case, that is another aspect I would like to focus on and explain to prevent any unanswered questions.


I graduated right at the end of May, 2007, so it was about 9 months until I began working. Part of the reason is that I went back home for about four months to visit and spend time with my family. I grew up in Tokyo, Japan and attended college in the midwest, so I was not able to spend much time with my family (especially my grandparents, who live in a different part of Japan) during the 4 years of school. At the time of my graduation, my grandmother had just been diagnosed with severe cancer, so I was especially eager to spend time back home. After returning to the US, I spent another four months searching for a job in Chicago but ultimately was unable to find anything. I then moved to New York and found a job within a month. When I was laid off from my first job, I found my next job in about three weeks. I've been wondering whether this will be a significant issue that I need to address. Will this be viewed as a strong negative by an adcom?

In terms of other aspects of my profile, how much does having a unique-ish background help? I speak three languages (English and Japanese growing up, and Mandarin Chinese from college). I was born in Japan, moved the the US when I was two, and moved back to Japan when I was 9 (and spent my remaining pre-college years there). My father's parents are Chinese who immigrated to Japan shortly before World War Two and raised my father in Japan, and my mother is an American who met my father while studying abroad in Japan. I've traveled extensively (visited 30+ countries) and grew up in an extremely international setting (went to international school since I was 10 with diplomats' and other expat kids). I guess I'm sort of hoping to identify areas to strength to make up for my weaknesses.

Thanks again for your assistance.
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Candidate seeks to understand how to define total work experience.

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I have worked since I was in 9th grade.
1999-2005 Plywood Company – Part-Time
2006 Record Label
2006-2007 Independent Contractor
2007-2010 Plywood Company

On the application, it asks for how many years of adult work experience do I have. I have worked since I was 16. Do I put the total amount of years combined, the total amount of years since I became 18, or the number of years of work experience since I graduated?

One more question. In my resume under career profile, how many years should I put? I have11 years of work experience and 9 years at the same company, but these 9 years really are not the same as someone working 9 years at a company since graduation. Should I put the amount of experience since graduation, or my total years of experience at the Plywood Company?

I apologize, I know that is confusing.

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Impressive work experience! I would be very interested in your stories for your essays - having done so much, I am sure they must be fascinating to read.

Regarding work experience, the conventional way to approach full-time work experience for the purpose of an MBA - whether that is in the application, in the context of summer internship/post-degree employment, or in casual conversations with classmates - is the experience after obtaining an undergraduate degree. Any other employment, such as part-time during college, internships or co-ops is not listed in the main section of "number of months of full-time employment" but listed in the supplemental information section. In your case, this is something I would strongly recommend since it not only shows extra experience, but a host of attributes such as perseverance, ambition, hard work, etc.

On the resume, begin with your post-undergraduate work experience. List any internships and co-ops in the additional information section. List your part-time experience while college was in session as one of the points under the academic section. This approach ensures that you take full advantage of all the experience you have, while still following convention on how to list it.

Do note that my advice above assumes that you have sufficient work experience after completing your undergraduate degree, i.e. 3 years or more. If I missed something, I apologize. Feel free to post any follow-up questions in this thread, Ask My MBA Admit.

From our experience with admissions as well as My MBA Admit clients, we believe that both the resume and data forms are extremely important sections of the application, but often don't receive as much emphasis as they should. An MBA application resume is very different from a vocational/job resume, and needs to be tailored accordingly. Also, the more effort you spend on it now, the greater your ability to hit the ground running when you start developing one for MBA internships. Secondly, the data forms offer tremendous opportunity to mention achievements, with a judicious amount of detail, that may not have received sufficient emphasis elsewhere in the application. It is to your advantage to fully leverage them, versus just providing a list of all that you have done.

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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 12 May 2010, 12:59
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Follow-up questions on work experience.

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Thanks for the great reply MyMBAAdmit! I hadn't really thought about this question before, even though it will pertain to me in my apps!

Can you please clarify a few things in your post?

1) What is the difference between "internships" and "part-time experience"? (You say "internships" go in the "Additional Info" section, while "part-time" experience goes in the "Academic" section, but I always thought "internships"="part-time experience").

2) Would I still list the work experience during college separately from the post-undergrad experience if it was in the same field that I am currently in? One of the part-time positions during college was at a competitor company, and the other part-time position was in the company I am currently at. (Assume all part-time positions together total 20 hours per week for 2 years while in college)

3) If I will only have 2 years at the time of application, should I do something different in my resume/application?

Thanks for your help!

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Glad you enjoyed it! Kudos (the little +1 box on the left) are always welcome! :)

As a note to all our readers, we always prefer follow up questions in this thread, Ask My MBA Admit.

1) What is the difference between "internships" and "part-time experience"? (You say "internships" go in the "Additional Info" section, while "part-time" experience goes in the "Academic" section, but I always thought "internships"="part-time experience").

Internships are traditionally understood as full-time work experience undertaken during the course of a degree program, mostly when classes are not in session, such as summer internships. In this context, part-time experience is when a student is attending classes, and working somewhere for a few hours (around the part-time load of 20) at the same time.

2) Would I still list the work experience during college separately from the post-undergrad experience if it was in the same field that I am currently in? One of the part-time positions during college was at a competitor company, and the other part-time position was in the company I am currently at. (Assume all part-time positions together total 20 hours per week for 2 years while in college)

Yes. You are welcome to show the similarities by making a brief indication in the full-time experience section, saying "continued experience in X" but to make your resume more understandable, this is the best course.

3) If I will only have 2 years at the time of application, should I do something different in my resume/application?

Potentially. Although applicants are getting younger at full-time business school programs, it still strengthens your application to show strong work experience, not just for the AdCom but for the potential employer as well. Although 2 years at the time of application is not uncommon (one of our consultants at My MBA Admit was in the same boat, and she got into all the top schools), it still helps to demonstrate that the applicant's work experience can compare against the class. In this case, depending on the situation, the resume might be tailored to show internships in the experience section instead of the additional info section, after expressly marking it as such.

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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 13 May 2010, 07:11
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Hi MyMBAAdmit,

Thanks so much for your response; I really appreciate the insight. I was sort of hoping for one of those bold text summaries though.. :-D

Glad we could help. Bold text summaries below ;)

Just a few questions in regards to your comments:

Given that I have ~6 months until applications start becoming due, is there anything I can realistically do to mitigate this? I have done some volunteer work over the past few weeks, and am planning to do more over the coming months. I am worried however, that this will appear contrived to adcoms and may not help me.

What kind of volunteer work are you doing? As I mentioned in another post today, extracurricular activities serve two basic purposes - one, demonstrate personal attributes and soft skills with quantifiable results outside routine activities and two, show diversity in your activities to add a Wow factor. Although you can't go back in time to change what has already been done, clients often miss out activities in their own profile that can qualify as strong extracurricular activities and add a notable dimension to their profiles. This is something we have helped multiple clients with, so let me know if you would like to discuss. As for the activities you are currently undertaking, the best thing to make them count is to demonstrate your impact - depth of involvement and measurable results both in terms of money raised and people helped, are good ways of showing that you didn't sign up to be a member just to put something on your applications.

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For your work experience, you mentioned that you weren't able to find a job till March 2008. Since you haven't put in a graduation date, I wasn't able to tell if you had a significant gap between graduation and starting your job. If this is the case, that is another aspect I would like to focus on and explain to prevent any unanswered questions.


I graduated right at the end of May, 2007, so it was about 9 months until I began working. Part of the reason is that I went back home for about four months to visit and spend time with my family. I grew up in Tokyo, Japan and attended college in the midwest, so I was not able to spend much time with my family (especially my grandparents, who live in a different part of Japan) during the 4 years of school. At the time of my graduation, my grandmother had just been diagnosed with severe cancer, so I was especially eager to spend time back home. After returning to the US, I spent another four months searching for a job in Chicago but ultimately was unable to find anything. I then moved to New York and found a job within a month. When I was laid off from my first job, I found my next job in about three weeks. I've been wondering whether this will be a significant issue that I need to address. Will this be viewed as a strong negative by an adcom?

I think any gaps in your resume benefit by a proactive explanation. Your desire to be with your family is genuine and touching, and should be included in your optional essay as part of the reason for your absence. In the 4 months that you were looking for a job in Chicago, did you get involved in anything else - community service, extracurricular activities, even hobbies? If so, I would put that in. I personally believe that you have something to learn from every experience, and AdComs appreciate candidates with similar insights rather than those who try to excuse themselves - hence, it's important to always keep a positive spin.

In terms of other aspects of my profile, how much does having a unique-ish background help? I speak three languages (English and Japanese growing up, and Mandarin Chinese from college). I was born in Japan, moved the the US when I was two, and moved back to Japan when I was 9 (and spent my remaining pre-college years there). My father's parents are Chinese who immigrated to Japan shortly before World War Two and raised my father in Japan, and my mother is an American who met my father while studying abroad in Japan. I've traveled extensively (visited 30+ countries) and grew up in an extremely international setting (went to international school since I was 10 with diplomats' and other expat kids). I guess I'm sort of hoping to identify areas to strength to make up for my weaknesses.

I do think your diversity makes for an interesting angle, and should definitely be included in your application package, preferably in one of the essays. One of our recent clients was admitted to multiple programs, including USC with scholarship, in spite of having an unconventional background. His secret? He had tremendously diverse experiences, including extensive travels like yours, and we fully leveraged that in his essays to make his application pop.

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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 13 May 2010, 18:39
I've been reading quite a bit from people on the forum as well as from your thread hear, and have a question about how my work experience might be considered against my GPA.

My undergraduate GPA from a small state school was 3.26 and I graduated December of 2008.

Graduated high school 2004 and moved to Germany and enrolled in a Gymnasium(German honors high school). After receiving an apointment to the US Air Force Academy I moved back home and enrolled in a small state university(January 2005) to take science and math classes I'd need at USAFA. I was on dean's list this semester.(December 2005)

After one semester at USAFA I decided to leave for personal reasons. I was on dean's list for the semester I was there.

Due to my late decision to leave USAFA the only place I could get accepted was the same small state school I went to before. Immediately after getting back in January 2006 I started working part-time at the Salvation Army. Realized this wasn't enough money and got a part-time job at a pizza restaurant. In May I was promoted to Assistant Manager and quit my job at the Salvation Army. I had this job working 40-60 hours a week taking 18 credits each semester and 4 classes each summer.

I worked like this until the following May(2007) when I had a really bad semester and realized I was letting work get in the way of my studies, left this job and got another part-time management position at the mall for the summer because I then studied abroad in Japan for a semester.(December 2007)

After coming back from Japan I got a full-time job again working in the payroll department of a multi-billion dollar company,(January 2008) and started taking classes part-time to finish my degree. Within two months of being with the company I received my first promotion, and then another month later my second promotion.

In July 2008 I left this company for my current job as a software consultant for a small niche German software company. Continued taking part-time classes(online) while training in Germany through November. Presented my senior thesis and graduated in December 2008.

I have since received a promotion at my current job and relocated where I now have more responsibilities with two of our largest customers. In the meantime I have completed a paralegal certificate with a 4.0 GPA.
How much will my work experience during college matter since it isn’t your typical part-time or summer employment and definitely the amount of time I spent working effected my grades. I know I’m capable of better grades(hence my two semesters on dean’s list when I wasn’t working full time), but obviously it’s too late to really do anything about that at this point, I just don’t know if my work experience will make up for it.
I took an initial GMAT practice test and scored 610, I imagine with studying I might be able to get to the low 700’s but would feel comfortable saying that I’ll get in the mid to high 600’s
Plan on applying in about two or three more years. I have some extracurricular and volunteer work, but nothing noteworthy since high school.
My ideal school would be Wharton(close to home) but what are your thoughts or advice overall with regards to my profile?
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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 08:56
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I've been reading quite a bit from people on the forum as well as from your thread hear, and have a question about how my work experience might be considered against my GPA.

My undergraduate GPA from a small state school was 3.26 and I graduated December of 2008.

Graduated high school 2004 and moved to Germany and enrolled in a Gymnasium(German honors high school). After receiving an apointment to the US Air Force Academy I moved back home and enrolled in a small state university(January 2005) to take science and math classes I'd need at USAFA. I was on dean's list this semester.(December 2005)

After one semester at USAFA I decided to leave for personal reasons. I was on dean's list for the semester I was there.

Due to my late decision to leave USAFA the only place I could get accepted was the same small state school I went to before. Immediately after getting back in January 2006 I started working part-time at the Salvation Army. Realized this wasn't enough money and got a part-time job at a pizza restaurant. In May I was promoted to Assistant Manager and quit my job at the Salvation Army. I had this job working 40-60 hours a week taking 18 credits each semester and 4 classes each summer.

I worked like this until the following May(2007) when I had a really bad semester and realized I was letting work get in the way of my studies, left this job and got another part-time management position at the mall for the summer because I then studied abroad in Japan for a semester.(December 2007)

After coming back from Japan I got a full-time job again working in the payroll department of a multi-billion dollar company,(January 2008) and started taking classes part-time to finish my degree. Within two months of being with the company I received my first promotion, and then another month later my second promotion.

In July 2008 I left this company for my current job as a software consultant for a small niche German software company. Continued taking part-time classes(online) while training in Germany through November. Presented my senior thesis and graduated in December 2008.

I have since received a promotion at my current job and relocated where I now have more responsibilities with two of our largest customers. In the meantime I have completed a paralegal certificate with a 4.0 GPA.
How much will my work experience during college matter since it isn’t your typical part-time or summer employment and definitely the amount of time I spent working effected my grades. I know I’m capable of better grades(hence my two semesters on dean’s list when I wasn’t working full time), but obviously it’s too late to really do anything about that at this point, I just don’t know if my work experience will make up for it.
I took an initial GMAT practice test and scored 610, I imagine with studying I might be able to get to the low 700’s but would feel comfortable saying that I’ll get in the mid to high 600’s
Plan on applying in about two or three more years. I have some extracurricular and volunteer work, but nothing noteworthy since high school.
My ideal school would be Wharton(close to home) but what are your thoughts or advice overall with regards to my profile?


Hi Nosfer,

Impressive work experience! I think your profile is quite interesting overall, with a lot more work experience than the average college graduate. I am sure your early professional exposure and the resulting personal maturity has contributed significantly to your rapid promotions.

As I am sure you know from our thread, we evaluate applications from three perspectives - professional, academic and personal.

From a professional perspective, your full-time and part-time work experiences are tremendously diverse and offer a lot of scope for demonstrating both personal attributes (leadership, teamwork, initiative, etc. ) as well as quantifiable achievements. As a result of your long experience, I am going to categorize your professional experience as a strong part of your profile.

Although you haven't listed your GPA, I am assuming that you regard this as a concern since you have mentioned that you could have done better. Without numbers, it is difficult to tell for sure if this is a potential opportunity in your application. However, if it is, you could try to mitigate it through a number of options such as remedial classes, relevant work experience and utilizing the optional essay. A strong GMAT score will help to further alleviate AdCom concerns. I am not sure if you are targeting only top schools such as Wharton but if you are, particularly in light of perhaps a lower undergraduate GPA, I would recommend a focus on scoring around the high 600s/early 700s.

Fewer extracurricular activities/volunteering experience is a common concern among clients. However, as I was explaining to a candidate today, we frequently find that our clients do have good examples of extracurricular activities but as a result of being so familiar with their own experiences, they haven't identified them thus far. Recent examples have been an engineer undertaking all computer repairs in a company, and a team leader coaching her international colleagues in English. Based on our past experiences, we are confident that we will be able to help you identify relevant experiences as well.

In summary, if you are planning to apply after 2-3 years, focus on strengthening your professional profile through leadership experiences and quantifiable achievements. Get more involved in activities outside the workplace, especially wherein you can demonstrate significant impact. Depending on your undergraduate GPA, take one or more of the remedial steps suggested above to mitigate any concerns on your academic abilities.

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