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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 10:30
MyMBAAdmit wrote:
nosferatudracon wrote:
My undergraduate GPA from a small state school was 3.26 and I graduated December of 2008.



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.


Thanks so much for your review. I honestly didn't think my work experience was all that great, just maybe a bit different than the traditional B-School applicant.

I highlighted the section from my initial post where I disclosed my Undergraduate GPA, I'm also completing a paralegal certificate(contemplating law school as well) right now and have a 4.0 in that.

Not sure if this will provide you with any more detail about my academic record to provide further assistance on.

Again thank you very much for the detailed review of my profile I do greatly appreciate it and will look more at the other services that you offer and mentioned.

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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 18 May 2010, 07:22
Indian Software Professional with 4+ years experience seeks evaluation

Hi
first up thanks guys for the service ur providing! kudos to u...
Could u please evaluate my profile:


My Profile is :
Indian/Male/IT Engineer
Work-Ex- 4 yrs currenlt, will be 5 by the time of joining in next year
Grades: Pune University Eng - 62.5% (First Class) Top 10 in college, Topper in one sem
GMAT: 770 (V51,Q42)
ECs: I have won a college programming contest, been actively involved with an NGO for the past 2 yrs

Work-Ex Detailed
1: 3 yrs with An Indian Software company with 1000 employees - Worked as a developer, but also had a lot of client interaction, and was soon working as more of a consultant
2: and one of the Top 3 security firm (1 yr curently): Working as a developer

Career Goal:
I want to pursue consulting (MC/IT)

Targets:
Wat are my chances at the top 10 schools? or shud I target anything lower?

Thanks
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Re: Ask MyMBAAdmit [#permalink] New post 19 May 2010, 07:15
Indian Software Professional with 4+ years experience seeks evaluation

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Hi
first up thanks guys for the service ur providing! kudos to u...
Could u please evaluate my profile:

My Profile is :
Indian/Male/IT Engineer
Work-Ex- 4 yrs currenlt, will be 5 by the time of joining in next year
Grades: Pune University Eng - 62.5% (First Class) Top 10 in college, Topper in one sem
GMAT: 770 (V51,Q42)
ECs: I have won a college programming contest, been actively involved with an NGO for the past 2 yrs

Work-Ex Detailed
1: 3 yrs with An Indian Software company with 1000 employees - Worked as a developer, but also had a lot of client interaction, and was soon working as more of a consultant
2: and one of the Top 3 security firm (1 yr curently): Working as a developer

Career Goal:
I want to pursue consulting (MC/IT)

Targets:
Wat are my chances at the top 10 schools? or shud I target anything lower?

Thanks


Great to hear our posts have been useful! Happy to help with a profile evaluation.

Although you belong in a group that is heavily represented at most MBA programs, that of Indian Male IT engineer, I liked that even in the brief description above, you highlighted your soft skills (instead of your technical abilities). This mindset will help you look at essays from the perspective of a business school AdCom, which is looking for a combination of quantifiable achievements and personal attributes.

From an academic perspective, if taken out of context, your undergraduate GPA may be perceived as a potential weakness in light of the US GPA system. Avoid this by ensuring that wherever you insert your GPA, such as your resume, data forms, etc. you couch it with your relative standing in your class - first class, topper, etc. being examples. To make it even stronger, give it numbers, e.g. Top 10 in batch of 200 for 4 consecutive years. If possible, you can try converting to an US GPA as well, but that can sometimes be difficult. AdComs understand that grading works differently in other countries, but you can help ease their understanding by proactively providing contextual data. Of course, your GMAT score is out of the ball park, and is a significant strength of your application. Presenting your undergraduate GPA as I recommended above will show a consistent story of superior academic achievement.

For your work experience, focus on demonstrating the soft skills and personal attributes that are most relevant to business school. Picking your transferable skills from IT to business will be good practice for your post-MBA career goals in management consulting as well. For example, high client interaction and acting in a consultant capacity is directly relevant to being a management consultant. In your essays, focus on showing how you can take those experiences and skills to first a business school team room and then a management consulting interview to show that your skills are not confined to the IT field alone. A well-informed candidate with a realistic career plan is always a stronger applicant than one who has all the skills but not a clear plan of how to best use them.

For your extracurricular activities, your recent experience with an NGO bodes well for your application by helping to demonstrate the multiple facets of your candidacy. Ensure that you supplement this with quantifiable metrics such as length of involvement, people impacted, dollars involved, etc. Focus on how you can use this to tailor your application for the attributes and skills that a particular program is looking for.

That's where we help. The strength of an application package isn't reliant on how well an admissions reader can relate to, but how easy you make for her to see you in the incoming class. Hence, tailoring your experiences to the school, and in some cases repositioning the same experience in multiple ways, is extremely important for your success.

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Re: Ask Admit World/My MBA Admit [#permalink] New post 20 May 2010, 05:58
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.

Extracurricular activities - what counts?

Applicant:
Other than being a volunteer, what else can be counted as extracurricular.

Does running a part time business in the same field count as one ? Does running a fitness website or being a Certified Personal Trainer count as one ?

My MBA Admit:

The point of AdComs asking for extracurricular activities is to have an additional gauge to evaluate applicants besides just their professional experiences or academic qualifications.

Any activity outside your normal routine can be classified as an extracurricular activity. However, the best extracurricular activities are those that demonstrate the personal attributes that the program you are applying to is looking for.

In response to your question, running a part time business, running a website or even being a personal trainer can show a multitude of attributes depending on how you view your experiences. The important thing is to ensure that you are tailoring your takeaways to the program, and if you have to choose, perhaps due to space constraints, picking the volunteer experience that is most relevant to the MBA program at hand.

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Re: Ask Admit World/My MBA Admit [#permalink] New post 20 May 2010, 06:02
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.

More discussion on Extracurricular Activities

Applicant:
I am an amateur astronomer since last 16 years, I also fly RC planes as my hobby.

My MBA Admit:

Both of these make interesting "talking points" in your profile and help to show your diversity. However, hobbies make better extracurricular activities from the AdCom's perspective when they are an additional source of demonstrating some of the soft skills and attributes that the program is looking for. For example, keeping at a hobby for 16 years shows perseverance. Can you demonstrate any measurable impact from this hobby - writing a paper, obtaining a certification, leading a team of fellow enthusiasts, teaching it to juniors? Similarly, for flying RC planes, can you think of examples of participating and winning a competition, or obtaining any advanced levels of expertise?

Any activity that helps to set you apart is useful. However, to best leverage it, it has to be appropriately positioned. This is where we help. During our consulting sessions, we actively pursue additional information and encourage clients to come up with supplemental details on their activities. With the full picture in hand, we help the client to understand the best place in the application to include it, and the aspects to focus on to be appropriate for the program at hand.

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Re: Ask Admit World/My MBA Admit [#permalink] New post 24 May 2010, 06:55
Hi AdmitWorld,

Thanks for providing and compiling these profile reviews. I got crushed with my apps this past year, essentially going 0 for 5 (still on waitlist at one school, but not holding my breath). This time around I want to start the process much earlier and set myself more realistic targets.

Target Schools for Fall 2011:
Dartmouth
Duke
Emory
UNC - Chapel Hill
Vanderbilt

MBA Concentration: Finance / Investment Management

Demographic: American, 28 (at Fall '11 matriculation), white male
Location: NYC, looking to stay in eastern US during and after MBA

GMAT = 750 (48 quant, 45 verbal), 6.0 AWA - only took exam once
UGPA = 3.15, bachelors in industrial engineering, minor in music performance
UGrad school = tier-3 state school in southeastern US, attended on a full scholarship and chose school for the ability to pursue both engineering and music interests

Work experience:
2.5 years - IT systems integration consultant for major consulting firm
2.5 years (at fall '11 matriculation) - project manager, sales and marketing systems integration and support for a major publisher

ECs:
during UGrad - started a new chapter of a national fraternity (served as first president), lots of volunteering with an animal rescue group, extensive involvement with university and local professional music ensembles
after UGrad - continued moderate volunteering with animal rescue group

Career goal:
Private wealth management - I really enjoy finding great stocks and a great price and sharing those findings with others. Over the last year I have been using a custom stock screener that I coded from scratch to manage a small, personal portfolio. I couldn't find a stock screener that had all of the figures I wanted, so I taught myself how to code so that I could develop this screener. I built the screener 2 years ago and have been making investments based on its output for 1 year. Long term career goal is to manage an endowment fund for non-profit animal rescue groups.

Other:
I think the definite weak spot in my profile is my UG school/GPA. I have tried to combat that with my GMAT score. I am currently studying for FINRA series 63 and 65 licensing as well as starting studying for CFA level 1 later this summer to help improve my preparation and attractiveness for job recruiting. I should have series 63 and 65 officially completed and able to use in applications. I am looking at taking CFA level 1 in June 2011, so that won't be done in time for apps, but will be done in time for Fall '11 internship recruiting.



Please let me know if any of my target schools are out of my league or if there are any other schools I should add to the list.

Thanks for your advice.
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Please Evaluate My Profile [#permalink] New post 31 May 2010, 06:46
23-year-old female
GPA: 4.0 from an Ivy League school (Class of 2008)
GMAT: 770+5.5
Work experience: 2 years in a securities firm, and now working on writing a book and selling it. The book will be published in the coming months

EC in college:
on the board of a college honor society
math and physics tutor for 3 years

Languages: fluent in 4 different languages

Target schools:
Harvard, Sloan, Yale

Thank you very much!
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Re: Please Evaluate My Profile [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2010, 05:47
Young accomplished female applicant with exemplary academic credentials assesses chances for MBA

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23-year-old female
GPA: 4.0 from an Ivy League school (Class of 2008)
GMAT: 770+5.5
Work experience: 2 years in a securities firm, and now working on writing a book and selling it. The book will be published in the coming months

EC in college:
on the board of a college honor society
math and physics tutor for 3 years

Languages: fluent in 4 different languages

Target schools:
Harvard, Sloan, Yale

Thank you very much!


Hi applebee,

Thanks for your message. As you probably know from our thread, we assess our applicants from a three-sided perspective of academic achievements, professional performance and personal profile.

From the academic perspective, your application is exemplary. Your GMAT score is way above average across all top schools, as is your GPA. The Ivy League school background is another feather in your cap. The academic section is the strongest part of your profile. Great job!

I would like to know more details about your professional experience to offer you more detailed insights and tailored feedback. For instance, what was the focus of your work in the securities firm? What kind of skills and attributes did you develop? As a result of your experience, do you have strong analytical and quantitative abilities, people and project leadership experience, multicultural team exposure, or broad and well-developed communication skills? What were your biggest projects and most significant achievements? As I always tell my clients, especially those who are applying for an MBA at a younger age, the quality of your experience matters more than the other benchmarks of length, company name, etc. As an MBA candidate, your competition will be peers who have worked for a longer time and have had greater professional exposure. To make up for the length, demonstrating the depth and quality of your shorter experience is important both from the initial admissions perspective and the later recruiting angle.

I do like the book experience and think it helps sets you apart. To make it even stronger, I would love to see a link between your past professional achievements at the securities firm and future career plans for the MBA summer internship and post-MBA. Your achievements are impressive by themselves, but to increase their impact, I would recommend putting them in context of how they apply to your MBA ambitions. Also, dwelling on the timing is important - for instance, why securities before, why book now, and how will these together contribute to MBA in the future?

From your email, I am aware that you plan to focus on consulting/entrepreneurship in the future. Business schools like candidates with well-structured career plans since a more prepared candidate is likely to be a more successful one, resulting in higher placement rates to help the school, and a more satisfied alum who promotes the program. In view of this, I would like to see more details around your career goals - what kind of consulting engagements or business ventures do you see yourself participating in, how do these apply in the long- or short-term and as above, how do these relate to your past achievements and present activities.

Working both in the US and Asia as well as fluency in 4 languages shows desirable international exposure, which will help boost your candidacy. As I mentioned above, it will strengthen your application if you can tie these to show how you intend to use them to achieve your MBA ambitions. Your extracurricular activities are good both to show leadership and community involvements, but any that are more recent, i.e. after graduation, would be even better. Recency and length of involvement are two of the most important criteria in judging the quality of your extracurricular activities, preceded by impact of your involvement. Extracurricular involvement is something that can be a concern for many candidates, and we have a proven track record of helping our clients identify appropriate activities and position them to their optimum strength in an application.

In summary, you have fantastic academic credentials, diversified professional experiences and potentially strong extracurricular activities. The challenge will be to tie all of these into a compelling application package that emphasizes your strengths, supplements your post-MBA career goals and mitigates any weaknesses such as fewer extracurricular activities.

As admissions consultants, communication is where we can help. We use our elite business school admissions experience, extensive client exposure, professional backgrounds in, among others, business, creative writing and engineering, to help you develop an application that communicates creative and interesting essays delivered in a logical fashion to best position your unique achievements against the competition.

Let us know if you would like to talk further in our Free Initial Consultation. We offer a number of admission consulting packages tailored to different budgets and application preparation levels and would be happy to help you understand our services. Our unique Candidate Profiling and School Selection report (currently offered at a discount for $75) simulates a mini-application process to develop a detailed profile and offers 100+ schools with your chances of being accepted at each of them.

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Re: Ask Admit World/My MBA Admit [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2010, 18:02
Good morning all, would you please take a look at my profile?

Background
Age: 25
Sex: Male
Nationality: Thai-Taiwanese
UG: Double Major in two engineering degrees from UC Berkeley (GPA 3.55)
GMAT: 690 (Q 48, V 37)

Work Experience
-3 Years, Process Integration Engineer at Top 10 semiconductor firm in Japan
-Support customers in process related issues during the development of computer chips
-Consult with fab (semiconductor factory) to decide on solutions/proposals and present them to customers

Extracurricular Activities/Leadership Experience
Undergrad
-Activities Officer for Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
-Plan and organize over 50 events for TBP, including fun events, social networking, and professional workshops.

Post Undergrad
- Officer for Habitat for Humanity Japan
- Have been involved with Habitat for a long time (Went to Philippines twice to build houses back in high school, was president of community service club back then.)
- Continue participating in Habitat after arriving in Japan. I am in charge of running and planning the monthly meeting where we try to get more people involved in Habitat. I am also the official translator for Habitat in Japan. After my participation, the retention rate and participation rate in builds increased significantly.

Some Other Facts
-Lived in 4 different countries throughout career (Taiwan 12 years, Thailand 6 years, US 4 years, Japan 3 years)
-Able to speak quite a few languages. Mandarin (Native), English (Fluent), Japanese (Fluent), Thai (Basic), Taiwanese (Basic)

Weakness in Application
- Do not have a direct leadership role in work experience. I can talk about holding meetings and being influential to co-workers but do not have someone directly reporting to me.
- A slightly below average GMAT score for top schools

Post MBA
-Management position in semiconductor/consumer electronics industry (more specifically strategy) or management consulting
-Have a strong interest in working in Greater China region due to family and my language ability.

Target Schools
Columbia (Reach) ED/R1
Tuck (Reach) EA/R1
Duke (Competitive) ED/R1
Ross (Competitive) R2
HKUST (Competitive) R2
CUHK/CEBIS (Safety) R2
Other Schools in consideration: UCLA, NYU, Cornell

Questions
1.Can you please comment on my school selections? I am thinking about ED for either Duke or Columbia depending on whether I have a strong enough shot at Columbia ED. Perhaps a few safety/competitive schools to look at as well.
2.Is there anything that stands out from my application that you would suggest me to focus on? If leadership experience question comes along, should I focus on my Habitat role (where I made much greater impact) than my current job role?
3.I just realized that I can still apply to INSEAD Jan 11 Round 3. Do you think I have a shot at it or is it better to wait until next year round 1?
4.Asian schools reputation/info is quite hard to find. So far it seems HKUST is widely recognized in the Greater China Region. Do you have any insights on CUHK or CEIBS?

Thank you so much for your time. I really appreciate any comments/insights.
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Re: Ask Admit World/My MBA Admit [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2010, 18:26
Could use opinions on whether I have a shot at a top-5 business school? Thanks in advance!

Me: 22,Male,Asian

Undergraduate: Math and Business Double Degree Program

Math Degree is from University of Waterloo (Top five school in Canada, but I am afraid nobody knows it in the states), Major (Statistic and Actuarial science Double Major)
Business Degree (BBA): Wilfrid Laurier Univerisity. Majar in Finance
GPA:3.7

Quantitative classes:Calc,Stats,Algebra, Accounting, Finance

Work experience from co-op education:

Currently doing insider trading research for Toronto Stock Exchange and some professors

4 months Investment banking experience from Scotia Capital ( Top 3 Investment bank in Canada)( For my coming co-op term, Sep 2010- Dec 2010)

4 months Investment portfolio management experience from Sun Life Financial

4 months Actuarial Valuation Analyst experience from Travelers

4 months Financial Analyst experience from American Express

4 months Actuarial Analyst experience from ING

4 months International working experience at Hong Kong Hannover Life Re as accounting researcher


GMAT (March 2009): 740, 40V, 57Q, 4.0AWA

Language: Japanese(10/10), Chinese(10/10), English(8/10)
Etc: Co-leader for a student charity program in the university: create a on-line quiz bank system that is currently used by over 1400 students. Restructure the mentorship program for the double degree program( 60 mentors and 200+ mentees) Stock Analyst for the univeristy student investment fund (500K cash value)

Additional question:
Should I talk about my school and my program since it has no name in the states?
Should I ask reference letter from the marketing prof, finance prof, or the stats prof?

Thanks again,
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Re: Ask Admit World/My MBA Admit [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2010, 17:19
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undergrad: Engineering, University of Toronto
gpa: 2.57

GMAT: 740 (verbal 97th percentile, quant 83 percentile). Considering retake to make up for bad gpa, is this good idea?

work experience: 2 years teaching English in Asia. Teaching business English to adult professionals in a major business district.

Also, trying to negotiate a job contract for one or two years, to work in project management in the Persian Gulf, for a large construction company. Would this experience significantly improve my b-school application chances in a year or two?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Re: Ask Admit World/My MBA Admit [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2010, 10:42
Hi all, would really appreciate some feedback on my application potential. Thanks in advance.

Background
Age: 24
Sex: Male
Nationality: Irish
UG: Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin (top Irish UG business degree). Final year concentration Marketing. 3.7/4 GPA.
Additional Education: Earned CAIA designation in April 2010 (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst)
GMAT: Taking in September for first time. Realistically aiming for 660 - 710

Work Experience
- Hedge Fund Accountant since graduation
-2 years and 9 months with the global leader in Hedge Fund financial sercvices, Dublin, Ireland.
-Led several internal process innovation initiatives. One effectively reducing Audit times per fund over 15% in one year and another generating $450K in company and client savings.
- Independently performed net asset valuations on several funds worth almost $800MM.
- Point of contact for investor relations department, investment managers, banks and custodians.

Extracurricular Activities
(weak)
- Involved with societies during my UG, none in a leadership context unfortunately.
- I paid for my own education and rarely had time outside studying and working part time for many extracurriculars. I'm currently trying to remedy this aspect of my application.

Additional Info:
- Extensive travelling: A lot in Europe. Also sourced a house and 6 jobs for friends in 2006 when we worked in long island for 3 months.
- Intermediate French and Fluent Irish (like anyone uses that!).

Post MBA
- Torn between general strategy consulting and using my marketing/financial services/Alternative Investment background to pursue marketing and sales positions in the banking industry. I have a passion for marketing and consulting.
- Much less interested in purely quant driven roles.


Target Schools
McCombs would be my #1 target for several reasons. I am looking into other schools at the moment including Cambridge and Oxford business schools.

Weakness in application:
- I'm at the early stages of application and I have a lot more research to perform
- Outside of internal leadership in process efficiency, I have not let a team of people or had anyone reporting directly to me.
- My extracurricular in general is weak.
- My education (marketing), work experience (AI financial services) and post MBA aspirations (general consulting) are not in any way providing a clear and concise picture of my career direction and ambitions. The only thing that would seem to make sense is Marketing in financial services.


Questions
1. Any general advice is very much appreciated. In particular, feedback concerning my application to McCombs would be great.
2. I realise the entire application is on the weak side, is there anything I can include in certain areas, or do going forward, to strengthen my application.
3. What do you think about my top 3 school selections?

Thank you very much for your time, if you need any additional information, please let me know.
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Re: Ask Admit World/My MBA Admit [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2010, 00:54
Hi,

Request your help with my profile evaluation.

Age : 26
Nationality : Indian
Experience : 4
GMAT : 1st Attempt - 700 (51Q, 32 V, 5.0 AWA). Feb’09
2nd Attempt - 710 (50Q, 35V, 4.5 AWA). Apr’10
Undergrad : B.Tech in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee.
Currently pursuing CFA. Written L1 in June 2010, results awaited.

Areas of Interest: Finance –Investment Services/Portfolio Management

Experience details (Total Exp – 4yrs. Employer – Citi India)
1. 2010 Mar – Now: Implementation Manager – Consumer & Commercial Banking – Customer Servicing Channels.
2. 2009-10 – Implementation Manager – Consumer Banking – Credit Initiation (Card, Unsecured Loans & Secured Loans/Lines)
3. 2006-2008 – Business Analyst & Project Manager – Sales & Credit
International Exposure:
1. Business/Cross Team Interaction – Worked for CitiFinancial India, Thailand & Indonesia. And Citibank Singapore, Philippines, Guam, Malaysia, Indonesia and North America.
2. International Travel – Travelled for implementation work to Singapore, Philippines & Malaysia.
Extracurricular:
@college:
• Member of the Executive Council (7 members) of SAC (Students Association Council).
o Received the highest votes for the post of General Secretary in Student Body election, although lost in a lucky draw to resolve the tie.
• Won the 2nd prize in the National Level Business Plan Competition – Corpostrat
• Treasurer of Hobbies Club Festival – Srishti’06. Event initially funded by institute, we made it self-funded with sponsorship around INR 500000, in spite of the fact that festival was held in April just after our Cultural and Technical fest and Financial year end. Conducted workshops by International Speakers and other events to take the festival to new heights.
@work:• Rated ‘1/Outstanding’ in 2 out of 4 appraisals during my tenure in Citi and ‘2/Excellent’ for the rest 2.
• Identified as a HIPO (High Potential Employee).
• Youngest employee to be designated Solution Architect and made an Approver for all high impact requirements of CitiFinancial India, Indo & Thai business.
• Ran collection programs in collaboration with NGO – Goonj and Coordinate donations (Clothes, books, etc) from office colleagues and housing society.

Target Colleges:
- Harvard
- MIT Sloan
- NYU Stern
- Haas
- Ross
- Darden
- Duke Fuqua

I need to shortlist this to 5 colleges. Would be great if you can tag my chances in these. Only criterion for college is great finance faculty & resources, should be in US, Good Alumni network, Scholarship would be an icing on the cake 

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Re: Ask Admit World/My MBA Admit [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2010, 12:27
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GMAT: 740 (verbal 97th percentile, quant 83 percentile). Considering retake to make up for bad gpa, is this good idea?

work experience: 2 years teaching English in Asia. Teaching business English to adult professionals in a major business district.

Also, trying to negotiate a job contract for one or two years, to work in project management in the Persian Gulf, for a large construction company. Would this experience significantly improve my b-school application chances in a year or two?

Thanks in advance for your advice.


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Re: Ask Admit World/My MBA Admit [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2010, 00:22
Well I am an MBA aspirant from Mumbai, India
GMAT : 600 ( Q 44, V28)
GPA : 3.5
Graduation : Production Engineering ( Among top 3 rankers in Pune University)
Work Experience : 3 years for a major Indian Company
Extra Cirricular : Represented State for Soccer , Badminton and Hockey.

What are the prospects of me getting addmission??

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Re: Ask Admit World/My MBA Admit [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2010, 11:18
Nationality: American (South Asian)
Age: 23 yrs
GMAT: 660 (Q:46 V:35) (Retake will be on August 25th.)
GPA: 3.7 (Top 10 undergrad business program)
Work Ex: 16 months as an Investments Analyst (~30 months by Fall 2011)
EC: Lots of volunteer work (humans and animals, some teaching stuff too).

School Choices:
Columbia, Wharton, Northwestern, Harvard (from first to last choice). I'm planning on applying to Columbia and Wharton in R1 and Northwestern and Harvard in R2.

In terms of my work ex, I've been working for a multi-billion dollar real estate developer in the Persian Gulf. Even though my company is a real estate development firm, we operate like a P/E firm so I've been exposed to the P/E side of investments as well. Most of my work, however, deals with real estate development, asset/property management, real estate investments/finance...basically everything there is to see in real estate except for starting and managing your own real estate fund. I've worked on deals involving every type of asset class available in real estate (from undeveloped land to hotels), and I've worked on deals that range from 8-10 figures (in US Dollars).

Long story short, I've had exposure to some huge projects that you normally wouldn't get the chance to work on in the US or in Europe and I've worked on a variety of different types of asset classes and investments within real estate. My involvement on these deals is much greater than the average analyst, and it shows in my knowledge of the real estate industry in not just the Middle East, but in Europe, Asia, and the US. So even though my work ex is a little light, I've probably done more than my peers in the US have.

I know that I want to do real estate finance for the rest of my life, and I'm very familiar with the real estate finance program at Columbia. I plan on visiting Columbia next week on Monday, but I've been in talks with some CBS alums within the real estate industry. From what they've told me, it sounds like a great place to be if you want to do something in real estate. I've also heard very good things about Wharton's RE program, but I'm still doing my DD on the school.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read through my profile.
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Re: Ask Admit World/My MBA Admit [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2010, 03:47
Hi,

Request to please evaluate my profile for the TOP 10 Leading B Schools (including India and US).

Work Experience : 6.5 years in IT industry in India with one of the Top MNCs here (This is my second company, the earlier being another top MNC in India). Have around 1.5+ years of Overseas exposure (in USA and Canada) as Technical Analyst and was involved in Client interaction and technical negotiations. Throughout my professional career I was involved in different projects and served high profile Global clients which included Fortune 500 companies also. Before I moved to US with a new role, I was also the "Module Lead" for my project for almost a year and 7-8 members were working directly under my supervision. I had a promotion 8 months back (is it relevant????).
Cleared and achieved different technical/ Non Technical certifications which includes Microsoft, ITIL (for Service Management).

1. Will this experience good enough for the schools I am aiming for? Is it suitable for 2 years MBA or a shorter duration Executive MBA? Are professional certifications like PMP and CFA help in making life simpler to get into top B Schools?


Degree : B.Tech in Information Technology from one of the Private Engineering Colleges in eastern India. My B.Tech GPA is 8.3 out of 10.

GMAT Score : 680 (AWA: 4.5)
Academics :
10 : 76% (State Board)
12 : 68% (State Board)

2. Does these numbers look impressive? Should I go for another GMAT test to make it better if possible?

Diversity:
Extra Curricular : Freelance software / application development; Photography

Social Activities:
Involved with Companies Corporate Social Responsibility Team (sometimes need to go to primary schools and teach poor children/ donation collection etc.) and Environment Focus Team (was involved in a team for public awareness on different environmental issues etc.).

3. What can I do to make my Extra Curricular segment look more impressive (Can I project photography-which I like to do as a passion)? Will this section impact my overall chance of getting into the schools?

AND Last one is - can you plz site some good examples which might help me to understand, what top schools looks specifically in the crowd of applicants to make their selections (means .. certifications, considerable overseas exposure...some special Extra Curricular skills etc....)??? :roll: :roll: :shock: :shock:

Really appreciate your suggestions here. Thanks.
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Re: Ask Admit World/My MBA Admit [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2010, 02:02
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Good morning all, would you please take a look at my profile?

Background
Age: 25
Sex: Male
Nationality: Thai-Taiwanese
UG: Double Major in two engineering degrees from UC Berkeley (GPA 3.55)
GMAT: 690 (Q 48, V 37)

Work Experience
-3 Years, Process Integration Engineer at Top 10 semiconductor firm in Japan
-Support customers in process related issues during the development of computer chips
-Consult with fab (semiconductor factory) to decide on solutions/proposals and present them to customers

Extracurricular Activities/Leadership Experience
Undergrad
-Activities Officer for Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
-Plan and organize over 50 events for TBP, including fun events, social networking, and professional workshops.

Post Undergrad
- Officer for Habitat for Humanity Japan
- Have been involved with Habitat for a long time (Went to Philippines twice to build houses back in high school, was president of community service club back then.)
- Continue participating in Habitat after arriving in Japan. I am in charge of running and planning the monthly meeting where we try to get more people involved in Habitat. I am also the official translator for Habitat in Japan. After my participation, the retention rate and participation rate in builds increased significantly.

Some Other Facts
-Lived in 4 different countries throughout career (Taiwan 12 years, Thailand 6 years, US 4 years, Japan 3 years)
-Able to speak quite a few languages. Mandarin (Native), English (Fluent), Japanese (Fluent), Thai (Basic), Taiwanese (Basic)

Weakness in Application
- Do not have a direct leadership role in work experience. I can talk about holding meetings and being influential to co-workers but do not have someone directly reporting to me.
- A slightly below average GMAT score for top schools

Post MBA
-Management position in semiconductor/consumer electronics industry (more specifically strategy) or management consulting
-Have a strong interest in working in Greater China region due to family and my language ability.

Target Schools
Columbia (Reach) ED/R1
Tuck (Reach) EA/R1
Duke (Competitive) ED/R1
Ross (Competitive) R2
HKUST (Competitive) R2
CUHK/CEBIS (Safety) R2
Other Schools in consideration: UCLA, NYU, Cornell

Questions
1.Can you please comment on my school selections? I am thinking about ED for either Duke or Columbia depending on whether I have a strong enough shot at Columbia ED. Perhaps a few safety/competitive schools to look at as well.
2.Is there anything that stands out from my application that you would suggest me to focus on? If leadership experience question comes along, should I focus on my Habitat role (where I made much greater impact) than my current job role?
3.I just realized that I can still apply to INSEAD Jan 11 Round 3. Do you think I have a shot at it or is it better to wait until next year round 1?
4.Asian schools reputation/info is quite hard to find. So far it seems HKUST is widely recognized in the Greater China Region. Do you have any insights on CUHK or CEIBS?

Thank you so much for your time. I really appreciate any comments/insights.


Hi Lonewolf,

I think you have a strong and diverse profile across the three arenas of professional, academic and personal achievements to adequately make up for a lower GMAT score. In the actual essays and resume, I would like to see more of your achievements come out, as well as the associated soft skills you built as a result.

With regard to your concern on leadership examples, you are still young enough in your career that this requirement is a little more flexible. Also, leadership can be both title and project, and if you don't have enough examples from the workplace, instances from academic or extracurricular activities can suffice.

I think your list of schools is good. I normally recommend 6 schools, and you could add a Competitive and Reach school to your existing list. Considering your profile and that you are starting early (try to apply to as many R1s as you can), I actually don't think you need a Safety school at this stage. Of course, the caveat being that the achievements listed above will translate into well-written essays that showcase your versatility and diversity.

For leadership, see my comment above.

We are working with clients applying to INSEAD R3 now. If you have everything in order, I don't see why not. Otherwise, applying to R1s is always better from a numbers perspective.

On CUHK/CEIBS, see my comments on Safety schools above.

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