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Re: Submit Profile Evalutions [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2009, 14:37
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Hey bmw4me,

Your story sounds like a unique one that will provide solid material for your essays. Your GMAT score is on the low side of the average for the schools you have listed, but certainly is within range. Focus on bringing out your leadership examples and overcoming adversity in your essays. This will keep you in contention for your target schools. Do you have good recommendations?

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Yes, I have very good recommendations from my current employer(I exceeded all his expectation and got promoted from an associate level to the senior engineer within 1 year of employment), my previous employer(partner of the venture capital firm), an administrator of the program where I served in various leadership capacities(helped to develop a program that helps students from disadvantaged background to obtain a college degree. Within 3 years we grew the program from 50 scholars to over 3000.) and university vice president(former Harvard BS Staff).
Currently I help tutoring kids from the refugee camp(we have one in our area).
My biggest concern with my target schools are: lack of post grad work experience(1.5 years). I'm not sure if all that WE while in college will be considered (I do have some impressive WE, but it's while in college) and l the gmat score that is on the lower end of the average spectrum(hopefully my above average GPA and 48 in Q section can compensate for the overall 660)
In my essay I do address the fact that I'm the first from my family to graduate from HS, the disadvantaged circumstances I came from and fact that I was able to graduate with two degrees while working(20 hours a weeks) and serving in various leadership positions(20 hours a week on average) debt free.

Is there something I can work on to improve my chances of being accepted to one of my target schools? I would love to study at Tepper(because of it's heavy focus on Quant and Technology), but don't want to be overly optimistic.
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Re: Submit Profile Evalutions [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2009, 22:45
Hi Brett/Schuyler,

I would like some advice on my profile and my chances of being admitted in Fall 2010. Would you please take a look and give me some pointers?

Nationality: Singaporean
Age: 30 (by Fall 2010)
Schools Applied: Stanford (R2), Wharton (R2), Darden (R2)

ASPIRATIONS POST-MBA
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- To develop myself into a well-rounded person as a leader before graduation; to become a business leader in the Asia Pacific region to influence business and societal activities for development in developing/under-developed countries.
- To meet like-minded individuals during MBA; hope to start a non-profit organisation with like-minded people committed to the international development of volunteering and environmental sustainability in the Asia Pacific region.
- To groom the next generation of business leaders through the activities I'm involved in


ACADEMIC
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Post-grad: Masters in International Business (part-time)
Grenoble Graduate School of Business
Graduating in March 2010

Under-grad: Degree in Civil Engineering (1st class Hons)
National University of Singapore
Graduated in June 2005
GPA: 4.79 out of 5
Received dean's list and multiple awards as a valedictorian

WORK EXPERIENCE
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- 5 yrs (by Fall 2010) in product management for bank's cash management business in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Joined the largest Singapore bank as a Management Associate in June 2005, worked for 3 yrs between Singapore and China. Promoted from Analyst to Associate in 2007.
- Joined another Singapore bank as Assistant Vice President in May 2008, and worked there till present.
- Received awards from both employers.

GMAT
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Overall Score: 750 (98%)
Quantitative: 51 (98%)
Verbal: 39 (86%)
AWA: 6.0 (90%)

EXTRACURRICULARS / COMMUNITY
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- Decent, but not fantastic
- Hosted evening programmes and helped in compound cleaning at an old folk's home
- Regular donor to the Singapore Cancer Society
- Teaching volunteer in Padampokhari, a Nepalese village
- Going to participate as a team member in the 40km Challenge in the OCBC Cycle Singapore 2010
- Member of Association for Financial Professionals; pursuing the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation
- Member of NUS Society, the premier graduate club in Singapore

MILITARY
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- Served 2.5 yrs of compulsory full-time military service before undergraduate studies. Promoted to 3rd Sergeant by end of service in 2001.
- Served in reservist force since 2001. Promoted to 2nd Sergeant in 2008.
- Received awards both during full-time service and reservist service.


Will my profile be attractive for the schools I have applied to? Hope to hear your advice.

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Re: Submit Profile Evalutions [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2009, 16:11
Hi kevintay,

From what you have listed about your resume, you certainly have the pieces in place to stand out as an applicant to the schools mentioned. Military experience is looked upon favorably for its structured leadership opportunities. You have been recognized for excelling in your area of work. Your GMAT score is strong. You have a very realistic and detailed career path post-MBA. As long as you were able to use an essay to explain to each school why it was THE school that could best suit your career ambitions, you have good prospects at admission. Your essays will have had to back up your great achievements heretofore.

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Re: Submit Profile Evalutions [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2009, 17:33
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Hi kevintay,

From what you have listed about your resume, you certainly have the pieces in place to stand out as an applicant to the schools mentioned. Military experience is looked upon favorably for its structured leadership opportunities. You have been recognized for excelling in your area of work. Your GMAT score is strong. You have a very realistic and detailed career path post-MBA. As long as you were able to use an essay to explain to each school why it was THE school that could best suit your career ambitions, you have good prospects at admission. Your essays will have had to back up your great achievements heretofore.

Best of luck,


Hi Schuyler,

Thanks for your kind evaluation!

I'm just wondering if there may be any areas of weakness or concern that the adcom may like me to address, either through the essays or during the interviews (if i'm invited)?

On the essays, I did not really colour them with my achievements. I adopted an introspective approach to the essays, elaborating on my aspirations, insights, beliefs, philosophy, etc. I had included only a couple of incidents at work or community service, but more to support my beliefs rather than to sell my achievements. I thought the achievements should be apparent from information provided in the online application form, transcipts, or resume. Therefore I did not repeat them in the essays. Is this an acceptable approach or should I change my essays?

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Re: Submit Profile Evalutions [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2009, 22:45
kevintay,

You are on the right track with your essays and sorry for the confusion I may have caused by my wording. The intent of my last sentence was not to say that the essays should specifically address achievements already highlighted in your resume (although you could). Instead, I was saying, you have the right numbers and stats in place, and will have to supplement the data in your application with compelling essays that prove you are more than a high GMAT score or good worker. Show you are a unique and driven individual who the school will proudly attach its name to.

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Re: Submit Profile Evalutions [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2009, 08:14
Hi Schuyler,

Thanks a million for your clarifications!

I have submitted my application and would be keeping my fingers crossed. In the meantime, I should just enjoy myself in this whole application process!

Cheers!
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Re: Submit Profile Evalutions [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2009, 07:16
Brett/Schuyler-

I was hoping you could take a look at my profile and give some advice on the type of schools to which I should apply and if a top 5 is a realistic goal:

Nationality: US Caucasian
Age: 25 at matriculation
Undergrad GPA: 3.6
Major: Civil Engineering, top 10 engineering program for schools that don't have a PHD program
GMAT: 710 Q:47 V:40 AWA: 5.5 - took 3 times unfortunately (1st-650 2nd-660)
Work Experience: 2 years in construction management when applying (however spent most of my life around construction)
ECs:
Improv Comedy- started local troupe
Condominium association member
Looking to get involved in more community service
Leadership positions in college
Other Notes:
Future goal is to run a family owned construction company

Any advice you could offer would be much appreciated!

Thanks,
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Re: Submit Profile Evalutions [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2009, 09:21
Hi mmurnane,

I'm not sure if there are any MBA programs that somehow cater to, or incorporate engineering curriculum or favor engineering backgrounds. That said, perhaps a business school with an entrepreneurial atmosphere would suit you well since you plan to operate your own business. Some good entrepreneurship programs in your profile range include USC - Marshall, U Washington - Foster, and U Michigan - Ross. These would be good reach schools, but there are many other safer bets with strong entrepreneurial programs.

Your decision should of course take other things into account such as location and cost. Consider where you want to start your future business. It would be a good idea to go to a school in that area to begin building your network.

Will you be applying for Fall 2010?\

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Re: Submit Profile Evalutions [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2009, 10:05
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Hi could you advice please as to which MBA is best for an IT guy with 6.5 years of experience and what colleges are best for that.
I personally am interested in Sales & Marketing, so which college are best for it as well.

Many Thanks
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Re: Submit Profile Evalutions [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2010, 11:51
Thanks Schulyer-

Appreciate the information. Yes I will be applying in fall 2010, but mostly looking at schools in the Northeast as that is where I would be operating.
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Re: Submit Profile Evalutions [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2010, 08:03
Hi,

Just finished GMAT recently, scored 680 (Q 48, V35). I'm based in London and would like to pursue full-time MBA preferrably from the UK. Aim to apply in a course starting in fall 2010.

Please help me evaluate my chance for London Business School, Oxford and Cambridge. In addition, any hints on areas that I should focus in my applications would be highly appreciated.

Executive summary of my profile:
o 11 years of full-time experience in IT with last 7 years in programme management in Nokia (formerly Symbian Ltd)
o International work experience in the UK for last 6.5 years and 4.5 years in India
o Successfully managed IT programmes of upto $6M budget and around 60-90 members involved in a
highly distributed manner
o Executive programme reporting to senior stakeholders (directors) and extensively worked with external customers
o Line management experience. Had responsibility of a 20 member team
o Bachelor of Engineering in Instrumentation & Control, Gujarat University, India, 1999. Secured
third rank in the academics
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Re: Submit Profile Evalutions [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2010, 06:32
Reposting from main thread, I am assuming this is where people post to receive a response -

Please evaluate my profile and do let me know your opinion:

GMAT: 1 attempt, 680, Q 46, V 38, AWA 5.5.
Employment: 16+ years in IS. Working for a prominent Fortune 100 company for past 3+ years.
Ethincity: South Asian (Indian American).
Highlights: Founded a technology company some years ago, managed to sell services to, and sign contracts with Forbes and few other smaller companies. Came away with some solid experience working with freelancers, dealing with attorneys, accountants, marketing consultants etc.
Other Relevant Stats: Male, 38, US Citizen.
Financials: Employer will pay 100% tuition.

Now the questions =>
1. Do I have a good shot at Kellogg’s Saturday MBA?
2. Do I have a fair shot at Booth part-time MBA?
3. I am considering doing MIS from University of Illinois at Chicago as back up. I think I can get admission into other schools for MBA (Tippie at Iowa, or Western Illinois, or online from University of Wisconsin). Between the UIC MIS and the mid-range MBA, which ones better?
We have so many MBAs from sundry schools at my workplace - that if I threw a rock, it would bounce off a few MBAs. I am really in a bind on this one.
4. I may be able to improve my scores by 20-30 points if I give GMAT again. Will it add value?

Conflicted and confused, I would sincerely appreciate your viewpoint.
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Re: Submit Profile Evalutions [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 10:43
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Hi could you advice please as to which MBA is best for an IT guy with 6.5 years of experience and what colleges are best for that.
I personally am interested in Sales & Marketing, so which college are best for it as well.

Many Thanks
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Hi Anil,

We will need more information on your profile to answer your question accurately. Feel free to submit your profile online here if you're not sure what information you need to give.

Thanks,

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Re: Ask Ivy App Success (submit your profiles for evaluation) [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 13:04
Hi BrettN.

I have mailed you my resume. Have recently send it to business school for my visit.
It is two page which is long for a resume but didnt knew what to cut short to make it one page.

Please give my opinion about it.

Consider i will get 720 in GMAT and solid recommendation.
Will also be adding more qualifications/certification and extra auricular by the time i apply in this October.

Please advice and let me know what more i need to work upon to get into top UK and Europe colleges.Also aiming for ISB.

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Re: Ask Ivy App Success (submit your profiles for evaluation) [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 13:19
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Here in is attached my resume. Have recently send it to business school for my visit.


Not sure if you care, but this a public space. If you would like to send it privately (without anyone seeing it) - you can just PM (private message) your resume to BrettN.
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Re: Ask Ivy App Success (submit your profiles for evaluation) [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 13:25
Hey bb,

Fair advice, just that after a long days of work i am not reasoning my actions fair enough.
I have changed my message above to BrettN and mailed him my resume.

Would you mind if I mail it to you too for your inputs as well.

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Re: Ask Ivy App Success (submit your profiles for evaluation) [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 16:24
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Hey bb,

Fair advice, just that after a long days of work i am not reasoning my actions fair enough.
I have changed my message above to BrettN and mailed him my resume.

Would you mind if I mail it to you too for your inputs as well.

Many thanks.


You won't get much out of me. I am happy to take a look at it, but I am not any good at it - gmat - sure but I don't take much interest in admissions consulting.
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Re: Ask Ivy App Success (submit your profiles for evaluation) [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2010, 21:49
Hi BrettN

Please let me know your thoughts on my chances.

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

GMAT 710(Q51,V34)
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 -> 60K->90K->130K
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?)

Please advice.
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Re: Ask Ivy App Success (submit your profiles for evaluation) [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2010, 11:04
atish wrote:
Hi BrettN

Please let me know your thoughts on my chances.

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

GMAT 710(Q51,V34)
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 -> 60K->90K->130K
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?)

Please advice.


Hi Atish,

I would possibly go through the application and bullet out points as if you were applying for 2010. See if you can confidently answer the leadership, mistake, career vision essays, etc. and if you can't, try to work on these weaknesses this year. You can also do the same process for the extra curricular activities, community activities, etc.

Since you're so on top of the process, I would set up a game plan to connect with the school early and often. Feel free to contact us mid/early summer if you want some more advice on how to proceed for the top schools.
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Re: Ask Ivy App Success (submit your profiles for evaluation) [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2010, 10:15
Hi BrettN,

I need some advice to improve my candidature for an MBA program fall 2011.

I took GMAT in December.
Scored 660(V:34, Q:47)
Engineering in Information Technology(65%)

Aiming for Fall 2011.
I haven't decided the course yet. Still doing my research on Universities
and the MBA curricula. To be a little more precise i am looking forward to
Management in Information Systems
Or
Management in International Business to chose from.

Till date i have 19 months of full time work experience as a systems engineer
in IT sector. By fall 2011 it will be close to 3 years.

Please advice how shall i go about improving my profile to strengthen my candidature.
I have almost a year to go for the application process.

Thanks
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