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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2012, 23:31
Hi,

I think 3 years of work experience is good. I don't see that being a negative thing.

My personal feeling about the GMAT is that if your score is already within the average for the top schools, getting a higher score doesn't make you smarter or help your chances too much. The time you would've put into studying for the GMAT may be better used to take on additional responsibilities at work, or serve the community.

Clarity of career goals and being able to show transferrable skills is very important as well. Please see the recent article I wrote regarding career goals.
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I would be happy to talk to you further if you are interested in getting admissions consulting help.

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Hi all,
I am in a very much confused state regarding my application to B schools.Let me say about my profile first :

GMAT SCORE:720

GPA-7/10 -->from a top 10 institution in india

Work exp:Indian IT industry.work experience will be 3 years during the date of joining in college

Started a company named Returnwealth financial services-independent equity resarch firm for last 2 years and been rated as one of the very wel growing companies in my place ..

Goal: to wor in an investment firm for few years and start a own company and to project it to a world class level.

So planning to pursue MBA in finance

Been awarded as champion at work in a very ample amount of time when i joined the company

Been Placement co-ordinator and IEEE chairman in my college

District level cricket player and been represented as captain of my college team

Active volunteer of NSS during the college level



I want experts to advise me on the following things:

1) Which colleges do i get good chance to get into.Really confused on this because of my very low work experience.

2)My very low work experience say 3 years while joining will that impact much and which colleges prefer these kind of people?

3)If i retake and get 750 in GMAT will that be more helpfull stil?

Really will be very thankful for your advises

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2012, 23:37
Can u name few colleges where i have chances of getting into??
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2012, 23:38
Hi,

Clarity of career goals is really important part of application success. And you really need to know your career goals well in order to properly select schools to apply to.

Please see my recent article on career goals. http://marveladmissions.com/the-power-i ... eer-goals/

We're offering career goals service if you are interested in getting our help in getting clarity around your short-term and long-term goals.

Just send me your info. http://marveladmissions.com/contact-us/

Speak to you soon!

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LaCafGen wrote:
Dear Christine,

Thanks for your answer. My first GMAT score was around 600, the second one I took is the 720 score I reported in the previous post. The time interval between two scores is about 6 months, and yes I dis study hard to dramatically improve my score. I believe if I start preparing again, I might improve my score by 10-20 points, to be realistic.

Regarding the post MBA plans, I am not exactly sure, but I want to go into Management and/or Entrepreneurship. Not much interested in finance or consulting.

Apart from the top schools I have mentioned, what other "safe" schools would you recommend me (including Canadian schools)?



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Your work experience & extracurriculars seem substaintial. Awesome undergrad GPA, esp given it is in physics. Not so great at Judge, but ok, I understand the UK grading system given I went to London Business School.

Did you spend a lot of time preparing for the GMAT previously? Is there a reason to believe you are capable of getting much higher score?

Your score is right around the average for the top schools, and it helps you're from one of the former USSR country. You'll have to demonstrate leadership capabilities and decision making through work and personal experiences.

What would you like to do after business school and long term?

Please feel free to send me your info/resume, and we can schedule a time to chat further. http://marveladmissions.com/contact-us/

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Hello,

I think I have a very unique and unusual profile, so I'd kindly ask you to provide feedback on it.

Male, 24 yrs old, from a small former USSR country.

GMAT 720 (Q50, V35), AWA 5.0, taken in Nov 2009

Academics:

Bachelor of Science in Physics, GPA 3.85/4.0 (From a top regional university, graduated with honors in May 2009)

MPhil in Management, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK (2010-2011, a TAUGHT course, not a research oriented one), GPA 61% overall, pass rate 60% (this might seem a bit low, but in the past 5 years nobody's GPA in the course exceeded 75%. Spent most of my time in Cambridge on networking events, hence a low GPA, but this ultimately paid off since I found a job thru that network)

Work Experience:

Full Time, Director at a small local Holding Company ($5mln-10mln valued), which has stakes in different companies in very different fields (including the vending machines company where I was previously a director). Mainly responsible for control and management of the companies which comprised the holding and their financial performances. (2012-current)

Full Time, Director at a newly founded joint local-Spanish vending machines importing and operating company. In less than a year company became the dominant one in the country, having the biggest market share. Staff up to 20 people. 2011-2012

Full Time, Marketing and PR Specialist at a start up IT company. 2009-2010

Part Time, PR Specialist at one of the biggest local media companies, 4 months

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
1 $20K scholarship from a local government-supported fund to study in Cambridge
2 $10K scholarship from Cambridge Overseas Trust
3 Full scholarship at my local university during my undergrad degree, which was renewable each year

Extracurriculars:

I have been very active at college during all 4 years there. I have been the member of student council, organized numerous conferences at my department, including one international conference. Working closely with student council, on my initiative several times I made fundraising in my department for children at orphanages.

Elected by classmates, at Cambridge I've been the class representative in the Operations User Group Committee, representing the class and its needs at the committee and suggesting changes to improve the infrastructure of and student experience at JBS.
Actively engage in sports activities, esp. mountain biking and skiing.

Back in 2009 apart from applying to Cambridge MPhil in Management program, I also applied to Booth's MBA program (applied in third round) since they were accepting early career applicants. I got an interview, but ultimately got rejected: my best guess - lack of experience. I got suggested to work for few more years and try again.

Now being in my mid career, I am looking for Harvard, Booth, Wharton to start in 2014 preferably (will be around 26 yrs old by then). I want to know two things:

1) Would you recommend me retaking GMAT? (my verbal is a bit low and dont you think my score will be a bit old at the time of an application?)
2) What you think are my chances at my target schools and what other schools would you recommend me?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2012, 23:41
Hi,

I would have to better understand your career goals and what skills you are hoping to attain during business school. http://marveladmissions.com/the-power-i ... eer-goals/

Happy to discuss further if you are interested in getting help with clarifying career goals and school selection. Please send me your info.

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2012, 08:22
If you're not applying until Fall 2013 then you can use the next 9 months to strengthen the ECs/leadership portion of your profile. For people who have fallen off the EC train for several years I often recommend thinking back to what you've been involved with in the past (sports, mentoring, fundraising, whatever) and try to do something similar now (doesn't have to be with the same organization or anything, just similar type of cause or activity). This shows some continuity and that you're not just picking up activities just for the sake of an application. 9-12 months (depending on which round you apply in) is plenty of time to get meaningfully involved in one or two activities. That will definitely help your chances at H/S/W.
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 06:45
Hi Marvel Admissions,

I am a first-year analyst at a middle market investment bank (Jefferies, Houlihan Lokey, Harris Williams) in a specialized industry coverage group. Won't be applying for a couple more years obviously. One of my colleagues just was accepted to Tuck R1.

GMAT: 760 (V: 42, Q: 50). SAT: 2280 (V: 720, M: 780, W: 780)

Georgetown University, 3.4/4.0 in Finance & International Business double-major. Tough adjustment to college in freshman and early sophomore years, strong upward trend in junior and senior years (~3.75)

Actively involved in firm recruiting at Georgetown, firm volunteer events (serving homeless in city). In college was music director for 2.5 years (the leader) of a community service-focused acappella group that worked with several notable non-profit organizations and held shows and developed 2 albums with proceeds to charity

Targeting HBS, Wharton, Columbia, MIT Sloan

A big career question: I am considering jumping ship and working for my family business, a ~$100 million in revenue professional foodservice distribution company in a leadership capacity. Do you think this would make me a stronger applicant? (I can provide more detail if you'd like). Or should I stay in IB?

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 23:50
Hi,

What is your career goal post MBA? And long-term career goal?
You will have to figure out what you are really interested in doing and how to best utilize your skills.

I do advice family businesses and provide leadership coaching to potential successors. There will be a few success factors for you to consider if you do decide to join the family business such as identifying a non-family mentor for you at the firm.

I do pre-planning career coaching for people who are couple years away from applying to business school. Happy to discuss further if you are interested. Just email me your info - clin@marveladmissions.com

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Hi Marvel Admissions,

I am a first-year analyst at a middle market investment bank (Jefferies, Houlihan Lokey, Harris Williams) in a specialized industry coverage group. Won't be applying for a couple more years obviously. One of my colleagues just was accepted to Tuck R1.

GMAT: 760 (V: 42, Q: 50). SAT: 2280 (V: 720, M: 780, W: 780)

Georgetown University, 3.4/4.0 in Finance & International Business double-major. Tough adjustment to college in freshman and early sophomore years, strong upward trend in junior and senior years (~3.75)

Actively involved in firm recruiting at Georgetown, firm volunteer events (serving homeless in city). In college was music director for 2.5 years (the leader) of a community service-focused acappella group that worked with several notable non-profit organizations and held shows and developed 2 albums with proceeds to charity

Targeting HBS, Wharton, Columbia, MIT Sloan

A big career question: I am considering jumping ship and working for my family business, a ~$100 million in revenue professional foodservice distribution company in a leadership capacity. Do you think this would make me a stronger applicant? (I can provide more detail if you'd like). Or should I stay in IB?

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2012, 11:46
Hi,

If you think you can improve your score, it doesn't hurt to take the GMAT again, and it shows that you are willing to work hard to get into the school. I feel that quant score is one that can be more easily improved in a short period of time.

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Hello - I have recently been placed on the round 1 waitlist at chicago booth. I am a Big4 auditor, and went to school at a top 10 business undergrad in the northeast. I have my CPA as well. My GMAT is 700 Q44 V41. My question is, in addition to submitting a video, extracurricular LOR, and update essay, is it worth it to re-take my gmat to improve my quantitative score? Any help would be MUCH appreciated, as if I am going to re-take the test, I need to begin studying ASAP.

Thank you so much.

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 04:42
Dear Sir/madam,

I am from India and I shall be grateful if you may provide your insights between the two schools W.P.Carey Business School and Eli-Broad Graduate School of management.

Fortunately I received the offer from both the schools with best scholarship. I have been offered with 100% scholarship and 20,000USD stipend from W.P.Carey and 12,000USD fellowship and GA position, which makes my tuition fees nil, from Michigan State University.

I am interested in supply chain management course. I am married and have 7 years of experience in project management-construction in a well reputed oil marketing company of India.

I am confused and in a big dilemma. Being an international student, I feel that financially W.P.Carey is the better option for me but Michigan is known for manufacturing companies where I may feel that I have better prospects of placements. Website placement statistics are equal for both the schools.

Kindly help me to take the best decision. I shall be grateful for your kind advice.

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Congratulations on getting the scholarship!

I am not too familiar with the two programs you mentioned. If I were you, I would contact current students or recent graduates of both schools to ask them about the details of campus recruiting and job search.

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Dear Sir/madam,

I am from India and I shall be grateful if you may provide your insights between the two schools W.P.Carey Business School and Eli-Broad Graduate School of management.

Fortunately I received the offer from both the schools with best scholarship. I have been offered with 100% scholarship and 20,000USD stipend from W.P.Carey and 12,000USD fellowship and GA position, which makes my tuition fees nil, from Michigan State University.

I am interested in supply chain management course. I am married and have 7 years of experience in project management-construction in a well reputed oil marketing company of India.

I am confused and in a big dilemma. Being an international student, I feel that financially W.P.Carey is the better option for me but Michigan is known for manufacturing companies where I may feel that I have better prospects of placements. Website placement statistics are equal for both the schools.

Kindly help me to take the best decision. I shall be grateful for your kind advice.

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2012, 12:46
Hey MBA-ers,


I'm currently applying for MBA programs and I'm having a hard time deciding whether I should look at part-time (evening) MBA programs or full-time programs. I'm 28 and have a great gig as a Sales Engineer for IT software, making over $100,000.


I definitely don't want to do this for the rest of my life, as I'm not very interested in IT or engineering. I'd prefer to go into strategic/executive level management and as far as I can tell an MBA is the starting point to getting there.


GMAT: 710

Mid-Tier State School BBA: 3.98 GPA (graduated Summa Cum Laude)

Community college: 3.08 GPA

Overall GPA: 3.46


Financially it'd be difficult to leave this job for a full-time MBA program, but it limits my options to local schools (which aren't bad, but aren't top 10 caliber).


Think it'd be a good idea to shoot for a high-ranked full-time program out of state, and use the local evening schools as a backup? Do I even have a realistic shot at any of the top 10 schools?
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2012, 14:00
Hi,

If you can demonstrate strong leadership capability with good extracurricular activities, you would be competitive at the top schools.

If you decide to stay with the current job, you may want to consider online MBA at UNC as well. http://onlinemba.unc.edu/

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Hey MBA-ers,


I'm currently applying for MBA programs and I'm having a hard time deciding whether I should look at part-time (evening) MBA programs or full-time programs. I'm 28 and have a great gig as a Sales Engineer for IT software, making over $100,000.


I definitely don't want to do this for the rest of my life, as I'm not very interested in IT or engineering. I'd prefer to go into strategic/executive level management and as far as I can tell an MBA is the starting point to getting there.


GMAT: 710

Mid-Tier State School BBA: 3.98 GPA (graduated Summa Cum Laude)

Community college: 3.08 GPA

Overall GPA: 3.46


Financially it'd be difficult to leave this job for a full-time MBA program, but it limits my options to local schools (which aren't bad, but aren't top 10 caliber).


Think it'd be a good idea to shoot for a high-ranked full-time program out of state, and use the local evening schools as a backup? Do I even have a realistic shot at any of the top 10 schools?

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2012, 11:45
Thanks! I don't have too much in the way of extracurriculars (been working full-time), but I think the fact my sales career has me interfacing with clients and executive management in a number of different $200 million+ organizations will help out my application, and perhaps help differentiate me from pure quant=and-numbers type people (though the engineering side gives me a lot of that too).

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Hi,

If you can demonstrate strong leadership capability with good extracurricular activities, you would be competitive at the top schools.

If you decide to stay with the current job, you may want to consider online MBA at UNC as well.

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Hey MBA-ers,


I'm currently applying for MBA programs and I'm having a hard time deciding whether I should look at part-time (evening) MBA programs or full-time programs. I'm 28 and have a great gig as a Sales Engineer for IT software, making over $100,000.


I definitely don't want to do this for the rest of my life, as I'm not very interested in IT or engineering. I'd prefer to go into strategic/executive level management and as far as I can tell an MBA is the starting point to getting there.


GMAT: 710

Mid-Tier State School BBA: 3.98 GPA (graduated Summa Cum Laude)

Community college: 3.08 GPA

Overall GPA: 3.46


Financially it'd be difficult to leave this job for a full-time MBA program, but it limits my options to local schools (which aren't bad, but aren't top 10 caliber).


Think it'd be a good idea to shoot for a high-ranked full-time program out of state, and use the local evening schools as a backup? Do I even have a realistic shot at any of the top 10 schools?
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2012, 14:45
I would much appreciate your assistance and opinion. I’m going to try for great schools, but am worried about my chances. I want to work internationally after school, so all of my targets are international.

Here's my profile:

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3.06 GPA
30 years old

Education:
I received my BBA from 2nd tier state university. During my undergrad I founded a campus political organization and was very active in a campus parish (everything from leading retreats to hosting guest speakers). In addition, I was an active campaigner and volunteer for congressional campaigns. Took an internship my senior year with the US Senate in DC researching proposed trade legislation. Extra-curriculars probably contributed to lower GPA, along with an administrative snafu where an incomplete class that I replaced being counted against my GPA.

Work Experience:
Shortly out of school I left my job at a local bank to be an entrepreneur and start my own business, which was successful for 3 years until the economy went south and I had to close shop. At its peak, the business employed 8, and had monthly sales volume of over $1mil.

From there went to work for my family's small business where I had the title of Marketing Director. Designed and executed promotional campaigns, and oversaw firm's community involvement efforts.

Currently working at Fortune 20 healthcare firm as government analyst. Applying for internal leadership rotational program.

I left the entrepreneurship path because I really wanted to work on a larger scale in strategy with international possibilities. I didn't see that happening if I stayed an entrepreneur.

Post-BBA Activities
Hospice Volunteer
Captain of Flag Football Team

Short term goal:
To work internationally as a strategy consultant or in industry specializing in healthcare.

Dream Schools:
INSEAD (Consulting job opportunities and global perspective, perfect!) Will be applying R1 for Winter 2014 intake
London Business School- R3 of 4 - Really worried this is too late!

More realistic schools:
IE- Rolling admissions, but will be applying mid Jan.
IESE- R3 of 6

Was thinking of Fuqua or Darden, but really want international opportunities.

Among my worries:
1. GMAT Score- My score is very unbalanced, I scored in the 56th percentile in quant, but saved myself with a 97% in verbal. Should I retake?
2. My GPA- Its not like I slacked, but I tried to do too much in school (working, activities, double concentration), and my GPA suffered.
3. Round- LBS will be round 3 (of 4) and IE, while they claim to have rolling admissions, may be filling seats as I write.
4. Finally, what might kill my chances at Insead, if my unbalanced GMAT score didnt already, is my lack of international exposure. (I have none).

Thanks for your thoughts!
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2012, 17:07
Hi DukeCityMBA,

Feliz año nuevo!

You've got interesting work experience and background, and have accomplished a lot professionally. For INSEAD, demonstrating intellectual capability is really important, since it is a short program. You will have to carefully explain the undergrad GPA.

There's some time to study and retake the GMAT, so I would definitely recommend you doing that. A higher GMAT score would help offset the low GPA a bit. I find that it is easier to improve quant score in a short period of time, so I hope you will be able to improve your score.

For London Business School, I don't think round 3 is too late. I interview many talented candidates for round three over the past ten years, and feel that they have a fair chance of getting in as round 1 or 2 applicants. I was a round 3 applicant myself and got in : )

It is ok if you don't actually have international work experience, but you should definitely try to show your awareness of global business challenges and an openness and desire to learn about different cultures. I'm assuming you are fluent in Spanish, which helps.

How you present yourself in the essays and interviews will be really important. You will have to tell a consistent and strong story showing you have the skills to be successful as a strategy consultant, and articulate why MBA, and passion behind your long-term career goal. http://marveladmissions.com/the-power-i ... eer-goals/

If you are interested in getting admissions consulting help, please feel free to contact me for a complimentary consulting session. clin@marveladmissions.com. I also have advice on transitioning to strategy consulting.

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I would much appreciate your assistance and opinion. I’m going to try for great schools, but am worried about my chances. I want to work internationally after school, so all of my targets are international.

Here's my profile:

American Latino Male
700 GMAT (41 Q/ 45 V)
3.06 GPA
30 years old

Education:
I received my BBA from 2nd tier state university. During my undergrad I founded a campus political organization and was very active in a campus parish (everything from leading retreats to hosting guest speakers). In addition, I was an active campaigner and volunteer for congressional campaigns. Took an internship my senior year with the US Senate in DC researching proposed trade legislation. Extra-curriculars probably contributed to lower GPA, along with an administrative snafu where an incomplete class that I replaced being counted against my GPA.

Work Experience:
Shortly out of school I left my job at a local bank to be an entrepreneur and start my own business, which was successful for 3 years until the economy went south and I had to close shop. At its peak, the business employed 8, and had monthly sales volume of over $1mil.

From there went to work for my family's small business where I had the title of Marketing Director. Designed and executed promotional campaigns, and oversaw firm's community involvement efforts.

Currently working at Fortune 20 healthcare firm as government analyst. Applying for internal leadership rotational program.

I left the entrepreneurship path because I really wanted to work on a larger scale in strategy with international possibilities. I didn't see that happening if I stayed an entrepreneur.

Post-BBA Activities
Hospice Volunteer
Captain of Flag Football Team

Short term goal:
To work internationally as a strategy consultant or in industry specializing in healthcare.

Dream Schools:
INSEAD (Consulting job opportunities and global perspective, perfect!) Will be applying R1 for Winter 2014 intake
London Business School- R3 of 4 - Really worried this is too late!

More realistic schools:
IE- Rolling admissions, but will be applying mid Jan.
IESE- R3 of 6

Was thinking of Fuqua or Darden, but really want international opportunities.

Among my worries:
1. GMAT Score- My score is very unbalanced, I scored in the 56th percentile in quant, but saved myself with a 97% in verbal. Should I retake?
2. My GPA- Its not like I slacked, but I tried to do too much in school (working, activities, double concentration), and my GPA suffered.
3. Round- LBS will be round 3 (of 4) and IE, while they claim to have rolling admissions, may be filling seats as I write.
4. Finally, what might kill my chances at Insead, if my unbalanced GMAT score didnt already, is my lack of international exposure. (I have none).

Thanks for your thoughts!

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2013, 11:45
Hi,

I am a career changer. I had been working in a small company(only a dozen employees) as a general manager.

I am applying for MBA, and want to get into a leadership development or rotational program after MBA.

in my essays, i put "getting in to a rotational program" as my short-term goal. I also write about how i am interested in general management, and interested in retail or consumer product industry. I also listed one or two rotational program (such as amazon, intel, etc) as examples.

I already got rejected by two schools, so i started looking back into my applications and try to improve.

is my short-term goal too vague and general? if so, any suggestion to improve it.

thanks in advance!!!
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2013, 17:09
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You could certainly be more specific with your short-term goal. IMO, a short-term goal is something that you can see yourself getting upon graduation -- the adcom has to be able to envision this in all respects (how it relates to your past experience, what experiences will you gain during the program that will help you achieve this goal, etc).

I think the goal of a rotational program is fine, but you have to elaborate -- what kind of rotational program, what industry, what functional areas do you want to explore, why do you want to explore those areas, why not focus on just one area?

Hope that at least helps you get started thinking about it!
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2013, 01:19
Hi,

Rotational program allows participants exposure to different parts of a business, but they do have to end up selecting a function at the end of the program. Is there a particular function you think you may be interested in? It would be worth spending some time thinking and researching right now. Most business schools want people who are clear about their career goals. Some questions for you to consider - What would you like to do after the rotational program? What skills do you have that will make you successful in the post-MBA role?

Check out my recent article on career goals. http://marveladmissions.com/the-power-i ... eer-goals/

Let me know if you are interested in a ding analysis to figure out how to improve your candidacy for other applications. clin@marveladmissions.com.

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Hi,

I am a career changer. I had been working in a small company(only a dozen employees) as a general manager.

I am applying for MBA, and want to get into a leadership development or rotational program after MBA.

in my essays, i put "getting in to a rotational program" as my short-term goal. I also write about how i am interested in general management, and interested in retail or consumer product industry. I also listed one or two rotational program (such as amazon, intel, etc) as examples.

I already got rejected by two schools, so i started looking back into my applications and try to improve.

is my short-term goal too vague and general? if so, any suggestion to improve it.

thanks in advance!!!

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2013, 05:06
Hi Marvel Admissions,

My name is Matija and I would really appreciate your help and any assistance in evaluating my chances of getting in some of the top MSc Management programs in Europe. Currently I am back home in Croatia studying for my GMAT exam which am taking on Feb 23rd. I aware of the fact that GMAT is one of the major facts when applying for schools. However, please let me know as it is right now how am I standing compared to other students around the world, also any recommendation, suggestion or anything about the GMAT would be more then welcome.

Education:
DePaul University Chicago, IL June 2012 (Wel respected University in US, especially n Illinois in the field of business)
Bachelor of Science in Commerce: Management/ Entrepreneurship Concentration (3.52 GPA)

Experience:
Hypo-Alpe-Adria Bank d.d., Zagreb, Croatia
Assistant to the Management Bord of Hypo-Alpe-Adria Bank d.d.. (Summer 2011)
• Assisted members of the board on various projects and duties
• Demonstrate strong organizational skills, self motivation and the ability to work well in collaborative environments
• Presentation preparation and marketing research
• Maintaining confidentiality on important information
• Support in events organization

Beatus- Fides d.o.o. Zagreb, Croatia
Manager Assistant (Summer 2010)
• Organizing files
• Perform daily operations of office as assigned
• Working on the field
• Emphasize creative thinking and facilitate the development of the uniqe work
• Managed the communication department and facilitated company’s negotiations with foreign partners

Extra Activities/Honors:
• DePaul University Division 1 Men’s Tennis Member (2008- 2012)
• Big East Conference All Academic Team (2008-2010)
• Big East Conference Academic All Star Team (2008-2012)
• DePaul University Dean’s Academic Honors List (2008-2012)
• Scholarship student-athlete

I was a college tennis athlete for full 4 years while being in the college, last two years I was also a captain of the team who led his team to be top 35 programs on the NCAA rankings.

Volunteer Experience:

St. Vincent DePaul Service Day (2008-2012)
GIve Kids The World (helping mentally disabled kids by providing them care, food, attention and joy for the entire day in Orlando, FLorida)
Safe House (working with ex-inmates by improving their education skills and improving their communication with others. I was there for 3 months-4 days a week in Chicago)

Please let me know if there is anything else I should mention in my brief resume.

Schools I am planning to apply for masters in management (not MBA):
LSB
Manhaim University
Cass Business School (London)
Rotterdam/Erasmus University
ESADE
EDHEC (France)
ESEC (France)
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2013, 06:57
Please Evaluate my profile and suggest the best fits

Planning to apply for Fall 2014.

Please find my details below:

1. GMAT: 700 (Q50, V33). Awaiting AWA and IR scores. (1st attempt). Yet to give TOEFL

2. Academics :
10th - 84%
12th - 94%
B.tech in Computer Science(2009 Passout) - CGPA 8.3/10 (First Class with Distinction) from a good Indian University.

Extra Curricular Activities During B.tech:
I) Won First prize in Robotics in a National Technical Symposium.
II) Won First prize in Networking at a National Tech festival.
III) Won First prize in Web Designing for consecutive 2 years conducted by Association of Computer Engineers.
IV) Completed 3 Projects under Microsoft Student2Business Academic Program.
V) Apart from above, I have also organized many events.


3. Work Ex. :
I have been working for Wipro Technologies for the past 3 years(would be 4.5 by fall 2014).
Right from my joining, I have worked for big Telecom Clients namely Nokia and Qualcomm. And, I always worked at client locations.
- I have worked at Nokia HQ in Finland for 11 months. Apart from technical aspects, I assign tasks to 8 member Testing team, I host the daily Integrator's meeting where teams working on various modules participate from all over the world. I track their Issues and resolve them. Also, assisting offshore team when and where necessary.
- From the past 5 months, I have been working as a Automation consultant at Qualcomm location in India where I have automated many Manual activities performed by the Integrators.
- I also give technical training's to new members of the team.

4. Post-MBA :
Work as a business analyst initially and later move to a managerial role for telecom giants.

--- Hobbies: Cooking(a lot), playing indoor and outdoor games.
--- Actively organize various festivals in the colony by collecting funds and also the food I make would be served in those gatherings.

I am interested in Information Systems and Finance.

I have shortlisted few colleges namely CMU-tepper(Information Systems), Univ. of maryland - college park, Rice, Ohio State Univ and Vanderbilt Owen.

I want to know if the above universities are safe and if not in what areas do I need to improve during this 1 year time. Also suggest any other good universities that I can look into.

Thanks in Advance!
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