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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2012, 18:50
I would like to apply to Rotman, Schulich, Ivey and Queens.

I scored 620 in my Gmat and having about 5.5 yrs of Work Experience in IT with one of the Big banks in Canada and have 3.5 GPA.

Could someone please advice what are my chances of getting an admit into one of these schools ?

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2012, 19:58
Hello GmatClub,

I am interested in pursuing MBA (general management, consultant, technology management) and would appreciate if Gmatclub members, experienced, admitted, rejected, consultant and schools representatives if any to evaluate my profile and give me some idea about my standing for B school application.

Profile:
- Experience: 3+ years which includes
-- Value engineering (reverse engineering, cost cutting design)
-- Multinational company: Engineer, Consumer electronics (New product development R&D)
--- Self employment: University level project consultant and product development
- Education:
-- Master of Science: Electrical Engineering (2010 graduate), Texas, USA (GPA 3.07)
-- Bachelors of Engineering: Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (2006 graduate), India (%69/100)
- GRE 298 (really can't retake GRE or consider GMAT)
-- Q 151
-- V 147
(recommendation letter: Upper senior executives and university professors)

Please evaluate my profile and the level of universities I can get admit.

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2012, 23:04
Hi,

Can you please evaluate my profile.

Male , Indian , 24 years.

Academics:

Xth - CBSE -88%
XIIth - CBSE -90% (school topper)

B.com (H) - Delhi University - 67% ( First Division)
Masters in Commerce ( M.Com) - Delhi University - 60% ( First Division)

Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

GMAT : 660 (Q44 V 36) , IELTS 7.5


Total Full time work experience - 28 months plus 3.5 years of article ship experience

Major Tasks handled :

--->Lead a team of Chartered accountants for the Branch audit of a US$700 million public sector bank.

---> Handling the Internal Audit of the Companies as well as monitoring of the implementation of the systems and providing feedback to the top management with regular internal audit reports.

----> Company incorporation and getting all approvals ( FDI , RBI , FEMA , Ministry of Corporate affairs , Income Tax Deptt.etc) of a company listed in Shanghai
stock exchange.

-----> Managing the accounts and working as a financial controller for an award winning SBA certified US multinational company's Indian subsidiary.

----> Analysis of Cash Flows & Funds Flows

----->Preparation and Filing of Service tax returns

------> Filling Statutory forms with Registrar of Companies and Income Tax Returns for Clients.

------> Part of team responsible for preparation of Project Reports and offer suggestions about resource utilization, tax strategies, and assumptions underlying budget forecasts.

----- > Implementation of various tax and accounting software and training to the employees.

Extra curriculars:

1.) Bronze medal in an All India essay writing competition held by an NGO in special consultative status with the economic and
social council of the United Nations.

2.) Have received certificates of Merit and Honor of distinction in various Quiz competitions.

3.) Was a part of the placement cell of the my college and now I am a executive member of the Governing Body of the Alumni Association.

4.) Volunteer and the committee member of a non profit society which helps to promote Indian culture through traditional performances and
provides support to the talented children in the country.

5.) Love listening to music . Have created few mixes [ Will not yet call it yet as DJ level mixes :) ]

Currently working in my family firm (CA firm ) . Post MBA : Plan to lead the firm and expand it through various services. (Entrepreneur)

I am worried about my low GMAT score but it will be difficult to retake it again .The years of work experience is not as per the average of 3-5 years
but I personally feel spending 3.5 years as an article assistant and then working as an full time employee for 27 months in the same firm is sufficient .

I will appreciate if you could provide me with some B schools I can target. My preference is US .
I am confused regarding some colleges so I am providing you with the full list.

1.) UCLA
2.) Ross
3.) Darden
4.) Fuqua
5.) Cornell
6.) Tuck
7.) UC Davis
8.) Stern
9.) Tepper

Long list :-D Please let me know if I can aim for any other colleges.

Thank you for your time. :) appreciate it.
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2012, 09:21
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When are you planning to apply to schools?

+solid work experience and technical skills as auditor & accountant
did you help lead the implementation of tax & accounting software?

+interesting extracurriculars

School selection is something we help our clients with once we talk to them, and understand their strengths and accomplishments, and what they hope to achieve professionally in the short-term and long-term.

I would recommend you really research the schools, and narrow down to a list of 4-6 schools to apply to. If you are interested in getting help from us, please send me your contact info, and we can scheduel a time to chat.
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Hi,

Can you please evaluate my profile.

Male , Indian , 24 years.

Academics:

Xth - CBSE -88%
XIIth - CBSE -90% (school topper)

B.com (H) - Delhi University - 67% ( First Division)
Masters in Commerce ( M.Com) - Delhi University - 60% ( First Division)

Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

GMAT : 660 (Q44 V 36) , IELTS 7.5


Total Full time work experience - 28 months plus 3.5 years of article ship experience

Major Tasks handled :

--->Lead a team of Chartered accountants for the Branch audit of a US$700 million public sector bank.

---> Handling the Internal Audit of the Companies as well as monitoring of the implementation of the systems and providing feedback to the top management with regular internal audit reports.

----> Company incorporation and getting all approvals ( FDI , RBI , FEMA , Ministry of Corporate affairs , Income Tax Deptt.etc) of a company listed in Shanghai
stock exchange.

-----> Managing the accounts and working as a financial controller for an award winning SBA certified US multinational company's Indian subsidiary.

----> Analysis of Cash Flows & Funds Flows

----->Preparation and Filing of Service tax returns

------> Filling Statutory forms with Registrar of Companies and Income Tax Returns for Clients.

------> Part of team responsible for preparation of Project Reports and offer suggestions about resource utilization, tax strategies, and assumptions underlying budget forecasts.

----- > Implementation of various tax and accounting software and training to the employees.

Extra curriculars:

1.) Bronze medal in an All India essay writing competition held by an NGO in special consultative status with the economic and
social council of the United Nations.

2.) Have received certificates of Merit and Honor of distinction in various Quiz competitions.

3.) Was a part of the placement cell of the my college and now I am a executive member of the Governing Body of the Alumni Association.

4.) Volunteer and the committee member of a non profit society which helps to promote Indian culture through traditional performances and
provides support to the talented children in the country.

5.) Love listening to music . Have created few mixes [ Will not yet call it yet as DJ level mixes :) ]

Currently working in my family firm (CA firm ) . Post MBA : Plan to lead the firm and expand it through various services. (Entrepreneur)

I am worried about my low GMAT score but it will be difficult to retake it again .The years of work experience is not as per the average of 3-5 years
but I personally feel spending 3.5 years as an article assistant and then working as an full time employee for 27 months in the same firm is sufficient .

I will appreciate if you could provide me with some B schools I can target. My preference is US .
I am confused regarding some colleges so I am providing you with the full list.

1.) UCLA
2.) Ross
3.) Darden
4.) Fuqua
5.) Cornell
6.) Tuck
7.) UC Davis
8.) Stern
9.) Tepper

Long list :-D Please let me know if I can aim for any other colleges.

Thank you for your time. :) appreciate it.

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2012, 10:26
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Your GMAT score is a little low for these schools, so you will have to highlight professional and personal accomplishments that demonstrate leadership capabilities, problem-solving skills, and teamwork.

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2012, 13:32
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 15 Dec 2012, 14:46
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2012, 15:40
Any insight offered concerning what programs I should focus on would be most appreciated.

GMAT: Q48 V40 (710)
Undergrad- Unknown private school, 4.0 GPA
Position: Finance Manager at Bimbo Bakeries USA, Div of Mexico's Grupo Bimbo
Salary 60-70k

Career Target- Consulting (preferably with an MBB of course)

I have been accepted at UNC:KF, but am looking at some programs that will position me better for consulting.
I'm considering, based on what I believe my profile aligns with, Duke, UVA, Tepper.
Do I have a shot at NYU, Ross, and Columbia? Is there another school that I should look at?

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Hi,

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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LaCafGen wrote:
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 16 Dec 2012, 01:21
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Hi,

You have amazing work experience (KUDOS for growing a company from ~300k to $1MM+ in three years) and leadership experience.

W letter of recommendation, you just have to explain your choices of recommenders based on your situation.

You have a lot of awesome, unique experience and background, don't worry about "positioning" yourself, just try to represent yourself in the best way possible by reflecting on major lessons learned, your leadership strengths, and what would make you successful in your short-term and long-term goals.

If you are interested in getting admissions consulting help, please feel free to send me your info. http://marveladmissions.com/contact-us/

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Hello,

I would sincerely appreciate a profile evaluation. The following is my information.

Thank you.
GatorToMBA
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Academics/Scores
* 3.49 GPA majoring in Political Science and Marketing
* 700 (48Q,37V) GMAT on second attempt. First attempt was 640 (47Q, 32V)- had 5.5 AWA and 7/8 IR on first attempt.
* Attended top state school with full-tuition scholarship
* Also received merit/leadership scholarship for 3 years
* Graduated in 2007

Awards
* Ranked top 20 student leader in state by now defunct magazine
* Inducted in to university's hall of fame (50,000+ student body)
* various leadership awards

Demographic
* Underrepresented Asian American (Southeast Asian where 1 in 10 never attend college)
* Male, 29 years old at matriculation
* Born/raised in the Southeast USA

Leadership
* Founded first Asian fraternity in state
* President of Asian organization on campus
* Founded Freshman leadershp development program for Asians on campus
* Elected into top 3 Student Government executive position
* Ran for student body president and lost
* Served as Director for National fraternity since graduation (5 years)
* Part of founding new Asian Alumni organization for my college

Professsional
* 1 of 12 students selected for a State Government year-long internship/fellowship (learned that I did not want to work in Government)
* After internship, started eCommerce niche apparel company
* Decided to work elsewhere post-graduation but maintained equity ownership
----
* Joined international retailer to help company expand in to state (wanted to see how a big business grows/expands)
* Was a retail District Manager and launched two locations
* Managed store's P/L and hired/trained 20+ employees
* worked here for just under 2 years
----
* returned to eCommerce business I started to pursue interest in entrepreneurship
* rebuilt website and developed competency in Web Development (HTML, CSS, etc)
* Hired/Trained/Developed all employes (20+) using my experience as a District Manager
* Created all policy/procedure manuals based on experience as DM
* Lead acquisition of two local small biz competitors
* Grew company from ~300k to $1MM+ in three years
* Sold equity ownership in company this year (Aug 2012) to take advantage of low cap gains tax and to pursue bigger goals
----
* was immediately hired as a Project Manager for a small start-up company (3 FT employees, 5 PT contractors)
* managing portfolio of 12 clients - all small to medium sized biz
* currently work with clients and developers to create eCommerce websites
* utilizing my technical experience as biz owner and ability to communicate with people
* translate biz requirements to technical developers and vice versa

Goals/Why MBA
* MBA will help address my weakness in acct/finance. I was a people manager.
* Opport to network with students and share entrepreneur background via MBA
* Small Biz experience inadequate to run big biz with 100+ employees and $10MM+ revenue
* Short Term - work for large eComm company (eBay, Amazon, Wal-Mart, etc) and gain experience in Big Business.
* Long-Term - with big biz experience, launch a company in emerging Made-to-Order apparel eCommerce space
__________

I am applying to a few Top 10 schools, hoping for Top 5 in early January rounds and scrambling to write essays. I have the following challenges/questions:
* Not much out there about how to position myself as an entrepreneur, esp in essays
* No international experience
* Leadership outside work has been heavy Asian community focused although consistent since graduation
* Relatively old (29) Asian Male Candidate may be stereotyped - not sure how to position my under-represented Asian status
* Retail Manager experience is somewhat un-traditional - most do not pursue MBA.
* Mostly small biz background
* My Verbal GMat score is lower than my practice tests - actually spent time focusing on Quant because i thought it was a weakness - but failed to address Verbal sufficiently. Retake post application?
* BIG PROBLEM - Letters of rec are weak - using biz partner who also sold equity in business, National leader in fraternity, and administrator from college. None are technically "direct supervisors" - cannot use my current supervisor for fear of losing job - and my oldest company has a policy against LORs. Letters of rec already in play/submitted.

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Hi,

Congrats on UNC!

A lot of it will depend on your leadership experience and impact you've made professionally and outside of work. Are you thinking of applying 2nd round?

UNC's managemet consulting concentration can help you prepare for a career in strategy consulting.

Additional steps to take in securing strategy consulting jobs include preparing for case interviews and fit interviews, and continue to enhance your knowledge within specific industry/industries and technical skills.

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Any insight offered concerning what programs I should focus on would be most appreciated.

GMAT: Q48 V40 (710)
Undergrad- Unknown private school, 4.0 GPA
Position: Finance Manager at Bimbo Bakeries USA, Div of Mexico's Grupo Bimbo
Salary 60-70k

Career Target- Consulting (preferably with an MBB of course)

I have been accepted at UNC:KF, but am looking at some programs that will position me better for consulting.
I'm considering, based on what I believe my profile aligns with, Duke, UVA, Tepper.
Do I have a shot at NYU, Ross, and Columbia? Is there another school that I should look at?

Thanks,

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Hi,

Quite a bit will depend on your leadership experience professionally and outside of work, and the impact you've made on the organization.

Good luck!

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vickyarora wrote:
Hello GmatClub,

I am interested in pursuing MBA (general management, consultant, technology management) and would appreciate if Gmatclub members, experienced, admitted, rejected, consultant and schools representatives if any to evaluate my profile and give me some idea about my standing for B school application.

Profile:
- Experience: 3+ years which includes
-- Value engineering (reverse engineering, cost cutting design)
-- Multinational company: Engineer, Consumer electronics (New product development R&D)
--- Self employment: University level project consultant and product development
- Education:
-- Master of Science: Electrical Engineering (2010 graduate), Texas, USA (GPA 3.07)
-- Bachelors of Engineering: Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (2006 graduate), India (%69/100)
- GRE 298 (really can't retake GRE or consider GMAT)
-- Q 151
-- V 147
(recommendation letter: Upper senior executives and university professors)

Please evaluate my profile and the level of universities I can get admit.

Thank you,
Regards,
VA

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2012, 11:32
Christine,

Thanks for your reply, and your insight on UNC. I do feel that KF has a pretty good training program for consulting, but I am still a little unsure of their ability to open doors for MBB placement.

I am applying for a few schools for round 2. At this point in the process, would I benefit from any admissions consulting, or am I past most of the major hurdles?

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2012, 12:08
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We are currently still getting many new clients asking for help with Round 2 applications, so I do think you can still benefit from our admissions consulting.

Please feel free to email me a copy of your resume and UNC essays, and we can schedule a time to chat to see if I can help you. clin@marveladmissions.com

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Christine,

Thanks for your reply, and your insight on UNC. I do feel that KF has a pretty good training program for consulting, but I am still a little unsure of their ability to open doors for MBB placement.

I am applying for a few schools for round 2. At this point in the process, would I benefit from any admissions consulting, or am I past most of the major hurdles?

Thanks,

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2012, 01:47
Dear Christine

Thank you so much for reviewing my profile. I really need help to reduce the number the schools and to sort them into safe and target.

I have sent the contact details and hope we could sort it out.
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2012, 19:10
Here's my profile

GMAT 700-740 (Based on practice tests, I'm taking it on January 8)

GPA: 3.91 from a southern public university with degrees in Finance and Political Science
D1 athlete, Honors program graduate, conference honor roll
Study abroad in France for a summer

2 years teaching English in Korea
8 months working at a resort in Guam
3 years running an online marketing firm (owned sites and did SEO and Social Media Marketing for affiliate sales) - before it failed I had three part time employees in the Philippines and was making around $2,000/month.
I can read Korean, but don't speak it past a basic level, have an upper beginner/lower intermediate level of Japanese and whatever college Spanish is worth

My goal is to work internationally, either with a consulting firm or a larger company in sales and marketing. If I'm not able to work internationally after graduation (which I understand is a pretty big likelihood), I'd ideally like to end up in the Southwest or Southeast US.

I'm putting together a list of what MBA schools I'm going to apply for this fall after I take my test, and I want to know what my chances actually are with an elite-level school. So far I'm considering applying to UCLA, Duke, Thunderbird, and UVA. Is it all how I present my experience in my essay or is my application going to get thrown out at certain schools without being looked at because of work experience? What other schools would you suggest that I look at?
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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2012, 10:08
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Hi Cwary,

Great international experience. It will be important to demonstrate leadership capabilities and to reflect on what you have learned in the essays.

You didn't mention what you are doing currently. It will be important for you to continue to show that you are using your time wisely. I am a career coach and would be happy to talk about how you can continue to pursue career opportunities while you are applying to business schools.

Please feel free to send me your info. http://marveladmissions.com/contact-us/

Good luck!

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Here's my profile

GMAT 700-740 (Based on practice tests, I'm taking it on January 8)

GPA: 3.91 from a southern public university with degrees in Finance and Political Science
D1 athlete, Honors program graduate, conference honor roll
Study abroad in France for a summer

2 years teaching English in Korea
8 months working at a resort in Guam
3 years running an online marketing firm (owned sites and did SEO and Social Media Marketing for affiliate sales) - before it failed I had three part time employees in the Philippines and was making around $2,000/month.
I can read Korean, but don't speak it past a basic level, have an upper beginner/lower intermediate level of Japanese and whatever college Spanish is worth

My goal is to work internationally, either with a consulting firm or a larger company in sales and marketing. If I'm not able to work internationally after graduation (which I understand is a pretty big likelihood), I'd ideally like to end up in the Southwest or Southeast US.

I'm putting together a list of what MBA schools I'm going to apply for this fall after I take my test, and I want to know what my chances actually are with an elite-level school. So far I'm considering applying to UCLA, Duke, Thunderbird, and UVA. Is it all how I present my experience in my essay or is my application going to get thrown out at certain schools without being looked at because of work experience? What other schools would you suggest that I look at?

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Re: Ask Marvel Admissions [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2012, 07:26
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 22 Dec 2012, 12:57
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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Hi,

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/

Good luck!

Christine

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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, 23:07
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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