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Joined: 17 Jan 2010
Posts: 212
Schools: UCLA (Anderson) - Class of 2013
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Asking for profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2010, 19:21
Hi,

I've planning on 2011 intake and I would like hear objective opinion on how my profile looks.

Sex:
Male

Nationality:
American(Korean American)

Age:
30(when I matriculate in 2011)

Education:
UC Berkeley, BA Double Major in Economics and Cognitive Science, GPA 3.27
Johns Hopkins, MA in Applied Economics, GPA 3.74

GMAT:
740 Q49 V41 AWA 5.5

Work Experience:
03/2005 to 09/2008
Government agency dealing with the labor data --- I belonged to the branch that dealt with the collection of employment data and I was primarily responsible in evaluating the performance of different data collection centers. I also used SAS to develop applications to aid daily task for the people in my branch.

10/2008-05/2010
Litigation Consulting --- supported principal economists in analyzing labor data to present the data to the lawyers. I dealt with mostly wage and hour analysis and used STATA to analyze large datasets(over 20,000 employees across 4+ year span).

06/2010-current
Government agency dealing with the labor data --- got laid off from the litigation consulting job and used my connection from my previous stint to get the job. I now belong to a branch that deals with the data flow within the program and I've been developing SAS programs to facilitate the daily operations.

Extra Curricular Activities:
03/2006-05/2008
Tutored underprivileged children from K-12

10/2006-09/2010
Served as a board member for the fitness facility within the government organization

08/2009-07/2010
Served as a board member of alumni club chapter in Washington DC --- primary responsibility included fostering the relationship between the alumni and the current students

08/2010-Current
Serving as a treasurer of the club

Career Goals:
Short term, I'd like to specialize in finance at business school and come back to DC and work at regulatory agencies such as SEC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency or the Department of Treasury. I think my government experience gives me a unique perspective on what government can do and I know it's easier to get back into the government once you have been in the system.

To be completely honest, I'm not 100% certain on what I want to do long term. I'd like to parlay the experience that I learn from the regulation and provide service to individual investors to make sure that the investments they make are sound. My family does not come from much and I'd like to help people who are in the same situation as my parents. Not sure if there's even a possibility in that area but I'm still contemplating. I perceive myself as a quantitative person and I'd like to use my strength to help people plan for the future.

Extra:
Fluent in Korean, completed a half-marathon and a marathon

Schools:
Reach: Chicago, Columbia, Dartmouth
Range: UCLA, Duke
Safety: I haven't decided...

Weakness:
So far, I have not had a chance to lead a group of people professionally. My leadership experience mostly comes from my extracurricular activities. I don't think that I'm not capable to lead people but rather the job situations never enabled me to lead people.

My long term plans are not concrete just yet. At least that's something that I can work on.

My UGPA is on the lower side.

Questions:
I'd like to know my chances and if there are any ways to increase my chances of candidacy.
I actually did not choose any safety schools because I think it's very important to attend schools with great reputation in order to secure a position within the government. Are there any schools that I should consider in my range and my safety?

Thank you for your time. It would be great to hear some professional opinions.

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Re: Asking for profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2010, 19:42
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dc3828102 wrote:
Hi,

I've planning on 2011 intake and I would like hear objective opinion on how my profile looks.

Sex:
Male

Nationality:
American(Korean American)

Age:
30(when I matriculate in 2011)

Education:
UC Berkeley, BA Double Major in Economics and Cognitive Science, GPA 3.27
Johns Hopkins, MA in Applied Economics, GPA 3.74

GMAT:
740 Q49 V41 AWA 5.5

Work Experience:
03/2005 to 09/2008
Government agency dealing with the labor data --- I belonged to the branch that dealt with the collection of employment data and I was primarily responsible in evaluating the performance of different data collection centers. I also used SAS to develop applications to aid daily task for the people in my branch.

10/2008-05/2010
Litigation Consulting --- supported principal economists in analyzing labor data to present the data to the lawyers. I dealt with mostly wage and hour analysis and used STATA to analyze large datasets(over 20,000 employees across 4+ year span).

06/2010-current
Government agency dealing with the labor data --- got laid off from the litigation consulting job and used my connection from my previous stint to get the job. I now belong to a branch that deals with the data flow within the program and I've been developing SAS programs to facilitate the daily operations.

Extra Curricular Activities:
03/2006-05/2008
Tutored underprivileged children from K-12

10/2006-09/2010
Served as a board member for the fitness facility within the government organization

08/2009-07/2010
Served as a board member of alumni club chapter in Washington DC --- primary responsibility included fostering the relationship between the alumni and the current students

08/2010-Current
Serving as a treasurer of the club

Career Goals:
Short term, I'd like to specialize in finance at business school and come back to DC and work at regulatory agencies such as SEC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency or the Department of Treasury. I think my government experience gives me a unique perspective on what government can do and I know it's easier to get back into the government once you have been in the system.

To be completely honest, I'm not 100% certain on what I want to do long term. I'd like to parlay the experience that I learn from the regulation and provide service to individual investors to make sure that the investments they make are sound. My family does not come from much and I'd like to help people who are in the same situation as my parents. Not sure if there's even a possibility in that area but I'm still contemplating. I perceive myself as a quantitative person and I'd like to use my strength to help people plan for the future.

Extra:
Fluent in Korean, completed a half-marathon and a marathon

Schools:
Reach: Chicago, Columbia, Dartmouth
Range: UCLA, Duke
Safety: I haven't decided...

Weakness:
So far, I have not had a chance to lead a group of people professionally. My leadership experience mostly comes from my extracurricular activities. I don't think that I'm not capable to lead people but rather the job situations never enabled me to lead people.

My long term plans are not concrete just yet. At least that's something that I can work on.

My UGPA is on the lower side.

Questions:
I'd like to know my chances and if there are any ways to increase my chances of candidacy.
I actually did not choose any safety schools because I think it's very important to attend schools with great reputation in order to secure a position within the government. Are there any schools that I should consider in my range and my safety?

Thank you for your time. It would be great to hear some professional opinions.


I think you have analyzed your school options well and basically agree with your choices and your assessment of your competitiveness. While it would be better to also have on-the-job leadership experience, schools will consider your non-professional leadership. In terms of enhancing your chances, if you can somehow, some way, assume responsibility where you have someone reporting to you, it will help you from an admissions perspective.

In terms of safety programs, you may want to consider Georgetown. If you want to add an "in range" program, consider Yale, NYU Stern, or Cornell.

I do think that as an older MBA applicant, it is particularly important you have some concrete post-MBA plans. I don't believe your undergraduate GPA is a big deal because of your graduate GPA and your GMAT.

Best,
Linda

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Joined: 17 Jan 2010
Posts: 212
Schools: UCLA (Anderson) - Class of 2013
GMAT 1: Q V
GMAT 2: Q V
GMAT 3: 740 Q49 V41
Followers: 5

Kudos [?]: 49 [0], given: 21

GMAT Tests User
Re: Asking for profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2010, 20:46
Thank you so much for your assessment and time.

It helps a lot to hear from a professional.

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MBA Admissions Consulting
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Joined: 20 Apr 2003
Posts: 4761
Location: Los Angeles CA
Followers: 38

Kudos [?]: 317 [0], given: 64

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Re: Asking for profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2010, 12:05
Expert's post
dc3828102 wrote:
Thank you so much for your assessment and time.

It helps a lot to hear from a professional.


Best,
Linda

_________________

Linda Abraham
Accepted
310-815-9553

Co-Author of: MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools

Follow Accepted on Twitter
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