let me give you a brief profile..
Female 25yrs , married and Indian.
I have a lousy GMAT score of 640 and a good work experience of 3.5 years+ (brief stints in US and Hungary with Fortune 500 clients).
I was working with a leading Software Company in India. Graduated from a top school (not an IIT but an REC) in India with good grades.
A couple of good awards from my company excellent recos and pretty good community and non-profit experience.
I had applied to Temple Univ last year for full time and CMU part time. Got through in both of them (Temple even offered me a good scholl).. Didn't join Temple cause I decided later to go to only a top school..and cudn't join CMU cause of lack of finacial resources..
I plan to reapply to CMU this year as a full time student.. and I plan to reappear for GMAT as well.
The problem is that I have recently got married and I am currently in US without any work authorisation.
I am looking very hard to find a job .. but was wondering will my not beeing able to work currently hamper my prospects of getting through a good school? I plan to cover it up with some Volunteer and Community experience though but it may not make up for proffesional exp.
Apart from the fact that I am a female , I fall into the group of Indian IT Consultant with a low GMAT score:(
Any advice how to approach Michigan-Ann Arbor, Univ of Chicago and CMU for a full time MBA ?
You have the right idea. First of all somewhere you need to briefly explain that you can't work for visa reasons, but then make sure that your volunteer and community experiences are growth positions of responsibility that demand a lot from you.
So your application will have to portray the impressive work experience you had before you arrived in the US AND your equally impressive volunteer work since you arrived. Just make sure its impressive with lot of leadership, teamwork, and impact.
In addition, if you want to have a serious shot at Michigan and Chicago, you must improve your GMAT. You probably currently have a competitive profile for CMU, but clearly a higher score won't hurt you there either.
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