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can I be hopeful with this profile? [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2006, 11:56
Hello
i want to share my profile data and maybe you would give me advice for whether to apply mit, wharton, harvard or stanford mba programs. Would you give me a chance for these top schools with this profile?

International student from Turkey
Age 31
8 years of work experience in Ministry of Finance (Turkey) as a Tax Inspector
Recommendation letters are from; 1- minister of finance and 2- undersecretary of the ministry
Wrote 21 articles about tax and finance, published in peer wieved journals in Turkey
Conducted 3 seminars and a number of lectures about tax and finance for CPA's and businessmen
TOEFL 260 CBT
GMAT 700
GPA 72,16 over 100
Bachelor of Economics major in Public Finance
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Re: can I be hopeful with this profile? [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2006, 15:20
zombi35 wrote:
Hello
i want to share my profile data and maybe you would give me advice for whether to apply mit, wharton, harvard or stanford mba programs. Would you give me a chance for these top schools with this profile?

International student from Turkey
Age 31
8 years of work experience in Ministry of Finance (Turkey) as a Tax Inspector
Recommendation letters are from; 1- minister of finance and 2- undersecretary of the ministry
Wrote 21 articles about tax and finance, published in peer wieved journals in Turkey
Conducted 3 seminars and a number of lectures about tax and finance for CPA's and businessmen
TOEFL 260 CBT
GMAT 700
GPA 72,16 over 100
Bachelor of Economics major in Public Finance


Zombi35,

Your age will be a modest negative at HBS and Stanford. But if the profile you gave me also includes substantial leadership experiences in and outside of work and you have a good "community" and/or international track record (working/living overseas, for example), then you might have a modest chance at MIT or perhaps Wharton. Your Turkish background makes you interesting, but you sound like your strengths are primarily "technical" rather than managerial, which hurts you. I recommend looking a little lower on the list. You should be able to get into some good schools if your leadership profile is good.

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Re: can I be hopeful with this profile? [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2006, 01:59
pbodine,
thank you very much for your acknowledgement.
firstly i have to indicate that i have never been abroad, have no international experiences. i have been assigned as the leader of some task forces performing financial audits. and i have been considered as a succesful team leader. i also have been the vice president of tax inspectors association, and representative of tax inspectors foundation, and also techn,cal secretary of tax and finance related journal in my country. do you think these would contribute to my profile for mit, wharton. and also, which schools do you advice me to apply with this profile. berkeley, cornell, ucla, yale?
and one more thing i forgot to indicate;
i am fully sponsored by the ministry of finance. i have been awarded with a full scholarship to study MBA for 2 years in the States, by the Turkish Government. Do you think it will make sense for these schools?
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Re: can I be hopeful with this profile? [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2006, 17:19
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pbodine,
thank you very much for your acknowledgement.
firstly i have to indicate that i have never been abroad, have no international experiences. i have been assigned as the leader of some task forces performing financial audits. and i have been considered as a succesful team leader. i also have been the vice president of tax inspectors association, and representative of tax inspectors foundation, and also techn,cal secretary of tax and finance related journal in my country. do you think these would contribute to my profile for mit, wharton. and also, which schools do you advice me to apply with this profile. berkeley, cornell, ucla, yale?
and one more thing i forgot to indicate;
i am fully sponsored by the ministry of finance. i have been awarded with a full scholarship to study MBA for 2 years in the States, by the Turkish Government. Do you think it will make sense for these schools?


zombi35,

Thank you for the additional info. You seem to be more impressive then I initially thought. :-) Being VP of the tax inspector's association is definite leadership and your management of the audits also shows you have managerial skill. Because you are from Turkey, your lack of international exposure is not really a negative--that is, your "Turkishness" gives you a strong international dimension. I also think you should directly mention somewhere in your essays that your MBA will be sponsored by the ministry--this is impressive and will count in your favor.

So, I don't want to tell you to give up on HBS and Stanford if you have the time and inclination to apply. You might get lucky. Your odds at Wharton and MIT are better, and you are competitive at Berkeley, Cornell, UCLA, and Yale. I recommend that you give them a very detailed and "savvy" goals statement -- explain *exactly* why you need a U.S. MBA and be persuasive and specific about what each of these schools offers you.

Other excellent finance schools to consider that you have a shot at: Chicago, Duke, NYU Stern, Michigan.

Good luck,
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2006, 01:32
pbodine,
thank you very much for your acknowledgement, you helped very much. I hope I will be able get into one of those schools that you stated. Every of them is quite good. And also thank you for your encouragement:)
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pbodine,
thank you very much for your acknowledgement, you helped very much. I hope I will be able get into one of those schools that you stated. Every of them is quite good. And also thank you for your encouragement:)


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