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Hi Scott and Omari,

Could you please tell me whether I have any chance entering top schools in the US (Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, Harvard, Columbia) or in Canada (Mc Gill, HEC Montreal)?
I want to apply for fall 05; for top US schools, is the third round a dead end for people with my profile?

Here is my background:

- 26 yrs, French;

- Dr Veterinarian, with 11 months as a practitioner in clinics in France, and 17 months as a Volunteer at the French Embassy in the Netherlands (where I was responsible for bilateral health and regulatory questions), so only 28 months of professional experience;

- GPA: ? (French scale: 12.6 / 20, so it's considered satisfactory to good);

- GMAT: 720 (96%), equally split between VB (91%) and QT (90%).

- Toefl: 263.

I want to make a career change and head towards pharmaceutical industry (managerial position) or consulting. Do you think that I should write in my essays that my professional goals can be both pharmaceutics and consulting, or should I cite only one?

I thank you very much in advance for your answer!

Best regards,

Alex
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You have an interesting background! Your GMAT score is very good, and you have some interesting work experience. (Be sure to talk about some of your experiences on the job in your essays.) I bet that you would have a pretty good chance of getting into at least one of your target schools.

As for what to write about your career goals, I would recommend focusing on one. Don't lie, but try to sound as focused as you can. Applicants who sound like they don't know what they want to do tend to come across as less compelling applicants overall. So, stick with one (pharmaceuticals) as long as you feel that you can make a convincing argument for why this is the case.

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Thank you very much for your encouragements and advice!

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