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do I stand a chance?... [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2004, 06:24
Hi everybody,

First of all, I'd like to say that this site was a great idea, and I want to congratulate its founder and the guys that are keeping it alive for a job very well done.
Now, let me introduce myself: my name is Lucas, I'm 27 years old and I'm from Romania. I have five years of work experience as a software engineer. After working for about one and a half years in Romania, I moved to France to join a small startup company in the field of information retrieval over the internet. I'm still with this company, after three and a half years. It has been very exciting, I had the opportunity to do a lot of interesting stuff like R&D, Project Management, interaction with the customers, etc. I have recently decided to leave my job (as well as my stock options) and do something that would really make me happy, like work for a nonprofit organization . I'm moving to Canada in september, because in France my work permit doesn't allow me to have a paid or non-paid activity that's not related to IT. I have well-defined goals for my future, and I am more and more convinced that I need an MBA in order to accomplish them.
I'm pretty confident that I can make a strong case in my essays.
I graduated from the University of Bucharest (a respected institution in my country) with a bachelor's degree in Information Technology and a GPA of about 3.3. I first took the GMAT a month ago after three weeks of preparation and got a 680(47,36). I was a little frustated, as I think that one of the quant questions (more that that, an easy one) was unsolvable, it took me about seven or eight minutes to realize that I have to let it go. I just wasn't prepared for something like that, and it made me lose my focus for the rest of the test. Anyway, I'll sit the GMAT again next week, and hopefully get a 720+.
I'll also get good recommandations from work, as I have really made a contribution here.
I'm thinking about applying to Stanford, Yale, Kellogg, Wharton, Michigan, Duke and Marchall, and I would really appreciate if you could estimate my chances of being accepted.
Also, what would be the other top30 schools with strong NPM programs?

Thanks alot for your time!
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2004, 09:03
Hi,

One school that comes to mind is UC Berkeley

"The NPM program recognizes that Haas students will be leaders-not only in business but also in our communities, in our governments, and in our world. The purpose of the program is to enhance the leadership, management and entrepreneurial capabilities of Haas students--to prepare students to lead nonprofit and public organizations and new entrepreneurial ventures, and to serve on boards, commissions, and other positions of community and public leadership."

You might consider "high discretion" MBA programs that permit students to take coursework outside the MBA program in the schools of Public Affairs, Government, or Public Policy.

If you are serious about nonprofits, I would also consider MPA and PPA programs.

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Re: do I stand a chance?... [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2004, 15:18
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lucas wrote:
Hi everybody,

First of all, I'd like to say that this site was a great idea, and I want to congratulate its founder and the guys that are keeping it alive for a job very well done.
Now, let me introduce myself: my name is Lucas, I'm 27 years old and I'm from Romania. I have five years of work experience as a software engineer. After working for about one and a half years in Romania, I moved to France to join a small startup company in the field of information retrieval over the internet. I'm still with this company, after three and a half years. It has been very exciting, I had the opportunity to do a lot of interesting stuff like R&D, Project Management, interaction with the customers, etc. I have recently decided to leave my job (as well as my stock options) and do something that would really make me happy, like work for a nonprofit organization . I'm moving to Canada in september, because in France my work permit doesn't allow me to have a paid or non-paid activity that's not related to IT. I have well-defined goals for my future, and I am more and more convinced that I need an MBA in order to accomplish them.
I'm pretty confident that I can make a strong case in my essays.
I graduated from the University of Bucharest (a respected institution in my country) with a bachelor's degree in Information Technology and a GPA of about 3.3. I first took the GMAT a month ago after three weeks of preparation and got a 680(47,36). I was a little frustated, as I think that one of the quant questions (more that that, an easy one) was unsolvable, it took me about seven or eight minutes to realize that I have to let it go. I just wasn't prepared for something like that, and it made me lose my focus for the rest of the test. Anyway, I'll sit the GMAT again next week, and hopefully get a 720+.
I'll also get good recommandations from work, as I have really made a contribution here.
I'm thinking about applying to Stanford, Yale, Kellogg, Wharton, Michigan, Duke and Marchall, and I would really appreciate if you could estimate my chances of being accepted.
Also, what would be the other top30 schools with strong NPM programs?

Thanks alot for your time!
Lucas

Lucas,

You're most welcome.

Haas comes to mind. But you may also want to visit "[url=Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2003: Preparing MBAs for Social and Environmental Stewardship]Beyond Grey Pinstripes: Preparing MBAs for Social Stewardship"[/url] THis report, prepared by Aspen Institute and the World Resources Institute, rates business schools on Social and Environmental concerns. That is not an exact proxy for NFP, but it should give you additional leads.
Good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2004, 08:21
Hi guys,

I really appreciate your answers. You're right, Haas would be a good choice, I'll surely consider applying to it. Also many thanks for the link Linda, it's very interesting and I'm sure it'll help me a lot. In fact, as I have just finished with the Gmat(720, 51Q, 35V), I'll start researching the schools right away.
I thought about doing an MPA or an PPA instead of an MBA, but I'm not sure they suit me best. The fact is that in the long term I plan to become a social entrepreneur, that's why I think an MBA would be the best thing for me to do right now. I'm sure that it will be more difficult to do later...
There is still another thing that is bothering me, maybe you guys could help me out...how do schools consider career changers, especially those planning a major career switch? More specifically, are some schools more favorable to this than others? Is switching from IT to nonprofit/social entrepreneurship something very unusual?

Thanks a lot, and have a nice day!
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2004, 14:52
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lucas wrote:
Hi guys,

I really appreciate your answers. You're right, Haas would be a good choice, I'll surely consider applying to it. Also many thanks for the link Linda, it's very interesting and I'm sure it'll help me a lot. In fact, as I have just finished with the Gmat(720, 51Q, 35V), I'll start researching the schools right away.
I thought about doing an MPA or an PPA instead of an MBA, but I'm not sure they suit me best. The fact is that in the long term I plan to become a social entrepreneur, that's why I think an MBA would be the best thing for me to do right now. I'm sure that it will be more difficult to do later...
There is still another thing that is bothering me, maybe you guys could help me out...how do schools consider career changers, especially those planning a major career switch? More specifically, are some schools more favorable to this than others? Is switching from IT to nonprofit/social entrepreneurship something very unusual?

Thanks a lot, and have a nice day!
Lucas

Lucas,

Schools welcome career-changers. In fact, slightly more than half of all MBA students are career-changers. BUT -- and that's a big "but" -- they don't like career-dreamers.

Career changers have a well-thought-out plan and anchor their career change in past experience. Career dreamers seem to pick something out of the air because it sounds cool. Like "I want to be a real estate developer because I like The Apprentice."

For more information on how to show that you are a career changer and not a career dreamer, please visit "MBA Admissions: Application Advice for career changers."
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2004, 01:21
Hi,

Thanks a lot for your answer.
In fact, I read this article a few times, the link is in my "Favorites".
And you are absolutely right.
I have to work hard on my essays, and make sure not to trasform them into fairy tales. :)

Best regards,
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2004, 14:59
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lucas wrote:
Hi,

Thanks a lot for your answer.
In fact, I read this article a few times, the link is in my "Favorites".
And you are absolutely right.
I have to work hard on my essays, and make sure not to trasform them into fairy tales. :)

Best regards,
Lucas


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