first of all welcome to the forum! Here is my situation and I would greatly appreciate your feedback:
My ambition: Top 5 for General Management
I can do it, but I would like some first feedback on my weaknesses so I can start addressing them while there is still ample time. In particular, how will my WE be judged?!?
Male, will be age 28 at matriculation in the Fall of 2011 (plan to apply R1 2010)
European (non-native English speaker), getting his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at a U.S. Tier1 Research University - currently a 4th year.
Graduate GPA: 3.75
Undergrad GPA: 3.8 (graduated from a small Michigan liberal arts college, with my initial 2 years of College being in Europe with soso GPA!) Dual Degree B.A. Biochemistry and B.S. Applied Biology.
GMAT: 700+ (not taken it yet, but having taken the GRE before and after the first round of CATs a 700 score is reasonable)
Workexperience: My Ph.D. dissertation research (and I would like to know here, how schools typically view this) will be 5 years once I am finished, after my undergrad and before grad school 6month internship with a leading pharmaceutical, during my graduate studies a 3month internship with the world leading biotech company. By the time I graduate I will have manifested that I was a very successful graduate students with 3 first author publications in reputable international journals.
Work/Dissertation related Honors/other things of interest: American Heart Predoctoral Fellow - a competitive, peer evaluated research grant that covers my entire stipend/salary. Multiple smaller fellowships.
Job related leadership: Student representative on the Admissions Committee, responsible for applicants while here on interview. Implemented student internship program with a small group of students. Oversight of 1 research technician. Quasi project lead on one multi-university project - responsible for in essence all actual experiment coordination.
Extracurricular: Currently undergoing voluntary fire fighting training. Volunteer with our schools international during new student orientation and have been on the tax assistance for internationals staff for the past 2 years. Used to be active in youth organization of major political party (back in Europe). Used to be Treasurer of undergrad international student organization. Very active blood donor. Flipped 3 houses (maybe project management skill relevant?)
Other skills: 3 languages fluent
Motivation for my MBA: 1. Career Change. While I am a good scientist, my strengths really are in coordinating and managing an 'event' - be that organizing the progress on a research project, day to day research operations, or communicating findings across multidisciplinary audiences. 2. I feel - esp. after my industry internships - that there is a vibrant need for a more fluent interaction of the business side with the scientific side in many biopharma companies and who better to fill that gap than someone that can speek the lingo of both worlds. To be precise, who better to fill that gap than the Ph.D. me who could count his pocket money before spelling his first name.
Fears I have: I see myself disadvantaged as I do not have 2-3 years of work experience outside of academia. Thus I will not have a strong 'classical' leadership profile. But hopefully above at least hints at my profile and I can certainly describe scenarios in detail where I lead. As for waiting 2-3years and getting extra work experience first, this is unfortunately not an option, due to family plans.
What do you see as my weaknesses? What suggestions do you have for me to address those before the R1 deadline in the fall of 2010?
Please be brutally honest, a reality check now may be better for me than ‘wasting’ a year chasing after a dream that is unrealistic to begin with.
Thanks so much!
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