I'm interested in a supply chain management program, as a kind of career change, and hope to at least get accepted into a top 25 SCM program (Hoping for top 10).
I have a background in education (degree from 2nd-tier state school) with a 3.6 GPA.
I don't have a degree in business, or a 'big name' business job, but I do own 2 small businesses. Both are profitable and highly successful, but on a relatively small scale.
I have a ton of international work experience, I've worked in 5 countries including a lot of time in China. However, this experience is related to my educational background, or is freelance consulting/product development stuff. Both of my companies have a global client base.
managed to find a really nice short-term position until programs next year start with a highly-regarded Chinese/HK SC firm.
GMAT: 680 (no studying....pretty much only got Verbal questions wrong. I'd say with relative confidence I can get a 720)
Solid language skills- Mandarin, French, Dutch, English of course, and basic Cantonese/Shanghainese (I'm not Chinese!).
Lots of experience as a musician/conductor and have performed with orchestras all over the US and some internationally.
All the computer skills one would except from a qualified applicant, although I have solid programming skills too.
Some various scholarship stuff, but my school isn't really that impressive.
I do a lot of writing, some of which is incorporated into my business, and which I would assume is a coveted skill...
Something else that is interesting is that I have a really impressive personal stock portfolio, maybe I can leverage this into convincing the AC I'm not a clueless teacher....
Targets: Michigan, Michigan St., Ohio State, Tepper, Wisconsin, Penn State, Rotterdam (any idea if European schools are worth it?),...I guess I'll throw Wharton/Sloan in there too
. There are others which are highly regarded, but don't quite have the same SCM reputation, like Fuqua which I'll probably apply to as well. (Any more suggestions??)
I'm very realistic about this, and realize that with my background, I probably have a slim chance at a top 10 even with a 750. I am
curious to know if with my recent committment to the field, crazy diverse background AND a 720 GMAT, I'll be able to give places like Michigan a run. I hope to gain a better idea about how I should attack the application process, given my background.
Plan on applying R1 2013-2014, and have reasonably solid recommendations.
Post-MBA goal would be consulting (a mid/upper name-brand firm), or working with multinationals.