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Evaluate profile [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2012, 13:57
Hi,

This looks like a helpful forum from accepted.com. I have recently decided to pursue an MBA. I will be applying for 2013 and will get in my apps for early decision by Oct 2012.

Could you please evaluate my profile for a top 10 school. Preferably a top 5 school and please suggest what I should be focusing on from now till October to help build my profile better.

Education:
--BS. Electrical Engineering (2007) 3.67 GPA NJIT
--MS. Electrical Engineering (2009) 3.65 GPA NJIT

Research experience:
--During college I did 3 award winning research projects and led one of them. Not sure how much merit that holds here..

Work Experience:
--2007 to 2010 - Worked at Citigroup in their rotational Technical Associate Training program. (got a highly selective award)
--2010 - current - I work as a Project Manager at BNP Paribas corp investment bank
--4 internships during college

GMAT: Will take in April - Currently taking a 9 week prep-course. (I expect to be around 700)

Volunteer work:
--Currently work as a civil rights educator (bullying prevention) for a non-profit law firm. I go around different high schools and talk to students / give presentations
--Educator/counselor at a summer camp for kids (once a year for a week)
--Held several leadership roles in college student orgs.

I am looking to add another volunteer experience in the next few weeks.. something a little more substantial.

So given the above, what are some things I should be focusing on (besides getting a great GMAT score) to have a great application for a top 5 or top 10 school?

Thanks for taking the time to read this.
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Re: Evaluate profile [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2012, 05:39
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Renagade wrote:
Hi,

This looks like a helpful forum from accepted.com. I have recently decided to pursue an MBA. I will be applying for 2013 and will get in my apps for early decision by Oct 2012.

Could you please evaluate my profile for a top 10 school. Preferably a top 5 school and please suggest what I should be focusing on from now till October to help build my profile better.

Education:
--BS. Electrical Engineering (2007) 3.67 GPA NJIT
--MS. Electrical Engineering (2009) 3.65 GPA NJIT

Research experience:
--During college I did 3 award winning research projects and led one of them. Not sure how much merit that holds here..

Work Experience:
--2007 to 2010 - Worked at Citigroup in their rotational Technical Associate Training program. (got a highly selective award)
--2010 - current - I work as a Project Manager at BNP Paribas corp investment bank
--4 internships during college

GMAT: Will take in April - Currently taking a 9 week prep-course. (I expect to be around 700)

Volunteer work:
--Currently work as a civil rights educator (bullying prevention) for a non-profit law firm. I go around different high schools and talk to students / give presentations
--Educator/counselor at a summer camp for kids (once a year for a week)
--Held several leadership roles in college student orgs.

I am looking to add another volunteer experience in the next few weeks.. something a little more substantial.

So given the above, what are some things I should be focusing on (besides getting a great GMAT score) to have a great application for a top 5 or top 10 school?

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

You sound like you have a strong background. I highly recommend our ebook Finance Professionals Guide to MBA Admissions Success since it contains specific advice to stand out from among other professionals in your industry. My main piece of advice would be to identify a niche in which you can take a lead role and make a significant impact beyond a typical project manager. This will give you the opportunity to demonstrate that you have the professional leadership ability that the top programs are seeking.
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Concentration: Technology, Finance
GPA: 3.67
WE: Project Management (Investment Banking)
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Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 1

Re: Evaluate profile [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2012, 06:30
Thanks Jennifer. I appreciate the feedback. About identifying my niche and making a significant impact ... do you suggest something work related or outside of work? Also, if you have any examples that would be great!!
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Re: Evaluate profile [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2012, 12:46
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Renagade wrote:
Thanks Jennifer. I appreciate the feedback. About identifying my niche and making a significant impact ... do you suggest something work related or outside of work? Also, if you have any examples that would be great!!

Things like building/developing a new product, assessing and better focusing the bank's marketing efforts, leveraging relationships in a new way for the bank, leading/developing a new strategy, identifying cross-marketing opportunities, etc. Each of these requires you to identify an opportunity, take the initiative to lead it, and gain the support of others in the organization to succeed: finding a niche and passionately leading it.
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