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GMAT:760 - Meditations on a precocious MBA

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GMAT:760 - Meditations on a precocious MBA [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2012, 14:46
I know that it is kind of early for me to supplicate for a profile evaluation considering that I have yet to earn my BA but I would like to know where I stand. Accordingly, I will keep it short. Thanks in advance for any feedback.

Nationality:Turkish
Age:22
Gender:Male

Undergrad:Economics/Top university in Turkey
GPA:~3.30
GMAT:760 (Q:51/V:41)

Virtually no leadership experience.
Little bit of volunteer work.
Basically, extracurricular activities are not my strong suit.

I am considering to apply at fall of 2012 and by that time I will have 6 months of work experience. The reason why I am so impatient is that I will probably be underemployed and/or in a job that is inconsistent with my career goals.

Post MBA goal: Management consulting, preferably in US but Canada or Australia would do as well. Other than that, location does not matter.

Given my background, where could I expect to be accepted?
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Re: GMAT:760 - Meditations on a precocious MBA [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 23:01
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Hey czl:

Before I get into my analysis, I wanted to note that anyone who can can combine the words "supplicate", "meditations" and
precocious" into a single post has a bright future ahead as a management consultant or romance novelist. Like McDonald's, I'm Luvin' it. :punk

In all seriousness, you do seem like a very forthright and even realistic guy. Based on your brief message, I feel that you have a good, albeit high-level, understanding of your weaknesses. I also feel like you will also respect the forthright nature of my response here.

The bottom line is that you do not stand a very good chance of getting into any school that you would want to go to. A wise man once said - I wouldn't be a member of any club that would have me as a member. That's good advice in your case. You seem to be a very smart individual with potential. On that note, that the world is filled with smart people, but few people who can actually get shit done.

Moving along ... I want you to know that the MBA is not a good placeholder. That is, it is not a good replacement for work experience or in your case - unemployment. If you don't have a lot of experience, even with your MBA in hand, you will not be a very attractive candidates with recruiters. Recruiters look for MBA graduates with the top-tier MBA and work experience in a specific field. If you have nine there, then you really have nothing worthwhile for a potential employer. The best you can do by going to an MBA program shortly after your undergraduate career is over, is to kick the can down the road. Basically, you're putting off today's problems for a period of one to two years as a complete your graduate MBA studies.

What I detail in the above paragraph is the problem and what you can expect to happen at the conclusion of your MBA studies. But it does not necessarily address your chances any top MBA program, or any MBA program for that matter. The big problem that you face in short run and when applying to any decent MBA program is your lack of work experience. Think of it this way – you certainly expect to enroll in an MBA program with classmates who represent years of work experience. Correct? Then why would you not expect the same from yourself? What I am saying is that the admissions committee will want to know what you will contribute to your MBA classmates. If you cannot answer that question, then you are not going to get into any decent MBA program.

Of course the type of "work experience" I speak to above can also be replaced (to a certain extent) by extraordinary leadership experiences as an undergraduate. However, and as you know, you basically have not become involved with any significant type of leadership experiences as an undergraduate. While I am not necessarily interested in the reasons why in this post, I can tell you that you really need to step it up and get involved with something that you are actually interested in. It really doesn't matter if you are bringing water to a village in Africa for providing credit counseling for affluent citydwellers. You just have to find something that will keep your interest in where you can take a "leadership" role.

Listen, I know that Turkey in general or your desired field may have high unemployment. Don't let that be an excuse. Find a job, whether you have to move or get into some field that you don't like as much. Just get a job with some leadership or management potential. Don't worry about pay for now and do not price yourself out of the entry level market by expecting a high salary. Just get your foot in the door. Above all, don't waste your time applying to programs that don't offer you a return on your time and money.

Respectfully,
Paul Lanzillotti

czl wrote:
I know that it is kind of early for me to supplicate for a profile evaluation considering that I have yet to earn my BA but I would like to know where I stand. Accordingly, I will keep it short. Thanks in advance for any feedback.

Nationality:Turkish
Age:22
Gender:Male

Undergrad:Economics/Top university in Turkey
GPA:~3.30
GMAT:760 (Q:51/V:41)

Virtually no leadership experience.
Little bit of volunteer work.
Basically, extracurricular activities are not my strong suit.

I am considering to apply at fall of 2012 and by that time I will have 6 months of work experience. The reason why I am so impatient is that I will probably be underemployed and/or in a job that is inconsistent with my career goals.

Post MBA goal: Management consulting, preferably in US but Canada or Australia would do as well. Other than that, location does not matter.

Given my background, where could I expect to be accepted?

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