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Lacking Work Experience - Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2011, 08:41
First and foremost, thanks in advance for responding and helping me with your comments and constructive criticism!

26 year old male of South American/West Indian descent, born in Canada
Undergrad GPA: 3.02/4.00
Last 2 years of undergrad GPA: 3.3
Major: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Minor: Finance
Notables:
- 4th year calculus – 3.67 grade point
- Some extra-curricular during UG
-developed manual used in 4th year curriculum
-lots of leadership experience through group/ class projects

Languages: English (mother tongue), French beginner

-GMAT: writing Sept 19, 2011, currently in Kaplan prep course

Certification: Canadian Securities Course (roughly equivalent to the Series 7 in the US) – is a financial certificate that was done post-undergrad

Work experience: 6 months insurance related, 2.5 years luxury brand sales (1.5 years of this is part-time)

International Exposure: 23 countries – travels to Africa, South America, Central America, Europe, Caribbean

Extra-curriculars (post-undergrad): 1 year mentoring at-risk youth, 8 months Big Brother (22 months at Sept 2012) mentoring 1 male youth, 1 year volunteering for large non-profit, leading a team of volunteers to under-developed country early 2012 (with the large non-profit) to build homes

I should also mention I went through some personal demons that began near the end of my undergrad which are still on-going but have diminished in the past 6 months. Long story short, family business that was operating for 10+ years (spent all of my summer breaks working in the factory) folded through greed, deliberate mismanagement, and basically pushing my immediate family out; which, resulted in the loss of contact with 23 family members (of whom were cousins that were basically my brothers and sisters). Lots of legal drama and stress! The stress of the situation basically plagued me with constant migraines and seen several doctors and neurologists relating to the matter.

I am planning to apply for an MBA for the September 2012 intake. So far I feel that my biggest weakness in my profile is my work experience. Is there any way I can balance it? I was also looking into a Masters in Marketing or International Business because they don’t require work experience.

During an MBA I would like to focus on: marketing (specifically brand management, strategy, and the luxury industry), social entrepreneurship/enterprise (specifically non-profits and humanitarian causes - not so much green/environmental initiatives), and lastly private equity/ venture finance.


Can anyone offer advice, wisdom, recommendations, criticisms, guidance?


Thank you very much!

RM
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Concentration: Finance, International Business
Schools: Schulich, Rotman '15
GMAT Date: 03-28-2012
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Re: Lacking Work Experience - Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2011, 08:47
Interesting that you completed the CSC yet you want to go into marketing. I think you'll find there will be schools that are going to ask why did you do the CSC? And possibly wonder where you are hoping to go with this. Make sure that you address the path which you were taking and the change in scenery moving forward. Keep us updated as to how your GMAT goes in September. I'm in practically the same boat work experience wise. Best of Luck!
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Re: Lacking Work Experience - Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2011, 09:25
I did the CSC because I have a minor in Finance and it is usually the standard for getting into any of the Cdn banks. The change occurred once I realized that I have a much stronger interest when it comes to marketing and branding. I feel that the CSC is definitely valuable because it provides you with sound financial knowledge that can be applied in any business. I did fairly well in all of my quant classes (especially a 3.67 in final year calculus) so I am comfortable with quant stuff, but my true interest is in brand marketing and strategy. Personally, I feel that marketing can play a large part in social enterprises where budgets and profits are slim.

Let me know how your studies are going!
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Status: Writing my first GMAT on MArch 28/2012
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Location: Canada
Concentration: Finance, International Business
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GMAT Date: 03-28-2012
GPA: 2.8
WE: Corporate Finance (Other)
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Re: Lacking Work Experience - Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2011, 09:30
Perfect, sounds like you got your answer right there, I think that explanation would be perfect as to explain where your head is come applications in 2012. I'm sure i'll see a lot of you in the coming months heading into the same year for our programs, best of luck and keep in touch.
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Re: Lacking Work Experience - Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2011, 11:54
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rmobeen wrote:
First and foremost, thanks in advance for responding and helping me with your comments and constructive criticism!

26 year old male of South American/West Indian descent, born in Canada
Undergrad GPA: 3.02/4.00
Last 2 years of undergrad GPA: 3.3
Major: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Minor: Finance
Notables:
- 4th year calculus – 3.67 grade point
- Some extra-curricular during UG
-developed manual used in 4th year curriculum
-lots of leadership experience through group/ class projects

Languages: English (mother tongue), French beginner

-GMAT: writing Sept 19, 2011, currently in Kaplan prep course

Certification: Canadian Securities Course (roughly equivalent to the Series 7 in the US) – is a financial certificate that was done post-undergrad

Work experience: 6 months insurance related, 2.5 years luxury brand sales (1.5 years of this is part-time)

International Exposure: 23 countries – travels to Africa, South America, Central America, Europe, Caribbean

Extra-curriculars (post-undergrad): 1 year mentoring at-risk youth, 8 months Big Brother (22 months at Sept 2012) mentoring 1 male youth, 1 year volunteering for large non-profit, leading a team of volunteers to under-developed country early 2012 (with the large non-profit) to build homes

I should also mention I went through some personal demons that began near the end of my undergrad which are still on-going but have diminished in the past 6 months. Long story short, family business that was operating for 10+ years (spent all of my summer breaks working in the factory) folded through greed, deliberate mismanagement, and basically pushing my immediate family out; which, resulted in the loss of contact with 23 family members (of whom were cousins that were basically my brothers and sisters). Lots of legal drama and stress! The stress of the situation basically plagued me with constant migraines and seen several doctors and neurologists relating to the matter.

I am planning to apply for an MBA for the September 2012 intake. So far I feel that my biggest weakness in my profile is my work experience. Is there any way I can balance it? I was also looking into a Masters in Marketing or International Business because they don’t require work experience.

During an MBA I would like to focus on: marketing (specifically brand management, strategy, and the luxury industry), social entrepreneurship/enterprise (specifically non-profits and humanitarian causes - not so much green/environmental initiatives), and lastly private equity/ venture finance.


Can anyone offer advice, wisdom, recommendations, criticisms, guidance?


Thank you very much!

RM

Since you have little work experience, then you may want to apply to some masters programs that are designed for recent graduates as a bridge to business careers. Some you may be interested in include: Duke's MMS, Columbia's Master of Science in Marketing, London Business School's Master in Management, HEC Paris's Master of Science in Marketing, and Imperial College's Masters in Strategic Marketing or it's MSc in Management.
These programs focus much more on your abilities - ie., your GPA and test scores - than on your work experience and will give you the opportunity to explore an area you enjoy while moving your career forward in the direction you would prefer.
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