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Looking for advice/profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 20 May 2012, 16:03
Basic demographic info:

I was born in former Yugoslavia, lived in Germany as a refugee for a while and then moved to the US when I was 14 . I'm fluent in Serbo-Croatian, German and Armenian and speak Russian as well (not fluent though). I'm 29 years old, I will be 30 next year when I play on applying to schools.

Educational Background:

I got a BA in Economics from the University of Washington (Seattle). I had a difficult time as a undergrad, due to a number of different factors, my GPA is very low, 2.59.

Work experience:

2001-2008: Medical Interpreter (Part time and full time)

Worked with medical professionals in providing medical services to non English speaking patients.
I also worked a couple of other jobs, one of which was a fulltime 40hours a week job during my last 8 months as a undergraduate.

2008-2010: Peace Corps

Wrote grant proposals and implemented projects on a national and international level. Managed and supervised the implementation of projects aimed at addressing the issues of government corruption and youth development.

Taught Business planning and budgeting to small business owners and students studying at the National Institutes and Universities.

Established a Career Development Center and provided training to 600 individuals through a Small Project Assistance Grant from the United States Department of International Development.

2011-2012: United States Army Officer Candidate School

Went through a highly rigorous training cycle aimed at producing agile and adaptive leaders for the future Officer Corps in the United States Army. Among other things, the training consisted of being put into leadership positions in high stress situations. Conduct risk assessments, plan and conduct training events, coordinate with others to ensure that quality of training is meeting the standard. Had to be very flexible and adapt to different situations in a fluid environment.

I'm currently a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army National Guard and hold a temporary administrative job.

Short/Long term goals:

I still have not taken the GMAT, I'm actually just starting to study for it and I'm planning to take it, honestly when I think that I'm ready to get a solid 700+, preferably 750+ score. I hope to start applying to schools early next year.

With a good GMAT score, do I have a chance to get into a good program? I realize that the top 10, probably 20 are out of question because of my low GPA. What schools should I be looking at/contacting and researching?

If I can explain some of the factors that played a role in why I have a low GPA, should I try and explain it, or just ignore it and not try to sound like someone making up excuses?

Any other tips - except of course getting a high GMAT score - of what I should do between now and 7-8 months from now when I hope to start applying to schools that will make me a more attractive candidate for schools?


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Re: Looking for advice/profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 11:07
Hello,

I would suggest you three points

1) Work on your GMAT and target 740/750+

This step will help you offset your low GMAT. As far as GPA is concerned, with strong GMAT score and a meaningful story, you can defend the same

2) Develop some leadership skills - within or outside work

3) Take some courses of your interest (area of specialization you are targeting for your MBA), and prove your academic excellence

With all above steps, you will have a decent shot for top 5-15 programs.

Hope this helps

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Re: Looking for advice/profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 16:08
Hi there,
Interesting background!
I'd say that for you there are two keys - first killing that GMAT, and second articulating a clear story about how your past experiences led you to want to pursue and MBA and what your post-grad goals are.
I'd say that the GPA is of course a red flag, but you could put together an alternative transcript of additional classes (plus a killer GMAT) to help offset. However, you also need to offset potential red flags on having a less traditional/less clear background.

It's all in execution.

Best of luck!

(BTW: I'm Italian-Slovenian. Oh hi former Yugo friend!)
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Re: Looking for advice/profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 17:32
Thanks for the replies!

I'm starting to study for the GMAT now so hopefully in a few months I can take it and get a good score.

I have also started thinking about crafting a good story regarding my post MBA career goals, however I have not been able to find a lot of information regarding MBA careers. There is a lot of information out there, but it is all very general, I'm not able to find anything that goes into any details.

While I do have a general idea what I want to do with an MBA, I'm looking for information that will help me out in figuring how everything fits together, more information on the different concentrations and possible careers. I would appreciate it if anyone could point me in the right direction regarding finding more info on this!

(LadyRoadWarrior - always happy to meet another Yugo...or part Yugo!) ;)
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