Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 24 Oct 2014, 05:32

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Looking for Feedback on my Profile

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 24 Apr 2013
Posts: 66
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Operations
GMAT 1: 660 Q44 V38
GMAT 2: 700 Q44 V41
GPA: 3.55
WE: Engineering (Manufacturing)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 12 [0], given: 27

Looking for Feedback on my Profile [#permalink] New post 28 May 2013, 19:26
Hello, I am looking to apply for MBA school in the fall. Here's my stats:

-White American male from the midwest, 26 years old at matriculation
-Graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering. 3.55 overall GPA, 3.84 major GPA
-Working as an R&D engineer for a medium-sized company; gained experience about a good variety of products and manufacturing processes
-Took the GMAT in April, got a 660 (44Q/38V). I am studying to retake the test and am shooting for 710 or so. That's a topic for another thread though!
-EC's are certainly a weakness, homebrewing is a major hobby of mine and I'm involved with a local homebrewing club but unfortunately not in a leadership role. My college EC's are moderate, not super strong. I'm considering looking for different volunteering options but I'm worried it will just look desperate.

I have not completely hashed out what my specialization will be. I think I would excel in general management, but I'm starting to consider finance to be a good starting point out of MBA school. I'm not absolutely tied to engineering, I guess I'm saying. I clearly need to hash this out a little more before I write my essays so I have a clear narrative.

Do you have any advice for how I can improve my profile before round 1? Duke is my top choice at the moment for some personal reasons, but I am looking to apply to several other schools as well. What are some realistic goals for me?

Thanks!
Kaplan GMAT Prep Discount CodesKnewton GMAT Discount CodesGMAT Pill GMAT Discount Codes
1 KUDOS received
MBA Admissions Consulting
avatar
Joined: 26 Dec 2008
Posts: 2428
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Followers: 72

Kudos [?]: 528 [1] , given: 0

Re: Looking for Feedback on my Profile [#permalink] New post 28 May 2013, 22:27
1
This post received
KUDOS
jeffdill wrote:
Hello, I am looking to apply for MBA school in the fall. Here's my stats:

-White American male from the midwest, 26 years old at matriculation
-Graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering. 3.55 overall GPA, 3.84 major GPA
-Working as an R&D engineer for a medium-sized company; gained experience about a good variety of products and manufacturing processes
-Took the GMAT in April, got a 660 (44Q/38V). I am studying to retake the test and am shooting for 710 or so. That's a topic for another thread though!
-EC's are certainly a weakness, homebrewing is a major hobby of mine and I'm involved with a local homebrewing club but unfortunately not in a leadership role. My college EC's are moderate, not super strong. I'm considering looking for different volunteering options but I'm worried it will just look desperate.

I have not completely hashed out what my specialization will be. I think I would excel in general management, but I'm starting to consider finance to be a good starting point out of MBA school. I'm not absolutely tied to engineering, I guess I'm saying. I clearly need to hash this out a little more before I write my essays so I have a clear narrative.

Do you have any advice for how I can improve my profile before round 1? Duke is my top choice at the moment for some personal reasons, but I am looking to apply to several other schools as well. What are some realistic goals for me?

Thanks!


A couple of things:

1. Your GMAT. What you score on a retake really dictates your competitiveness. That's why you should be focusing on nothing but GMAT prep at this point. With your current score, you're looking at top 30 schools as sweet spots to slight stretches, and top 16 schools as big stretches. With a 700 or more (and ideally a 720+), the picture changes entirely: top 16 schools are stretches (but more within reach), and top 30 are sweet spots, maybe even safeties.

2. Going to b-school full-time by nature means you'll be leaving engineering. If you aren't sure about leaving engineering, then you may not be quite ready to apply to b-school, because few if any MBA grads go back to a technical position post-MBA.

3. Interesting extracurriculars are great, but ultimately your competitiveness comes down to a combination of your raw stats (GMAT/GPA) and your professional profile, so don't fixate about trying to come up with some super interesting non-work life. Again, your focus at this point should be your GMAT. Good luck
_________________

Alex Chu
alex@mbaapply.com
http://www.mbaapply.com
Follow me on Facebook

Expert Post
1 KUDOS received
Admissionado
User avatar
Joined: 30 Nov 2009
Posts: 3336
Location: Chicago, IL
Schools: Brown University, Harvard Business School
Followers: 44

Kudos [?]: 561 [1] , given: 30

Re: Looking for Feedback on my Profile [#permalink] New post 29 May 2013, 00:11
1
This post received
KUDOS
Expert's post
jeffdill wrote:
Hello, I am looking to apply for MBA school in the fall. Here's my stats:

-White American male from the midwest, 26 years old at matriculation
-Graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering. 3.55 overall GPA, 3.84 major GPA
-Working as an R&D engineer for a medium-sized company; gained experience about a good variety of products and manufacturing processes
-Took the GMAT in April, got a 660 (44Q/38V). I am studying to retake the test and am shooting for 710 or so. That's a topic for another thread though!
-EC's are certainly a weakness, homebrewing is a major hobby of mine and I'm involved with a local homebrewing club but unfortunately not in a leadership role. My college EC's are moderate, not super strong. I'm considering looking for different volunteering options but I'm worried it will just look desperate.

I have not completely hashed out what my specialization will be. I think I would excel in general management, but I'm starting to consider finance to be a good starting point out of MBA school. I'm not absolutely tied to engineering, I guess I'm saying. I clearly need to hash this out a little more before I write my essays so I have a clear narrative.

Do you have any advice for how I can improve my profile before round 1? Duke is my top choice at the moment for some personal reasons, but I am looking to apply to several other schools as well. What are some realistic goals for me?

Thanks!


Well, Jeff, since round one begins like NOW.. ;)
I'd say retaking the GMAT if you can get higher is about the only thing you need to worry about. Your lack of ECs is just something you are gonna need to write around. Ideally if you are going for R1, your next GMAT will be taken by mid-July so that you have enough time to get started on your essays. Do you have a test date?

Let's wait on setting other target schools until you get your next GMAT score.
_________________

Jon Frank
Founder, Admissionado

Admissionado.com

If you like the post, give it a KUDOS!


Last edited by JonAdmissionado on 31 May 2013, 00:09, edited 1 time in total.
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 24 Apr 2013
Posts: 66
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Operations
GMAT 1: 660 Q44 V38
GMAT 2: 700 Q44 V41
GPA: 3.55
WE: Engineering (Manufacturing)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 12 [0], given: 27

Re: Looking for Feedback on my Profile [#permalink] New post 29 May 2013, 05:20
JonAdmissionado wrote:
Ideally if you are going for R1, your next GMAT will be taken by mid-July so that you have enough time to get started on your essays. Do you have a test date?

Let's wait on setting other target schools until you get your next GMAT score.


I don't have a test date set yet, but I am shooting for early to mid July. It sounds like if I still don't get my target score I should take it again and hold off on applying until round 2. I'm confident I will get it done though, I was scoring in the 700+ range on practice tests and just screwed up my timing on quant on the real test :dunnow
Expert Post
Admissionado
User avatar
Joined: 30 Nov 2009
Posts: 3336
Location: Chicago, IL
Schools: Brown University, Harvard Business School
Followers: 44

Kudos [?]: 561 [0], given: 30

Re: Looking for Feedback on my Profile [#permalink] New post 31 May 2013, 00:09
Expert's post
jeffdill wrote:
JonAdmissionado wrote:
Ideally if you are going for R1, your next GMAT will be taken by mid-July so that you have enough time to get started on your essays. Do you have a test date?

Let's wait on setting other target schools until you get your next GMAT score.


I don't have a test date set yet, but I am shooting for early to mid July. It sounds like if I still don't get my target score I should take it again and hold off on applying until round 2. I'm confident I will get it done though, I was scoring in the 700+ range on practice tests and just screwed up my timing on quant on the real test :dunnow


I couldn't agree more about R2. Good luck!!!
_________________

Jon Frank
Founder, Admissionado

Admissionado.com

If you like the post, give it a KUDOS!

Re: Looking for Feedback on my Profile   [#permalink] 31 May 2013, 00:09
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Looking forward to get a feedback on my AWA. :) samsmalldog 0 12 Feb 2014, 04:53
Experts publish their posts in the topic Please take a look at my profile chenjandy 3 04 Aug 2013, 19:05
1 Experts publish their posts in the topic Kindly review my profile and provide feedback aceacharya 4 19 Jul 2013, 01:54
Profile Evaluation Please - Looking for feedback simmy818 6 08 Mar 2011, 11:57
Please have a look at my profile aim_gmat 1 11 Oct 2006, 20:59
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Looking for Feedback on my Profile

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.