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Need Advice [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2013, 02:22
Hello,

I would be happy to hear advice about what should I do as a next steps.

I'm 22 year old male from Georgia (not US), finished my bachelor degree in finance in June 2012.
GPA 3.1/4.0 I know it looks really bad, but the average GPA in my university was really low. With 3.1 I'm in top 10% of my class.

GMAT: did it week ago. got 700 (50/35).

Work: working since 2011. Did internship in real estate company and retailer company, then worked in both of them for one year as a financial analyst.
Currently working in one of the largest company of my country (oil and gas corporation) as a quality control manager in construction department and evaluating future projects in strategic planning department.

I want to do MBA or even master program preferably in finance or related fields in US and I have several questions:

1. Should I retake GMAT? I have feeling that I can get around 720-740 if practice actively couple of weeks. But is it worth?

2. Which schools and programs would you recommend me to apply to.

3.What can I do currently to make my profile better and make it possible to apply to higher ranked schools.

Thank you in advance.
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Re: Need Advice [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2013, 12:27
Hi pxovela2 --

You've posted your query quite widely and many of the other consultants have already said much of what we would say.

22 is very young for many top MBA programs. You're probably going to have an easier time getting in if you accrue some significant work experience in a relevant field first. If you are ready to go back to school sooner for some reason, then one of the Master's programs such as LBS or Duke offers might be a good choice. We personally feel that the MBA is much more valuable though - this is just an opinion - so our best advice would be to work hard and make your profile super strong for an application NEXT year (submit apps in Fall 2014) in order to matriculate in 2015. Yes, we know that seems like putting everything off for a long time but you'll get more value out of the experience, and you'll have an easier time in the admissions process, if you have more under your belt that you'll be able to contribute in the bschool community.

Also yes you should retake the GMAT. Your GPA is low, you're young and straight out of school, and that verbal score is a significant weakness. The good news is you should be able to have a really impressive GMAT when you nail the quant again as you already did, plus add a higher verbal. That is not optional in our opinion - given everything else about your profile the GMAT needs to be taken again.

Hope this adds something to your planning and decision-making. We can't really suggest schools for MBA since we don't have enough to go on. You're young enough that we encourage you to take the time and apply when you're really ready; from the brief info you already provided we're not quite sure that it's now. You could try retaking the GMAT this summer and then see about an app this year but there's some stuff working against you as we said.

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