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Need Advise : strong score but research background [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2005, 15:54
Hi,

I wrote GMAT this summer did reasonably (750+).
Unfortunately I can't apply to schools for another year /two years or
so. I already have an MS and already 4 years of experience in
research positions. A consequence of job has been that I don't have
customer side experience and don't have strong leadership stories
to tell.

I don't have volunteer work experience - if I start something
now it will look glaringly "for the purpose".

My general interests are in operations or in public policy. I would
love to attend a top school ..

In extra-curriculars, I have captained my undergrad univ. in
two sports and I do climb as a hobby(mostly snow - little rock).

What can I do in next year or so that I can hope for a school
like Stanford , Kellogs etc.

Would I completely lose the time that I spend at work - I think
the nature of work I will do post MBA would probably be same
if I get MBA now vs. if I start in two years ? Is there I can
do for two years or so - that allow me to reap the rewards post
MBA ?
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2005, 10:27
Leadership can defined in multiple ways. It doesn't have to necessarily big "L" leadership in that you're leading 20 underlings to a huge product victory, but it can also be (and in most cases more accurately is) being a leader in the company by delivering day in and day out. Certainly that's something that you should be able to point to in research. How have you effectively delivered results for the company in a tangible and objective way (provide numbers)?

Getting a customer-side experience would be nice, but is not necessary. It is necessary, however that you do more reflection to understand how you've been a leader in your organization.

On the community service front, it wouldn't be a horrible idea to get involved in one activity that strikes your interest -- doesn't have to be a huge commitment -- just to show you're willing to get involved.

Your hobbies sound interesting -- don't discount their worth.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2005, 11:49
Thanks - that was a good take on the "Leadership" -
great perspective actually - may be I can milik something
out of my current work.
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