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Need profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2009, 07:35
Hi!

I am planning to do my MBA starting 2010 fall. I am interested in specializing in Marketing. :cry:

I need your help in evaluating my profile and also some recommendations on schools that I could apply to.

I have a GMAT score of 660 (45-Q, 35 -V)
2yrs WE at the time of MBA
Extremely good academics( secured University ranks as well)
Extremely good extra curriculars ( both, in college as well as in the organisation)

I have attached detailed profile as well. Please do let me know your recommendations on the schools. I am concerened primarily because of my lower score.

I was looking at Carnegie Mellon as one of my options. Do let me know what you think of it.

Thanks!

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Re: Need profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2009, 09:51
mnk,

You have an interesting profile. I like the international aspects as well as the "brand-name" firms you've worked for. Your GMAT score would ideally be higher but the fact that you are a female candidate offsets that score to some extent. Given your marketing goals, I recommend that you consider the following schools: Indiana, Emory, USC, and Washington (Olin) with perhaps UCLA and Duke as "reach" schools. All of these programs place a high percentage of their MBAs in marketing.

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Re: Need profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2009, 10:19
Thanks so much for your reply!

one clarification.. would UCLA and duke be reach schools or "dream"?

Also, my GMAT score is really bothering me... i have given it twice with the same score.. I am planning to give one last try soon...Given this score and my lower work ex do I have a realistic chance in getting into Kelley, USC & especially Emory(this one gives lot of importance to WE I guess)...?How important is the score in these...?

Also, what do you think of Carnegie Mellon as one option?

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Re: Need profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2009, 17:32
mnk,

I consider UCLA and Duke "reach" or "long-shot" schools for you, not "dream" or "hail Mary" schools. Your GMAT score is not so bad. Your age and work experience is probably a bigger issue than your GMAT score. If you can make a good case why you need an MBA now, define your post-MBA goals well, effectively showcase your leadership and a "fast-track" career pace, write good essays, and get enthusiastic, example-heavy reco letters then you should have a decent chance at Kelley, USC, and Emory. These schools are more doable than UCLA and Duke, and CMU is somewhere between these schools and UCLA / Duke in doability.

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Re: Need profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2009, 07:52
Thanks so much Paul!!This is has been of great help!

i guess il stop worrying abt my gmat score and work on other stuff..

One more thing.. I came across this MBA school in France called ESSEC.. any thoughts on it?Is it a good option for me?
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Re: Need profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2009, 15:43
ESSEC would be a great place to go if you wanted to work in France. If you want to work outside of Europe, you could get into schools that have a more global brand.

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Re: Need profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2009, 07:53
Thanks so much!

As i had mentioned earlier, I am interested in pursuing Marketing as my specialization, specifically Consumer Marketing and Branding. Many people say that it is difficult for international students to get placed in consumer marketing jobs.Is this true?
If so, would mentioning my interests at the time of application work against me as all B schools look at whether a student can be placed, during admissions?

How do schools view applicants who say they are not looking to get placed and would like to return to their home country?

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Re: Need profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2009, 19:39
mnk,

I have no specific information on the special difficulty international graduates face in getting placed in Consumer Marketing and Branding positions. I'm sure it has a lot to do the specific experience and quality of the graduate (visa issues aside). That is, if you have begun building a network in the local industry and begun to establish your knowledge of it, you may not encounter special obstacles. Since I don't know which industries as a rule are more open to international MBAs, I can't say whether you should present different goals in your MBA application. It is definitely true that schools do take into account the feasibility of an applicant's goals in terms of placement. So if you have information that makes your actual post-MBA goal seem less feasible given your international origin, then, yes, you could consider stating goals that are more realistic from a placement standpoint. Just make sure these goals make sense vis-a-vis your CV, that you convincingly explain how you arrived at these goals, and that you do your homework so these goals sound plausible.

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Re: Need profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2009, 08:05
Thanks Paul.. will have to work on this one...Anny suggestions on whre I could get more info on this..?? It would be of great help..

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Re: Need profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2009, 13:13
You could review Business Week's material on placement stats for each school, but your best bet would probably be to contact the schools themselves and ask them the questions you asked me.

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Re: Need profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2009, 01:45
Thanks Paul! I'll do that...
thanks for all the advice you have been giving me so far..its been extremely useful.
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