I prepared for the GMAT for about 2 months and finally decided to take the GMAT last week. I scored a 640 and plan on retaking it in the next few months. My ultimate goal is to get into a Top 10 school and I wanted to get your opinion on a couple of options regarding planning and executing the entire process. Hereâ€™s some background info. on me and any advice would be greatly appreciated.
1)25, M, East Indian (US Citizen). Graduated with a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Ohio State Univ. (minor in Info. Systems) in Juneâ€™03. Overall GPA: 3.2
2)Work Experience: Primarily in Healthcare Clinical Information Systems
a.Healthcare Software Company â€“ 2 years
b.Big 4 Consulting Firm â€“ 1.2 years (current)
3)Extra curricular activities: I am currently involved in a few extracurricular activities at work but do not have a leadership position. However, I just signed up to be on the Associate Board for an external non-profit organization and will be involved in executing a fundraiser event for about 6 months.
What would you say are my main weaknesses and can you suggest ways to beef up my resume/application? I have also been thinking about switching companies to gain some additional experience (strategy consulting) and will this move hurt my B-school application if I were to apply in Fall 2008? Would schools look at the different companies I would have worked for in a span of 5 years in a negative way? Do you recommend staying with the same company (just for B schools purpose) inspite of limited opportunities? Would you advice applying this year (if I were to score in the high 700s) or next (Fall 08)? Thanks,
Your main weaknesses are not glaring, just a lack of anything particularly unusual that would help you stand out. Aside from getting your GMAT over 700, I would just recommend accumulating as many high-impact leadership experiences as you can, in and outside of work. Your fundraising event, for example, sounds great. I do not think gaining additional experience for the sake of breadth of experience would help you very much. You don't want to appear unfocused. But if a new job would give you direct reports or more overt leadership opportunities then go for it. If you do switch, it will only be 3 companies in 5 years, which doesn't make you too much of a job hopper. So if you find a better leadership role that fits into your skills and long-term goals go for it. If you get a 700, there would be no harm in applying this year; if you don't get in you could just try again next year with the advantage of knowing what the application process is about.
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