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peer review, please [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2011, 18:04
I am currently a lead marketing operations analyst at a large software firm. I have held this position for a year and before worked as an associate financial analyst at the same company. Before I started with this company, I tried my hand at selling insurance for about seven months. At the time of matriculation, I will have 3.5~ years of work experience.

My post-MBA goal is to do operations consulting.

690 V42 Q42

Caucasian/Hawaiian male

Public Ivy – Finance – 3.1 cumulative and 3.5 major – 2008

I have sold onions for a rotary scholarship program every fall since high school - I volunteered during the fall of 2007 for a family that was holding weekend carnivals to benefit a cancer patient - I also spent a summer in college volunteering at a Goodwill donation center - I am volunteering, for the first time, with the Atlanta Union Mission this summer

I have been accepted to Emory’s part-time program for the fall, but I am not sure that this is the appropriate route for me.

Pros of the part-time program
- I live less than 2 miles from the Emory campus
- I can work at home on class days
- All of the typical pros of a part-time program (continuing to work, less cost)
Cons
- I am not sure I can handle work, school, and whatever else at the same time ( I would rather have my complete focus on school)
- I feel like the part-time program, while granting you the same degree, won’t help me in my search for a better career – this, even though the admissions department was enthusiastic about part-time students getting new jobs
- I really want to go to the best school I can get into

I am retaking my Princeton Review course and then taking the GMAT in August. I will be focusing on improving my quantitative score as my verbal scores were consistently high on the practice tests and on the actual test. I really choked during the quantitative portion. I was just clicking answers to get to the end. I feel like I can improve my score with some more preparation.
The worst part about it is that I have to decide by July 15th. This doesn’t give me the option of taking the test again and maintaining the part-time option.

My dream school would be Duke, but I am also very interested in UVA and UT-Austin.


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Re: peer review, please [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2011, 18:28
You definitely have a shot at Darden, Duke, and Austin's FT program. It's good that you've decided to retake the GMAT. Currently, your GMAT is below average for both Darden and Duke, and your GPA isn't the highest either. In order for you to be competitive, retake the GMAT and break that 700-barrier (to be honest, even at 690, you should still have a shot, but why not increase your chance of admission if you can, right?) The way I view part-time programs is that most get sucked into it without knowing too much about what the program entails and what an MBA means. Why an MBA? This is a critical question that everyone should ask him/herself while in search for a b-school. If you're looking to jump career, it's most likely that a part-time MBA won't help too much (everything has exceptions though, but again, we're talking about maximizing chances [or lowering the risk]). If you're looking to stick around the same area where you're working and attending school, and that you're looking into the same sort of job, this part-time program will do you good. When you truly answer that question for yourself, you should be able to find the answer to whether this Emory part-time MBA will help you in your long-term goal. If you decide to forgo Emory's offer, I truly believe you have a shot at the schools you mentioned.
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Re: peer review, please [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2011, 04:44
I am an Indian looking to apply to masters in management programs. please comment on my chances, below is my profile:
Undergrad GPA: 9.01/10 till 7th semester.
Undergrad course: B.Pharm
Internship experience :
2 months in a national research organisation of India working on Microbiology
5 and a half months internship in Goldman Sachs as an Ops-tech Intern.
I am giving GMAT in september of this year and will be working as a Business Analyst in a start up
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Re: peer review, please [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2011, 06:29
bhanu88 wrote:
I am an Indian looking to apply to masters in management programs. please comment on my chances, below is my profile:
Undergrad GPA: 9.01/10 till 7th semester.
Undergrad course: B.Pharm
Internship experience :
2 months in a national research organisation of India working on Microbiology
5 and a half months internship in Goldman Sachs as an Ops-tech Intern.
I am giving GMAT in september of this year and will be working as a Business Analyst in a start up



Do you have any full-time work experience? If not, focus on your job for a year or two and then you will have more clarity about what you want to do. Without full time work experience, your chances at most business schools in Europe and the US are slim.
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Re: peer review, please [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2011, 19:59
fedexunledded wrote:


Do you have any full-time work experience? If not, focus on your job for a year or two and then you will have more clarity about what you want to do. Without full time work experience, your chances at most business schools in Europe and the US are slim.



Thanx for your help...I have just completed my grads and am looking to apply for masters in management which are mostly pre experience programs........My internship in GS was full-time if that counts anyway..apart from this I do not have any full time experience.
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Re: peer review, please [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2011, 21:25
bhanu88 wrote:
fedexunledded wrote:


Do you have any full-time work experience? If not, focus on your job for a year or two and then you will have more clarity about what you want to do. Without full time work experience, your chances at most business schools in Europe and the US are slim.



Thanx for your help...I have just completed my grads and am looking to apply for masters in management which are mostly pre experience programs........My internship in GS was full-time if that counts anyway..apart from this I do not have any full time experience.


ok. Sorry but I don't know about the programs you're aiming for. You can try posting again by creating a new topic on the "Peer Review" section than reply to a topic started by somebody else looking to get their profile reviewed by a peer. You are likely to be more successful that way.

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Re: peer review, please [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2011, 02:08
Hello there

Since you are aiming for top schools then a score above 700 is desirable. However GMAT alone won’t determine your chances of admission; activities beyond the academics will also help you in determining your candidature and your work experience plays a vital role as well.

Generally most of the applicants have a good 4-5 years of work experience. Although it is not just the work experience that counts but also what you did there like-what were your achievements, what initiative you took, what changes you drove in your workplace etc. So if you can show that in 3.5 years you have demonstrated the skills business schools are looking for you could put in a strong set of essays.

Hence the quality of your work, your academics and beyond academics will play an important role in determining your candidature.

Start thinking what makes you unique and what’s that ‘hook’ that will be key to your application.
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