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GPA: 3.3 Mechanical Eng major at University of Michigan (Bachelor and Masters degree)
Alternative transcript: 3.5 GPA at Kelly (Indiana Univ) business certificate (4 courses)
Work Experience: 4+ years overall. I started as an automotive systems safety engineer (2yrs) and later moved to marketing as a Product Marketing Manager (2yrs+) specializing in the market of next generation driver safety applications. I have no direct report but own an annual budget of $2 million. My scope of responsibility has grown from one to three product lines and from North America region to global. I report directly to the Director of Marketing in a US based Automotive OEM firm.
Extra-curricular: Volunteered at Red Cross sporadically in College. In between the promotions at my job, I went on a sabbatical-mission for two months in Cambodia where I served as a project leader for building a sewage system for the local villagers
Goals/Reason for MBA: I am quite content with my current career track in Marketing. I wish to remain in this field after I graduate but in a different industry. That being said, I also view B-school as a good opportunity to experience more by moving out of state (or even out of the country).
Target schools: Harvard (super reach, I know) Kellogg (my number one choice) Fuqua Oxford/Cambridge LBS/INSEAD
What are my chances at these schools? Do you see any glaring holes in my profile? What should I do in between now and round 1 (retake GMAT, more volunteering)?
Your profile looks solid, but since you're aiming high, your GMAT score, lack of direct reports at work, and perhaps above all, lack of strong leadership outside of work will hurt you. IMO, HBS is out of the question; LBS, Insead, and Kellogg are big reaches, Oxford/Cambridge are possibles, and Duke is doable. My advice would be to line up a distinctive extracurricular activity and take a big and clearly leadership role in it and then try to achieve some substantial impact in it (perhaps something that builds on your Cambodia experience in some way?). I know that won't be easy, but it could make a big difference in your application, both in terms of strengthening your leadership profile and strengthening your 'social impact' profile.
Hope this helps, _________________
Linda Abraham Accepted ~ The Premier Admissions Consultancy 310-815-9553
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