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Please evaluate [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2005, 10:44
Hi Linda,

I recently took my GMAT and didn't score well (too nevervous). I am planning to retake the GMAT and believe I will score in the range of 680 - 730. With this assumption I would like you to evaluate my profile.

Education
Undergraduate GPA: 3.00/4.00 (1st year: 3.30, 2nd year: 2.7, 3rd year: 2.65, 4th year: 3.35, 5th year: 3.4)
Top 3 university in Canada - Double major: Electrical Engineering and Physics
My 2nd and 3rd year performance drastically dropped due to medical circumstances (back injuries) which forced me to miss lectures and exams. Had a strong come back in my latter years.

Graduate degree GPA: 3.70/4.00
Top 2 engineering program in Canada - Electrical Engineering
Receive the top Government research scholarship in Canada
Published research papers to top conferences

Extracirricular
-Committee member for outreach organization that provides volunteer services such as food bank support, homeless shelter support and tutoring services
-Section Chairman for the IEEE, the largest Electrical Engineering Organization in the world
-Former junior Canadian national team member for kayaking
-won the bronze medal at worlds
-won several national titles
-aspired to be Olympian
-forced to retire due to back injuries (see above)

Work Experience (6 years)
-Tried to start my own company with professor and other graduate students
-failed since we couldn't get funding
-failed because we just didn't have the experience

-My current Company is NASDAQ 100 company with over 15K employees
-Marketing Manager responsible for profit and loss in Asia-Pacific region.
-Responsible for accounts that comprise ~20% of companies revenue
-Grew the revenue of 125% within 3 quarters
-receive highest performance rating within company
-received a nice raise. =)
-blah blah.....

-Promoted to Business Development Manager (within one year)
-manage all new emerging businesses within the company
-working to develop new business unit to support new products, logistics and engineering - the team should be about 100+ people
-will be leading the marketing and business development efforts
-blah blah....

Why a MBA
-learn the skills to become a good entrepeneur (I failed before)
-make investment contacts to support my future endevours
-hone my business development skill to run a success start up that would address emerging markets in Asia and South America.


Schools

I am looking to attend schools with good entrepeneurial, general management and leadership programs. Hopefully top ten. =)

Here is a quick list of school that I would like to attend:
Yale, Columbia, LBS, Wharton, Cornell and Duke.

Please advise on my chances. Thanks in Advance.

-Rigger
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Re: Please evaluate [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2005, 17:25
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rigger wrote:
Hi Linda,

I recently took my GMAT and didn't score well (too nevervous). I am planning to retake the GMAT and believe I will score in the range of 680 - 730. With this assumption I would like you to evaluate my profile.

Education
Undergraduate GPA: 3.00/4.00 (1st year: 3.30, 2nd year: 2.7, 3rd year: 2.65, 4th year: 3.35, 5th year: 3.4)
Top 3 university in Canada - Double major: Electrical Engineering and Physics
My 2nd and 3rd year performance drastically dropped due to medical circumstances (back injuries) which forced me to miss lectures and exams. Had a strong come back in my latter years.

Graduate degree GPA: 3.70/4.00
Top 2 engineering program in Canada - Electrical Engineering
Receive the top Government research scholarship in Canada
Published research papers to top conferences

Extracirricular
-Committee member for outreach organization that provides volunteer services such as food bank support, homeless shelter support and tutoring services
-Section Chairman for the IEEE, the largest Electrical Engineering Organization in the world
-Former junior Canadian national team member for kayaking
-won the bronze medal at worlds
-won several national titles
-aspired to be Olympian
-forced to retire due to back injuries (see above)

Work Experience (6 years)
-Tried to start my own company with professor and other graduate students
-failed since we couldn't get funding
-failed because we just didn't have the experience

-My current Company is NASDAQ 100 company with over 15K employees
-Marketing Manager responsible for profit and loss in Asia-Pacific region.
-Responsible for accounts that comprise ~20% of companies revenue
-Grew the revenue of 125% within 3 quarters
-receive highest performance rating within company
-received a nice raise. =)
-blah blah.....

-Promoted to Business Development Manager (within one year)
-manage all new emerging businesses within the company
-working to develop new business unit to support new products, logistics and engineering - the team should be about 100+ people
-will be leading the marketing and business development efforts
-blah blah....

Why a MBA
-learn the skills to become a good entrepeneur (I failed before)
-make investment contacts to support my future endevours
-hone my business development skill to run a success start up that would address emerging markets in Asia and South America.


Schools

I am looking to attend schools with good entrepeneurial, general management and leadership programs. Hopefully top ten. =)

Here is a quick list of school that I would like to attend:
Yale, Columbia, LBS, Wharton, Cornell and Duke.

Please advise on my chances. Thanks in Advance.

-Rigger


A lot depends on your GMAT. Certainly given your GGPA, if you earn a 700+GMAT, then your chances are strong at all the schools on your list. I fit s more in the 680 range, you still have a chance at all of them, but Columbia and Wharton will become less likely admits.

Good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2005, 19:30
Linda,

Thanks for you the response. Yes, I recognize the CGPA may be of an issue. Hopefully, the admin. after reviewing my transcript will recognize that the my class average is quite low (~2.6), given the difficulty of the program.

Regards,
Thomas
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2005, 07:04
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rigger wrote:
Linda,

Thanks for you the response. Yes, I recognize the CGPA may be of an issue. Hopefully, the admin. after reviewing my transcript will recognize that the my class average is quite low (~2.6), given the difficulty of the program.

Regards,
Thomas


Make sure you also provide an explanation of the back problems you had as an undergrad and show that without those issues, you can excel academically.

Good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2005, 15:10
Linda,

Good news, I just received 710 on my GMAT. A big improvement from my 620. Now I feel a little more confident in applying to the top schools. Hopefully, things go well moving forward.

Regards,
Rigger
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2005, 15:30
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rigger wrote:
Linda,

Good news, I just received 710 on my GMAT. A big improvement from my 620. Now I feel a little more confident in applying to the top schools. Hopefully, things go well moving forward.

Regards,
Rigger


Congratulations! That's great news. Thanks for sharing it. Good luck with your application.
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