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Please Evaluate My MBA Profile [#permalink]
25 Jun 2012, 16:54
Please provide any comments or thoughts about my current profile for graduate school. I am planning to begin my MBA 3 to 5 years from now. I am only looking at part-time programs and am hoping to receive financial support and possibly time support from General Electric. Below you will find information from my resume. Additionally, I have added additional information that is not on my resume as well as information about what the next 3 years plus will hold for me. Thanks in advance!
Miami University - Magna cum Laude, University and Business Honors Graduation Date: May 2012 • Farmer School of Business Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Cumulative GPA: 3.86/4.00 • Major: Management Information Systems Major GPA: 3.93/4.00 • Minor: Interactive Media Studies Minor GPA: 3.96/4.00 • Anglo American University – Fall 2010 Semester Abroad: Prague, Czech Republic Abroad GPA: 3.94/4.00
Little Miami High School - Valedictorian Weighted GPA: 5.85/4.00
Information Management Leadership Program Internships - General Electric Aviation - Evendale, Ohio
Summer 2011 - Technology Services Group – Network Operations – Network Initiative Champion • Created and executed new analysis process for 156,000 configuration parameters within GE Aviation and Energy • Initiated charters for remediation projects and managed external vendor work on corrective actions • Performed network operations incidents on-call rotation within customer service level agreements • Acted as focal of the IMLP Intern Technology Committee
Summer 2010 - Technology Services Group - Lean Six Sigma Team - IT Project Manager • Implemented a specialized business database process from inception to a fully functional system within twelve weeks • Developed project charter, cost-benefit analysis, justification to IT leadership and contingency plan • Led a project team, worked with IT specialists and interacted with support functions in England and India • Volunteered to function as IMLP Intern Staff Meeting Coordinator for weekly meetings
Summer 2009 - Military and Compliance - Information Assurance - Legal Team IT Support • Piloted use of MozyPro remote back-up software and persuaded 200 member legal team to utilize going forward • Managed data flow for the Records & Information Management process involving 16,000 employees • Developed international and cultural understanding while working with Indian, English and Turkish team members • Served as focal of the IMLP Intern Professional Development Committee
Information Technology Internship – New Page Corporation - Dayton, Ohio
Summer 2007 - IT Department - Headquarters Relocation Team - Student Team Manager • Led student team relocation of corporate technology systems to new office complex • Performed installation, programming and testing of network components, computers and communication systems • Secured $10,000 and networking equipment donation to high school IT development program
Co-author - “Customer Relationship Information Technology Internal Controls and Security (CRITICS) Framework” • Saurberg, Robbie, Weston Smith, and Jonathan Tudor. “Customer Relationship Information Technology Internal Controls and Security (CRITICS) Framework.” ISACA Journal. JOnline 2 (2012): Web. • Creates a new integrated framework across IT governance, internal controls and security for realizing maximum benefits from customer relationship management systems through mitigation of business, regulatory and IT specific risks.
Spring 2009 to Spring 2012 - ISACA Miami University Chapter – President and VP of Technology • Led 150 members and six executives as primary decision maker, communicator, coordinator and external figurehead • Increased number of organizational events by 100% and membership number by 50% in one year time frame • Grew chapter to become recognized as exemplary student chapter by international ISACA organization
Winter 2008 to Winter 2011 – Miami Business Consulting – CIO, Webmaster and VP of Communications • Consulted to create business plans, marketing, websites, and social media strategy for eight businesses and organizations • Innovated and implemented new organizational cloud based content management system and IT infrastructure • Functioned as primary project resource for all client web site development
Certifications • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certification – Cisco Systems Inc. - January 2008 • Network Engineering Associate Certification - Sinclair Community College - May 2008
Honors and Awards:
GE 2011 Information Management Leadership Program Intern Honors Award • Received third place award in national competition among 8,000 senior applicants for IMLP internship positions • Based on academic performance, professional impact, and applied technology innovation essay
Miami University Provost Award Nomination • One of forty senior students nominated because of their positive impact on the academic climate of Miami University • Joint nomination by the Business Honors program and the MIS department
Other Honors and Awards • Active member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society as a international top 7.5% business student • Membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society as an international top 7.5% undergraduate student • Awarded the 2009 and the 2010 Dawley Scholarship for the top performing MIS students at Miami University • Received one of four Circuit IT Consortium scholarships for the best technology college students in Southwest Ohio • Obtained the 2008 Northeast Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce scholarship for high aptitude business students • Miami University President’s List: Fall 2011 • Miami University Dean’s List: Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011
Community Service and Campus Activities:
Community Service • Developed new website product interface for Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank free of charge • Served as a Honors peer mentor for Miami University honors freshmen • Regular summer volunteer at the Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House • Participate in GE paint a school events
Campus Activities • Vice President and co-founder of the Miami University Video Game Design Club • Undergraduate Assistant in Spring 2012 for MIS 305: IT Security and Audit • Member of the Miami Swing Dance Club and active swing dance competitor
Additional Information: Race: White/Caucasian GMAT (Took it today): 680, Q = 42 V = 41 Appointed to the executive board of The Greater Cincinnati ISACA Chapter as Treasurer (youngest member on board)
Future Professional Information: Entering General Electric Aviation's Information Technology Leadership Program starting next week. It is the number one ranked leadership program in the world and consists of four six month rotations in various leadership positions in IT and three months of training, including a four week bootcamp in Michigan and three week bootcamp in China. My first rotation will be as the IT lead for managing the transition of 1,400 locations from a legacy network to a next generation network. This includes project management, resource management of a global team and technology management. Future rotations will include similar assignments and possibly an international assignment. Following completion of the two year program I will get to pick my next assignment in a leadership position in IT.
The five part-time programs I am interested in are: - Chicago Booth weekend and evening - Northwestern Kellogg weekend and evening - University of Michigan Ross part-time - Carnegie Mellon Tepper part-time - Duke University Fuqua Cross Continent part-time MBA
Also, assume that I will be able to relocate close to these schools while attending, or possibly travel to weekend programs.
Re: Please Evaluate My MBA Profile [#permalink]
26 Jun 2012, 04:39
Hi Tudorjon, This is a very impressive background. GE is an excellent company, well-known for its grooming of top executives. You are truly off to a wonderful start. You have all the credentials of a very solid candidate to any of the elite programs. Your GMAT score is a little on the softer side, but you've only taken it once, and if you feel you can increase the score into the 700 range with little effort, I'd suggest you re-take it, just as a way to give yourself some cushion. If you want to read more about how to think about GMAT, check out an article I wrote recently: http://www.thefirstread.com/should-i-retake-the-gmat/
Of the schools you listed, my advice is to select the one that is ranked the highest for your particular interests b/c with your background, I have confidence you'll be admitted. Overall, Chicago and Kellogg are considered the top of the heap when it comes to part-time or exec MBA programs, but if you have a specific interest where one of the other schools has a stronger program, that would be the only reason I'd suggest to look at them. Bear in mind, Chicago and Kellogg are pretty different. Chicago is more oriented toward finance & accounting, while Kellogg is more gen mgmt and marketing. Both are tremendous part-time programs, and I think your shot into either is going to be solid. Plus, they are both close to the Cincinnati area, which means you could do the drive easily. I grew up in Cincinnati and went to college in Chicago. It's about 5 hours at an easy drive. Whatever you decide, as long as you don't get in your own way and you keep your nose clean, I believe you'd be a strong admit to a part-time or exec program.
Re: Please Evaluate My MBA Profile [#permalink]
26 Jun 2012, 21:03
Thanks for the positive and insightful reply James! I very much appreciate it, and it greatly helps my confidence. I'm most interested in Kellogg and Booth out of all five programs but they also appear to be the toughest to get into, so I wanted to get some outside opinions about my chances. My girlfriend's family is from Chicago so I have spent a couple months in the city and visited and researched both schools. I am still unsure as to which would be a better fit, as I value traits from both schools. Kellogg's general management emphasis and team work attitude match well with my leadership style, which focuses on open decision making and self analysis through emotional intelligence principles. Booth's focus on analytic thinking appeals to me because my field, information systems, is highly analytic. Over the next few years I hope to better understand my passions as I gain more work experience.
Based on your advice and the advice from your article I will plan to take the GMAT a second time in a year or two. I think I need to spend more time getting used to timing on the quantitative section as I ended up just picking random answers for the last eight problems. Baring that, I believe my overall score would have likely been able to reach 700. I scored in the 90th percentile in the verbal section on my preliminary practice exam and finished the section 15 minuets early when I took the real exam so I feel that I can easily maintain it in the future allowing me to focus just on quantitative.
Also, I real like the information and articles provided on your website. They are very useful. Thanks again!
Re: Please Evaluate My MBA Profile
26 Jun 2012, 21:03