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An evaluation of my profile would be most welcome! Thank you in advance!
Personal info: Swedish citizen, 30[m].
1) Professional exp: Started a high tech startup in hardware in 2006, has worked with that since then in a managerial role [project manager, chairman of the board for two years, now member of the board]. At the same time as I have gotten my PhD in Physics from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden. The firm has a turnover of ~400k€ and 7 full time and part time employees. Earlier experience from a technical role in another high tech startup.
2) Your GMAT: 730 (Q45,V45). Very strange result since as a physicist I would have expected a higher quant score than verbal score. Should I retake to better reflect my "extreme" quant background?
3) Academics: MSc Degree focused on Quantum Physics from mid tier Swedish university GPA 3.8 (I think) on a 5 scale. Graduated 2004. Later studies at more prestigious university, Chalmers university of technology, ~1year with better results focused on nanotechnology, but never finished (started working in a startup instead)
4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities. Played Olympic Team handball at high national level. Captain for several teams. Several scholarships awarded within my PhD studies. Both for entrepeneurship and for research. Solid publications in good physics journals. Did an exchange year in Canada during my Masters. Worked for three months at University of California in 2006. Avid Skier. PhD in Physics will be finished spring 2012.
5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA. Nope.
6) Your target programs. INSEAD, LBS. Stretch: Stanford, Columbia, Sloan. I am not really looking to do an MBA outside of top 10, but if other schools would be a better choice for me I am open to suggestions.
7) Your post-MBA goal. Continued entrepeneurship, ideally in venture capital. I would love to work in finance, but not so sure that a career change is possible. If not possible I will continue on my high tech entrepeneurship path.
General I am mostly worried about the low quant score on my GMAT and my less than stellar GPA. I never really focused on my GPA before going to Chalmers unfortunately. I could also see how my profile can be seen as someone that doesn't ever want to leave school. Any thoughts on how to alleviate that impression would also be appreciated.
Any thoughts on my profile and any suggestions for alternative business schools are extremely welcome!
Hey Johan, Thanks for looking us up and posting! I believe I already answered your post in another topic, so I'll repost here in case you didn't get it. Feel free to follow up with any other questions!
Johan, As someone who is a) from Sweden b) a manager c) a successful entrepeneur d) has a GMAT that is above every school's average e) professional athlete, you can reasonably apply to top 10 schools and expect an admit somewhere. You still have to have great essays and very clear career goals that make sense. And of course you should apply to as many of the top 10 schools as excite you to increase your chances, but go for it!
If you need to add one "Safety school" (or two) NYU and Johnson have great finance programs and you could look into those too.
An education junkie would be someone who has ONLY been educated his or her entire life. You have vast experience, and your PhD, especially if you are able to weave the knowledge you have gained into your goals only makes you more capable. So, don;t be afraid of the PhD, but DO make it an integral part of your goals, and DO show them that you not only desire but NEED this extra step to reach your goals.