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Please Evaluate My Profile - 2013 or 2014?

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Joined: 17 Jan 2012
Posts: 11
Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 730 Q47 V44
GPA: 3.35
WE: Project Management (Hospitality and Tourism)
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Please Evaluate My Profile - 2013 or 2014? [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2012, 14:15
I am considering applying to B-school for next year (Fall 2013) but am wondering whether the 3-3.5 years of work experience I will have at that point will be sufficient.

With my below profile, does it make sense for me to wait until Fall 2014?

My Current Profile:
-730 GMAT (44Q 47V)
-3.5 GPA from USC (International Relations)
-2.5 yrs work experience in account services/project management at software firm, will add either 1 or 2 more years in operational mgmt field (moderate career/industry change-- the main reason why I'm not sure if 3.5 years is enough). I am leaving my current job in a month to travel, volunteer more heavily, take some extra math courses, and search for a new job. I anticipate that I will be unemployed for 3-4 months.
-1+ years on board of local non-profit, various other "selfish" EC's
-Target schools are Kellogg, Columbia, and Haas, among a few undecided others.

Any advice? I am leaning towards waiting, but if I have a good chance next year, I might just go for it.

Also, with my profile, are top-10 schools a real possibility?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Please Evaluate My Profile - 2013 or 2014? [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2012, 10:00
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Hi jforsland,

You have a very strong application. With regards to your work experience, experience past the 2 years can be helpful, to show expertise in a given function, maturity in your career and progression. However it is not essential.

Your numbers certainly indicate that you have the intellect and focus to thrive in a top tier MBA program. Nothing about your story makes me think there is any reason why you cannot be admitted, but nothing stands out telling me why you should be admitted. All of the reasons why a top program would admit you are in the details of your work experience, personal experiences, personality, values and overall story.

Here is some school specific advice for the programs you are considering:

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