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Please Evaluate My Profile - 2013 or 2014?

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Joined: 17 Jan 2012
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Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 730 Q47 V44
GPA: 3.35
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Please Evaluate My Profile - 2013 or 2014? [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2012, 14:16
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 12 Apr 2012, 10:05
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Hi, Jforsland,

Your 730 GMAT is strong. For top programs, it is helpful to have at least an 80th percentile on the quantitative section, so the admissions committee feels confident that you can handle the quantitative rigors of the program. You could also supplement your score by taking and acing a quantitative class such as statistics. In terms of work experience, 3 years is on the lower end of the range. If you can showcase leadership and maturity in your roles, you can offset that. When you are applying to business schools, you will need to articulate where you want to go in your career and why you need an MBA to get there. It sounds like you are planning a career change before business school. So here are a few questions for you to consider to make your decision of when to apply. Will my upcoming career change relate to where I want to go after business school? Will I be able to articulate why this change now and why business school right after the change? Will I have enough time in my new position to have strong examples to demonstrate my skills and experiences in my application? Make sure that you feel that you will have a compelling story about where you want to go in your career, what relevant skills and experiences you have to date, and why you need an MBA to get where you want to go.

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