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Please evaluate my profile: Real Estate Professional [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 18:53
Hi, I am a 30 year old male. Taiwanese/American (Grew up between Taiwan and the U.S.). For the past five years, I have worked in the commercial real estate industry in China and quit my job about a month ago to move back to the U.S. I thought going to B. School could be a transition back to the U.S. so I took the GMAT less than a month ago and scored 620. The thought is either to continue in the real estate industry or to try a different industry. I do have a passion for real estate and would like to work for real estate funds or REITs. The following are some of my concerns:

1) Since I am 30 now, I’ll probably be 31 when I attend grad school, the cost and benefit is something that I am concerned about. Since my GMAT score (consider retaking in a month) and GPA aren’t of top tier. How much of a difference would a first tier school vs. second tier school have on my employment prospect and career?

2) The past 5 years in China was a great experience for me. As a real estate development consultant, I was involved in several large scale investment/development projects (Urban planning projects of over 10 million sqft in GFA) as well as a number of investment due diligence (also in the range of 3 to 7 million sqft in GFA). How much of this experience would help in the application process, given my lower GMAT/GPA score?

3) I am interested in the Cornell Real Estate Program. However, after reading a few posts from various forums, it seems like Ibanks tend to prefer MBA candidates rather than MSRE. Since both real estate funds and REITS are not limited to a certain geographical region, would attending a real estate program help me less to get into a real estate fund or investment trust? Is it better to have a top tier real estate degree or a less prestigious MBA degree?

4) Based on my profile, what are my chances in the following schools:


Target Schools:
Cornell Baker Real Estate
Duke Fuqua
Pepperdine MBA
Notre Dame MBA
Boston University MBA
Vanderbilt MBA

GMAT:
620 (Q:44/V:31) Considering to retake the GMAT in a month.

Undergraduate:
San Diego State University- Business (Accounting), overall GPA 3.1

Work Experience:
Senior Manager(Project Manager) at CBRE Industrial Advisory Services (1 year)
Manager (Project Manager) at Savills Development consultancy (3 years)
Accountant at GMS China (1 year)- My one year contracted ended and the company went under shortly after I left.
Property Accountant (Asset Management)Pan Pacific/Kimco Realty (7 months) The company had a merger and I took the opportunity with GMS to work in China.
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