[quote="died4me"]I have been researching all top 25 schools since I perceived the dream of getting into a good MBA program. The more I look at all these school, the more I lose the objectiveness. I would definitely appreciate your candid evaluation. Thanks in advance! I will just call T, the company that I am working for.
1. Attended a small state university for first two yrs: GPA 3.6 pre-engineering (Took all the fundamental course such as Physics and Calculus to prepare engineering courses)
-Treasurer of a club
-Tutored fellow students in Physics and other courses
-Mentored local high school students
2. Transferred to/Graduated from Penn State with Mechanical Engineering Degree: GPA 3.1 for only 3rd, 4th yrs. Not sure whether Adcoms will consider the GPA from my first two yrs..? Should I report my combined GPA or the GPA from the PSU?
Surprisingly, I was in the Mechnical Engineering Honor Society with only 3.1: Top 25% in GPA. My focus was not the GPA/school; it was the club that I founded. I will tell you about it later on this post.
-1st in Design Contest by Corning Co.
-2nd Place in Six Sigma design contest while I was doing my internship at Eaton Co.
3. Have worked at one of America's biggest Telecom makers since 01/02/2001. Survived 17 layoffs (telecom meltdown). Although the company didnâ€™t really promote me in terms of salary band, I have moved to three different positions (upward). Someone thought that I was stupid to get more responsibility without first securing the increase in pay. However, I knew that with the given financial difficulties that the company has been facing it would be virtually impossible to get the deserved raise. I rather wanted to expand my horizon as quickly as possible, hoping money would follow later. I am so glad that I made that decision because I have learned so much through three different roles, each time with increasing responsibilities. I am currently working as a Technical consultant; I held two engineering positions before I landed on the consulting position.
-Wireless (Back-office) Engineer(1 yr): I have been doing this for about 1 year. It is pretty much back office work of what front-office engineers bring in. It is a great start to learn the business and wireless technology but not a good position to hold on to it since it doesnâ€™t really have much responsibility. The main interaction is between front-office engineers and program/project mangers; no direct customer interactions.
-Wireless (Front-office) Engineer (4 yrs): There was one opening position because one engineer was fired due to poor performance; I mean it was when the company was cutting thousands a quarter. It was impossible to get a higher position unless someone is laid off AND the work-load is increasing, the latter was very rare although the former was very abundant. I could not miss this rare chance. Therefore, I applied for this position and I got it.
-Supported one of nation's biggest wireless service provider' base-stations in Upstate NY and New York City market, the most demanding market as anyone can imagine. It requires two very different approaches to these two markets although they are in same geographical location; New York City market's customer wanted everything yesterday.
-Engineered/Quoted wireless equipment worth more than $150million a year with earning direct engineering revenue close to $1M for the department. Our department generated most revenues per engineer in entire company. For twice in one year, I was one of â€œEmployees of the monthâ€
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