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Please evaluate my profile. THANK YOU [#permalink]
07 Oct 2006, 19:33
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)
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?
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 is virtually impossible to get the deserved raise. I rather wanted to expand my horizon, 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 responsibility. I am currently working as a Technical consultant; I held two engineering positions before I landed on the consulting position.
-Wireless (Back-office) Engineer: 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: 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.
-Engineered/Quoted wireless equipment worth more than $150million a year by earning direct engineering revenue close to $1M. Our department generated most revenues per engineer in entire company. For twice in one year, I was one of â€œEmployees of the monthâ€
As I have mentioned before, I am a relativist when it comes to admissions. I approach each situtation from the perspective of how that person can improve his/her chance of admission rather than that person's absolute chance of admission. Based on the information provided, I would consider including some Trans elite and Near Elite schools. For example, I would take a closer look at Georgetown (perhaps a bit too local in your case) and UNC. Among the Elites, I would also investigate Yale.
For your GPA, most schools would consider your overall average (i.e. the GPA obtained by taking the weighted average of credits from your two undergrad institutions). Of course, the best way to determine which to report is to contact the MBA program in question.