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Please review my profile :) [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2006, 13:34
Hey, guys. I see a lot of good advices from everybody. Just want to check how my profile stack up.

Is there anything you guys think I should be able to improve on or some other weakness I missed? What about my school choices? Any help or opinions are greatly appreciated.

Background:

- A 27 years old Chinese male working in financial services sector in New York City (US citizen).
- Graduated with BS in CompSci with low GPA (my major GPA is fairly decent). Part of it because I had to work so many jobs, part of it was my fault (thanks to Jack and Jim and Johny) :oops: .
- I like sushi and steaks.

Experience:

- A ton of jobs during college, from internship to computer labs tech to TA.
- After graduating, nine months at a web development firm.
- Five years at my current financial software firm. My work involves building complete equity trading solution for brokage firms.
- I went from Specialist to Sr. Specialist to now TeamLeader/PM. From implementing other people's spec to writing my own spec to implement to writing spec that others can implement.
- My current team handles our some of the most crucial and high-profile clients, and I've been getting very good feedbacks.

GMAT:

- In progress. My pratice tests average is around 690-700. I am shooting for 730.

Recommendations:

- I have a very solid reputation at the firm, most if not all my managers are more than happy to write my recommendations.

Why do I need an MBA?

- I'm looking for international development (finance/business). I'm very interested in working in Europe and South America. I don't want to be the next Bill Gate, I want to enjoy my work, and I see the value of current work to be very ephemeral. I like to travel, having an MBA from a top school will definitely help me better market myself to the global companies.

Why MBA now?

- I'll be 28 if I get accepted for September 2007. If not now, probably never. My girl would kick my butt if she doesn't get a ring by the time I turned 30. :kiss The serious answer is this, in the next 3-5 years, global competition will really heat up. China/India/Russia/Brazil will become major players in world's market. I want to be prepared for the next wave of business revolution.

Military:

- I spent 8 years in the Marine Reserve, (Honorable Discharge). My job was Weapon Repair and battalion armory operation (Non-Commissioned Officer in charge). :m16
- Awarded twice for Navy/Marine Achievement Medal. It's a very good award actually. "Professional achievement which merits the award must clearly exceed that which is normally required or expected, considering the individual's grade or rate, training and experience, or be an important contribution of benefit to the United States and the Naval service." Most of my commanding officers didn't even have it :king .

Extras:

- Nothing really special here. Working in financial service sector in NYC doesn't leave much time.
- I'm a scuba diver, enjoy diving a lot. I also swim, not Olympic or anything like that, just swim laps.
- I speak Chinese and obviously English. I'm also learning Spanish at the moment. French or Italian towards end of the year.
- My father and I owns a real estate company, mostly rentals. I work on it a lot. From installing boilers to carpetry to plumbing, and a lot paper work as well.
- I don't know if sponsoring Children's Internationl counts much?
- What about riding motorcyles? Does that count :moped ? Planning on a trip from NYC to San Francisco and then Alaska (? questionable at this point) and back to NYC.

My "OMG, my son got into <XXX>, he's smarter than your stupid son" schools: Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Tuck.
My "I would love to attend your school, Mr Adcom" schools: Columbia, IESE, LBS, Chicago.
I will also considered NYU as my somewhat "safe" school, a lot of pretty girls in NYU.

I think I have a decent shot at NYU :ouch, everything else is a toss up.

I have several concerns/weaknesses:

1. My low GPA in college. Nothing I can do here, just hoping my work experience will back me up.
2. My lack of community services. I have absolutely no time to do, or ideas on what to do.
3. My ethnic background is Chinese, that puts me in a bracket against other asians with much better grades and much better schools.

I think my strong points are:

1. My work experience is strong, particularly in getting things done, taking initiatives, and leading teams. (See how I use parallelism here :twisted: )
2. My leadership exp is strong, both civilian and military.

Thanks,
-Adrian

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Re: Please review my profile :) [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2006, 16:06
divnamite wrote:
Hey, guys. I see a lot of good advices from everybody. Just want to check how my profile stack up.

Is there anything you guys think I should be able to improve on or some other weakness I missed? What about my school choices? Any help or opinions are greatly appreciated.

Background:

- A 27 years old Chinese male working in financial services sector in New York City (US citizen).
- Graduated with BS in CompSci with low GPA (my major GPA is fairly decent). Part of it because I had to work so many jobs, part of it was my fault (thanks to Jack and Jim and Johny) :oops: .
- I like sushi and steaks.

Experience:

- A ton of jobs during college, from internship to computer labs tech to TA.
- After graduating, nine months at a web development firm.
- Five years at my current financial software firm. My work involves building complete equity trading solution for brokage firms.
- I went from Specialist to Sr. Specialist to now TeamLeader/PM. From implementing other people's spec to writing my own spec to implement to writing spec that others can implement.
- My current team handles our some of the most crucial and high-profile clients, and I've been getting very good feedbacks.

GMAT:

- In progress. My pratice tests average is around 690-700. I am shooting for 730.

Recommendations:

- I have a very solid reputation at the firm, most if not all my managers are more than happy to write my recommendations.

Why do I need an MBA?

- I'm looking for international development (finance/business). I'm very interested in working in Europe and South America. I don't want to be the next Bill Gate, I want to enjoy my work, and I see the value of current work to be very ephemeral. I like to travel, having an MBA from a top school will definitely help me better market myself to the global companies.

Why MBA now?

- I'll be 28 if I get accepted for September 2007. If not now, probably never. My girl would kick my butt if she doesn't get a ring by the time I turned 30. :kiss The serious answer is this, in the next 3-5 years, global competition will really heat up. China/India/Russia/Brazil will become major players in world's market. I want to be prepared for the next wave of business revolution.

Military:

- I spent 8 years in the Marine Reserve, (Honorable Discharge). My job was Weapon Repair and battalion armory operation (Non-Commissioned Officer in charge). :m16
- Awarded twice for Navy/Marine Achievement Medal. It's a very good award actually. "Professional achievement which merits the award must clearly exceed that which is normally required or expected, considering the individual's grade or rate, training and experience, or be an important contribution of benefit to the United States and the Naval service." Most of my commanding officers didn't even have it :king .

Extras:

- Nothing really special here. Working in financial service sector in NYC doesn't leave much time.
- I'm a scuba diver, enjoy diving a lot. I also swim, not Olympic or anything like that, just swim laps.
- I speak Chinese and obviously English. I'm also learning Spanish at the moment. French or Italian towards end of the year.
- My father and I owns a real estate company, mostly rentals. I work on it a lot. From installing boilers to carpetry to plumbing, and a lot paper work as well.
- I don't know if sponsoring Children's Internationl counts much?
- What about riding motorcyles? Does that count :moped ? Planning on a trip from NYC to San Francisco and then Alaska (? questionable at this point) and back to NYC.

My "OMG, my son got into <XXX>, he's smarter than your stupid son" schools: Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Tuck.
My "I would love to attend your school, Mr Adcom" schools: Columbia, IESE, LBS, Chicago.
I will also considered NYU as my somewhat "safe" school, a lot of pretty girls in NYU.

I think I have a decent shot at NYU :ouch, everything else is a toss up.

I have several concerns/weaknesses:

1. My low GPA in college. Nothing I can do here, just hoping my work experience will back me up.
2. My lack of community services. I have absolutely no time to do, or ideas on what to do.
3. My ethnic background is Chinese, that puts me in a bracket against other asians with much better grades and much better schools.

I think my strong points are:

1. My work experience is strong, particularly in getting things done, taking initiatives, and leading teams. (See how I use parallelism here :twisted: )
2. My leadership exp is strong, both civilian and military.

Thanks,
-Adrian

"The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves."


Divnamite,

Thanks for the crash course in creative emoticon use. :-) To start with your first question, what you can improve on, I see three things you can do: (1) build an 'alternative transcript' by acing some MBA-related courses (e.g., stats), (2) find an intensive leadership role in an off-the-beaten-track (but also personally meaningful) community involvement, even if you can only do it on weekends (your Childrens Int'l. stuff alas doesn't impress adcoms if it just means donations), and (3) define goals better (what exactly do you mean by 'international development'? The World Bank?).

A 700+ GMAT would go a long toward quieting any doubts raised by your GPA (but see 'alternative transcript' comment above). Your military background and leadership are strengths. The fact that you're in IT-related doesn't help you, the fact that you're Chinese doesn't hurt you. The scuba diving and motorcycle stuff could be good material for a personal type application essay, but is not killer material.

If you get a 730, Columbia, IESE, LBS, Chicago are doable and would all be logical choices given your goals. I would not apply to Stanford, Harvard, MIT, or Tuck if they are not in your "I would love to attend your school, Mr Adcom" category.

Good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2006, 18:41
Thanks, Paul:

1) I do intend to take a few classes in stats/finance. I worry that if I attend a local community school, the adcom wouldn't count it as much. I supposed I can take classes at NYU (a lot of money).

2) Off-beaten track leadership, this is one of the area that I have troubles with. I'm not quite sure even how to approach this? Obviously, if I join a volunteer organization, I won't be in leadership position. And I wouldn't join any orgs just for leadership role without believing in it. Working in financial industry in NYC is such a time-consuming job, that I barely have time after work. I did tutor for a short period of time a few years back for SAT prep, but stop because I had to travel for my job. I think I can pick it up again.

3) International development. I briefly considered PhD program then move to WorldBank, UN. But I think I want to have more pratical management/operation experience first, therefore MBA is the logical choices. My interests are primary focus on global supply management, regional development type of work. I will consider my PhD after several years of pratical experience, in fact this is one of the main reason I picked Chicago.

4) IT-related job doesn't help me. Would it help if I became an Client Manager in the firm, even thought my firm would still be a software shop?

5) Do you think the four schools are enough? I think I'll probably apply R1 for Columbia/IESE/LBS/Chicago, should I cast a wider net for R2? Stanford/HBS/Sloan/Tuck are my dream schools, more like fantasy actually. If I get into any one of these schools, I would most definitely go. I don't however, want waste time and energy on schools that I have no chance at. I rather spend the time and energy given solid app packages for my first 4 schools.

Thank you for your time. I really appreciate it.

Thanks,
-Adrian

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2006, 11:47
divnamite wrote:
Thanks, Paul:

1) I do intend to take a few classes in stats/finance. I worry that if I attend a local community school, the adcom wouldn't count it as much. I supposed I can take classes at NYU (a lot of money).

2) Off-beaten track leadership, this is one of the area that I have troubles with. I'm not quite sure even how to approach this? Obviously, if I join a volunteer organization, I won't be in leadership position. And I wouldn't join any orgs just for leadership role without believing in it. Working in financial industry in NYC is such a time-consuming job, that I barely have time after work. I did tutor for a short period of time a few years back for SAT prep, but stop because I had to travel for my job. I think I can pick it up again.

3) International development. I briefly considered PhD program then move to WorldBank, UN. But I think I want to have more pratical management/operation experience first, therefore MBA is the logical choices. My interests are primary focus on global supply management, regional development type of work. I will consider my PhD after several years of pratical experience, in fact this is one of the main reason I picked Chicago.

4) IT-related job doesn't help me. Would it help if I became an Client Manager in the firm, even thought my firm would still be a software shop?

5) Do you think the four schools are enough? I think I'll probably apply R1 for Columbia/IESE/LBS/Chicago, should I cast a wider net for R2? Stanford/HBS/Sloan/Tuck are my dream schools, more like fantasy actually. If I get into any one of these schools, I would most definitely go. I don't however, want waste time and energy on schools that I have no chance at. I rather spend the time and energy given solid app packages for my first 4 schools.

Thank you for your time. I really appreciate it.

Thanks,
-Adrian

"The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves."


Adrian,

1) Good grades in a community college class would be better than no grades at all. Good grades in an NYU-level class would be ideal, of course, but not essential.

2) Well, if you *started* a community organization you would most definitely be in a leadership position. I'm not suggesting that you sign up for Habitat for Humanity just for the sake of it. Frankly, there are certain organizations and activities -- including tutoring -- that adcoms see *a lot* of. I'm always intrigued when someone finds a way to get involved in some unusual, personal way. And impressed when they started it themselves.

3) The problem with the international development goal is making it credible vis-a-vis your experiences thus far, especially given that, as you say, you haven't had community opportunities. You'll be stating a 'social impact' goal, so the adcoms will be looking for previous social impact activities for confirmation. I discuss this in Chapter 2 of my book.

4) In comparsion to your current position, Client Manager would help if it involves more responsibility and people leadership.

5) 4 schools are usually not enough. Given your goals you could add Yale and perhaps Haas (I recommend doing some research on schools lower down the list who are strong in int'l. development). And definitely apply to some of your dream schools -- MIT and Tuck are more doable than Stanford and HBS.

Good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2006, 18:28
Thanks, Paul. I ordered your book from amazon, hopefully, I'll get it next week or so. What other MBA books do you recommend?

1) I'll start looking into some classes at NYU. I'll try to focus on quant heavy classes.

2) I understand that starting some charity or organization helps, but isn't that too much to ask for? I know a few guys that did that, but their result barely help anyone.

3) I'm not looking for that saving africa type jobs. I'm more looking for emerging markets, or development a new market type jobs.

4) I'll try to move towards that. My only concern is, since I'm applying for R1/R2, even I was to move into that position, I would only be in the job for less than a year. It would be difficult for me to ask my new manager to a recommendation and leave him after one year.

5) Cool, I'll add MIT and Tuck to my list.

Thank you so much. I look forward to read your book.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2006, 11:36
divnamite wrote:
Thanks, Paul. I ordered your book from amazon, hopefully, I'll get it next week or so. What other MBA books do you recommend?

1) I'll start looking into some classes at NYU. I'll try to focus on quant heavy classes.

2) I understand that starting some charity or organization helps, but isn't that too much to ask for? I know a few guys that did that, but their result barely help anyone.

3) I'm not looking for that saving africa type jobs. I'm more looking for emerging markets, or development a new market type jobs.

4) I'll try to move towards that. My only concern is, since I'm applying for R1/R2, even I was to move into that position, I would only be in the job for less than a year. It would be difficult for me to ask my new manager to a recommendation and leave him after one year.

5) Cool, I'll add MIT and Tuck to my list.

Thank you so much. I look forward to read your book.


Adrian,

Thanks for your clarifications. As for starting a community activity, I totally agree it's a major commitment, but I have seen a small number of applicants who did do this and their accomplishments were impressive. Usually, of course, you need more than a few months to start having an impact.

As for books I can recommend:

1) Linda Abraham's ebooks, especially "Best Practices for 2005 MBA Admissions" and "Submit a Stellar Application: 42 Terrific Tips to Help You Get Accepted."

2) Richard Montauk's "How to Get into the Top MBA Programs"

3) "ABCs of Getting the MBA Admissions Edge" by Mendonca & Symonds.

Good luck!
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