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Please Review My Profile--Career Switcher [#permalink]
26 Apr 2010, 20:19
Am I competitive for these schools? I'm considering Booth, Kellogg, HBS, Fuqua, Ross, and maybe Stanford.
25, M, White
3.98 GPA from University of Illinois (top public school), Journalism Major, GMAT: 690
Work Experience: Business Reporting internship at the Washington Times (wrote front-page articles), 3.5 years full-time editor at a small trade magazine publisher. Recently promoted to manager of a division, where I work with corporate/nonprofit clients to create magazines and marketing. Write and edit; manage a 4-person team. Managed a national association's publication that was distributed to congressional staffers from idea to finished product. Work with international development consultants in China on a Chinese-language editorial product.
Extracurriculars: Research associate for a international development nonprofit (1.5 years), where I write reports about poverty-reducing methods and assist with development and revision of the organization's metrics system.
Marketing Committee volunteer (1 year) for another nonprofit. Served on an event planning committee for a fundraiser, helping increase attendance by 50%, developed marketing material and got the event a new sponsor. Volunteered in Peru for a few weeks.
During Undergrad: Coordinator for my school's main volunteer organization, Reporter for the school newspaper, Marketing/Fundraising for a student-run record label. Goals: I'd like to be involved with nonprofit/social enterprise, foundation management, etc. I see consulting and other business roles as paths to this as well.
Re: Please Review My Profile--Career Switcher [#permalink]
10 May 2010, 06:04
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One view: I think you are competitive, but you are going to have to really pop your non-traditional background. How does your experience help students, the institution, etc? Its clear how an MBA helps you (switching fields), but in order to convince them, I think you'll not only have to pass the can-i-handle-it test, but also show how the journalism background can help in that environment -- e.g., critical questioning, ethics, etc -- whatever it is.