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profile advice please!! [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2007, 19:21
Like everyone else, I am extremely grateful for your feedback/suggestions - Paul, you're just great!!

Schools I'm definitely looking at: U-Chicago, Wharton, Kellogg, MIT, Duke, IESE.
Might apply to: Tuck, Darden, HBS, NYU.


From your experience, what do you think? Do I have any hopes? Any areas to further develop/build experience in?

Thanks in advance for your help,
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Re: profile advice please!! [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2007, 20:31
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ac8706,

If you get that 700+ GMAT your strong leadership profile combined with your fast track career pace and gender will put you in striking range at all of these schools except IMO Harvard. I see Duke, Darden, and IESE as the most doable of these schools.

Applying now is a no-lose proposition for you because even if you get dinged you will have several more years to come back at them with an even stronger profile. To increase your chances you would have some leadership outside of work if that is feasible. You would also show them that despite your age you are extremely mature and centered about your career path. I would also start visiting and schmoozing at these schools as well as thinking about recommenders because you want people who have the interest and time to really come through for you. Finally, hopefully you have some powerful personal or international story you can throw at them to spice up your app and maybe show them you are an interesting person and/or have overcome some obstacles.

Good luck,

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 [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2007, 09:16
Thank you so much for your insight! I really appreciate it!

One other question: I've heard that having international work experience can really boost your app - is it worth it to leave job with high responsibility to take up one in a different country with lower responsibility? Ideally it would be high-high but if that can't happen...

Thanks again for your help,
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2007, 20:38
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ac8706 wrote:
Thank you so much for your insight! I really appreciate it!

One other question: I've heard that having international work experience can really boost your app - is it worth it to leave job with high responsibility to take up one in a different country with lower responsibility? Ideally it would be high-high but if that can't happen...

Thanks again for your help,
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ac8706,

No, you don't need to take a lower position in another country just to get international experience. International experience can also include having teammates who are from other cultures or working remotely with international teams at work. You can also establish an international profile in your own city by seeking leadership positions with internationally oriented organizations where you interact with international people who are living in your location. Even a one- or two-month 'sabbatical' or volunteer experience in a foreign country can raise your international profile (but is not necessary to do to get in somewhere).

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Re: profile advice please!! [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2008, 11:25
thanks very much for the advice!! I really appreciate it! Getting that type within the community is a great idea - very doable!!
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Re: profile advice please!! [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2008, 13:36
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Re: profile advice please!! [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2008, 14:40
Hi Paul,
How are you doing? I had posted my profile a few months back and was extremely grateful for your input at the time...I've since taken the GMAT, enhanced the ECs, made my list of schools, and more carefully defined what I want to do after receiving the MBA....would you mind re-evaluating my profile with this more recent information?

Things that have changed since last profile post:
1) GMAT score
2) ECs
3) What do I want to do after my MBA? Would like to go into health care management
4) Schools on my redefined list: Chicago, MIT, Duke, Columbia, Wharton (hail-mary #1), HBS (hail-mary #2), Kellogg, Tuck (if time permits)

If I don't get accepted this year to any of these schools, I'll re-apply next year so I'm not applying to any "safeties" at this time.

I would be extremely grateful for your insight once again. What do you think? Are any of the schools on the list feasible? Any others that I should consider that aren't on there?

Thanks again for your help,
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Re: profile advice please!! [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2008, 10:00
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ac8706,

Sorry for the delayed response; I somehow missed this post until now. Congratulations on your improved profile. With your new numbers, stronger EC, gender (an asset), and the fact that you're managing four people at age 23/24, I think you can aim high. I think you could be competitive at all these schools (including Wharton), but HBS will still be reach, though one I would not discourage you from trying for. Just be sure to emphasize your leadership and impact in everything you and your recommenders write.

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Re: profile advice please!! [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2008, 15:14
Thanks again for your help,


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ac8706,

Sorry for the delayed response; I somehow missed this post until now. Congratulations on your improved profile. With your new numbers, stronger EC, gender (an asset), and the fact that you're managing four people at age 23/24, I think you can aim high. I think you could be competitive at all these schools (including Wharton), but HBS will still be reach, though one I would not discourage you from trying for. Just be sure to emphasize your leadership and impact in everything you and your recommenders write.

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Re: profile advice please!! [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2008, 18:06
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