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Profile Assessment [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2011, 21:55
Age: 29 years at matriculation
Nationality: Was born in Pakistan

1) 4.5 years experience at top defense company. 2 years as an engineer, 2.5 years as project manager
3 years U.S Army - enlisted after high school - Honorable discharge, awarded Army Commendation Medal
2) 680 (V 37, Q 46)
3) BS Electrical Engineering (GPA 3.44/4.0) , (Major GPA 3.56/4.0)
MS Technical Management (GPA 3.6) worked on my masters while working full-time at my current company
4) EC - Member Toastmaster club - served as treasurer for one year
Member of couple of teams at work but I've not been that active due to work requirements.
EC is probably one of the weakness of my overall profile
5) Important certifications - None, planning on getting PMP certification but this will not be complete before deadlines
6) Target programs - Duke, Michigan, Cornell, UVA
7) Post MBA - I want to work in operations management role with the aim to move into general management position after gaining 3-5 years experience.



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Re: Profile Assessment [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2011, 19:50
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Age: 29 years at matriculation
Nationality: Was born in Pakistan

1) 4.5 years experience at top defense company. 2 years as an engineer, 2.5 years as project manager
3 years U.S Army - enlisted after high school - Honorable discharge, awarded Army Commendation Medal
2) 680 (V 37, Q 46)
3) BS Electrical Engineering (GPA 3.44/4.0) , (Major GPA 3.56/4.0)
MS Technical Management (GPA 3.6) worked on my masters while working full-time at my current company
4) EC - Member Toastmaster club - served as treasurer for one year
Member of couple of teams at work but I've not been that active due to work requirements.
EC is probably one of the weakness of my overall profile
5) Important certifications - None, planning on getting PMP certification but this will not be complete before deadlines
6) Target programs - Duke, Michigan, Cornell, UVA
7) Post MBA - I want to work in operations management role with the aim to move into general management position after gaining 3-5 years experience.



Thank you in advance!



I think you are stretching a tad. Not ridiculously so; you certainly have a chance at all 4, but I would l also like to see you apply to at least two slightly less competitive programs that would still be strong in operations. Also consider Purdue, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, and Michigan State.

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Re: Profile Assessment [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2011, 03:28
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Hi, Tai. I just wanted to add that I don't think you should be emphasizing the PMP certification process right now as much as extracurricular leadership. A certification is nice but it doesn't prove ability as much as leadership impact does!
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Re: Profile Assessment [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2011, 08:18
Thank you for your feedback.

Linda, Quick question - What section of my profile do you think I need to work on in order to improve the probability of getting in programs I mentioned in my earlier post. Trying to plan ahead for next year.

Jennifer, You are correct. I'm not planning on mentioning PMP in my applications since I'm not certified yet. As I stated earlier, I do lack the strong EC activities/leadership but if I can show my leadership potential and clearly identify my experience as project lead while leading project teams and proposal teams - do you think Adcoms will value that experience more than EC leadership. I'm pretty confident that my recommendations will be strong in regards to my leadership abilities.

Again, thank you for your inputs.

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Re: Profile Assessment [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2011, 19:36
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Thank you for your feedback.

Linda, Quick question - What section of my profile do you think I need to work on in order to improve the probability of getting in programs I mentioned in my earlier post. Trying to plan ahead for next year.

Jennifer, You are correct. I'm not planning on mentioning PMP in my applications since I'm not certified yet. As I stated earlier, I do lack the strong EC activities/leadership but if I can show my leadership potential and clearly identify my experience as project lead while leading project teams and proposal teams - do you think Adcoms will value that experience more than EC leadership. I'm pretty confident that my recommendations will be strong in regards to my leadership abilities.

Again, thank you for your inputs.

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An extra-curricular commitment or community service, and I would like to see a higher GMAT, although you are close.

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Re: Profile Assessment [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2011, 04:50
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Thank you for your feedback.

Linda, Quick question - What section of my profile do you think I need to work on in order to improve the probability of getting in programs I mentioned in my earlier post. Trying to plan ahead for next year.

Jennifer, You are correct. I'm not planning on mentioning PMP in my applications since I'm not certified yet. As I stated earlier, I do lack the strong EC activities/leadership but if I can show my leadership potential and clearly identify my experience as project lead while leading project teams and proposal teams - do you think Adcoms will value that experience more than EC leadership. I'm pretty confident that my recommendations will be strong in regards to my leadership abilities.

Again, thank you for your inputs.

-Tai


Hi again, Tai. In my experience, leading project teams is not going to help you stand out much unless these teams are large (say, more than 8 people), or the team consists of people above you in rank who don't need to answer to you, or the impact on the company is huge. Since these are often difficult parameters to meet, extracurricular leadership and impact tend to be a great alternative to showing that you have the interpersonal abilities necessary to lead and make an impact.
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Re: Profile Assessment [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2011, 18:49
Do you think good professional leadership experience can help in offsetting the loss of not being involved in any other EC ?

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Re: Profile Assessment [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2011, 03:52
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Do you think good professional leadership experience can help in offsetting the loss of not being involved in any other EC ?

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Yes, exceptional leadership at work can compensate for a minimum of extracurricular activities, but the admissions committees are going to be looking for evidence of strong interpersonal skills (which usually comes through clearly from the EC activities), so make sure your essays and recommendations describe and share examples of these.
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