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Profile Eval for INSEAD

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Profile Eval for INSEAD [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2011, 18:23
Dear Alex,

Hey I have been lurking your posts and have finished most of your posts on your blog recently. I think you have a very realistic and keen perspective in regards to the MBA admission process. And moreover, I appreciate your straightforwardness in terms of accessing candidate's chances at schools. I was wondering if you can quickly just give me some advice in regards to my MBA admission process.

Age: 24 (25 @ matriculation)
GMAT: 710
GPA: 3.2 (econ) at a public in US
Background: Canadian grew up in Asia studied in US

WE: 3 years in London 1 year in Paris for Big 4 Audit
Languages: Chinese Fluent (Canto/Mandarin) Ok French
EC: Not too strong since college in terms of being in a community, but active in international philanthropic causes

I love my career as it is and I do not need an MBA to progress. However, I wouldn't mind getting experience at a MC firm to enhance my skillset and balance my experiences. I have done some research and have concluded that INSEAD is my ideal fit in terms of my personal goals, financial goals and career goals (Global outlook, 1 year program, good placements at top MC firms).

I wouldn't mind applying to just 1 school. Do you think it is a wise choice? Are my chances reasonable? Do you have any schools to recommend me that maybe similar to INSEAD in terms of placement and philosophy?

Thank you Alex!
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Re: Profile Eval for INSEAD [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2011, 08:08
I think you should be competitive for INSEAD - you have the international experience and background, which would make the culture/people a good fit for you (and also something adcoms will value).

As for applying to only one school, I think in your case you can afford to do that, since you're relatively young and like you said yourself you don't feel this huge need to go back to school (i.e. if you don't get in, you can always reapply next year as well as apply to other schools - or just moving on and not bothering to apply again).

There aren't many other 1-year programs out there, but you can also take a look at LBS as well (greater chunk of the class goes into finance, but it's still a target school for the consulting firms).
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Re: Profile Eval for INSEAD [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2011, 20:27
Thanks for the reply! Just another question. I don't think I am personally inclined to attend LBS since I have had the London experience already. I was wondering if any of Harvard/Wharton/Kellogg would be worth a shot. I'm not a blue-chip candidate so I was just wondering if I would be close enough to being competitive to apply. Looking forward to your feedback. Thanks!
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Re: Profile Eval for INSEAD [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2011, 08:10
Kellogg is a maybe, although HBS and Wharton are likely going to be long shots since like you said you're up against a lot of other blue chip candidates.
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Re: Profile Eval for INSEAD   [#permalink] 23 Apr 2011, 08:10
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