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Profile Eval: GMAT 680, GPA 3.1, Non-traditional

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Joined: 29 Nov 2012
Posts: 123
Location: Canada
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
Schools: Kelley (Indiana) - Class of 2015
GMAT 1: 720 Q49 V40
GPA: 3.5
WE: Operations (Non-Profit and Government)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 37 [0], given: 23

Profile Eval: GMAT 680, GPA 3.1, Non-traditional [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2012, 10:59
Hi Stratus Prep,
I posted my profile in the Peer Review section but I would value your opinion as well. My GMAT score was on my first attempt with no study and I had to drive 3 hours to write the test. I'm prepared to take it again and I fully believe I could get at least a ~700-710 score without too much effort if it'd make a big difference.

jxcho wrote:
Demographics: 22, Male, Canadian
GMAT: 680, 45Q, 38V, 6.0 AWA, 8 IR

Education:
  • BBA, General Management, 3.1 GPA from relatively obscure public US university, received minor student award
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics, Penn State (starting Jan 2013, may upgrade to Masters post-MBA)
Work Experience:
    Worked full-time during both high school and university
  • 3 years in an administrative position for a professional sports team, finalist for an industry award for Best Administrative Services
  • 2 years working for government contractor in Canada in public safety, promoted to supervise 25-40 employees after 1 year, elected union steward representing 450 union members
  • 1 year of freelance work doing some consumer goods purchasing at Asian trade fairs for North American retail companies (honestly I felt like I was puttering around... but I obviously won't write that)
  • Current (just started): Working in government HR department in a communications role

Extracurriculars: ~7 weeks of political volunteering in the past, ~2 years of involvement as a trade union advocate both inside and outside the workplace. Delivered speeches to over 300 people which were very well-received

Career goals: Social enterprise, because of my strong belief in public service and my personal background

Schools:
  • "Dream schools": Kellogg, Haas, Johnson, Yale
  • Already applied to: Johnson, Stern
  • Probably applying to: Kelley, Kellogg, Fuqua
  • Also considering: Ross, Goizueta, Kenan-Flagler, Tepper, McDonough, McCombs
  • Preferred Location: Prefer US NE, also happy with Midwest, California or Mid-Atlantic, prefer not SE or Texas (except Austin)
Uniqueness:
  • Worked full time while studying full time, finished undergrad degree in 4 years
  • First-generation immigrant (to Canada) and first-generation university graduate
  • Holds commercial pilot licence, 300 hours in light aircraft
  • Was a key figure in repairing the employer-union relationship as a union steward and subsequently negotiated the best collective agreement of its kind in Canada, averting a crippling strike
International Experience:
  • Lived in Korea, Canada, US and Taiwan
  • Native-level English, intermediate levels of proficiency in Chinese, Korean and French
  • Travelled to over 15 different countries in last 2 years, particularly keen on emerging markets

Recommenders ("pool" of people who agreed to write for me):
  • Just started current job so cannot use current manager as a recommender
  • Former college statistics instructor (taught me for one semester, got A+)
  • Former manager and also actually former flight instructor (strange coincidence, he is a business guy who wanted to fly so he did that for a bit), knows me very well as a person and employee
  • Former trade union executive who worked closely with me during negotiations and union meetings
  • Former co-worker who worked in another department but knows me well
  • Former co-worker who is currently a federal police officer

Other:
  • Taking a maths and computer programming course p/t from local university to improve quantitative side of application (although I do have more quantitative aptitude than my GMAT would suggest)
  • Also taking stats certificate from Penn State partly to show my commitment to proving my quantitative ability
  • Considering retaking GMAT

Sorry for the unwieldy length but I tried to organise everything so it was easy to read. I would like to know peoples' thoughts mainly on my admissions chances and which schools I should target. I have been reassured in the past that I can think about many of those schools on my list but my non-traditional background makes me a little unsure of myself for things like this. I plan to apply to 6-8 schools, so I'd like to compile a list of maybe 1-2 "reach" schools, 3-4 target schools and 2-3 safety schools. Thanks for your help!
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