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Profile Eval.: Petroleum Engineer/Brazil/4,5 yrs exp.

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Joined: 07 Oct 2012
Posts: 10
Concentration: General Management, Entrepreneurship
Schools: HBS '16 (A)
GMAT 1: 700 Q47 V39
WE: Operations (Energy and Utilities)
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Profile Eval.: Petroleum Engineer/Brazil/4,5 yrs exp. [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2013, 04:24
Dear Stacy,

would you please evaluate my profile and share your thoughts?

I am 28, brazilian. My Bachelor degree is in Mechanical Engineering and I am specialist in Petroleum Engineering. I´ve been working for Petrobras since september/2008. In may/2009 I started working on offshore drilling operations (drilling supervisor / superintendent), managing teams of up to 40 engineers on oil rigs. Prior to Petrobras, I was intern at AmBev (AB-InBev) and participated in a Work and Travel program during college vacation (cottage contruction in Knosville, TN from december 2006 until february 2007)

My school of choice is HBS, followed by MIT and Stanford. To make the story short, I want to make a career shift. I will apply in 2013 first round (admission August 2014 - first GMAT attempt: 700 Q47 / V39 Nov/2012).

I have two issues so far:

1) I know I need to improve my English a little and I believe I this will lift my GMAT score. Should I take a second test (my actual score is a little below the median)?.
2) I have the opportunity to open a small business (media on paper bags, no employees in first 6 motnhs) and I see it as an exciting challenge. This will certainly contribute to broad the experience I will share during the MBA. Since I will have to quit my job to do so (taking this risk is not a problem for me), I am quite concern over how this enterpreunership will impact my "history". Will B-Schools agree with my shot or will they think that I am lost in my track (quiting a job, opening a business and applying for and MBA at the same year)?

Thank you for your attention.


Oswaldo Garcia
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Re: Profile Eval.: Petroleum Engineer/Brazil/4,5 yrs exp. [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2013, 23:12
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Hi Oswaldo,

Thanks for posting. You have a strong candidacy. To answer your two questions:

1. For your GMAT score, it is important to remember that your highest exam score is self-reported on your application. This means that an admissions team will be focusing on your best score, which is why there is no harm in taking the test again if you feel you can improve your score. If you'd like, we provide free GMAT advice here:

2. For the entrepreneurial venture, what is most important to an admissions teams is that you outline what your future goals are, and that you have taken steps to put yourself in a position to achieve these goals. If you can show this through your application, then you should not be concerned about pursuing this venture.

If you'd like, we provide free 30 minute phone consultations here:

I hope the above was of help.


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Re: Profile Eval.: Petroleum Engineer/Brazil/4,5 yrs exp.   [#permalink] 04 Feb 2013, 23:12
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