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profile eval please! [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2010, 01:14
Hi, I am stressing about my app because I'm not sure how to best present/explain my work history and whether I am qualified for the schools I am aiming for.
Here is the lowdown:
Age: 25
Undergrad: UCLA B.A. in American Literature & Culture, Minor in Global Studies, Class of 2007 (took two Econ classes with a B and an A-, Stats Honors with a B-, series of Global Studies classes with Economic component, passed out of Calc with 5 on the AP in high school, had an 800 in SAT I math and 790 in SAT II math--does anything from HS matter?)
GPA: 3.42
Extracurriculars: Was involved in Chinese Cultural Dance for five years, including stints as Assistant Production Manager of PR and Newsletter Editor. Involved with Christian fellowships for four years and was a Bible study leader and Summer Training Program leader.
GMAT: 730 (V42, Q47, AWA6)
Work history: This is where it gets complicated...
During college I interned for a summer in the Marketing/PR dept of a travel trade magazine.
I essentially worked on a volunteer basis for my church full time for a year, while holding a part time marketing assistant job for about 7 months.
A few months after that I worked as a Media Intern for a social networking website and was promoted to Media Coordinator. I worked there full time for a total of about a year as well.
After that I basically took an 8 month break, during which I worked a bit for my dad (writing and editing marketing docs), explored personal interests like writing, tutored, and studied for GMATs. Since then I started working for my previous company again, this time on a part time basis. I've basically re-branded myself as a freelance writer, as I've been mostly doing writing work for that company, as well as writing for a magazine. I have also been blogging and taking web design class and have a couple web companies fermenting in my head. Once I finish apps, I plan to work more on developing those sites.

Career goal: My goal following graduation from b-school would be to be an associate marketing manager or product manager for a larger digital media company like Amazon, while developing my web businesses on the side. Eventually I want to be able to develop those side projects into a full-time gig. The writing stuff ties in because one of the businesses I would like to start is a web-based magazine for young women.

Schools I'm applying for: UW Foster, Anderson, Marshall, Ross, Kellogg, HBS, Stern, Columbia, Stanford, Haas, Tuck

Any help you can offer would be great. Thanks so much!
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Re: profile eval please! [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2010, 05:44
Given that your career path is not typical, you will need to focus on the common threads (writing, marketing, internet) to show that your job changes were not random and also that you learned something along the way. As with all applicants, you will need to demonstrate the you have shown leadership, innovation, and teamwork. Since the web is worldwide, you will need to also communicate an understanding of global business and how it impacts your career.

Otherwise, your stats, extracurriculars, etc. look good. Best of luck!
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