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Profile eval please [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 18:13
Hello,

I'd appreciate some feedback on my profile.

Applying for 2012 canadian universities

Western - Ivey
Toronto - Rotman
UBC - Sauder
Mcgill

29 (in 2012) year old white male (Canadian)

GMAT - 650 5.5 AWA (48 Q, 31V) - blew the verbal section had 40s in practice....

Work experience

6 months sales experience, cold calling B2B, consulting with clients to meet their internet needs

South Korea
4 Years teaching English in Korea. Working for a publicly traded education corporation.
2 of those years as a manager. Oversaw teams of 10-14 teachers Training new teachers, holding workshops, evaluating teacher performance and holding one-on-one meetings to develop teachers and improve their abilities.

Will have one year living in Japan and teaching English there next year. Hopefully will be able to say have a basic command of Japanese as well.

Extracurricular
Played baseball on foreigner team in Korea
Volunteered teaching English to underprivileged kids who can't afford attending private academies
(don't have much in this area)

GPA 3.3 last 2 years, 3.7 last year of University (awarded Dean's honors for my final year)...3.0 GPA cumulative. Schools like Ivey and Rotman only look at last 2 years and last year of school respectively.

That's all I can think of

Thanks.
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Re: Profile eval please [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 20:04
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Hi Jon,

Thanks for reaching out. Reason you are focusing solely on Canadian programs? I presume it has to do with your career goals, but I still like to ask.

As for your chances, I think the GMAT score could hurt you a bit, but not so much that you shouldn't still apply. The biggest thing for you is taking what I call "meet them halfway" career experiences and using them to your advantage. Whenever you have work experience that either qualifies as non-traditional or that maybe creates questions as to how "MBA" it is, the burden is on the applicant to meet the adcom halfway. Don't just state what you did and hope they extract the right meaning. Get in there and really paint a picture of what these experience taught you. Focus on the transferable skills that will apply to your post-MBA career. Stress the way your perspective has been shaped in such a way that you truly solve problems in a creative way. Talk about how your experiences will add value to the class dynamic. It's your job to say "here's what I did, but more importantly, here's WHAT IT MEANS." Very few candidates do this effectively, which is why we're in business. But that's the biggest challenge facing your right now.

I hope this is helpful. PM if you have any follow up questions.

Respectfully,

Paul Lanzillotti
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Re: Profile eval please [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2011, 20:24
Thanks Paul, your response is extremely helpful. I definitely can express my work experience in a light that shines value on how "mba it is".

As for applying only to Canadian schools, well being Canadian and planning on living there, that would be the main reason. Also the price tag on American schools is quite a turn off, and I feel like I stand a better chance getting into a Canadian school.

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Re: Profile eval please [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2011, 12:01
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Understood. Good luck!
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