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Profile eval please. Thanks!

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Joined: 04 Apr 2011
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Concentration: General Management, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V41
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Profile eval please. Thanks! [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2011, 14:15
Long story short, I'd like to find out if I'm competitive for the programs I'm aiming for to know if I should hold off on applying for another year or two to get more experience.

Any advice, suggestions, tips, etc would be greatly appreciated.

1) 750 GMAT 41V 50Q 5.0 AWA

2) 3.1 GPA in Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Worked full time senior year in college in a lead engineering position, half time during both sophomore and junior years in a supervisory/management role.

3) Not including full time work during college, I currently have 2 years of work experience at a software company as a software engineer. During the full time work exp I had in college I had a lead role with 10 direct reports; currently I'm in a more technical-heavy position with just 3-4 reports. However, my current responsibilities do involve a good dose of project and product management.

I'm not sure which schools I can be seen as competitive, since (work exp during college notwithstanding) I'm relatively light in the work exp department and my GPA could have been better. I'm aiming to get into a top-tier school (i.e. HBS, SBS, Wharton, Booth, Sloan, etc). I've only been out of school for a couple years now, so time is on my side and I'd be willing to wait another year or two to get more work experience if it'll help, but if I have a decent shot now I'd like to take it. If those schools are definitely out of the question for me this year, what about schools like Tuck, Haas, Stern, Anderson, Darden, Tepper, Marshall, etc?
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Re: Profile eval please. Thanks! [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2011, 12:04
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Hi pingpong,

Thanks for posting. You have a strong candidacy. My primary concern is your lack of leadership experience at work. Although you had 10 direct reports while you were in college, business schools tend to focus on work experience post-graduation. Some MBA programs, particularly HBS, want to see a history of leadership and impact.

I recommend you read this case study of an engineer who was accepted into Columbia, Tuck, and MIT: ... ies/case2/

If you do decide to apply this year, this case study should provide insight into how you can craft your personal essays.

Hope this was of help.


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