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Profile eval please. Thanks!

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Profile eval please. Thanks! [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2011, 14:20
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 11 Sep 2011, 09:33
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Hello pingpong, thanks for your question.

It’s hard to make a pronouncement as to your potential competitiveness without a complete picture, but I’ll comment broadly.

Your GPA is slightly low, but from a strong school and a high GMAT – I’m not worried there.

You haven’t mentioned post-MBA goals at all. My main suggestion is to really think out what your short- and long-term career goals are. Do you know why you want an MBA? Can you paint a picture that cohesively ties together your past, present, and future? Is an MBA the way to put you on that path?

Additionally, leadership is not just about managing teams (though that is an important facet). More importantly for your essays, can you draw upon “moments” when you truly led: influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative?

Finally, you have not mentioned extracurricular activities outside of work. Your school activities matter less than what you’ve done recently.

So, given all of the aforementioned items, I think you’ll be a better judge of how competitive you’d be this year and, more importantly, is this the right time to apply.

Best of luck,
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