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Profile eval pls [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 20:22
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 pls [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 11:21
You should be in range for the schools you listed, although a stronger GMAT will certainly help in your case because of your work experience (since these schools outside the top 16 like the Canadian schools are willing to cut a bit more slack to those with monster GMAT scores).

In your case, the potential concern an adcom would have is your work experience. As you may or may not know, the "teaching English in Asia" thing has a bit of a negative stigma because historically, it's been seen as a working vacation, a casual job, and not something that is equivalent to a corporate/office job. Traditionally, it's been the default job of choice for folks who didn't know what they wanted to do, traveled and landed in Asia teaching English. The industry may have professionalized, but perceptions take a long time to change, and just keep in mind that you may not be able to change someone's mind with just a few essays.

What you need to do is to do the best you can conveying the skills you learned in your job could translate into a corporate environment, and hope that the adcom who happens to be evaluating your file has an open enough mind to take you at your word (as opposed to defaulting to his/her negative perceptions of the job). It helps that you're not a teacher anymore but a manager, but just know that it's still an uphill climb.
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Re: Profile eval pls [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 18:08
thanks, and that negative stigma is what I was afraid of.
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