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Joined: 21 Sep 2011
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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2011, 17:21
Age: 26, White (USA)
Undergrad GPA: 3.56 (top 10 liberal arts school)
Undergrad Degree: BA Economics/Russian
Grad GPA: 3.5 (in progress)
Graduate Degree: MA International Relations (for this specialty, my program is considered to be either #1 or #2)
GMAT: 740. Quant was 93ish%, Verbal 80ish% (don't remember precisely), AWA 6.0
Recommendations: Professor and two previous supervisors
Other: Speak English (native), Russian (rather fluent), French (I don't embarrass myself), formal instruction in Spanish, Dari, Georgian and Thai (which I can back up with transcripts if not actual ability)

My story: My story's rather complex. I graduated college in 2008, worked for a construction company (as an assistant project manager), moved to DC to work for a very well known government contractor as an administrative assistant for 6 mos, got into grad school (my dream school at the time), after the first semester found an internship with the UN in Bangkok for 6 months, after that found another internship with an NGO in Afghanistan for 6 mos, after that went back to grad school, went back to Thailand for the summer to work for a Burmese dissident newspaper, and now I'm finishing up grad school. I have 2 other experiences where I worked full time between my junior and senior year of undergrad that's just as exotic/impressive as the others.

I want to go into finance or strategic planning (I'm interested in both), but my degree and CV has me going into the government or communications, both are things I would rather avoid. When I'm in the interviews for finance or econ consulting positions, they tend to ask me why I am not applying for communications or government jobs (and then reject me as they think I'm better suited for government or communications). It has happened more than once where I have been interviewed for quantitative position, and then I was referred to their PR/media/communications department for an interview. B-School is my way out of that.

As for why I took the positions I did, I just followed the "yes" to what seemed interesting at the time. Most of the time, I went to whomever said yes first. While I can write well, it's not what I want to do primarily. I want to take the numbers, interpret the data and make it understandable/actionable for decision makers, which requires communication skills but it is not what would be the skill set that is primarily tested.

As for where I would want to go: Top 10-something? I was looking at Harvard and Wharton, but I'm open.

EDITED: Added the last two paragraphs and the list
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2011, 21:32
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Hey there,
Well with your stats and background you could get into a top 10, you just need to choose which ones you want to apply to. The tricky thing by you is what story to present the business schools, and how to build it so that it makes sense. Cause if you tell them you want to go to finance, they'll be raising some skeptical eyebrows as well. But who knows maybe you can built a great story? Of course ultimately, that matters less than actually getting in!
Cause once you get in you can take whatever focus you like.
The trick is to tell them a convincing and logical story. That doesn't mean it has to be "the expected story", but it should be a convincing one, in which you display your thought process, your stories, reasons, motivations for aiming for what you are aiming for.

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