1) Four years as a Marketing Manager at a Canadian carsharing organization (like Zipcar) two of which were as a Marketing Coordinator full-time while in undergrad (explained later). Last year and something have been an Account Director at a top Canadian advertising/marketing agency working on top brands in Telecom and Finance. Overall very impact full record at both places and strong recommendation letters from Presidents of both firms.
2) 710: 38V/48Q/6.0AWA
3) University of Toronto (top Canadian school); 3.01GPA; Bachelor of Business Administration; major=marketing, 2008. Part of the reason behind the low GPA is because I worked those last two years of undergrad. Needed to do it because of some familial financial struggles.
4) Nothing major during college other than consistent participation/organization of soccer team/leagues. Post college, pro bono services to an NGO called Free the Children involved in 3rd world child issues. Also built schools in Kenya for a few weeks.
5) Doesn't really apply in the world of marketing.
6) Wanted HBS but got dinged. Stanford GSB (waiting to hear). Haas. MIT. Duke. Open to any suggestions based on goals below.
7) Want to blend passions for business and technology at a silicone valley firm. Don't want to give away too much here but strong rationale for how previous experience can fold into this... and do have much more detailed objectives than that, but high level IT would be the industry.
I'm open to re-writing the GMAT if you think that is a major stumbling block. Don't necessarily want to compromise on school selection. Should I maybe seek a position at a recognizable name like MSFT?
Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
Well, your goal sounds a bit hush hush - understandably, but I can say that there are more routes than the MBA to leadership in IT. Several programs run management of technology Masters programs: Stanford's MS&E
, NYU's MSIS
, Carnegie Mellon's MISM
, and MIT's SDM
to name a few. One risk you may need to take is to explain in detail what your goals are in your application: I'm afraid that you may have held back in your description and risked being thought of as "lacking direction."
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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