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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2012, 21:11
i am kinda get stuck with my career and thinking about MBA.

Basic Information: 29 Male / Chinese / Immigrated to US 12 years ago.

Undergrad:BS in Computer Science, graduated from State University of New York in Binghamton. GPA 2.9

GMAT: Targeting 700 to 730

Extracurricular:
Back in college, i was the guitarist, music coordinator and band leader of a Christian Fellowship's worship team.


Work Experience:
6 years in retail (small company, has 6 stores and less than 20 employee)
First year: i was employed as a IT consultant.
next 2 years: as i learn more about the bussiness side of the company, and gets more involved with the management team, i was promoted as a assistant manager.
Next 3 years: I was promoted as the general manager, directly under the business owner.
Note: It is a small company, i have chances to involve in the different areas such as operation, marketing, HR, etc. However, I don't have solid business management knowledge, i just learn things myself as i work.

Certifications: None

Language:
Fluent in english and Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese)

Other Hobbies/Areas of Interest:
Photography

Post-MBA Career Goal:
I am stuck in my career path because of the lack of solid management knowledge, and the company i worked for it is so small. By getting into MBA program, i am hopping to learn the solid management knowledge, and have a career change.

Target School:
I am not sure what is the range that i should AIM at. I like McCombs, because of their dual degree program.
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2012, 21:08
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kchen wrote:
i am kinda get stuck with my career and thinking about MBA.

Basic Information: 29 Male / Chinese / Immigrated to US 12 years ago.

Undergrad:BS in Computer Science, graduated from State University of New York in Binghamton. GPA 2.9

GMAT: Targeting 700 to 730

Extracurricular:
Back in college, i was the guitarist, music coordinator and band leader of a Christian Fellowship's worship team.


Work Experience:
6 years in retail (small company, has 6 stores and less than 20 employee)
First year: i was employed as a IT consultant.
next 2 years: as i learn more about the bussiness side of the company, and gets more involved with the management team, i was promoted as a assistant manager.
Next 3 years: I was promoted as the general manager, directly under the business owner.
Note: It is a small company, i have chances to involve in the different areas such as operation, marketing, HR, etc. However, I don't have solid business management knowledge, i just learn things myself as i work.

Certifications: None

Language:
Fluent in english and Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese)

Other Hobbies/Areas of Interest:
Photography

Post-MBA Career Goal:
I am stuck in my career path because of the lack of solid management knowledge, and the company i worked for it is so small. By getting into MBA program, i am hopping to learn the solid management knowledge, and have a career change.

Target School:
I am not sure what is the range that i should AIM at. I like McCombs, because of their dual degree program.


You have a competitive profile for McCombs. What do you want to do after your MBA?
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2012, 10:47
Thanks for your reply!

about my post-MBA goal, that is another thing i am trying to find out. would you please give me some suggestion?

Information system management:
Pros: I like to do something that is IT related. I have BS in computer science. I did some computer programming related work at my current job.
Cons: However, the technical experience i have regarding computer programming is far less than anyone who works as a actual computer programmer. i am afraid this will make me a lot less competitive at work.

Is it true that being in a management level doesn't require much of the basic programming skill? is it more important to oversee programmers to get to the project goals than the actual technical work?

Or

Marketing:
PRos: I like marketing, have been doing some marketing related project in my current job.
Cons: I never took any course related to marketing back in the college. i kinda just learn thing myself as i work.

Is it important to have at least some academic background, or some solid work experience in marketing (like in some big marketing firm) in order to concentrate in marketing?

My last question: Does what i learn in the MBA program enough for a future job? or I need stuff i learn from MBA, plus either previous work experience or undergrad curriculum? like i said in the original post, i didn't have a academic background in business management, and i didn't really learn a lot in my job because it is a real small company (none of my supervisor or business owner had any business degree). that is why i am kinda uncertain about what should i pick for concentration, and post-MBA goal.

thanks for u time!
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2012, 20:36
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kchen wrote:
Thanks for your reply!

about my post-MBA goal, that is another thing i am trying to find out. would you please give me some suggestion?

Information system management:
Pros: I like to do something that is IT related. I have BS in computer science. I did some computer programming related work at my current job.
Cons: However, the technical experience i have regarding computer programming is far less than anyone who works as a actual computer programmer. i am afraid this will make me a lot less competitive at work.

Is it true that being in a management level doesn't require much of the basic programming skill? is it more important to oversee programmers to get to the project goals than the actual technical work?

Or

Marketing:
PRos: I like marketing, have been doing some marketing related project in my current job.
Cons: I never took any course related to marketing back in the college. i kinda just learn thing myself as i work.

Is it important to have at least some academic background, or some solid work experience in marketing (like in some big marketing firm) in order to concentrate in marketing?

My last question: Does what i learn in the MBA program enough for a future job? or I need stuff i learn from MBA, plus either previous work experience or undergrad curriculum? like i said in the original post, i didn't have a academic background in business management, and i didn't really learn a lot in my job because it is a real small company (none of my supervisor or business owner had any business degree). that is why i am kinda uncertain about what should i pick for concentration, and post-MBA goal.

thanks for u time!


Kchen,

My recent book MBA Admission for Smarties deals with a lot of your questions and obviously goes in to much greater depth than I can here. It is available on Amazon and is in paperback and Kindle editions. While I don't claim objectivity, it does address your questions well.

Best,
Linda
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2012, 21:11
i just downloaded to kindle, before i read the whole book, would you please let me know which part (pages?) in the book which talks about the concerns that i have?

thanks!
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2012, 09:46
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kchen wrote:
i just downloaded to kindle, before i read the whole book, would you please let me know which part (pages?) in the book which talks about the concerns that i have?

thanks!


Chapters 1, 2, and 4 deal with goals and and how they should guide you in choosing schools. Chapter 3 is about how your qualifications influence that decision. The second part of the book (chapters 5-9) deal with the actual application process -- essays, resume, letters of rec, and interviews. Chapter 10 has tips for specific groups of applicants.

Best,
Linda
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