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Profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2013, 03:06
Hi, I really appreciate a profile evaluation...

31, male, Nigerian

-5yrs solid work experience including one year in Chevron, graduate engineer
2 years Systems Engineer
and currently (close to 2 years) in a top government petroleum regulatory agency(a very prestigious job in my country, manage a lot of people, so lots of leadership), working in a technical representative, ensure oil/gas companies' compliance to countries regulatory framework, regulatory guidance and monitory, technical safety control

-GMAT scheduled next month, circa 700 score guaranteed, solid GRE scores though (153V, 160Q)

-low undergraduate GPA from a Nigerian University (B.Eng Chemical Engineering, 2006) -around 60% average... had to support myself during...
-very high grade on the masters from a top ranked U.K university (MSc Process and Systems Engineering) - just a percentage point shy from finishing with the top degree. I had a 69% average and a 70% average makes a 'distinction', which is the highest grade.

-deeply involved in volunteer mentoring and basketball coaching, high school kids, held a few leadership position Class Representative of my MSc class(a diverse, multi cultured group of pple)

-Target programs: UCLA Anderson, Darden, Haas, Goizueta, Vanderbilt Owen and Georgia Tech

-Looking to apply for class of '16, R1

-Post MBA: finance (oil/gas or tech company)

Others: -got a few scholarship awards especially a much vaunted postgraduate scholarship award for my masters study.
-have started a couple of successful business endeavors in the past, currently involved in one, a very sustainable business that helps rural farmers find a market for their produce(really excited about this one)

Would really appreciate constructive feedback.... Thanks a lot
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Re: Profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2013, 17:06
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Thank you for your posting.

First of all, try to excel on your GMAT. Although you did well in your masters, the higher your score the easier your life will be.
Next, people from the oil and gas/energy sectors are very well received in the business school admissions process. Also, be sure to have compelling reasons as to why you want to transition positions/focus within this industry - you have to make a compelling case on this. This is true for anybody who wants to stay in the same industry.
As your undergraduate grades have used up all of your margin of error in this process, make sure that your applications (essays, recommendations, resume, interview, etc) are all top quality. Even a mediocre application will damage your chances much more than you can ever realize.
Lastly, I would apply to as many schools R1 as possible. I know that this may be difficult given time constraints, but I highly recommend it.

Good luck.

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Re: Profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2013, 05:20
thanks alot for the response..

will surely give the GMAT my best shot..

My question is - as 31yr old, 32 when i eventually start a business school, will that put me at any disadvantage?

Also, I've read on so many blogs/websites that adcoms arent exactly crazy about 'career-changers'. How true is that and if so, does it mean one shud consider relaying short term career goals in the same industry?

Would love to get ur 2 cents on these.... thanks once again.
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