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Profile evaluation: 760 GMAT + crap GPA

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Profile evaluation: 760 GMAT + crap GPA [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 00:26
Hi all,

Here's my profile for your consideration:

PERSONAL
Male, 30 years, Australian of East Asian descent

GMAT
760 (Q50 V44)
1 attempt only

UNDERGRAD
2003, Bachelor of Computer Science from a local university (ranked in the 200s by Topuniversities Dot Com)
Terrible GPA - not sure how it converts to the US system, but, expressed as a percentage, around 65%

WORK HISTORY
Total 6-7 years in government, specialising in web and online service delivery, with consistent promotions, culminating in appointments as the Principal Information Strategist for one government agency, and then as the Development Manager for Whole-of-Government e-commerce solutions. Government career has had two interruptions, listed below:
- 1 year as the owner/manager of a retail chain (4 locations) of which I had previously been a silent partner
- 1 year as an army officer in a HQ role

EXTRACURRICULAR
- 6 years active in a major political party, including campaign work, volunteer staff work for a senator and various appointments including chairman of my local branch
- 6 years as an army reserve officer, including graduation from Royal Military College, various Troop Commander appointments, guest instructor at foreign academy and a year with the regular army (see work history)
- Property investment enthusiast, reached 7 figure net worth in 2008, and branched out into ownership of small businesses (including one that I managed for a year - see work history)
- Rock climber, scuba diver etc.

LONG TERM GOAL
Grand innovation in the delivery of public services (from both government and non-government providers). May be achieved as a senior member of a consultancy, public corporation, think tank or civil service. Ideally, I'd like to devise and implement the sort of innovations that are then emulated in neighbouring jurisdictions.

SHORT TERM GOAL
Undertake MBA and convert career to management consulting, to accelerate exposure and experience, and broaden context of career to include businesses and governments worldwide.

So the questions are: What tier of school would I be eligible for? I aspire to top schools like London Business School, INSEAD, Harvard etc. My interest is more in Europe/Asia than USA, but I'd gladly study in USA if it was the right school. Also, does my short term goal logically support my long term goal? Are both adequately supported by my experience to date?

Cheers,
CC
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Re: Profile evaluation: 760 GMAT + crap GPA [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 22:49
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CaptainCrunch wrote:
Hi all,

Here's my profile for your consideration:

PERSONAL
Male, 30 years, Australian of East Asian descent

GMAT
760 (Q50 V44)
1 attempt only

UNDERGRAD
2003, Bachelor of Computer Science from a local university (ranked in the 200s by Topuniversities Dot Com)
Terrible GPA - not sure how it converts to the US system, but, expressed as a percentage, around 65%

WORK HISTORY
Total 6-7 years in government, specialising in web and online service delivery, with consistent promotions, culminating in appointments as the Principal Information Strategist for one government agency, and then as the Development Manager for Whole-of-Government e-commerce solutions. Government career has had two interruptions, listed below:
- 1 year as the owner/manager of a retail chain (4 locations) of which I had previously been a silent partner
- 1 year as an army officer in a HQ role

EXTRACURRICULAR
- 6 years active in a major political party, including campaign work, volunteer staff work for a senator and various appointments including chairman of my local branch
- 6 years as an army reserve officer, including graduation from Royal Military College, various Troop Commander appointments, guest instructor at foreign academy and a year with the regular army (see work history)
- Property investment enthusiast, reached 7 figure net worth in 2008, and branched out into ownership of small businesses (including one that I managed for a year - see work history)
- Rock climber, scuba diver etc.

LONG TERM GOAL
Grand innovation in the delivery of public services (from both government and non-government providers). May be achieved as a senior member of a consultancy, public corporation, think tank or civil service. Ideally, I'd like to devise and implement the sort of innovations that are then emulated in neighbouring jurisdictions.

SHORT TERM GOAL
Undertake MBA and convert career to management consulting, to accelerate exposure and experience, and broaden context of career to include businesses and governments worldwide.

So the questions are: What tier of school would I be eligible for? I aspire to top schools like London Business School, INSEAD, Harvard etc. My interest is more in Europe/Asia than USA, but I'd gladly study in USA if it was the right school. Also, does my short term goal logically support my long term goal? Are both adequately supported by my experience to date?

Cheers,
CC


CC,

Before I respond, can you clarify approximately what percentage of your class was above and below you with your 65%. My understanding is that in some countries, while a 65% doesn't give you bragging rights, it also isn't terrible. In the U.S., it would be a terrible grade point average.

Best,
Linda
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Re: Profile evaluation: 760 GMAT + crap GPA [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 23:10
Hi Linda,

65% is a raw score - I don't have any percentile data.

In any case, it's about equivalent to a "High C", which makes it terrible, in my opinion. Certainly, I consider it the main blight on my profile.
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Re: Profile evaluation: 760 GMAT + crap GPA [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2012, 18:14
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CaptainCrunch wrote:
Hi all,

Here's my profile for your consideration:

PERSONAL
Male, 30 years, Australian of East Asian descent

GMAT
760 (Q50 V44)
1 attempt only

UNDERGRAD
2003, Bachelor of Computer Science from a local university (ranked in the 200s by Topuniversities Dot Com)
Terrible GPA - not sure how it converts to the US system, but, expressed as a percentage, around 65%

WORK HISTORY
Total 6-7 years in government, specialising in web and online service delivery, with consistent promotions, culminating in appointments as the Principal Information Strategist for one government agency, and then as the Development Manager for Whole-of-Government e-commerce solutions. Government career has had two interruptions, listed below:
- 1 year as the owner/manager of a retail chain (4 locations) of which I had previously been a silent partner
- 1 year as an army officer in a HQ role

EXTRACURRICULAR
- 6 years active in a major political party, including campaign work, volunteer staff work for a senator and various appointments including chairman of my local branch
- 6 years as an army reserve officer, including graduation from Royal Military College, various Troop Commander appointments, guest instructor at foreign academy and a year with the regular army (see work history)
- Property investment enthusiast, reached 7 figure net worth in 2008, and branched out into ownership of small businesses (including one that I managed for a year - see work history)
- Rock climber, scuba diver etc.

LONG TERM GOAL
Grand innovation in the delivery of public services (from both government and non-government providers). May be achieved as a senior member of a consultancy, public corporation, think tank or civil service. Ideally, I'd like to devise and implement the sort of innovations that are then emulated in neighbouring jurisdictions.

SHORT TERM GOAL
Undertake MBA and convert career to management consulting, to accelerate exposure and experience, and broaden context of career to include businesses and governments worldwide.

So the questions are: What tier of school would I be eligible for? I aspire to top schools like London Business School, INSEAD, Harvard etc. My interest is more in Europe/Asia than USA, but I'd gladly study in USA if it was the right school. Also, does my short term goal logically support my long term goal? Are both adequately supported by my experience to date?

Cheers,
CC



CC,

I think you have to apply to a range of schools and aim for schools with higher average ages. Your GMAT, experience, and achievements are all the stuff of top tier programs. However, that GPA is going to be an issue that top schools may not want to overlook. Given your goals and qualifications, apply to LBS, Kellogg, Darden, Ross, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, and Yale.

If you would likehelp with your application, please let me know.
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