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Profile Evaluation - Brazilian male 710 (48Q,39V)

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Profile Evaluation - Brazilian male 710 (48Q,39V) [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2012, 11:30
Hello!
I would appreciate some insight on my profile, thanks in advance!

Profile: Brazilian, 28 (almost 29 at matriculation), male
GMAT: 710 (48Q,39V) - Percentiles 92% (78%Q, 88%V)
WE1: 1.75 year at major brazilian food company (US$ 7 billion in revenues). Started as a management trainee, developed projects in multiple areas (including international project in Chile), focused last year in the commercial area, developing projects and leading sales team.
WE2: 3 months at major Investment Banking in Brazil. Financial analyst, got the job as a way to remain active until next job started.
WE3: 1.5 year at biggest tobacco company in Brazil (US$ 7 billion in revenues). Started as a management trainee, developed projects mainly in the marketing department, promoted to manager in 1 year. Unfortunately, was laid off in July.
Undergrad: Industrial Engineer, top Brazilian School. Low GPA due to some failed courses. Had to work as a private tutor all the way through college to help my family, being unable to attend classes most of the time, specially during internships.
Post Graduate course in management from top Brazilian B-School, got A's in all classes.
EC: Volunteer with NGO for underprivileged children, member of company's volunteer commitee, organizing donation campaings and blood drives.
Sports (soccer and foot-volley), guitar player.
Post MBA Goals: After being laid off from previous job, took a month to reflect on carrer goals, and decided to make a carrer switch into strategy consulting, which has long been a dream of mine. However, at this point of my life, an MBA is a must if one wants to move into this new carrer path.

Schools: Kellogg, Tuck, Booth, Haas, MIT Sloan, Duke Fuqua. Given the financial commitment I'd have to make to pay for the MBA, only top ranked schools would help me get jobs in Brazil in which I could afford the student loans.

Questions: Given my demographics, is a 710 good enough? How being laid off can hurt my chances?

Thank you in advance for your help!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Brazilian male 710 (48Q,39V) [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 16:44
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Being laid off shouldn't be a big deal. The economy has been a decent excuse, but you need to definitely have compelling reasons for why now is a good time to go to school and not just because it's convenient to not have to look for a new job. Brazil is underrepresented at US b-schools, so that is and advantage, particularly if you can provide a unique perspective in the classroom. You might need to weave a story together for why you have moved around in your job so much. A progressively responsible track is the best reason to move, but I am not sure what your situation has been. in any case, you should try to weave a story that sounds intentional towards building a vision for you. Your post MBA plans should tie in directly to what you have so far achieved even if you are planning to switch careers.
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