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Profile evaluation/Decision Making Time - Canadian [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2009, 08:58
Background:
Caucasian Male, Canadian Citizen
Turning 27 in June.

Degree in electrical engineering from University of Alberta.
3.8-3.9/4.0 GPA (depends on calculation protocol), graduated #1 in class of ~150 (my class was the most difficult specialization in a total program of ~800, however GPAs were not directly compared)
About 20 different scholarships and scholastic achievements, inc. engineering gold medal.
Licensed professional engineer and certified project management professional (PMP)

GMAT:
Total 750, Q50, V41, AWA5.5

University work experience:
-Interned at research organization designing surgical tools. Part of a small team who tested designs live in the operating room. Supervised a couple of younger students (for a period of a few months).

Professional work experience:
- 2yrs highly technical industrial electronics design. No direct reports, some supervision of technical support staff.
- 2yrs international oil company, project management team for construction projects up to $300MM. Largest personal scope on a project: approx. $20MM. No direct reports but manages/coordinates large groups of external consultants and contractors. Official title is "Project Engineer," however the work scope would definitely be considered project management.

Extracurriculars:
-Technical project design team during undergrad. Produced a vehicle for an international competition. Leader of a small (3 person) technical subgroup.
-VP PR for my highly successful toastmasters club.
-Executive branch member for my provincial engineering regulatory agency. We execute the ~monthly branch events (luncheons, PD events), with an avg attendance of ~100.
-Couple of uninteresting volunteerism examples: minor fundraising, running 'science nights' for elementary students.

Could you please advise on my chances of:
1) Acceptance into Oxford/Cambridge with a third-round application for 2009 matric?
2) Acceptance into LBS/Wharton/MIT with a first-round application for 2010 matric?

Thanks,
Ryan
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Re: Profile evaluation/Decision Making Time - Canadian [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2009, 10:15
You seem to have a strong technical/analytical background. That's something you can take for granted in the admissions process because it's obvious (i.e. it's not something you need to focus on -- much like a tall dude doesn't have to point out the fact that he's tall).

What isn't immediately obvious is your teamwork/interpersonal/communication skills. In other words, are you as good (or better) with people as you are with numbers? That is something you have to really emphasize in your applications.

If you can do that, you should be competitive for all the schools you mentioned. Wharton will obviously be the hardest one to get into of all your target schools, but you're within hitting distance that it's at least worth a shot (again, if you can show that you're as good with people as you are with numbers).

And if you can, you should probably wait until Round 1 to apply, rather than trying to squeeze in last minute applications for third round schools.
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