My approach to my ECs is quality not quantity, will this hurt me? I really think its stupid when people do things JUST to put them on their resume. I plan to apply to the top tier schools and intend to start my MBA in the Fall of 2013. Any comments and suggestions are welcome.
Do I have a good shot at a top tier? I plan on building my resume and EC in the next couple of years.
Masters: Some credits completed for Engineering Management, 1 dropped class, 3.67 GPA. Leaning towards not finishing the degree because I don't want to take the engineering route in my career and also due to financial reasons.
Bachelors: Computer Engineering, 2009 3.38 GPA at regionally known engineering school
GMAT: TBD, shooting for 700+
President and founding member of IEEE Chapter during college, ~200 members of which ~20-50 showed up for events. During my tenure, I helped shape the Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum for today's job market by networking with a certain company that will need a specialized and in demand skill set. They ended up sending one of their employees to teach a night class at my suggestion.
Youth group leader at an inner city church since 2008. Involved with church around ~23 hours a month total. I mentor and counsel around 23 teens academically and spiritually. I've had to try to convince teenagers that they don't have to join the military to pay for college.
I also do things like help clergy with immigration concerns and act as an intermediary for them with lawyers.
Medical missions trip next year in a far off land
Current Industry: Energy
Post Bachelors: I worked in the financial industry doing IT project management for 9 months, and then switched into the energy industry where I now do engineering economics type of work.
Pre Bachelors: Participated in the co-op program at my school where I worked in 5 full time, 4-5 month engineering and IT jobs
Quality always trumps quantity, and frankly, the quantity of EC's above is not shabby at all. You shouldn't apologize for it.
If you continue to grow and progress and you earn a competitive GMAT (or better), you should have a competitive profile for the top tier. You may be interested in Best Practices for MBA Admissions
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