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Profile Evaluation - Female/710/3.81/non-profit background

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Profile Evaluation - Female/710/3.81/non-profit background [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2012, 04:08
Female
Vietnamese
1st generation high school and college graduate
age at matriculation: 25

University of California Berkeley
Bachelors of Arts (1) Operations Research & Management Science (2) Mass Communications
Overall and Major GPAs: 3.81

GMAT
710: 48 Quant/39 Verbal

Work Experience:

Teach For America for 2 years immediately after undergrad. I taught high school math on a Native American reservation and was considered the highest performing math teacher in that region the both years I was there. I also worked with TFA in other respects: executed and planned a 200+ person education summit, interviewed corps members over the phone, lead our region's math learning team, worked at TFA's summer institute as a School Operations Manager, and a variety of other things (speeches, etc.).

Then, I decided to pursue a job related to my Operations major. I joined a private industrial supply company as a "management hire" which is essentially a project and operations manager. I managed the daily operations for half the day where I oversaw a warehouse of over 250,000 different products and 80 employees. Then, I worked on an efficiency/operational project for the other half.

After 8 months there, I decided I wanted to rejoin the education movement. I now work at an educational start up that provides high quality education in Kenyan slums. I relocated to Kenya as its Training Content Developer where I develop the entire training program to train Kenyan high school graduates from the same slum communities to run and manage a primary school.

Other activities:
Amgen Fellow via TFA - only 50 chosen in the entire 2009 TFA corps; corps members are chosen based on their math and science background as well as leadership skills

New Leaders Council 2012 - a fellowship for progressive leaders

TFA Alumni Volunteer - hosted lunches for TFA applicants, spoke at events to welcome new corps members, answer corps members concerns, etc.

School Choices:
Top Choice - Stanford
Then, I would say any school in the Top 8
Which schools are my reaches, my shoe-ins, etc.?

Post MBA plans:
intersection of education and business, specifically closing the "achievement gap" between children from low-income/high-poverty backgrounds and others.

Weaknesses:
GMAT score - it is difficult to study in Nairobi because I don't have many resources, the internet is unreliable, and it is difficult to find a place to study. I don't think I will retake it.

Break in employment history - is it a weakness that I steered away from education for 8 months? Personally, I know it was a great and necessary move, but how will the admissions team view it?
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Female/710/3.81/non-profit background [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2012, 06:28
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Hi yakkos,

You have a very strong application. There is no reason that you cannot be accepted into top 8 MBA programs, but remember that all of the reasons why a top program would admit you are in the details of your work experience, personal experiences, personality, values and overall story.

For your employment, do not be too concerned. You will probably need to explain the reason for your changes and help the admissions committee to understand the motivation behind your decisions. It’s important in this situation to refrain from merely chronicling your resume. You will want to explain the “WHY?” behind the “WHAT you did.” There is no right number of jobs, or right number of years at a job. Most important is to explain why each step is a logical one in your path to the MBA and longer term goals.

Here is some school specific advice for Stanford: http://www.stacyblackman.com/business-s ... -business/

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