Could you please help evaluate my profile for Harvard/Stanford/Wharton?
Background: telecommunications (Ericsson)
GMAT: 710 (Q:50, V:35), AWA 4.5
TOEFL: 110 (Reading 30, Listening 29, Speaking 27, Writing 24).
Education: Moscow State University (top 5 in former USSR), IT (applied mathematics and computer science).
Languages: Russian (mother tongue), English (fluent), Ukrainian (good).
Work experience: 9 years:
2 years in Russia/Ukraine,
1 year Malaysia,
1 year Pakistan,
2 years South Africa, Sub Saharan Africa and West Africa countries: Botswana, Zambia, Cameroon, Senegal, etc.,
2 years Kenya and East African countries: Uganda, Madagascar, etc. ,
currently working in Singapore as a senior telecom engineer.
Helped Ericsson to keep several important customers by solving long standing technical problems in the customer's
network. Provided technical support to the sales team which finally led to increased sales for a number of operators.
Worked in different positions: engineer, support engineer, solution architect, in quite a number of job positions
had to lead a small team of new engineers (2-5), assigned and controlled their tasks, transferred knowledge.
Post MBA plans:
Middle management position in telecommunications area (project manager for example) just after MBA school
and top management position (VP, country manager, CTO) within 5 years after MBA degree.
Currently I have worked in a number of technical positions in telecoms in different areas, for instance
radio network, IP, core (GSM, WCDMA) so I believe I have more than enough knowledge for a management position.
1. Am I considered old for Harvard/Stanford/Wharton?
2. Should I retake GMAT to improve my chances? Average scores from GMATPrep, Kaplan
varied from 740 to 770.
3. Should I retake TOEFL? Or should I ask to reevaluate the result (especially writing section as it significantly
lowered my score)?
4. What should I concentrate on in my application?