I'm hoping to apply in the October admission rounds and was hoping for some members to critique my profile. I'm looking at either heading to one of the good US schools, but there are a handfull of EU schools I'm quite interested in too.
I'm pretty sure I come from what would be considered an unusual background. Born in Canada, I attended university in New Zealand with an undergrad in Biology and a Masters in Forensic Science (1st Class Honours) after writing my thesis on novel DNA profiling system I designed. I then worked as a scene examiner for about 3 years before leaving NZ to travel and ended up living in the UK. I've been here for 3 and a bit years working in the commercial management of some of the forensics companies, in which time I have managed a team of 10 (come through a redundancy process) and seen the forensics market go from a public service to a completely private competitive market. I sit on a few strategy teams for bringing new technology to the market too.
Outside of work I've always been involved with team sports and have had some representative honours. As I mentioned above, I've travelled extensively and have lived in three different countries now.
I think my short coming are going to be the fact that I don't have and really edgy commercial experience, nor any formal business qualifications. I'll also be 31 this year, which in some MBA terms is quite old. I've set myself a goal for 730 in the GMAT in 2 months, but realistically I'll be satisfied with 700 or above. However some of the schools I'm looking at have average entrance marks of 710-720 so if I come in under that, I'm concerned that my non-business profile may hinder me further.
I'd appreciate any members thoughts / comments on my profile, in particular any areas where you think I can improve or areas that I'll need to address in my applications.
Sorry for delay in reply.
Looking at your profile, I can tell you that you fall in the group of a non traditional background.
A few points
1) GMAT --- Look at 700+ minimum, your strong GMAT will help you prove your competency in dealing with numbers
2) Work Ex - Highlight your leadership experience in your essays, because as a non traditional applicant, you have challenge to prove that you are not a single man army, but you know how to lead people
3) Non traditional applicant : Do not worry about your background, rather use it as a strength, for your it will be important that
a) How do you prove the need of MBA --- this can be proved with STRONG short term and long term career goals, schools fear that traditional applicant may/may not utilize the MBA education at its core and might go back to their skilled non traditional job
b) Why NOW -- it will be very important for you to prove as to why do you want to do your MBA NOW ? -- again work on your goals very well, and you will have it.
Do not fear that you do not have commercial experience (banking,finance etc). MBA is not about banking, it is about learning new skills that can help you achieve your future goals (now these goals could be anything - even an NGO)
Hope this helps
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