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Thanks in advance for taking your time out to review my profile. Your response will be highly appreciated! Here is a brief resume:
Citizenship – Russian Federation Nationality – mixed Age - 23 years old Gender - male
a) Work Experience: I left my company 2 months ago so that to get prepared for the forthcoming admission process and GMAT particularly. Is it going to be considered unwise decision or on the contrary may prove my desire for getting into a school?
Total work experience: 4 years by now (including 3 years during the studying)
It should be mentioned, that even though most of work experience was gained during my education, it was a full-time job requiring me to stay in the office for the whole day. I was the only student on my faculty, who received a personal permission from the dean not to attend the classes and to take all the written tests, exams and essays during exams and weekends.
1 year – working for a Russian company as a purchasing manager. The company sells electronics, manufactured in China – OEM. I entered the company as an assistant to the manager and within 3 months was promoted to manager. I mainly dealt with purchasing and logistics but was also responsible for the advertising and the maintenance of the web site. Around 3-4 months before I left the company I also became responsible for the sales through Internet and soon Internet shops turned out to be the main source of distribution.
1 year – working for a Russian company as a senior purchasing manager (team leader for purchasing). The company deals with conveyor part equipment, supplying it to Russian plants from European countries. When hiring me for this position, the company set a goal to diversify the supply channels and to find Asian analogues to European products. By the time I left the company almost 70% of all the products were purchased from Chinese manufacturers, relations with which were established by me. Besides, as a team leader, I substantially streamlined the process of handling the inquiries by developing a prototype of CRM and devising standard forms for inner commercial documents.
2 years – working for a Russian company (with branches in India and China) as a team leader for international trading. The company is one of Russian leaders for chemical trading. It also has a plant in Moscow, which has the biggest capacities in Russia for polymers recycling. I was hired as a project manager and after 2 months was promoted to a team leader. By the time, I left the company, the team (7 people) had been named “The most efficient” one 8 times (out of 24 months). During the last 6 months, my team was having the highest rate of collected revenue and profit among all the other teams in the company. Was awarded as “The best new employee in 2010”.
b) International Exposure: I’m afraid that the only cases I might mention here are dozens of business trips to South Korea, China and India and a few to Europe, all of which implied direct negotiations with local leading manufacturers. I’m not sure whether they could be accounted.
c) GMAT: 690 – 47Q (76%), 38V (83%) 1st attempt
1. Specialist (Russian analogue to bachelor which takes 5 years instead of 4) Subject – Civil Law University – one of Russian top Universities for Humanities GPA – 3,53
2. Bachelor of Economics (International trade) University – one of Russian top Universities for Economics GPA – 4.0 (still studying and will graduate in January 2013)
e) Schools short listed: - Wharton Business School - Yale SOM - MIT Sloan - Chicago Booth - Kellogg - Harvard - Stanford - Duke
I am actually quite confused with my GMAT results which I’ve just today obtained as I was going to apply to the schools during the first stream in October and I’m afraid I might not manage to prepare the essays and get recommendations if I have to study for Integrated reasoning part and try to pass the test again.
So your opinion on the promises of my resume will be very valuable.
Is there a chance that the schools will seriously consider me with my background and even though I’m only 23 y.o.?
First, adcoms will only count work experience *after* college. No matter how you spin it (and you're not the only one in the history of b-school admissions who tried really hard to spin the fact that their jobs during school should count as full-time experience), you will be seen as having one year of post-college experience thus far.
Secondly, I strongly suggest you work for at least 1 more year, and ideally 2-3 more years before applying. You have the beginnings of a solid career, but you are still better off building more experience now before going back to school.
And finally, if you really are stubborn enough that you feel you still want to apply this year, then apply in R2 (Jan deadlines). Retake the GMAT. You're not getting into any of those schools with the profile you have coupled with that GMAT score. If you want a shot at any of those schools, you need at least a 700, and ideally a 720 (or 740+). Also, you may want to focus on schools like Ross, Duke, Darden, UCLA, Cornell, Yale, NYU, Oxford and Cambridge (assuming a very strong GMAT score) if you can't wait and want to apply this year. The top 8 schools even with a strong GMAT are likely out of reach: you have a solid profile and the start to a good career, but again with little experience and what experience you have isn't particularly extraordinary compared to the kinds of people you're competing against (i.e. blue chip candidates at global firms, and/or who have done some extraordinary things), you're going to have a tough time competing. _________________
Alex, thank you so much for your detailed response, it’s much helpful as I do need to understand my REAL perspectives to be able to move forward.
It seems like I’m really quite stubborn and will try to apply this year anyway with as many proofs for my work experience as possible.
May I ask you why you listed these certain universities as the options for me - Ross, Duke, Darden, UCLA, Cornell, Yale, NYU, Oxford and Cambridge. Do you mean that they might appear not to take into consideration “the lack of experience” in case an applicant has strong GMAT scores? If yes, than maybe I should really start studying I.R. and retake GMAT in 1-2 months.
BTW, what do you think of 2+2 (HBS) and Silver Scholars Program (Yale) – bearing in mind that I’ve graduated from my university a year ago, do I have chance to be admitted?
One more question, since I'm still having 4 months (or even 8 If I apply in Jan), is it worth trying to get into some "blue-chip" company here in Russia? Could it help me somehow or on the contrary, adcoms will deduct that I should better work in this company for a few years before moving back to school?
I listed those schools because they are easier to get into than the top 8 schools - assuming you have strong GMATs.
Again, focus on the GMAT. Do whatever it takes.
One other thing: if consultants are eager to tell you to apply without hesitation or concerns about being able to convince the adcom that your work experience in college can be counted as full-time experience, there is a reason why, and it has nothing to do with you (think about it).
As for 2+2 and Silver Scholars - no. They are for applicants who are still in college. You are not eligible.
In terms of switching jobs - only do it if you feel it's good for your career, regardless of whether you go to b-school or not. Don't do it just for the sake of b-school! I think too many of you applicants put wayyyyyyyy too much stock in b-school - as if it will magically transform you into someone you're not (and some applicants willing to sell their own mother to get into b-school if that is what it takes). _________________