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Profile Evaluation - Great Leadership skills/Good GCPA [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2009, 09:44
Hi Alex,

I would like to know your opinion on my background and chances of getting into below program

Goal: LBS, INSEAD, Cornell AMBA, Oxford.
Age: 29


1. UGPA- 60%-Bachelors in Mechanical Eng. Work Exp before Grad school-2 yrs

2. GGPA-3.71, Master in Industrial Eng, Work Exp after MS-3.5 yrs till day, 4.5 yrs on entering May 2010 + 9months internship

Diverse Experience: Automotive Technology + Medical Technology. Both Fortune 300 companies

3. Extracurricular:
Certified ASQ Green Belt- Six Sigma
Many Leadership award for volunteer work (After MS )
International Public Debate Association National Season Champion
Third Prize for Business Plan competition
Lot of progressive Awards for leadership activities at undergraduate.
Junior Artist Award in School (<10th grade)

4. Still working on giving GMAT. Average Practice GmatPrep score: 670-720

Plan to switch career tracks- Marketing, Strategy, Finance, M&A, Consulting,

My questions:
1. Advice on getting on above schools individually? (Pretty please)
2. What GMAT score should I target to be a great candidate for above schools, considering low UGPA.

Thank you.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Great Leadership skills/Good GCPA [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2009, 07:52
Focus on your work experience. Your extracurriculars are too old or not really substantive enough (i.e. you're 29 - don't talk about high school; minimize college stuff unless it's truly exceptional).

Secondly, your career goals sound like a laundry list of random job functions - if you're that open-ended, you're not getting in anywhere.

And finally, target a 700+ on your GMAT.

To be competitive for the schools you mentioned, you need to focus on your work experience, score well on the GMAT, and have focused career goals.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Great Leadership skills/Good GCPA [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2009, 11:58
Thanks for the frank opinion. I like it when people are honest. Appreciate it.

According to you, how recent extracurricular are considered not too old? I should have put dates for each one of them.
Also, what kind of extracurricular are substantive? Please explain with examples.
I thought my extracurriculars were unique and different compared to common application pool. (India)

Certified ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt (Feb 2009)
Leadership Award for organization for gaining visibility for 0-5 years employee (Feb. 2008)
IPDA (International Public Debate Association) National Season Champions (2004, Master's level). Isn't National level considered exceptional in US? (Btw: This is from US, Master's level)
Third Prize- Business Plan Competition (2004) (Master's level)

I agree with your comment on career goals. I am still refining them.


Your input is appreciated.
Re: Profile Evaluation - Great Leadership skills/Good GCPA   [#permalink] 27 Jun 2009, 11:58
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