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Profile Evaluation Intl Business -INSEAD, LBS, IE, (others?) [#permalink]
11 Jan 2012, 04:33
I'm interested in taking an MBA leading to a career in international business consulting.
I'm coming in with a BA (major: History, minor: Economics) & a certificate in Middle East & African Studies from Canada and an (unrecognized) 2-yr computer science degree from France. 3.5 GPA on BA.
I worked for 5 years as an analyst at IBM, doing a lot of different things on a lot of different accounts.... then got laid off & went back to school (for the aforementioned BA). Since then, I've been working as a corporate trainer in China.
I've spent almost all my free time over the past 3 months prepping for the GMAT. I'm aiming for a 700+, but if I were to write right now, I'd probably be around the 650-670 range. Verbal is quite strong, math is weak.
I know there will be applicants with excellent GPA's, high GMAT's & much cooler work experience...
All I figure that I have going for me is my international experience. I did my first degree in France, did a 3-month IT internship in Greece, and later I took a 9-month sabbatical from work & went to Egypt (where I took correspondence courses, learned Arabic & travelled around the region), now I'm in China. I can speak fluent French, Spanish & Arabic and some Chinese.
So is it even worth applying to top-tier schools (specifically INSEAD, LBS & IE) or am I not elite enough?
Re: Profile Evaluation Intl Business -INSEAD, LBS, IE, (others?) [#permalink]
11 Jan 2012, 09:00
The international experience and background will help for European schools, since that is what they are really focused on. In any case, focus on the GMAT as that seems to be the biggest hurdle right now -- for those schools, you realistically need a 700+ or else it's going to be a concern. So do whatever it takes to get the best score you can before worrying about anything else.