Hi, everybody! Here's my profile and plans. Any insights on it would be very much appreciated!
Male, Brazilian, 25 year-old (will be 26 in 2 weeks though) and I am planning to apply (7 schools) in 2013.
1) Undergrad. major (2008): International Affairs (college is not one of the best in the country);
2) Grad. major (2009): Business Management (respected institution in the country) - Maximum grade on my Final Paper: "New management models for the 21st century: Globalization and the Creative Destruction": 100 out of 100;
3) Grad. major (2013): Brazilian MBA programe focused on Marketing (respected institution in the country).
2.5 years on government (Ports Infrastructure, Inland & Maritime Transportation National Agency) as an Advisor for International Affairs. I will quit my current job as an Advisor in March, 2012, and will start on a new job in a respected newspaper in Brazil by April, 2012 (Marketing / Social media role). So, by the time I apply to B-Schools I will most likely have 2.5 years work exp. on government and 1.5 year (2.5 upon matriculation) on the mentioned newspaper as a marketer.
GMAT and TOEFL plans
I will start studying for GMAT on January, 2012. Since I am not good at math, I am aware that I will be needing to study a lot in order to beat the GMAT (aiming for a 700). As for TOEFL, I will taking the exam right after the GMAT (shouldn't be a problem).
By 2013, I will have completed 1 undergrad. and 2 grad. majors. Therefore, what GPA would matter most? The most recent grad. major one I am guessing?
Other information that may be relevant
Study-abroad programe in Sydney, Australia, for 6 months to improve English skills and get to know and understand other cultures (2005);
Teacher's Assistant on "Political Theory" (undergrad. course);
Languages spoken: Portuguese, Spanish, English and a bit of French;
Volunteer at a local community school for little children in need.
Since I will be applying for 7 B-Schools and I want to focus on Marketing, my main school would be Kellogg. The others I still haven't decided yet. Based on the profile, what do you guys think? Any tips?
Since I am passionate for social media and tech, my goal is to work as a Global Marketing Manager on a Tech Company [Google and Facebook, especially].
I guess that's about it. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Hi, Pedro. It sounds like a lot is going to depend on what you're able to achieve in the newspaper marketing role. The GPA is usually averaged from among all of your programs, but the most recent one does have a sort of deciding factor flavor to it: if it's good, it can overcome a poor previous academic performance; if it's bad, it will cast a pall over your entire application because it could indicate that you don't take academics seriously anymore.
It's hard for me to tell you what programs to consider based on this summary because I don't know your GPA or GMAT and I don't see any impact from your marketing work yet. Here are some programs besides Kellogg that have strong marketing departments and recruiting: UCLA, Duke, NYU, Michigan Ross, Carnegie Mellon, UNC, Emory, Notre Dame, and UT Austin.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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