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26 Nov 2012, 16:39
I am 26 years old-Canadian who is looking to apply MBA for Fall 2013.
My target schools are Columbia, Fuqua , Johnson, Anderson, Rotman and I plan to work in a corporate strategy job at a large hotel chain. Here is my brief profile:
GPA: 3.3 (Bachelor of Commerce, major Hotel Administration, University of Guelph, Ontario), expected April 2013
GMAT: 670 (taking another one at the end of Dec to aim 700)
Experience: 5 years with global luxury hotel chain.
- 2 years in front-line positions at hotels
- 3 years in management (Vancouver, Abu Dhabi in operations management and Toronto where I am current working at corporate office in a strategy analysis role for the last 6 months).
Refereces: 1. my direct boss, Executive Director in Strategy and another Direcotr (Wharton MBA) that I helped to put together company's operating & strategic plans.
Extracurricular activities: not much except for some committee work (social, recognition) at my company for a few years.
Essays: I think I can clearly explain my unique situations and goals. But I would assume it would be an average.
As noted above with my education my case is a bit unique. I went to 2-year community college for a diploma, worked for 4 years full-time and transferred to university to finish 4-year degree. For personal reasons in the middle of 4th year, I had to go back to work full time but I had only a few courses left so I am completting them on a part-time basis and expected to finish in April.
I've contacted school admissions for top US 15 schools and they all said I can apply now with degree finishing in April and if accepted, I would get a conditional offer with sending them transcript at the end of April with completed degree.
Also, looking at the time line, I think I will be applying for 3rd rounds (except for Johnson and Rotman 2nd), which I assume more competitive.
I think I have the some advantages (2 years working in the Middle East, unique industry background) but also disavantages (my eudcation situation, GPA). I am contemplating if I should just try applying or aim for 2014, which then I might have better GMAT (something like 720 by taking a course), completed degree, more stable experience. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.