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Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2012, 16:39
Hello,

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.

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I would say go ahead and apply this year. your background is unique enough to get attention and your credentials are strong enough to get you in. With applications down this year, it's a good time to try and even though 3rd round is more competitive as you indicated, your profile is unusual in some beneficial ways as you said, so it could be just the ticket for a third round application. The only thing to lose is a rejection this year, but you could reapply with a stronger GMAT next year and likely be favored (many schools give more consideration to reapplicants if they have significant profile improvements). Let us know if we can help you hone your story and pull together the pieces of your past for a winning application.
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