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Profile Evaluation please [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2006, 15:13
Hello there,

I retook the GMAT last night and unfortunately ended up with the same score (Q 47 V 30 - 640). I had been scoring in the 720s on my practice tests and I have no idea what went wrong. I am interested in applying next year and would like to target 1 ultra, 1 semi and 2 top 10-20 schools (for ex. Chicago, Michigan, Duke and Stern). I might give GMAT one more shot..but only after my applications.

Here's some background on me..I graduated from the Ohio State University (major:Industrial Engineering, minor: Info. Systems) with an overall GPA of 3.25. I am a consultant at Deloitte and have been working in the Healthcare IT field for about 3+ years. Prior to joining Deloitte, I worked for a Healthcare software company (Cerner) for about 2 years. I am interested in pursuing a marketing strategy career and would like to combine my healthcare experience as well. Due to my constant travel, I am unable to actively participate in community service events but I do volunteer occasionally. I have been invited to help organize a basketball tournament for the Multiple Sclerosis society in Chicago and will be involved with the event from Nov-Jan. I wanted to enhance my public speaking skills and therefore joined Toastmasters in Oakland, CA (Feb-current). I am also involved with a few internal acitivities within the firm.

Just some additional info: Born in Tanzania, lived in India and the US (US citizen).. Not sure if I fall under the Indian Male pool..

So based on my limited information, do you think I have a chance at a top school? Any ones in particular? Is there anything else I could do to be more competitive at these schools? Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

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I think that your career goals and the level of schools you are targeting make sense given your background. I love that you're targeting just a handful of schools, and at a few different "levels." Just be sure that they're all schools that you truly want to attend. I'd add Kellogg to your list if you're interested in marketing strategy and like Midwest schools.

I don't think you fall into the typical pool of Indian applicants, but you will still need to distinguish yourself -- in your case, it's vs. other consultants more than anything. If you don't have much community service experience, that's not automatically a deal breaker. But be sure that you have something -- whether it's your basketball volunteering, Toastmasters, your internal firm activities, etc. -- that you're passionate about. Even better is if you can show how you've made an impact, even if it's not with a traditional comm. service experience.

That's tough about the GMAT... Given your engineering background, it would especially help you if you can get your Verbal score up. But you sound like you have the right plan.

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2006, 12:21
Thanks Scott. I was wondering if you could recommend a few schools I could potentially be competitive at? I am looking to enhance my healthcare experience but also learn more about marketing/strategy. I would ideally like to work in healthcare/pharma/biotech marketing strategy. International exposure would be a plus.
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Definitely consider Kellogg. I think Duke (which you already listed) is a good fit for you, too. Also consider Haas. They are strong in those areas, and having a growing international reputation. Outside of those, I think you have a good list.

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