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Profile evaluation, please advise! [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2012, 15:09
I am applying for Fall 2013 MBA, a bit bg about myself… bilingual in Chinese, raised in China went to high school in S. Cal, graduated from Emory University in 2008 (graduated within 3 years, gpa 3.33, Econ major), worked for a start-up jewelry & e-commerce company, became executive manager of their small e-commerce operation until 2010 the exec team were separated which lead to company dissolution. Worked for 3 other small to mid sized companies from then to now, had entre level positions as well as jr. manager positions. Resume looks impressive from far but the companies were not big names and operations were not very professional. I felt that I could be less competitive from a professional standpoint for not have made significant accomplishments in the last few years in those small companies and no major company work exp records.
My Gmat is 660 (V36Q44), took in 2009 (still good for the fall app), and the reason for MBA is to re-start my career in international business with a focus on international marketing. I am planning to concentrate in finance and at the same time taking some marketing courses to make a strong candidate for work functions in marketing analysis and etc. I felt by just concentrate on marketing in MBA is kind of waste of time unless get into a top notch marketing program like Kellogg.
I have a few questions and would love to have y’all input on these:
1. What is my chance of getting into a top tier MBA (I am not talking about top10, rather maybe top 50 since my work exp and GMAT might not be impressive enough for that), I am applying Emory (where I went for undergrad), USC, UCI, and UCD, and might also add UCLA for 2nd round if my time allows. What’s my chance at those programs?
2. If I want to eventually work in international business functions, would it be really worth the ROI to getting into the best program possible without fellowships compare to a less expensive program that has good local connections? (I am also applying UCR, CSUFullerton for these program are closer to home and if admitted I might end up with decent fellowship)
3. My goal is to work in the wine related CPG companies, prefer dealing with international functions such as international marketing, branding, or operations. Based on this what programs would you recommend the most? (I chose UCD for its approximity to some of the best wineries in the country and good relationship with some CPG firms, Emory for its connection to Coca Cola and the fact I went there for undergrad)


Any suggestions would be really appreciated, thanks!! :)
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Re: Profile evaluation, please advise! [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2012, 01:55
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ch07191987 wrote:
1. What is my chance of getting into a top tier MBA (I am not talking about top10, rather maybe top 50 since my work exp and GMAT might not be impressive enough for that), I am applying Emory (where I went for undergrad), USC, UCI, and UCD, and might also add UCLA for 2nd round if my time allows. What’s my chance at those programs?
2. If I want to eventually work in international business functions, would it be really worth the ROI to getting into the best program possible without fellowships compare to a less expensive program that has good local connections? (I am also applying UCR, CSUFullerton for these program are closer to home and if admitted I might end up with decent fellowship)
3. My goal is to work in the wine related CPG companies, prefer dealing with international functions such as international marketing, branding, or operations. Based on this what programs would you recommend the most? (I chose UCD for its approximity to some of the best wineries in the country and good relationship with some CPG firms, Emory for its connection to Coca Cola and the fact I went there for undergrad)


1. Top 50, for sure! Once you get out of the Top 20 and are in the 20-50 range, your GMAT is very solidly in the school's average (and yes you can still apply to one or two Top 20 programs which appeal to you too, like Kellogg). At the schools on your list, I would say you are competitive, and with a great application package, I think you can come back with an admit.
2. Good question. Actually, the best schools for international business (if you are really serious about that) are schools that are internationally located. Which is not a bad idea given your experience, and the fact that a large deal of the luxury goods markets (be it wine or jewelry) are located abroad. If you are considering schools outside the US look at HEC, ESSEC, Bocconi, INSEAD, all of which have luxury goods programs (and France has WINE!! :) )
3. For the US, the programs you have mentioned make sense. I'd also look at the US News and World report rankings for Marketing (of which Kellogg still leads). Besides that, have a look, as I mentioned above, at programs which offer specializations in Luxury retail/goods.

I hope you find this helpful!!
and good luck to you!
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Re: Profile evaluation, please advise! [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2012, 09:47
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ch07191987 wrote:
1. What is my chance of getting into a top tier MBA (I am not talking about top10, rather maybe top 50 since my work exp and GMAT might not be impressive enough for that), I am applying Emory (where I went for undergrad), USC, UCI, and UCD, and might also add UCLA for 2nd round if my time allows. What’s my chance at those programs?
2. If I want to eventually work in international business functions, would it be really worth the ROI to getting into the best program possible without fellowships compare to a less expensive program that has good local connections? (I am also applying UCR, CSUFullerton for these program are closer to home and if admitted I might end up with decent fellowship)
3. My goal is to work in the wine related CPG companies, prefer dealing with international functions such as international marketing, branding, or operations. Based on this what programs would you recommend the most? (I chose UCD for its approximity to some of the best wineries in the country and good relationship with some CPG firms, Emory for its connection to Coca Cola and the fact I went there for undergrad)


1. Top 50, for sure! Once you get out of the Top 20 and are in the 20-50 range, your GMAT is very solidly in the school's average (and yes you can still apply to one or two Top 20 programs which appeal to you too, like Kellogg). At the schools on your list, I would say you are competitive, and with a great application package, I think you can come back with an admit.
2. Good question. Actually, the best schools for international business (if you are really serious about that) are schools that are internationally located. Which is not a bad idea given your experience, and the fact that a large deal of the luxury goods markets (be it wine or jewelry) are located abroad. If you are considering schools outside the US look at HEC, ESSEC, Bocconi, INSEAD, all of which have luxury goods programs (and France has WINE!! :) )
3. For the US, the programs you have mentioned make sense. I'd also look at the US News and World report rankings for Marketing (of which Kellogg still leads). Besides that, have a look, as I mentioned above, at programs which offer specializations in Luxury retail/goods.

I hope you find this helpful!!
and good luck to you!


Thanks for your reply! :-D
Re: Profile evaluation, please advise!   [#permalink] 12 Oct 2012, 09:47
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