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Profile Evaluation Please - Canadian [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2009, 21:54
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26yo Caucasian, Canadian Citizen

Degree in electrical engineering from reputable Canadian university (no international acclaim, however)
3.9/4.0 GPA, graduated #1 in class of ~150 (my class was the most difficult specialization in a total program of ~800, however GPAs were not directly compared)
About 20 different scholarships and scholastic achievements, inc. engineering gold medal.
Licensed professional engineer and certified project management professional (PMP)

No GMAT yet but let's say 720 for argument's sake.

University work experience:
-Interned at research organization designing surgical tools. Part of a small team who tested designs live in the operating room. Supervised a couple of younger students.

Professional work experience:
- 2yrs highly technical industrial electronics design. No direct reports, some supervision of technical support staff.
- 2yrs international oil company, project management team for construction projects up to $300MM. Largest personal scope on a project: approx. $20MM. No direct reports but manages/coordinates large groups of external consultants and contractors. Official title is "Project Engineer," however the work scope would definitely be labeled as project management.

Extracurriculars:
-A couple of technical design groups during undergrad. VP PR for my highly successful toastmasters club. Not much else here.



Primarily interested in Oxford, Cambridge, Queen's, and Rotman. Stretch interests would be LBS or MIT.
Would any of these schools be achievable for me? Would a round 3 application be achievable?

Thanks,
Ryan
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please - Canadian [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2009, 13:52
Ryan,

Academically you look very strong, and if your GMAT does turn out to be 720 you will be competitive at all these schools in the academic/intellectual ability dimension. Your professional career looks strong if not spectacular, with some serious leadership and responsibility and an interesting switch in industry focus. You didn't mention community leadership, however, which (assuming there isn't any) diminishes your profile to some extent. Also hurting you a bit is the "while male engineer" demographic, which is a common one, and the third round odds, which are long and highest for the unusual applicant, which you don't appear to be. So I would say you are competitive at Queen's and Rotman, and that Oxford and Cambridge are somewhere between "competitive" and "reach" schools for you. I think LBS and MIT would be definite longshots for you especially in the third round.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Please - Canadian [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2009, 16:43
Paul,

Thanks very much for your reply.

As an alternate plan, I could spend the next 9 months working on community involvement (I've been considering taking on a role with Engineers Without Borders) and submit R1 applications in October 2009.

Would this put me into the competitive range for any of Oxford/Cambridge/LBS?

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Re: Profile Evaluation Please - Canadian [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2009, 14:58
Ryan,

Yes, a *leadership* role with stories that show evidence of your impact in it will definitely strengthen your chances. You should be able to get a lot done in 9 months.

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