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Joined: 28 Aug 2012
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Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
Schools: Johnson '16 (M)
WE: Project Management (Computer Software)
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Profile Evaluation Please - Low GPA [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2013, 01:48
Hi Linda and Team,
Below is my profile information. Thanks in advance for your evaluation.

1) I've been working at a financial services software company for 7 years. We develop web-based software for the mortgage and general lending industries. Our primary focus has been on lending compliance, and our clients include many top banks, mortgage lenders, and, interestingly enough, state and federal regulators
I am an associate product manager and, due to the small size of the company, have participated in many different roles here. My core responsibility is managing the creation of new features and products (project planning, prioritization of features, managing expectations, and leading an "agile" team of engineers, testers, and occasionally legal researchers). However, I've also drafted marketing materials, trained internal sales, support, and management teams, drafted and maintain user-facing documentation, helped our quality assurance teams test software, and acted as one of three company points of contact for an ongoing project we are working on with a large consulting company
2) 760, Q49, V44, AWA 6.0, IR 8
3) Undergraduate BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2005. Undergrad GPA 2.78. No excuses, I just didn't make good decisions in college.
4) In college I was Vice President of a social fraternity. Currently, I volunteer with a product management association and the local Lions Club (community service club).
5) It's generally not considered anything special, but I'm a certified scrum product owner. I'm also working towards a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certification (it's the "agile" version of a PMP certification)
6) MIT Sloan
Tuck
Johnson
Yale SOM
Kellogg
Fuqua
Darden
7) I want to join a strategy consulting firm to get more practical experience with a long-term goal of leading a startup
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please - Low GPA [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 15:41
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schen1119 wrote:
Hi Linda and Team,
Below is my profile information. Thanks in advance for your evaluation.

1) I've been working at a financial services software company for 7 years. We develop web-based software for the mortgage and general lending industries. Our primary focus has been on lending compliance, and our clients include many top banks, mortgage lenders, and, interestingly enough, state and federal regulators
I am an associate product manager and, due to the small size of the company, have participated in many different roles here. My core responsibility is managing the creation of new features and products (project planning, prioritization of features, managing expectations, and leading an "agile" team of engineers, testers, and occasionally legal researchers). However, I've also drafted marketing materials, trained internal sales, support, and management teams, drafted and maintain user-facing documentation, helped our quality assurance teams test software, and acted as one of three company points of contact for an ongoing project we are working on with a large consulting company
2) 760, Q49, V44, AWA 6.0, IR 8
3) Undergraduate BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2005. Undergrad GPA 2.78. No excuses, I just didn't make good decisions in college.
4) In college I was Vice President of a social fraternity. Currently, I volunteer with a product management association and the local Lions Club (community service club).
5) It's generally not considered anything special, but I'm a certified scrum product owner. I'm also working towards a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certification (it's the "agile" version of a PMP certification)
6) MIT Sloan
Tuck
Johnson
Yale SOM
Kellogg
Fuqua
Darden
7) I want to join a strategy consulting firm to get more practical experience with a long-term goal of leading a startup


Before I respond, have you taken any graded classes since college? Any alternative transcript?

Linda
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Joined: 28 Aug 2012
Posts: 57
Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
Schools: Johnson '16 (M)
WE: Project Management (Computer Software)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 24 [0], given: 24

Re: Profile Evaluation Please - Low GPA [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 15:49
Hi Linda,
A few months ago I took two UCLA Extension online courses: Management X1A - Principles of Accounting and Management X100 - Business Economics. I received A's in both of them.

I'm currently enrolled and about 1/3 of the way through Management X1B - Principles of Accounting (second part of the two-part course) and Management X110 - Mathematics for Management. I have only had so many graded assignments in those classes thus far, but based upon the complexity of the material, I think I will get A's in both of those.

The next quarter I plan on taking a couple more courses, most likely Business Statistics (Management X115) and either Business Applications of Calculus (Management X410) or Basic Managerial Finance (Management X130A).

Thanks for the followup and I look forward to reading your full response.
- Steve
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please - Low GPA [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2013, 23:08
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schen1119 wrote:
Hi Linda,
A few months ago I took two UCLA Extension online courses: Management X1A - Principles of Accounting and Management X100 - Business Economics. I received A's in both of them.

I'm currently enrolled and about 1/3 of the way through Management X1B - Principles of Accounting (second part of the two-part course) and Management X110 - Mathematics for Management. I have only had so many graded assignments in those classes thus far, but based upon the complexity of the material, I think I will get A's in both of those.

The next quarter I plan on taking a couple more courses, most likely Business Statistics (Management X115) and either Business Applications of Calculus (Management X410) or Basic Managerial Finance (Management X130A).

Thanks for the followup and I look forward to reading your full response.
- Steve


Steve,

Good work! That's helpful.
Kellogg, Sloan, and Tuck are stretches. However, I do think you have reasonable shot at Johnson, Yale, Fuqua, and Darden. You certainly are doing everything you can to minimize the impact of those low grades.

Please let me know if you would like help with your MBA applications when you apply.

Best,
Linda
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Manager
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Joined: 28 Aug 2012
Posts: 57
Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
Schools: Johnson '16 (M)
WE: Project Management (Computer Software)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 24 [0], given: 24

Re: Profile Evaluation Please - Low GPA [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2013, 18:18
Thanks Linda. Are there any other schools that you think I should add to my list? I read in accepted.com's MBA Action Plan that, being somewhat old for a full time program (I'll be 30, almost 31, at matriculation), I should apply to a larger list of schools. I find myself most interested in smaller schools with tight-knit personalities. The only real outlier in my current choices is Kellogg, which, despite being significantly larger than the others, also has a reputation of a very close-knit, friendly, collaborative culture.

thanks
- Steve
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please - Low GPA [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2013, 21:49
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schen1119 wrote:
Thanks Linda. Are there any other schools that you think I should add to my list? I read in accepted.com's MBA Action Plan that, being somewhat old for a full time program (I'll be 30, almost 31, at matriculation), I should apply to a larger list of schools. I find myself most interested in smaller schools with tight-knit personalities. The only real outlier in my current choices is Kellogg, which, despite being significantly larger than the others, also has a reputation of a very close-knit, friendly, collaborative culture.

thanks
- Steve


I also recommend you consider Ross. Otherwise, you've done a good job.

Best,
Linda
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