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Profile Evaluation Please - Low GPA High GMAT [#permalink]
31 Jan 2013, 03:07
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Hello Bryant and team,
Thanks in advance for the profile evaluation. I appreciate any advice and feedback you can provide. Below is my info:
I'm a 29 year old Taiwanese-American male located in the San Francisco Bay Area
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
My GMAT was 760, Q49, V44, AWA 6.0, IR 8
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. I've been taking some UCLA Extension Online courses to try to mitigate this a little, and I've received A's in principles of accounting 1A and management economics. I'm currently taking principles of accounting 1B and mathematics for managers.
In college I was vice president of a social fraternity (among other various positions). Currently, I volunteer with a product management association and the local Lions Club (community service club).
I'm also working towards getting a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certification (it's the "agile" version of a Project Management Professional certification)
My target schools are (in order of preference): MIT Sloan Tuck Johnson Yale SOM Kellogg Fuqua Darden Do you think these school choices are realistic, or am I shooting for the stars?
My post-MBA goal is joining a strategy consulting firm to get more practical experience with a long-term goal of leading a startup
I think your target schools are within reach. Don't worry about GPA--it was too long ago and practically irrelevant considering it was a great UG institution and also your GMAT helps balance it out. Good too that you demonstrate your seriousness by taking other classes. Your experience is solid, you have a nice ethnic-diversity play and you seem to have a clear vision of what you want to achieve post MBA. These elements add up to a perfect base for a solid application. Let us know if we can help you pull it together.