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Profile Evaluation - Poet with Telecom Background

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Joined: 27 Jun 2012
Posts: 71
Location: Philippines
Schools: Yale '15 (M)
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V41
GPA: 3.51
WE: Marketing (Telecommunications)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 10 [0], given: 1

Profile Evaluation - Poet with Telecom Background [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2012, 17:59
Hi, Jon!


A few things about myself:

Undergrad from a top university in the Philippines.
Major in Communication
GPA - 3.51 (but with bad math grades! Got a D in Calculus because I really felt back then that I had no use for math as a communication professional); thinking of taking online math courses (with quizzes/exams) to show how my professional experience has improved my quantitative skills

GMAT - 710 (47Q 41V)

Extracurricular activities:
I was treasurer/VP for finance for my major's official org (ran fundraising campaigns and handled university-provided funds)
Three years as a facilitator of a freshman course on school culture, activities, and traditions
Previously a Sunday school teacher to primary-level children
Active in church music ministry

Work experience (a little over 5 years):
I was a management trainee for a year (2007-2008) at a leading telecommunications company in my country. Afterwards, I was deployed full-time as a product marketing manager handling mobile Internet, doing business cases, product costing, and pricing analyses. Got promoted to manager level in 2010 (but still an individual contributor, no direct reports). In 2011, I became head of a team, still handling the mobile Internet business.

Post MBA goal:
I plan to go back to my country after getting an MBA, and work my way up the corporate ladder to become a leader in the telecom/tech industry. There's so much to be done in the Philippines in terms of innovation, and I think business leaders are in the best position to influence the government to support these innovations.

Target programs: undecided



A few questions:
1. Which schools would best fit my career aspirations and would be logical/realistic choices given my background?
2. How could I make myself stand out more?
3. Do you think it's necessary for me to take those online math courses?
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Poet with Telecom Background [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 03:57
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Dear Jason,
Things look pretty good from here. You have solid numbers and a solid background all around. Plus some management experience. And, being from the Philippines, you are from one of the Asian countries where they see fewer candidates, which will only act in your advantage. Plus, being a poet to boot! (don't forget to use some of your wordsmithy skills when you write your application)

I would say that your sweet spot is in schools that are in the Top 20, out of the top 5. So Ross, Hass, Tepper, Anderson, McCombs, Johnson. Plus I would say apply to one or three dream schools (depending on your available time) so a Wharton, or Sloan or Kellogg. And then add one school in as a "Safety school" and your strategy is set.

Finally, as you say "there is much to be done" in your country, SHOW them that you know EXACTLY what there is to be done, but getting veeeeery specific about your goals, enmeshing your personal vision with the Telecom future of your country.

And of course, of course: Best of luck!
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Joined: 27 Jun 2012
Posts: 71
Location: Philippines
Schools: Yale '15 (M)
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V41
GPA: 3.51
WE: Marketing (Telecommunications)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 10 [0], given: 1

Re: Profile Evaluation - Poet with Telecom Background [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2012, 05:17
Thanks so much for your reply, Jon!

Your inputs/comments are very actionable and helpful. :)
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Poet with Telecom Background [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2012, 01:28
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You got it dude! Glad to help!
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