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Profile Evaluation: Real Estate, Hotels, and an MBA! [#permalink]
01 Sep 2010, 09:04
I am 25 years old, will be 26 when school starts should I get in. My "stats" are below:
- 3.25 cumulative GPA from The George Washington University, with a major in International Affairs, concentration: East Asia. I studied abroad in Tokyo and am fluent in Japanese.
- During university, interned at The Ritz Carlton
- Accepted into management training program with The Walt Disney Company. Spent 1 year as a Front Desk Manager at 2 hotel properties. - Left Disney for re-opening of The Plaza in NYC. Took position as opening Front Desk Manager. - Spent 8 months at The Plaza...decided I was more interested in the development/real-estate side of hotels and left for REDAC, Inc, a Japanese real estate company. - Promoted after 1 year at REDAC, after proposing a new division be created. Now work as an Asset Manager, as head of that division, managing buildings functioning as extended stay hotels for Japanese corporate clients. Advise on hotel operations and oversee all building aspects, including renovations.
- Paper Practice tests (Kaplan, Manhattan, McGraw Hill, etc): 650-720 - Practice CAT Exam (Manhattan GMAT): 42Q, 38V: 680
USC UCLA Stanford Georgetown Emory Vanderbilt
My goal is to embark on a career in hotel development.
Re: Profile Evaluation: Real Estate, Hotels, and an MBA! [#permalink]
03 Sep 2010, 14:34
Hotel development is so specific, and is pretty rare for business school... You just don't meet a lot of MBA students who plan on going into that. That's not bad for you -- if anything, it's good -- but you'll need to show that you've done your homework and know that a given school can help you land a job in that industry. If a given school looks at your app and says, "Hmm... Starwood and Marriott don't interview here. I wonder if he knows this," that will hurt your chances. Meanwhile, I would assume Cornell would also be on your list, given that school's reputation for hospitality management.
That question aside, your best bet now is to max out your GMAT score. Obvious, I know, but 1 700+ score can go a long way to helping you get in! Stanford is probably a reach but IF you have good ECs and strong recos, I think you would at least have a shot at all the others.