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Hi mbaMission Team, Could someone evaluate my profile and let me know my chances on an MBA?
Bio : Indian / F/ 27 Work -ex: 4+ Industry : Aerospace, Automotive, Health Sector Entrepreneurship experience : 1 yr in Health Sector Technology : IT GMAT : 690 Academic : 10th - 93.5 %, 12th - 96.5% B.Tech - 8.5/10 Achievements: Awards on Shuttle Badminton, best performer awards at work, active participation in debates and literary events, emceed events, organized various celebrations in office. EC-Activities: Veena Player, Shuttle Badminton, Professional Baking Community Service: Teaching "Spoken English" for govt. schools and "Story telling sessions" for kindergarten children, environmental awareness sessions in schools.
I am currently in a sabbatical in my career for obvious familial reasons. I want to know how good/bad is my profile. How will the break in my career affect my chances? I am basically targeting schools in Canada.
Thanks for posting. Your profile sounds familiar, not sure if we've chatted elsewhere , but in any case I would say overall your profile is strong. First of all b-schools are always looking for qualified female applicants. Not sure what your role is, but the aerospace/health etc industry experience is interesting and potentially a lot you can draw from to contribute to your essays and in class, and the entrepreneurship experience and other involvements are great too. I would think you have good chances for Canadian programs. In terms of the career break, I assume you mean for having children? Which is certainly explainable. Generally you just need to explain anything you think might be questioned within your profile/ experience.
Hope that helps some, good luck to you! _________________
Hey Jen, Thanks for your time! And no, I don't think we have interacted before. Anyway, I am glad we did now! I must tell you, whatever you said is kind of a great boost to my self-confidence. I was extremely worried about the break. And yes, you guessed it right! It is for my child. I hope to cash on my experience as much as it sounds on the paper. Is my GMAT good enough? I also want to know what US schools I could apply to. As an after thought, I think US is also a better option!
I would be so glad if you could assist me with the same. And I am so sorry I was late in replying!
No problem, you are welcome, happy to help. 3 questions that might shed a little more light would be 1) what is your actual role/roles held in these industries? 2) how long has your break been? 3) What are your post-MBA goals?
A 690 is strong and should work for most Canadian b-schools. For US schools, the top 10 will be challenging to get into, but beyond that you should have a decent shot (as per US News rankings, http://premium.usnews.com/best-graduate ... a-rankings). It really depends on what you are looking for in a school... a lot of factors to consider, and your own personal goals are an important consideration.
1) I was into technology development in these domains. During my stint in Auto domain, I have also had some experience to lead a small team of 2. I was a partner at a fitness studio start up and was handling all the admin roles in addition to marketing. 2) I have a break of about 6 months until now, from April. 3) Post-MBA I would like to get into Operations/Strategy. I would like to apply to UCLA Anderson now. What other US schools that I could consider?
Well re: the career break, I assume taking that much time off is common in your country? You may just mention that but generally I'd think admissions would understand . Just different from the US where 6 weeks maternity leave is often common, crazy huh.
So just be sure you focus a lot on skills BEYOND IT/technical skills.. leadership, managing the team, the fitness business, teamwork, influencing others, communication skills, etc.... as the technical side of you is a given. You want to stand out among IT applicants.
UCLA Anderson will be a reach, but not impossible. Other programs that are known for operations, and maybe worth researching, include Tepper, Ross, McCombs, Krannert, Kelley, Scheller.
Check out this awesome article about Anderson on Poets Quants, http://poetsandquants.com/2015/01/02/uclas-anderson-school-morphs-into-a-friendly-tech-hub/ . Anderson is a great place! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I...