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Joined: 13 Sep 2013
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Location: United States (NJ)
Concentration: General Management, Finance
Schools: CBS (M)
GMAT 1: 670 Q49 V33
GMAT 2: 690 Q48 V37
GPA: 3.41
WE: Corporate Finance (Consumer Products)
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Profile evaluation request for EMBA [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2013, 13:21
Hello Cindy,

I am looking to apply Columbia EMBA Saturday for upcoming semester. Linda gave me a positive feedback few months ago, but since you are an EMBA expert and I have been tweaking the wording of my profile to fit Columbia EMBA, I decided to receive second opinion from you. Ok, here it goes:

- Demographic: Korean, 30 Year-old, Male, nationalized US Citizen

- GMAT: 670 - 49Q, 33V, 4.5 AWA, 6 IR. The first try was with just one week of study. Managed time really bad with IR and Q. I am going to take another one after investing more time, and hoping to push it upward of 700.

- Education: BBA in Accounting at UMass Amherst (Isenberg SOM). Cum Laude. Minor in Japanese.

- Work Experience
Nov 2011-Present: Senior Accountant, # 1 company in cosmetic industry (the company with slogan "Because you're worth it" :wink:). Joined the company as Staff Accountant. Several achievements supported by promotion only one year after joining. Several EC activities at work, like mentored summer intern, CPR/AED first responder, intranet accounting website design. In charge of communication with 57 international affiliates and international balance.

Sep 2007-Nov 2011: Junior Accountant (07-10), Staff Accountant (10-11), E. Zegna. Managed store development and marketing expense. Initiated few projects. Taught Excel to co-worker (unofficial Excel guru of the department!)

2006-Present: Co-found of family business, Japanese restaurant. I wasn't going to include this initially, but figured out I do have few things accomplished. Managed five employees, initiated marketing project, designed website (and it's still online), represented the business in business meetings. I am still participating in business as representative. Also, I am evaluating northeast area (from DC to MA) for possible expansion in late 2014.

- Passed CPA exam, but 6 credit away from 150 credit requirements. In other word, I will be officially CPA after completing one semester.

- Several local social activity, mostly in Korean community like Sandy recovery assistance,

My career goal after MBA is to advance in brand management, specifically luxury brand management. From my understanding, Columbia is strong in this field (they even have Retail & Luxury Goods Club, which I want to participate), has good professors and has NYC advantage, yet, not many people specifically pinpoints it as goal. Since my career so far is with retail & luxury goods company with multinational background, I do believe I will fit well to the classroom. My ultimate goal after that is CMO.

While my 7 years experience is a little low side on experience, but fortunately, it looks like Columbia is open to younger candidates like myself than any other school. Also, if I can get 700+ in GMAT, that will also be helpful. But I want to hear from an expert if overall candidacy stands a chance. Also, I am not sure if I should put family business in my resume. Reason why I want to put is I have management experience and marketing experience from it, and still participating it.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Profile evaluation request for EMBA [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2013, 06:24
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Hello,

From the information you’ve provided, I’d say that Columbia EMB would be a reasonable reach. A few miscellaneous points on the profile (in no order of priority, just as I think of them):

• You’re right that your experience is on the short side, but I have worked with some similar aged applicants to Columbia EMBA who were accepted. However, you have to offer something to counteract the low experience – these people had various different distinctive strengths, PLUS the requisite management experience. I think your target focus plus background in the area could be such a plus, but it will also be essential to demonstrate meaningful management experience in your current senior accountant role.
• While the family business does show management experience, I believe that it also has the potential to dilute focus and raise questions (e.g., how can you do that work, plus your regular demanding job, plus the EMBA?).
• Your Chinese background plus Japanese language study supports your goals, so consider drawing on it.
• Your ECs at work are impressive; do try to work them in somehow or at least list them in the application.

Good luck! Do get in touch if you’d like assistance with the EMBA application --
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Intern
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Joined: 13 Sep 2013
Posts: 40
Location: United States (NJ)
Concentration: General Management, Finance
Schools: CBS (M)
GMAT 1: 670 Q49 V33
GMAT 2: 690 Q48 V37
GPA: 3.41
WE: Corporate Finance (Consumer Products)
Followers: 0

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

Re: Profile evaluation request for EMBA [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2013, 18:05
Just retook GMAT yesterday, and got 690. Darn so close for 700! Although Q dropped 1 point to 48, V improved a lot to 37 and IR was 8, so I am ok with result. Hope AWA is at least 4.5 this time as well. Hope this will help my chance at Columbia EMBA! (And since Cindy, you liked my essay #1 sent for review few days ago :))
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Re: Profile evaluation request for EMBA [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2014, 07:59
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It will definitely help! I've worked with many applicants to that program who were accepted with similar GMATs.
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