Hi Linda and thanks for your help. I read your articles/blog all the time.
23 y/o white American male
710 GMAT (Math: 49/88% Verbal: 38/83%; AWA: 6.0)
3.3 GPA Economics major from top public US school in California. No trends.
- 2007 graduate (Graduated early in 3.5 years)
-Recently took two accounting classes from UCLA extension to make up for the only 2 B- I got in college. Got A in the UCLA classes.
-2.5 years paid internship biotechnology research experience (~40 hr/s week during summer, 10-15 hrs during school year)
-2 years government economics analyst research; (did statistical and economics work to calculate employment/injury/demographics rates); would have excellent recommendations from my managers here. Received multiple pay increases and excellent reviews. Left because they reduced hours/salary of ALL workers because of govt financial situation.
-started working as financial analyst for a different NPO; been there a few months (a year by the time business school starts in summer 2010)
-One very active one in college for 3.5 years that was about 10-15/hours a week; didn't hold a leadership position because I didn't have time due to paid internship and taking extra classes to graduate early. Could easily get a solid recommendation from the professor in charge of this but don't think such is necessary
-One minor community volunteering activity that was a few hours per month
Reason for MBA: want to switch careers back to biotechnology/general management; I should have learned from my internship to keep working in that industry as I really enjoyed the work. Also current org. took a turn for the worse and I may be looking for another job soon....
weakness: low work exp
strength: solid GMAT, good undergrad school + graduated early, decent activities
1) Can you give me one or two R2 safety schools on West Coast to apply to and one or two stretch schools preferably on the East Coast or in California? I was thinking UC Davis, UC Irvine as competitive schools and the ~15-25 range (ie Yale, UCLA, Texas) for stretch schools? Am I being too optimistic or should I am higher?
2) How much would working 1 more year truly help me? I'd have to switch jobs as I likely won't have any additional titles/promotions/responsibilities as the current org is in bad financial shape and already announced job freezes
3) Would retaking the GMAT help me in my situation? I could increase my score by about 30-40 points but I can't really find reason to study for it again.
Sorry for the long post. Thanks for your help.
"You'd be out of your mind, like, uh, uh, you wouldn't be in your right mind."