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Profile Evaluation request. Thanks! [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2009, 14:28
Hi Linda and thanks for your help. I read your articles/blog all the time.


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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.

Work Experience:
-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)

Extracurricular:
-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

Questions:
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.
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Re: Profile Evaluation request. Thanks! [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2009, 20:14
TheBrownSlipper,

Questions:
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?
UC Davis, UC Irvine and UCSD Rady would all be good safety schools for you. I do think given your leadership issue (see below) that Yale is too optimistic. UCLA and Texas might be good stretch schools.

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
You are correct that your work experience is a weakness, but it is not your main weakness: that is leadership. You don't really appear to have any, either at work or otherwise. So waiting another year will give you time to work on that.

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.
If you can increase your score by 30-40 points then you might consider doing so. However, as I mentioned above your "numbers" are not your main issue.

Sorry for the long post. Thanks for your help.
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