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Profile Evaluation - School suggestion ideas [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2011, 14:03
Hi,

I am in a very very confused state and I need help with school selection.

My profile:

Work experience: 2 years in engineering and project management @ F500. Laid off. Graduated in June 2009.

Current work: Doing a strategy internship at a startup.

Post MBA goal: Ideally investment banking. I would take consulting if I get an office in my country.

GMAT: 710

GPA: 2.6 in Electrical Engineering (Number 1 school in my country). Upward trending GPA with 2.9 last year. Btw my school releases rankings every semester. My best ranking is top 15% for one semester(I worked really hard that semester. Then I slacked off for other semesters).

Essays: My story is all sorted out. And I believe I can churn out excellent essays (have always been more of a writer than an engineer. Have As in writing classes in undergrad. But only Bs and Cs in core engineering classes. Hence the low GPA).

Here's why I am confused: The top ranked school in my country places only like 15 people in ibanking. The school has a stellar reputation in finance. Problem is not with the school, but with the market. There are only for about 15-20 full time post-MBA associate positions so landing a banking job is extremely competitive. MBB hired 36 students from Duke, while they hired only like 5 in total from TOP schools in my country. Given my GMAT I can't help but think that I should apply for schools in US with decent banking/consulting placements. That would allow me to make a move into US where the market is way bigger.

My list so far: Booth, Stern, Duke. Any more suggestions? I also looked at Tuck and Kellogg and their essays seem right up my alley. But I am not sure whether I should apply there.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - School suggestion ideas [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2011, 01:39
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Have a look at Johnson, UNC, Anderson...Maybe a few other schools that are below top 10.

Now I don't want to put a damper on your dreams, but two things that will have to be addressed in your essays is your joblessness, and your GPA. You can overcome them! But you have to take them head on.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - School suggestion ideas [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2011, 05:18
One of the reasons for my GPA is that I kind of knew where I would be working post-graduation. I knew this from like my 2nd year. At that time I had no plans of going to b-schools so didn't bother applying myself in school. Do you think it would prudent to mention this? Btw I never failed any classes and have only 2Ds (one from first and one from second year). Mostly I have Bs and Cs.

Thanks so much!!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - School suggestion ideas [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2011, 23:44
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Oh no! That would be totally imprudent. It's like saying "Well I was set up, so I let myself get lazy" ouch. Let's try and find a better story, or just ignore it in that case.
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