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Profile Evaluation & Some Advices Please [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2010, 17:55
Good morning Alex, would you please take a look at my profile?

Background
Age: 25
Sex: Male
Nationality: Thai-Taiwanese
UG: Double Major in two engineering degrees from UC Berkeley (GPA 3.55)
GMAT: 690 (Q 48, V 37)

Work Experience
-3 Years, Process Integration Engineer at Top 10 semiconductor firm in Japan
-Support customers in process related issues during the development of computer chips
-Consult with fab (semiconductor factory) to decide on solutions/proposals and present them to customers

Extracurricular Activities/Leadership Experience
Undergrad
-Activities Officer for Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
-Plan and organize over 50 events for TBP, including fun events, social networking, and professional workshops.

Post Undergrad
- Officer for Habitat for Humanity Japan
- Have been involved with Habitat for a long time (Went to Philippines twice to build houses back in high school, was president of community service club back then.)
- Continue participating in Habitat after arriving in Japan. I am in charge of running and planning the monthly meeting where we try to get more people involved in Habitat. I am also the official translator for Habitat in Japan. After my participation, the retention rate and participation rate in builds increased significantly.

Some Other Facts
-Lived in 4 different countries throughout career (Taiwan 12 years, Thailand 6 years, US 4 years, Japan 3 years)
-Able to speak quite a few languages. Mandarin (Native), English (Fluent), Japanese (Fluent), Thai (Basic), Taiwanese (Basic)

Weakness in Application
- Do not have a direct leadership role in work experience. I can talk about holding meetings and being influential to co-workers but do not have someone directly reporting to me.
- A slightly below average GMAT score for top schools

Post MBA
-Management position in semiconductor/consumer electronics industry (more specifically strategy) or management consulting
-Have a strong interest in working in Greater China region due to family and my language ability.

Target Schools
Columbia (Reach) ED/R1
Tuck (Reach) EA/R1
Duke (Competitive) ED/R1
Ross (Competitive) R2
HKUST (Competitive) R2
CUHK/CEBIS (Safety) R2
Other Schools in consideration: UCLA, NYU, Cornell

Questions
1.Can you please comment on my school selections? I am thinking about ED for either Duke or Columbia depending on whether I have a strong enough shot at Columbia ED. Perhaps a few safety/competitive schools to look at as well.
2.Is there anything that stands out from my application that you would suggest me to focus on? If leadership experience question comes along, should I focus on my Habitat role (where I made much greater impact) than my current job role?
3.I just realized that I can still apply to INSEAD Jan 11 Round 3. Do you think I have a shot at it or is it better to wait until next year round 1?
4.Asian schools reputation/info is quite hard to find. So far it seems HKUST is widely recognized in the Greater China Region. Do you have any insights on CUHK or CEIBS?

Thank you so much for your time. I really appreciate any comments/insights.
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Re: Profile Evaluation & Some Advices Please [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2010, 09:01
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I think you're applying to a good range of schools and you have a good sense for where you stand.

Only thing I would take out are the Asian schools like HKUST and CUHK/CEIBS -- there's nothing wrong with these schools, but given your profile I don't think you'll get a whole lot out of these programs. Keep in mind that the highest caliber Asian professionals over the past 20+ years tend to go to the top US/European schools, or they don't go at all. In terms of network and peers, you're better off going to a US/Euro school where there's going to be tons of Asians anyway. Also, I think you have a reasonable enough chance at the other schools (Columbia, Tuck, Duke, Ross) that you don't need to apply to the Asian schools. Maybe add in one of UCLA, NYU or Cornell - I'd probably apply to UCLA if you're looking towards Asia (UCLA here in Los Angeles is known as the University of Caucasians Lost amongst Asians).

INSEAD would also be a good fit for you given that you have loads of international experience (which by the way should be what you can really focus on in all your applications). I'd look at Round 1 for INSEAD.
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Re: Profile Evaluation & Some Advices Please [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2010, 10:40
AlexMBAApply wrote:
UCLA here in Los Angeles is known as the University of Caucasians Lost amongst Asians.


omg, that is too funny!
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Re: Profile Evaluation & Some Advices Please [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2010, 17:05
AlexMBAApply wrote:
I think you're applying to a good range of schools and you have a good sense for where you stand.

Only thing I would take out are the Asian schools like HKUST and CUHK/CEIBS -- there's nothing wrong with these schools, but given your profile I don't think you'll get a whole lot out of these programs. Keep in mind that the highest caliber Asian professionals over the past 20+ years tend to go to the top US/European schools, or they don't go at all. In terms of network and peers, you're better off going to a US/Euro school where there's going to be tons of Asians anyway. Also, I think you have a reasonable enough chance at the other schools (Columbia, Tuck, Duke, Ross) that you don't need to apply to the Asian schools. Maybe add in one of UCLA, NYU or Cornell - I'd probably apply to UCLA if you're looking towards Asia (UCLA here in Los Angeles is known as the University of Caucasians Lost amongst Asians).

INSEAD would also be a good fit for you given that you have loads of international experience (which by the way should be what you can really focus on in all your applications). I'd look at Round 1 for INSEAD.


Thank you so much for your comments Alex.
I will revise the school selections and your UCLA comment is really humorous.

Just in case things went wrong, can you suggest some safeties to look at given my background and goal? (Would USC be in there?) And also would you still rate those safety schools above the Asian schools I mentioned?
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Re: Profile Evaluation & Some Advices Please [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2010, 18:39
Schools like USC and Texas would still be better than the Asian schools.
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