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Profile Evaluation & Some Advices Please [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2010, 17:57
Good morning, 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, 16:24
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Hi lonewolf,

To answer your questions:

1. I think you have an okay chance of gaining admission to those schools -- not a long shot, but far from a sure thing, too. If Columbia is your top choice, then applying Early Decision is probably worth a shot. Don't overestimate it will help your candidacy, but the fact that it signals your commitment only helps. In terms of school selection, because of Carnegie Mellon's ties to tech overall, you may also want to consider Tepper.

2. You definitely bring an international point of view to the classroom -- that will help your candidacy a lot. I wouldn't worry too much about the lack of direct leadership experience, as long as you have good stories to draw upon, both on the job and outside of it. You're right to focus on impact... That matters much more than the job title you've held!

3. At this point, I think rushing to pull together an INSEAD app now probably isn't worth it.

4. I'm definitely not an expert on Asian schools. When in doubt, for a given school, pay close attention to the companies that recruit graduates there. If this info isn't easy to find on a school's web site, call and ask. If you don't see a lot of the companies that you may want to work for, that's a sign that the school may not give you a great entree into those companies.

Good luck!
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Re: Profile Evaluation & Some Advices Please [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2010, 17:00
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Hi lonewolf,

To answer your questions:

1. I think you have an okay chance of gaining admission to those schools -- not a long shot, but far from a sure thing, too. If Columbia is your top choice, then applying Early Decision is probably worth a shot. Don't overestimate it will help your candidacy, but the fact that it signals your commitment only helps. In terms of school selection, because of Carnegie Mellon's ties to tech overall, you may also want to consider Tepper.

2. You definitely bring an international point of view to the classroom -- that will help your candidacy a lot. I wouldn't worry too much about the lack of direct leadership experience, as long as you have good stories to draw upon, both on the job and outside of it. You're right to focus on impact... That matters much more than the job title you've held!

3. At this point, I think rushing to pull together an INSEAD app now probably isn't worth it.

4. I'm definitely not an expert on Asian schools. When in doubt, for a given school, pay close attention to the companies that recruit graduates there. If this info isn't easy to find on a school's web site, call and ask. If you don't see a lot of the companies that you may want to work for, that's a sign that the school may not give you a great entree into those companies.

Good luck!
Scott


Thank you for your comments, Scott.

Just for a follow up, I would like to have a safety on the list as well. Given my background and goals, can you suggest some safeties for me to look at? (Would USC be considered safe for me?)
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Re: Profile Evaluation & Some Advices Please [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2010, 09:06
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I don't know if I'd quite call USC a safety school for you, but if that school feels like a good fit for you, I do think you should include it on your list. Your chances are probably significantly better there than at some of those other schools.

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