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Profile Evaluation - Taiwanese Candidate

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Profile Evaluation - Taiwanese Candidate [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2013, 23:04
Hello,

Appreciate any advice you might have for me.

- a 29 y.o. Taiwanese
- GMAT: 720
- TOEFL: 110
- BS in Management Information System with 3.5 GPA, placed on the dean's list at 2007
- Professional Certificate in Marketing Research from University of Georgia, sponsored by my current company

I have been working for around 5 years since I graduated from college. I first finished one year compulsory military service at Taipei and then started off working full-time at a global marketing research agency for a year or so. I then left the job for a marketing analyst position in a prestigous liqour company based at Shanghai, China. It was a great experience but after another 17 months, I decided to leave the job because:

1) There were too much of (alcohol related) business dinners and night life activities, I can't remember how many times I had to stay up and entertain bosses and clients until 2 to 3 AM at a club and then show up at work on time the next day.

2) Our company wasn't doing well in China, my ex-boss was axed and then I was asked to be transfered to sales but I was reluctant of doing so since I wanted to continue my career in marketing research / brand consulting.

Now that I am working with the same market research agency (based in Shanghai) for 19 months but will resign and relocate back to Taipei due to marriage reasons. I will probably start a new job (with another marketing research agency) somewhere around July or Aug.

My biggest concern is whether Adcoms would question me as a "job hopper", even with legitimate reasons for leaving each job. As you can see, none of my previous jobs lasted more than 2 years. Although, technically speaking, I stayed with the same company for 3 years, however, not on a consecutive basis.

Having that said, I would like to know, given my situation, what are my chances into Kellogg(stretch school), Fuqua/Ross/Darden/McCombs/Tepper this year? (applying for R1 2014 intake)

Please give me your realistic advice on how I should go about doing this, If my chances are reasonable.

My short-term goal after MBA is to do brand/strategy/marketing consulting and long-term goal is to open up my own consulting shop.


Thanks a million!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Taiwanese Candidate [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2013, 02:36
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Hello exousia,

Well first of all, you have very good numbers. So that is the basis you definitely need to start with to have a shot at the schools you listed, and you should have a shot. A lot of course will depend on how the B-school perceives your work experience, and for the moment this remains unclear to me as well (exactly what you did, whether you have leadership experience, how big your role was, how successful you were, etc.).

Job-hopping in of itself is not too much of a problem, as I feel it is something that can be often explained away. The most important thing (more important than the excuses and reasons you have) is to try and show each and every job change as an IMPROVEMENT or a sort of promotion. When you move companies, we want to see higher responsibilities, more salary, more leads, etc.... and if you can write such a story, than moving around becomes an advantage as opposed to a disadvantage.

I would say that Kellogg/Fuqua are likely stretches, (but you should apply anyhow) and that the other schools on your list are about right for you (although you could add one or two schools which would be "Safe schools"...McCombs is maybe a safe school for you)

Hope this helps, and if you have anything else, you just let me know!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Taiwanese Candidate [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2013, 19:48
Hello Jon--

Thanks for the reply. This helps immensely.

Best,
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Taiwanese Candidate [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2013, 04:19
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You got it Will,
And good luck to you.

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