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Profile Review/Evaluation [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2014, 04:01
25 y/o European male, planning to apply 2014 or 2015.

GMAT: aiming at 720+ (assume 720)
GPA: 2,92 (7.27/100)
GPA is low but mostly because of full-time work during studies (sometimes 60-70hrs/week) in multiple
Undergraduate degree in Business Administration & Strategy from leading b-school in the country (TOP 15% of class).
Last year was tailored -in cooperation with professors- as an incubation program for the business that i've founded.

Work experience:
-Family Business (Aquaculture, Plastics Manufacturing & more). Employs 140 people and grosses around 20,000,000. Has experience in several departments (from accounting to logistics, sales, marketing), currently working in Biz Dev.

-Co-founded Impact Hub in home city, an international network that supports social enterprises by providing Space, Content and Community. Secured funding for the venture and currently working on educational & capacity building programs with large international organisations.
Already catalysed seed investment to 4 start-ups.

-3 years full time in AIESEC (the world's largest student organisation). Roles held include national VP CR & Member of AIESEC International Sales Force, based in Rotterdam, NL.

-Speaks 5 languages fluently (English, Spanish, German, Arabic & mother tongue)
-Internship with Ashoka (leader in social innovation) in Argentina
-Volunteer language teacher for immigrants (english & local tongue)
-Community work in Uganda, Bolivia & Spain
-Former U-18 National Ski Team Member

Why an MBA (roughly)?
To provide me with the necessary resources to restructure the family business, while creating structures (networks, funds etc.), that support Social Innovation in my region.

I'm currently contemplating whether to apply in 2014 or wait another year, when I anticipate having more to show from my work with founding the Impact Hub, as well the family business.

I'd like to know what chances of getting into top schools i stand and shortlist schools where my profile is a good fit and I have good chances of admission.

Thank you very much in advance.
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Re: Profile Review/Evaluation [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2014, 12:46
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Based on your profile, which frankly appears to be very strong, I don't see why delaying another year would be much of an advantage. By the time you matriculate you will have four years of work experience and if positioned correctly with the admissions officers, this should be more than enough given your extraordinary achievements outside of work as well. Of course packaging yourself well will be paramount, so make sure you speak to the leadership opportunities you have sought and the impact you have made on your family business hopefully in a way which proves it was not just favoritism which gave you opportunities--adcoms will automatically discount family business work unless you can show your achievements were merit based. I don't see anything stopping you from pursuing a top 10 school in the US, although you should probably target going to school in the region where you plan to work afterwards. Certainly if you were to get in a top 5 US school, this would not matter as much given the global recognition of these programs. The elite schools, however are a bit of a crap shoot since the turn away well qualified applicants every year. If I were you, however, I'd still give them a try. Applications are released in July, and I would plan on submitting at least 4-5 round one applications if you can pull it off. Europe is under-represented in US b-schools because you have so many good options over there, so you can likely leverage this as an advantage as well--just have your post MBA vision drilled down tight, since US schools like to admit applicants who have a high probability of quickly landing a job after graduation. Let us know if we can help.
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