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starting the application process and changing carreers [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2010, 18:37
Hello,

I am new to the application process. The application process looks overwelming. Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a 31-year-old caucasian American male.

I graduated with a BS in Physics with a mediocre 2.74 GPA, but scored a 730 (Q47 V44 AWA5.0).

I am currently an ESL teacher in China for an international language center. Besides my classroom instruction, I frequently fascilitate various marketing events to encourage new students to join. Before I came to China, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, a small country in southern Africa where I taught math and physical science to high school students in a small rural village. Aside from teaching, I ran the library, organized field trips for the wildlife club, and collaborated with HIV/AIDS prevention groups to speak with the student body. Outside the school, I wrote various grants and co-managed projects. In total, I have four years of teaching experience, two in Malawi and two in China. I have an elementary grasp of spoken Manderan and spoke Chitumbuka (the language of Northern Malawi) at an intermediate level.

My goal is to switch over to the field of international finance focusing on emerging markets. And like so many others, I want to get into a top 10 school. I have been eyeballing Duke, Berkeley, and NYU. Looking at the experience of other prospective candidates, I seem to be grossly under-qualified. Is there hope for me? Any advice to make my application more marketable would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: starting the application process and changing carreers [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2010, 13:19
Hi crandp01,

I can relate to your experience, prior to my mba I worked in manufacturing in China during 3 years therefore I do share part of your stories and I also had some interest in emerging markets. First you need to realize that you will certainly be considered as an applicant for the "diversity" bucket (other end up in "consultant", "bankers", "indian with IT background", ...) therefore you need to capitalize on your profile and on what you would bring to the class through your essays and interviews: explain how different is your job, how you had to adapt yourself to a new culture, how you took responsability and shape your business, how you learn ad lot of new business skills in china, etc... Overseas you have usually a lot more responsabilies and it's important to describe all this while stating that you also plan to leverage this into a more corporate type of work...Any experience is good, what's important is how you present it !
I think your profile will be fine, you need to work very well on how to explain step by step and in a rationale way the transition you plan to make to finance. You going into an MBA is not a problem however you moving into finance is the real question....this will certainly raise questions during interviews, you need to credible so work hard on that one. Good luck
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