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What is an appropriate school? [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2013, 03:42
Demographic
Ukrainian - Born in Ukraine, Kiev.
Male
Age:24
GMAT: 660 (Q50,V28, AWA: Pending)

Education
Undergrad at National Technical University of Ukraine “Kiev Polytechnic University”
Graduated from the same university.

Graduation: 2011
Major: Electrical Systems and Networks
GPA for undergraduate school: 3.3
GPA for graduate school: 4.0

Masters in Electrical Systems and Networks

Applying for Fall 2014 (hopefully in round 1)

Work Experience
Currently working as a technical auditor and consulting power engineer at the LLC Burea Veritas Ukraine (2 years).
Worked for a little over than 2 year at the company involved in carbon emissions market and in JI/CDM projects development. Will have 5 years at beginning of Fall 2014 programs.

Extra-curricular
Red Cross Volunteer.

Technical specialist of ISCC certification (establishment of an internationally oriented, practical and transparent system for the certification of biomass and bioenergy).
Registered as a Professional Technical expert within 4 industrial scopes.

Licensed as a BREEAM International Assessor (the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings).
Within the first year of work at Burea Veritas verified more than 40 JI/CDM projects, aimed to reduce emissions into the atmosphere. Projects were supervised by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and JISC (Kyoto Protocol).


Post MBA Goals
Develop Ukrainian wholesale market for electrical energy sales and improve the efficiency of Ukrainian Power industry through the creation of an opportunity for competitive battle at the market.


Questions:
Please advise MBA programs with concentration on Energy (USA programs only).
Thank you for your time and comments!
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Re: What is an appropriate school? [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2013, 13:38
Hey Sergiy - You have a lot of interesting stuff in your profile and the adcoms at the best schools don't get huge numbers of candidates from the Ukraine, so you're at an advantage based on that. Plus your academics are very strong.

The risks and challenges though are:
a) not quite following your history so thought you must be quite young, if you graduated - how do you have so much work experience if you only got out of school 2 years ago? It's calculated as full-time work experience, internships don't count in this number. Maybe we just don't understand your background. The average is 5 years of work experience at many bschools so if you've got much less than that, it can be a disadvantage in the apps - you would just need to show why now is the right time.
b) your career goals need some help, they're a bit vague and quite ambitious - this will be important at many schools
c) very important is the GMAT score - the overall score of 660 is below average of any top school and the verbal score is very low. Many adcoms will have trouble with this, given how important communication (and English language) skills are in an American program.

But to get to your question: There are a variety of schools with a concentration in the energy field, each is quite different and many focus in different areas. Ones you might want to consider would be schools like UT-Austin, Rice, maybe Duke for traditional oil and gas, or for cleantech/alternative energy, Ross and Berkeley are both leaders, MIT too. There's some others too but those are a good starting point.

Let us know if you have other questions we can help with. You've got some good stuff going on and your application would likely be well received with the right positioning - but you do need to look at that GMAT score as it might prove to be an obstacle. (You may also need the TOEFL too - we assume that Kiev Polytech curriculum is not in English.)
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Re: What is an appropriate school? [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2013, 22:28
essaysnark wrote:
Hey Sergiy - You have a lot of interesting stuff in your profile and the adcoms at the best schools don't get huge numbers of candidates from the Ukraine, so you're at an advantage based on that. Plus your academics are very strong.

The risks and challenges though are:
a) not quite following your history so thought you must be quite young, if you graduated - how do you have so much work experience if you only got out of school 2 years ago? It's calculated as full-time work experience, internships don't count in this number. Maybe we just don't understand your background. The average is 5 years of work experience at many bschools so if you've got much less than that, it can be a disadvantage in the apps - you would just need to show why now is the right time.
b) your career goals need some help, they're a bit vague and quite ambitious - this will be important at many schools
c) very important is the GMAT score - the overall score of 660 is below average of any top school and the verbal score is very low. Many adcoms will have trouble with this, given how important communication (and English language) skills are in an American program.

But to get to your question: There are a variety of schools with a concentration in the energy field, each is quite different and many focus in different areas. Ones you might want to consider would be schools like UT-Austin, Rice, maybe Duke for traditional oil and gas, or for cleantech/alternative energy, Ross and Berkeley are both leaders, MIT too. There's some others too but those are a good starting point.

Let us know if you have other questions we can help with. You've got some good stuff going on and your application would likely be well received with the right positioning - but you do need to look at that GMAT score as it might prove to be an obstacle. (You may also need the TOEFL too - we assume that Kiev Polytech curriculum is not in English.)
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Thanks for your comments! I am glad to get a fresh view from an experienced person.
You are right, after graduate school I have just 2 years of full time employment. But in the reality – during graduate school I have about 2-4 hours of classes a week. Thus, I was able to work full time with a little interruptions. If am not eligible to include these years in the experience I will not do this.
I understand that V score of the GMAT is not high, but I am going to emphasize on my technical background and skills. Moreover, I have been studying English seriously just 3 last years, thus consider 660 score to be not bed for non-native speaker. I would undoubtedly review my post MBA goals, did not have much time to make my point clear.
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Re: What is an appropriate school? [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2013, 04:38
Sergiy wrote:
I understand that V score of the GMAT is not high, but I am going to emphasize on my technical background and skills. Moreover, I have been studying English seriously just 3 last years, thus consider 660 score to be not bed for non-native speaker.


Unfortunately no, that 28V is at the 48th percentile - which technically is a tad above average for all GMAT takers (27.6 is the verbal mean) however it's much too low for any good MBA program, despite the fact that you're a non-native speaker. You're going to need to get that score up to around the 70th percentile or so (V35 or thereabout). If you have a good TOEFL score then it could help however we would be uncomfortable recommending that you apply to bschool with your current GMAT score. Sorry for the bad news! :-(

Please stay in touch and let us know if we can help.
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Re: What is an appropriate school?   [#permalink] 04 Jul 2013, 04:38
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