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Hi,
I am working on my GMAT prep and have four more weeks till the test.

on the MGMATs, I am testing at about 650. I have started working with a tutor to shore up my weak areas, and i am trying to break 700

GMAT Score: 650
College: Historically Black University, BS in chemistry. Vanderbilt University Masters in chemistry
GPA: 3.4 or higher
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Work Exp (till now): 10 years as an Analytical chemist in pharmaceuticals/ Biotech

Objective: Learn more about pharmaceutical strategy.


not sure what it matters, but I am also a woman of color.


I am having a very hard time choosing a topic for my essays, as I am not sure what counts as a big win or what even sets me apart from other candidates besides my age.


I work as an analytical chemist at a biotech start up. Prior to that, I worked in big pharma in more bench/ lab type roles. I started looking into my MBA because finance and strategy were interesting side hobbies I acquired.

At my current company, I have been involved more recently as a project lead, and I was recently asked to set in as our project manager as well. I find the managing of resources and strategic decisions making very interesting.

in previous roles, i was often bored, and change position when I learned the ropes and wasn't allowed to advance more. I now realize i should have pursued my MBA a lot sooner because while I find science exciting, I find the strategy and driving things more intriguing and competitive.

I know I am older, but I feel like in the past two years I have finally woken up and know what I am serious about. I have always loved science, but I an m no longer content to just to do what I am told. I want to shape a company and make the big decisions: why we make the drugs we make?
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New post 31 Jul 2017, 23:25
vivophoenix wrote:
Hi,
I am working on my GMAT prep and have four more weeks till the test.

on the MGMATs, I am testing at about 650. I have started working with a tutor to shore up my weak areas, and i am trying to break 700

GMAT Score: 650
College: Historically Black University, BS in chemistry. Vanderbilt University Masters in chemistry
GPA: 3.4 or higher
.
Work Exp (till now): 10 years as an Analytical chemist in pharmaceuticals/ Biotech

Objective: Learn more about pharmaceutical strategy.


not sure what it matters, but I am also a woman of color.


I am having a very hard time choosing a topic for my essays, as I am not sure what counts as a big win or what even sets me apart from other candidates besides my age.


I work as an analytical chemist at a biotech start up. Prior to that, I worked in big pharma in more bench/ lab type roles. I started looking into my MBA because finance and strategy were interesting side hobbies I acquired.

At my current company, I have been involved more recently as a project lead, and I was recently asked to set in as our project manager as well. I find the managing of resources and strategic decisions making very interesting.

in previous roles, i was often bored, and change position when I learned the ropes and wasn't allowed to advance more. I now realize i should have pursued my MBA a lot sooner because while I find science exciting, I find the strategy and driving things more intriguing and competitive.

I know I am older, but I feel like in the past two years I have finally woken up and know what I am serious about. I have always loved science, but I an m no longer content to just to do what I am told. I want to shape a company and make the big decisions: why we make the drugs we make?


Hey there!
Well with ten years of experience behind you, you are sure to have TONS of stories, maybe you just don't realize which ones or the best or need help choosing them. But in one word: your best LEADERSHIP stories are your best stories. As simple as that :) Afterwards, we can discuss in detail to figure out what that might be. :)

And you do come from a good industry (biotech/pharma) in which there are a LOT of jobs for people such as yourself. The important thing for you to do to have the most successful application possible though will be to RELATE your experience to the MBA. It's not enough that you are a great chemist, but there has to be some.

Otherwise, I would be very curious to hear about your volunteer work/ extra curricular activities, should you have any, and see what they might add to your profile.

Being a woman of color will likely work to your advantage. B-schools don't usually have "quotas" that go by race or country of origin or gender, but they do value diversity highly, and if you come from an applicant pool which is smaller it can work greatly to your advantage.

Other than that, if you have any good volunteer work, I would have a look at the Consortium, which might be interesting for you if you like those schools.


Good luck on your GMAT retake!
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