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# Am I a Big Dreamer?

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11 Sep 2018, 03:16
Nationality/Gender: Turkish Male
Age: 33 (1985)
WE: 8,5 years + 1,7 years Teaching Assistant (5 Semesters)
GMAT: 660 (Q49, V30, IR4, AWA5) - Prepared just 20 days, did not know anything about the exam before then, I believe I can hit 700+ if I study hard for a month. (Low IR is due to the loss of motivation during exam when I felt verbal was not going well)
GRE: 165 Quant, skipped other parts because my company only demands quant score
TOEFL: 104 Overall (R:29,L:26,S:24,W:25)

Undergrad: Turkey/Above Average University (But not one of the top 5) - Industrial Engineering GPA:2,69 (Different system, but too low I know) / 2004-2008
2. Underground: Turkey/Distant-Open Education in above average university - Economics GPA:3,06 (All courses are A+ or A in last two years) / 2009-2015 (2 years delay due to military service)
Master: Turkey/ Above average university/ Teaching Assistant and full scholarship despite low Undergrad GPA/ Gave all the lectures and thesis seminar but could not write the thesis, so could not graduate - GPA:3.38 (I could not write thesis because I started a new job, my subject was something very complicated and my prof left the university. Such thin excuses)

Work Ex:

- 1,5 years in a big commercial Bank in Turkey - Specialist in Risk Management (Market Risk and Operational Risk)
- 3 years in a Governmental Institution (Regional Development Agency) - Investment Support Consultant, attract Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) to the region on the purpose of reducing regional development disparities
- 4 years in the Central Bank of Republic of Turkey - Human Resources Specialist (Performance and Talent Management)

Target Schools: Fuqua and USNews 15th-20th (Cornell, UCLA, Tepper, McCombs, Kenan Flagler, Emory) Especially Kenan Flagler

Pros: - Every year my company selects and sends limited number of employees for overseas education (a tough procedure for candidates to get a place). This year I will be one of them, so all my tuition and living expenses will be covered by the company. Maybe important/impressing for AdCom.
- In previous jobs I did some good stuff which, I believe, can impress AdCom such as raising awareness in a city in a certain topic, attracting big FDI from Gulf countries, implementing totally new systems throughout the company etc.
- Not many candidates apply from my country

Cons: -Age, Low GPA, Not finishing master, relatively low GMAT (but I believe I can do better in retake, so please think as if I had 700)
-My company only allows to attend schools which rank in top 20

So what do you suggest me? To give up MBA and try some Human Resource/Management Information Master Programs? Or to focus on GMAT and get 730+?
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17 Sep 2018, 12:36
Hi there!

I agree with your assessment -- I think the GMAT is likely to be the biggest concern, especially on the verbal side. The unfinished master's could present a challenge too, so make sure you explain that carefully in an Optional Essay. I think age/work experience is above average, yes, but that's less concerning to me, especially since your company is sponsoring you (which is definitely a positive that you and at least one of your recommenders must mention!). So, I would not give up your MBA dreams just yet; especially since you have this amazing sponsorship opportunity. I would push forward with GMAT if you think you can raise your score; if not, why not pick up the GRE again? Your quant score there is excellent, and schools have more flexibility in terms of accepting below average GRE scores. Either way, definitely worth investing the next month to try to improve that side of your profile.

One last thought -- would your company let you pursue a part-time program at any of those schools, while keeping you employed? Not sure if that's possible, but part-time programs are typically less competitive, especially in terms of GMAT. Also one-year programs may be a good option, Cornell has one and other schools on your list might. Since it's also less traditional in the US, tends to be less competitive.

Hope that helps!
Kate

Asistann wrote:
Nationality/Gender: Turkish Male
Age: 33 (1985)
WE: 8,5 years + 1,7 years Teaching Assistant (5 Semesters)
GMAT: 660 (Q49, V30, IR4, AWA5) - Prepared just 20 days, did not know anything about the exam before then, I believe I can hit 700+ if I study hard for a month. (Low IR is due to the loss of motivation during exam when I felt verbal was not going well)
GRE: 165 Quant, skipped other parts because my company only demands quant score
TOEFL: 104 Overall (R:29,L:26,S:24,W:25)

Undergrad: Turkey/Above Average University (But not one of the top 5) - Industrial Engineering GPA:2,69 (Different system, but too low I know) / 2004-2008
2. Underground: Turkey/Distant-Open Education in above average university - Economics GPA:3,06 (All courses are A+ or A in last two years) / 2009-2015 (2 years delay due to military service)
Master: Turkey/ Above average university/ Teaching Assistant and full scholarship despite low Undergrad GPA/ Gave all the lectures and thesis seminar but could not write the thesis, so could not graduate - GPA:3.38 (I could not write thesis because I started a new job, my subject was something very complicated and my prof left the university. Such thin excuses)

Work Ex:

- 1,5 years in a big commercial Bank in Turkey - Specialist in Risk Management (Market Risk and Operational Risk)
- 3 years in a Governmental Institution (Regional Development Agency) - Investment Support Consultant, attract Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) to the region on the purpose of reducing regional development disparities
- 4 years in the Central Bank of Republic of Turkey - Human Resources Specialist (Performance and Talent Management)

Target Schools: Fuqua and USNews 15th-20th (Cornell, UCLA, Tepper, McCombs, Kenan Flagler, Emory) Especially Kenan Flagler

Pros: - Every year my company selects and sends limited number of employees for overseas education (a tough procedure for candidates to get a place). This year I will be one of them, so all my tuition and living expenses will be covered by the company. Maybe important/impressing for AdCom.
- In previous jobs I did some good stuff which, I believe, can impress AdCom such as raising awareness in a city in a certain topic, attracting big FDI from Gulf countries, implementing totally new systems throughout the company etc.
- Not many candidates apply from my country

Cons: -Age, Low GPA, Not finishing master, relatively low GMAT (but I believe I can do better in retake, so please think as if I had 700)
-My company only allows to attend schools which rank in top 20

So what do you suggest me? To give up MBA and try some Human Resource/Management Information Master Programs? Or to focus on GMAT and get 730+?

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