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New post 10 Nov 2012, 21:48

I'm 26/M. Here is my profile.

1) I have been working in an Online Marketing and Research Start-up since the last two years starting from Sept, 2009. Got promoted to a Manager position in the second year and have been managing a team of 5-7 people. I've been involved with various high responsibility roles throughout the small organisation and secured them a multitude of new clients.

2)GMAT 670(Q 44, V 38). Should I retake? I don't have much time left before the applications.

3)Graduated from a private college in the US with a BSC in Computer Engineering. GPA is abysmally low at 2.0/4.0. Have some failing grades as well. I was never interested in Engineering or serious about life in general and couldn't get my self to perform in those courses. I only got serious in my senior year and started performing well. My GPA was above 3.0 for the last two terms and I did extremely well in all my classes, included the courses that I was failing before. I plan to explain this in more detail in my optional essay.

4)I have been running a small support group with an NGO which teaches entrepreneurial skills to rural households. I started working with the NGO in 2004 i.e even before I started college. Discontinued when I left for college for six years and started working with them again in 2010 when I returned. It's now been over 2 years.

5) No certifications

6)Target Programs:- University of Hong Kong, UC Irvine, Kelly school of Business, Cornell, INSEAD, St Gallen, Baruch College, HEC.

7) Keep progressing in Marketing.

Thank you for your advice. I know my GPA is a big issue but I hope the ad com can see my profile beyond this issue. Any other pointers are also much appreciated.
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New post 12 Nov 2012, 10:01
Your profile has some definite strengths, but it also has some shortcomings as well.

I think that graduate schools will love your managerial responsibilities, specifically your leadership of a team of people. Your NGO experience is also a big plus.

As you said the low GPA with failing grades will be somewhat of an obstacle. Two things that would help you in this regard would be nailing the essays and a solid GMAT score. The essays will be a platform for you to explain the past and indicate that you have much more potential than the GPA indicates. You will need to come up with a good story to explain your situation and portray yourself in the best possible light. A great GMAT score can help compensate for a lower GPA because a GMAT can serve as an indicator for mental horsepower. So it might be a good idea to retake the GMAT but that is up to you.

Best of luck.

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