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My profile, pls advise me to choose a suitable school [#permalink]
14 Sep 2005, 23:18
I'm a newbie, from Vietnam. I'm very impressive with your case by case answers in this forum. Could a Vietnamese put a question here?
I'm planning to apply for MBA Fall 2007 in US. My profile:
- Undergrad school: A university in Vietnam
- Major: English linguistics and literature
- Experience till now: 3 years as an auditor for KPMG and 1 year as a consultant for MPDF, an NGO managed by IFC (the World Bank group), focusing on promoting private sector development in Vietnam.
- Other qualification: passed all the exams of ACCA (a UK's accounting association) and be an ACCA member now
- Toefl (expected): 600, Gmat (expected): 700
- Post-ACCA plan: be a financial consultant or an investment banker in Vietnam or in South Asia.
With such a profile, am I a competitive candidate for the top 10 MBA schools in the US? My ideal school is Harvard or MIT.
- I used to work as a volunteer for YMCA, an NGO, from 1997 to 2002. YMCA Vietnam cooperated with the YMCA network in the world to implement many community projects to help the poor, the handicap and orphan or homeless children. And I worked as an English interpreter, sometimes as a teacher teaching English and basic computer skills for those people. I once represented YMCA Vietnam to attend an international youth forum in Manila, Phillipine, organized by YMCA international network, to discuss about the issue of the youth in each country. Is this kind of community involvement too out of date to mention about?
- I used to be class monitor during high school and I organize a meeting for the class alumni every year.
- Recently, being a consultant for a private sector development project, I provide consultancy to various business associations on their activities such as organizing events for enterprise members, providing training courses for members' employees, doing advocacy on government policy... However, this is part of my work, which is paid, not a volunteer work.
- I used to be a scout when I was a teenager, but that is too out of date to mention about, isn't it?
- Before 2002, I attended many activities of the church such as singing, camping, social work. But now, no more time for these.
- My hobbies recently are mainly reading and swimming. I'm married and have a family to take care.
Do the above activities add any value to my profile, considering that they happened several years ago? Are hobbies and community involvement important components to my profile? Do I need to start doing something again now to add to my profile?
I think the YMCA work is pretty valuable to your application story. The older stuff (such as high school monitor) isn't worth mentioning. But use the YMCA experience to show that you have passion for something.
Yes, hobbies and community involvement are VERY important to your application. They give you a chance to demonstrate leadership skills, an interest in getting involved, compassion for others, etc. These are all traits that adcomms will look for in an applicant.
While I don't advise applicants to take up new activities JUST for the sake of their b-school applications, look for new ways to get involved (perferably in a leadership role).