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Status: Rotman School of Management
Joined: 08 May 2011
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Location: Canada
WE: General Management (Non-Profit and Government)
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New post 15 Mar 2012, 00:01
Dear Experts,

I hope you are having a great day! I took my GMAT 1 week back and scored a 690.
Please advise me, based on my GMAT score and profile, on the following;

Which schools should I be targeting? I prefer North American schools but please advise other options too.
What are the areas that i should work on further?
Financial assistance/Scholarships is a must for me. Please advise on this too.
Will my age be a big factor?

About myself: Bangladeshi Male /31 years / Around 80 months’ industry experience

GMAT: 690 (Quant: 49, verbal 35, AWA yet to receive. TOEFL-have not appeared yet.

GPA/school: I hold a first class degree in Bachelor of Science (Computer Science & Engineering) from the University of Dhaka. It is the top university of the country. But I’m not sure how this result (first class 44th position in a pool of 75 students) translates to the GPA.

Target schools: Please advise.

Professional background:

Total WE: 7 years

WE-1: BBC Media Action (Formerly world service trust) a Non Profit Organization.

Duration: 1 year as Project Manager (Senior Manager Grade). Worked in different projects at both home and abroad. Currently working in a project to reach 25 million people of Bangladesh and improve their economic conditions. Also working in health and environment improvement projects. Leading a team and recently acted head of department.

WE-3: Grameenphone (Largest telecom operator in Bangladesh with a 35 million subscriber base) of Telenor group (No. 6 Telecom operator in the world)

Duration: 4 years, last position was Manager Product development, Technology division. Launched numerous innovative products, worked in different projects as project manager (saved 1.3 million in a project with a innovative solution which didn't cost a penny to the company)

WE-2: Grameenphone IT (Largest IT Company of Bangladesh)

Duration: 2 years, last position was Project Manager (Specialist), Commercial division. Worked in different technology projects both at home and abroad. In one of the projects there was a situation where the project was in dire straits and the Fortune 500 vendor failed to deliver. It was a prestige issue to the company and I stepped in (sounds familiar? ) and took the challenge. It's was an extremely tough situation as my reputation, job and the company reputation hinged on the project. The project came out successful, with exact deliverables and perfect timing.

Work experience/visits in countries: UK, India, and Malaysia.

Know 3 languages.

Community Service:

I’m involved with an organization that funds the poor but meritorious students for further studies. These students are chosen from the reports of national news papers and patronized till the undergrad admission. I have so far patronized 2 two students with the funding and necessary mentorship.

Extracurricular Activities:

Guitarist and front man of a band. Have one mixed album and 3 music videos aired in national television.
Organized the first Technology Transfer conference in Bangladesh. The participants came from 12 different countries.
Captain of undergrad department cricket B team.
Composed the Company theme song for previous company.
Published numerous poems in school, college, university publications.
I’m a Oracle Certified Professional

Area of interest: I am interested in pursuing a MBA in Finance.

Thanks a lot for all the help in advance!

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New post 16 Mar 2012, 04:05
Hi, Kingme,

You certainly have an interesting background with your professional experience and extracurricular activities. As you mention, you are on the upper range of work experience. At the same time, you are looking to switch careers to finance. What specific area in finance? Why are you making this change now? Can you demonstrate how your experiences to date are transferable? You will need to tell a compelling story to the admissions committee that clearly articulates what your future career goals are and why you want to make this career switch at this point in your career. While you will want to focus on professional experience, you can pull examples from your community service and personal experiences as well to demonstrate your solid foundation and character.

In order to narrow down your list of schools, I would recommend that you first determine your criteria – curriculum, teaching style, size of program, reputation, etc. Then research the schools to make a list of ones that meet your priorities. You will also want to research the GMAT range for the programs so you can assess if it would be within your reach or a stretch school. Are you planning to take your GMAT again? If you are aiming for the top programs, you will want to aim for over 700 with 80th% on each section. When considering scholarships, you will want to apply to schools where your GMAT ( Quant) is on the upper end of the applicant pool range.

Good luck!
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