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Please evaluate my profile.

I went to an Ivy League for undergrad as a Comp Sci Major, unfortunately my grades weren't great at all (2.3 overall GPA), but had an upward GPA trend my junior and senior year.

I started off as a technical guy at a big company (Software Bug Tester) for almost 2 years.

I then moved onto a software technology startup as an Account manager for certain clients. I also managed the intern program. I got promoted to manage the production of one of the company's featured products before the company started to not perform well and I got the boot.

I spent 3 months after that out of the work force exclusively studying for the GMAT. I scored a 680 on my GMAT (Q: 48 / V: 35 / AWA: 5) and after I was done, spent the next month traveling around Asia.

As for community involvement post , I have interviewed and assessed high school seniors who are applying to my alma mater. I have also volunteered to tutor students in the Math GED this year.

As for what I want to do after my MBA, I'd want to focus on international management/international business.

I've also thought about pursuing teaching english abroad for 6 months once I have finished my applications. Would this hurt or help my application? Should I instead pursue a regular job instead while I apply?

I'm interested in
UCLA
Georgetown
NYU
Berekeley
Texas

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gatorfuel wrote:
Hi Paul

Please evaluate my profile.

I went to an Ivy League for undergrad as a Comp Sci Major, unfortunately my grades weren't great at all (2.3 overall GPA), but had an upward GPA trend my junior and senior year.

I started off as a technical guy at a big company (Software Bug Tester) for almost 2 years.

I then moved onto a software technology startup as an Account manager for certain clients. I also managed the intern program. I got promoted to manage the production of one of the company's featured products before the company started to not perform well and I got the boot.

I spent 3 months after that out of the work force exclusively studying for the GMAT. I scored a 680 on my GMAT (Q: 48 / V: 35 / AWA: 5) and after I was done, spent the next month traveling around Asia.

As for community involvement post , I have interviewed and assessed high school seniors who are applying to my alma mater. I have also volunteered to tutor students in the Math GED this year.

As for what I want to do after my MBA, I'd want to focus on international management/international business.

I've also thought about pursuing teaching english abroad for 6 months once I have finished my applications. Would this hurt or help my application? Should I instead pursue a regular job instead while I apply?

I'm interested in
UCLA
Georgetown
NYU
Berekeley
Texas

Thanks


gatorfuel,

Sorry for the delayed response. Yes, if you are currently unemployed then find a position in line with your past experience or post-MBA goals rather than teaching English abroad, which doesn't seem to relate to your post-MBA goals. Given your GMAT and Asia time, you will want to strengthen your work profile. Given your profile, Haas, UCLA, and NYU are definite longshots. Texas and Georgetown may be doable but your weak community and GPA and the holes in your work experience will hurt you.

Good luck,

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would you recommend that I get a job, build up experience and wait until next year to apply?

edit: i've considered taking classes and building an alternate transcript, but i want to use it as a last resort because of the cost of the classes

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would you recommend that I get a job, build up experience and wait until next year to apply?

edit: i've considered taking classes and building an alternate transcript, but i want to use it as a last resort because of the cost of the classes


gatorfuel,

Yes, waiting maybe the smartest move. Applying while unemployed is will making it tough for yourself.

Good luck,

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Hi Paul

I know it's been over a year since I've posted my initial evaluation, but I'd like to update my situation and would like for you to assess my profile so far:

I've been working since April 2008 for a startup software company as a consultant. I've done really well there, especially since my duties ranged from software testing to optimizing and managing the overall client services of the company. I'm (hopefully) switching to a new job next month since my current position is in limbo due to VC funding issues deriving from the current economic climate.

I've also decided to take classes at Baruch College so I can create an alternate transcript. So far, I've gotten an A in both Financial Accounting I and Introduction to Finance. I plan on taking 1 or 2 more classes.

Unfortunately, I've had to give up volunteering my time as a tutor earlier this year because the combination of work, night classes and effort needed to help both my sister and my mom go through the process of respectively buying an apartment in NYC (a co-op) is enough.

However, I do still interview candidates who apply to my alma mater.

As for leadership skills, I feel my best story come from my time at the start up company (having to step in to turn around the disappointing performance of client services to fix the past errors and to make the whole process more efficient). I can also use the example of helping my sis and my mom go through the entire ordeal of buying an apt by stepping in and managing the entire ordeal (pushing them to do the massive amounts of paper work to dealing directly with the bank and the real estate agent). My other leadership story would come from my time tutoring, where I came up with a nice way to convince my student that algebra isn't as hard as she was fearing.

Given the improvement in my profile, do you think I'm still a longshot for NYU, UCLA and Haas? Is this enough for me to have a reasonable chance at Georgetown or Texas? I plan to apply next fall. I'm also curious to see what you think my chances are at HBS, Northwestern, Michigan, etc.

I plan to apply most likely fall 2009 or at the latest 2010.

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gatorfuel,

You should be more or less competitive at Georgetown and Texas. UCLA, NYU, and Michigan are reaches though not hideous longshots. I'd say your chances at Haas, HBS, and Northwestern are close to nil.

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