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New post 04 Jan 2009, 19:44
Hello, here is my current profile.

Chinese Canadian (1st generation immigrant), male, 26

Gmat: 760 (Q49, V45)
GPA: 2.80, top Canadian University, Engineering program
I have an alternate transcript with 11 business courses, including Accounting, Statistics and Marketing from another university with GPA 4.00.

I have 3 years work experience in the public sector. Promoted twice. Working mostly on Public health systems (food safety, safe drinking water). Started off as an IT guy (developer), but after promotions, I am doing mostly project/systems management.

I have a lot of extracurricular activities. I am President and Founder of a small social enterprise online that supports charities with causes in Africa. I have been profiled by a newspaper, an alumni magazine, a TV reporter, and at least a half dozen blogs.

I am a script writer for a weekly radio program on a prominent radio station for an ethnic minority.

I lead various activities for my church. (Youth related events for 200 or so participants)

In college, I held executive positions in student organizations such as IEEE student branch and FROSH Week.

I plan to apply for the top 5 US schools in R1 for Fall 2010. What are my chances with this profile?

I have ample time to do some extra preparation before the next R1 deadline. So I need to decide what to do with that time. Should I spend it on expanding my alternate transcript? Would CFA exams be good to further prove my academic ability? Or should I build more leadership experience, since HBS emphasizes leadership?

Please advise. Thanks.

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New post 12 Jan 2009, 18:37
hisoka wrote:
Hello, here is my current profile.

Chinese Canadian (1st generation immigrant), male, 26

Gmat: 760 (Q49, V45)
GPA: 2.80, top Canadian University, Engineering program
I have an alternate transcript with 11 business courses, including Accounting, Statistics and Marketing from another university with GPA 4.00.

I have 3 years work experience in the public sector. Promoted twice. Working mostly on Public health systems (food safety, safe drinking water). Started off as an IT guy (developer), but after promotions, I am doing mostly project/systems management.

I have a lot of extracurricular activities. I am President and Founder of a small social enterprise online that supports charities with causes in Africa. I have been profiled by a newspaper, an alumni magazine, a TV reporter, and at least a half dozen blogs.

I am a script writer for a weekly radio program on a prominent radio station for an ethnic minority.

I lead various activities for my church. (Youth related events for 200 or so participants)

In college, I held executive positions in student organizations such as IEEE student branch and FROSH Week.

I plan to apply for the top 5 US schools in R1 for Fall 2010. What are my chances with this profile?

I have ample time to do some extra preparation before the next R1 deadline. So I need to decide what to do with that time. Should I spend it on expanding my alternate transcript? Would CFA exams be good to further prove my academic ability? Or should I build more leadership experience, since HBS emphasizes leadership?

Please advise. Thanks.


You certainly have made all the right moves to overcome a low GPA. Were there extenuating circumstances that contributed to it? You probably should address it in optional essays when you apply.

Other than that, you have a strongly competitive profile for top programs. I think you will be successful despite the UGPA. At the same time, a safety program (outside the top 5) would probably be a good idea.

At this point in time, I would recommend you focus on leadershipand school research so that you will be able to demonstrate fit in your applications.

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New post 21 Jan 2009, 14:02
Some other questions:

I will be getting the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification soon. Since I do a lot of project management now, is the PMP a good thing for my MBA profile?

Also, I may be getting a Professional Engineer designation in about 6 months. Will this strengthen my profile?

I am wondering whether I should highlight these two factors in my essays.

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New post 22 Jan 2009, 14:57
hisoka,

Both designations/certifications say good things about you and are worth noting both on your resume and in your application data section. In your essays, however, I think they would merit only a mention "in passing" -- perhaps by noting how rare it is for someone at your age or experience level to have these two certifications. They probably do not merit more than a mention, however. Focus your essays on stories that show your leadership and impact.

Hope this helps,

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