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# Profile Eval.: Petroleum Engineer/Brazil/4,5 yrs exp.

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Intern
Joined: 08 Oct 2012
Posts: 9
Concentration: General Management, Entrepreneurship
Schools: HBS '16 (A)
GMAT 1: 700 Q47 V39
WE: Operations (Energy and Utilities)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 6 [1] , given: 6

Profile Eval.: Petroleum Engineer/Brazil/4,5 yrs exp. [#permalink]

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21 Jan 2013, 05:18
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Dear Paul,

I am 28, brazilian. My Bachelor degree is in Mechanical Engineering and I am specialist in Petroleum Engineering. I´ve been working for Petrobras since september/2008. In may/2009 I started working on offshore drilling operations (drilling supervisor / superintendent), managing teams of up to 40 engineers on oil rigs. Prior to Petrobras, I was intern at AmBev (AB-InBev) and participated in a Work and Travel program during college vacation (cottage contruction in Knosville, TN from december 2006 until february 2007)

My school of choice is HBS, followed by MIT and Stanford. To make the story short, I want to make a career shift. I will apply in 2013 first round (admission August 2014 - first GMAT attempt: 700 Q47 / V39 Nov/2012).

I have two issues so far:

1) I know I need to improve my English a little and I believe I this will lift my GMAT score. Should I take a second test (my actual score is a little below the median)?.
2) I have the opportunity to open a small business (media on paper bags, no employees in first 6 motnhs) and I see it as an exciting challenge. This will certainly contribute to broad the experience I will share during the MBA. Since I will have to quit my job to do so (taking this risk is not a problem for me), I am quite concern over how this enterpreunership will impact my "history". Will B-Schools agree with my shot or will they think that I am lost in my track (quiting a job, opening a business and applying for and MBA at the same year)?

Regards,

Oswaldo Garcia
Joined: 25 Jan 2010
Posts: 980
Followers: 59

Kudos [?]: 215 [0], given: 220

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25 Jan 2013, 06:22
Hey Oswaldo,

Thanks for reaching out to me. I apologize for the delay in getting back to you.

No matter what you may read, or hear from members of the admissions committee – the number one thing they like besides a high GMAT score, is stability and certainty especially when it comes to goals. The goals essay has no place to differentiate yourself, because it is an unnecessary risk application. Differentiating yourself by your goals, means defining a job opportunity or career path that Robert Frost would describe as "the path less traveled." In other words, if no other applicant has defined your career path – within reason – that means it does not really exist in any substantial quantity or probability. That is a huge problem because admissions committees like certainty, and they want to know that 99% of the graduates are employed within three months of graduation.

One last thing to consider – you are going to be "throwing away" a lot of your engineering and petroleum industry experience. Do not do that. Everything you do and plan to do needs to represent a linear path, a high trajectory, and build upon your prior experiences. Else, the admissions committee has nothing to assess the need to compare you to other applicants - in your case other petroleum engineers. If you make them compare you to other entrepreneurs, you really do not stand a chance.

TLDR: do not quit your job, do not become an entrepreneur, and considering retaking the GMAT to score higher on the verbal section (I hope your TOEFL is in good order.)

Respectfully,
Paul Lanzillotti

oswaldogarcia wrote:
Dear Paul,

I am 28, brazilian. My Bachelor degree is in Mechanical Engineering and I am specialist in Petroleum Engineering. I´ve been working for Petrobras since september/2008. In may/2009 I started working on offshore drilling operations (drilling supervisor / superintendent), managing teams of up to 40 engineers on oil rigs. Prior to Petrobras, I was intern at AmBev (AB-InBev) and participated in a Work and Travel program during college vacation (cottage contruction in Knosville, TN from december 2006 until february 2007)

My school of choice is HBS, followed by MIT and Stanford. To make the story short, I want to make a career shift. I will apply in 2013 first round (admission August 2014 - first GMAT attempt: 700 Q47 / V39 Nov/2012).

I have two issues so far:

1) I know I need to improve my English a little and I believe I this will lift my GMAT score. Should I take a second test (my actual score is a little below the median)?.
2) I have the opportunity to open a small business (media on paper bags, no employees in first 6 motnhs) and I see it as an exciting challenge. This will certainly contribute to broad the experience I will share during the MBA. Since I will have to quit my job to do so (taking this risk is not a problem for me), I am quite concern over how this enterpreunership will impact my "history". Will B-Schools agree with my shot or will they think that I am lost in my track (quiting a job, opening a business and applying for and MBA at the same year)?

Regards,

Oswaldo Garcia

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