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Joined: 22 Mar 2012
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Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT Date: 01-04-2014
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- USC Marshall undergrad with 3.6 GPA.
- Two study abroad programs while at USC. One in Europe and one in Asia. Total around 9 months abroad. Loved the experience working with business students from other countries.
- Haven't taken GMAT yet (assume 700-720 for now).
- 3 years of public accounting tax experience from large international firm (not big 4) - Senior Associate w/CPA
- 2 years of expat experience in India with the same firm assisting with the start-up of an outsourcing center for all U.S. compliance work. Responsibilities include training 150 Indian counterparts, supervision/review of work compliance work, ensuring high quality standards for deliverables between U.S and India, assisted with process improvements, change manager between U.S. and India, coordination with U.S. employees for client engagements, etc. Was selected for this opportunity based on work performance in the states. Worked closely with senior leadership to ensure the venture would be successful. Loved the experience of working with high-caliber and motivated U.S. employees (only a few were selected for this opportunity).
- Non-profit experience while in India. It's amazing how motivated you become to help the less fortunate once you are exposed to 3rd world poverty.

Reason for MBA: I want a career that is more focused on operations (I want to be exposed to cross-functional/cross-cultural teams and customers).

Goal: My short term goal (5+ years) is to get a finance or marketing position at a large consumer products multinational company (P&G/Johnson & Johnson) through a 2 year MBA leadership development program and then get promoted to manager in a cross-functional/cross-cultural role. Long term goal (10+ years) would be to stay at the company and rise through the ranks and hopefully be able to permanently relocate abroad and manage a division/subsidiary in a foreign country.

Target schools: Wharton, INSEAD, LBS
Safety: Please recommend. There are many schools, both in the U.S. and in the UK, which are appealing to me. I definitely would like international name recognition since I want to relocate abroad later in my career. It probably doesn't matter as much since I realize that by the time I get to the level where I am able to manage a foreign subsidiary on my own, my MBA will not matter nearly as much as my experience. However, I do want a program that will prepare me to become a global leader.

Thank you for your time.
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Hi m0ss,

You have excellent international experience, which is exactly what top schools are looking for right now. Your experience working in India nicely complements your goal of eventually working abroad again in a managerial role. However, I have been seeing more and more applicants with international experience in the last few years, so that fact while very advantageous does not alone guarantee admission obviously. You still need to show how your particular experience and accomplishments make you unique.

A couple obstacles you will face pertain to your undergraduate experience. First, contrary to popular belief, an undergraduate major in business is not always advantageous in the MBA admission process. Since you already spent four years studying business in college, you will need to convince admissions committees that an MBA will be valuable to you, that you still have much to learn, and that you will contribute to the school in a meaningful way. I would emphasize your interest in learning to manage larger, more diverse, international teams and your passion for operations and thus desire to learn more about this field in particular. Second, your GPA is quite strong but not outstanding. This makes a high GMAT score, particularly in the Quant section, even more important for the very top schools. The 700-720 range you are expecting may very well work, but a bit higher would be ideal. You may benefit from a few hours of one-on-one tutoring before you take the exam to get your score up just a bit. Stratus Prep tutors, who have worked very successfully with individuals around the world using our virtual tutoring platform, have all scored in the top 1% on the real GMAT (770+), so you can be assured that they can help you attain those same high scores.

You definitely have a good chance at the target schools you listed. Wharton in particular cares a lot about the GMAT, so a higher score could help you get in and even potentially win merit-based aid if your essays and recommendations are particularly stellar. A number of our students last year were admitted with significant merit-based aid with profiles quite similar to your own.

For safety/target schools, given your career goals, I recommend Ross, Tepper, and MIT (a target not a reach), all of which have excellent operations and international programs.


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