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New post 30 Mar 2019, 03:54
Gender: Male
Nationality: Pakistan
Age: 25

Education and Background:
- Born in Pakistan but grew up in Bahrain (till High School)
- Received full scholarship to go to boarding school in Canada
- Went to Uni in the UK (Top 20 in the World)
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering (2nd Class Honours (Lower)) - GPA converts to 3.01 on the WES calculator. Essentially went through a bit of a rough patch in the middle of the degree but rebounded strongly towards the end. Will address this in the optional essay.

Work Experience:
- Global Project Coordinator for large Industrial Automation company in Tokyo. Essentially technical sales to customers (Big Oil and renowned EPC contractors).
- Currently 26 months. Will be 40 months by matriculation.
- Studying Japanese. Will have official intermediate proficiency certification at time of application.

GMAT: Taking on Sunday. Hoping for something in the 700-730 range. Practice test average has been 720.

Target Industry: Tech Consulting at Big 4 (Dream would be BCG but I know it's difficult)

I'm hoping I can leverage my international experience and a strong GMAT (hopefully) to make up for that GPA.

Target Schools: Foster, McDonough, Mccombs, Owen, Mcgill, Rotman
Reach: Goizueta, Johnson

I've not really spoken to anyone about my MBA aspirations so I would love to get your opinion about my profile and my chances at the schools above.

Thanks!
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New post 30 Mar 2019, 08:27
Hi Dreamer111,

Thank you for reaching out and for sharing your profile. I like that you have global exposure, and in today's market, that will work in your favor. Some areas that might prove a hurdle are your GPA, which, as you pointed out, will need to be addressed in the optional essay. The lower than average GPA will mean that you need to strengthen your GMAT- to counterbalance GPA. The challenge will also be your lower than average years of work experience, so you will need to showcase a level of maturity in addition to leadership and well-rounded nature.

As to the target schools, you will need to (i) demonstrate why an MBA makes sense for your career goals (with more depth than "I want to work in consulting"), and (ii) that you understand what each institution offers in helping you reach that goal (convey your understanding). Provided you can strengthen your profile and present a compelling case, your school selection is right on target. I am happy to discuss your profile more in-depth if you are interested (Click here to coordinate a consultation call).

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Gender: Male
Nationality: Pakistan
Age: 25

Education and Background:
- Born in Pakistan but grew up in Bahrain (till High School)
- Received full scholarship to go to boarding school in Canada
- Went to Uni in the UK (Top 20 in the World)
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering (2nd Class Honours (Lower)) - GPA converts to 3.01 on the WES calculator. Essentially went through a bit of a rough patch in the middle of the degree but rebounded strongly towards the end. Will address this in the optional essay.

Work Experience:
- Global Project Coordinator for large Industrial Automation company in Tokyo. Essentially technical sales to customers (Big Oil and renowned EPC contractors).
- Currently 26 months. Will be 40 months by matriculation.
- Studying Japanese. Will have official intermediate proficiency certification at time of application.

GMAT: Taking on Sunday. Hoping for something in the 700-730 range. Practice test average has been 720.

Target Industry: Tech Consulting at Big 4 (Dream would be BCG but I know it's difficult)

I'm hoping I can leverage my international experience and a strong GMAT (hopefully) to make up for that GPA.

Target Schools: Foster, McDonough, Mccombs, Owen, Mcgill, Rotman
Reach: Goizueta, Johnson

I've not really spoken to anyone about my MBA aspirations so I would love to get your opinion about my profile and my chances at the schools above.

Thanks!

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Hi,

Thanks for the feedback. I'd love to discuss in more detail once I get a clearer picture of what my GMAT score is likely to be (retaking in 2 weeks).
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New post 01 Apr 2019, 07:54
Hi Dreamer111,

Happy to help. I look forward to hearing from you in two weeks time.

Good luck with GMAT!


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Thanks for the feedback. I'd love to discuss in more detail once I get a clearer picture of what my GMAT score is likely to be (retaking in 2 weeks).

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Wow!!! you are truly global. I just love the fact that you have lived/ studied/worked in so many different countries. And now you are studying Japanese - shows your orientation towards gaining multicultural experiences.

I am going to strongly recommend you study well for GMAT, crack it to achieve 730+ and apply to higher ranked programs than the ones you have listed. And your application should emphasize on your international experiences. I am going to ask you to look into a few programs- LBS, INSEAD, Wharton Lauder, Tuck....we can later discuss where to apply depending upon your overall profile, but atleast look into these.

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Dreamer111 wrote:
Gender: Male
Nationality: Pakistan
Age: 25

Education and Background:
- Born in Pakistan but grew up in Bahrain (till High School)
- Received full scholarship to go to boarding school in Canada
- Went to Uni in the UK (Top 20 in the World)
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering (2nd Class Honours (Lower)) - GPA converts to 3.01 on the WES calculator. Essentially went through a bit of a rough patch in the middle of the degree but rebounded strongly towards the end. Will address this in the optional essay.

Work Experience:
- Global Project Coordinator for large Industrial Automation company in Tokyo. Essentially technical sales to customers (Big Oil and renowned EPC contractors).
- Currently 26 months. Will be 40 months by matriculation.
- Studying Japanese. Will have official intermediate proficiency certification at time of application.

GMAT: Taking on Sunday. Hoping for something in the 700-730 range. Practice test average has been 720.

Target Industry: Tech Consulting at Big 4 (Dream would be BCG but I know it's difficult)

I'm hoping I can leverage my international experience and a strong GMAT (hopefully) to make up for that GPA.

Target Schools: Foster, McDonough, Mccombs, Owen, Mcgill, Rotman
Reach: Goizueta, Johnson

I've not really spoken to anyone about my MBA aspirations so I would love to get your opinion about my profile and my chances at the schools above.

Thanks!


Hi Dreamer111,

Thanks for posting! I think you've put yourself in a good position for your upcoming MBA applications. Obviously, the GPA is a bit on the low side but I don't think it hurts you as long as the optional essay explains your extenuating circumstances.

A lot is going to hinge on the GMAT. On paper, your work experience and background are strong. You are well-traveled and it sounds like you've worked with clients across the world. Do you have any direct reports? What has your promotion schedule been like? Fast-tracked responsibility is something that is very important for schools and shows great leadership potential.

I happen to think your list of schools is rather conservative, and I see you being competitive at schools ranked 10-15 if you can clear 720 on the GMAT. Feel free to reach out at scott@personalmbacoach.com once you have taken the GMAT to talk more about your upcoming applications!

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New post 14 Apr 2019, 05:10
Hi Dreamer111 ,

Thank you for sharing your profile. Firstly I would like to address the fact that you have a diverse profile that would catch the attention of the admission committee.
Your GPA is slightly on the lower side and hence you should try to achieve a GMAT score of 700+ to make up for that.
You have a good amount of international experience however you need to work on your extracurricular activities and managemental/leadership experience.

School shortlisting will, of course, depend on your GMAT score but your selection chances will be dependent primarily on your application and essay.
You have a lot of experience and achievement points to use and if you can create a cohesive flow around them it will help make a decent application.
Kellog, Berkeley-Haas, UCLA are some of the top schools for Tech Consulting so you should try to add them to your list of target schools.

I assume you have got your GMAT score by now. If you could share it, it will make it easier to analyze your chances.

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