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Profile Evaluation MBA (2019 Intake)

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Hello, I would highly appreciate to get some advice on my MBA profile/application (2019 Intake):
My profile:
Colombian Male, 24 years old.
-Ongoing Specialization in Statistics: currently Ranked 1st in class. (GPA 4.8/5) (2018-Present)
BSc, Industrial engineering (2013-2017)
----Double concentration in Finance and Logistics.
----(GPA 3.74/5) and (4.48/5 in senior year) –I know I screwed up my gpa, I went through some tough years.
---- got an award for the first place in a national engineering exam all graduates must take.
Entrepreneurship (2017-Present)
---- biological control products to combat diseases of the oil palm in Colombia.
----I’m working with the business plan I used as my undergrad dissertation. Is being quite successful (150k revenue in first year)
Family business (2016-Present) (kind of part-time occasional)
----My family runs an oil palm plantation business in which I have developed some specific projects to optimize the operation. (economically impactful)
Internship (6 months 2016)
----developed a knowledge management system for a boutique consulting firm.
As some extras I would mention that I was a rugby player during my university time and a former captain of the rugby team.
Also, right now I’m an athlete in a cycling team here in Colombia.

TOEFL 111/ reading 29/30 listening 30/30 speaking 26/30 writing 26/30

GMAT my story with the GMAT has been challenging and somehow disappointing
After 4 months of study I sat it on December 2018

First attempt: 660 Q45 V36 IR7 AWA5.

I thought I could do better. I was scoring 700-720-710 in my last 3 CATS so I believed I would improve it:

Second attempt: 640 Q48 V31 IR5 –3 days ago, I canceled the score. My quant is what I expected but I screwed up the verbal (don’t know why, I felt great but at the end had to run a bit (3-4 questions) and IR I was just anxious about the verbal.

I probably don’t have a chance to try again because of deadlines.


----In a short-term I would like to work in a finance related job. I feel very passionate about the subject and I haven’t had the opportunity to work in such a role for a big company. I would like to have that experience (Don’t know if I should mention that in my application)

----My midterm goal with the mba is to develop and enhance my business abilities so that I can manage more effectively my start-up. The business has a great potential to the future but sometimes I feel I lack the skills to address day-by-day issues.

----I will eventually manage my family business (It is quite a big company that has been in constant grown) so I will also require some managerial skills to be successful as a CEO.

Target BS:
I want a BS with a good finance background (I will concentrate in either entrepreneurship or finance)
I would love to enter to a Top program but I’m not sure about how my profile would do.
I want a 2 year or at least 1.5 years program.

Canada: Good post-mba options for me (up to 3 years of work permit painless)
• Rotman

USA: It is less difficult to find a working visa (not as easy as Canada)
• Rochester, Simon: Strong in Finance, they gave me a free waiver so I’m just going to try.
• Tuck: This is my favorite BS of all, I can feel that connection from the gut. But I know it’s probably impossible to get into.

England: I love England, but I know that working there is difficult.
• Manchester

France: I do not know a word of French
• Hec Paris: they have been very interested in me, I’m not sure if this is because of my profile or just marketing.

Spain: Spain is also a difficult place to work for a Latin-American

First, thank you for taking the time to answer! It would be helpful to know what kind of business school I could realistically aspire to, as well as any advice that can help me to prepare my application.


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New post 26 Feb 2019, 15:14
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