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New post 17 Dec 2016, 09:59
Hi Everyone!

I'm brand new to this forum and wanted to thank everyone for doing such a great job in contributing rich information/advice to this website; it has been extremely helpful to me!

Can you please evaluate my profile? I want to attend INSEAD and will probably be the only school I apply to.

Here you go:

GPA: 3.8 (Undergrad Engineering degree from top 7 US Engineering school: think UT Austin/Georgia Tech/etc.)

GMAT: 720

International Experience: Born and lived in Vietnam for 8 years, lived in Australia for a few years, currently living in the US

Work Experience: 2.5 years (just over 3 years at start of MBA program) in Big 4 oil & gas corporation (think Exxon/Shell/BP)

Post-MBA goals: Career change into strategy/business development corporate job in developing country



Thank you so much!
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intjmba wrote:
Hi Everyone!

I'm brand new to this forum and wanted to thank everyone for doing such a great job in contributing rich information/advice to this website; it has been extremely helpful to me!

Can you please evaluate my profile? I want to attend INSEAD and will probably be the only school I apply to.

Here you go:

GPA: 3.8 (Undergrad Engineering degree from top 7 US Engineering school: think UT Austin/Georgia Tech/etc.)

GMAT: 720

International Experience: Born and lived in Vietnam for 8 years, lived in Australia for a few years, currently living in the US

Work Experience: 2.5 years (just over 3 years at start of MBA program) in Big 4 oil & gas corporation (think Exxon/Shell/BP)

Post-MBA goals: Career change into strategy/business development corporate job in developing country



Thank you so much!
INTJMBA


Hello,

I think you will score good on the international profile and academic capacity. You might be on the low side of working experience for INSEAD standards but I guess it will depend on your career progression and if you can already show examples of leadership.

Good luck!

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intjmba wrote:
Hi Everyone!

I'm brand new to this forum and wanted to thank everyone for doing such a great job in contributing rich information/advice to this website; it has been extremely helpful to me!

Can you please evaluate my profile? I want to attend INSEAD and will probably be the only school I apply to.

Here you go:

GPA: 3.8 (Undergrad Engineering degree from top 7 US Engineering school: think UT Austin/Georgia Tech/etc.)

GMAT: 720

International Experience: Born and lived in Vietnam for 8 years, lived in Australia for a few years, currently living in the US

Work Experience: 2.5 years (just over 3 years at start of MBA program) in Big 4 oil & gas corporation (think Exxon/Shell/BP)

Post-MBA goals: Career change into strategy/business development corporate job in developing country



Thank you so much!
INTJMBA


Hi INTJMBA, I would agree with FEDT entirely. The average work experience is 5 years at INSEAD however, 30% of the incoming class has 3 years experience upon matriculation. What you really need to communicate is IMPACT - show that you have achieved the same level of impact in your 2.5 years that others have in 5.

The GMAT is strong, but for someone Asian, competitive profile group, it is about average. Good grades. There are a lot of unknowns however, ie, leadership demonstrated outside of work (community), hobbies. I imagine you speak Vietnamese, English and French for your 3 languages?

Do you plan to apply in Round 3 for September or Round 1 for January? I would recommend that you apply in March for January 18; you would only be waiting 3 months and there will be a significant advantage applying in Round 1. The application is very long and you need at least 2 months, preferably more, to make sure it is outstanding.

Also, as a career switcher, it would be wise for you to apply to the J-term (January term) because you can do an internship with J-term only.

Can I ask why INSEAD is the only school you plan to apply to?
Given your goal, I think I would recommend going for Round 3 at LBS at the end of February. HEC possibly as well.

Hope this helps, Farrell

PS - If you choose to apply to Jan 2018, there is a separate thread below where I am serving as Threadmaster.
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MBAPrepCoach wrote:
intjmba wrote:
Hi Everyone!

I'm brand new to this forum and wanted to thank everyone for doing such a great job in contributing rich information/advice to this website; it has been extremely helpful to me!

Can you please evaluate my profile? I want to attend INSEAD and will probably be the only school I apply to.

Here you go:

GPA: 3.8 (Undergrad Engineering degree from top 7 US Engineering school: think UT Austin/Georgia Tech/etc.)

GMAT: 720

International Experience: Born and lived in Vietnam for 8 years, lived in Australia for a few years, currently living in the US

Work Experience: 2.5 years (just over 3 years at start of MBA program) in Big 4 oil & gas corporation (think Exxon/Shell/BP)

Post-MBA goals: Career change into strategy/business development corporate job in developing country



Thank you so much!
INTJMBA


Hi INTJMBA, I would agree with FEDT entirely. The average work experience is 5 years at INSEAD however, 30% of the incoming class has 3 years experience upon matriculation. What you really need to communicate is IMPACT - show that you have achieved the same level of impact in your 2.5 years that others have in 5.

The GMAT is strong, but for someone Asian, competitive profile group, it is about average. Good grades. There are a lot of unknowns however, ie, leadership demonstrated outside of work (community), hobbies. I imagine you speak Vietnamese, English and French for your 3 languages?

Do you plan to apply in Round 3 for September or Round 1 for January? I would recommend that you apply in March for January 18; you would only be waiting 3 months and there will be a significant advantage applying in Round 1. The application is very long and you need at least 2 months, preferably more, to make sure it is outstanding.

Also, as a career switcher, it would be wise for you to apply to the J-term (January term) because you can do an internship with J-term only.

Can I ask why INSEAD is the only school you plan to apply to?
Given your goal, I think I would recommend going for Round 3 at LBS at the end of February. HEC possibly as well.

Hope this helps, Farrell

PS - If you choose to apply to Jan 2018, there is a separate thread below where I am serving as Threadmaster.




Thank you so much FEDT and MBAPrepCoach for your super helpful feedback!!

I have the opportunity to get an American citizenship before applying; would that change my profile group to American? Would targeting a score of 730 be a good use of time?

In terms of career, I also did three internships in college. No promotions yet but I can demonstrate impact.

I have extensive leadership at my religious organization with one team I lead involved in addressing a social issue in my city.

Yes, I speak 3 languages.

I plan to apply Round 2 for Jan 2018.

I'm applying only to INSEAD because of cost and it's strong alumni network in Asia/Middle East which is where I see myself long term. Does LBS have a strong network in Asia/Middle East?

But now that you mention LBS, I'm getting a little interested in it. How competitive is my profile for LBS?


Thanks so much again!!!
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Hi Guys, I am a long time lurker on this site and have finally decided to go ahead and pursue an MBA, I was just wondering I could get an honest profile evaluation of what my chances are of getting into Insead

I am applying to the full-time program at Insead and would love to get feedback on what my chances are.

Age: 25, New Zealand citizen (Bangladeshi ethnicity - I grew up in NZ, but am currently working in Australia)

Undergrad: Civil engineering at a top 50 engineering program in the world at time of graduation and top university in NZ(University of Auckland)

Postgrad: Master of Engineering focused on Engineering Management (construction, risk, project) - Please also keep in my mind I completed my Masters full time whilst also working full time as I was responsible for the delivery of a multi-million dollar project so taking time off wasn't really an option. Same university as the undergrad.

Undergrad GPA: This is my obvious weak point it's at 2.9 if I take into account my first year (which is actually not counted at Auckland university), otherwise, it's a 3.25

Postgrad GPA: this is a more respectable GPA of 3.6

Work: 3.5 years work experience, with clear progression in scope. My background has been until recently heavily involved in the delivery of large-scale construction projects (managing all aspects of such projects), but I have recently made the switch Infrastructure Advisory as I prefer the high-level strategic thinking that comes with it. I intend to naturally progress from here into management consulting. I am currently with Aurecon a significant player in the Engineering Consultancy space.

Goal: I am really only looking to get into MBB if not will settle for tier 2 consultancies.

GMAT: Just started studying so no official score yet. I took a prelim practice exam with zero prep and scored 620, and I am confident I can get around the 730 mark.

Do I have a shot at getting in?

Thanks in advance!

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