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New post 23 Jul 2009, 15:45
Hi Mr. Bodine,

I would like to join in the fun of profile evals. Here's my background:

GMAT: 710 (92%), Q44 (69%), V44 (97%), AWA 6.0 (90%).

27 y/o male Asian American; enlisted in the US Army for 4 years, my 2 jobs in the army - supply chain management & human resources management (in civilian terms); promoted to Sergeant; had managerial experience.

Enrolled in college after the army, double majored in international affairs and foreign languages (Russian primary, Chinese secondary), GPA 3.5; participated in student government, model UN, language clubs/tutoring, etc.

After graduation, I took a job at a small financial consulting firm in Moscow as a business development manager, but I left less than a year into the job, because my company was unable to get a work permit for me, and the econ crisis made it less and less profitable to continue working there anyway.

My (general) career goals: helping to finance and increasing the profitability of renewable energy enterprises; promoting renewable energy cooperation/trade between the US and China; or as a backup, become a financial analyst.

Academic pursuit: I want a joint degree in MBA and international relations/studies, I've shortlisted a few schools offering desirable programs:
1. Wharton/Lauder (dream program)
2. Yale SOM
3. Chicago Booth
4. Ann Arbor Ross
5. Foster - U. of Washington (backup school)

6. Monterey Institute of International Studies (guaranteed backup school)

I have decent GMAT scores & GPA, but my major fear is that business schools will disregard my army experience simply because it was work experience PRIOR TO undergrad, despite the fact that my job had ample business applications and gave me leadership experience. How likely is this to happen?
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New post 27 Jul 2009, 17:09

Very intriguing profile. I wouldn't worry too much about the work experience-before-college degree issue. You will just need to spend some time explaining how it unfolded that way, but once you do you'll be fine. I don't see anything about your profile I don't like. Your military and international experiences are big assets for you. However, it's unclear what you're doing now professionally. You do want to present your career as showing an upward trajectory in terms of leadership/impact etc. Assuming there are no huge red flags you haven't shown me, then you do have a shot at the schools you mentioned. You will need to execute well since your profile has some question marks. But regarding your big concern (WE before degree), I don't see it as a problem.

Let me know if I can help,
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