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New post 28 Sep 2009, 15:57
Hi Alex,

I would like you to evaluate my profile. Here are the details-

Nationality: Indian

Age/Sex: 25/F

Education Background: BE (Civil) from a top 20 university in India

GPA: 7.4/10

Work experience:
- 3 years in IT with role changes from Test Analyst (Quality Assurance) to Developer (Software Programmer) at a very respected IT services company. I was working for the company’s major pharma client.

- 6 months of gap due to relocating to a new place, had to be with my mom who has undergone ankle surgery. During this time I was involved with a local NGO that spread awareness about global warming and climate change.

- 1 year as an Academic Associate at a world renowned b school, assisting a Marketing professor with researching on courses/case studies, designing curriculum etc. I chose this over an IT job because I want to align my pre-MBA experience with post-MBA goals.

Total work ex on matriculation: 4 years

GMAT score: 700 (Q49, V35), AWA 5.5

Extra Curricular:
- Have been a member of my college magazine
- Have won prizes in singing at college level
- Headed a 15 member publicity team at inter-university cultural & technical event
- Know basic level Spanish
- Been a member of winning cricket team
- Participated in various cultural events in the company
- Involved with an NGO


Why MBA: I am looking at a career switch from IT to marketing. Although I do possess the raw skills such as creativity and good communication and people skills that are prerequisites for a successful career in marketing, an MBA degree will help me refine them further.

Short-term goals: To make a foray into IT services marketing sector graduating into product/brand management roles. My initial interest would in leveraging IT services in pharmaceutical/life sciences field as I have gained ample domain knowledge in the same.

Long-term goals: I want to extend my marketing expertise into the retail sector (FMCG). My ultimate goal would be getting exposed to major business dynamics and work my way up in a general management role.

Schools short listed: Kenan-Flagler, McCombs, Kelley, Emory.

Questions:

- Do you think I stand a fair chance at the above schools? Please recommend a couple of more schools that would be in line with my career aspirations. Would schools like Ross, Cornell long shots for me? Can you suggest some more schools?
- How do I project my 6-month work gap in a positive light?
- Will my experience as an Academic Associate work against me?

Regards,
Claret

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You should be competitive for the schools you mentioned. You can probably add Ross and Cornell as stretches -- you have enough of a shot that they're at least worth applying to (and you have a list of 4 other schools where you should be able to get into at least one of them assuming your applications are solid).

As for your 6-month gap, it's not about trying to turn it into a positive, as much as it's simply stating what happened and leaving it at that. It's really easy to spend way too much time trying too hard to turn water into wine, when all you should do is simply make sure the water is clean. As for your academic associate job, not sure how that would work against you or for you - it's a job. If you learned something valuable from it that will help your career, then articulate that in your essays.
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AlexMBAApply wrote:
You should be competitive for the schools you mentioned. You can probably add Ross and Cornell as stretches -- you have enough of a shot that they're at least worth applying to (and you have a list of 4 other schools where you should be able to get into at least one of them assuming your applications are solid).

As for your 6-month gap, it's not about trying to turn it into a positive, as much as it's simply stating what happened and leaving it at that. It's really easy to spend way too much time trying too hard to turn water into wine, when all you should do is simply make sure the water is clean. As for your academic associate job, not sure how that would work against you or for you - it's a job. If you learned something valuable from it that will help your career, then articulate that in your essays.


Thank you, Alex!

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