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New post 25 Jul 2009, 07:14
Hi Alex,

Sorry, still not sure about how this works but I urgently need a profile evaluation. Thanks in advance

Here's my background:

GMAT: 750
iBT:113 (I'm from Asia)

professional experience full time up to now 2.5 yr in sales and marketing in top FMCG company.
Education: dual bachelor degree in Economics and language literature

I worked on rotational base for 2 years basically sales management, information management, business development, and marketing management

the unique part of my experience is that the business program I'm involved in is a young global project which means I have start up experience in multinational company environment. Besides, I got the opportunity to be exchanged to R&D center to work with engineering team to design and develop product/system of strategic level for the whole corporate on global base. And I became the project leader to exert business model innovation to raise awareness of the urgency and importance to develop e-communication strategy. Though not implemented yet, I brought the proposal to the management board. And this experience together with my former engagement with a non-profit e-forum cristalized my determination to have my career aspiration with a dose of e-business.

now I've just got promotion to executive I felt I'm at a cross road.

My career goals: long term to establish a consulting venture to help organizations to develop e-communication strategy; short-term in management consulting focusing on marketing strategy and innovation/change management (as the Internet is having its effect not only on marketing but also on related HR, operation and finance resources allocation)

Academic pursuit: I want a MBA with well-rounded profile:
Round 1. Stanford, Wharton/Kellogg, Chicago, Fuqua
Round 2. Harvard, Michigan

My concerns are as follows
1 do my career goal make sense considering my former experience; and whether it's hot and big enough for top schools(some friends told me that consulting goals are boring and e-business based on for example web 2.0 is out of date for future goals);
2 How to choose from Wharton and Kellogg? Concerning my relatively short working experience and my focus on consulting.

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New post 27 Jul 2009, 19:36
I hate to be so blunt, but if the writing in your post is indicative of your English and communication skills, your chances at your target schools are slim - all of them put a premium on strong communication skills. Keep in mind that you're competing against other non-native English speakers from Asia whose English is exceptional.

Of course it's just an internet post, and I'm sure you're going to say you were in a rush, etc. but so are many other people who post here. If what you wrote below was rushed, it suggests that your raw English skills are weaker than other non-English speakers who get into these top schools, particularly at HBS, Stanford, and Wharton (and especially at HBS where they put a huge premium on your ability to communicate in English). I know you're probably going to come back with a flurry of justifications to prove to me that you are articulate in English, but it's too late to make a first impression.

You need to look at a broader range of schools. Of the schools on your target list, limit it to 1 or 2 (I'll let you decide which ones), and focus on schools outside the top 16.

Alex Chu

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