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Profile Evaluation Request - Which schools should I target?

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I have just started to look at MBA programs, and am thinking of applying to universities for the 2023 class. I want a quick idea of where I stand, and which universities I should be targeting. If it's too soon to apply, what should I work on instead to apply at the right time?

Background and nationality:
  • Indian, American citizen. I am 26 years old. I've schooled here since I was 10.
Undergrad and Graduate Information:
  • Georgia Tech, Computer Science program. 3.83 GPA, honor's list. Graduated 2015.
  • Georgia Tech Masters in Science program, degree in Machine Learning, 3.87 GPA. Graduated 2017.
GMAT:
  • I haven't taken it yet, planning on a July/August exam date, and aiming for 720+. Right now, I am studying 5 days a week, 2 hours a day.
Work experience and leadership:
  • I have internship experience from 2 companies, one of them between my undergrad and grad school, and one during grad school.
  • After my undergrad, I had a 6-month full-time position as an engineer in San Francisco at a Startup.
  • After the company had lay-offs in which I was affected, I decided to join Grad School at Georgia Tech (2nd time) and pursue my Master's Program in Machine Learning.
  • After Grad School, I joined my current company, as an engineer in advanced research. I do not get any leadership experience from my job, but have been working on leadership projects outside of my job. I have been at the company since July 2017, and it's my primary work experience (3 years, not including internships).
Community and others
  • I have been in Toastmasters for 3 years, and completed my first year as a President of the club this month. The club has been active for 30+ years, and as president, I had to make sure that all annual club accomplishments were met to get it through the Toastmaster's President's Distinguished status. I had to manage a team of 6 people, and learnt good leadership skills through this role. I am planning on running for a 2nd term at this club, and working on these skills for the next year as well.
  • I volunteer hands-on with a local Atlanta Food Bank, serving the homeless on the weekends. I don't get a lot of leadership experience from this organization, but I have volunteered on average 20 hours per month at the group for the last 2 years.
  • I am involved with multiple groups within my own company, including a group for Diversity and Inclusion for Asian Employees, where I am the Communications Chair on the Board of this group.
Post MBA goals
  • I want to do a career change after an MBA. As an engineer, I don't get to drive projects within my company, and I haven't had that opportunity in my previous company as well. My post-graduate degree helped me do a career shift into research, and I am part of a very small team within a company of over 10,000. But even with a research-focused team, the work we do has often not progressed beyond proof-of-concepts and light-adoption. I believe that a big part of that is how my team is managed. So instead of staying on an as an engineer, I want to instead launch projects, manage them, and get them through the finish line where they can be showcased and have bigger impact. My main post-mba goals are to shift from engineering to management, and instead of waiting for a natural career progression, I want to do it sooner.
Anything else?
  • I have 2 approved Patents (through my company) from the US Patent Office. Through my company, I have also filed 9 other patents in the last 2 years which have yet to be approved, and are going through the patent process. Of these, I am the solo author on 1, the primary (first) author on 3, and co-author on others.
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New post 06 May 2020, 10:23
Hi rvshchwl,
Thanks for posting your profile. I think you have a lot of strengths in your profile - your strong academic track record at Georgia Tech, career progression (including Diversity and other committees at work), and leadership in your community through Toastmasters and the Atlanta Food Bank. It's also impressive that you have patents approved and pending under your name.

Given your profile, I do think you are in the sweet spot to apply this fall. If you decide to wait another year, ask yourself what you would be "gaining" during the time, eg. would you get more leadership experience at work or within the community organizations you volunteer at? As for which schools to target, consider factors like geographical preference, size of the program, industry focus. Take a look at our free guide - Selecting Your Target MBA Program (https://shop.mbamission.com/products/se ... ba-program) - which will give you more food for thought.

I hope this helps! Wishing you the best in your MBA journey!

Best,
Debbie Choy
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