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New post 17 Jun 2012, 08:54
Hi all,

I would also like to get some advice as to whether to try and get into an MBA programme for LBS or Columbia.
A bit about myself:

Age 30
Romanian nationality
Work experience 7 years with large multinationals such as E&Y - audit, Vodafone Romania - commercial finance ( business cases and marketing pricing) , Vodafone Group - UK business analyst for implementation of a reporting and consolidation solution and finally Deloitte UK, London senior consultant.
I have worked in Romania and then UK 3 years. I also was deployed with an audit in Hungary.
Gmat score: only 650 ( Q47, V33)
Long term objective: work in large non for profit organizations and using my diverse background in the business do run such organizations better
Medium term: after finishing MBA getting on with one of my business ideas
I have a good GPA obtained at the best business school in Romania and a masters degree in english from the same university. I am also ACCA qualified.
At university won first prize at a scientific fair with my paper on stock price modelling.
Extracurricular activities: teaching needing children maths, with Red Crose to build shelters for elderly, with Vodafone foundation - building homes for poor people on two occasions in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity , member of the Board of the Foundation, worked with children from disadvantaged children, participant and co-organizor of community investment days, coach for TeachFirst programme.
I have also trained people and supported development of training materials
My GMAT score really let me down and was wondering if it is a show stopper for me.
Any advice is much appreciated
Many thanks

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Hello alizu, thanks for your question.

My biggest question for you is: In pursuing your career path, what would an MBA give you that your undergraduate degree from one of the best business schools in Romania would not? There are plenty of people in business school that majored in business in university, but it’s crucial to make clear to the admissions committees what exactly you’re looking to get out of an MBA. And, I mean specific!

Regarding the GMAT, my rule of thumb is that if your score falls within the middle 80% range at a school, you have a shot. Otherwise, it could be an uphill battle. If your 650 is within the middle 80% of LBS and CBS, then go for it! Of course, the onus will be on you to make your essays/experience the strength of your application.

Hope this helps!

Best of luck,

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