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Profile Review - European MBA for Marketing

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Joined: 18 Mar 2013
Posts: 19

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Location: Canada
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
GMAT 1: 690 Q39 V45
GPA: 3
WE: Marketing (Advertising and PR)
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New post 07 Feb 2017, 07:06
Hi there, wondering if you could give me a quick profile review and let me know what my chances would be at my target schools (particularly the ones higher in the list).


Work experience: 6 Years in B2B Marketing - 2 in an agency environment running the agency's thought leadership and new business efforts, 1 in an early-stage SaaS startup, and 3 in a talent agency representing public speakers.

Extra curriculars: I was on the Philanthropy Committee, the Great Places to Work Committee (we managed and completed our application to be considered as one of the "Great Places to Work" in Canada) and the Summer Party Committee at my last job. I have also volunteered for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and the Daily Bread Food Bank. In Undergrad, I was also selected to be included in our exchange program and spent my 3rd year of University studying in the Netherlands.

Undergrad school/major: Top 5 Canadian University - Double Major Political Science and Sociology

Other education/coursework: Completed a 1-year Postgraduate Certificate program at a local Community College in Strategic Relationship Marketing after graduating from Undergrad.

Race/nationality: Canadian / Caucasian

Sex: Male

Age at Matriculation:


GMAT Score: 690 (IR5 / Q39 / V45)

Undergrad GPA: 3.0 in Undergrad, 3.75 in my Postgraduate Certificate

MBA Info

Goal of MBA: I'd like to continue in Marketing, preferably in the fields of Technology, CPG and Pharma/Healthcare. I'd like to work either in Europe after graduating from my MBA or return home to Canada.

Target schools: Stretch - INSEAD, HEC Paris. Target - IE, ESADE. Safety - UCD Smurfit, EDHEC.

Some background on the location choices — my partner is a French citizen, and as such the UK is now officially off of my list after their talks of a "hard Brexit" due to the potential VISA and immigration issues. Ideally, I'd like to work in either continental Europe or Ireland for a few years after graduation to gain international experience before moving back to Canada.

If you could let me know what my chances would be at my Stretch and Target schools, I would really appreciate it.

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New post 19 Feb 2017, 13:06
Hi there,

Thanks for sharing your background with us. As for your school selection, I think most of your classifications make sense, however your UG GPA is below the average at both IE and ESADE, so consider that when identifying other aligned programs. When it comes to frame your story, I'd think about honing in on one particular industry that you're rather passionate about and delineate between your short and long term goals. Another key component of your candidacy will be about your leadership. Have you gone through a promotion or two at work? Do you formally manage anyone? These are things to highlight throughout your application. If you haven't had these experiences, it'll be important to find ways to highlight your leadership capacity in other ways. If you're seeking assistance with this, we'd be glad to lend our expertise. Feel free to sign up for a free consultation below. Best of luck!

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