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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, 08:06
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).

Background

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:
31

Stats

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 07 Feb 2017, 14:40
Hi CW32,

I believe I replied to your inquiry on reddit earlier today! I copied my response below, in case you didn't see it. If you have any follow-up questions, I'm happy to help - feel free to sign up for our free consultation! Best of luck to you!

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I think you have your schools categorized correctly - IE and ESADE are right down the fairway for you (good chance) while INSEAD and HEC Paris will likely be a stretch (smaller chance). Your undergrad track record is on the low side so if you can re-take the GMAT and get your quant score up, that could certainly help your chances. For INSEAD specifically, although this is true of all the schools on your list, you’ll want to highlight any international work experience and a global outlook for your career moving forward (not just where you want to work but the scale on which you hope to have an impact). Showcasing your career progression (i.e. promotions, increases in responsibility, etc.) and leadership experience will also be important in your admissions decision. In other words, from an admissions standpoint (great GMAT&GPA + mediocre work experience) < (average GMAT&GPA + strong work experience).

With all that said, it's not quite clear why you're pursuing an MBA if you want to stay in marketing (besides a desire to move locations). I would encourage you to think through that in more detail so you're able to present a compelling story in your essays. Schools will want to understand your vision for your career and the "what drives you" behind them – and how an MBA will help you get there.

You’re on the right track. Now’s the time to get to work!
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