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Question about leveraging coming from Top Engineering School

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Hi,

I have just started my journey to business school and I have a question about coming from an engineering school. I have a low GPA compared to a lot of individuals (3.08), but I graduated from the hardest school in the world for my degree for the past 20 years, and honors is a 3.15 GPA.

How do I go about leveraging this information in my applications/interviews?

I am asking this because I remember applying for jobs coming out of school and a lot of companies were surprised to know honors was a 3.15 GPA.

Last question, how often do schools look at a technology background? I am an industrial engineer who has taught himself to code in multiple languages, and currently works as a software engineer.
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New post 18 Dec 2017, 22:24
Make use of the optional essay for reasons that would show your GPA in a better light.

If your tech experience (professional, and not academic) is somewhat differentiated from others applying from tech background or you’ve strong career trajectory, you would be better placed.
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New post 20 Dec 2017, 20:28
This is the ideal thing to mention in an optional essay, so give the context to admissions, they probably will already know, but just in case they do not, this information will be helpful.

On the coding part, def mention in your interests section of your resume or in your application. Most schools will ask you in some way or another how you spend your time this may be something worth sharing if it is taking up a sizable amount of your time. Also, if an essay makes sense for this don't hesitate to highlight your passion there as well.
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Hi,

I have just started my journey to business school and I have a question about coming from an engineering school. I have a low GPA compared to a lot of individuals (3.08), but I graduated from the hardest school in the world for my degree for the past 20 years, and honors is a 3.15 GPA.

How do I go about leveraging this information in my applications/interviews?

I am asking this because I remember applying for jobs coming out of school and a lot of companies were surprised to know honors was a 3.15 GPA.

Last question, how often do schools look at a technology background? I am an industrial engineer who has taught himself to code in multiple languages, and currently works as a software engineer.


Don't be caught up with where are the "gaps". You need to focus on what you should do to build a strong story, good WE achievements, solid ECs and a theme that connects them well.
Seriously, think of capitalizing on your strengths.
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