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Volunteering [#permalink]

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New post 06 Apr 2006, 01:22

After thinking about your evaluation of my profile, I decided to volunteer and involve with community activities.

I know it does not sound overly ethical but I guess it is better than doing nothing and then making up stories in the application.So,which one do you think would be more effective or differentiating ,

-Being a big brother(mentor) for a kid, basically you are responsible for every aspect of the life of the child and you act as a role model. It is a very reputable organization in Australia.

-Volunteering for environmental organizations.

- Charity, fund raising

I believe the first one would suit me the most( you can see my profile below again) . I also come from a not very rich family and always worked hard in my life,I think I really would get satisfaction from it too. But I need to hear what you think.

Also, do you think focusing on one organization/acitivity is better? Or can I get involved with 2 activity?




26.5 years old Male, Turkish

B.A in Business Administration from a top(best) university in Turkey, GPA. 3.55,studied at McGill Uni. for one term as an exchange student,SPA 3.9

Master of Marketing from a top Australian university,GPA:3.75. (with full scholarship) . I am currently doing my master while working full time. I will finish it this July.

Worked in Middle East for the biggest distributor of a major(soon to be the biggest) car company as a product manager for 1.5 years. (This company owns distributorship rights of the car brand in many countries in Middle East and Africa,has very close ties with the parent corporation in Japan and is one the biggest companies in ME) As a product manager,I handled product portfolios with millions of dollars of turnover and was considered very successful at it.

Thanks to my high performance, I was selected by the senior management of the Middle Eastern company as an ICT(inter company transfer) to go to Australia and work for the parent company(Australian subsidiary is wholly owned by the Japanese company) for couple of years. I was the first non-arab to be selected for this program. Normally,the program is only for arab nationals.

Since Feb 05, I have been working and studying in Sydney,Australia.
Currently, I am the Integrated Planning(Strategic/ Sales/Order Planning) Manager for Passenger Vehicles at the .. Motor Corporation Australia. I manage a team of two analysts(who are both 3-4 years older than I am) and interact with senior management, production planning people at the factory and planning team at the world headquarters of the company in Japan all the time.

As I said,I was also awarded full scholarship from a top Australian university and am still studying there full time( taking 4 subjects and working full time at the same time,still making sure my GPA is above 3.5).


I took Gmat once: 700 , Q: 49 V:36 . I am currently preparing to retake it. Although it is not necessary, I feel I can do more.

I worked for the management and economics club during undergrad,organizing conferences,collecting funds etc. I am currently planning to give math classes at the uni. for undergrad struggling with math and stats. I play squash and will start fencing classes very soon.


Fluent in english and french. Rudimentary knowledge of German and Arabic.

During undergrad,I worked full time(8 hours) for 3 years in the Credit Card Operation Center of a major bank in Turkey(night shift),during the last 2 years of that period,I was managing a team of three.

I got admitted to MBA at Ohio State Uni and Illinois Urbana(with $10K scholarship) right after undergrad but decided not to go.

I am married and my wife is here with me.

Target Schools: MIT,Columbia,Harvard,INSEAD,IMD,LBS,HEC
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New post 06 Apr 2006, 15:11
morning from sydney

Nice to see few sydneysiders in the gmatclub..

All the best for your Volunteer work..

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New post 07 Apr 2006, 00:04
If you think you would enjoy 1) the most, then you may want to consider it. One reservation though, if you are doing this knowing that you would essentially "abandon" your mentee once you are accepted to b-school and leave for school, then it's probably not an ethical selection.

In the world of volunteering, it's less what the activity is and more how passionate you are for that activity. Any of the three would be fine.

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New post 07 Apr 2006, 05:38
The organization wants you to commit one year min,that is what I will do. I think as long as it is stated that I will be able to volunteer 1 year,it is ethical.

Thanks for the reply,I agree with you. I will focus on one thing and I really want to contribute.
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