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Profile Evaluation Request

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Profile Evaluation Request

Post Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:57 pm
My main question is whether I should retake my GMAT or if my score is good enough:

Asian American Male, 3 years of work experience but planning on applying after 4 years of experience
B.S. Chemical Engineering GPA: 3.78/4.00 from University of Oklahoma
Currently working for a petrochemicals company as a Technical Sales Engineer
GMAT: 710 (91 percentile) Quant 48 (71 percentile-ironically low for an engineer I suppose) Verbal 38 (85 percentile)

Brief Background: I work as a technical sales engineer for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. I work with commodity plastics, specifically Low density polyethylene and high density polyethylene (recycling codes 2 and 4 on plastic articles). In terms of job functions, there are a few: Responsible for developing new products along with R&D (We field interests from customers as to what products they want us to develop and once developed, we are responsible for conducting trials of the new material at the customers, etc) ; help troubleshoot customers' issues with our products; attempt to increase product volume with customers; technical marketing (creating technical literature for customers).

I think my goals with a MBA is two fold: 1) short term: Over the past few years, the part of my job that interested me most was the product development aspect. I would like to utilize my MBA to help me understand how to make the business decisions and analysis in terms of managing the product portfolio as a product manager. I'd like to understand how to get that business overview when determining what products to add and what products to sever from our product slate. 2) Long term: As i mentioned, I work with commodity polymers. My goal and the reason I became a chemical engineer has always been to try to promote the use of alternative energy in today's world. I would eventually like to start my own company which would deal with specialty polymers that have alternative energy applications; for instance, a company that can be focused on researching and commercializing a speciality polymer that can be used in solar fuel cells to promote the effectiveness of solar power.

Volunteer Experience:
1 year Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization
1 year member of Lions Club
1 year volunteer at Nonprofit Homeless Shelter
1 year literacy tutor for illiterate adults
1 year engineering assistant teacher for a technology program for high schoolers
1 year of local city's park and recreation board

Leadership Experience:
1 year as Treasurer and 1 year as secretary for Society of Plastics Engineers
1 year as President for New Hire Network



Some of my target schools - albeit I need to do more research into some more schools -
Northwestern
M.I.T.
Berkeley
Columbia
Duke
NYU

From a self-reflection, I want to say that my weakest areas are leadership experiences and GMAT.

As I stated before, i took my GMAT for the first time today and received a 710. I've scored an average of 730 on GMAT Prep tests (4 tests) and i'm not sure if my score is adequate enough to be considered by target schools. I know the average for most of these is around 712-718 and i've read from multiple sources that I need to be above the average. Please advise and I appreciate the feedback!

Email: DillonKang@Gmail.com

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Post Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:27 pm
Hey Dillon,
Great to hear from you!

Sooooo it's a tough question you ask, because your GMAT is lower than the average at some of your schools, and you have two profile weaknesses which I can perceive, even though they are minor ones: your non target school, and being Asian American (sorry! it's not fair that y'all work too damned hard! Smile

Your work experience is very good as is your industry.

Buuut the one totally fantastically amazing thing you have is your volunteer work! It is really unique. Where you volunteered and the number of places you volunteered at, and I think that can give a significant boost to your profile.


Soooo, my advice: It's end of September! You wanna go to B-school next year right?? Well great! Take your shot NOW! A 710 is good enough. Worst case scenario: You don't get in and you do next year. In a lifetime, it's no big deal and it's a good strategy.

Smile

I can also suggest that you add McCombs and Rice as safe schools. They may be not in the Top 10. But their Oil and Gas placements rival the best programs.


I'll have one of my folks drop you a line today, and let's see how we can help you,
Best,
Jon

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