Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The PROFILE

If you are new to the MBA applicant pool, you will soon become accustomed to the concept of the profile. Your profile consists of your demographic and geographic information, GMAT score, undergrad GPA, and number of years of work experience. The specifics can vary, but if you visit message boards you will often see people type their profile something like this:

White Female / US / GMAT 760 / GPA 3.7 / 5 yrs WE

Incidentally, that is my profile. (Oh, and WE stands for Work Experience). People will also refer to this line of text as your "stats". Now, I will not dispute that these factors are all important in the admissions process. But as you go through this process, the first thing you will notice is there are plenty of people out there with seemingly awesome stats that still do not get into the school or schools of their choice. This is because there are 2 other very important factors that contribute to your candidacy: your execution of the application and the quality of your work and extracurricular experiences.
So here is a bit more information about me to round out my profile. My first 3 years of WE were with the strategy arm of a large consulting company. I was part of a group that focused on the procurement side of supply chain operations for our clients, which ranged across many industries. It was a great job and I loved it, but I couldn't stand the weekly travel anymore. So I left to join a pharmaceutical company and joined the world of the daily commuter.
I truly love the pharma industry, but I want to move away from the supply chain management track I'm currently on. My ideal post-MBA job would be in pharma/biotech/med device marketing.
Also, I am married with no kids, and live in a suburb of Philadelphia. My husband and I grew up in this area and would love to be located here for the foreseeable future once I graduate. Luckily, there are many pharmaceutical and biotech companies nearby!

5 comments:

Brad said...

I added you to the applicants list at opencoder.org

tinydancer said...

Thank you!

mbabound said...

Ha! I'm in medical device marketing and am going back to school to get out of it!

tinydancer said...

Haha! Well, I'm guessing you aren't trying to break into operations :)

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