<p>Hi... let me briefly introduce myself.</p>
<p>I'm in my final year of attaining my Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in Finance. For various reasons, I did not put much effort during my first 2 years and by the time I realized I needed good grades for grad school it was too late; I didn't understand the importance of grad school back then. My GPA is only 2.75 but I'm confident I can bring it to above 2.8 by the time I graduate; I can also retake a few courses.</p>
<p>I've been taking GMAT prep class with Kaplan and so far can achieve a score of 640. I am confident that 680 is within reach.</p>
<p>But here comes my biggest problem: I do not have any full-time work experience on paper since I'm still in school. However, for the past three years, I have been in charge of the regional branch of our family-owned business (our company employs over 1,000 people, is publicly-traded and has substantial turnover). </p>
<p>Furthermore, I've been given the opportunity to assist my father, who is the President and CEO of the group, in various projects. As the "Special Assistant to the CEO", I have been actively involved in: real estate acquisition, property development, raw material procurement, business development, Management Info System development, legal matters/litigation, intellectual property protection, project management (set up of new factory), corporate/finance restructuring, acquisition, bond issuance, IPO, public relations, etc. I have been involved in high-level meetings/discussion with senior mgmt of various partners/companies as well as government agencies. Recently, I have also been appointed to the Board of Directors of our family-held investment holdings company.</p>
<p>Basically, I have much exposure and experience but I am unsure of how to translate this onto paper. I can get letters of recommendations without problem. If given an interview opportunity, I believe that I can very much impress the admission officer. From my experience, my age has always been somewhat of a problem or factor for people to doubt my ability. Within our own company, being the son of the CEO entitles me to all these opportunities but I also want to gain the respect of our people. I have been using my performance to prove myself but I believe having an MBA will really help me further my credentials for all purposes. I also envision to change the way we do business and hope that my MBA may help me.</p>
<p>What is your advice?
- Will my low GPA render my chances zilch?
- How do I articulate my experience to paper? Will they believe me? I know my career did not develop through the normal ladder.
- Should I include in my essay who I am and my relation to my company?
- Is it realistic to be aiming for top 10 schools?
- Based on my profile, which schools should I consider? I am open to options in the US or Europe. I have done my research but it seems that on paper I do not meet the criteria of top schools.
- If it really comes down to it, will it help if I work for a year or two then apply? I really do not wish to go this route if possible because unlike others I cannot just quit my job once I'm fully committed to it. But as last resort, if I'm only 1 or at most 2 years into my job, then I might still be able to take 2 years off for my MBA. But if it's 3-5 years into it, I doubt I can take 2 years off. </p>
<p>Thank you for reading and I do appreciate your opinion.</p>