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32, but only 2 years out of undergrad... [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 17:04
Hi,

I am a Canadian caucasian male aged 32 working in Canada as a senior analyst in corporate strategy consulting at a big 4 firm. I am planning to do an MBA to advance within the firm (unless something striking happens). My profile is as follows:

Academics - Entered a top Canadian Undergrad in BSc Life Sciences, but was pursuing a music career full-time. Grades suffered dearly as I was off for weeks or months at a time, sometimes withdrawing from full years of the program. I didn't even go to my labs (though I received top grades for work I actually submitted) or complete many assignments or examinations. Did a BBA at a verrrry non-target low-tier university in Canada several years later.
First Undergraduate GPA: 2.83 BSc in 11.5 credits (unfinished). Second undergraduate BBA GPA: 3.7 equivalent (my guess in conversion. scored a perfect 100 in first year stats to boost my confidence).

GMAT: 760 (Q50, V42) done in one shot in 2nd year of BBA program with 9 days prep. Can re-do, no problem if score expires.

Work Experience - Right out of high school I started tutoring pro-bono and switched to undergraduate admissions consulting both volunteering and for private school clients to support myself during school and my music career. Was the touring bassist and marketing/PR manager for a rock band for 7 years and was told by bandmates and others in the business that I should study commerce. In order to pay for it, I worked for 2.5 years in Canadian equivalent of TSA (worked to Management in 1.5 years), but gave up route to Operations Manager in order to start my BBA. Post-BBA, entered big 4 firm as an analyst. Might have had slight knock at top firms, but unreputable institution killed most chance of that.

Extracurriculars - As stated before, tutored and secured admissions and scholarships for many underprivileged students over the years. In my first undergrad I founded a Jazz Combo/Club, playing at local jazz hotspots. At the BBA undergrad, I founded the campus business council overarching all business groups and founded the consulting club. I also won some case competitions and ran GMAT tutoring sessions.

MBA Goals - I plan to either advance at my firm or secure a senior position at a higher-profile firm. I have an entrepreneurial tinge, though, so if something bites me, I will pursue that full-out, despite my age.

Concern - Fairly obvious: Terrible first go at reasonable undergrad. Unreputable second undergrad. Advanced age with arguably little advancement relative to age-cohort peers due to years in band.

Targets: As high as I can reach. Drive is no issue.


Thank you very much in advance.

S.
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Re: 32, but only 2 years out of undergrad... [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2013, 09:29
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Hello!

You've got quite a unique background :) It's clear that you are very capable and that when you set your mind to something you generally succeed. However, your varied past, age, and low GPA first time around will certainly pose challenges.

I would say you are a wild card candidate - meaning you could perhaps get into a program like HBS/Stanford, or you may only be accepted at lower tier programs like University of Washington.... I know that's a huge range, but it's very difficult to say how the admissions committee will view your record. I would say you should shoot for the stars, and have a couple good safeties on your list as well. It's all going to be about how you weave your story.

Feel free to pose any additional questions - I know my response on this one is somewhat vague!
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Re: 32, but only 2 years out of undergrad... [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2013, 20:55
That's very interesting, Mili, and thanks for the reply.

Well I will probably state that it wouldn't really be worthwhile to go to one of those "safety" schools. I could apply to the more reputable Canadian schools here in Toronto (Rotman, Ivey) in case of dings at Top 10-15.

What do you think would most correlate with my chances at top-10 schools? Would it be my enthusiasm for a certain goal or what compelling stories I can draw from my experiences?

Thank you,

S.



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Hello!

You've got quite a unique background :) It's clear that you are very capable and that when you set your mind to something you generally succeed. However, your varied past, age, and low GPA first time around will certainly pose challenges.

I would say you are a wild card candidate - meaning you could perhaps get into a program like HBS/Stanford, or you may only be accepted at lower tier programs like University of Washington.... I know that's a huge range, but it's very difficult to say how the admissions committee will view your record. I would say you should shoot for the stars, and have a couple good safeties on your list as well. It's all going to be about how you weave your story.

Feel free to pose any additional questions - I know my response on this one is somewhat vague!
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Re: 32, but only 2 years out of undergrad... [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2013, 19:03
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I think it'll definitely be around showcasing your independence (not afraid to question the status quo) and your leadership successes. So your success as a musician, entrepreneur, etc. The other thing that will be critical is to have a compelling career narrative that ties your past, current and future careers together.

HBS/GSB are going to be long shots (though not necessarily impossible...), so I would concentrate more on programs like Kellogg, Michigan, Berkeley, etc.

Totally hear you about the lower tier U.S. programs - it's not for everyone. But if you do try for top ten only, I would suggest you be prepared for the possibility of not getting in anywhere. Not trying to discourage you at all - definitely think you should give it a go - just want to be sure you set your expectations. BEST of luck and feel free to ping us again with additional questions.

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