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730 / 3.69 GPA Engineer Needs Your Advice on Schools

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Joined: 16 May 2013
Posts: 35
Concentration: Strategy, Social Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V40
GPA: 3.69
WE: Engineering (Aerospace and Defense)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 12 [0], given: 15

730 / 3.69 GPA Engineer Needs Your Advice on Schools [#permalink] New post 22 May 2013, 16:54
Just joined this forum and soaking in the community here. It's awesome everyone is so helpful.

I work in the Aerospace/Defense industry and thinking about getting an MBA. Thinking about which schools I should apply and realistic have a chance at. I know...I know...I can look up the average stats of admitted students but there so much more to admissions than GPA/GMAT, so please, any advice you can offer would be appreciated. :)

Basics
Undergrad: University of Southern California (USC) Aerospace Engineering BS with 3.69 GPA
Grad: USC Aerospace Engineering MS with 3.92 GPA
GMAT: 49V/40Q/730 - 89%/85%/96% percentile

Work
Work Experience: 5 years at matriculation
Industry: Aerospace/Defense
Company: Big 3 Aerospace (Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing)
Role: Flight Test Engineer on 5th rotation. Currently working in team as youngest member (coworkers 2x my age - Aerospace industry, you know :wink: ) with our work being nominated for highest award in the division

On the Side
Founded and manage credit repair company. On track to meet $700k annual rev.
Founded and manage real estate investment company. On track to own and manage 9 units producing $50k annual rev.
Founded and manage textbook sales company. On track to meet $30k annual rev.
Can run each of the companies on 5 hrs sleep/night :wink:

Volunteering
Coach individuals on public speaking and interpersonal skills
On leadership committee that tutors refugee elementary school kids
On leadership board of company affinity group
Manager/Coach for company basketball club

"X-Factors"
Low-income background
Single parent upbringing
First-born in extended blue collar family
First to grad college

Goals
Short term: management consultancy
Long term: leverage aerospace and consulting experience into blue-chip leadership role w/ P&L responsibility
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Affiliations: Columbia, Wharton, LBS
Joined: 02 Nov 2009
Posts: 592
Schools: Harvard, Stanford, LBS, Columbia, Wharton, HEC Paris
Followers: 17

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Re: 730 / 3.69 GPA Engineer Needs Your Advice on Schools [#permalink] New post 23 May 2013, 02:03
Thanks for your posting.

You have accumulated an impressive list of credentials that any top business school will find interesting. With a strong application (essays, recommendations, resume, interview, etc.), you would be competitive at all top business programs including H/S/W. I cannot emphasize this enough - that while you are competitive based on your background and stats, you must present a compelling application on all fronts as while you are very competitive - you need to distinguish yourself from other accomplished candidates.

While reading your background I kept on thinking of how impressed I was with it -- and then I came to your career choices -- and was a bit confused. Here was this unique candidate with all of this potential and could not figure out why you wanted to follow such a conventional career path post graduation. Simply put, I had higher expectations of you to do something more innovative and more visionary. This was a bit of a let down and something you need to consider. I was also impressed with your entrepreneurial endeavors and how you were able to develop real businesses and make them sustainable.

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Re: 730 / 3.69 GPA Engineer Needs Your Advice on Schools   [#permalink] 23 May 2013, 02:03
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