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A bit different background [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2010, 22:45
I suppose...I too have a degree in finance although have never used it!

Would appreciate your feedback!

Nationality: US Citizen, born outside the US, Asian male
Age: 26
GMAT: 720, 6.0 AWA
Work experience: 2 years
Education: BA from a top-tier private liberal arts college in English (Writing) & Financial Economics, Masters from a state university in Writing
GPA: 3.6 (Undergrad), 4.0 (Grad)
EC: ex-College athlete, Student Gov't VP, etc.

Background: I was interested in a lot of different fields (and, luckily, decent at all of them) so my undergraduate transcript ranges from Beowulf to Vector Calculus and everything in between. Some definitely would consider it confused but I actually was genuinely interested in learning! Regardless, I did my Master’s in Creative Writing right after undergraduate and after graduation found myself with two options--either working as a low-paid adjunct faculty or struggling to make ends meet as an editor. Instead, I started my own marketing company (without any loans or help, put $5,000 on my credit card) using my background in writing and hobby in web design. In the last two years, it has steadily grown and turned a profit of $124,000 this year when other small marketing firms in the region are shutting doors and has, among others, a US Senator as a client.

I have figured out many things on my own (payroll, taxes, etc.!) and make decisions out of gut but have always felt I would be better off at least knowing how others would approach the problems.

Post-MBA Goals: I want to either continue with my own company or join other exciting startup ventures.

Target schools (order of preference):
Harvard
Stanford
Yale
Berkeley
Dartmouth
UT-Austin
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Re: A bit different background [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2010, 10:31
To be honest, you'll be a major wild card. Hard to say where you'll end up.

B-schools may publicly say they value entrepreneurs, but they still ideally like those who have had some corporate experience (i.e. those who have had prior experience working for someone else in a corporate environment before starting their own biz).

The reason is twofold:

(1) Your ability to work well with peers: being your own boss is great, but if you have had little to no professional experience working with people as equals (or those who are more senior than you) where you can't always get your way, adcoms will be concerned about whether you will be that loose cannon or not when it comes to working with your fellow MBA students on various group projects

(2) Recruiters: you can say that you want to continue on with your biz, but adcoms will assume (no matter what you say) that you will also be recruiting as well. As such, recruiters will be also concerned about your ability to be a team player -- you've always worked for yourself, so what will be the adjustment like to working for someone else? Can you work for someone else, work for a boss?

You may feel that in your case, these two issues are minor because you know you could do it, but the hard part is convincing someone who doesn't know you that these won't be concerns.

And that's why it'll be very hard to say what your chances are. All you can do is apply, and hope for the best.
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