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African American Male Profile Evaluation Request - 730 GMAT

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GMAT 1: 730 Q46 V44
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African American Male Profile Evaluation Request - 730 GMAT [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2012, 05:54
A few years back, I posted my stats without a GMAT score just to gauge my chances at a top 10 program. Well I now have a GMAT score of 730(46Q, 44V) and a little under two years of experience, and would like to better understand the range of schools that I should consider.

Graduated with 3.17 gpa in Chemical Engineering from smaller private university(Few extracurriculars). Currently have two years of experience as business analyst for a top multinational oil company(think Chevron, Shell, ExxonMobil), and have had leadership positions within a few organizations within my company. I plan on applying to schools in 2014, and hope to matriculate in Fall 2015.

I do understand that my GPA is on the low side, and hope that my GMAT score/work experience can help offset that. I plan on applying to HBS, Kellogg, Tuck, Haas, and Ross. In your opinion, does my GMAT put these programs out of reach? Also are there any other programs that you recommend that I consider? Post GMAT, I am interested in management consulting, as well as strategy positions in alternative energy.

I appreciate any advice that you can offer.
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Re: African American Male Profile Evaluation Request - 730 GMAT [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2012, 20:18
If you're not applying for another 2 years, there's not much to say at this point. Everything seems to be on track. Don't worry about selecting schools this early - your opinions on schools will be fluid and ever-changing throughout this process, and there's no need to lock in this early (in fact, it can be counterproductive to lock and load so early - becoming too fixated on one thing that isn't really as crucial as what's in front of you - learning as much as you can and accomplishing as much as you can in your current job).

At this point, it's really a matter of perspective more than trying to get into the mindset of execution or even where you stand. Think of b-school as an *option* and not a necessity/integral part to your career. And when I say "career" I don't mean "management consulting" as some endgame. Your career is more about gaining valuable experience and exposure to people, processes, industries, skillsets, etc. that accumulate over a lifetime - it's not *one* thing that will be a game changer.

Also, keep an open enough mind, allowing yourself to adjust and change. You may find yourself in a position in 1-2 years where you don't want an MBA after all. It's a balance between being focused and open minded.

That doesn't really answer your question about your chances to a top b-school, but to be honest that is irrelevant at this point.
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