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Another profile to evaluate [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2006, 09:41
Paul,

I am planning on applying round 2 to a number of MBA programs. Because of time and financial constraints, I don't want to apply to more than 5 or so schools.

Background (Info will be for Sept 07)
White American
Age: 25
College: Calvin College -Grand Rapids, MI
GPA: 3.95
Major: Political Science International Relations Concentration
Minors: Economics, Third World Development Studies
Additional note: Coauthored a published paper with a professor when I was in college about the impact of African states on HIV/AIDS politics
GMAT: 710
Experience:3 years as a Major Donor Program Coordinator at small-medium size international relief and development organization. I have moved up from contract employee to Donor Assistant to current position. I am responsible for proposal writing and management along with managing a portfolio of donors that give about $500,000 a year. I also have had the opportunity to serve on a country evaluation team where we evaulated the strategic goals of the country's work.

Goal of getting MBA: My current job is rewarding but I am looking to make a bit of a career switch out of fundraising into corporate strategy with a specific interest in CSR and sustainable business. I hope to draw a link from my work with an organization that is looking to improve the lives of individuals around the world to my goal of working for a business that values not only profits but its impacts on communities and the environment. I also hope to gain skills that will one day allow me to reenter the non-profit arena in a upper managment position.

Extracurricular: Mentoring for 2 years with YMCA
Spent past year and half working to start a young professionals group at my church. Have learned alot about leadership and staying committed to this idea despite other leaders falling away or not wanting to commit. Now that the group is established, I am working to continue to add additional members to the group and plan functions.

Schools
Northwestern (dream school)
Michigan
Duke
North Carolina
Cornell
Notre Dame
Possibly others-still working on researching schools with strong strategy and CSR programs

Other comments
I realize that I am on the low end of the experience/age range. However, I have little room for growth in my current job other than working overseas which isn't a possibility for my wife and I right now. I want to continue the general trend of my work (as in impacting lives of others) but switch to a more dynamic business environment.

How does my profile stack up? Do my goals seem clear enough? Are their other schools that I should consider?

Thank you in advance for your time.
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Re: Another profile to evaluate [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2006, 15:56
cmns18 wrote:
Paul,

I am planning on applying round 2 to a number of MBA programs. Because of time and financial constraints, I don't want to apply to more than 5 or so schools.

Background (Info will be for Sept 07)
White American
Age: 25
College: Calvin College -Grand Rapids, MI
GPA: 3.95
Major: Political Science International Relations Concentration
Minors: Economics, Third World Development Studies
Additional note: Coauthored a published paper with a professor when I was in college about the impact of African states on HIV/AIDS politics
GMAT: 710
Experience:3 years as a Major Donor Program Coordinator at small-medium size international relief and development organization. I have moved up from contract employee to Donor Assistant to current position. I am responsible for proposal writing and management along with managing a portfolio of donors that give about $500,000 a year. I also have had the opportunity to serve on a country evaluation team where we evaulated the strategic goals of the country's work.

Goal of getting MBA: My current job is rewarding but I am looking to make a bit of a career switch out of fundraising into corporate strategy with a specific interest in CSR and sustainable business. I hope to draw a link from my work with an organization that is looking to improve the lives of individuals around the world to my goal of working for a business that values not only profits but its impacts on communities and the environment. I also hope to gain skills that will one day allow me to reenter the non-profit arena in a upper managment position.

Extracurricular: Mentoring for 2 years with YMCA
Spent past year and half working to start a young professionals group at my church. Have learned alot about leadership and staying committed to this idea despite other leaders falling away or not wanting to commit. Now that the group is established, I am working to continue to add additional members to the group and plan functions.

Schools
Northwestern (dream school)
Michigan
Duke
North Carolina
Cornell
Notre Dame
Possibly others-still working on researching schools with strong strategy and CSR programs

Other comments
I realize that I am on the low end of the experience/age range. However, I have little room for growth in my current job other than working overseas which isn't a possibility for my wife and I right now. I want to continue the general trend of my work (as in impacting lives of others) but switch to a more dynamic business environment.

How does my profile stack up? Do my goals seem clear enough? Are their other schools that I should consider?

Thank you in advance for your time.


cmns18,

I would not discourage you from applying to any of the schools you listed. Your GMAT is good enough and despite your age you have an interesting and unusual profile. Even your community work seems a bit out of the ordinary. You have an excellent chance at Notre Dame, a good chance at Cornell, North Carolina, and Duke, a decent chance at Michigan, and a possible chance at Kellogg because of your social impact profile. In terms of other schools, it appears based on your list that you have consulted Beyond Grey Pinstripes' Top 30 ranking. You might add Darden and GWU to your list; you have a decent shot at both of them.

Good luck,
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2006, 09:12
Paul thanks for your advice/thoughts

I had another question. As you can see I'm looking to apply to Duke and UNC. They are probably my #3,4 choices right now. However, I know that a few years after getting my MBA, my wife and I will probably want to be living in the Midwest...preferrably Chicago. I wonder if Duke or UNC will still hold up well in the Midwest or would Notre Dame do better. Because Duke is close to top 10, my current thinking is it would be noticed more than UNC but I don't know.
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2006, 13:25
cmns18 wrote:
Paul thanks for your advice/thoughts

I had another question. As you can see I'm looking to apply to Duke and UNC. They are probably my #3,4 choices right now. However, I know that a few years after getting my MBA, my wife and I will probably want to be living in the Midwest...preferrably Chicago. I wonder if Duke or UNC will still hold up well in the Midwest or would Notre Dame do better. Because Duke is close to top 10, my current thinking is it would be noticed more than UNC but I don't know.


cmns18,

Interesting question. My guess is that Notre Dame may actually have stronger cachet among Chicago employers than Duke or UNC, even granting that many Chicago employers know or regard Duke and UNC as the stronger schools. That is, I think regional bias or loyalty would give you an edge at Notre Dame in Chicago. This is not based on statistical knowledge, however, so I would strongly recommend that you closely look at the names of the companies that have recruited at these schools in the past few years. If you see more Chicago-based companies in Notre Dame's list, you've got your answer. Duke is--generally speaking--considered to be the stronger of the three schools (vs. Notre Dame and vs. UNC).

Good luck,
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2006, 18:26
Thanks again for your thoughts. I'll make sure to check with the schools career services when I visit them.

One final question(at least for now) As I work on my essays, a few of the appications allow for the optional essay(tell us anything else useful...etc). I am trying to decide how to approach this and am thinking about talking about my age/experience. I know that one shouldn't usually talk about a possible negative, but I figure it's better to try to answer a question that could be raised in an applicant reader's mind then leave it unanswered. Therefore, I plan to talk about my reasons for applying NOW, both professionally and personally. I think that if it is not addressed I could get passed over because a reviewer might think, "pretty strong stats, good essays, but he can get in next year when he fits our demographics better".

What do you think? Is it foolish to highlight this potential flaw...even though it's not like I can hide it. Because I'm attempting a bit of a career switch at least from the standpoint of non-profit to business setting, I hope this somewhat answers the "Why now?" questions that might arise.

Thanks once again for your thoughts and service on this forum.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2006, 13:18
cmns18 wrote:
Thanks again for your thoughts. I'll make sure to check with the schools career services when I visit them.

One final question(at least for now) As I work on my essays, a few of the appications allow for the optional essay(tell us anything else useful...etc). I am trying to decide how to approach this and am thinking about talking about my age/experience. I know that one shouldn't usually talk about a possible negative, but I figure it's better to try to answer a question that could be raised in an applicant reader's mind then leave it unanswered. Therefore, I plan to talk about my reasons for applying NOW, both professionally and personally. I think that if it is not addressed I could get passed over because a reviewer might think, "pretty strong stats, good essays, but he can get in next year when he fits our demographics better".

What do you think? Is it foolish to highlight this potential flaw...even though it's not like I can hide it. Because I'm attempting a bit of a career switch at least from the standpoint of non-profit to business setting, I hope this somewhat answers the "Why now?" questions that might arise.

Thanks once again for your thoughts and service on this forum.


cmns18,

No, addressing the Why Now question is definitely a good idea. Usually it is done in the main goals essay. You may feel that your Why Now explanation requires the full space of an optional essay. Even if that's the case, you should also briefly address the Why Now question in your goals essay. You are right in thinking that it is an important question for adcoms.

Good luck,
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