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Current Applicant - Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink]
18 Aug 2009, 21:36
First, thank you very much for spending the time to evaluate my profile - I plan on taking the advice seriously.
Background: White Male, 25, 26 years old at matriculation. 710 GMAT Q50, V36. 3.4GPA, Accounting Major from a small Jesuit school.
Work Experience: 4 yrs at Big 4 Actg firm in the audit function - clients include Technology and Media companies in Silicon Valley. Promoted to Senior Associate in tough economic times. Earned my CPA designation.
In work Leadership: Lead teams of 3 and direct report to Sr. Managers; constant interaction with high-profile clients; Led meetings to get staff aquainted with CPA requirements.
EC/Leadership: Occasionally volunteer and lead Basketball games for children with autism; Play on Company softball and rec Soccer leagues.
I took 5 weeks off of work to teach at a Children's school in Cambodia. I feel very passionate about this project and although most of my other Leadership/EC's were on par and nothing special, I feel strongly about this project. I'm not sure how much of an impact it could have considering it was only for a month.
Goals: I'd like to get into Corporate Development/Strategy. I would consider either doing Management Consulting or working at a Fortune 500 in Corporate Finance. I have a strong accounting background and I hope my analytical skills and an MBA would be a great combination.
Schools: Stretch would be Kellogg and Tuck; Competitive I'm thinking Duke and Darden; Back-up McCombs. Anything outside of the top 20 really wouldn't be worth it for me - I would debate about even going to UT.
If you could please evaluate or provide any other suggestions that would be great. Thanks!
Last edited by Bluepic on 19 Aug 2009, 10:16, edited 1 time in total.
Re: Current Applicant - Profile Evaluation Please [#permalink]
21 Aug 2009, 20:17
You have a good solid profile: excellent for your age, though nothing particularly "distinctive" (in the B-school sense) except the Cambodia experience. I think your school list and analysis is a good one. You'll need to work extra hard at making yourself stand out, seem "special." But you are in the driver's seat because of your age. If you get dinged this year you can come back next year with an even stronger app (more extracurricular leadership, more/better work experience, perhaps somewhat higher GMAT). If the "top 20" you referred to is BW's then the following schools look doable--Cornell, UNC, CMU--or even like "safeties": SMU Cox, Indiana, Notre Dame.