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Current Undergrad Student- Any suggestions? [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2014, 23:13
Hi everyone,

Long time lurker- First time poster. I'm a current undergrad student in my last semester in an Ivy business school.

Gender: Male
Ethnicity: URM
GPA: 3.17
Work Experience: Starting off in Big 4 accounting after graduation. (Audit) - Should have my CPA in a year.


If I'm targeting top business schools down the road (5-7 years) because I eventually want to break into the VC industry and I'm wondering what the best way to go about building a solid profile. I'm planning on getting into IB after 2 years, and currently founding a educational non-profit now.

Does anyone have suggestions on what I should make my priority over the next few years?

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Re: Current Undergrad Student- Any suggestions? [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2014, 02:05
Getting into a Big 4 accounting after graduation is a step in the right direction to get into a top business school. Continue working at the firm for atleast 3 years,get promotions and try to be a part of some blockbuster deals. Continuing in your firm will be a better option than getting into IB after 2 years. Your GPA is decent, but less than the average GPA of students at top business schools. This GPA factor can be negated if you get a score of 720+ on your GMAT. Continue working on your educational non-profit while working at the Big4 accounting firm. Try to get some international exposure while working for your firm. Try involving yourself in some extra-curriculars. The most important thing for your in the next 4-5 years would be to develop leadership skills. Download this free ebook on how to get into top business schools at : http://www.interviewbay.com/mba/how-to- ... -ebook.php

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Re: Current Undergrad Student- Any suggestions? [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2014, 16:06
Awesome! Thanks for the advice. I'll definitely download the ebook. Quick question though-Is there any particular why staying at my firm is better than going into IB after 2 years?
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Re: Current Undergrad Student- Any suggestions? [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2014, 16:57
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Warning: about to get philosophical. Don't base your life decisions on what you think will get you into business school in the future. Do what you're passionate about. Do what makes sense for you in the present.

In my senior year of undergrad I was pretty darn positive that I never wanted to step foot inside a classroom again. Now I've been accepted to four awesome business schools.

If you make decisions based on what you think the HBS adcom wants to see on your resume, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. The backgrounds of people coming into business school are incredibly diverse. Honestly, the more you try to tailor your resume to the "traditional" business school background, the more fierce your competition will be when you apply.

Work where you want to work. Don't try to make a switch to IB because you think it will get you into a top business school. Do it because it's what you're interested in and passionate about.

I'm not trying to rip on you by saying all this. You are thinking the exact same things that so many of your classmates around the country are thinking. So I guess my advice is this: planning for your future is smart, but don't let a potential business school application make the biggest decisions of your life for you.
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Re: Current Undergrad Student- Any suggestions? [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2014, 01:34
Unless your long term goal is focused around IB, dont make a switch to IB. I agree with bdepp. Don't let a potential business school application make the biggest decisions of your life for you. The best way to work towards building a strong business school application is to do what you are interested in.

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