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Good fit for NY schools? [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2011, 14:37
Hi there,

Was hoping for some feedback:

Demographics: Turning 25, Female, Canadian
Undergrad: Canadian business school (not elite but good energy rep) - Commerce with Distinction: Marketing
GPA: Overall 3.4; senior courses 3.8+
GMAT: Not taken yet but know I need a very strong score
Work Experience: Senior Analyst for a multinational oil corporation for 3 years (since graduating) dealing with large acquisitions, financial and strategic analysis for refining and marketing
Leadership: Led many intradepartmental projects/presentations, have mentored and managed several cooperative students
Extracurriculars: President of student marketing association in college where we went on case competitions and raised funds for charity; formed and currently lead a tennis club that helps children learn how to play (have many hobbies, but not much volunteering)
Goals: Consulting/strategic management with an energy focus for a McKinsey/BCG tier firm
Targets: Columbia, NYU

Does my single employer hurt? I have stayed in my same position, but I continually have different projects where I feel like I have had a broad and varied exposure to all business areas. I basically do "in house" consulting.

I have a friend currently at CBS who said my profile was fairly interesting given that I'm international and with specific industry goals so I'd have a good shot, but I wanted some expert advice if I'm deluding myself into thinking I'm a less prevalent profile.

Thanks! :-D
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Re: Good fit for NY schools? [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 11:53
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Neko,

Before I answer your other questions, I want to point out that if you are very interested in pursuing a particular firm, McKinsey for example, it's very important to speak to the career center to see if that firm recruits at the MBA program.

As an example, in terms of the big international consulting firms that recruit heavily, these MBA programs are most recruited at:

Harvard
MIT
Stanford
Kellogg
Chicago
Michigan
Wharton

Kellogg has an outrageous number of people going to McKinsey, for example. Many of these firms only recruit at select schools. Or they recruit at their top six schools and then will also do some more local recruiting for local offices.

It can be really difficult to land at McKinsey or BCG if you do not go to a school that they recruit at.

I hope this was of help. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions.

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Re: Good fit for NY schools? [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2011, 00:40
Hi

I think you have a good shot at making it to the schools you have chosen. However keep in mind the option syou would like to pursue pst your MBA and research on the options the school you choose offers. If you are only looking at McKinsey/BCG then you need to first find a place at their favoured schools. However if you are open to looking at other consulting firms then go ahead with your choice.

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