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H/S/W chances without significant post college ECs?

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H/S/W chances without significant post college ECs? [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2011, 17:12
Hi there, I'm starting to think about putting together my MBA app for next year and am concerned that gaining admission may be tough since I have no significant ECs since college - tbh I'd rather rest in my downtime from work :p Hoping to get a sense of the strength of my application...

My profile:
Age: 27-29 at matriculation
Country: outside the Americas (and not India/China etc)
Education: Bachelor in engineering, GPA 3.8/4 at university in home country
MS in engineering at Berkeley/MIT/Stanford, GPA 3.8/4, several academic publications
Work experience: (At matriculation) ~4 years at a top tier management consultancy with one promotion
GMAT: yet to sit assuming I need 730 to be competitive... dreading it since my GRE scores were horrible :(
Extracurriculars: played in college varsity sport team and won national tournament, participation in some charity/outreach programs during college
Letters of rec: From senior partners at my company, all Harvard MBAs
Essays: not a whole lot of leadership experience so I'm worried about this too... probably will have to write about things at work.
Goal of MBA: I want to return to consulting so am hoping a H/S/W network and brand name will help me gain credibility and build relationships with clients as I move into more senior positions within my firm (or another or who knows I might find something else interesting to pursue)! And also I think it would be an amazing experience :)

I think a strength of my app is the international background and experience, but weaknesses seem to be lack of substantial ECs, and also density of applicants from my industry (consulting). Is this a fair assessment?

Given that I have another year before applying, what steps can and should I take to strengthen my app? I'm only interested in the top schools because while an MBA would help, it is by no means required to advance successfully in my country.

Any advice would be appreciated :)

Thanks!
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Re: H/S/W chances without significant post college ECs? [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2011, 19:57
I think you have a shot. Assuming you have the blue-chip resume, with good undergrad grades, with 730 GMAT (assuming), and with M/B/B work experience. Harvard and Stanford are leaning toward younger applicants, but that shouldn't deter you from applying. I wouldn't too much about your EC as these top schools know how heavy the workload to work for such a big global consulting firm. Just focus on who you are and apply. There's really not much at this point, but if you do decide to get some EC in, that'll also play a small role in your application. If not, I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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Re: H/S/W chances without significant post college ECs?   [#permalink] 10 Jun 2011, 19:57
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