I love the Filipino/Indian mix. I'm sure there is an interesting story around that. I am mixed as well, so I thought I would give you props on that.
There is nothing in your profile that would exclude you from a top 10 school. On paper, your stats look great. The key with you is going to be in identifying your fit.
This introduces the concept of "parallelism." With parallelism, you weave in your own personal experiences with what the school offers. This is why school selection (demonstrated fit) is a critical component to determining your range of schools. Let me break this down to you in a simple terms as possible, so that I don't look like I am talking out of my ass. Consultants can have a tendency to do that sometimes.
Example that I made up: Tuck's collaborative learning environment appeals to me. As a consultant, I have worked in small team environments. I have gained a lot in these experiences, both in developing my leadership strengths and in addressing my weaknesses. This is why I believe that I will be a contributor within these smalls teams and in collaboration with my Tuck colleagues.
Hopefully you see how you have woven in your experiences with the culture or setup of the school. some clients will take the approach of just simply listing at tuck is collaborative. However, this ends up being a laundry list of facts about the school. You demonstrate no insight into the schools culture and its applicability to your own experiences. This is a critical differentiator between who has internalized what the school has to offer vs. who can read a website and generate a laundry list. BTW, don't be the guy you can generate a laundry list -- just to be clear.
This brings me to my main point (finally!) you have to pick schools that offer what you need. So how do you know what you need? This all depends on your career goals. In formulating your career goals, make sure that they build off of your current work experiences. Do not introduce any non sequitur goals. If they do not logically follow what you are doing, you will be incrementally less competitive than your fellow applicants whose goals to build upon what they have been doing. This is a real challenge with nontraditional applicants. However, from what I can tell, you are a reasonably traditional applicant. What I mean is that you are not a big question mark to the admissions committee.
So I see your career goals but they are not specific enough for me to a lot of guidance. what does "entrepreneurship" mean to you?
If I had to make some up for you, I would say that they lie within private equity. Specifically, I would say that your short-term goal is to work as an associate within a private equity firm and your long-term goal is to pursue a career in venture capital. I am just making these up, you have to decide for yourself. It's not my life, after all.
But if you do decide on these types of goals, you are going to want to take down a program that has a strength in entrepreneurial finance. I would think of the usual suspects -- Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, Chicago and even MIT. I would consider these stretch schools. for your good chance schools, I would look at strong programs that are located near the industry you want to be in. What are your thoughts on Haas, Anderson and NYU? I would consider Anderson and NYU as safety schools as well.
If you could provide some feedback for me, I'd love to get some suggestions of schools to apply to. I am thinking of these schools in 3 rough categories:
1. Reasonable Stretches (2-3 schools)
2. Good Chance of being accepted (2-3 schools)
3. Safety Schools (1-2 schools)
Below is my profile. If any large components are missing, please let me know. I'd love to go to a top tier U.S. school (Booth and Stanford are at the top of my list) but I'm not sure if this is too much of a stretch. I'm concerned about my undergrad GPA, and the fact that I work for a relatively unknown company.
Any additional thoughts, suggestions, or comments are much appreciated
2. Management Consulting
Race: Mixed Philipino-Indian; born in Canada
Languages: English, French
Born: Toronto, Canada
Top-Tier Canadian Business Undergrad: Queen's University 2007
Student Exchange to HEC Paris in 2006
4-year GPA: 79.4% or roughly 3.3 (I'm not sure exactly where the conversion stands);
Last Two Years: 82%
GMAT: 720 (Q46, V42) / 6.0 AWA
3 years at a large Canadian technology company (TSX: CSU) in Business Development and M&A. The company acquires, builds, and manages portfolio companies.
Synopsis: Extensive business development experience in technology, with end-to-end hands-on experience in the M&A life cycle (sourcing acquisitions, valuation, negotiation, due diligence, post-merger integration, operational improvement) and proven results of improving portfolio businesses
2010 - Business Development Manager
- lead team at an acquisition to grow recurring revenues by 30% through pricing optimization plan
- voted MVP for Q2 2010
- sourced acquisitions
2009 - Operations Manager
- responsible for professional services, support, marketing and administration divisions for a portfolio company
- grew recurring revenues by 75%
2008 - Business Development / M&A Analyst
- M&A valuation, due diligence and post-merger integration
- began as inside sales, but was promoted to work with acquisitions due to demonstrated leadership potential
Consultant, Endeavour Consulting for Non-Profits
- part of pro bono consulting team that is currently developing a strategic plan for a non-profit called PAAC (Public Affairs Association of Canada), which is a professional development association for public affairs professionals
Board of Directors, Youth Assisting Youth (YAY)
- helped re-brand and re-position YAY to potential donors in the corporate sector; results tbd
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