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Help on profile - Target: HBS + Wharton [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2006, 13:27
Hi Paul,

Could you please critique my profile at http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=36107

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# Do I stand a chance at HBS or Wharton?
# What areas do I need to add more beef to, in order to have a well-rounded competitive profile? (Need not be specific to HBS+Wharton)

A bit of info I left out in the profile I linked to - I am 25 years old, will be 26 when I apply, with 4 years work exp. I'm planning for the 2008 spring session.

Thanks,
Paddy
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Re: Help on profile - Target: HBS + Wharton [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2006, 14:27
paddyboy wrote:
Hi Paul,

Could you please critique my profile at http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=36107

Questions -
# Do I stand a chance at HBS or Wharton?
# What areas do I need to add more beef to, in order to have a well-rounded competitive profile? (Need not be specific to HBS+Wharton)

A bit of info I left out in the profile I linked to - I am 25 years old, will be 26 when I apply, with 4 years work exp. I'm planning for the 2008 spring session.

Thanks,
Paddy


Paddy,

I would say you have no chance at HBS because you don't have a sufficiently distinctive profile, the community is weak, and the formal leadership is a bit weak. An only slightly better chance at Wharton but it would definitely be a longshot. To compensate for your lack of formal managerial experience at work you could try to get a high-impact leadership role in a community organization, hopefully not one of the typical "pre-MBA" charities. By leadership I mean officer or board position or direct leadership of teams. Rack up some high impact accomplishments there. Doing this would kill two birds with one stone: give you leadership, give you community.

Other things: you could take a month off and travel someplace unusual for some specific reason, perhaps goals-related or social impact related (not a tourist place). You could start a company related to your goals. You could a promotion into a formal leadership role at work. In other words, your profile may need you to do big things like this in order for you to have a chance.

Good luck,
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2006, 06:27
That was like a whack on the backside! (Even though I knew it was a very long shot any way :lol: ) But this does help getting things into perspective, and I have been listing stuff to add to my profile... I do have some addition on the lines that you have suggested...

I'll work on a better worded and more detailed profile and post within a few days that you could probably check once more.

Needless to say, Harvard and Wharton are my dream schools and I'm going to do whatever it takes to at least send a competitive profile to these schools. And the hard work is bound to pay off on the other apps as well... :-D

Big thanks for your time! :)
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2006, 15:44
paddyboy wrote:
That was like a whack on the backside! (Even though I knew it was a very long shot any way :lol: ) But this does help getting things into perspective, and I have been listing stuff to add to my profile... I do have some addition on the lines that you have suggested...

I'll work on a better worded and more detailed profile and post within a few days that you could probably check once more.

Needless to say, Harvard and Wharton are my dream schools and I'm going to do whatever it takes to at least send a competitive profile to these schools. And the hard work is bound to pay off on the other apps as well... :-D

Big thanks for your time! :)


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