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Help with profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2007, 11:22
Hello,

Below is my profile. I am currently interested in finance and IT and will probably pursue one of these areas, but who knows.

Demographics: 27 (almost 28) single white male, living in Connecticut.

Education: BS in Economics, Syracuse University

GPA: 3.2/4.0 (I had a bad sophomore year due to some family/financial issues, and took a year off after that. If not for this year, I would have had a 3.7. I have a 3.6 in my final two years and a 3.7 in my math/economics courses) . Took Accounting, Statistics, Econometrics, 3 semesters of Calculus, and Linear Algebra, so I have a pretty good quant background.

GMAT: 700 (Q44, V41)

Exerpience: 5 years at a small economic consulting firm doing a variety of economic/policy analysis for the energy/utility industry. Lots of SAS programming and simulation building. It was a small firm (5 people) so I got lots of experience doing a wide variety of things, but was never really "promoted" because the firm was so small and there wasn't real formal job titles or hierarchy. It was really one big team. Though we were small, almost all projects and analysis we did were very groundbreaking in the industry. The head of the firm is a PhD Economist and his main goal is to quantify things that have never been quantified before. It was neat to be a part of a company that was putting out leading edge research and analysis.

Left that job a month ago (for geographical, financial, and career reasons) and just started a new job at a much larger corporation as a Sales Operations Analyst analyzing sales data and focusing on implementing new technology/applications to improve business processes and reports. By the time I apply I will only have worked here a few months, so I probably won't ask my current supervisor for a Rec.

Extracurriculars: Played baseball for 12 years, coached for 5 summers. Since college I haven't done a lot since I had to work a lot to be able to afford school. Most of my free time is spent related to fitness and martial arts, I've never been the "Joins 1143259352 organizations" type.

I know my GMAT is good. My GPA isn't bad, but my transcript is ugly when you look at that one year. I may use an optional essay to explain the situation and the positives that came of it. I am a good writer and know I can craft some kick-ass essays. If interviewed, I feel I am very down to earth, friendly, and leave great first impressions (at least I think so, haha). I will receive glowing recommendations from my former supervisors. I know my weak point is my "involvement", but I know I can take what I do in my free time (fitness/martial arts, coaching Little League baseball) and play up the aspects of those things that apply well to b-school (mental strength, focus, teamwork etc...).

As of right now I am planning on applying to a couple of top 10 schools (MIT, Haas...any others that might fit my profile/interest?), as well as a few other middle tier (Yale, Duke, Washington, Cornell, maybe some others)

Thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Help with profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2007, 15:48
jjanders wrote:
Hello,

Below is my profile. I am currently interested in finance and IT and will probably pursue one of these areas, but who knows.

Demographics: 27 (almost 28) single white male, living in Connecticut.

Education: BS in Economics, Syracuse University

GPA: 3.2/4.0 (I had a bad sophomore year due to some family/financial issues, and took a year off after that. If not for this year, I would have had a 3.7. I have a 3.6 in my final two years and a 3.7 in my math/economics courses) . Took Accounting, Statistics, Econometrics, 3 semesters of Calculus, and Linear Algebra, so I have a pretty good quant background.

GMAT: 700 (Q44, V41)

Exerpience: 5 years at a small economic consulting firm doing a variety of economic/policy analysis for the energy/utility industry. Lots of SAS programming and simulation building. It was a small firm (5 people) so I got lots of experience doing a wide variety of things, but was never really "promoted" because the firm was so small and there wasn't real formal job titles or hierarchy. It was really one big team. Though we were small, almost all projects and analysis we did were very groundbreaking in the industry. The head of the firm is a PhD Economist and his main goal is to quantify things that have never been quantified before. It was neat to be a part of a company that was putting out leading edge research and analysis.

Left that job a month ago (for geographical, financial, and career reasons) and just started a new job at a much larger corporation as a Sales Operations Analyst analyzing sales data and focusing on implementing new technology/applications to improve business processes and reports. By the time I apply I will only have worked here a few months, so I probably won't ask my current supervisor for a Rec.

Extracurriculars: Played baseball for 12 years, coached for 5 summers. Since college I haven't done a lot since I had to work a lot to be able to afford school. Most of my free time is spent related to fitness and martial arts, I've never been the "Joins 1143259352 organizations" type.

I know my GMAT is good. My GPA isn't bad, but my transcript is ugly when you look at that one year. I may use an optional essay to explain the situation and the positives that came of it. I am a good writer and know I can craft some kick-ass essays. If interviewed, I feel I am very down to earth, friendly, and leave great first impressions (at least I think so, haha). I will receive glowing recommendations from my former supervisors. I know my weak point is my "involvement", but I know I can take what I do in my free time (fitness/martial arts, coaching Little League baseball) and play up the aspects of those things that apply well to b-school (mental strength, focus, teamwork etc...).

As of right now I am planning on applying to a couple of top 10 schools (MIT, Haas...any others that might fit my profile/interest?), as well as a few other middle tier (Yale, Duke, Washington, Cornell, maybe some others)

Thoughts? Thanks in advance.


jjanders,

You appear to be thinking quite lucidly about your which schools are appropriate for your profile. It is an interesting one (especially the professonal side), but not unusually strong or compelling. The lack of community is a weakness, but perhaps more important is the issue of leadership. If you have not had formal managerial roles, then you will want to maximize all the stories you have that show informal leadership at work and outside of work. Not sure MIT and Haas look doable to me, but the other four seem very reasonable. Given your goals, you might consider Virginia and/or Michigan (long-shotish), and perhaps Carnegie-Mellon and Texas.

Good luck,
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2007, 07:02
Paul,

Thank you for the candid reply.

I realize because the extremely small nature of my first job, I did not really have the opportunity for the managerial/leadership experience I may have gotten at a bigger company. However, I was the lead person on many projects and though we didn't have a strict hierarchy, I did semi-manage one contractor we brought in for a few months. Is this worth noting?

Outside of work, I have a lot of leadership experience through both playing and coaching baseball. In addition, in my martial arts training, for the past couple of years I have been one of the older/senior people at my gym and typically lead warmups and help instruct newer members while the formal instructor works with the more experience guys. Again, is this worth noting? I'm not sure if leadership in personal activities would be taken as seriously as in the work realm.

An updated list of schools to look into:

1. Yale
2. Cornell
3. University of Washington
4. University of Virginia
5. University of Michigan
6. Carnegie Mellon (My Dad did undergrad there and speaks highly of it, though I have very little interest to live in Pittsburgh)
7. Duke
8. UNC - CH
9. UT - Austin

I may pick one of Tuck, MIT, and Haas to apply to anyway as my long shot.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2007, 21:28
jjanders wrote:
Paul,

Thank you for the candid reply.

I realize because the extremely small nature of my first job, I did not really have the opportunity for the managerial/leadership experience I may have gotten at a bigger company. However, I was the lead person on many projects and though we didn't have a strict hierarchy, I did semi-manage one contractor we brought in for a few months. Is this worth noting?

Outside of work, I have a lot of leadership experience through both playing and coaching baseball. In addition, in my martial arts training, for the past couple of years I have been one of the older/senior people at my gym and typically lead warmups and help instruct newer members while the formal instructor works with the more experience guys. Again, is this worth noting? I'm not sure if leadership in personal activities would be taken as seriously as in the work realm.

An updated list of schools to look into:

1. Yale
2. Cornell
3. University of Washington
4. University of Virginia
5. University of Michigan
6. Carnegie Mellon (My Dad did undergrad there and speaks highly of it, though I have very little interest to live in Pittsburgh)
7. Duke
8. UNC - CH
9. UT - Austin

I may pick one of Tuck, MIT, and Haas to apply to anyway as my long shot.


jjanders,

All leadership counts, so mention the informal leadership in and outside work. Your new school list looks more feasible.

Good luck,
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