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Long term HBS plan( when to apply) [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2005, 19:24
I’m developing a 2-3 year game plan for HBS( though I hate east coast weather) and would appreciate any advice. My main concern is application timing due to age vs. work exp. I think I have a decent shot but I’m unsure on when would be ideal to apply. Fall of 06 would give me 3 years work experience and I’ll be 28 then.

Background:
B.A. at a U.C. in Economics ( 3.5 GPA)
One year working at a big 5 accounting firm
Then back to school for a MA in Econ at the same U.C. (3.95) GPA
Currently I’m working at a big 4 management consulting firm in a group with excellent opportunities for advancement.

I need to work on three areas:

GMAT: My current plan is to prep for the GMAT and take it in the fall of 05. GRE was 710-790( though I think the GMAT is more difficult) I’m aiming for 700+

Work: My work exp. has big names and should be o.k.. I’ll be at the level that my firm recruits MBAs to start at and I should have a leadership role.

Extra Curricular: None to speak of but I’m working on it.

If I apply in 06, I’ll only have 3 years work experience under my belt. If I wait till 07 then I’ll have stronger experience and hopefully a stronger Extra-curricular component.

I want to get an MBA in order to transition from MC to a more entrepreneurial role i.e. start-up, VC, etc.

I guess my question is when would I be most competitive? Should I plan on 06 and then reapply in 07?

Thank you for any advice. I just found this forum and hope to get involved here.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2005, 22:28
Sorry for the long delay in my response. Scott and I have been occupied for the last week.

At any rate, it sounds like you'll be a competitive candidate in '06 and that you have a solid plan for applying. As such, I would hesistate to apply then. 3 years is adequate. And I would worry about reapplying until you have to cross that road.
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Thanks!
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