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Looking for renewable energy marketing / VC / Entrpr. School [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2010, 17:14
Hi Paul,

I was wondering if you might be able to evaluate my profile and perhaps suggest some other schools to look into that have sustainability / renewable and alternative energy programs that also focus on VC, marketing and entrepreneurship in that field.

I am 23 years old and looking into both part-time and full time programs

GMAT: 650 (V44, Q 35, AWA 6)

GPA: 3.82 / 4.0 in International Studies from American University in Washington D.C.

Work experience: 2 years in the Federal Government working on energy and environment issues and working directly for a presidential political appointee and a federal agency. I am currently working as an energy and environment fellow for a U.S. Senator. At my time with the federal agency, I was given a $10,000 promotion each year, and awarded the Superior Achievement Award by the presidential appointee that I worked for.

Service and Extra curricular activities: member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity in college, where I served as social networking chair and philanthropy chair (organized various charity events, including our involvement in the DC adopt a school program where we did landscaping for the school). Also a member of AU's Eco sense chapter, where we helped bring environmental awareness to the school and was instrumental in building our new International Service LEED Gold building.

Looking into the following schools (not in any particular order):

UMD Smith
University of Chicago - Booth
Loyola University Chicago
Univ. of Michigan - Ross
Ohio State - Fisher
Case Western Reserve - Weatherhead
George Washington University
Georgetown University
NYU - Stern


Any suggestions as to where to focus, any schools I should look into that I have not, and if I have a shot of getting into Stern and Booth would be most appreciated!!!

Thanks!
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Re: Looking for renewable energy marketing / VC / Entrpr. School [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2010, 20:51
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Right now I think your chances at Booth and Stern are solid for the part-time programs if you can find work in Chicago or New York. For full-time, you are probably going to need that magic 700+ GMAT score. Your GPA helps a lot, but you are a young applicant, which means the school is going to think "well, there's plenty of time" and not cut you any slack.

On that point of being younger ... you are going to have to really showcase why now is the time rather than, say, two years from now. You are also going to have to highlight maturity at every turn. If you do those things, second tier programs are certainly within reach. But you have to be sure you want to fire off that round now rather than get the GMAT up and put yourself firmly in the mix for the elite programs. For what you want to do, that field is going to cherry pick from the very best schools. Even if second tier programs have programs in those areas, they aren't going to have as much luck placing people into those handful of awesome jobs.

I see Haas, Texas, and MIT as the best programs for you, with Stern and Booth (among others) being viable as well. If you can even get up to a 680 or so, it would help a lot. With a 650 you can still give it a run, but it's just going to be tougher to be young and low on the test, because it is so easy for an admissions officer to take himself or herself off the hook.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Looking for renewable energy marketing / VC / Entrpr. School [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2010, 05:05
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Ross,

Right now I think your chances at Booth and Stern are solid for the part-time programs if you can find work in Chicago or New York. For full-time, you are probably going to need that magic 700+ GMAT score. Your GPA helps a lot, but you are a young applicant, which means the school is going to think "well, there's plenty of time" and not cut you any slack.

On that point of being younger ... you are going to have to really showcase why now is the time rather than, say, two years from now. You are also going to have to highlight maturity at every turn. If you do those things, second tier programs are certainly within reach. But you have to be sure you want to fire off that round now rather than get the GMAT up and put yourself firmly in the mix for the elite programs. For what you want to do, that field is going to cherry pick from the very best schools. Even if second tier programs have programs in those areas, they aren't going to have as much luck placing people into those handful of awesome jobs.

I see Haas, Texas, and MIT as the best programs for you, with Stern and Booth (among others) being viable as well. If you can even get up to a 680 or so, it would help a lot. With a 650 you can still give it a run, but it's just going to be tougher to be young and low on the test, because it is so easy for an admissions officer to take himself or herself off the hook.

Hope this helps!

Respectfully,

Paul Lanzillotti


Thanks so much. I really appreciate your insight!
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Re: Looking for renewable energy marketing / VC / Entrpr. School [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2010, 15:53
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Thanks for the props. Let me know if you need anything else.
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Ross,

Right now I think your chances at Booth and Stern are solid for the part-time programs if you can find work in Chicago or New York. For full-time, you are probably going to need that magic 700+ GMAT score. Your GPA helps a lot, but you are a young applicant, which means the school is going to think "well, there's plenty of time" and not cut you any slack.

On that point of being younger ... you are going to have to really showcase why now is the time rather than, say, two years from now. You are also going to have to highlight maturity at every turn. If you do those things, second tier programs are certainly within reach. But you have to be sure you want to fire off that round now rather than get the GMAT up and put yourself firmly in the mix for the elite programs. For what you want to do, that field is going to cherry pick from the very best schools. Even if second tier programs have programs in those areas, they aren't going to have as much luck placing people into those handful of awesome jobs.

I see Haas, Texas, and MIT as the best programs for you, with Stern and Booth (among others) being viable as well. If you can even get up to a 680 or so, it would help a lot. With a 650 you can still give it a run, but it's just going to be tougher to be young and low on the test, because it is so easy for an admissions officer to take himself or herself off the hook.

Hope this helps!

Respectfully,

Paul Lanzillotti


Thanks so much. I really appreciate your insight!

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Re: Looking for renewable energy marketing / VC / Entrpr. School [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2010, 07:22
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Thanks for the props. Let me know if you need anything else.
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PaulLanzillotti wrote:
Ross,

Right now I think your chances at Booth and Stern are solid for the part-time programs if you can find work in Chicago or New York. For full-time, you are probably going to need that magic 700+ GMAT score. Your GPA helps a lot, but you are a young applicant, which means the school is going to think "well, there's plenty of time" and not cut you any slack.

On that point of being younger ... you are going to have to really showcase why now is the time rather than, say, two years from now. You are also going to have to highlight maturity at every turn. If you do those things, second tier programs are certainly within reach. But you have to be sure you want to fire off that round now rather than get the GMAT up and put yourself firmly in the mix for the elite programs. For what you want to do, that field is going to cherry pick from the very best schools. Even if second tier programs have programs in those areas, they aren't going to have as much luck placing people into those handful of awesome jobs.

I see Haas, Texas, and MIT as the best programs for you, with Stern and Booth (among others) being viable as well. If you can even get up to a 680 or so, it would help a lot. With a 650 you can still give it a run, but it's just going to be tougher to be young and low on the test, because it is so easy for an admissions officer to take himself or herself off the hook.

Hope this helps!

Respectfully,

Paul Lanzillotti


Thanks so much. I really appreciate your insight!


Hi Paul. Thanks again for your reply and insight. Quick question for you. Do you know if my Federal work experience is something that is unique compared to that of other typical applicants? Does this help me or hurt me?

Just to give more context, here is some more information on my work experience.

I have worked every year of my undergrad career, and during my senior year, I interned at the US Environmental Protection Agency (which turned into a full time job right after graduation). I was accepted straight out of undergrad into an exclusive (25 people accepted nationwide) management and leadership program at EPA headquarters. This 2 year program allows me to do 4 rotations throughout the government, and I am given various developmental and managerial trainings throughout the two years (such as 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and Situational Self-Leadership). I am also put on a fast-track salary ladder, meaning my salary increases faster than a typical employee as long as my annual reviews are exemplary.

My first rotation lasted for 1 year, and I worked directly for a Presidential political appointee (whose name is very recognizable to those in the environmental and /or political business). As her special assistant, I did everything from preparing her for her meetings, writing her speeches, organizing events she was attending, editing press releases, summarizing meetings for her, and I also become somewhat of an adviser to her for her policy decisions. At the culmination of my year with her, she awarded me the Superior Accomplishment Recognition Award (also $1500 came with it) for going "above and beyond what was required of me, and creating a more efficient, productive office in the most turbulent of times." I was also given a $10,000 promotion due to an excellent annual performance review.

I then moved on to a higher office within EPA, where I worked on Smart Growth initiatives for local businesses and communities, as well as for state governments. Many of my tasks were quantitatively heavy, with statistical and economic analysis being key for my major project - an internal white paper describing the consumption patterns of Generation Y and its implications on the market, economy, Smart Growth and the business community. I also performed various data gathering tasks for the President's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, and created a fact sheet regarding the economic benefits of urban parks - which was used in a meeting with the President shortly thereafter.

Currently, I am the energy and environment fellow for a U.S. Senator on capitol hill. I work in his D.C. office under his legislative assistant for energy and environment. There, I work on both national and state energy and environment issues, drafting talking points, researching various energy and environment topics, working with other offices to introduce bills to advance green energy and green jobs, as well as overall climate and green jobs marketing (convincing the people that climate change is not only real, but is a business reality and that there is immense opportunity for American businesses to become major players in this emerging, global market).


In terms of letters of recommendation, I would be able to get very strong letters from all of my bosses from each of these positions. Again, do you think my work experience is unique to the overall applicant pool, and is that a good or bad thing?

Thanks so much!
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Yes, I think it is unique and it is hugely helpful and positive (and also helps with being younger, as it takes you off the beaten path) IF you make sure to take all of this great stuff, identify the transferability, and really connect it with the post-MBA goals. We work with a lot of "non-traditional" applicants, so you should check us out with a free consultation. PM me or email mba@amerasiaconsulting.com and we'll get you set up.

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