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Peer Review [#permalink]  30 Dec 2010, 21:10
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Re: Peer Review [#permalink]  30 Dec 2010, 23:37
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Greetings,

First off, I would like to thank you in advance for any advice that you may be able to provide. I, like many others am searching for some guidance concerning my options for pursuing an MBA. I apologize for the lengthy wall of text that follows, however I believe I have a slightly unusual career/life progression.

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M/25/2years experience by matriculation
Cornell University 2010, Applied Economics and Management: 3.2 GPA. However, my first 5 semesters were spent as an engineer focusing on operations research.
1st place in Cornell's Spring 2009 Strategic Marketing Competition (restructured a local non-profit with new business plans, brand creation, and a website on a $100/month limited budget). GMAT: 740 [/b] Series 7 and Series 66 Certified Currently learning Arabic (for fun at this point). Not fluent by any means, but am quite confident I will be well versed after ~4months. I serve as a professional mentor to assigned freshman students at Cornell pursuing my same major. I volunteer ~5hours a week at the local homeless shelter serving meals and setting up bedding for those staying the night (~100 people) At 18, I spent 3 months in Russia provided technology education courses in impoverished areas (basic computing, establishing webcams, etc). Employment Currently employed at the largest online retail brokerage in the world (should be easy to google which one that is). I work on the institutional side of the business (not the retail trading side) providing internal strategy and analytics consulting (some project management experience, but mostly profitability and cost/benefit analyses) for wealth managers using our platform. I am in a rotation program, and currently focus on managed account solutions and our ETF platform; final assignment is on our strategy and analytics team which provides insight to all departments within our institutional side of business (primarily ad-hoc requests using SQL and Excel to create presentations to the Director and sometimes President). Initially, my work experience seems quite brief (7 months working since graduation) but by the time I matriculate I will have worked 2 years with my current employer. However, here is a bit of a curveball. I was originally class of 2007 but was forced to take a 3 year medical leave of absence when my father needed file for permanent disability. I had to return home due to budgetary reasons and work full time until his approval process had completed to help support my family. I held full time positions throughout this time, however the jobs aren't exactly stellar (full time supervisor at Best Buy, full time working at a local Chase Bank). Additionally, 2 summers ago I started a local business - essentially leveraged a$4000 cash advance which resulted in ~\$30,000 in profits in just under 2 months (2 person company that paid for my final year at Cornell).

On top of all of this, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during my medical leave; it went 6 years misdiagnosed, however I'm doing amazing now that it's been identified. I'm not sure if that's worth noting, but it's a big battle that I've overcome and am unsure whether it would be something to write about in my essays.

Reason for an MBA:
I would like to make a significant career change toward the government sector, or even non profit. I enjoy entrepreneurship, particularly with limited resources. I am considering economic development / business development internationally (currently have particular interest in the Foreign Services) or domestically.

So...

If anyone could recommend programs that seem like an ideal fit for my career aspirations I would greatly appreciate it (Hopeful for top 20). I've composed a long list to investigate, but I am quite the novice so far.

On an aside, if it makes any difference... I am half-Korean, half-Caucasian from a farming community in central Ohio. I currently work in NYC, and would prefer a school somewhere on the east coast (Cornell being the furthest West, although I couldn't pass an opportunity like Stanford hah).

-Drew

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Re: Peer Review [#permalink]  31 Dec 2010, 05:02
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Re: Peer Review [#permalink]  31 Dec 2010, 11:02
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Re: Peer Review [#permalink]  31 Dec 2010, 12:14
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Re: Peer Review [#permalink]  31 Dec 2010, 13:38
Hmm...that's going to be hard, and honestly, I wouldn't know because I haven't been put into that dilemma yet. I've always been the person who believes that with a top 15 b-school, you can pretty much get anywhere you want depending on how much legwork you're willing to put in. I think this would really be something that you'd have to discuss with your close family. If it doesn't matter to you at all whether you attend a top 5 or a top 15, I'd personally say that go with the one geographically makes more sense for you. For me, personally, I'll opt for the best ranking but only because of the field that I want to get into post-MBA is such a realistic field (management consulting).
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