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Please evaluate: 710/3.0/Project Mgmt at top bank [#permalink]
24 Sep 2012, 10:39
GMAT: 710 (48Q, 41V, 6AWA) GPA: 3.03 in Finance from top 10 undergraduate business program (worked at career center and did marketing research in consumer decision making) WE: 3 years (4 at matriculation): 1 year in consumer-IT program (exposure to project mgmt and internal marketing/comms IT); 2 years as business analyst in technology at top BB (up for promotion soon); heavily involved in undergraduate recruiting in both positions. Both at "prestigious" firms. ECs: 2 years volunteer in tutoring/mentoring program aimed at mitigating exposure to violence by providing an alternative after-school haven. Undergrad business club-- led initiative to promote recycling by educating and instilling best practices/forming habits in youth; also involved in firm's 'green' initiative to promote best environmental practices in the office and community. Demographic: Asian Female, probably 26 at matriculation
Ideally would like to get into strategy consulting, with an emphasis on leveraging technology in consumer/retail sector to drive business. I have exposure/experience in IT/marketing/finance and want to get an MBA to bridge these areas to position me into management.
I understand that my GPA is low, but am hoping that the "story" is cohesive enough to show that my interest is more in technology/marketing and not so much in finance (what I majored in).
Am I being too ambitious in my school selection? Are there othere I should consider? Should I retake my GMAT (I've only taken it once) to try to offset the GPA? Any thoughts/tips/constructive criticisms would be much appreciated.
Re: Please evaluate: 710/3.0/Project Mgmt at top bank [#permalink]
28 Sep 2012, 11:43
I think you've got a decent shot. Being female will help and I think your goals are reasonable. To me, your goals sound fairly standard. I don't think this is bad, but I think there will be others with similar goals, since Strategy Consulting is a common target. What you'll need to do is demonstrate your passion for the specific sector you mention.
In terms of your GPA concern, I think you should think about two things: 1) did your job in college affect your grades? If so, explain it in the optional essay; 2) Did you have a few really bad classes or was it lower grades across the board? If the former, you may want to take one of those classes at a local school and do well to prove that it was a fluke. Adcoms understand that people are different in college--some people need time to adjust and take in everything. But if you can show later that you can handle the work, then you'll be fine. Plus your GMAT quant score is very good.
I think your schools are fine. I'm not sure if you're asking whether you have a dream school, but think you're not competitive. If there are other comparable schools that you like, I would go for them. I firmly believe in putting your best foot forward the first time around. then again, you have a long list of schools, and you may not have time to get all the applications done (I'm assuming you're applying this year.)
Re: Please evaluate: 710/3.0/Project Mgmt at top bank
28 Sep 2012, 11:43