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Please evaluate me [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 16:00
1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.
2.5 years in a Business Analyst role at a major credit card issuer
Have one promotion so far. Likely to get a second promotion middle of this year.
Informally mentored a few more junior analysis.

2) Your GMAT.
770 (51Q, 45V) 5.5 AWA

3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.
Cornell University 2009
Double Major Economics , Mathematics
Graduated Cum Laud in Math

GPA: ~3.5 don't remember exactly

4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.

No major volunteering experience. This is definitely a major weak spot for me.

I am an avid reader and belong to the local book club.

5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.

None

6) Your target programs.

MIT, Wharton, HBS

7) Your post-MBA goal.

I would like to do consulting for a few years to get exposure to a few different businesses. Then pick one to pursue full time.


I am fairly torn between applying this fall and next fall.

I would like to know several things:
1) Are my schools out of reach because of a lack of ECs? If so will starting something up right now be too soon for this falls application cycle?

2) How much will having an extra year of work help me in the admissions process? I am likely to get a direct report if i stick around my job for an extra year. Will that greatly increase my chances because of the "leadership" dimension?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Please evaluate me [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 03:30
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Hi, Yap44444,

If don’t have formal volunteer experience, have you informally helped others or do you have a strong personal story that can help demonstrate your character and/or passions? It is not critical to have these types of experiences, but they are helpful to differentiate you from others with similar backgrounds/career goals, particularly since so many applicants want to go into consulting. Also, business schools want applicants who will become active members of their business school community so give a feel for how you would do that. You can get involved in volunteer experience now. Just make sure it is something that you passionate about and you are actively involved in so it is genuine and not just for your resume. Can you do something with literacy since this is an interest of yours?

For your work experience, you are just under the average years of work experience for these schools. It’s great that you have a promotion (or two). Can you demonstrate leadership and maturity from your experiences? I would suggest that you better define your career goals so can clearly demonstrate what transferable skills you have already and why you need an MBA (particularly now) to get where you want to go. If you feel that you are light in this area, than have a clear plan for what you will achieve over the next year to strengthen your application for the following year.

Good luck!
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