Any honest feedback would be appreciated as I'm just getting started with my search.
I'm a 26 yr-old white male from northeast US. I majored in Finance from a top 15 US undergrad program (3.8 overall GPA, 3.9 major GPA). I took the GMAT once and got a 710 (Q47/76th percentile, V40/89th).
I've worked for 4 years; my first two years out of school I worked at a consulting firm performing M&A buy-side valuations. For the last two years, I've been in a large private equity owned company. First year was in a Corporate Strategy role, working on high priority analytical and operational projects across all divisions. I got promoted in 9 months and now work in a similar strategy role for a single business unit. In both roles, I have a number of success stories and aspects of the business I can point to and say I’ve had a direct impact on.
What I believe sets me apart is my general experience and my exposure to how the very top of a major corporation operates (both the good and the bad). Post MBA I would look to do mgmt. consulting with a longer term goal of private equity portfolio company operations.
I’ve worked 70-80 hr weeks my entire career, so I do not have any notable extracurricular activities.
The schools I’m currently targeting for R1 this fall (for fall 2013 entry) are Sloan, Columbia, HBS and Wharton. I’ll have at least two very strong reccs; one from current firm and one from my former firm. Also considering applying to Tuck, Berkeley and/or Fuqua (my list is still in development). Ideally I would like to be employed in Boston/NYC post MBA.
Please let me know your honest reactions to my profile and the schools I'm targeting. Thanks in advance for the help and advice!