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Please Provide some Advice.. Thanks [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 15:53
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 Provide some Advice.. Thanks [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2012, 05:28
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Firstly, congrats on the great profile. Ivy League 3.5, killer GMAT, solid experience....this should all bode well for you in the process. As for timing, it's something to consider if you are concerned about demonstrating leadership, to wait for more progressively responsibility and a direct report or two, but frankly, your profile is so strong, I feel you would be an attractive candidate next year and HBS loves younger applicants. Remember, you don't have to be in charge to demonstrate leadership. Think on how you have impacted a group or organization, how you have shaken things up or improved a process. All these things demonstrate leadership. As for volunteer experience, my advice would be to pick something you are passionate about (let's say reading) and go find a way to get involved in that area now. This will show a history of involvement in an area and a specific application of the passion. For example, you could go volunteer in a program that reads to kids in local schools (these are easy to do and opportunities abound). You could also organize or participate in a book drive or RIF program (if that's still around). You get the idea. Build on what you already do for fun and leverage it into community involvement. As always please let us know if we can help you put things together. Even the best prepared candidates must make a compelling case for admission with their application--some say you are under more scrutiny with a killer pedigree, with adoms looking for a chink in the armour. We have specialists who graduated from all your target schools if you decide to go the consulting route. Good luck--you are off to a great start!
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