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Please review my profile - Non-traditional student [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2009, 09:21
29/M Caucasian
GMAT 680 - 47Q/35V - 6 AWA
Top 25 public school, BA Finance - 3.7 GPA

Went to work out of high school (As a side note, I dropped out of high school my Jr year and got a diploma when I was 19.)

-2 years pharma manufacturing. Promoted twice in two years.
-1.5 yrs as an engineer in automotive. Promoted once.
- Finally (prior to college graduation), 2 years in retail management

During these first few jobs I went to college. 85% was full-time for both. I used to drive the hour and a half to college Monday morning, took 5-6 classes a semester, tutored math at night, drove home on Thursday nights to the wife and kids and worked full-time Thursday night thru Sunday. Would have done better than a 3.7, but cash was tight for the family so I didn't buy books for a lot of classes which made them a bit more challenging.

Post college:
-1.5yrs investment banking at a mid-market bank
-1.5 yrs equity research at a top bank. Worked under a #1 ranked consumer analyst. Was promoted to the post-mba analyst position after 4 months.
-1 year director of investor relations at a global pharma company (youngest person at this level).

I have many significant accomplishments at all of my jobs. Following a few years in healthcare I will jump over to be a buy-side analyst at a mid to large sized fund.

My question is simple, could I get into any top 10 programs? I am applying to a couple part-time programs as I am trying to be realistic. Saw this opportunity to confirm that part-time is the way to go and that full-time would be a 50/50 bet at best.

Thanks for the feedback!
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Re: Please review my profile - Non-traditional student [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2009, 22:41
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29/M Caucasian
GMAT 680 - 47Q/35V - 6 AWA
Top 25 public school, BA Finance - 3.7 GPA

Went to work out of high school (As a side note, I dropped out of high school my Jr year and got a diploma when I was 19.)

-2 years pharma manufacturing. Promoted twice in two years.
-1.5 yrs as an engineer in automotive. Promoted once.
- Finally (prior to college graduation), 2 years in retail management

During these first few jobs I went to college. 85% was full-time for both. I used to drive the hour and a half to college Monday morning, took 5-6 classes a semester, tutored math at night, drove home on Thursday nights to the wife and kids and worked full-time Thursday night thru Sunday. Would have done better than a 3.7, but cash was tight for the family so I didn't buy books for a lot of classes which made them a bit more challenging.

Post college:
-1.5yrs investment banking at a mid-market bank
-1.5 yrs equity research at a top bank. Worked under a #1 ranked consumer analyst. Was promoted to the post-mba analyst position after 4 months.
-1 year director of investor relations at a global pharma company (youngest person at this level).

I have many significant accomplishments at all of my jobs. Following a few years in healthcare I will jump over to be a buy-side analyst at a mid to large sized fund.

My question is simple, could I get into any top 10 programs? I am applying to a couple part-time programs as I am trying to be realistic. Saw this opportunity to confirm that part-time is the way to go and that full-time would be a 50/50 bet at best.

Thanks for the feedback!

You have a chance in the top 10. Your GMAT is a little low, but you have quite a story, good grades, and a strong record of post-college achievement. Your chances would be strong in the top 20; weaker, but still possible in the top 10.

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