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Profile Eval- Atypical Applicant Public Sector Experience

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Profile Eval- Atypical Applicant Public Sector Experience [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2014, 22:07
I recently applied to MBA schools R2 and can't really figure out if I am very strong applicant (will even get funding) or don't stand a chance. I was hoping to get some insight into my chances as if there is a strong likelihood I will get in to a school there are a lot of things I need to arrange with my current job as well as my wife's.

Age: 28M and married, no children.
Ethnicity: Hispanic (born and grew up in US, but also hold Guatemalan citizenship)
Test scores: I took the GRE instead of GMAT, since I was more familiar with the test 165/V 168/Q GMAT equivalent of 760.
Undergrad: I went to public university, 3.61 GPA Econ/Political Science
Grad School: Harvard Kennedy 2 yr MPP and have a 1yr diploma from Johns Hopkins SAIS in 09. GPAs at both was around 3.25.
Work Experience: A significant amount of contract/internship working and living abroad in Italy and South America in primarily energy. More recently worked in public sector in a variety of capacities including as a HS math teacher. Currently working as a successful entrepreneur in RE. Started as a hobby and went on to do it full-time.

I applied to a range of schools ranked from 1-12.

I think on about every area I differ a bit from the traditional applicant, even having taken the GRE as opposed to GMAT, so I don't feel using class profiles is meaningful.

I would truly appreciate any insight anyone can offer. It took a lot to apply to MBA now with my own family and business, and this uncertainty is a bit stressful on us all.
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Re: Profile Eval- Atypical Applicant Public Sector Experience [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2014, 07:33
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I agree that you are an unconventional applicant – and this fact alone is neutral, neither good nor bad on its face. It depends on the details. It can be a plus in that it differentiates you (and adcoms want diversity of experience), it can be a negative in that you have to work a little harder to clarify why you are pursuing a business degree.

You’re clearly a qualified applicant to competitive programs, and I believe you were correct to target your stated range. If you put together compelling applicants, I believe you will have some nice admits.

Your work experience holds some possible pluses – including public service and entrepreneurship. On the other hand, top MBA programs want to see advancement, superior performance, and a stellar track record. From what you wrote it looks a bit unfocused and lacking direction; it doesn’t cohere into a clear story. So, IF in your application you were able to show upward growth/advancement and to pull the disparate things together into a unified story/message, then I believe you have a good chance
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