Beyond the "numbers" – GMAT and GPA – your goals really drive the schools you should be targeting in the top 15. For clarity, think of your GMAT and GPA as the first hurdles you have to clear just to be in the game. Now, I do not really have a complete understanding of your future goals, so I am going to make some assumptions here.
With respect to your career goals - which is really determines your fit - it looks like you could make a good case for working within the service operations practice in management consulting firm. Example –http://www.bain.com/consulting-services/performance-improvement/service-operations.aspx. This would leverage your current experiences, and of course, every top business school program sends a large number of its graduates back into consulting. So I suppose the bottom line is that your candidacy (academic and professional), although somewhat non-traditional, will neither help or hurt you. I think if you spin the professional uniqueness of it, it would come out to be a slight plus.
If you can't get that much more than 650 on the GMAT, you are really pricing yourself out of the top 15 schools. iIt really seems that you should be able to break 700. The test is really not that difficult to master, especially since you seem to have ample time to prepare. Don't psych yourself out.
I would definitely step up your game when it comes to getting involved in some type of industry group or related philanthropy. I know that your consulting work they require you to travel or work at a remote location, but try to pick up some over the phone or Internet mentoring, for example.
I hope this helps.
I have some basic questions on my profile,
I am 24 year old male who is planning to apply to B-Schools for fall of 2013. I am currently preparing for the GMAT, I have been improving steadily since I started and am now getting around 670's on practice tests. I am fairly confident when I am finished preparing I will get around a 700.
My profile - Graduated with a 3.75 from Purdue University in Hospitality and Tourism Management (top 2 school in the US for this major). I know it is a not a typical major for MBA schools but I graduated with a good GPA, did very well in all of my accounting/finance classes (all A's). I also had a minor in design/consulting for the Hospitality industry.
Upon graduation I worked as a manager at a resort for a year, then took a job as a hospitality consultant doing mostly design work for restuarants and hotels (curently for a year but plan to keep working for another year and a half until 2013 fall). I am curently starting a transition for training for a promotion.
My goal upon getting an MBA to move into the consulting/marketing fields, most likely for hospitaltiy industries as I have background and experience in this industry.
I am involved in volunteering at some places but not to many organizations. I plan on joining some additional professional organizations in the near future (most likely after my GMAT Prep and test).
Provided that I can achieve around the 700 mark what types of schools should I be looking into? I would love to attend a top 5 to 10 school but am concerned on my lack of quant in school and workplace. Would more of a top 25 schools be more realistic?
What types of schools should I look into if I don't achieve a 700 ,more in the range of a 650 to 670? I am worried how much my lack of Quant my hurt my profile, any thoughts?
Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated.
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