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Profile Eval, Please [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2008, 12:37
Hi --

I am planning on applying to B-School this fall to go back fall 09. I wanted to get some input on my profile and what I can do over the next 8-10 months to make myself more attractive to schools.

Background

- 3.9 GPA from Emory University's Goizueta Business School - Degree in Business Administration, Finance Concentration; Math Minor
- 770 GMAT Score (50 Q, 46 V), 6.0 AWA
- Caucasion male, US Citizen, will be 23 at time of application (24 at time of matriculation)
- Will have 2 years of work experience at time of application

Work Experience

- Work experience is entirely in consulting with a Tier 2 global firm; client experiences have included:
1. Leading a team of 5 client executives during mega supplier negotiations, resulting in savings potential of 12-15% for the client
2. Conducting an organizational assessment to understand how the employer can most efficiently utilize resources in a resource constrained environment
3. Owning a strategic sourcing workstream that resulted in $11MM (or about 15%) in savings for the client
- Promoted to Senior Analyst position at first possible promotion interval
- Have undertaken leadership roles within the office (i.e. very active in recruiting, planning office events)
- Serve as a "buddy" to new consultants -- a buddy is an informal mentor there to provide guidance and advice "off the record"

Extra Curriculars and Interests

- Serve as a Mentor to Goizueta Business School undergrads
- Active in the Junior Achievement program (currently just bringing a class into the office, looking to get into going into the classroom)
- Aviation - Have 50+ hours flight time logged, have soloed and done glider flying (have not done this in a couple of years due to time and $$$ -- but still have the passion for planes)
- Gofling
- Traveling

Schools

- Currently I am planning on applying to HBS, Wharton, Kellogg and Chicago GSB. I want to apply to one other school, but don't know where quite yet.

Please let me know thoughts on profile and what I can do to improve it and strengthen my position over the time frame aforementioned.

Thanks,
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Re: Profile Eval, Please [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2008, 19:09
Well, you're definitely a strong applicant at first blush. Your challenge will be to show that you have the maturity to below at your target schools. They all have mean work experiences of ~5 years+. Being a consultant you have a range of experiences to draw from and it sounds like some solid leadership experiences -- this is key! You'll definitely need to communicate that you 've had the opportunity to prove yourself as a leader in a very short period of time. Also, it's important that you effectively communicate your career goals and answer why now is the perfect time to attend b-school. Be as specific as possible with your career goals and make sure to strongly express fit with the target schools -- what do they offer that you need.

If you do all that, you should be in great shape.
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