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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 24 May 2012, 22:26
Requesting a profile review. Your input is greatly appreciated!

White Male, 35yrs.
GMAT 700, GPA 3.23
Undergrad: Small liberal arts school, Business major.
Extracurricular Activities: College Football, team captain.

Military Experience:

-Field Artillery Officer with multiple combat deployments. Served time as a Platoon Leader (25 soldiers), over 200 combat
mission. Deployed as and military adviser/trainer to the Iraqi Army. Battalion Operations Officer in the rear, supervised a staff
of 15 soldiers. Strong leadership and operational experience.

Current Employment:

-I have been working as a Police Officer since I left the Army in 2008.

Target Programs: Texas A&M-Mays, UT-McCombs, Rice

Career Goals: Short term goal would be to obtain a position in consulting to develop my analytical skills and obtain a broad scope of industry/management exposure.

I'm trying to be as realistic as possible as I enter the application process. I will seek to leverage my military experience as much as possible, as I am unsure if my time as a police officer will be viewed as an asset or liability by adcoms (thoughts?). Also, my age is concern.

Thanks for your input!

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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 25 May 2012, 09:13
I think you may be selling yourself a little short.

The three schools you listed are closer to be safeties for you. The thing is, if you're really interested in management consulting, keep in mind that they focus their MBA recruiting on the top 16 schools. Doesn't mean you can't get into consulting from the more regional schools, but it's like sports: going to a D1 school as that is where the pro scouts spend most of their time looking at prospects.

This may be a stretch for you, but you should go for it if you are truly serious about making a career switch:

Stretch: HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg, Sloan, Tuck (choose 2-3)
Sweet spot: Duke, Darden, Michigan, Yale (choose 3).

In my view, you should go big rather than selling yourself short, especially if mgmt consulting is what you want to do. Otherwise, I think you're better off doing a part-time program at a regional (instead of full-time), if that is at all possible given your line of work. In other words, these regional programs on a full-time basis may be able to get you *out* of law enforcement, but it won't get you *in* to management consulting (but it can still allow you to transition to a business career - maybe working in industry in Texas).

There's no doubt that you have a ton of leadership experience, and life experience that few if any applicants have. Age can be an issue but there's nothing you can do about that. Again, I think you have enough of an outside shot that it's worth at least giving these top schools a go.

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Re: Profile Evaluation   [#permalink] 25 May 2012, 09:13
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