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Schools: Ross '15 (M)
GMAT 1: 700 Q43 V42
GPA: 3.3
WE: Consulting (Consulting)
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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2012, 16:41
Hello,

I am looking to apply in round 1 or 2 and was hoping you could review my profile.

My stats:
26 at matriculation with 4 months of full time WE (government mgmt consulting) - just switched companies over the summer for a promotion/more responsibilities

700 GMAT (95% V, 67% Q) - low quant, but since I did well in calculus, statistics, and finances courses, perhaps they may give me a break

3.3 cumulative GPA (Econ major) from private Top 20 (I think my final 2 years was around 3.2ish but my major was something around 3.0). Transfered from a state university with a 4.0 my freshman year, but I'm not sure if adcoms will take that into consideration.

Didn't get involved with anything during my undergrad unfortunately, but I picked up the slack post-graduation by volunteering to do some college career counseling, volunteering at the Make A Wish Foundation, and I hold a chair position on my local alumni board

I have good reviews from my employers will be able to get solid recs from them as well.

I would like to get into more generalized strategy consulting, hopefully with an energy focus, or even a general management track at an energy firm.

A little bit more about myself...I've lived on three different continents and worked for a summer in Abu Dhabi for a PE firm. Will being "cultured" (for lack of a better word) help potentially?

My list of possible schools includes the following:

Kellogg
Tuck
Ross
Darden

I'm on track to be promoted in January and I'm worried that if I apply now, I'm not going to be impressive enough professionally. I've done quite a few things in the past year (business development work, creating marketable solutions for my consulting group, became a task lead (without any subordinates)) so maybe that'll be enough but I have no idea. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2012, 19:23
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Hello,

Thanks for the info! Let's break it down:

Academics: GMAT - that is a decent overall score, but I think the skew in the score is going to hurt you a bit. Your A grades from undergrad quant classes will help, but may not be enough. You could either retake the exam or take your chances and address in an optional statement. Depends on your priorities/risk tolerance/confidence level in attaining a higher score, etc. Would be great if you could bump up your overall score and improve your quant score to that 80th percentile zone. GPA is decent/average.

Professional experience: As a consultant, you should have very strong team and client stories and a pretty good inventory of leadership stories to draw from. Government consulting is slightly different than private sector consulting, but presents its own unique challenges, so I think you can make this pretty solid.

EC/Community: Seems like you are involved post-college, but I'm not seeing really strong leadership in any of these activities. Nor am I seeing really unique activities that help explain who you are -- these are somewhat common activities. So, I'd say your average in this arena.

Overall, I think you have an average profile - most likely you are going to be relying on your professional stories to carry your application. The goal, though, is to show your multi-dimensionality and balance, so be sure to include stories from the other dimensions/areas. Think through your personal stories/experiences and try to figure out how you'll stand out and personalize your profile. The international experience can help, but it's becoming more and more common these days -- still, sounds like it's a big part of your story that you can use to your advantage. As for your promotion, that's really up to you -- depends on your timeline as to whether you wait to apply or not. You can always apply now, and if you don't get in, get promoted and then reapply and show that you've been given additional responsibility, etc.

I think Tuck and Kellogg will be reach programs, but that you would be considered at Michigan and Darden. I may suggest swapping Kellogg for more something like Duke, NYU, UCLA.

Hope this helps!


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