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Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Strategy
Schools: Chicago (Booth) - Class of 2014
GMAT 1: 760 Q51 V44
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Profile evaluation - early career applicant [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2010, 08:02
Hello,

Can you please evaluate my profile below for full time MBA programs to start Fall 2011?

I am an early career applicant (will have 3 years of experience when I start):
3.5 undergrad GPA in Chemistry, minor in Econ from Dartmouth
760 GMAT (51Q/44V 6.0 AWA)
25 years old by matriculation, Vietnamese-American male (US Citizen)
Will have 3 years of work experience in operations research consulting by the time I start next fall:
-early promotion to associate/jr. manager (< 2 years, when typical is 2-3)
-placed in the top bracket of the bonus pool each year I was employed
-currently lead project teams to deliver consulting work
-participated in sales work (presentations/conference calls)
-presented to executives/C-levels on engagements
-did some consulting gigs internationally
-took initiative and spearheaded the standardization of a number of internal organizational processes in my company (developed standard content for training, created technical documents for common/standard consulting projects, led process around new employee recruitment, consolidated all of the group's research findings into one database, etc.).

From an extracurricular standpoint, I do a bit of volunteer work every Saturday and Sunday. I don't put in crazy hours toward EC's due to my workload but I try to volunteer ~5 hours a week during the weekends. In college I was one of the executive editors of an entirely new publication so I led the entire process for my segment of the journal (recruiting editors, selecting papers, leading the editorial process, etc.). No substantial extracurriculars beyond that, however.

I'm looking into the schools below:
HBS
Wharton
Kellogg
Sloan
Columbia
Tuck

I know it's an uphill climb with only 3 years of experience. Any thoughts on my chances as I stand now, in terms of safety/reasonable/reach? As an aside, do you have any thoughts on my chances if I apply w/ 4 years of experience (by waiting an extra year)? Do you think that would matter?

Thanks for your help.
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Re: Profile evaluation - early career applicant [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2010, 09:40
not an expert by any means, but from what I have seen reading others evaluations, your stats are pretty good. Guys with a lot worse everything about their apps get into top 5 schools. That being said, its never an exact science, but I'm sure you'll do fine and an extra year won't do much.

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