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Profile Evaluation (Ex-military)

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30 Jun 2007, 12:56
If you have time to review my basic profile, I would appreciate it. Coming from the military, there are no MBAs around to help, mentor, or provide feedback.

1. Demographics:
White Male, currently 25 (will be 26 at matriculation in Fall '08)
Originally from CA, but went to school in NY, and have lived/worked in GA, HI, and Iraq.

3.77 from West Point (US Military Academy) (BS degree)
Major: Engineering Psychology (aka Human Factors Engineering)
Minor: Mechanical Engineering
Distinguished Graduate (Highest graduation honor WP gives; roughly top 5% of class)
2 Honor Societies and earnedthe highest score in several classes
Selected for several high ranking leadership positions
Competed and placed in an international military skills/athletic competition

3. GMAT: 700 (92%, 45/78% Q, 40/90% V, 6.0 AWA)
Not sure if this mitigates anything, but I received at least an A- in all undergrad math classes, which included Calc II and Advanced Stats. Also earned high marks (mostly As) in my engineering courses, which included partial differentials and all that fun engineering stuff. It also hurts that the last time I used math (besides counting soldiers and bullets and calculating rates/distances) was in undergrad.

4. Work Experience:
4 years (5+ years at matriculation) in the Army. Specifically, I am an infantry officer (for non0military types, the infantry is the ground combat force with rifles; think Platoon or We Were Soldiers Once), airborne and ranger-qualified. I have over 2 years of primary leadership/command time, having been responsible for 40+ soldiers, to include a tour in the Sunni Triangle of Iraq as a platoon leader. I've also solved unique problems (secured a city of 85,000 for national elections, ran that cities police and Iraqi Army assets, and been heavily involved in international diplomacy working with tribal leaders and sheiks). I also was responsible for approx. $20 mil worth of equipment as maintenance officer. I now work at a senior military headquarters that "owns" about 75% of the army, specifically working with the sister services in planning exercises for deploying units. I was always rated above my peers and placed in senior positions even though I was often junior to my peers or ranked lower than other officers. I also was always selected for the most difficult/important/sensitive assignments, which often meant I was gone (destroyed my chances for many extracurriculars). I could go on about work, but I want to both be brief and find a better way of phrasing everything to make it more readily accessible by non-military people. 5. Extracurriculars: These are the bane of my existence. In 4 years in the army, I've moved 5 times. It's been hard to put out roots. However, I did my best. I flew home twice a year to speak to seniors at local (my hometown in N. Calif.) high schools about different perspectives on Iraq and other underlying issues I work with. I also volunteered in Hawaii with an elementary school in the poorest, most crime ridden area of Oahu, to include set up and fund a competition to improve literacy among some of the classes. I continued this when I moved to GA. I also give speeches and hold talks and discussions about Iraq and the war on terror with local groups, to include groups such as the Kiwanis Club. 6. Why MBA: Easy: switching careers in a drastic way and an MBA will give me a better perspective and supplement my analytical and quantitative skills. 7. Post MBA Goals: This is more difficult, coming from a non-traditional background. I initially think consulting or investment banking. Consulting because it would give me the opportunity to learn a lot fast, adding significant breadth to the depth I will have acquired during my MBA. Investment banking seems exciting and fast paced with huge upside potential. For my mid-career goal, it would be to be a partner at a private equity or VC firm. Both seems to require both an excellent analytical mind, but with strategic thinking and creativity wholly necessary. Another option would be to be an executive at a company, managing people and resources and working to increase the well-being of shareholders. For long term, I would love to go into politics/government, especially setting policy (perhaps at a think tank) or working on projects with governmental agencies, such as the plan to freeze terror assets around the world. Basically not much money, but truly continuing to serve the greater good. 8. Target Schools: Stanford, Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, Kellogg. 9. Weaknesses: GMAT, though I travel so much, it's hard to find time to retake it. My extracurriculars seem a bit weak. Maybe I don't spin them correctly, but it's really hard to find time, especially since I am generally traveling two weeks per month. My last concern is that my "wow" factor isn't there. So, what do you guys think? Any thoughts, ideas, or help would be appreciated. Thanks! Director Joined: 30 Nov 2006 Posts: 591 Location: Kuwait Followers: 14 Kudos [?]: 228 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] Show Tags 30 Jun 2007, 14:29 wow Not only non-traditional, but also amazing and outstanding. I don't see any weak point in your profile. This is a Harvard type profile. Iraq ? how was it ? I bet it was a life advanture ! Although I've never been in Iraq, I'm from Kuwait and lived the gulf war back in 1990. Intern Joined: 25 Jun 2007 Posts: 6 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] Show Tags 30 Jun 2007, 15:17 Thanks brother. We'll see what happens. I think GMATs may be an issue. I *should* retake them, but it's hard to find time with my schedule. I've gotten a lot of "it's very competitive to get in ..." from the top schools. I realize that they must be (factor the # of 99% GMATs and the number of top colleges, and every 99% will NOT get into the top schools, so I can't imagine some of the rejected people who would easily have succeeded at school and life if given the chance), but hopefully I have something they are looking for that sets me apart. And Iraq was, dare I say, somewhat fun. As long as the good guys (us, just so you know where I stand on that one) didn't get hurt, it was actually pretty cool. Talk about stepping back into the stone age (full disclosure: some places were very modern I "visited" in Iraq ... where I was did not happen to be one; no knocks on Arab culture in this post!). I studied Arabic in college, so it was good putting the true culture in perspective with the academic one. Where in Kuwait were you? That place is a trip: so much money and grandeur (reminded me of Vegas with the neon signs and some of the buildings) right next to some truly wretched places (i.e. Iraq). I only saw Kuwait city, Doha, and the amusement park by Doha. I played volleyball at the shore of the Persian Gulf! Never though that would happen! SVP Status: Trust Experience, Trust Success Affiliations: U. Chicago, Johns Hopkins, AIGAC Joined: 12 Dec 2005 Posts: 1765 Followers: 15 Kudos [?]: 182 [0], given: 0 Re: Profile Evaluation (Ex-military) [#permalink] Show Tags 03 Jul 2007, 10:14 skyjumper03 wrote: If you have time to review my basic profile, I would appreciate it. Coming from the military, there are no MBAs around to help, mentor, or provide feedback. 1. Demographics: White Male, currently 25 (will be 26 at matriculation in Fall '08) Originally from CA, but went to school in NY, and have lived/worked in GA, HI, and Iraq. 2. Undergrad: 3.77 from West Point (US Military Academy) (BS degree) Major: Engineering Psychology (aka Human Factors Engineering) Minor: Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Graduate (Highest graduation honor WP gives; roughly top 5% of class) 2 Honor Societies and earnedthe highest score in several classes Selected for several high ranking leadership positions Competed and placed in an international military skills/athletic competition 3. GMAT: 700 (92%, 45/78% Q, 40/90% V, 6.0 AWA) Not sure if this mitigates anything, but I received at least an A- in all undergrad math classes, which included Calc II and Advanced Stats. Also earned high marks (mostly As) in my engineering courses, which included partial differentials and all that fun engineering stuff. It also hurts that the last time I used math (besides counting soldiers and bullets and calculating rates/distances) was in undergrad. 4. Work Experience: 4 years (5+ years at matriculation) in the Army. Specifically, I am an infantry officer (for non0military types, the infantry is the ground combat force with rifles; think Platoon or We Were Soldiers Once), airborne and ranger-qualified. I have over 2 years of primary leadership/command time, having been responsible for 40+ soldiers, to include a tour in the Sunni Triangle of Iraq as a platoon leader. I've also solved unique problems (secured a city of 85,000 for national elections, ran that cities police and Iraqi Army assets, and been heavily involved in international diplomacy working with tribal leaders and sheiks). I also was responsible for approx.$20 mil worth of equipment as maintenance officer. I now work at a senior military headquarters that "owns" about 75% of the army, specifically working with the sister services in planning exercises for deploying units. I was always rated above my peers and placed in senior positions even though I was often junior to my peers or ranked lower than other officers. I also was always selected for the most difficult/important/sensitive assignments, which often meant I was gone (destroyed my chances for many extracurriculars). I could go on about work, but I want to both be brief and find a better way of phrasing everything to make it more readily accessible by non-military people.

5. Extracurriculars:
These are the bane of my existence. In 4 years in the army, I've moved 5 times. It's been hard to put out roots. However, I did my best. I flew home twice a year to speak to seniors at local (my hometown in N. Calif.) high schools about different perspectives on Iraq and other underlying issues I work with. I also volunteered in Hawaii with an elementary school in the poorest, most crime ridden area of Oahu, to include set up and fund a competition to improve literacy among some of the classes. I continued this when I moved to GA. I also give speeches and hold talks and discussions about Iraq and the war on terror with local groups, to include groups such as the Kiwanis Club.

6. Why MBA:
Easy: switching careers in a drastic way and an MBA will give me a better perspective and supplement my analytical and quantitative skills.

7. Post MBA Goals:
This is more difficult, coming from a non-traditional background. I initially think consulting or investment banking. Consulting because it would give me the opportunity to learn a lot fast, adding significant breadth to the depth I will have acquired during my MBA. Investment banking seems exciting and fast paced with huge upside potential. For my mid-career goal, it would be to be a partner at a private equity or VC firm. Both seems to require both an excellent analytical mind, but with strategic thinking and creativity wholly necessary. Another option would be to be an executive at a company, managing people and resources and working to increase the well-being of shareholders. For long term, I would love to go into politics/government, especially setting policy (perhaps at a think tank) or working on projects with governmental agencies, such as the plan to freeze terror assets around the world. Basically not much money, but truly continuing to serve the greater good.

8. Target Schools:
Stanford, Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, Kellogg.

9. Weaknesses:
GMAT, though I travel so much, it's hard to find time to retake it. My extracurriculars seem a bit weak. Maybe I don't spin them correctly, but it's really hard to find time, especially since I am generally traveling two weeks per month. My last concern is that my "wow" factor isn't there.

So, what do you guys think? Any thoughts, ideas, or help would be appreciated. Thanks!

skyjumper03,

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03 Jul 2007, 10:21
Thanks for the advice. More heads (especially experienced ones) are easily better than mine. What areas could I improve to, in turn, improve my chances for a top-5 school?
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06 Jul 2007, 09:56
skyjumper03 wrote:
Thanks for the advice. More heads (especially experienced ones) are easily better than mine. What areas could I improve to, in turn, improve my chances for a top-5 school?

Skyjumper03,

I would focus on fleshing out and narrowing down your goals, talking to people in these fields (hopefully people with MBAs from your target schools), and just generally doing the homework to come across as savvy about your post-military career. Part of this process could be building your personal network at the schools you will be targeting, i.e., not only visiting the campuses but talking to people (students, alums, faculty if you can) so you know these programs personally and can talk interestingly about how each one is unique when you start your essays.

Good luck,
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06 Jul 2007, 10:15
Paul,

Thanks again for the advice. I appreciate it!
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06 Jul 2007, 12:24
skyjumper03 wrote:
Paul,

Thanks again for the advice. I appreciate it!

You're welcome.
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