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Profile Evaluation - Feeling undifferentiated

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Profile Evaluation - Feeling undifferentiated [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2012, 06:20
Would love any thoughts on my profile - whether the schools I'm looking at make sense and how I could make myself stand out. I'm worried that my undifferentiated story, no-name undergrad and age at application (will be 28) will make things difficult. Thanks in advance!

1) Background/Experience: 27 y/o white male - grew up on a farm in the midwest. 2.5 years of Big 4 Accounting (Audit, promoted to Senior Associate), networked like crazy to get to M&A at a top middle market investment bank (Baird, HW&Co., Piper Jaffray) and spent 2.5 years there, will have 2 years of middle market private equity experience ($1+ billion fund, currently only a few months in). Top rankings at each and should be able to get very good recs from partners/founders/b-school donors.
2) GMAT: Will be taking soon - shooting for 720+ based on practice exams
3) Undergrad: Lower tier (100 - 200 ranking on US News) state school, 4.0 GPA, triple major in Econ, Accounting, and Finance, graduated in 2007.
4) Extras: One year of varsity football (walk-on), officer of student investment fund and member of several clubs in college. After college, was a board member of non-profit with ~$3 million budget and member of a special committee that led a merger with another major non-profit. Board member of a professional organization. Other volunteer work through United Way.
5) Designations: CPA
6) Schools: Reach: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton. Target: Kellog, Booth, Columbia, Tuck. Others: Not sure - maybe Haas, Yale, Michigan (but worried I won't be able to achieve my goal [see below] if I attend these schools)
7) Goal: Transition away from standard LBO into growth equity, with a particular focus on consumer businesses.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Feeling undifferentiated [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 10:27
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Hi unlikelylongshot,

Thanks for posting. Nothing about your story makes me think there is any reason why you cannot be admitted, but nothing stands out telling me why you should be admitted. All of the reasons why a top program would admit you are in the details of your work experience, personal experiences, personality, values and overall story.

Regarding your candidacy, I recommend you read this case study of a Big 4 accountant being accepted into a top program: http://www.stacyblackman.com/2011/09/08 ... eer-goals/

We also have school specific advice for the programs you are considering here:

Kellogg: http://www.stacyblackman.com/business-s ... n-kellogg/
Booth: http://www.stacyblackman.com/business-s ... ago-booth/
Columbia: http://www.stacyblackman.com/business-s ... -school-2/

If you'd like, we provide free 30 minute phone consultations here: http://www.stacyblackman.com/contact/

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Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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