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Profile evaluation for pbodine- early career applicant [#permalink]
23 Oct 2009, 22:25
What are my chances with the profile below?
I'm an early career applicant (will have 2 years of experience when I start): 3.5 undergrad GPA in Chemistry, minor in Econ from Dartmouth 760 GMAT (50Q/45V) US Citizen, 24, Vietnamese-American Male Will have 2 years of work experience in operations research consulting (analyst/jr. associate level) by the time I start next fall: -managed large portions of projects -helped create new offerings for projects -participated in sales work (presentations/conference calls) -presented to executives/C-levels on engagements -did some consulting gigs internationally
Minimal/moderate extracurricular experience in college (spent a couple of years as one of the executive editors for a new student-run publication, also have a bit of volunteer work). No extracurriculars since college though due to workload.
My list: HBS Stanford Wharton Kellogg Booth Sloan Columbia Tuck Stern
I know it's an uphill climb with only 2 years of experience. Any thoughts on my chances as I stand now, in terms of categorizing them into safety/target/reach? Am I overshooting this a bit, i.e. should I aim outside the top 8-10?
As an aside, do you have any thoughts on my chances if I apply w/ 3 years of experience (by waiting an extra year)? I may be up for a promotion to senior analyst if I stay an extra year. Do you think that would matter?
Re: Profile evaluation for pbodine- early career applicant [#permalink]
25 Oct 2009, 22:06
You have a potentially strong profile given your cultural background, early leadership, high GMAT score, and not-totally-typical career focus. However, you are aiming high and have two deficits working against you: the lack of recent extracurricular leadership (unfair, but there it is) and your relative lack of work experience (see this Accepted.com piece on young applicants). So as a general response, I would advise waiting a year so you can get that promotion and ramp something up outside of work -- then you can aim high confidently. But assuming you apply now:
Reach (as in, not realistic): HBS Stanford
Reach (as in, long shot but potentially doable): Wharton Kellogg Booth Sloan Columbia Tuck Stern
To be honest, I don't consider any of these schools to be pure "target" schools for you, but Chicago and Stern may come closest: "reach-targets." Again, if you wait a year and stay on your impressive path, this list will probably get recategorized.