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Profile evaluation for pbodine- early career applicant [#permalink] New post 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?

Thanks
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Re: Profile evaluation for pbodine- early career applicant [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2009, 22:06
hello313,

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.

Good luck,

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