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Profile evaluation - Mech. Eng./750/3.6+/4 years exp. [#permalink]
11 Aug 2014, 10:58
I'm getting ready to apply R2 to a few schools, I'd love some feedback.
Background: - 26-year-old white male
Academic: - 750 GMAT (Q50/V41/AWA6.0/IR8) - BS in mechanical engineering from top non-Ivy (Duke/Johns Hopkins/Northwestern), 3.6 GPA - MS in mechanical engineering from same school, 3.7 GPA
Work: - 4 years working as a mechanical engineer at a midsize ($50-75M revenue, 50-75 employees) electronics company - My role has exposed me to all aspects of the company: I've worked within the R&D group and production engineering (manufacturing), and hand-in-hand with business development & software teams for demos, marketing, procurement...there are very few areas of the company that I have not worked closely with - Received promotion after 1.5 years and began heading up mechanical design for the R&D team, working primarily with 3-4 CS people to develop product demos and prototypes - One of only two or three mechanical engineers in the company, so I'm directly responsible for much of what we produce
Extracurricular: - Leadership role within engineering honor society during undergrad - Volunteer at children's hospital (starting shortly...been on waiting list since January) - Leadership role for city-wide fundraising effort connected to children's hospital (recruiting team for 500+ person event, largest event of its kind in the country) - Other interests: guitarist in a band, playing local shows a few times a month; weightlift in the gym 5+ hours a week consistently for ~6 years; active Dance Marathon participant
Short-term goal: - Transition to strategy consulting at MBB to get more experience in the business realm
Long-term goal: - Transition from strategy consulting to product management at a tech company (Google, Apple, Facebook, etc.)
Why MBA: - Love working in product development, but want to have ability to lead a product from start to finish...have some experience, but no educational foundation for it - Want to transition from small-picture (actual engineering of products) to big-picture (product management, logistics, operations, etc.)
Re: Profile evaluation - Mech. Eng./750/3.6+/4 years exp. [#permalink]
26 Aug 2014, 17:04
You would be a viable applicant to your target schools, I believe; however, they are all well into reasonable-reach territory. No on-pars there. Which is not necessarily a problem, and it may not be worth it for you to attend a less competitive program. To be truly viable, you will need stellar applications.
Regarding your goals –they involve a couple of transitions. They make sense, but try in writing about them to emphasize the logic and consistency of the path, rather than allowing attention to focus on the transition aspect, which can appear unfocused. _________________