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Profile evaluation: Next steps [#permalink]
25 Mar 2013, 11:03
A kind ask for some advice on where to put in most of my efforts until my application for a top US MBA starting in the fall of 2014. See my profile below. My plan is to focus primarily on achieving a higher GMAT score, by improving the quant section. What other next steps do you propose based on my profile? Should I focus more on voluntary work where my personal "gains" are less evident (e.g. mentoring refugees for the Red Cross) or strengthen my leadership profile by focusing on getting a 2nd promotion at work, to become Project Manager of consulting teams with 2-3 direct reports? Or show more active involvement in society by contributing to a party's election campaign or a non-political "Lower taxes" interest group for the Swedish elections in 2014?
Any reflections from Admissions consultants would be highly appreciated.
Best Regards, B
Dream programs: GSB, Booth, HBS, Haas, Kellogg
Profile: 25yo white Swedish male
Work: - (2.5 years currently, will be 3.5 years at start of MBA) Inhouse management consultant at Swedish Fortune 500 ICT company, with project experience from all continents except Africa and Oceania. Fast-tracked promotion. Planning for a 2nd promotion (to Project Manager) before entering MBA. Example projects are Company valuation for CFO; Account Strategy for the largest Key Account globally; Professional Services global strategy development & execution; Long-term product portfolio evaluation; Operational/profitability improvement studies in key markets; Market Entry feasibility study in Eastern Europe. - (7 months) Research Intern at McKinsey. Pulp & Paper specialist, supporting consulting teams with specialized market analyses and data.
Education: - BSc in Business & Economics from Sweden's best university with a GPA ~4.5/5 (top 3-5%). Major in Economics and minor Accounting & Financial Management. Exchange semester at University of Sydney.
Extracurricular: - Project Leader for Sweden's largest international students' project in 2009 - a European Youth Parliament (EYP) 10-day session in Stockholm with a budget of 300kUSD and 300 participants. Lead a team of 20 students in 6+ months of preparations. (2 year engagement +10 hours/week unpaid while at uni) - Board Member/Treasurer for EYP's Swedish branch. Active contributor in growing the org from 50 to 1000 members, the number of annual events from 1 to 10, and the number of local branches across Sweden from 1 to 5. (5yr engagement, 5hrs per week) - International Youth Leader in EYP. In 10+ week-long meetings across Europe, mentoring ~15 young students and facilitating political debate. 2 experiences as "meeting president" with ultimate responsibility for the +100 participants. - Project Manager for "London Investment Banking Week" at my university, with a budget of 30kUSD and 30 participants. Organized visits at 10 top investment banks for career-related training and socializing. (0.5yr engagement, 5hrs per week)
GMAT: 1 try: 700 (90%), Q (63%) V (93%)
Long-term ambition: General Manager, focused on Finance and Sales within industrial company and with significant number of line reports.
Short-term goal: MBA to strengthen profile and get ready for line responsibilities within Finance and/or Sales at current employer or potentially convert to external management consulting at Top 3 firm in Europe, to continue to accelerate development and learning.
Last edited by Basicz on 25 Mar 2013, 13:01, edited 1 time in total.
Re: Profile evaluation: Next steps [#permalink]
25 Mar 2013, 12:37
You have a great profile and with (a) an improved GMAT score and (b) a strong application (essays, recommendations, interviews, resume, etc.) should be a strong candidate at most of the schools that you are targeting. To use your time the best, I would recommend that you (a) focus on improving your GMAT score and then (b) try to get a promotion at work. Also, while it may seem premature, you should start to scout out those people who will be writing recommendations for you and making sure that you have a close working relationship with them and they have recent experiences with you so they can speak about your abilities and potential. Also, if time and funds permit, I would consider visiting these schools while they are in session so you can meet with students and admissions. If this is not possible, you should make alternative efforts to learn as much as you can about these schools and meet as many people as you can who are affiliated with them. Lastly, you might want to consider expanding your list of schools a bit -- and look at Wharton and Columbia. Based on your profile, both schools should be attracted to your candidacy.
Re: Profile evaluation: Next steps [#permalink]
25 Mar 2013, 18:58
Since your extracurricular leadership profile is already pretty strong, I would focus on (aside the GMAT quant score) becoming a "Project Manager of consulting teams with 2-3 direct reports." Demonstrating an atypical/fast-track career trajectory is a key differentiator for successful applicants to the top schools. Feel free to send me your CV for a closer look.