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Profile Evaluation - Next Steps? [#permalink]
22 Jun 2014, 21:30
I'm currently a 26-year-old Asian American woman. I graduated from a top liberal arts college in 2009, double majoring in the social sciences. My GPA was a 3.5. I've been working in investor relations at a specialty pharmaceuticals company for 1.5 years, where I work very closely with the CFO and CEO, and with senior management across nearly all departments. While I enjoy my job, it's a very niche field and I'd like to leverage Business School to go into healthcare consulting and eventually back into industry. At my current workplace, I started out as an associate, got a nice raise and promotion in March, and am hoping to secure another promotion by the end of this year. Before this company, I worked for 1.5 years at an investor relations agency in a completely different industry doing marketing and sales. Before that, I worked as a researcher at a women's grantmaking foundation, and before that, took a year off to take care of a sick family member (no regrets), and spent my time studying for and taking the LSAT, although I decided to ultimately forgo the law school route.
In terms of extracurriculars, I recently became a board member of my college alumnae club in my state, where I expect my role to expand beyond my title (as it already has...).
As you can see, I am not a traditional candidate, but I'm happy that I've managed to combine my skills in communications and research with my overall life mission of helping people--all encompassed in my job today. Problematically, I don't have a quant background, although I took advanced Calculus in college and got an A-. I also took some MOOC courses in Corporate Finance and Statistics a while back and received As, but I'm not sure if they're worth anything to admissions.
It took me a while, but I know what I want to do going forward. Can I get into a top program, such as Tuck or Fuqua with my background? Is Wharton an unrealistic stretch (as long as I avoid the HCM track, which seems to strongly favor quant/science backgrounds)?
Are there any other programs that you recommend, with or without a healthcare management focus?
What type of GMAT score do I at least need?
Do I need to supplement with any real quant classes?
Am I too "old" of a candidate if I want to apply in 2015, where I will be 28 at matriculation?
Thank you in advance for your time!