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Profile evaluation please [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2013, 03:31
I've only recently started considering for a rather drastic career transition (although honestly don't have much career to start with), and so far the forums have been greatly helpful. Please let me know what you think.

So here's where I stand.

-mid-20's male
-Graduated from UPenn UG (political science, Summa Cum)
-Have been working 2 years in foreign public sector (but has no "business-related" work experience)
-Initially wanted to go JD/MPP dual degree. Applied and recently been accepted to a CCN law school and Harvard Kennedy School MPP.

Although I was admitted to a top law school, I'm not really excited about the prospect of becoming a lawyer. I'm trying to make a transition to consulting and I'm thinking a MPP/MBA joint (concurrent degree) is perfect for what I want to do in the future (public sector-related consulting).
I have a fairly high oldGRE score (Q800, V780, AW4.5), and from what I know they are accepted in all the top MBA programs (ETS's GRE-GMAT conversion table says it's equivalent to 780 GMAT but I doubt it's that high). Should I still take GMAT?

To sum it up,

-Fairly high GPA but poli-sci major and no background in econ or business (reason being that I've only recently realized what I really wanted to do and that I need a econ/business degree to pursue it)
-Able to sell JD/MPP or MPP/MBA options to differentiate myself from classic applicant pool (which of the two do you think is better for raising my chances?)
-rather weak work experience (2 years in foreign public sector). Planning to gain some private sector experience (possibly in consulting) over the summer and fall.
-High GRE score (but still take GMAT?)

So given my situation what are my chances into H/S/W, Sloan or Tuck? These are the only schools that HKS has concurrent degrees with, and HBS and Sloan is my dream/first choice due to their closeness to HKS.

Please give me your realistic advice on how I should go about doing this. If my chances are reasonable I am willing to throw away a decent option of attending a top law school, and I do want to make the shift to MBA.

Thanks!
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Re: Profile evaluation please [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2013, 10:41
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Hi there,

Big decision! I totally understand it-- I came out of undergrad with a policy degree/intl development passion, wanting to go to law school (applied, got in), but meanwhile started working in the corporate world and loved it. Spoke with enough lawyers to know that a legal career wasn't for me, and ultimately went down the MBA path.

I wouldn't undermine your work experience. Public sector experience can be very valued (and is quite unique) in an MBA candidate. It just depends what kind of work you've been doing and what degree of responsibility/leadership you've had. If you've had strong leadership/teamwork experience, that'll set you up well. If not, it'll be a bigger challenge.

Your academic background is very strong - great GPA, great GRE score. I do feel that the GMAT is more favorably viewed by most programs, but technically, if they accept the GRE, then they should consider it equally. Sounds like you have a great score (make sure it's not expired!).

I don't see much in the way of extracurriculars and/or community activities. This could be a major disadvantage in your profile for an MBA program. Ideally, you'd have strong leadership experience in these arenas (post-college).

All in all, I'd say that there might be a lack of strong leadership in your profile that would make H/S/W, Tuck, Sloan pretty tough from the MBA perspective. Not impossible, but not a guarantee either. I'd put them in the reach category for you (although I'm speaking without much information on your actual job/experience!).

Hope this helps,
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