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Profile Evaluation please - Auditing background [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2013, 17:34
Hi,

First off all thank you for looking at this.

I am looking to apply for top 10 MBA programs but uncertain about where I stand in the ocean of the applicants.

-- I have 3 years of auditing experience at one of a Big 4 Accounting firm and was promoted to Assistant Manager.
-- After that I completed a MSF program at Boston College with a GPA of 3.8 and Beta Gamma Sigma.
-- Then I started my own e-commerce firm with a friend (I am currently the CEO of this firm), the firm is still quite small at this stage (1 employee apart from us) but has sales in all 50 states and is easily searchable on all major search engines. By the time of September 2014, I will have 2 years of experience managing it.
-- I obtained a bachelor's degree overseas, served as vice-president of a student society for two years, nothing else spectacular though....about 3.1 GPA.
-- CFA level II candidate
-- Professional Athlete in China with provincial championship.
-- Haven't taken GMAT but just assume I have a 730 score for now....

The reason I want to do an MBA is I find marketing far more interesting than finance during managing my own firm, and I am more interested in taking care of the marketing part of the business rather than the whole thing (i.e. CEO). So I want to do a MBA and use that to get into the marketing function of big firms.

Do I have a shot at the top 10 programs? Or you believe there is something very wrong with my mind and I should just go out and play in the sun? (^_^)

Thank you very much for your time.
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Re: Profile Evaluation please - Auditing background [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2013, 18:27
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Hey there,

First - go play in the sun. It's the summer so enjoy the season!

But seriously, no, you're not out of your league here. Actually, you have an interesting profile for a top 10 program. Some programs don't accept candidates that have other masters degrees but that's more an exception than a rule. I don't know how detailed a response you were looking for or if you just wanted a litmus test on if you were on the right track?

If the latter - you are. There's good stuff in your profile to work with to put forward a compelling application at these programs and your goals make sense with tangible realism to them. Overall, go for it!

If I were to guess, however, I would think you have more questions so if you do, please don't hesitate to ask. Happy to help!

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Re: Profile Evaluation please - Auditing background [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2013, 18:46
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Hey there,

First - go play in the sun. It's the summer so enjoy the season!

But seriously, no, you're not out of your league here. Actually, you have an interesting profile for a top 10 program. Some programs don't accept candidates that have other masters degrees but that's more an exception than a rule. I don't know how detailed a response you were looking for or if you just wanted a litmus test on if you were on the right track?

If the latter - you are. There's good stuff in your profile to work with to put forward a compelling application at these programs and your goals make sense with tangible realism to them. Overall, go for it!

If I were to guess, however, I would think you have more questions so if you do, please don't hesitate to ask. Happy to help!

Bhavik


Hi Bhavik,

Thank you for taking your time to reply! I am thinking pretty hard right now, lots of stuff to consider...I will let you know
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Re: Profile Evaluation please - Auditing background [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 00:36
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noboundary wrote:
Hi,

First off all thank you for looking at this.

I am looking to apply for top 10 MBA programs but uncertain about where I stand in the ocean of the applicants.

-- I have 3 years of auditing experience at one of a Big 4 Accounting firm and was promoted to Assistant Manager.
-- After that I completed a MSF program at Boston College with a GPA of 3.8 and Beta Gamma Sigma.
-- Then I started my own e-commerce firm with a friend (I am currently the CEO of this firm), the firm is still quite small at this stage (1 employee apart from us) but has sales in all 50 states and is easily searchable on all major search engines. By the time of September 2014, I will have 2 years of experience managing it.
-- I obtained a bachelor's degree overseas, served as vice-president of a student society for two years, nothing else spectacular though....about 3.1 GPA.
-- CFA level II candidate
-- Professional Athlete in China with provincial championship.
-- Haven't taken GMAT but just assume I have a 730 score for now....

The reason I want to do an MBA is I find marketing far more interesting than finance during managing my own firm, and I am more interested in taking care of the marketing part of the business rather than the whole thing (i.e. CEO). So I want to do a MBA and use that to get into the marketing function of big firms.

Do I have a shot at the top 10 programs? Or you believe there is something very wrong with my mind and I should just go out and play in the sun? (^_^)

Thank you very much for your time.


Top 10 programs, with a 73- and 3.8.. sure why not?? Top five schools don't take all that many people from Big four firms (only the top percent or two), so you know where you stand in terms of that better than I. (and you may anyhow want to expand your list to Top 20, which seems to me to be more reasonable).

The big X-factor in your application is what is happening with your firm. I mean, if your firm is doing very well and growing by leaps and bounds and you are gaining great leadership experience, and you can get this across to the AdCom, then this will strengthen your application a LOT, (which translates into more admits from better schools)...

Hope this helps, and if you have any follow-up questions, don't hesitate!
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Re: Profile Evaluation please - Auditing background [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 07:05
I am assuming you are a U.S. citizen in answering this post since you mentioned you studied overseas. If you were a Chinese candidate the pool would be more competitive.

With a 730 GMAT score, I think you are competitive for the Top 8-14 and reaching into the top 3-7. How you position your auditing and entrepreneurial experience will be very important. I would emphasize the marketing aspects of your entrepreneurial experience so you will not seem like a career changer to MBA admissions committees.

Given your marketing goals, I would recommend you consider Kellogg, Columbia, Duke, UCLA Anderson, Ross, Chicago, and Haas. Also, consider applying Early Decision to Columbia and Duke as this will help your MBA admissions chances.

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Re: Profile Evaluation please - Auditing background [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 10:20
Hi,

Top 10 b-schools should be within your reach. To convert your chances from application to admission you need to submit strong application essays and work hard on interviews. Your leadership style, ability to work with others, awards/achievements in or outside work place and professionalism will be the key points while writing essays and preparing for interviews. If you position well in essays and interviews then you would stand a chance in b-school(s). Try your chances in b-school(s) by clicking http://www.apphelp.co.in/Bschool-selection.htm. Having said that, a GMAT score of 720+ will strengthen your candidature.

Let me know in case of further queries.

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noboundary wrote:
Hi,

First off all thank you for looking at this.

I am looking to apply for top 10 MBA programs but uncertain about where I stand in the ocean of the applicants.

-- I have 3 years of auditing experience at one of a Big 4 Accounting firm and was promoted to Assistant Manager.
-- After that I completed a MSF program at Boston College with a GPA of 3.8 and Beta Gamma Sigma.
-- Then I started my own e-commerce firm with a friend (I am currently the CEO of this firm), the firm is still quite small at this stage (1 employee apart from us) but has sales in all 50 states and is easily searchable on all major search engines. By the time of September 2014, I will have 2 years of experience managing it.
-- I obtained a bachelor's degree overseas, served as vice-president of a student society for two years, nothing else spectacular though....about 3.1 GPA.
-- CFA level II candidate
-- Professional Athlete in China with provincial championship.
-- Haven't taken GMAT but just assume I have a 730 score for now....

The reason I want to do an MBA is I find marketing far more interesting than finance during managing my own firm, and I am more interested in taking care of the marketing part of the business rather than the whole thing (i.e. CEO). So I want to do a MBA and use that to get into the marketing function of big firms.

Do I have a shot at the top 10 programs? Or you believe there is something very wrong with my mind and I should just go out and play in the sun? (^_^)

Thank you very much for your time.

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Re: Profile Evaluation please - Auditing background   [#permalink] 27 Jun 2013, 10:20
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