Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 24 Jul 2014, 04:14

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Profile Evaluation, Please - FT MBA -Unusual Older Applicant

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 12 Feb 2013
Posts: 7
Location: Canada
Concentration: Strategy, Leadership
GMAT 1: 760 Q50 V42
GPA: 3.7
WE: Consulting (Consulting)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 0

Profile Evaluation, Please - FT MBA -Unusual Older Applicant [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2013, 16:54
Hi,

I am a Canadian caucasian male aged 32 working in Canada as a senior analyst in corporate strategy consulting at a big 4 firm. I am planning to do an MBA to advance within the firm (unless something striking happens). My profile is as follows:

Academics - Entered a top Canadian Undergrad in BSc Life Sciences, but was pursuing a music career full-time. Grades suffered dearly as I was off for weeks or months at a time, sometimes withdrawing from full years of the program. I didn't even go to my labs (though I received top grades for work I actually submitted) or complete many assignments or examinations. Did a BBA at a verrrry non-target low-tier university in Canada several years later.
First Undergraduate GPA: 2.83 BSc in 11.5 credits (unfinished). Second undergraduate BBA GPA: 3.7 equivalent (my guess in conversion. scored a perfect 100 in first year stats to boost my confidence).

GMAT: 760 (Q50, V42) done in one shot in 2nd year of BBA program with 9 days prep. Can re-do, no problem if score expires.

Work Experience - Right out of high school I started tutoring pro-bono and switched to undergraduate admissions consulting both volunteering and for private school clients to support myself during school and my music career. Was the touring bassist and marketing/PR manager for a rock band for 7 years and was told by bandmates and others in the business that I should study commerce. In order to pay for it, I worked for 2.5 years in Canadian equivalent of TSA (worked to Management in 1.5 years), but gave up route to Operations Manager in order to start my BBA. Post-BBA, entered big 4 firm as an analyst. Might have had slight knock at top firms, but unreputable institution killed most chance of that.

Extracurriculars - As stated before, tutored and secured admissions and scholarships for many underprivileged students over the years. In my first undergrad I founded a Jazz Combo/Club, playing at local jazz hotspots. At the BBA undergrad, I founded the campus business council overarching all business groups and founded the consulting club. I also won some case competitions and ran GMAT tutoring sessions.

MBA Goals - I plan to either advance at my firm or secure a senior position at a higher-profile firm. I have an entrepreneurial tinge, though, so if something bites me, I will pursue that full-out, despite my age.

Concern - Fairly obvious: Terrible first go at reasonable undergrad. Unreputable second undergrad. Advanced age with arguably little advancement relative to age-cohort peers due to years in band.

Targets: As high as I can reach. Drive is no issue.


Thank you very much in advance.

S.
Kaplan Promo CodeKnewton GMAT Discount CodesVeritas Prep GMAT Discount Codes
Expert Post
MBA Admissions Consulting
User avatar
Joined: 20 Apr 2003
Posts: 4765
Location: Los Angeles CA
Followers: 38

Kudos [?]: 317 [0], given: 64

GMAT Tests User
Re: Profile Evaluation, Please - FT MBA -Unusual Older Applicant [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2013, 19:56
Expert's post
solidify wrote:
Hi,

I am a Canadian caucasian male aged 32 working in Canada as a senior analyst in corporate strategy consulting at a big 4 firm. I am planning to do an MBA to advance within the firm (unless something striking happens). My profile is as follows:

Academics - Entered a top Canadian Undergrad in BSc Life Sciences, but was pursuing a music career full-time. Grades suffered dearly as I was off for weeks or months at a time, sometimes withdrawing from full years of the program. I didn't even go to my labs (though I received top grades for work I actually submitted) or complete many assignments or examinations. Did a BBA at a verrrry non-target low-tier university in Canada several years later.
First Undergraduate GPA: 2.83 BSc in 11.5 credits (unfinished). Second undergraduate BBA GPA: 3.7 equivalent (my guess in conversion. scored a perfect 100 in first year stats to boost my confidence).

GMAT: 760 (Q50, V42) done in one shot in 2nd year of BBA program with 9 days prep. Can re-do, no problem if score expires.

Work Experience - Right out of high school I started tutoring pro-bono and switched to undergraduate admissions consulting both volunteering and for private school clients to support myself during school and my music career. Was the touring bassist and marketing/PR manager for a rock band for 7 years and was told by bandmates and others in the business that I should study commerce. In order to pay for it, I worked for 2.5 years in Canadian equivalent of TSA (worked to Management in 1.5 years), but gave up route to Operations Manager in order to start my BBA. Post-BBA, entered big 4 firm as an analyst. Might have had slight knock at top firms, but unreputable institution killed most chance of that.

Extracurriculars - As stated before, tutored and secured admissions and scholarships for many underprivileged students over the years. In my first undergrad I founded a Jazz Combo/Club, playing at local jazz hotspots. At the BBA undergrad, I founded the campus business council overarching all business groups and founded the consulting club. I also won some case competitions and ran GMAT tutoring sessions.

MBA Goals - I plan to either advance at my firm or secure a senior position at a higher-profile firm. I have an entrepreneurial tinge, though, so if something bites me, I will pursue that full-out, despite my age.

Concern - Fairly obvious: Terrible first go at reasonable undergrad. Unreputable second undergrad. Advanced age with arguably little advancement relative to age-cohort peers due to years in band.

Targets: As high as I can reach. Drive is no issue.


Thank you very much in advance.

S.

Quite a story. That makes you harder to predict. Consider Duke, Darden, Vanderbilt, Ross, UNC, UT, UCLA, and USC. If you want to stretch, consider NYU Stern or Berkeley but those are less likely admits.

Best,
Linda
_________________

Linda Abraham
Accepted
310-815-9553

Co-Author of: MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools

Follow Accepted on Twitter
Friend Accepted on Facebook
Subscribe to Accepted's Blog

Current Student
User avatar
Joined: 10 Jan 2013
Posts: 122
Location: Canada
Concentration: Finance, Strategy
GMAT 1: 700 Q49 V35
GPA: 3.5
WE: Engineering (Consulting)
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 52 [0], given: 48

Re: Profile Evaluation, Please - FT MBA -Unusual Older Applicant [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2013, 09:11
solidify wrote:
Hi,

I am a Canadian caucasian male aged 32 working in Canada as a senior analyst in corporate strategy consulting at a big 4 firm. I am planning to do an MBA to advance within the firm (unless something striking happens). My profile is as follows:

Academics - Entered a top Canadian Undergrad in BSc Life Sciences, but was pursuing a music career full-time. Grades suffered dearly as I was off for weeks or months at a time, sometimes withdrawing from full years of the program. I didn't even go to my labs (though I received top grades for work I actually submitted) or complete many assignments or examinations. Did a BBA at a verrrry non-target low-tier university in Canada several years later.
First Undergraduate GPA: 2.83 BSc in 11.5 credits (unfinished). Second undergraduate BBA GPA: 3.7 equivalent (my guess in conversion. scored a perfect 100 in first year stats to boost my confidence).

GMAT: 760 (Q50, V42) done in one shot in 2nd year of BBA program with 9 days prep. Can re-do, no problem if score expires.

Work Experience - Right out of high school I started tutoring pro-bono and switched to undergraduate admissions consulting both volunteering and for private school clients to support myself during school and my music career. Was the touring bassist and marketing/PR manager for a rock band for 7 years and was told by bandmates and others in the business that I should study commerce. In order to pay for it, I worked for 2.5 years in Canadian equivalent of TSA (worked to Management in 1.5 years), but gave up route to Operations Manager in order to start my BBA. Post-BBA, entered big 4 firm as an analyst. Might have had slight knock at top firms, but unreputable institution killed most chance of that.

Extracurriculars - As stated before, tutored and secured admissions and scholarships for many underprivileged students over the years. In my first undergrad I founded a Jazz Combo/Club, playing at local jazz hotspots. At the BBA undergrad, I founded the campus business council overarching all business groups and founded the consulting club. I also won some case competitions and ran GMAT tutoring sessions.

MBA Goals - I plan to either advance at my firm or secure a senior position at a higher-profile firm. I have an entrepreneurial tinge, though, so if something bites me, I will pursue that full-out, despite my age.

Concern - Fairly obvious: Terrible first go at reasonable undergrad. Unreputable second undergrad. Advanced age with arguably little advancement relative to age-cohort peers due to years in band.

Targets: As high as I can reach. Drive is no issue.


Thank you very much in advance.

S.


I agree with the comment above. Your profile stands out with originality and a high GMAT but also unpredictability. I think any school would be very happy to have you as a student, but the question is, would they be happy with the way you represent them as an alumni?

I believe that part of doing an MBA is taking an unspoken oath to sacrifice much of your personal life for the good of whatever firm you end up working for. If you can convince the admissions committees that you are dependable (that you can buckle down for years at a time and focus on work before pass times), that might help your chances at a top school. But what do I know, I`m just a 27yr old engineer embarking on the MBA myself. Best of luck!

Where in Canada are you from, anyways?
_________________

Check out my website, a First-Hand view of what it's like to go to Business School! http://www.carlolivieri.com

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 12 Feb 2013
Posts: 7
Location: Canada
Concentration: Strategy, Leadership
GMAT 1: 760 Q50 V42
GPA: 3.7
WE: Consulting (Consulting)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 0

Re: Profile Evaluation, Please - FT MBA -Unusual Older Applicant [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2013, 13:34
Thanks for the reply, Linda and Carl.

1) I am in Toronto.
2) I think I might have a chance at schools above the ones listed by Linda
3) I have no need for an MBA from lower-tier US colleges. I would get one in Canada if not Top-15
4) Would I have a better shot at Top-Tier Part-Time programs? That would limit recruitment should I want a switch.
5) Why might I not be qualified for top-15 schools, Linda?

Thank you.

S.



CarlMtl wrote:
I agree with the comment above. Your profile stands out with originality and a high GMAT but also unpredictability. I think any school would be very happy to have you as a student, but the question is, would they be happy with the way you represent them as an alumni?

I believe that part of doing an MBA is taking an unspoken oath to sacrifice much of your personal life for the good of whatever firm you end up working for. If you can convince the admissions committees that you are dependable (that you can buckle down for years at a time and focus on work before pass times), that might help your chances at a top school. But what do I know, I`m just a 27yr old engineer embarking on the MBA myself. Best of luck!

Where in Canada are you from, anyways?
Expert Post
1 KUDOS received
MBA Admissions Consulting
User avatar
Joined: 20 Apr 2003
Posts: 4765
Location: Los Angeles CA
Followers: 38

Kudos [?]: 317 [1] , given: 64

GMAT Tests User
Re: Profile Evaluation, Please - FT MBA -Unusual Older Applicant [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2013, 23:35
1
This post received
KUDOS
Expert's post
solidify wrote:
Thanks for the reply, Linda and Carl.

1) I am in Toronto.
2) I think I might have a chance at schools above the ones listed by Linda
3) I have no need for an MBA from lower-tier US colleges. I would get one in Canada if not Top-15
4) Would I have a better shot at Top-Tier Part-Time programs? That would limit recruitment should I want a switch.
5) Why might I not be qualified for top-15 schools, Linda?

Thank you.

S.



CarlMtl wrote:
I agree with the comment above. Your profile stands out with originality and a high GMAT but also unpredictability. I think any school would be very happy to have you as a student, but the question is, would they be happy with the way you represent them as an alumni?

I believe that part of doing an MBA is taking an unspoken oath to sacrifice much of your personal life for the good of whatever firm you end up working for. If you can convince the admissions committees that you are dependable (that you can buckle down for years at a time and focus on work before pass times), that might help your chances at a top school. But what do I know, I`m just a 27yr old engineer embarking on the MBA myself. Best of luck!

Where in Canada are you from, anyways?


There is no harm in trying for higher ranked programs as long as you are realistic. As i said: you are hard to predict.

Yes, you would have a better chance at PT programs although they would need convincing that you are in it for the long haul. That is true of all PT program applicants, but you may need to do a little more persuading.

For just the reasons you stated: your undergrad record. Your level of experience given your age. Your band background would be a plus, as would the tutoring and assisting underprivileged students. Obviously your GMAT is stellar, but that undergrad record is a tough nut. The compelling aspects of your qualifications may be enough to overcome it, but if schools are getting a lot of people with high GMAT scores, they can be picky. The ones I am recommending may find your GMAT persuasive enough to overlook the undergrad record because they want it in their averages.

Best,
Linda
_________________

Linda Abraham
Accepted
310-815-9553

Co-Author of: MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools

Follow Accepted on Twitter
Friend Accepted on Facebook
Subscribe to Accepted's Blog

    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Experts publish their posts in the topic Profile evaluation request: older applicant pban 4 23 Jan 2013, 14:42
Older Applicant Profile Evaluation planetcadillac 0 15 Nov 2012, 13:52
Older Applicant - Profile Evaluation Request West4East 1 08 Jul 2011, 01:47
Profile evaluation ( older applicant ), Please ! kikikathy 0 13 Oct 2010, 09:22
Profile evaluation request for 2011 FT MBA applications mba11tx 2 05 May 2010, 19:30
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Profile Evaluation, Please - FT MBA -Unusual Older Applicant

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


cron

GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.