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Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2011, 10:24
Hi Stacy,

Thanks in advance for reviewing my profile. This is an excellent service provided by you and GMATClub.

I am a white male, age 24. I am planning on applying to MBA programs starting in the Fall of 2012 or 2013.

Education: BS in Finance from Brigham Young University, 3.6 GPA

Work Experience: Currently just one year full-time at a mid-size software company. I did, however, serve a full-time LDS mission in Japan and I understand some schools consider this to be relevant full-time work experience. I speak Japanese fluently and am decent at writing in Japanese. I worked at the software company I currently work at for a year as an intern (20 hrs. per week), was hired on as a Credit Analyst after graduation in April 2010, was promoted to manager of the intern team in October of 2010, and was just promoted to manager of the department (I manage the intern team as well as 5 full-time Credit Analysts).

GMAT: Took for the first time a few weeks ago and scored a 770 (Q:50, V:46)

Extracurricular Activities: Very active in my church community. I am the scout master for the 12-13 year old boys at our church.

Post-MBA Industry: Thinking about moving into investment banking or private equity.

Desired Schools: Harvard/Stanford/Wharton
Realistic Range: Chicago/NYU/Columbia
Safety: Duke/Texas/BYU

I realize I will only have a bit more than 2 years of full-time work experience upon matriculation, but am hoping my mission in Japan will offset this to some extent. I know this is a very difficult task, but I was hoping you could assess my chances of getting into one of the top three schools. Right now I am most interested in Harvard and Wharton. Also, do you think there are different schools (other than those I provided) that I should apply to that might fit my profile/goals better? My intent is to move into I Banking or private equity after obtaining an MBA. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2011, 14:36
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Hi tbull,

Thanks for posting. You have an impressive candidacy; congratulations on your excellent GMAT score. The largest concern I see in your application is the limited leadership experience. Fortunately two of the desired schools you listed, Harvard and the Stanford GSB, have a reputation for looking at younger candidates.

The link below includes a case study that I hope can be of help. It is about a candidate with limited work experience who was accepted into Harvard Business School and the Stanford GSB.

http://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehens ... dies/case4

With regards to other business schools, if you are interested in investment banking and private equity post-graduation, the list you have written include excellent programs. A note, if you are interested in a business school with a very close community, you may want to look into the Tuck School of Business. The MBA program has the highest rate of alumni donation out of any business school.

I hope this was of help tbull. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2011, 21:06
Conrad and/or Stacy,

Thank you very much for your evaluation. That is all helpful information. I was wondering, though, if you meant to say "work experience" rather than "leadership experience" in your first paragraph. If you did mean to say leadership experience, would you have any suggestions as to what I might do to strengthen my profile in that area?

Thanks again for your help!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2011, 09:34
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Hi tbull,

Yes, I meant to say work experience, although part of the leadership experience business schools look for occurs at work (for example managing others, etc.).

With regards to improving your leadership experience, the best way is to find an area you are passionate about, and to look for opportunities there. Here are 3 examples from former clients:

Client 1: Enjoyed painting as a hobby until she accepted an investment banking job out of college. She felt she had no time to become involved outside of work. She rekindled her interest in art when she became involved in a company company-sponsored fundraising initiative. She designed t-shirts to raise extra money and unite the team.

Result: She showcased her artistic talent and interest, became involved in a great cause, and demonstrated creativity and leadership.

Client 2: Was on the swim team throughout high school and college. She decided to mentor through coaching a middle school swim team. Developed Consequently, she developed meaningful relationships with the kids on her team and ended up learning a great deal from them.

Result: She showcased athletic interests and found a personally meaningful way to give back to her community. Highlighted important coaching and motivational skills.

Client 3: Struggled with learning English in Israel. Started an English Public Speaking Club in Israel and grew it over the course of four years.

Result: Highlighted a creative approach to solving a personal problem. Came up with a solution that helped others as well. Demonstrated leadership and ability to get things done.


Hope this was of help tbull.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2011, 10:16
Conrad/Stacy Team,

That is really excellent advice. Thank you so much for your input!
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