Dear Consultants –
I would really appreciate it if you could help evaluate my profile!
I am a 24-year old female, originally from Nigeria. Moved to the States for college education.
Work experience – I currently work at a top investment bank as a business analyst/project manager handling technology projects, and I’ve been there for 3 years. Was promoted to Assistant VP after 2nd year. My role has changed for handling minor parts of tech projects to actually running regulatory projects with a team of 3 people.
GMAT Score – 660 (q39, v41, AWA 5.5)
College info – Georgia Southern University (second-tier college). GPA – 3.4. Graduated in 2008 with a BS in Information Technology with a concentration with Knowledge Management and Integration, and a minor in Marketing.
Extra-curriculars – Active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority (Technology Chair of my college chapter), Volunteer/Mentor with Free Arts NYC, Member of Nigerian organization Red & Gold Catalysts, which put together volunteer and community events every year.
At work, I’ve also mentored 2 interns in 2010 and 2011.
Speak conversational French, and several other African languages.
Target programs – Yale, Duke, Booth, Ross, Kellogg and Darden.
Post-MBA goal – I would like to go into Management/IT Consulting, with a special interest/focus on African companies.
I need some help identifying potential weaknesses that the admissions committee would point out. I would also appreciate if you could assess my chances of getting into my chosen programs, and identify briefly the best marketing/self-positioning strategy I could apply.
Looking forward to a reply, and I really appreciate the help!
As a community-active young Nigerian woman with business goals in Africa, you will stand out from most of the applicant pool. The potential weaknesses that you may need to address are your GMAT and possibly the nature of your experience.
GMAT: Your quant score on the GMAT may cause the admissions committees some concern that you will not be able to handle the workload, so I highly recommend boosting that score.
Experience: Leading a team of 3 is nice but the admissions committees are going to want to see you influencing your firm and its clients. Be sure to focus on your examples of initiative, influence, and impact. If your influence and leadership is smaller at work, then focus at least one essay on your extracurricular leadership and its impact to demonstrate that you do have the ability to motivate and lead people.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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