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profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2013, 03:42
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 government (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 government). 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 request [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2013, 04:32
The first thing that I would like to highlight is that if you are not excited about the prospect of being a lawyer or attending law school, you should really evaluate this -- as investing all this time, energy and money into such an endeavor is unwise.

Next, I so believe that you would be a competitive candidate at some of the business schools that have linkages with HKS. As you know, HKS has partnered with only the most select group of MBA programs, basically those with the lowest acceptance rates. This means that admissions to any of these is not guaranteed by any means. However, you have many strong aspects to your candidacy that, if properly presented, can make you a compelling and competitive candidate. Just based on your grades and scores, almost all of these schools will take you very seriously. As for your career, you need to stop downplaying it and start thinking of it as a unique experience which will add a different perspective to whatever business school you apply to. Simply put, if you have a negative opinion of what you have done, this will come through in some aspect of your application.

I would also want you to open your mind up to a few other joint degree programs that I believe will provide you with the knowledge and experience to make this career transition you desire. These include the SAIS - Wharton program as well as the joint MBA- SIA program at Columbia.

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