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Profile Evaluation / Timing [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 09:34

Thank you very much for taking the time to do this. My main question is whether to apply this fall/winter or next

Schooling: MA/BSc in Math. Econ from UCLA. Graduated 2010 with both degrees
GPA: 3.65
GMAT: 770

Worked at the Federal Reserve Board as a quant. oriented research assistant. Aug2010-April2012

Working at the McKinsey Global Institute as a research fellow. The position is unique in that I do not provide research support. Rather, I'm staffed on a team of 4 to 5 associates and business analysts to co-author publishable reports. My role on the team is to provide expertise on global financial markets, while other team members provide insight on their practice areas. Once the report is sent out for publication, I'm drafted onto a new team to produce a new report.

On the side, I serve as a policy adviser for a LA mayoral candidate. I try to provide sharp but accessible analysis of issues that will catch voters' attention (particularly Latino votes). The aim is to demonstrate that our campaign has the brain power to put structure on complex issues and provide solution that the Latino community can relate to.

My end goal is to return to McKinsey. I would really like to attend one of the top 8 schools.

Ideally, I would like to apply this winter. But there are benefits to waiting one more year.

What do you think my chances are at the top 8 programs if I apply this year versus the next?

Thank you very much for your time.
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Re: Profile Evaluation / Timing [#permalink] New post 28 May 2012, 05:52
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Hi pcwcecac,

You have a very strong candidacy. Are there 1 or 2 programs you are particularly interested in?

Regarding whether you should wait a year or not, it depends on your current position. Business schools are looking to cultivate leaders, so any prior or future leadership experience will be well considered.

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