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Profile Evaluation. Would really appreciate your advice! [#permalink]
13 May 2012, 15:58
I had provided information for a profile evaluation over a year ago, but quite a bit has changed over the last year, so I thought I would update and re-post for your convenience. Thank you in advance for taking the time to look over my profile!
Demographic information: Female, 28, grew up in India but am now a U.S. permanent resident
Work Experience: I will have close to 6 years of experience (at the time of application). 5.5 years of that was working for an entrepreneurial women-owned consulting company in Washington, DC, where I was promoted 4 times, reaching a project leadership position in 1.5 years and a management position in 3 (most of the other individuals at my level were in their mid-to-late thirties). To provide a sense of the type of experiences I have had, I have managed over a dozen projects for a range of government agencies with responsibilities including managing the day-to-day client relationship, timelines, profitability, resource allocation, team performance, issue resolution and deliverable formulation and delivery. I managed one project in particular, that resulted in the company winning a prestigious national small business award from the government agency involved. Most recently, I managed the successful development and launch of a new technology-facilitated service for the company. I have recently moved as an experienced hire to a mid-market company with a global presence to gain exposure working for a larger organization before I go back for my MBA.
Extracurriculars: Post-college, I spent a lot of time working with the Partner's of the entrepreneurship I was with to develop the company and build our practice. I led a group that focused on internal team-building through organizing social, athletic and community service events. I led recruitment efforts for the company. I helped the company set up a Project Management Office and delivered company-wide training on the competencies, tools and techniques we developed. I also led an effort to re-design the compensation and benefits structure for the company and improve employee retention.
GPA: 2.75 with a business degree from a top 15 undergraduate business school While there really is no excuse for my UG GPA, the primary contributor to my low GPA was one very bad year. I was struggling with being away from my family during a difficult time for us all, the demands of being a Resident Assistant, and my extracurricular commitments, and my GPA suffered. My GPA before that year was a 3.2 and my GPA my senior year was a 3.5. To help demonstrate that I can handle the coursework of a challenging MBA program, I have been working on building an alternative transcript for the last year and a half or so. I have taken Business Statistics, Managerial Finance and am currently taking Calculus with UCLA's Extension program and have gotten/hope to get As in all of my classes.
Short-term goal: Work for one of the top five strategy consulting companies after my MBA to gain additional experience and exposure to other industries and companies.
Long-term goal: Transition to corporate strategy and, eventually, senior management at a consumer products company that has a significant investment in/focus on developing markets.
Other information: My husband I are going to be applying together. To give you a sense of his profile, he is white, 27, GMAT: 740 (overall 96%, V98%, Q85%), UG GPA of 3.72 from the same college as me (he had 2 majors and 2 minors). He will have over 5 years of experience at the time of application, working for a mid-market consulting company with a global presence. He has been promoted twice, most recently to a management position. He has led recruitment efforts for his company and led company teams in participating in the largest annual community service event in our city.
The schools we are interested in, and hope to select 6-8 from are: 1. Kellogg, 2. Booth, 3. Wharton, 4. Sloan, 5. Harvard, 6. Darden, 7. Stern/Columbia 8. Fuqua, 9. Ross, 10. Kenan-Flagler, & 11. Johnson
I would really appreciate your assessment of our chances of getting into the schools mentioned above, and your input on selecting 6-8 schools from the list.
Again, within these tiers, it's a matter of personal preference, which I can't help you with. All the schools you listed can get you to your goals (consulting). Do you want to live in NY while in school? Suburbs? City? The forest (Tuck)? College town? Urban city center?
Re: Profile Evaluation. Would really appreciate your advice! [#permalink]
20 May 2012, 14:56
Thanks for the feedback Alex. I think the tiering approach makes sense, and I appreciate the advice about thinking about the kind of location we would like to be have. Honestly, however, we do not have strong opinions on type of location. We went to a school that had a lot of natural beauty and was in a small town and loved it, we live in a fairly large but not huge city and love it, we've both lived in really big cities and loved it. There are also advantages and disadvantages to a range of different locations, so cities are great but you have higher living costs, small towns are lower cost but employers are likely to be farther away, and forest campuses likely result in tighter knit student bodies but also have the employer proximity challenges. So, from our perspective, quality of the program, whether or not it allows us to meet our post-MBA career goals, and the opportunities that it opens for future job opportunities (i.e. brand name recognition) are really the primary drivers, since strategy consulting companies recruit from most of the programs on our broad list.
Therefore, as a first step we are trying to get a sense of feasibility. For example, if for reach schools we selected Harvard, Wharton and Sloan and the probability of us getting into any of those is very small that might not be as intelligent a list of reach schools as Kellogg, Booth and Columbia (just an example, I might be totally off). All of those schools are schools that we are excited about for different reasons (rationale, emotional or combination), but, inherently, we can't apply to all of them (as much as we would like to) so we are trying to get a sense of likelihood or the ratio of effort to likely payoff. I know that is likely a tall order with such a long list, so we will work to refine it. Thanks again for your advice and input Alex.
Re: Profile Evaluation. Would really appreciate your advice! [#permalink]
20 May 2012, 16:18
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Let me say this again.
The schools with the tiers are basically equivalent in terms of reputation, how hard it is to get in, and recruiting.
In other words, if you want to do consulting, any of the following stretch schools are the same: Kellogg, Booth, Columbia, Sloan, Tuck. Pick 2-3 based on your personal preference in terms of culture and fit.
It also matters for the community - the better you fit in, the more likely you'll contribute and add to the b-school community. No one wants an empty vessel, a zombie who's just there for the reputation, recruiting and selectivity ("I am here because I was able to get in"). Why? Because if you really don't care too much or have any opinions outside of this, you will bring ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to the school or to your classmates - and no one wants that.
It's like trying to bring in a chef for a restaurant that has no taste, no opinions. "As long as it has calories and nutrients, that's all that matters."
To use an analogy, it's liking going into a convenience store:
YOU: I have $1.75 and I am thirsty. What should I buy?
CASHIER: Lots. Energy drinks, beer, malt liquor and wine are out of your budget, but with $1.75 you have a ton of choices: Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Root Beer, Dr. Pepper, Snapple, Perrier, Orangina, Vitamin Water, Evian, or a medium Slurpee (of various flavors). Tons that you could buy. It just comes down to what you want - soda, water, juice, flavored water, slushies, etc.
YOU: it doesn't matter, I can drink anything so long as it's liquid and quenches my thirst. There are pros and cons to each drink. Please help me decide.
CASHIER (if they are Chinese or Korean): Aiyah, if you no buy, no stay. [and then the cashier mumbles something insulting in their native language]
If you don't have opinions or taste - get some. It will do you good, and help you in your applications because it will allow you to make a more convincing case why the school is a great fit for you.