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Profile Review [#permalink] New post 25 Nov 2008, 17:13
Hi folks,

I'd appreciate any thoughts on my profile.

30 yo White Male (USA)
WE: 7 years as program manager at top high tech firm, followed by 1 year gap (attempted start-up, didn't work out)
790 GMAT
3.4 GPA top school (downward trend)

Want to transition into finance (not sure how much to emphasize this in essays, given how hard this transition is)

I think my biggest problems are my age and the gap.

Schools:

Wharton (applied R1, dinged)
Harvard (ding pending)
Ross (interviewed)

Columbia (will apply for R1)
MIT (will apply R2)
NYU (will apply R2)
Kellogg (will apply R2)
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Re: Profile Review [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2008, 11:04
I think you have a great profile, GREAT GMAT, looks like a solid career progression, and I think the 1 year attempt at a startup gives you a great story, I wouldn't call it a gap. Looks solid, only thing is your age. While it's great for certain school, HBS/Stanford are trying to get the younger crowd. I think other than those, your profile will be strong for most schools.
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Re: Profile Review [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2008, 18:42
Why not Chicago if you want to get into finance?
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Re: Profile Review [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2008, 05:24
Great profile minus the age.

The startup thing will be an advantage to you in the essays.
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Re: Profile Review [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2008, 09:45
I would suggest retaking the GMAT. Obviously standardized tests are not your forte.
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Re: Profile Review [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2008, 11:44
Solid profile.

Don't call it a gap - failed startup is a great story. I think you have a shot at the schools you are applying to.

Are you on the east coast by any chance? I am working on a startup right now and we are hiring a few more developers. If you are still interested in pursuing entrepreneurship, send me a PM.
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Re: Profile Review [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2008, 13:49
You do have a solid profile. Why did Wharton ding you?
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Re: Profile Review [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2008, 01:25
jlola21 wrote:
Why not Chicago if you want to get into finance?

This was a typo. Chicago is my 1b choice actually.
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