Great to see that you are planning ahead. Since you don't have many years of work experience, make sure you seek out opportunities at work to take on more responsibilities and manage or lead projects.
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Excellent GPAs & GRE scores. You must have great analytical skills. You're experience and focus within a specific industry sector should be an advantage when it comes time to transition to strategy consulting. Consulting clients don't want generalists, they prefer consultants with deep indutry sector knowledge.
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I'd appreciate any advice that you might have for me based on my profile. I should mention that I'm not applying in 2012-2013, but waiting until next year (2013-2014), so I will have 3 years of work experience at matriculation.
Full-time work experience: United Airlines, Revenue Management Analyst (July 2011-present), Senior Analyst (July 2012-present)
GMAT: 690 (88%) - Q:44 (66%), V:40 (89%), AWA:5 (67%), IR: 8 (92%)
*Plan to retake the GMAT. ~720 is expected
GRE: Q:168 (97%), V:161 (86%), AW:4.5 (73%)
Undergraduate school: DePaul, B.A. Marketing & Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2009, GPA: 3.87 w/ Honors
Grad school #1: Illinois, M.S. Recreation Sport & Tourism, 2011, GPA: 3.92
Grad school #2: Northwestern, M.S. Predictive Analytics (part-time), 2014 (expected), GPA: 4.0 thus far
Extra-curriculars: Triathlon team member in grad school (2 yrs), Teaching assistant in grad school (1 yr), Research assistant (psych) in undergrad (8 months), math tutor at Children's Memorial Hospital (1 yr), club volleyball player (3 years), charity marathon runner (6 months), youth program leader for Chicago Cares (3 months now), running coach for Chicago Runner's Association (2 months now), week-long volunteer trip to teach English in Peru in December, professional video game player (4 yrs), retail sales associate (5 years)
Target programs: Harvard and Stanford; after that, Wharton, MIT, Berkeley, and Dartmouth; any other suggestions?
Post-MBA goal: Strategy consulting in the service sector (short-term); CEO of service provider - retailer preferred (long-term)
Age: 25 (will be 26 when I apply, 27 at matriculation)
If there's anything that I can do to improve my candidacy, please let me know.
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