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What can I do now to improve my chances? [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2009, 20:25
I'm looking at starting an MBA program in 2011 or 2012. I'd like to go to a top school with a focus on either general management or consulting. Since I have a year or two until I start the application process, I'm looking for advice on how I can strengthen my profile now. Any thoughts on my strengths and weaknesses as a candidate and advice on what I can do to improve it would be greatly appreciated.


Here's my profile:

I'm a 24 year old American male. I graduated with honors from a top 5 engineering university (class of 2008) with a bachelors in Chemical Engineering (GPA 3.23). GMAT score: 760 (Q49 V44 AWA 6.0).

I have 18 months of work experience for a large independent refining/chemicals company. I spent this time working as a plant engineer, but was recently promoted
to a business analyst position in the commercial organization. I'm be working directly for a VP (who is currently getting an EMBA from Wharton), so I have an opportunity to get a good letter of reference.

While working as a plant engineer, I volunteered through the local library in their homework help program. I also designed and taught an ACT prep course for local high school students. In my new location, I'd like to do something similar to this.


Thoughts on what I can be doing now to improve my profile in the time between now and when I start the application process?

Thanks much!
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Re: What can I do now to improve my chances? [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2009, 19:33
Nice!

You have a great start! I was in the same boat and started thinking about the MBA many years ago. All that I can see is to try to find as much leadership and teamwork experience as you can whether that be in work or in extracurricular. Also, start working on the why MBA story. I spoke with an assistnat dean of Admissions from Haas and he told me that many students fail to be specific enough with their short-term career goals. Something to think about.
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