I would like to know which B-schools are kind of "in my range" since I honestly think my profile is not really outstanding, but still not bad. As I want to start studying for the GMAT, I would also like to know what score would be sufficient for these schools.
So about me:
I'm Austrian and I speak three languages more or less fluently (German. English, Croatian)
- I went to the major B-school in Austria, which is currently a Top 30 European B-School, with a GPA of 1.8 (Top 2%) and specialized in Financial Management and Entrepreneurship
- Alongside my studies I mostly had jobs:
- 1 year parttime accountant for small investment firm
- 1 month Internship in Fin. Management for major Austrian company >10k Employees
- 2 months Advisory Department Internship with EY
- 1/2 year parttime position for one of the best Austrian Consulting firms - internationally not know though
- 7 months Fulltime Financial Analyst with Pfizer (alongside writing my Bachelor's thesis)
- 1/2 year internship for German IT Services Provider (>60k Employees) in NYC
- Furthermore I have spent one term abroad at UCF in Orlando
- Played in a soccer team where I was captain as well
- Played in a Volleyball team
- participated in a project with a local company and AT Kearney as team leader (1 Semester)
- participated in a project with Airbus as a team leader (1 Semester)
- was best in class on an Austrian math competition
- played poker semiprofessionally (not sure if I want to state that in my resume)
I am currently doing the internship in NYC, despite being already done with school and am about to start with learning for the GMAT. My plan is to apply after my internship for the major consulting firms (one of the top tier firms' recruiter already told me that she would invite me to an interview, have not talked to the other firms yet)
I honestly do not know where I see myself, so I would greatly appreciate your opinion on which schools would suit me best and what score would be necessary.
First of all, let me say that from what I see here your profile seems pretty awesome to me. Your internships and part-time work are multiple and diverse, and at great places too. So that's an great start. Now, correct me if I am wrong, but all of your work experience is DURING your studies right??? Because this is on one hand AWESOME because most people do nothing as they study. On the other hand though, since this work experience is not counted when you apply, you will have to wait at least 1-2 years before thinking of applying to a full-time MBA program. (in the US the minimum WE by matriculation would be two years, in Europe maybe 3-4).
Actually, if you get that consulting job (or any other good consulting job) plus you break a 700, I think your profile should be good enough for Top 10 schools.
But it's great that you are thinking about things so early on, and preparing to take your GMAT now. One piece of advice: Since you are in no rush, take the GMAT only when you are confident that you are as ready as you can be. There's no sense rushing things, and if you can get that score you are aiming for on your first shot, then all the better!
If there's any other way I can advise, just let me know.
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