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Posts: 79
Concentration: Strategy, International Business
GMAT 1: 740 Q50 V40
GPA: 3.65
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Would appreciate a quick profile review - thank you! [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2013, 16:21
Thank you very much for your time! I’m going to apply for fall 2014 and I would really appreciate an honest review of a snapshot of my profile:

Target schools:
HBS, Wharton, Stanford, MIT, Yale, Duke

Background: Age 24, Male, Romanian

GMAT: 740 (Q 50, V 40); TOEFL: 112 (from 2010, will retake shortly)

Work experience:

2 years in management consulting at a top office in South Eastern Europe, focusing on strategy assignments in multiple industries, such as petrochemicals, oil&gas, banking etc. as well as operational improvement engagements; worked in several projects in multiple countries/multi-national teams;

Previous experience - 1/2 years management consulting internship at another consulting office in the region, as well as multiple internships in undergrad (pharmaceuticals, education, finance.)

Education:

Undergraduate: International Economics from the top program in Romania. GPA ~ 3.7 equivalent
Involved in academic research - member in the statistics and econometrics department, being co-author in several published papers

Extensive student leadership involvement: class president; lead multiple student-lead initiatives, ranging from social events and student life to housing system management and student representation in the University decision forums

Graduate School: Master’s degree - International Relations and Geopolitics at the same institution; GPA: ~ 3.2. Balanced academic requirements (mostly on weekends and evenings) with work, leading to a relatively lower academic standing, but still in the top 25%

Volunteering
Initiated and lead an operational optimization initiative at a non-profit focusing on rehabilitation of homeless in the several countries in the region

Other info:
Sports - competitive handball and swimming before/in college (unfortunately not so much lately); hobbies: music (played guitar from elementary school), all things related to international relations and current news


Thank you very much!
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Re: Would appreciate a quick profile review - thank you! [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2013, 23:07
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Well, my first question to you would be WHICH consulting firm? If you work for one of the appreciated global firms it can really strengthen your profile. But let me say that overall things look good.

PROs:
- Management Consultant experience
- You come from Romania, a country from which there are very few candidates
- Test scores
- UG Grades and student involvement

CONS:
- You have only 2.5 years experience

So as you can see, you are off to a great start. However, a great start and getting into HBS are slightly different things! You will have to see how you will use your essays (or in HBS' case essay) to stand out, to show your vision for the future, and your uniqueness.

But otherwise, you have pretty much ticked all the boxes.

If you have any follow-up questions, don't hesitate.
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