A Veteran’s Journey to Duke Fuqua, Tepper, and Cornell
After serving in the military for a few years, veterans make a transition into civilian life. Some immediately get a job on the civilian side, while others decide to return to school after the military to prepare themselves for a new career. After having served in the military for three years, former MER client Tim (not his real name) worked in the energy sector for five years. After eight years of work experience, Tim felt that his career had hit a plateau. He was keen to use his leadership experience in the military and the negotiation skills acquired in the energy sector to take up higher responsibilities.
Tim wanted someone well versed with the MBA admission process to guide him through the admission process and reached out to us. MER supported him with his application for 3 top business schools CMU Tepper, Cornell Johnson, and Duke Fuqua. Tim secured admits from all of them. He chose to attend CMU Tepper.
The present case study showcases Tim’s career history, extracurricular activities, career goals, and highlights of our work that led to his success.
Name: Tim Scott (not his real name)
Academic: BBA- Energy Management
Institute: University of Oklahoma
Industry: Military/ Energy
Work Experience: 8 years
GMAT: 720 (V 41/Q 49)
Target Schools: CMU Tepper, Cornell Johnson, Duke Fuqua
At 22 years old, Tim started his career with the United States Army as a manager. He took over an organization of 40 personnel, challenged and motivated employees during training, and was ranked in the top 10 percent of managers. In the Army, he was promoted to Mortar Platoon Leader, a specialty position for which he was selected among all the other mangers. After having served in the US Army for three years as a manager, he accepted roles in the Oil & Gas Industry centered on negotiating operating agreements and contracts with external partners for the drilling of Oil & Gas wells. His current role as a Land Analysis Professional involved a significant shift in responsibilities. His career growth in the Energy sector was average because the company went through two major layoffs, and the growth opportunities were limited.
Tim was a leader in the Army Family Readiness Group, United Way, Oklahoma Food Bank. He ran the Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon conducted in honor of the service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II. To stay connected with the Army, Tim continues to volunteer through the 'Army Family Readiness Group' and the 'Oklahoma Food Bank'. He gives back to a community by providing continued support for military families and by assisting veterans in need. His interests include hiking, fishing, and woodworking. He loves spending time with his wife and kids.
The minimal opportunities for growth fuelled his desire to pursue an MBA. Tim's post-MBA goal was to join a Leadership Development Program with a focus on Operations at Amazon or Johnson & Johnson. His long-term goal was to work for a Consumer goods manufacturing company as Director Operations. He feels that his military experience in general management, leadership, and strategic operations/logistics provides him an edge.
To gain an in-depth understanding of his profile, we first administered a questionnaire of 20 questions about his background, values, professional career, accomplishments, leadership stories, career goals, extra-curricular activities, and interests. After scrutinizing all his personal and professional stories, we started working together on his application to showcase his candidacy for his three target business schools -CMU Tepper, Cornell Johnson, and Duke Fuqua.
Some of the key highlights of our work together are:
Tim succeeded in securing a seat in all the 3 business schools we collaborated on, CMU Tepper, Cornell Johnson, and Duke Fuqua. After significant deliberation, he decided to join CMU Tepper.
MER was delighted to work with a disciplined and hard-working professional like Tim. His army background was quite evident from the way he reverted in a disciplined manner within the stipulated timeframe. From the outset, Tim seemed confident, determined, and self-assured to make it. His leadership qualities and analytical skills captivated us. We especially enjoyed assisting him in showcasing his unique military stories in his essays and are proud to be a part of his MBA journey. We congratulate him on his incredible success and wish him all the best for his career ahead.
For Tim's testimonial of MER's Services, click here.
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