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New post 10 Jun 2019, 06:40
urkdul wrote:
Thanks Scott, I will definitely reach out as I plan out my applications now. The breakdown was Q49 and V41. I don't have time to retake the GMAT as I have a large personal event during July. Hence the only time to retake would be at the end of August right before the deadlines and I am not sure if I will be able to handle that with essay writing and work.

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Breakdown looks good, especially the Q49. Look forward to hearing from you and let me know if you have any more questions in the meantime!

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New post 10 Jun 2019, 07:10
shaselai wrote:
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shaselai wrote:
Hi,
First of all thank you for the help! I am trying to help an international friend to identify schools she should apply:

Background:
Chinese, Female, 32
GMAT TBD - she is very smart - lets assume 690-720 range for this exercise
Grad School in Management - she thought MBA might be redundant but out of grad schools this might open more doors than a Master?
Career: 7 years in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking. She has done very well for herself, basically making MBA money in China but her family is in US so she is forgoing her career to come here.

Post MBA goals - Corporate Finance/Consulting

Target School Goals:
1. Close to VA/MD/DC area (maybe 5hr radius)
2. Good ranked school/Name recognition

Can you give some advice on what 8 schools 3 reach/3 target/2 safe she should aim for?
I can think of UNC,Duke,McDonough, Tepper,Smith(?), NYU, Emory, Darden, wharton as a few. Would love your input!


Hey shaselai,

Can you be a bit more specific about the work experience? Was your friend an IB analyst? Associate? Brand name bank with an office in China (e.g. Morgan Stanley or JPM) or Chinese bank? A progression of her history would be very helpful! What are her goals post-MBA?

Let's assume she has a 700-720 with solid English communication skills and decent extra-cirriculars:

Reach: Wharton, CBS - I didn't see a true "reach" on the list, but Wharton and CBS most certainly fit the bill. With a 720-730 and a great application I could see some chance at an M7, but application needs to be flawless. Women with IB experience are highly coveted at these schools, although the skew is toward native English speakers. If English is fluent, I don't see an issue here.

Target: Fuqua, NYU, Darden - As stated above, with solid application execution, these should be right in the wheelhouse. GMAT score lines up with the medians and really great finance opportunities from each.

Safety: UNC, McDonough, Emory - All good schools here, just a tier below the targets. All provide good opps, but tend to be more regional than the two groups above. Again, it depends what she wants to do.

Any other questions I'm happy to help!

Regards,


Thanks PersonalMBACoach.
She has done a mix of corporate finance, ib and personal investment too. She worked at a couple of big chinese banks (top 4) and now is manager for the finance department. She doesn't want to get into full IB post MBA since its tons of hours and she wants to settle down. So maybe corporate finance and consulting might be in her wheelhouse.

In terms of essays on "what do you want to do" - it is probably best to focus on corporate finance side of positions since the trajectory makes more sense? Also, do you think her having a management master in China have any negative impact of MBA in US?


I think corpoarate finance or some sort of financial consulting is a safe route, maybe even finance for a tech firm. I'd have to know a bit more about her background and exact goals to offer the best one. But it seems like she has a very diverse background with a lot of hats worn, so most financial goals should make sense.

I don't think it will hurt that much, but she will most certainly need to lay out why she needs an American MBA and perhaps outline gaps in her learning/network development up until this point.

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Hello - Would appreciate any feedback/pointers on my applications! Thank you in advance.

Background:
Location: Northeast USA
Race/Sex: ORM
Age: 26 at time of matriculation
Work Experience: 4 years at time of matriculation
GMAT: 760 (48Q, 47V, 7 IR, 5.5 AWA)
Undergrad GPA: 3.44 Double Major Economics, Political Science
Undergrad Institution: Top 10 University (Think: Chicago, Penn)
Volunteering: Mentoring & tutoring with local at-risk youth
Rec Letters: One from an HBS alum, one from a GSB alum. Both C-level executives at current company that I work with directly

Work Experience:
- 1 year at a well-known private equity firm as an investment analyst straight out of undergrad (Think: Leonard Green, GTCR, Vista, Golden Gate)
- Did everything that a typical pre-mba PE investor would do: deal due diligence & execution, financial modelling / valuation, portfolio company support)

- Moved to a post series-B startup in the fintech space in a director-level business development role. Been here 2 years now
- Led growth and go-to-market strategy. Built out a high-performing sales org & infrastructure
- Company successfully IPO'ed off of, at least in part, my contributions in accelerating topline revenue growth
- In 2019, moved into a broader corporate strategy & development role to drive change across the entire org structure

Target Schools & Goals:
Schools: HBS, GSB, Wharton (all round 1)
Post-MBA Goals: Found a start-up or join a seed-stage startup

Questions:
- Do my career trajectory and post-mba goals make sense to AdComs (PE -> Growth-Stage Startup -> MBA -> Entrepreneurship)?
- Anything I can do to strengthen my applications at this point? Should I retake GMAT to get a higher quant score?
- Should I add more schools to my list? I would consider Sloan and Booth if they gave me $$$$, but don't want to distract my application efforts from my top 3
- I know my undergrad GPA of 3.44 is below the median at HBS and GSB. Is it advisable to use the optional/supplemental space to offer any explanation? Or is it better not to draw attention to it?

Again, thanks!
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New post 25 Nov 2019, 16:47
While the M7 business schools (Columbia Business School, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Kellogg, Stanford GSB, Chicago Booth and Wharton) get a lot of attention, there are numerous compelling MBA program options beyond the M7 schools.

In fact, the average Personal MBA Coach client applies to five business schools, some of which will fall beyond the M7. This is why we have put together our latest eBook: MBA Essay Analysis: Beyond the M7. In this book we include our tips on how to tackle the 2019-2020 MBA application essays for seven top business schools outside of the M7, including:

Berkeley Haas: #6 (2019 US News & World Reports),
Duke Fuqua: #10 (2019 US News & World Reports)
Michigan Ross: #10 (2019 US News & World Reports)
NYU Stern: #12 (2019 US News & World Reports)
UCLA Anderson: #16 (2019 US News & World Reports)
UVA Darden: #12 (2019 US News & World Reports)
Yale SOM: #9 (2019 US News & World Reports)

Whether round 1 did not go as planned or you are just now developing your round 2 strategy, one or more of these programs may be great options for you to consider.

This eBook is offered to all Personal MBA Coach newsletter subscribers! Sign up today.

Founded by a Wharton and MIT graduate, Personal MBA Coach regularly helps applicants navigate their applications each year and is the #4 ranked admissions consultant on Poets & Quants. Personal MBA Coach's comprehensive support includes mock interviews with a team of former M7 interviewers and customized GMAT/GRE tutoring with tutors who scored in the 99th percentile.

Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 11 years with a 96% success rate. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email scott@personalmbacoach.com for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!

You may also like these other blog articles:

M7 Essay Analysis
Acing The MBA Interview
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New post 25 Nov 2019, 17:38
Hello,

Just a quick question. I will be submitting an application soon for R1 to Bocconi (not SDA so not an MBA too - just a regular master). Currently I’m doing a bachelor at another quite well reputed uni in Europe (KU Leuven), yet I tried to transfer over to Bocconi for a bachelor two years ago, but got denied. My weakest point at the time presumably was the entrance test. Now, should I address that I have already tried to get into Bocconi previously in my motivational letter thereby showing how much I’d actually want to study there (as it was my kinda dream uni for the past couple of years) and that would not even want to consider any other unis, or should I not bring it up at all (although I’m applying in the same account I submitted my bachelor application in, so guessing they will see my previous application anyway)?

Thanks a lot in advance for any input!

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PROFILE EVALUATION FOR CANADIAN MBAS FOR FALL 2020.

DEMOGRAPHICS : Indian Male, 25 years old.

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE : B-Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from SRM University, Chennai (2017)
CGPA – 8.6/10 OR 3.44/4

WORK EXPERIENCE : 2.5 years in Software consulting from Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai

LONG TERM GOAL: To become a Marketing head in a Canadian/International company of repute in Sports/Music/Travel/FMCG/Retail/Consumer Electronics industries AND To settle in Canada with a PR.

SHORT TERM (post-MBA) GOALS : entry-level marketer/Marketing manager in the above industries OR join Management Consultancy for a few years then become a marketer in those industries.

I’ve taken a few UG-level credit courses and online courses in MGMT, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship to help me facilitate my transition from Software to Marketing.

TEST SCORES:
GMAT – 710 (Q48, V40, IR 5, AWA 5)
IELTS Academic – 8.0 (L-8, R-9, W-7, S-7)

EXTRA-CURRICULARS:
1. Committee Member & Marketing Head of the SRM University Cycling Club
2. Cleared with distinction Grade 5 exam in “Drum-kit” conducted by Trinity College of Music, London, 2008.
3. Successfully completed BRM-200 (Brevet d’Audax), a 200 km cycle race conducted by Mumbai Randonneurs division of Brevet d'Audax, France in 12 hours and 10 minutes in February 2018.
4. Since 2015, have been a regular member of The Indian Stammering Association (TISA), a not-for-profit organization by and for people who stutter. Since 2018, have been the Co-coordinator for the organization’s Mumbai chapter. Website: https://stammer.in/.
5. Regular participant and host of Mumbai Drum Circle, a community drum circle specialising in Djembes (South African hand drums).

**Interested in only 20+ months MBA program to get 3 year Work permit after graduating. Hence, IVEY, Queen’s, Simon Fraser, uOttawa, etc are OUT.
**NOT interested in colleges in Quebec due to liabilities of not knowing French. Hence McGill, Concordia, HEC are OUT.

TARGET PROVINCES: Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta

Colleges Applied so far:
1. McMaster (DeGroote) Co-op MBA -> Interviewed; awaiting final results.
2. UCalgary (Haskayne) Daytime MBA -> Submitted in R2
3. York U (Schulich) MBA -> Submitted in R1

Profile Evaluation required for:
1. University of Toronto Rotman – MBA
2. University of Alberta – MBA
3. UBC Sauder - MBA
4. Brock University Goodman – MBA ISP
5. Carleton University Sprott - MBA

Could you help me understand my initial profile evaluation for these above 5 programs?
Then I could post a few specific questions to ask.
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New post 04 Dec 2019, 14:58
It is hard to believe that December is upon us and the first round 2 application deadline is just over four weeks away (see deadline summary below). The holiday season is hectic for everyone, but for those of you working on your MBA applications, this can be a particularly challenging time of year.

2019-2020 MBA Deadlines Round 2
London Business School January 3, 2020
Harvard Business School January 6, 2020
Michigan Ross January 6, 2020
UVA Darden January 6, 2020
Dartmouth Tuck January 6, 2020
Duke Fuqua January 6, 2020
Yale SOM January 7, 2020
Wharton January 7, 2020
Chicago Booth January 7, 2020
Kellogg January 8, 2020
UCLA Anderson January 8, 2020
Cornell Johnson January 8, 2020
Stanford GSB January 9, 2020
Berkeley Haas January 9, 2020
NYU Stern January 15, 2020
MIT Sloan January 21, 2020
Columbia Business School April 10, 2020

You may be doubting whether you can get everything done in time. Personal MBA Coach prides itself on offering honest feedback, so here is the good, the bad and the ugly!

The Good News:

Many of you can still meet early January deadlines! Wondering if you can really work your magic and finish in time? Ask yourself these 4 questions:

1) Have you already narrowed down your school list?

2) Have you taken (or are prepared to take) the GMAT/GRE?

3) Have you already selected and prepared your recommenders?

4) Do you have a large portion of your holiday vacation set aside to work on your applications?

If you have answered yes to most or all of these questions, do not despair! Even if you have not put pencil to paper (so to speak) for your essays, resume and short answer questions, you can still finish on time with the proper dedication.

We have successfully guided candidates with a shortened timeline for a limited number of schools (and adding additional schools in future rounds or years as needed). But do not wait much longer!

The Bad News:

If you answered no to a few of these questions, you have your work cut out for you; honestly, you may not be ready this year. In this case, particularly if you have not finished your testing and do not have recommenders nailed down or schools identified, ask yourself how crucial it is that you apply THIS year.

If now is really your time (perhaps you have 4+ years of experience and have plateaued at work or 2019 is an ideal year, personally, for you to start school), you may be able to meet the challenge.

However, if you do not feel this level of urgency, I generally advise candidates to apply when they can submit the strongest applications, which might not be now. While you can successfully reapply, each application will remain on record; therefore, we do not advise submitting applications to which you have not given at least 100%.

The Ugly News:

If you have answered no to all of the questions above, January 6 may not be realistic for you (though some schools offer mid/late January deadlines that could still be feasible). This is particularly true if holiday obligations will prevent you from dedicating the majority of your time to your applications.

Regardless of which boat you are in this year, there is still plenty that you can do now. Even if you do not end up hitting submit in January, early planning can always work in your favor.

Still not sure which bucket you fall into or need additional help? E-mail me today!

Founded by a Wharton and MIT graduate, Personal MBA Coach regularly helps applicants navigate their applications each year and is the #4 ranked admissions consultant on Poets & Quants. Personal MBA Coach's comprehensive support includes mock interviews with a team of former M7 interviewers and customized GMAT/GRE tutoring with tutors who scored in the 99th percentile.

Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 11 years with a 96% success rate. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email scott@personalmbacoach.com for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!

You may also like these other blog articles:

Accelerated MBA Application Plan
Businessweek 2019 MBA Rankings
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With less than four weeks left until MBA application deadlines, it is time to make your list and check it twice. While most checklists will merely cover the basics, Personal MBA Coach challenges you to ask these 9 questions to assess whether your applications are REALLY ready!

1) Is your story clear? Does the reader walk away knowing who you are and what matters to you?

2) Have you thought out and articulated why you want an MBA? To get promoted or to gain “business skills” are NOT good enough reasons.

3) Are you consistent throughout all of the application components? Your resume, essays, short answer questions and letters of recommendation should all include the same general message. Any inconsistencies are an instant red flag.

4) Does your application include specific information about the target school? Admissions committee members read thousands of essays every year and it is very easy for them to determine who is genuinely interested in the school and knows a lot about the program.

5) Are your letters of recommendation strong enough? Did you advise your recommenders to use specific examples and compare you to other candidates?

6) Are your essays easy to read? Or do you find yourself re-reading paragraphs because you do not see how they fit into the essay?

7) Did you have someone else read your essays? This will give you an outsider’s objective opinion of your accomplishments and help to ensure you are talking about your experiences with the right level of detail for someone outside of your industry.

8) Do you have an MBA specific resume? For an MBA resume, you want to show how you have been successful and demonstrated leadership. You are selling your future potential. Make sure not to get too detailed here, though.

9) Have you actually answered every question? It can be tempting to go off-book or include additional information but adcom members ask each question for a specific reason. Ensure you are answering the question asked and not offering what you think they want to hear.

If after answering these questions you have doubts about whether your applications are strong enough, reach out today!

Founded by a Wharton and MIT graduate, Personal MBA Coach regularly helps applicants navigate their applications each year and is the #4 ranked admissions consultant on Poets & Quants. Personal MBA Coach's comprehensive support includes mock interviews with a team of former M7 interviewers and customized GMAT/GRE tutoring with tutors who scored in the 99th percentile.

Personal MBA Coach has been guiding candidates through all aspects of the MBA application process for over 11 years with a 96% success rate. Call us today at +1 617-645-2424 or email scott@personalmbacoach.com for a free consultation on your profile along with how we can help make your MBA dreams a reality!
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