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New post 08 Jul 2018, 05:23
Profile: Looking for a career transition into technology and would like to go to a top 20 US school
29yo, white European from London.
GMAT: yet to be taken but targeting a 700
GPA: 4.0 in undergraduate degree. Also have a masters in management degree from UCL.
Work experience 5 years. 3 of those at a global financial services management consultancy firm (5000+ employees). Have worked on projects throughout for Tier 1 investment bank. 2 promotions and strong performer with many additional extra-curricular work to support wider firm.
Extra curricular: mentor young students from low income families to develop skills and confidence to succeed

Any thoughts/guidance would be much appreciated! Thanks
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New post 08 Jul 2018, 23:02
Hey Louie, you're in a pretty good situation overall, but I do recommend strongly that you get something more than neighborhood of 730.

Because the schools that best speak to technology jobs are on the high end in terms of GMAT and have very low acceptance rates MIT Haas obviously Stanford etcetera.

Lesser represented applicants can get away with a slightly lower GMAT than the admitted class average but not the case for white male consultants. European schools have somewhat lower GMAT reqs.

I took a peek at your LinkedIn profile and there's a lot of good stuff in there...You speak a lot of languages. but would like to know what the Special Sauce is...what the narrative is that is going to resonate with the admissions committee and make you seem like a real human to them not just a piece of paper ...so kind of need more about that but overall it looks promising.

Would be interesting to learn more about your goals and background.

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New post 10 Jul 2018, 04:01
louisforte wrote:
Profile: Looking for a career transition into technology and would like to go to a top 20 US school
29yo, white European from London.
GMAT: yet to be taken but targeting a 700
GPA: 4.0 in undergraduate degree. Also have a masters in management degree from UCL.
Work experience 5 years. 3 of those at a global financial services management consultancy firm (5000+ employees). Have worked on projects throughout for Tier 1 investment bank. 2 promotions and strong performer with many additional extra-curricular work to support wider firm.
Extra curricular: mentor young students from low income families to develop skills and confidence to succeed

Any thoughts/guidance would be much appreciated! Thanks


Hi louisforte,

Thanks for writing in.

While the professional work experience looks impressive, we would suggest a spike in the GMAT score. 700 would be a bit under the average for the top-ranked US programs and a score upwards of 730 is strongly recommended. Needless to say, the higher the score, the stronger your chances of admit + scholarship will be.

Of course, the GMAT is only one element of your profile and most business schools will evaluate your profile in a more holistic fashion. Keeping the same in mind, your essays will have a very crucial role to play. Remember, your career goals should be specific in nature and must strongly align with your existing profile :)

With a set of well-written essays and the suggested GMAT score, you will have a very good chance at receiving interview calls from multiple top-20 programs.

All the best! :-)
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