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Desire to achieve, need direction!

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Hello, hello!

A got started in the game pretty late. I would probably be characterized as the prototypical intelligent underachiever. After many switches, I finally decided on getting majors in finance and management. Towards the end of college, I realized what I wanted to eventually be a part of (corporate strategy/mangement consulting), yet my low GPA (2.7) and unknown school handicap me. To alleviate this, I do have some solid experience working with non-profits, and I am a great standardized test taker (my aim is 720+ GMAT).

Realizing my situation, I knew I needed to get a job with a top company. Luckily, I secured a position in a leadership development program at a Fortune 50 firm in operations.

I understand that I have a about 4.5 years to situate myself for application into b-school, as it seems this is a solid way to break into corporate strategy/management consulting at a top firm.

The questions are:
How much "hope" does my situation have?
What are some steps I should take to put myself in the best possible place?
Should I consider getting a masters degree to cover up my low undergraduate GPA?
Should I take classes at my undergraduate institution to higher my GPA (over the next few years) to above 3.0?
Should I take classes at a different undergraduate institution?
Since I am currently in supply chain/operations, is there a specific route I should take from here? Should I spend 2-3 years here and try to get into a lower ranked consulting firm? Or try to move into a more corporate role within this company? Or would becoming a manager within some field of supply chain be sufficient?
If I were to get into a top b-school, would getting into corporate strategy/management consulting (MBB) be possible with the low GPA?
Anything else?

Thanks for the help!

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New post 15 Aug 2012, 22:48
Hi abladeofgrass,

Thanks for posting.

Regarding your low GPA, I recommend you read this case study of how one candidate addressed a low GPA and was accepted into a top business school: ... ies/case5/

For whether to pursue a Masters, I would not recommend pursuing an additional degree for the sole purpose of improving your chances for admission into a top business school. In fact, many admissions officers may ask you why are pursuing an MBA program after having already received a Masters degree.

For which career path to pursue, I recommend pursuing the area you are most passionate about and where you feel you would make the largest impact. In the end, this is what admissions teams would like to see.

If you'd like, we also provide free 30 minute phone consultations here:


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