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English guy to US MBA - Profile review request

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New post 17 May 2017, 08:31
Hello Veritas Prep! Hope this message finds you well, any tips or pointers would be great :)

Profile:
- 25yo, English, white male, middle class

- Undergrad at London School of Economics in Government, 2.1 honours (not the top grade, but top 10% of class)

- 3.5 years at Big 4. First two were on the grad scheme, last 2 in Strategy department working on a large infrastructure strategy project

- About to move to smaller strategy boutique (no-brand name in the US, but recognised in Europe / France)

- 730 GMAT (49Q,40V) Only 6 on the IR, but also 6 on the essay

- Weak extra-curricula activities (regular blood donations, limited involvement in mentoring scheme at work)


Reasons for wanting to do an MBA:
- Short term: to pivot to a senior role in a focussed strat. house in the U.S. Ideally working in the public / transport sector to help improve public services and reduce emissions

- Longer term: get increasingly involved in NGO work


Target schools:
- Harvard, Wharton, Kellogg, MIT, Booth, Yale

Questions:
- Is my profile competitive at these schools (in particular, is it more competitive at some over others?)?

- Other that working on the pro-bono elements of my application, what else could I do to stand out?
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New post 22 May 2017, 17:16
Thanks for sharing your profile.

- Is my profile competitive at these schools (in particular, is it more competitive at some over others?)?
Yes your profile is competitive, you can be in play at all of the schools listed. These are some of the top schools in the world so you will really have to strive to stand out and create a compelling application package that strongly links your ST/LT development goals to the strengths of the program.

- Other that working on the pro-bono elements of my application, what else could I do to stand out?
Work experience is always a major factor that many candidates overlook, really focus on this here, it is a great way to stand out if you an demonstrate impressive results and impact. Also, do some research on your LT goals so you can clearly articulate the type of NGOs you'd like to join and in what capacity
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