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From US Congress to B-School. Am I competitive?

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GMAT 1: 760 Q48 V46
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New post 30 Apr 2017, 11:07
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I am interested in getting an MBA to move from the public to the private sector. Let me know what you think of my profile, specifically what types of schools I could get into and if I could get any scholarships? (They don't pay us a lot haha)

GMAT Score: I haven't taken the official yet but I have gotten the following scores on practice:
Manhattan prep:
CAT EXAM #4 Completed 04/29/2017 Score: 660 Q43V37
CAT EXAM #3 Completed 04/09/2017 Score: 640 Q42V36
CAT EXAM #2 Completed 03/26/2017 Score: 630 Q41V35
Veritas prep:
Completed 04/22/2017 Score: 680 Q41V35

3.2 Undergrad GPA
Undergrad majors: Double Major in Political Science and Communication
From top 20 public university
3.85 Grad School GPA
Program: Master in Public Administration from top 10 school

4 years work experience
Director of Communications and Senior Legislative Assistant for a Member of US Congress

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New post 01 May 2017, 10:02
Hi there,
Thanks for reaching out – great information and questions! First, I wanted to tell you that I can totally relate to your background and needing the MBA to transition careers. My first job out of undergrad was as a teacher with Teach for America, so I definitely needed scholarship money to make the MBA journey a reality. That being said, getting an MBA is an incredible and invaluable experience that made my career transitions possible (so, it’s totally worth it!).

For your GMAT, I can see that you’ve made steady progress – great job! My biggest advice would be to invest in studying as much as you can right now, as your GMAT will determine the range of programs you can get into. Recent articles have stated that “720 is the new 700” for top 10-20 schools; this can be even higher if you are part of a competitive applicant set and the later you apply to programs.

I also see that you’ve attained your Master’s in Public Administration with a high GPA – which is great, as it will show a strong academic background. My other big feedback to you would be to create a highly compelling story that shows a clear rationale for why you are looking to attain an MBA. How does this fit with your position with the US Congress and with your Master’s degree, and where you want to go? I would make sure your story includes a cohesive narrative of 1) who you are, your passion, and your goals, 2) why you are qualified for a top 10-25 MBA program and 3) why an MBA is essential to reach your goals. Having a clear narrative of why you need an MBA at this moment of your life will make your application successful, and show the strong need for an MBA while also showcasing your fit with top programs.

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