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mbaMission seems to have very good portfolio of consultants in every field, each from a top b-school. Which consultants have previously worked with clients in in Private Equity/Venture Capital/Research. Can you please name few ? I am targeting for Stern, Columbia, and Booth.
Thank you, we do feel we have an excellent team of experienced consultants from a variety of backgrounds, industries, and MBA programs. As you can likely imagine, most of our consultants have helped applicants in the fields you have mentioned. I believe you've seen our team profiles based on your post, but here is the link again just in case: http://www.mbamission.com/about.php?display=team.
I invite you to set up a free 30-minute consult with a consultant of your choice if you would like a profile review and opportunity to discuss your questions with a particular consultant. Again any of the consultants can help you and you're welcome to review our team profiles carefully, and I would point out Erin Foley Schuhmacher as a consultant to consider based on her background and experiences with clients. Here is the link to set up your free 30-minute consult: http://www.mbamission.com/consult.php.
Feel free to check in here with any other questions along the way, wishing you all the best with the application process!
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01 Jul 2013, 14:36
Thank you Jen. I see Erin worked worked in Finance and graduated from HBS. However, I am not targeting HBS as one of my schools. I am more interested in Stern, Columbia, and Booth. Would that make a difference ? I see Rachel Beck also worked in Finance and graduated from Columbia. Do you think she would be a better match? Not sure how to define 'better' ? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
While it's often appealing at first to work with a consultant who went to a program you are aiming for, and it certainly can't hurt, we would also encourage you to consider the types of applicants that a particular consultant may work with most often (which might correlate some with their own background, though not necessarily) and their strengths at helping that type of applicant present themselves in the best way possible. A given consultant may have graduated from xyz school 10+ years ago, let's say, but may have been helping large numbers of applicants with backgrounds similar to yours to draw out their strengths and successfully apply to a number of top schools consistently year upon year and as recently as this past cycle. Our focus is on YOU, and helping you tell your story-- no matter what school we went to, or even what school you are applying to (though that is taken into consideration where it makes sense). Every year even our most experienced consultants work on a wide variety of applications and schools, and the applicants can be equally successful whether the consultant has worked with applicants to that program frequently or less so, because our job is to draw you out, figure out what your story is, and help you tell that in the most clear and compelling way.
Rachel is a Columbia MBA grad and an excellent consultant as well. Her background is in journalism, and she has expertise in talking to people with technical (including finance) backgrounds and helping them articulate complex details in a way that is accessible to a general audience. In terms of consultants with the most experience working with clients with financial backgrounds including PE, we generally think of Erin, Monica, and Helen, but again any of the consultants should be able to help you put together the strongest application possible. I suggest you start with the free consult with the consultant of your choice (you'll have the opportunity to select based upon availability etc when you register) and then go from there. Might as well start the conversation and see how it goes!
Let us know what else we can help with and good luck to you!
I will see if there are other sources for info or references from Erin, will follow up this week. I also encourage you to keep in mind that while GMATClub.com is a great resource with extensive info and we do get a lot of clients who learn about us on GMATClub, a large portion of our clients are just not on GMATClub at all (and therefore not posting reviews etc). While it's always great to get 'reviews' on goods and services (I'm right there with ya, love to look up reviews!), it isn't always as easy to find extensive 3rd-party hosted reviews on every consultant in an industry like admissions consulting, simply because clients either need to be already active on a site like this and think to post/review, or be encouraged to do so by their consultant (which some consultants encourage, others do not), and in actuality there are a lot of MBA applicants who don't spend time on specific websites like GMATClub, or use a variety of GMAT prep sites and reviews can be fragmented or non-existent. (Plus if you think about it, admissions consultants have not been around as long as say, hair stylists, or even physicians-- and there are plenty of those that you cannot even find reviews for online, even though we would all love to see thorough reviews on every service professional we go to). That said we consistently send feedback surveys to every client of ours and do track feedback and client satisfaction, and we encourage you to chat with the consultant you are thinking of for your free profile eval before you sign up.
I'll see if there is any further info I can provide at all and in the meantime I do encourage you to schedule your free consult. If for some unlikely reason you don't feel the consultant you work with during the consult is right for you, you do not have to stay with them for the actual admissions consulting, we will work with you to be sure you are comfortable with your consultant.
On a side note, I believe Monica and Helen are both mentioned among the reviews here on the site, if that is at all useful.