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my real story isn't compelling at all -- i don't know how to spin it

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here are my stats: 730 GMAT, 3.82 GPA, Duke undergrad, Political Science major. Worked in marketing at a top tech firm (IBM) for 4 years. got 2 promotions. Want to go to M7 or t15 for consulting.

to be honest, i got into marketing BC i tried to get political jobs but i failed most my interviews for that, and the offers i got were low pay. then i got disillusioned with politics and wanted to focus purely on business. my major had nothing to do with my eventual career path in tech marketing. bc i went to a good school, i was able to get an interview and got the marketing position.

four years later, i find out i dislike marketing and want to go into consulting. having talked to many of my friends and peers in MBB and tier 2 consulting, the skillset and interests i have seem to make that a good fit.
basically, my real life, brutally honest, story is that politics wasn't a good fit, marketing wasn't a good fit, and i want to do management consulting bc that's a better fit and what i'm really interested in. it's nothing glamorous or special.

it's just for applications, i have absolutely zero idea how to make this a coherent and compelling and unified story. i have no idea how to spin it positively. the real truth is that i realized what i was doing was not what i really wanted to, and i didn't due enough due dilligence when i majored in pol sci, or did marketing. if i could redo college, i'd major in economics and math and aim hard for MBB consulting or be a quant, for example. but too late for that.

what do u all recommend?

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here are my stats: 730 GMAT, 3.82 GPA, Duke undergrad, Political Science major. Worked in marketing at a top tech firm (IBM) for 4 years. got 2 promotions. Want to go to M7 or t15 for consulting.

to be honest, i got into marketing BC i tried to get political jobs but i failed most my interviews for that, and the offers i got were low pay. then i got disillusioned with politics and wanted to focus purely on business. my major had nothing to do with my eventual career path in tech marketing. bc i went to a good school, i was able to get an interview and got the marketing position.

four years later, i find out i dislike marketing and want to go into consulting. having talked to many of my friends and peers in MBB and tier 2 consulting, the skillset and interests i have seem to make that a good fit.
basically, my real life, brutally honest, story is that politics wasn't a good fit, marketing wasn't a good fit, and i want to do management consulting bc that's a better fit and what i'm really interested in. it's nothing glamorous or special.

it's just for applications, i have absolutely zero idea how to make this a coherent and compelling and unified story. i have no idea how to spin it positively. the real truth is that i realized what i was doing was not what i really wanted to, and i didn't due enough due dilligence when i majored in pol sci, or did marketing. if i could redo college, i'd major in economics and math and aim hard for MBB consulting or be a quant, for example. but too late for that.

what do u all recommend?


Hello there,
Great to hear from you!

Well it may actually be easier than you think. Spin it positively. It's that simple. What I mean is that every thing that you present here "I didn't like." or "It didn't fit" change that into "I wanted something else" Instead of having negative reactions, these things are propelling you onward. And that's not a bad thing.

Of course it will help if you DO have great reasons why you ARE going into Consulting. And to think about whether you really have the skills and qualities that make a great consultant, rather than just taking it without any reasons.

It might happen that you realize that you don't actually want consulting, but that maybe you would be happier and more skilled at doing something else. And actually the preparation of your application is a great opportunity to question these things, to talk to people, and to discover.

You will have even more time to discover once you get into to B-school, too.

For the moment though, your prospects seem quite good - Great GMAT, GPA and school.

Actually a "messy trajectory" is much easier to work with than a bad GMAT, GPA or school. So you are in better shape than you think :)

I hope this helps!

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1) Shortlist Schools
2) Begin drafting essays.
3) Take help from a seasoned admission consultant to get the stories right.
4) Positive spin will materialize out of nowhere.
5) Consulting is all about diversity. Your niche and diverse interests should be embraced and highlighted vigorously.
6) Application package Content: Maturity, wisdom, knowledge, and insights - gleaned over years of your work-ex and education have to be presented in a coherent flow and format. This will be the deal-breaker with your checkered history and scattered inputs.

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New post 02 Aug 2017, 19:14
Why do you think you need to discuss your initial interest in politics. If it does not factor into your current career plans then it is not super relevant, because most of what they will see on your resume will be your IBM experience if I'm reading your post properly. So focus on the positives because you have a really strong profile here!
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