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So this may be a long post. I'm considering applying to b-school for the class of 2021. My background isn't typical. Its far from it. I know the experience would be beneficial. I want to work in upper operations management. Possibly Amazon. I feel like I also have a short career background that might be good for consulting.

Here's my background:

Dropped out of high school my junior year and got my GED.

Went to Campbellsville University. It is a regional private university. I majored in Business Administration with an emphasis in business administration with heavy economics courses as well. I graduated in 2015 with a 3.6 GPA.

Since graduating, I spent two years as a general manager at Aarons. The store was in turmoil when I arrived. Turned the operation around and left for a career in the finance industry.

I am currently the branch manager of a finance company. I have been there since January and look to stay until I leave for b-school.

I am taking my GMAT in December or January. Currently using prep books. Practice test indicate a score in the 700-730 range.

Given that information do you think I would be a good fit for business school? I am wanting to stay in the south east as that is where I want to work. Vanderbilt is at the top of my list currently as is Notre Dame and IU. Far stretch school include Fuqua and Darden. Honest opinions please. I'm devoting everything I have to this journey and if I don't stand a chance or wont benefit from doing so I would like to know that going in. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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@jelobb88 applying next year sounds reasonable, and I would make sure to do all you can to maximize your work experience. Extract as many leadership and teamwork stories from that as you can, from really good quantifiable achievements.

I don't see that your undergrad will stand in your way necessarily even though it's not exactly a a brand name school. I have to say I don't really work with many people who have a branch management background but if you could demonstrate potential I think that you would have a good shot.

The schools that you mentioned are definitely within reason. If you have any ambition to be at Amazon or any other tech company I recommend that you look at schools that are feeders for those companies such as Foster or Ross. Make sure to think from the end, consider where you want to end up, and then back things out from there, rather than guessing at what you think might be the right move.

Be sure to do the very best you can on the GMAT and use the time you have between now and next to you to get a great score.

I would recommend that you get into Toastmasters and do other things that might help strengthen your profile, namely making sure that you have a strong history of community involvement and community leadership. If you don't have that going on right now I would make sure that's number one priority.

Please don't underestimate this. If you have a record of achievement in a name brand community organization I think that might add a little more credibility and gravitas to your profile.

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New post 25 Jun 2017, 13:20
Thank you! I appreciate your thoughts! I had not thought about doing community involvement but will certainly look into it immediately!

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You're very welcome. I hope that you pay attention to the other things I mentioned as well. However for community service you are looking to get some really good accomplishments on the board over the next year. It's expected for people to have this aspect to their profile, and it does help differentiate you. It would be ideal for you too lay the groundwork for a letter of recommendation when you apply for business school, if I had a lot of success with people getting at least one of the recommendations from a regional leader of an organization that aligns with their overall interests and values/brand.

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New post 29 Jun 2017, 23:24
Hi jelobb88,

I would say that you've done well given the cards you've been handed. Business schools will recognize the effort that you've put in.

Notre Dame, IU, and Vanderbilt are definitely approachable, especially if you can do a 730 on the GMAT. I would also encourage you to apply to Duke and Darden (but also a few schools in the 26 - 35 range, to balance out the portfolio).

You will need to do some work on your goals statement to show how your past and current job relate to a career in operations management. Otherwise, you should be good.

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So this may be a long post. I'm considering applying to b-school for the class of 2021. My background isn't typical. Its far from it. I know the experience would be beneficial. I want to work in upper operations management. Possibly Amazon. I feel like I also have a short career background that might be good for consulting.

Here's my background:

Dropped out of high school my junior year and got my GED.

Went to Campbellsville University. It is a regional private university. I majored in Business Administration with an emphasis in business administration with heavy economics courses as well. I graduated in 2015 with a 3.6 GPA.

Since graduating, I spent two years as a general manager at Aarons. The store was in turmoil when I arrived. Turned the operation around and left for a career in the finance industry.

I am currently the branch manager of a finance company. I have been there since January and look to stay until I leave for b-school.

I am taking my GMAT in December or January. Currently using prep books. Practice test indicate a score in the 700-730 range.

Given that information do you think I would be a good fit for business school? I am wanting to stay in the south east as that is where I want to work. Vanderbilt is at the top of my list currently as is Notre Dame and IU. Far stretch school include Fuqua and Darden. Honest opinions please. I'm devoting everything I have to this journey and if I don't stand a chance or wont benefit from doing so I would like to know that going in. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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