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Hello,

First, let me thank you for your time and help; it is greatly appreciated! I am seeking advice and insight into how my current stats lend themself to top b-schools, and suggestions for ways I can improve myself as an applicant in the coming years.

I graduated from a non-flagship state school (think UNC-Wilmington) with a liberal arts degree. I took multiple quant courses (i.e engineering physics, calculus, etc.) and received A’s.

My CGPA: 3.45
with a strong upward trend for four years (had a 3.7+ my last three years. My low GPA is due to my first year of college—in my first semester I received a 2.1, and in my second I did not show up to class and did not withdraw, so I failed every course.

Work experience:
Out of college I worked my way into a position as a Territory Manager for a consumer goods company, in which I managed sales for the entire east coast. Within five months of employment my territory was the most profitable in the country. I also identified an opportunity to decrease spending and increase profit, and successfully implemented a nationwide strategic territory realignment. After 10 months I was given the added responsibility of interviewing candidates and training new hires.

I recently took an Account Management (sales rep) position with one of the largest global pharmaceutical companies.

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Extremely proud father
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Teach a spin class at the local gym

GMAT: hoping to score 700+
I have written one practice test without studying for diagnostic purposes: I received a 610. I have read that with intensive study it is not uncommon to improve scores by around 100 points. I did very well on the verbal section, and terrible on the quant section—around 30th percentile. I think I can boost my score, because I never had any issues learning math, and I feel that I was rusty with a lot of simple mathematics concepts at the time of the test.

- Assuming I do well on the GMAT, how competitive am I?

- Will my GPA hurt me?
1) will schools appreciate the strong upward trend
2) I am planning on taking some quant courses (micro/macro economics, finance, calc 2) to demonstrate my quant abilities. Will this help?

- Will my career help or hurt me as an applicant? 1) I feel that it is understood that gaining entry into pharmaceutical sales is extremely competitive. The income is also high (relatively similar to that of careers that more commonly lead to MBAs). I am hoping that my sales job won’t be viewed negatively.

- Assuming I receive a high score of 700+ on the GMAT, which tier of b-schools should I be looking at?

- Do you have any suggestions career or otherwise that you feel could help improve my candidacy?

Thanks!

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ProgressionPoint wrote:
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Out of college I worked my way into a position as a Territory Manager for a consumer goods company, in which I managed sales for the entire east coast. Within five months of employment my territory was the most profitable in the country. I also identified an opportunity to decrease spending and increase profit, and successfully implemented a nationwide strategic territory realignment. After 10 months I was given the added responsibility of interviewing candidates and training new hires.


Hi, Having closely worked with people in Sales related roles I thought I will initiate a conversation here. Although I am from a geographically different region(India), most of your points make sense to me and I see your profile as a great one to take you ahead on your MBA journey. While the academic background is important, what makes more sense to a B-School is a holistic profile. The number and action-oriented points you have mentioned about your roles with the organizations are good enough to get you to a Bschool of your choice. I would suggest that you should go for a high GMAT score to give greater confidence to ad-com of your target Bschool on your academic capabilities.

There are quite a lot of good resources available here on GMATclub. You just need to be searching in the right forum.

I wish you all the very best in the pursuit of your goal and hope you reach your target school sooner than you think.

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Saurabh1921,

Thank you for your response. I will continue to read through GMAT Club and learn more about the b-school application process. What is your experience in applying to schools?

I am a 24 yr. old White, American, Male. I am planning to apply in 2-3 years. In the hopes that I receive a promotion between now and then.

Thanks again for your help!

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