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Joined: 28 Mar 2019
Posts: 92
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Technology
GMAT 1: 720 Q47 V42
GPA: 3.5
WE: Consulting (Consulting)
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New post 18 Jul 2019, 07:15
Bio: Age 27, Male, USA.

GMAT: 710 (Q46, V41, IR 8, AWA 6) ,

Education: [/b]Bachelor of Science in Finance with a 3.5 GPA from a top 30 US School with a minor in Entrepreneurship.
Education # 2: Master in Information Systems and Operations Management from Top 30 school with 3.33 GPA

Research: Performed portfolio construction research during undergrad for a professor in the finance dept. (1 year)
Research #2: Performed benchmarking analysis during graduate school for the head of the information systems dept. (1 year)

Work Experience: 3 years full-time work experience at a mid-sized Management Consulting firm in NYC. Promoted once. Lead a small team.

Extracurriculars: I was a Teaching Assistant during my undergraduate and graduate years for the International Business dept. (3 years). Also I was a member of the club baseball team at my school and helped organize our school's homecoming parade. After University I have been involved in the intern process at my company by helping coordinate events and mentoring prospective employees.

Volunteer Experience: During my university years I volunteered at the boys and girls club of America. After university I volunteered in NYC as a little league coach and also continued to volunteer at the Boys and Girls club.

Letters of Recommendation: Will have no problem getting letters of rec from either superiors at consulting firm or professors in the Finance and Information Systems Dept. at my University

Post MBA Goals: After my MBA I plan to either go back to management consulting or open up my own consulting firm. I also have a passion for sports and would love to work in the front office of a major US sports team. I hope to leverage the connections that I make during my MBA as a way to advance my career and also I really value the experience of being around like-minded peers.

Target Schools: Harvard, Penn, Stanford, Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia Cornell, Duke.

Thank you for your support and I am looking forward to hearing your advice.

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New post 26 Jul 2019, 17:56
Hi there! Thanks for reaching out. The main challenge in your candidacy is going to be the fact that it will be hard to differentiate yourself. Your profile is solid, but on paper, there's nothing in it that really stands out as particularly strong or particularly unique. Your GMAT is a solid score but it's below average for many of the schools you named -- ideally you'd want to hit at 730+. Your work experience also sounds solid, but there are a LOT of people coming from consulting so like I said, the trick will be in showing why they should admit YOU over the competition. Did you drive particularly impressive results for clients? Take on responsibility much younger or earlier than your counterparts? A lot will depend on the specifics of what you've accomplished there. Consulting is also a common post-MBA goal so again you'll need to work to differentiate yourself from all the other people who name that as their goal. It can honestly be tough to say you want to start your own consulting firm. It's a common goal as well, but you have the added challenge of proving to the adcom how you'll compete with existing players who have more resources that you will (i.e., what unmet need will you fill, how will you differentiate your firm, etc).

There's a lot that goes into figuring out HOW to differentiate yourself & there are a lot of pieces to it: the specifics of your professional accomplishments, the experiences outside of work that have shaped who you are, your leadership experience, the specifics of what you hope to accomplish in your post-MBA goals & WHY this is your passion. These applications are an art form at the end of the day!

Just based on what you shared here, I'd say schools like HBS, Stanford & Wharton are solidly in the reach category. They will be quite tough to get into. You'll have a good shot at Cornell (and would also have a solid shot at schools like UCLA, UNC, Tepper, Emory & other schools in that range). For schools like Tuck, Yale, Duke & Columbia it will all depend on the extent to which you can differentiate yourself -- that will determine if these schools are in the reach vs. target category.

If you need any help thinking through your strategy & your story definitely reach out to us. If you email Claudia at she can set you up with a free consultation with one of our MBA consultants who can take a look at your resume, talk through the specifics of your post-MBA goals & give you some more targeted direction!

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