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Profile Evaluation for UT Austin McCombs

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Joined: 12 Mar 2019
Posts: 6
Location: United States
GMAT 1: 670 Q45 V37
GPA: 3.86
WE: Analyst (Energy and Utilities)
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New post 11 Apr 2019, 22:48
Hello all, thanks for taking the time to read my profile and provide guidance and feedback. I am interested in applying for UT McComb's Part-time Evening MBA program in Austin. Much thanks for the help and support!

About Me
23 year old caucasian male with 1.5 years of work experience (by the time I intend to begin school in January 2021, I will have 3 years of work experience).

Overall: 670
Q: 45
V: 37

Undergrad Information
BBA in Finance from a Texas university
GPA: 3.86 (graduated Magna Cum Laude; 5x President's List)
Vice President of a student organization geared towards students aiming to work in the energy industry

Work Experience
I have spent the first year and a half of my professional career working for Valero Energy Corporation at their corporate HQ. I am a Business Analyst in the Market Analysis and strategic price forecasting functions. Through this experience and through my network at Valero, I could get good letters of recommendation.

I am currently very involved with my church. I am part of the Production team that coordinates the worship and sermon for the weekend services. In addition to that, I have volunteered with 2 organizations that strive to spread the word of God to the homeless and provide them meals, clothing and shelter during inclement weather. I also volunteer at the Valero Texas Open golf tournament.

As I said in the opening, I am hoping to receive admission into the Part-time Evening MBA program at UT Austin McCombs. I would greatly appreciate any feedback and advice heading into the application process (Keep in mind, I won't be applying until next Spring for 2021 intake). Thanks y'all!

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New post 12 Apr 2019, 02:38
Hey, really have a classic Texas profile! UT McCombs is a great school, I was just there not long ago checking out the new Rowling Hall.

Well, as you can see for yourself on the profile page for UT's Part Time program, you match up nicely in some key areas with the typical McCombs student in that group. Your GMAT is a touch above theirs (their average is 661), your GPA is higher (their average is 3.34) and you have some impressive honors. It's good to see extracurricular involvement, too - keep it up at your church and see if you can take on any discrete projects that allow you to make a bigger mark than the usual volunteer. I think where I get nervous is with your work experience - with 3 years at matriculation you are touching the bottom edge of their mid-80th percentile range (meaning the bottom 10% of candidates have that much experience or less). So - that looks a little light right now, but can potentially be counterbalanced with very strong recommendations and a resume that really shows how you've made an impact at Valero. My advice to you, then, would be to really step it up at work and go above and beyond in this time before you apply. Do great work in the job you have, but also take on things outside your job scope (maybe in recruiting, training, or other organizational work that diversifies your skillset). Cultivate recommenders who will really go to bat for you - you don't want good recommendations if you're on the lower side of the average - you want great ones!

And then beyond that, when it's time to apply, give your best to all the elements of the application. Also - since you have time, you should be reaching out and connecting with them as a way to demonstrate your sincere interest and learn more specifics about the program that you can include in your application to explain why their program would be a great match. There are some upcoming events - you should be going to those occasionally and asking students about their experiences.

Best of luck! Happy trails,

Julie-Anne Heafey
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