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New post 05 Aug 2017, 20:24
Hi,

Thank you in advance for any comments and advice. What do you think my chances are being admitted to the M7 schools, Haas, Yale, and UCLA? Also, if you have suggestions on which schools to target, please let me know. I am planning to apply R1 and R2.

MBA Goals: I hope to transition from an engineering consultant role on the consumer side of the energy/cleantech industry to a business strategy role for a cleantech firm focused on clean energy products or services, such as Cypress Creek Renewables or Tesla.

Age: 27 years old

GMAT: 750 (Q48, V46, IR 8, AWA 5.0) - took it once

Undergrad Degree: Environmental Engineering (Top 15 Engineering School)
GPA: 3.385 (I had some personal/family hardships during college, which affected my grades 1st and 2nd year. GPA 3rd and 4th year was much higher 3.66. I will write about it in my essays.)

Work Experience (5 years total):
Current - 3 years as an energy engineer/consultant for a small boutique (25 person) engineering and program management consulting firm focused in the energy industry in California. I have not been formally promoted (Mainly due to total years of experience expected by the owners of my company. For a senior engineer (the next position up), the owners expect 5 years of experience from the energy industry. They only consider my previous experience as 1 year.). My responsibilities have been growing every year and I do a lot of the same work that other senior engineers at my firm do. I believe my recommender (my supervisor) will attest to this.

Previous - 2 years as an validation engineer for a large pharmaceutical corporation. Even though this position wasn't directly related to my degree, I took the job because it was the first well paying position I was offered after months of applying after graduation.

Extra Curricular Activities:

1. Held various leadership roles for a national Catholic Youth Group. I started in high school and held positions until 2nd year of college. At the highest role I was the leader of the Southern California region. Activities included organizing meetings, retreats, community service events, hosting national conferences.

2. Help coach basketball team of my alma mater.

3. Helped revitalize/organize weekly basketball pick up games at my previous employer.
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Hi there,

Thanks for sharing your background! Overall, I see the top 10 schools as stretch and those ranked 10-20 as target. There are a few reasons for my rationale:

- The GMAT score is strong, but the quant score of 48 is a notch lower than what the top schools like to see, especially with the lower GPA (hitting the 80th percentile threshold/49+ is ideal)
- Since there is no formal promotion, you'll want to make sure that increased levels of responsibility in your role are highlighted
- There is room to bolster your current extracurricular involvement

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New post 07 Aug 2017, 01:35
JLM18 wrote:
Hi,

Thank you in advance for any comments and advice. What do you think my chances are being admitted to the M7 schools, Haas, Yale, and UCLA? Also, if you have suggestions on which schools to target, please let me know. I am planning to apply R1 and R2.

MBA Goals: I hope to transition from an engineering consultant role on the consumer side of the energy/cleantech industry to a business strategy role for a cleantech firm focused on clean energy products or services, such as Cypress Creek Renewables or Tesla.

Age: 27 years old

GMAT: 750 (Q48, V46, IR 8, AWA 5.0) - took it once

Undergrad Degree: Environmental Engineering (Top 15 Engineering School)
GPA: 3.385 (I had some personal/family hardships during college, which affected my grades 1st and 2nd year. GPA 3rd and 4th year was much higher 3.66. I will write about it in my essays.)

Work Experience (5 years total):
Current - 3 years as an energy engineer/consultant for a small boutique (25 person) engineering and program management consulting firm focused in the energy industry in California. I have not been formally promoted (Mainly due to total years of experience expected by the owners of my company. For a senior engineer (the next position up), the owners expect 5 years of experience from the energy industry. They only consider my previous experience as 1 year.). My responsibilities have been growing every year and I do a lot of the same work that other senior engineers at my firm do. I believe my recommender (my supervisor) will attest to this.

Previous - 2 years as an validation engineer for a large pharmaceutical corporation. Even though this position wasn't directly related to my degree, I took the job because it was the first well paying position I was offered after months of applying after graduation.

Extra Curricular Activities:

1. Held various leadership roles for a national Catholic Youth Group. I started in high school and held positions until 2nd year of college. At the highest role I was the leader of the Southern California region. Activities included organizing meetings, retreats, community service events, hosting national conferences.

2. Help coach basketball team of my alma mater.

3. Helped revitalize/organize weekly basketball pick up games at my previous employer.


So I hope you don’t mind me saying so but this is a bit of a borderline profile that could go either way, depending on how strong the essays and recommendations are. So in your case I would suggest really putting your all into that process, as there is no need for a GMAT retake or similar. You might even want to consider getting professional help with your application as that can often be very beneficial in cases like these. (If you’d like to hear how ARINGO can help with that process, feel free to contact us here: https://aringo.com/mba-process-registration/)

I would also recommend you really think about your school selection as having strong reasons for why you chose a specific school and being able to demonstrate fit with that school can also help your case.

Good luck!

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New post 07 Aug 2017, 04:19
JLM18 wrote:
Hi,

Thank you in advance for any comments and advice. What do you think my chances are being admitted to the M7 schools, Haas, Yale, and UCLA? Also, if you have suggestions on which schools to target, please let me know. I am planning to apply R1 and R2.

MBA Goals: I hope to transition from an engineering consultant role on the consumer side of the energy/cleantech industry to a business strategy role for a cleantech firm focused on clean energy products or services, such as Cypress Creek Renewables or Tesla.

Age: 27 years old

GMAT: 750 (Q48, V46, IR 8, AWA 5.0) - took it once

Undergrad Degree: Environmental Engineering (Top 15 Engineering School)
GPA: 3.385 (I had some personal/family hardships during college, which affected my grades 1st and 2nd year. GPA 3rd and 4th year was much higher 3.66. I will write about it in my essays.)

Work Experience (5 years total):
Current - 3 years as an energy engineer/consultant for a small boutique (25 person) engineering and program management consulting firm focused in the energy industry in California. I have not been formally promoted (Mainly due to total years of experience expected by the owners of my company. For a senior engineer (the next position up), the owners expect 5 years of experience from the energy industry. They only consider my previous experience as 1 year.). My responsibilities have been growing every year and I do a lot of the same work that other senior engineers at my firm do. I believe my recommender (my supervisor) will attest to this.

Previous - 2 years as an validation engineer for a large pharmaceutical corporation. Even though this position wasn't directly related to my degree, I took the job because it was the first well paying position I was offered after months of applying after graduation.

Extra Curricular Activities:

1. Held various leadership roles for a national Catholic Youth Group. I started in high school and held positions until 2nd year of college. At the highest role I was the leader of the Southern California region. Activities included organizing meetings, retreats, community service events, hosting national conferences.

2. Help coach basketball team of my alma mater.

3. Helped revitalize/organize weekly basketball pick up games at my previous employer.


Hi JLM18,

Thanks for sharing your details.

You definitely have a very strong GMAT score and that will definitely work to your advantage ☺

While the GMAT has been taken care of, your chances of success will largely depend on how strongly your story is portrayed in your application. In the absence of any formal promotion, you will need to adequately focus on your professional role, as well as your accomplishments. Most crucially, however, you will need to focus on maintaining a logical flow among your professional experience, short-term goals, and long-term impact. Of course, the extra-curricular activities will add meat to your optional essay.

The M7 schools are definitely in the dream category for you. Nonetheless, if you are able to focus on the above-mentioned points, you may have a good chance at gaining an admit ☺

Should you feel the need for a detailed discussion on your profile, please do not hesitate to reach out ☺

Good Luck! ☺
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New post 07 Aug 2017, 15:48
JLM18 wrote:
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Hi @JLM18- will provide comments on your question below.
Thank you in advance for any comments and advice. What do you think my chances are being admitted to the M7 schools, Haas, Yale, and UCLA? Also, if you have suggestions on which schools to target, please let me know. I am planning to apply R1 and R2.

MBA Goals: I hope to transition from an engineering consultant role on the consumer side of the energy/cleantech industry to a business strategy role for a cleantech firm focused on clean energy products or services, such as Cypress Creek Renewables or Tesla.

Age: 27 years old

GMAT: 750 (Q48, V46, IR 8, AWA 5.0) - took it onceI think your score is solid enough - the 750 carries more overall weight than the Q48- just think as you put whole application together where else you can solidify showing quant prowess- but I don't see a need for a retake here. However, since it appears you test well- it might be worth it to see if you can erase all doubts and perhaps bump the quant score up to 50.

Undergrad Degree: Environmental Engineering (Top 15 Engineering School)
GPA: 3.385 (I had some personal/family hardships during college, which affected my grades 1st and 2nd year. GPA 3rd and 4th year was much higher 3.66. I will write about it in my essays.)I would not dwell on this- but this kind of thing can be handled in a few sentences as part of an optional essay.

Work Experience (5 years total):
Current - 3 years as an energy engineer/consultant for a small boutique (25 person) engineering and program management consulting firm focused in the energy industry in California. I have not been formally promoted (Mainly due to total years of experience expected by the owners of my company. For a senior engineer (the next position up), the owners expect 5 years of experience from the energy industry. They only consider my previous experience as 1 year.). My responsibilities have been growing every year and I do a lot of the same work that other senior engineers at my firm do. I believe my recommender (my supervisor) will attest to this.

Previous - 2 years as an validation engineer for a large pharmaceutical corporation. Even though this position wasn't directly related to my degree, I took the job because it was the first well paying position I was offered after months of applying after graduation.

Extra Curricular Activities:

1. Held various leadership roles for a national Catholic Youth Group. I started in high school and held positions until 2nd year of college. At the highest role I was the leader of the Southern California region. Activities included organizing meetings, retreats, community service events, hosting national conferences. There may be some leadership things to mine here - but focus on the leadership part of it. What challenges did you face in putting these on?
getting more people to attend? achieving the goals you set forth?


2. Help coach basketball team of my alma mater. Potentially could be some good leadership stories here too. I just happen to be reading a really interesting book now called "what drives winning" http://whatdriveswinning.com/ and if you were able to use some of these ideas in coaching your teams then you could bring an interesting leadership angle to this.

3. Helped revitalize/organize weekly basketball pick up games at my previous employer.
There may be less to mine here- but good to put in on the table for consideration.

I think while not a slam dunk by any means- with thoughtful applications and essays the M7 are worth approaching-
and I'd recommend you whittle down a bit to focus on the schools where you have the most passion. I think UCLA could be a great option- I was at the AIGAC (Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants) conference this summer and was really impressed with both UCLA and Haas when we visited there. Wharton has an option also where you can be in San Fran for a semester and that gives some great access to entrepreneurial west coast start ups. I encourage you to look at Foster also, and Ross as well. We can help with some great counselors and to get a free consult to learn more about how we can help you I encourage you to reach out to us at this link for a free consult: https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... b-visitor/

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