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Joined: 29 Apr 2016
Posts: 26
Schools: Wharton '19
GMAT 1: 770 Q50 V46
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Background

Work experience:
-1 year as a business analyst at a large media conglomerate located in Atlanta (working in the automotive division, where they are a global leader in wholesale and retail technology and facilitation). Earned Lean Six Sigma green belt in this role
-2 years as a manager in the Financial Planning and Analysis department in the same company. Promoted to manager 3 years ahead of schedule for being recognized as a top performer. Manages 2 contractors and an intern. Works closely with leadership on strategic decision making.
-1 year as senior manager in FP&A by the time I would enroll in business school
-Internships include summer internship at same company where I currently work and a summer as a finance intern at a wealth management fund.

Extra curriculars:
-Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor
-Pro Bono business consultant at a social entrepreneurship-focused eCommerce retail store
-Half marathon participant in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training program. Raised $2000 for cancer research
-Finalist in my company's internal StartUp business plan event
-Liaison between my current company and a start-up non-profit whose goal it is to provide low-income teens with exposure to successful professionals.

Undergrad school/major: Emory, graduated 2014 (4 years of work experience upon grad school matriculation), Mathematics and Economics BA

Other education/coursework: Coursera Python certificate, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Race/nationality: White

Sex: Male

Stats

GMAT Score (include breakdown!): 770 (50Q/46V/8IR/5AWA)
Undergrad GPA: 3.25 (Started out pre-med which did not go well, then started to do better once I switched majors, but suffered a family tragedy my senior year which further hurt my grades)

MBA Info
Goal of MBA: I want to use my automotive industry knowledge to move into a strategy role with a leader in the transportation tech space (Google, Apple, Tesla, Uber, Lyft, etc.). Knowing that's a narrow niche with high barriers to entry, I would also consider other corporate strategy/corporate development jobs

Target schools: Wharton, MIT, Kellogg, Yale, Duke, Ross, Emory (with scholarship)

NOTE: I had interviews at MIT, Kellogg and Haas when I applied last year and didn't get into any. Guessing years of experience was a big factor there. Thought that might be useful info. Since applying, I've started volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and am on track to being promoted to Senior Manager before I re-apply (very few, if any, people my age make it to that level of title in my company).
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New post 24 Apr 2017, 00:10
mholmes2101 wrote:
Background

Work experience:
-1 year as a business analyst at a large media conglomerate located in Atlanta (working in the automotive division, where they are a global leader in wholesale and retail technology and facilitation). Earned Lean Six Sigma green belt in this role
-2 years as a manager in the Financial Planning and Analysis department in the same company. Promoted to manager 3 years ahead of schedule for being recognized as a top performer. Manages 2 contractors and an intern. Works closely with leadership on strategic decision making.
-1 year as senior manager in FP&A by the time I would enroll in business school
-Internships include summer internship at same company where I currently work and a summer as a finance intern at a wealth management fund.

Extra curriculars:
-Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor
-Pro Bono business consultant at a social entrepreneurship-focused eCommerce retail store
-Half marathon participant in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training program. Raised $2000 for cancer research
-Finalist in my company's internal StartUp business plan event
-Liaison between my current company and a start-up non-profit whose goal it is to provide low-income teens with exposure to successful professionals.

Undergrad school/major: Emory, graduated 2014 (4 years of work experience upon grad school matriculation), Mathematics and Economics BA

Other education/coursework: Coursera Python certificate, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Race/nationality: White

Sex: Male

Stats

GMAT Score (include breakdown!): 770 (50Q/46V/8IR/5AWA)
Undergrad GPA: 3.25 (Started out pre-med which did not go well, then started to do better once I switched majors, but suffered a family tragedy my senior year which further hurt my grades)

MBA Info
Goal of MBA: I want to use my automotive industry knowledge to move into a strategy role with a leader in the transportation tech space (Google, Apple, Tesla, Uber, Lyft, etc.). Knowing that's a narrow niche with high barriers to entry, I would also consider other corporate strategy/corporate development jobs

Target schools: Wharton, MIT, Kellogg, Yale, Duke, Ross, Emory (with scholarship)

NOTE: I had interviews at MIT, Kellogg and Haas when I applied last year and didn't get into any. Guessing years of experience was a big factor there. Thought that might be useful info. Since applying, I've started volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and am on track to being promoted to Senior Manager before I re-apply (very few, if any, people my age make it to that level of title in my company).


Hey dude!
Very good to hear from you!
So I really like your profile. For me what stands out most are two things:
- Career fast-track into management
- Volunteer work (even if you started some stuff last year)

These are good because they are not only strong, they are UNIQUE.

Oh yeah.. and holy crap dude! Niiiiice GMAT :) That should help as much as possible offset your mediocre GPA (and yes, if you have a story to tell there, be sure to do so).

Given all what you have I would definitely say aiming for Top 10 schools is in order (even the schools you got rejected from). And actually I have a hunch that maybe you didn't give in as good an application as you could have, and I would love to see what you came up with last year, as I think that would be the best starting point for improvement, this year.

Given your low GPA it's good that you have that one safe school (Emory) on your list, just in case, and overall I like your school list, although like I said, I think you could add some of the schools you were rejected from too.

I hope this helps!!
Best,
Jon Frank
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