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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 20 Apr 2017, 10:20
mholmes2101 wrote:
Background
Thanks mholmes2101 for reaching out. Answers below
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.This is all pretty impressive. Great that you show such fast progression.

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.Good community involvement and impact.

Undergrad school/major: Emory, graduated 2014 (4 years of work experience upon grad school matriculation), Mathematics and Economics BAGood school- the 3.25 GPA is on lower side.

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)So yes while the 3.25 gpa is not the best- the GMAT really covers this for most schools except maybe H/S/W. There are lots of programs who will get all weak in the knees when they see the 770 and will be so busy looking at that, they won't care as much about the 3.25.
You can certainly address the lower gpa situation with family issues in a brief optional essay.


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).
It's a good sign that you got interviews at all those places- in the re-app process you should really think about how you have improved. And if you truly want to be thorough, I suggest you do a ding analysis with you on at least one of your top programs and we can go through with a fine tooth comb what you need to improve to be successful in this next application. This is the link to learn how we can help you. I truly think with some fine tuning of your application strategy, you have the building blocks here to be successful. We'd love to talk more about how we can help. Here is the link to follow up: https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... b-visitor/
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