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New post 22 Jul 2018, 08:28
Hey guys, would appreciate a profile evaluation.

- 27 y/o Hispanic/White male
- Will be applying next year to matriculate in 2020

- BS Mechanical Engineering from large state school in TX
- GPA: 3.7
- GMAT: Assume 700 (been studying for a couple months, confident I can reach this score)

Work Exp:
- 3.5 years in Oil and Gas
- 3 years working at an EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) firm
- Spent 1 year as a Design Engineer, 2 years in Quality Management
- Currently work at a downstream oil and gas consulting firm as a Project Engineer

- Have volunteered with various organizations in my city (food bank, church, women's shelter, etc.)
- Currently serve as a mentor to an underprivileged middle school student in a nearby school district
- Currently serve as a mentor to a displaced refugee (helping him navigate the city, assimilate to American culture, find employment, etc.)

Target Schools:
- UT McCombs
- Rice Jones
- SMU Cox
- Duke Fuqua (reach)
- Yale SOM (reach)

Post-MBA goals (in order of preference):
- Consulting
- Investment Banking

Thanks in advance!
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New post 22 Jul 2018, 11:10
Hi BusinessMaster22,

Thank you very much for your post, and congratulations on thinking and planning ahead!

I hate to overstate its importance, but your GMAT score will be a valuable indicator of whether your current target list is reasonable. A 700 would make that list reasonable in my view, though Yale SOM seems a little out of place among the others (a little more of a GMAT reach, which is okay within a diversified strategy, but more so because it's seemingly less aligned career-wise, contingent on some of your answers to the questions below).

Following on that point, I'm a little curious about your career goals with respect to schools. You've listed "consulting" and "investment banking" as very high-level goals, but after reading your work experience and target schools, I expected your goals to be related to the energy field as well. Can you elaborate on your rationale for targeting several programs known for their energy practices when your goals lie elsewhere? When you say consulting and investment banking, are you hoping to maintain an energy focus within those fields? (If not, then you would likely benefit from re-calibrating your school choices.)

If you outshoot your target on the GMAT and end up with a 720/730+, then you might strongly consider recalibrating your target schools "upward" in the rankings and being a little more aggressive. Which schools you include should, of course, depend on your answers to the career goal questions above.

Finally, I'd encourage you to read this blog post for more information on how to approach developing the specificity of your career goals, how to research and engage with programs, how deep your understanding of each program and articulation of school fit should be (among other things). Those "execution" elements will be key, and it's never too early to start thinking about and developing them. Your career goals, why MBA, and rationale for each school will need to develop considerably from here.

And because you're looking ahead, if there is anything else you can do at work (beyond your core job responsibilities) or outside of work to boost your leadership experience and take on extra initiatives, that would be great as well (e.g., deepen your current involvement, turn some of the occasional "volunteering" into more engaged / leadership experience, etc. You're active, which is good, but there's potentially room to augment your leadership, impact, and engagement within your organization and in the community.

Happy to chat if ever helpful:

Best Regards,
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