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Profile evaluation request - early career applicant

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Joined: 15 Jan 2010
Posts: 258

Kudos [?]: 89 [0], given: 1

Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Strategy
Schools: Chicago (Booth) - Class of 2014
GMAT 1: 760 Q51 V44
GPA: 3.54
WE: Consulting (Consulting)
Profile evaluation request - early career applicant [#permalink]

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New post 27 Apr 2010, 13:09

Please evaluate my profile below for full time MBA programs to start Fall 2011.

I am an early career applicant (will have 3 years of experience when I start):
3.5 undergrad GPA in Chemistry, minor in Econ from Dartmouth
760 GMAT (51Q/44V)
25 years old, Vietnamese-American male (US Citizen)
Will have 3 years of work experience in operations research consulting by the time I start next fall:
-early promotion to associate/jr. manager (1.5 years)
-placed in the top bracket of the bonus pool each year I was employed
-currently lead project teams to deliver consulting work
-participated in sales work (presentations/conference calls)
-presented to executives/C-levels on engagements
-did some consulting gigs internationally
-took initiative and spearheaded the standardization of a number of internal organizational processes in my company (developed standard content for proposals, created technical documents for common/standard consulting projects, created process around new employee recruitment, consolidated all of the group's research findings into one database, etc.).

From an extracurricular standpoint, I do a bit of volunteer work every Saturday and Sunday. I don't put in crazy hours toward EC's due to my workload but I try to volunteer 5-10 hours a week during the weekends. In college I was an executive editor of an entirely new publication so I led the entire process for my segment of the journal (recruiting editors, selecting papers, leading the editorial process, etc.). No substantial extracurriculars beyond that, however.

I'm looking into the schools below:

I know it's an uphill climb with only 3 years of experience. Any thoughts on my chances as I stand now, in terms of safety/reasonable/reach? As an aside, do you have any thoughts on my chances if I apply w/ 4 years of experience (by waiting an extra year)? Do you think that would matter?

Thanks for your help.

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Kudos [?]: 89 [0], given: 1

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Schools: Kellogg MBA 2004
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New post 01 May 2010, 10:13

I don't think that your young age will be a liability in your application. Some top schools (most notably HBS) have evolved towards preferring younger applicants over the past ten years, putting you in the "sweet spot" in their eyes if you apply this coming year. Schools like Kellogg and Columbia still admit classes that are are slightly older (by a year, if you're looking at the mean of the whole class), but even for them, it's not like you're a 21-year-old kid with no experience. So, I think that you're applying at the right time. At worst, you will be able to reapply next year, and still not be "too old" then.

Re: EC activities, what really matters more than the no. of hours you put in is how passionate you are about the cause, what it tells admissions officers about you, and how much of an impact you're having on the cause. So, quality is what matters there, way more than quantity.

We wrote more about this on our blog recently: ... about.html

Overall, I think you're competitive at a top-10 program. Depending on what you want to do post-business school, maybe add one or two more schools to the mix, although I recommend applying to no more than 4 or 5 (absolute max) schools in a given round.

Good luck!


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