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Profile Evaluation Request - Looking for your guidance!

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GMAT 1: 730 Q48 V42
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WE: 3 years at a F10 global company in a leadership supply chain rotational program - where I managed a portfolio of contracts totaling over $1B in annual spend and managed contractors on a construction of a $20B manufacturing plant. I also received my supply chain management certification (CPSM) during this role.
As of last year I'm now working as a finance partner at smaller company ($3B revenue) - no direct reports, but I have a dotted line report to the CFO. Responsibilities include providing market reports to the CFO and CEO and running the impact of mergers in market and looking at potential acquisitions.

GMAT: 730 (48Q 42V)

GPA: 3.4 (majored in Economics at a top 50 university) I took several courses in computer science (data structures, discrete math) and minored in Accounting

EC: Was a recruiter for 2 years (at my previous F10 company) for MIT and Harvard. Traveled multiple times a year to Cambridge for career fairs to recruit and interview PHD and MBA students. Also gave presentations to certain MIT clubs that my previous employer sponsored. (I feel a deep connection to MIT, hence it is my top pick)

I started a community mentoring program to help students apply to colleges and get connected with individuals in a career they are interested in.

Built my own iPhone app to help charities receive donations, but the app failed last year due to insufficient funding. Before the failure I had an operating LLC with a team of developers.

(White Male)

Goal: MBB Consulting

Reach: Sloan, Booth
Targets: Columbia, HAAS, Kellogg
Safety: McCombs, Duke
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New post 25 Jul 2018, 15:06
Hi azmir,

Thank you for your post. Your work experience looks strong and stats are more or less in range for the schools you've listed. (GMAT is equal to the median for all except Booth, which has a 740 median, and GPA is a little below which is sub-optimal but at least falls within the middle 80% for these).

Importantly, though, you have a pretty aggressive and top-heavy school list; no H/S/W, I realize, but Sloan, Booth, Columbia, Haas, and Kellogg are all very tough. I think calling Sloan and Booth "reaches" and Columbia, Haas, and Kellogg "targets" is an oversimplification. On what basis is so stark a Booth, Kellogg, and Columbia distinction drawn? Haas, meanwhile, has the 4th-lowest acceptance rate in the country and is extra-big on fit (amidst a group of schools that are all big on fit). There's probably room to balance things out strategically (e.g., swap one those five for another T10-16).

In any case, you will need to execute very well; differentiate yourself among the crowded group of white male applicants with average-for-those-schools GMAT scores; articulate well reasoned and specific career goals (you'll need to get specific within consulting and really break down why you're interested in it, what relevant knowledge/skills/experience you have, what knowledge/skills/experience you're missing); get to know the programs extremely well, articulate your fit, and articulate exactly how you'd contribute and benefit the community; tell your personal story / passion / purpose; have strong recommendations, and so forth. You can read more about how to approach these factors here: http://www.avantiprep.com/blog/the-most ... on-process

Your extracurriculars (starting a community mentorship program, creating the iPhone app) could be a point of differentiation for you given you "created" rather than simply "participated." Unpack those experiences and lessons. Why were they meaningful to you? What was their impact? What did you learn? Who did you have to partner with to make them a reality? How do they tie to your values, passion and purpose, and contributions you'd make at each program?

Don't treat Fuqua and McCombs like safeties, either. I'd consider that another oversimplification. They ding candidates with 730+ GMAT scores all the time. You will need to get to know them extremely well (per above) and convince them that your interest is real, active, genuine, and credible, and you will need to convince them of your fit. They'll see right through it if you are really interested in top programs and treat them like backup options.

Hope this helps! Happy to chat if helpful: http://www.avantiprep.com/free-consultation.html

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