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Hello:

I plan to apply to business school in the fall of 2019. I've taken the GMAT and plan to re-take in a month, though based on my work schedule, I would be surprised if my next attempt is more than ~20 points higher.

GMAT: 710 (Q44 / V42 / IR8)
GPA: 3.7 (decent regional university, not nationally well-known)
Major: Accounting
Age / Gender / Nationality: 29 / Male / American

Work Experience (at matriculation):
- 2 years - Big 4 accounting (currently a CPA)
- 3 years - investment banking; promoted to Associate in 2 years (regional bank)
- 2.5 years - pre-MBA private equity associate; lower middle market fund (<$1 billion)

EC: pretty involved in a number of different organizations in college and post-college, though no meaningful leadership positions due to time constraints from work; currently involved in a group that mentors inter-city high school kids to help them get into college (1.5 hours every weekend during school year - have done this for ~2 years)

Think I can spin a pretty decent story in essays / application coming from an average accounting job out of undergrad and now working for a well-respected private equity firm. The VPs and MPs at my firm have MBAs from schools like Northwestern / Booth / Columbia

My goal would be to return to middle-market PE upon graduation.

Target schools: Wharton, Northwestern, Booth, Columbia, NYU

Thanks for reviewing my profile. Open to any suggestions on schools to target and ways to improve my profile over the next 6 or so months before applying. Planning on hiring a consultant in a few months to help with applications / process.
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Troy39 wrote:
Hello:

I plan to apply to business school in the fall of 2019. I've taken the GMAT and plan to re-take in a month, though based on my work schedule, I would be surprised if my next attempt is more than ~20 points higher.

GMAT: 710 (Q44 / V42 / IR8)
GPA: 3.7 (decent regional university, not nationally well-known)
Major: Accounting
Age / Gender / Nationality: 29 / Male / American

Work Experience (at matriculation):
- 2 years - Big 4 accounting (currently a CPA)
- 3 years - investment banking; promoted to Associate in 2 years (regional bank)
- 2.5 years - pre-MBA private equity associate; lower middle market fund (<$1 billion)

EC: pretty involved in a number of different organizations in college and post-college, though no meaningful leadership positions due to time constraints from work; currently involved in a group that mentors inter-city high school kids to help them get into college (1.5 hours every weekend during school year - have done this for ~2 years)

Think I can spin a pretty decent story in essays / application coming from an average accounting job out of undergrad and now working for a well-respected private equity firm. The VPs and MPs at my firm have MBAs from schools like Northwestern / Booth / Columbia

My goal would be to return to middle-market PE upon graduation.

Target schools: Wharton, Northwestern, Booth, Columbia, NYU

Thanks for reviewing my profile. Open to any suggestions on schools to target and ways to improve my profile over the next 6 or so months before applying. Planning on hiring a consultant in a few months to help with applications / process.


Hi Troy,

Thanks for posting! You've got a solid work history and great progression in your career. I could see you doing very well at a number of schools.

That being said, to be more competitive at the schools you have listed, I'd like to see a GMAT closer to 730-740. In your case, it can be achieved by getting the quant to 47/48. 44Q is a touch on the low side despite a solid overall score. Do you have to take it in a month or can you give yourself a longer runway?

At this point, your goals (apart from the GMAT) would be to identify and speak with your recommenders and to do a bit of research on which schools send people in private equity and what percentage go into it. You could look at Yale as a potential add as well as Duke (if you wouldn't mind doing PE in the southeast).

Shoot me an e-mail at scott@personalmbacoach.com if you want to chat more about your candidacy. It seems like you've got a fairly good grasp on the process thus far and let's see if I can help going forward.

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New post 10 Mar 2019, 21:49
A few more reflections on your profile and plan Troy39:
  1. The career arc is definitely the star of your candidature. The transitions, as you have noted, will make for a solid story. It will be good to know the type of PE brands we are talking about though. Also, any career progression within the PE space?
  2. The GPA is good though the brand isn't there. That means working a bit overtime on the GMAT to bring that additional sheen on the academic front. A 740+ score may give you that additional push which currently might be a bit amiss due to lack of some brands.
  3. The ECs sound adequate. Instead of time, think about how you'll articulate and bring out the impact of your work and also, how that weaves into the overall story. 6 month is a short period, but if you've been associated with them for a while, see if you can overreach on this aspect by doing a few events/projects where you do take up leadership roles. While the transitions you've had our great, a possible flipside to that could be lack of professional leadership experience (?) which many of your colleagues from accounting and/or ib workplaces may have. Think about how you'll convince the adcom about your leadership potential.

Hope this helps some.

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