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Profile Review Unconventional Work History

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Joined: 19 Jan 2019
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Location: United States
GMAT 1: 640 Q39 V39
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New post 26 Feb 2019, 15:03
Hello I am looking at applying to Business school this fall and wanted to see if my profile lined up with the schools I am looking at applying to.

GMAT: 640 (taking a course right now that guarantees 70 point increase so hopefully score will be 710+)
GPA: 3.0
Major: Marketing Management
Minor: Management
Native American wanting to apply through the Consortium
Schools applying to through the Consortium: Tuck, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Indiana, University of Texas
Others: Penn State

Work Experience
I work for a non profit that primarily works with college students. I develop students in leadership, character, and faith. I lead leadership studies for specific fraternities on campus for their top members challenging them and helping them make a positive impact on their organization. I also do consulting for the Executive board, observing there meetings, identifying potential problems, and coach them on communication, critical thinking, and offering solutions. I do one on one mentoring with leaders and provide coaching and training on decision making, character, and leadership. I coordinate a weekly meeting of 100-200 college students each week and speak at each weekly meeting. I also host our national conference where I am speaking to 5,000 college students in attendance with over 17,000 more watching online. Hosting includes introducing speakers, on stage interviews, and conveying information. I do a lot of public speaking where I develop and convey curriculum on recruiting, character, leadership, personal development and others. I fundraise for our non profit personally bringing in $75,000 annually and coach and provide training for a group of fundraisers that brings in a total amount of $350,000 annually. I have recently been promoted to oppositions director where I over see staff providing them with training and development, evaluating systems, and providing feedback. I have lead a team of 12 college students in an international cultural exchange to India and Taiwan for one summer. We were there to understand culture through surveys and experience another culture by building relationships with local college students who invited us into their home and took us to see historical monuments, temples ect..

I am interviewing with a non profit called SCORE that does consulting work for non profits and small start ups.

If you have any thoughts on where I am lacking or thinking I mention something that is not worth mentioning please provide feedback. Thank you!
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New post 27 Feb 2019, 22:13
Hello and thanks for your post.
It’s very smart of you to already start thinking about your application. Admissions committees will look at your application holistically, analyzing your stats (GPA and GMAT), work experience, and extracurriculars.

For the schools you listed, your GPA is a bit below the average, so that makes your GMAT score even more important to show schools that you have the academic ability to succeed in the classroom. (However, if you don’t score as well as you’d like on your GMAT, there are still other ways to show this academic ability, such as through your resume and recommendations, as well as by taking a supplemental course.) In general, I suggest taking the GMAT up to 3-4 times. You have nothing to lose since schools will only look at your highest score. And even a slight increase can boost your profile.
From what you have written, I really like your work experience, and feel you have demonstrated leadership and initiative. Because this is a less traditional job, it will be very important to emphasize these, as well as your impact, through your essays. Additionally, in your essays it will also be crucial to explain why you want your MBA, and to also illustrate the skills you already have which are transferable. Be sure your story makes sense, is compelling, and that your post-MBA goals are realistic and specific.
Regarding extracurriculars, hopefully you land a role at SCORE, and whether it’s there or somewhere else, make sure to really emphasize your leadership roles you have taken on outside of work.
If you continue to strengthen your profile, you do have a chance at some of these schools, but they are extremely competitive, and each school simply does not have the room to admit all the world's qualified applicants. For that reason, I suggest apply to several schools, including reach, target and safety. Hopefully they will see that you have a compelling story and are someone who will add value to the classroom and community.
If you would like to discuss your story or anything else in greater detail, please sign up for a free consultation. It is never too early to get started.
Good luck!
Michael Guttman
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