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I am a 26 year old Asian American Male working at a top 5 O&G company as an engineer. I'm looking at applying for FT MBA programs (matriculating 2018), preferably a program that is case-study based and has a great team environment. I am looking to get into IB or Consulting Post-MBA. My undergrad GPA is a 3.51 and I took several business related courses during undergrad. My GMAT score is a 710 I have a couple questions:
[*]What programs would you recommend for me to apply to?
[*]I am also planning to apply to my alma matter (top 20 program). Will being an alumni help or hurt my chances?
[*]Will applying for Round 2 hurt my chances? My application is not in a position to be submitted for Round 1.


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I am a 26 year old Asian American Male working at a top 5 O&G company as an engineer. I'm looking at applying for FT MBA programs (matriculating 2018), preferably a program that is case-study based and has a great team environment. I am looking to get into IB or Consulting Post-MBA. My undergrad GPA is a 3.51 and I took several business related courses during undergrad. My GMAT score is a 710 I have a couple questions:
[*]What programs would you recommend for me to apply to?
[*]I am also planning to apply to my alma matter (top 20 program). Will being an alumni help or hurt my chances?
[*]Will applying for Round 2 hurt my chances? My application is not in a position to be submitted for Round 1.


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Hey there,
First of of all good sir, a wee caveat: Without more information I'm not gonna be able to really dig in and get detailed about your profile: Where do you work? What do you do? How quickly have you advanced? Do you have any leadership? What are your great achievements? Do you have notable community service or extra curriculars? Which school did you graduate from?

But I can answer your questions and say a few more things:
1. Depends on your goals, and the rest of your profile. Basically, the east advice is "Go to the best school you can get into" Without more info, it will be hard to say
2. Help. Especially if you show you are in love with the school
3. Nope. R1 and R2 have similar accept rates
4. Choosing IB as your goal is the best way to sabotage your application. It's highly unlikely that you will be able to move from O&G Engineering to IB which is a very competitive industry, and as these goals are unrealistic, it would severely weaken your profile. A more reasonable target might be Oil and Gas consulting, for example.

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    Harvard
    Haas
    Kenan-Flagler
    Darden
    Ivey (Western Ontario)
    IESE (Spain)

Case Study Format is tailored to Consulting Career and not IB. Agree with above assessment. O&G to IB is a big ask..There would be Finance/Econ/Accounting etc undergrads with "bursting at the seams" credentials and work-ex competing with each other to get into IB. You stand very little chance.

Would need more details about your profile (work ex especially), to pick appropriate schools from the above list. Ping me if you need any assistance.
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chestud13 wrote:
I am a 26 year old Asian American Male working at a top 5 O&G company as an engineer. I'm looking at applying for FT MBA programs (matriculating 2018), preferably a program that is case-study based and has a great team environment. I am looking to get into IB or Consulting Post-MBA. My undergrad GPA is a 3.51 and I took several business related courses during undergrad. My GMAT score is a 710 I have a couple questions:
[*]What programs would you recommend for me to apply to?
[*]I am also planning to apply to my alma matter (top 20 program). Will being an alumni help or hurt my chances?
[*]Will applying for Round 2 hurt my chances? My application is not in a position to be submitted for Round 1.


Thanks.


Hey there,
First of of all good sir, a wee caveat: Without more information I'm not gonna be able to really dig in and get detailed about your profile: Where do you work? What do you do? How quickly have you advanced? Do you have any leadership? What are your great achievements? Do you have notable community service or extra curriculars? Which school did you graduate from?

But I can answer your questions and say a few more things:
1. Depends on your goals, and the rest of your profile. Basically, the east advice is "Go to the best school you can get into" Without more info, it will be hard to say
2. Help. Especially if you show you are in love with the school
3. Nope. R1 and R2 have similar accept rates
4. Choosing IB as your goal is the best way to sabotage your application. It's highly unlikely that you will be able to move from O&G Engineering to IB which is a very competitive industry, and as these goals are unrealistic, it would severely weaken your profile. A more reasonable target might be Oil and Gas consulting, for example.

Best,
Jon Frank


1.) Yes I do have leadership experience. I was a board member on my company's young engineers network and coordinated development events. I also served as a mentor/supervisor for a intern.
2.) I do have some volunteer experience (local food bank, rebuilding homes).
3.) I rather not say the specific school I attended, but it is a public school that has a bschool MBA program in the top 20 MBA programs.
4.) I am an engineer at ExxonMobil supporting drilling . In my industry and occupation, it is not easy to advance "up the chain" quickly. It takes several (8 years+) to do so. I've worked on several projects/assignments that have delivered over $10 millions a year .
5.) My top goal is consulting (O&G or Strategy).

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I have a couple answers:
[*]What programs would you recommend for me to apply to?
Yale, UNC, UVA, Stern
[*]I am also planning to apply to my alma matter (top 20 program). Will being an alumni help or hurt my chances?
Positive, many schools are filled with tons of alums, the most important thing is to be qualified, but being an alum can help
[*]Will applying for Round 2 hurt my chances? My application is not in a position to be submitted for Round 1.
No, more people apply R2 than R1 it's about applying when your profile is the strongest
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