Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds

Mr. Pol In MBA Clothing

  • 700 GMAT (Q42/V44/IR8) -(Could do better on Quant, 45-48 range probably – unsure if worth retaking)
  • 2.8 GPA
  • Undergraduate degree in political science from a Midwestern state university
  • “Note about GPA: Was in a subjective program (Architecture) that frankly was a terrible fit. As such, my grades and whole academic experience suffered. But there is a definite upward trend after changing majors, having made honor roll my final two semesters in the highest-level classes I took)
  • Work experience includes running a retail store for slightly over a year after undergrad; then transitioned into politics, including an internship in a U.S. Senator’s office. Now a staffer to a U.S. Representative for more than six years, working as part of the reelection campaign. Run the entire operation, including raising $3 million every two years, overseeing a staff of three to ten people for more than two years.
  • Expect a very personal letter of recommendation from the U.S. Representative
  • Extracurricular involvement as a member of an undergrad fraternity; various undergraduate and post graduate volunteerism, member of Young ssociates Board of a nationally renowned hospital, and a board
  • member of my Home Owners Association
  • Short-Term Goal: Transition to management consulting, preferably at MBB
  • Long-Term Goal: Start my own tech politics company
  • 32-year-old caucasian male

Odds of Success:

Northwestern: 40% to 50%
MIT: 20% to 30%
Berkeley: 20% to 30%
Michigan: 50%
UCLA: 30% to 30%

Sandy’s Analysis: OK, we got some, ahem, challenging numbers. To wit:

–32 years old

–2.8 GPA (got better after he changed majors but   . . .)

–700 GMAT

We also got some challenging facts:

Your only job, after one year of “running” a retail store is six years working in the U.S. Congress, first as an aide to a Senator and then for most of those past six years, as what seems like a major aide to a Congressman, to wit, “running the entire operation ($3m raised and spent every 2 years, oversee staff of 3-10 depending on the timing in the 2 year cycle) for more than 2 years.”

We also got some very familiar goals, well, at first:

–Short Term Goal: Transition to management consulting, preferably at MBB

But then we got this:

–Long Term Goal: Start my own tech politics company

NOTE: I do know what a politics (consulting) company is and I am guessing that a “tech politics company” means you want to do that using technology. Hmmmmmm, these days, my guess is, that most political consultants use technology, although I can imagine some ‘tech-centric’ firm that REALLY uses technology for

polling, fund-raising, issue identification and maybe crucially, turnout.

and

-Board member of my Home Owners Association:

I just wanted to get that in, you don’t see that in this neck of the woods much, and it’s charming.

Targets: Kellogg, Sloan, Haas, Ross, Anderson

QUESTION: are any of those schools in the same district or state as your boss, the congressman???

This could be real important, see below.

As to taking the 700 GMAT over, that is actually a tough one. The 700 tells us all we need to know about your 2.8, that we can forget about it IF WE WANT TO, you are not stupid, just young at the time (a long time ago) and your later career certainly shows us you can sit still and lead people.  (Well, schools mostly care about the “sit still” part but we assume that is true). I am not sure a 730 is going to flip this outcome, although you never know. As often noted, a GMAT score is a beauty contest past some point (and 700 is past that point), and your ‘beauty’ to target schools turns on your very solid political accomplishments and what appears to be an impactful future in politics and consulting, especially in the Mid-West, where I am guessing your Congressman is from.

If that is so, the Midwestern  schools on your list — Kellogg and Ross — might give this a close look over. Note sure what the next highest-rated Midwestern schools are but you might think about them, too.

The better reason to take the GMAT over is if you are serious about working for MBB after MBA. Those places look hard at GMATs but I got a feeling, they will blink in your case, if they otherwise see your value. After all, they like a 720 but 700 is not asking for much and a seasoned pol with a 700 can be way more valuable than some smarty-pants man-child with a 720, e.g. most entering consultants at MBB.

I sure hope you are not above having your Congressman actually lobby, e.g. make phone calls and twist arms, on your behalf, in addtion to what you say he will do, “writing me a very personal LoR.”  Friend, we need more than a very personal letter. We need some charming folderol and threats and potential gifts whispered right into the ear of the dean of those schools. And I am sure you do not need me to tell you how that works. Dean being the Dean, not the dean of admissions, although sure, that could work if it is way easier, etc. But this is a deal that gets done at real Dean level in most cases.

At the Midwestern schools you target, I think that would make you a serious applicant, along with serviceable execution of your app and essay that answers  all the obvious issues your story raises.

I’m not sure, and I could be wrong, but I don’t think Sloan, Haas, or Anderson would be as easy to logroll. They may have their own favorite sons to look after (political, financial, alum, etc.) and they are small.

Obvious question, why not e.g. Kennedy School at Harvard or any other MPA program? I think you’d be a real strong applicant at those places and while it is hard to transition from there to MBB, I could see you doing it. If not, you could certainly get a job at the sort of political consulting firm you want to start some day and save yourself a lot of time and money in the process if it works out.

Once you are in the belly of the beast, all you need is the Harvard badge, and K school works fine for that.

Am I missing something? Isn’t Kennedy School for one year a better option for you than your target MBA schools for two??? In almost every way: Cost, time, networking, and prestige.

I sure hope you are not laboring under the delusion that you will, ahem, LEARN anything valuable in any MBA program?

  • JohnAHD

    Sandy, I got an interesting one for you:

    – 27 Male, Venezuelan-Syrian. First generation college student.
    – GMAT: Practice test scores so far 720. Won´t apply with less than that.
    – GPA: 3.0 Industrial Engineering in top engineering school in Venezuela (I switched careers in the process, considered leaving country with family, ended up staying because of war in Syria), with an awarded fellowship to exchange for a year in France.
    – Graduate Diploma on Marketing (not scored) and currently on Financial Management (3.8 so far)
    – WE: (1) 6mo internship in Client Strategy at French multinational in its headquarters in Paris (2) 1y1mo in P&G as mostly full-time intern in Market Strategy and Planning (used the time during which my school was on strike due to socio-political instability), awarded a 5/5 score. Offered a fixed role in only available posts: R&D, rejected it due to vocational objectives. (Venezuela) (3) 2y9mo (at matriculation) in Top 3 global Risk Consulting and Broking company, capitalizing current labor situation in the country taking on many large responsibilities (projects involving many travels, resources and meetings with decision makers internally and with clients): international accounts, head of marketing & sales initiatives. Began as Assistant Manager, promoted to Manager after 1y 2mo. (Venezuela)

    EC and awards:
    – Job at an NGO (after office, weekdays) for human rights and international activism regarding Venezuela´s situation. (1yr)
    – 3yrs delegated,+ 2 years lead the schools team for Harvard´s Model UN in Boston. The two years I lead it, we obtained large delegation awards, positioning my team above even Ivy Leagues and schools with more experience, resources and recognition.
    – Volunteered in the rural indigenous area of Venezuela for diagnosis and solution of health and nutrition problems of these communities (2w)
    – Languages: Spanish, English, French, Arab.
    – Other (less relevant): Placed 41/9000+ and 47/6000+ honor roll for admission tests in college; University recognition for international representation of the school, participated in two leadership conferences, nominated for best subject final essay by teacher. Traveled to 25 countries and twice as many cities abroad.

    Goal: To earn the professional legitimacy that my social, economic and racial background weakens. Transition into strategy consulting to apply all I´ve been exposed to in strategy roles. Long term: Rebuild my country from the private sector as a regional corporate leader.

    Target schools: Kellogg, Booth, INSEAD, Haas, Darden, Emory, Tuck, IE. (Worth a try in H/S/W?) (round 1/2 of 2018). I wish to know your perspective since due to the economic crisis I live in, where a minimum wage is around ~10 USD, every application dollar counts and even hurts.

  • JohnAHD

    Hey there Sandy, I got an interesting one for you:

    – 27 Male, Venezuelan-Syrian. First generation college student.
    – GMAT: Practice test scores so far 720. Plan on increasing that in coming months.
    – GPA: 3.0 Industrial Engineering in top engineering school in Venezuela (I switched careers in the process, considered leaving country with family, ended up staying because of war in Syria), with an awarded fellowship to exchange for a year in France.
    – Graduate Diploma on Marketing (not scored) and currently on Financial Management (3.8 so far)
    – WE:
    1) 6mo internship in Client Strategy at French multinational in its headquarters in Paris
    2) 1y1mo in P&G as mostly full-time intern in Market Strategy and Planning (used the time during which my school was on strike due to socio-political instability), awarded a 5/5 score. Offered a fixed role in only available posts: R&D, rejected it due to vocational objectives. (Venezuela)
    3) 2y9mo (at matriculation) in Top 3 global Risk Consulting and Broking company, capitalizing current labor situation in the country taking on many large responsibilities (projects involving many travels, resources and meetings with decision makers internally and with clients): international accounts, head of marketing & sales initiatives. Began as Assistant Manager, promoted to Manager after 1y 1mo. (Venezuela)

    EC and awards:
    – Job at an NGO (after office, weekdays) for human rights and international activism regarding Venezuela´s situation. (1yr)
    – 3yrs delegated,+ 2 years lead the schools team for Harvard´s Model UN in Boston. The two years I lead it, we obtained large delegation awards, positioning my team above even Ivy Leagues and schools with more experience, resources and recognition.
    – Volunteered in the rural indigenous area of Venezuela for diagnosis and solution of health and nutrition problems of these communities (2w)
    – Languages: Spanish, English, French, Arab.
    – Other (less relevant): Placed 41/9000+ and 47/6000+ honor roll for admission tests in college; University recognition for international representation of the school, participated in two leadership conferences, nominated for best subject final essay by teacher. Traveled to 25 countries and twice as many cities abroad.

    Goal: To earn the professional legitimacy that my social, economic and racial background weakens. Transition into strategy consulting to apply all I´ve been exposed to in strategy roles. Long term: Rebuild my country from the private sector as a regional corporate leader.

    Target schools: Kellogg, Booth, INSEAD, Haas, Darden, Emory, Tuck, maaaybe IE. (Worth a try in H/S/W?) (round 1/2 of 2018)

    I wish to know your perspective since due to the economic crisis I live in, where a minimum wage is around ~10 USD, every application dollar counts and even hurts.

  • dsmith1210

    Hello Sandy and John,

    I would love for you guys to handicap my odds. I am currently a junior in undergrad and want to go to NYU Stern and get into their Berkley Scholars program.

    21 year old White male
    3.9 GPA from a mid tier liberal arts college
    Majors in German, Accounting, and Business Administration
    Estimated 700-730 GMAT
    Internship experience at a small tax firm, local bank (as a credit analyst/junior underwriter), and a large bank in their finance division (think Citi, JPM, Deutsche)
    President of the german club at my school, volunteer with the VITA program (did income tax returns for people who cant afford an accountant/tax firm), in my school’s student government association, studied abroad for a year at one of the top three German universities, tutor in German and accounting, in multiple honors societies on campus (Foreign Languages, Economics, and Phi Sigma Kappa).

    I was targeting NYU because of their berkeley scholars program: I want to go straight from undergrad to the MBA, but cannot afford a program without a substantial scholarship. I don’t think I’m qualified enough for HBS’ 2+2 or Stanford’s deferred program, so do you think there are any other options I would be qualified for?

  • Chicago14

    Hi Sandy,

    I think you’re doing immensely great work for the business school community and was hoping you could evaluate my profile.

    – 3.46 GPA at large, Catholic, non-target university
    – 760 GMAT (50Q, 44V)
    – Completed CFA I and CFA II
    – B.S. Mathematics, concentration in Financial Math, minor in Finance
    – Undergrad Extracurriculars: served on the executive board of student organization local chapter that mentored underprivileged high school students through the college application and financial aid process
    – Work Experience: 3 years (at matriculation) in F100 LDP, rotations were Strategy Consultant in Technology, Financial Analyst in Product Ops, and Associate Research & Risk Analyst in Investments.
    – Current extracurriculars: Going on 3 years as an Associate Board member for a non-profit focused on health and HIV/AIDS prevention/awareness, engaged member of LGBTQ employee resource group at work, often acting as a liaison for partnerships between the non-profit I’m on the Associate Board of and the employee resource group at work.
    – Short-term goal: Risk Analyst at quant hedge fund
    – Long-term goal: Risk Manager/Senior Risk Officer at quant fund
    – 25 yrs old at matriculation, LGBTQ Filipino (US Citizen) male
    – Target schools: Booth, Kellogg, Sloan, Columbia, Haas, and Stern; I’ve been told I should throw in HBS or GSB in the mix, but I feel like my profile isn’t anything special and would easily be dinged
    – Other things to note: I have fairly strong ties with the LGBTQ organizations at Booth and Kellogg and frequently communicate/network with their members; as for my company’s track record of sending people to M7, no luck with tracking down stats, but it seems like the inverse of that (how many people from M7 are sent to my company) is pretty strong. Know many executives, officers, and managers that went to HBS, Yale SOM, MIT, Booth, and then EDP (LDP for MBAs) is mainly comprised of T15 graduates (Booth, Kellogg, Fuqua, etc)

    Look forward to hearing your thoughts. Thanks in advance!

  • hbsguru

    This is pretty solid on all counts, sure you a bit on the older side, but given much else, schools will wink at that.
    Only issue that really needs clarification is this:
    ” past 5 years I have been working in a top blue chip company in Malaysia
    in several departments with a focus on strategy and corporate finance,”
    INTERNATIONAL BLUE CHIP COMPANY?
    WHAT IS THAT COMPANY’S TRACK RECORD IN GENERAL AND IN YOUR LOCATION OF SENDING KIDS TO TOP 3, 5, 10 ETC. B SCHOOLS.
    That stat is always impt and revealing, and should be part of any
    request for handicapping, as I often note 😉
    sk

  • MKS532

    Sandy, can you please handicap me.

    – White 26 year old male
    – 700 GMAT (42V/44Q)
    – 3.82 GPA (3.98 Maj GPA)
    – Majored in Systems Engineering Management from a Service Academy (half business courses/half engineering) and 4 year Division 1 athlete

    Work Experience: Active Duty military. 3 years as a project manager in DoD weapons systems development. Think point man on small projects (<$20M) for all items (specs, contracts, design, integration). 2 years working for an obscure DoD agency doing quality assurance and reporting on major DoD programs working with big government contractors

    Extracurricular: help run a youth club team that travels the region and head coach of a local sixth grade town team.

    MBA Goal – Transition out of military into consulting or tech

    Targets:
    -HBS
    -Tuck
    -Kellogg
    -Fuqua
    -Darden
    -Ross

  • John

    Hi Sandy!

    Was hoping if you could assess my profile! I will be applying next year come R1 and I am not sure if I would have a good chance getting in M7, my preferred choice would be Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Colombia and Berkeley.

    – 29 years old Malaysian male
    – GMAT 740
    – Double degree in Science and business with 4 majors (Economics, Econometrics, Genetics and Statistics) with First Class Honours, University of Sydney
    – Chartered Accountant with Institute of Chartered Accountants in England of Wales, passed all 15 subjects at first attempt with average score 80+
    – Work experience: past 5 years I have been working in a top blue chip company in Malaysia in several departments with a focus on strategy and corporate finance, selected to be the only mentee to the company CFO who has been designing my work exposure in various departments
    – Additional:
    1) Founder of a social movement with the goal of creating unity between people of different cultures, beliefs, religions, sexuality (Malaysia is very conservative and this movement designs various activities and engagements to different groups of people and create awareness)
    2) Actively involved in the performing arts industry focusing on plays to create awareness on social issues mainly LGBT (I am gay and i grew up in a small rural conservative town and i found passion in performing arts as a channel to express myself and try to connect with people)
    – MBA Goal: Transition into performing arts industry and revive/expand the industry in Malaysia
    Short term: Score an internship at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and gain experience in theatre management and strategy
    Long term: Manage the biggest performing arts centre in the country and hopefully to successfully turnaround and grow the small and slowly declining industry

    – There has not been enough talented competent people at the moment and I wanna be able to obtain all the necessary skills and experience from MBA and post MBA job in the US to come back home to make a difference.

    I really hope you read this and assess me as well as giving me some tips before I start applying next year!

  • JohnAHD

    Sandy, I got an interesting one for you:

    – 27 Male, Venezuelan-Syrian
    – GMAT: Practice test scores so far around 720. Plan on increasing that in coming months.
    – GPA: 3.0 Industrial Engineering in top engineering school in Venezuela (I switched careers in the process, considered leaving country with family, ended up staying because of war in Syria), with an awarded fellowship to exchange for a year in France.
    – Graduate Diploma on Marketing (not scored) and currently on Financial Management (3.8 so far)
    – WE:
    1) 6mo internship in Client Strategy at French multinational in its headquarters in Paris
    2) 1y1mo in P&G as full-time intern in Market Strategy and Planning (used the time during which my school was on strike due to socio-political instability), awarded a 5/5 score. Offered a fixed role in only available posts: R&D, rejected it due to vocational objectives.
    3) 2y9mo (at matriculation) in Top 3 global Risk Consulting and Broking company, capitalizing current labor situation in the country taking on many large responsibilities (projects involving many travels, resources and meetings with decision makers internally and with clients): international accounts, head of marketing & sales initiatives. Began as Assistant Manager, promoted to Manager after 1y and 1mo.

    EC and awards:
    – Job at an NGO (after office, weekdays) for human rights and international activism regarding Venezuela´s situation. Organized -with the team- events and coordinated international links for their execution. (1yr)
    – 3yrs delegated, 2 years lead the schools team for Harvard´s International MUN in Boston. The two years I lead it, we obtained large delegation awards, positioning my team above even Ivy Leagues and schools with more experience, resources and recognition.
    – Volunteered in the rural indigenous area of Venezuela for diagnosis and solution of health and nutrition problems of these communities (2w)
    – Languages: Spanish, English, French, Arab.
    – Other (less relevant): Placed 41/9000+ and 47/6000+ honor roll for admission tests in college; University recognition for international representation of the school, participated in two leadership conferences, nominated for best subject final essay by teacher. Traveled to 25 countries and twice as many cities abroad.

    Goal: To earn the professional legitimacy that my social, economical and racial background weakens. Transition into strategy consulting to apply all I´ve been exposed to in strategy roles. Long term: Rebuild my country from the private sector as a regional corporate leader.

    Target schools: Kellogg, Booth, INSEAD, Haas, Darden, Tuck, IE. (Worth a try in H/S/W?)

    I wish to know your perspective since due to the economic crisis I live in, where a minimum wage is around ~10 USD, every application dollar counts and even hurts.

  • Researchgirl

    Hi Sandy

    Could you please handicap me?

    I am white, female equity research analyst (will have 3y experience by the time I apply next yr) at a bulge bracket, top ranked American bank in London. I was promoted to associate a year early and am now the number 2 in my team with two juniors reporting in to me. I am the analyst and associate representative for equity research – responsible for representing juniors to management and organising training and events.

    I have a 2.i undergraduate degree in philosophy politics and economics from Oxford – unfortunately this only translates
    Into a GPA of around 3.3.

    At Oxford I founded an online newspaper and was president of the business society

    Today I am actively involved in my Choir (a well respected almost semi professional group) and local taekwondo club. I also volunteer tutoring underprivileged students in a level English weekly.

    Harvard, Stanford or Wharton.

  • Hi Sandy,

    Would appreciate your valuable feedback and evaluation of my profile for getting into 2 year MBA program at HBS | Wharton | Stanford | HaaS | Kellogg | Columbia though I would like to limit my application to max 4 schools.

    1. Profile :- 29 yr old, Female, Indian
    2. Language proficiency :- English , Japanese, Hindi , Bengali
    3. GMAT :- 730 ( expecting to raise the score )
    4. Dual Degree ( B.Tech + M.Tech) IIT Madras, batch of 2012
    — Major : Electrical & Communication Engineering
    — Minor : Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship ; GPA 3.96 ; lead two field projects with successful pilot programs.
    — GPA :- 2.8
    ( This is my foremost reservation, would appreciate your feedback) Shown steady increments in last 2 years of college but initial years handicapped the overall GPA.

    — Recipient of MCM full tuition fee scholarship for 5 years at IIT for excellent academic record throughout school life & entrance exam.

    Work Experience :-

    1. Internships :- Undergrad internships were concentrated in the area of application of Image Processing | Machine Learning in Biomedical field.
    Internships positions held in NYU Langone Medical center, New York, NCBS Bangalore, L&T Mumbai.

    2. Got selected through campus placement offer to work in NTT Communications, Tokyo ( H.Q). Have been with the same company with exponential growth & opportunities. Received 2 early promotions and have been rated top performer consistently.

    Tokyo, Japan, 2012-2015 , 3.5 years
    — Worked as a Service development engineer for 2 years for a new service based on open stack cloud technology. Launched two services overlooking entire service development lifecycle.

    — Transitioned to Product Management. Youngest and only female staff selected in the global task force to launch a new enterprise cloud service, reported to the CEO. Product Owner for a major product lineup in the enterprise solution. This Service is the new & key enterprise solution offering of NTTCom generating revenue of $100 million plus

    London, U.K, 2016-2017, 1 year
    — Selected in Global challenge program and worked in the NTTCom EMEA HQ in London as a Senior Product Manager for Enterprise Cloud & Managed services. 8 Deal conversions with MRR > GBP 100k overlooking the entire Enterprise cloud service catalogue.

    Tokyo, Japan , July 2017-present
    — Selected as a Senior Product Manager in another Global task force aiming at a new service release reporting to Global steering committee comprising of CEO/MD of all NTTCom Affiliates.

    Extras :-
    — President of Toast Master club , NTTCom Tokyo chapter for 2012-2014, Mentored & managed group of 100 colleagues.
    — Technical certification in ITIL, LPIC, CompTIA Cloud+, self learning through Coursera Data Science specialization course.

    MBA short term & Long term goal :- Would like to transition to Product Executive roles in Top Tech firms . Additionally I would like to utilize the 2 year program & extensive resource available at Bschool to pursue entrepreneurial interest in the field of Healthcare & Technology sector.

    Please evaluate my profile and advise how to overcome my GPA representation in my applications. I would like to request your feedback for the dual degree program MS|MBA at HBS as well

    Thanks
    Shweta G

  • Shweta Ghosh

    Hi Sandy,
    Would appreciate your valuable feedback and evaluation of my profile for getting into 2 year MBA program at HBS | Wharton | Stanford | HaaS | Kellogg | Columbia though I would like to limit my application to max 4 schools.

    Profile :- 29 yr old, Female, Indian
    Language proficiency :- English , Japanese, Hindi , Bengali
    GMAT :- 730 ( expecting to raise the score )
    Dual Degree ( B.Tech + M.Tech) IIT Madras, batch 2012
    Major : Electrical & Communication Engineering
    Minor : Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship ; GPA 3.96 ; lead two field projects with successful pilot programs.
    GPA :- 2.8 ( This is my foremost reservation, would appreciate your feedback) Shown steady increments in last 2 years of college but initial years handicapped the overall GPA.
    Recipient of MCM full tuition fee scholarship at IIT for excellent academic record throughout school life.

    Work Experience :-
    1. Internships :- Undergrad internships were concentrated in the area of application of Image Processing | Machine Learning in Biomedical field. Internships positions held in NYU Langone Medical center, New York, NCBS Bangalore, L&T Mumbai.
    2. Got selected through campus placement offer to work in NTT Communications, Tokyo ( H.Q). Have been with the same company with exponential growth & opportunities. Received 2 early promotions and have been rated top performer consistently.
    Tokyo, Japan, 2012-2015
    — Worked as a Service development engineer for 2 years for a new service based on open stack cloud technology. Launched two services overlooking entire service development lifecycle.
    — Transitioned to Product Management. Youngest and only female staff selected in the global task force to launch a new enterprise cloud service , worked with global affiliate team reporting to the CEO. Product Owner for a major product lineup in the enterprise solution. This Service is the new & key enterprise solution offering of NTTCom generating revenue of $100 million plus
    London, U.K, 2016-2017
    — Selected in Global challenge program and worked in the NTTCom EMEA HQ in London as a Senior Product Manager for Enterprise Cloud & Managed services. 8 Deal conversions with MRR > GBP 100k overlooking the entire Enterprise cloud service catalogue.
    Tokyo, Japan , July 2017-present
    — Selected as a Senior Product Manager in another Global task force aiming at a new service release reporting to Global steering committee comprising of CEO/MD of all NTTCom Affiliates.

    Extras :- President of Toast Master club , NTTCom Tokyo chapter for 2012-2014, group of 100. Mentored fellow colleagues on Communication proficiency and representation in Toastmasters club.
    Technical certification in ITIL, LPIC, CompTIA Cloud+, self learning through Coursera Data Science specialization course.

    MBA short term & Long term goal :- Would like to transition to Product Executive roles in Top Tech firms . Also would like to utilize the 2 year program & extensive resource available at Bschool to pursue entrepreneurial interest in the field of Healthcare & Technology sector.

    Please evaluate my profile and advise how to overcome my GPA representation in my applications. Also would like to apply in the dual degree program MS|MBA at HBS.

    Thanks
    Shweta G

  • Owen P

    Hi Sandy. Ive been a longtime follower of the series and I am at the stage in my life when I will be applying to schools.

    GMAT: 720
    GRE: haven’t take (Will it help?)

    White Male, ethnically latino

    Age: 28

    Languages: English; Spanish; Farsi

    Degrees: Double major in Economics and Business from Cal Berkeley

    GPA: 3.56 overall with an honors in Econ (My Econ GPA was 3.7)

    Work Experience: Active duty in the Air Force for the past four years. Currently a captain working as an intelligence officer.

    Extracurriculars: Founded a consulting group focused on the healthcare space. Completed case studies with an aids clinic and healthcare start-up. Was an RA for two years and organized some somewhat significantly sized student events. AFROTC on scholarship. Had internship at the national geospatial intelligence agency and at the council for foreign relations.

    I want to get an MBA so I can transition into consulting and then eventually become a CEO.

    I am considering going back to Haas at Berkeley, HBS, Stanford, MIT Sloan, and Michigan Ross. Your suggestions are always helpful. If its relevant, Im legacy at Stanford and Michigan just not at their business schools. Thank you so much for your time.

  • Better Faster Stronger

    Hi Sandy. I am at the stage in my life when Im actually applying to business school (As in next year) and was hoping for some advice.

    GMAT: 720

    GRE: Taking later this year

    Gender: Male

    Age: 28

    Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian / Latino (Mexican) (Caveat I’m only a 1/4 Mexican and am rather white)

    Languages: English, Spanish, and Farsi

    Degrees: Double major in Economics and Business for UC Berkeley

    GPA: 3.56 with an honors in Econ (My Econ GPA was 3.7)

    Work Experience: Active duty in the Air Force for the past five years. Currently a captain working in intelligence. My job entailed a leading team of analysts and coordinating with the other services.

    In college I had an internships with the national geospatial intelligence agency, the council for foreign relations, and DoD. Mostly focused on foreign policy.

    Extracurriculars: CoFounded a consulting group as a freshman focused on the healthcare space. Grew it over the four years Completed case studies with an aids clinic and a healthcare start-up to name two examples. Was an RA for two years and organized some somewhat significantly sized student events. AFROTC on scholarship and took leadership within the detachment of approximately 100 cadets.

    I want to get an MBA so I can transition into consulting and then eventually settle into management at a company. Would love to

    I am considering going back to Haas at Berkeley, HBS, Stanford, MIT Sloan, and Michigan Ross. Your suggestions are always helpful. If its relevant, Im legacy at Stanford and Michigan though not for MBA . Thank you so much for your time.

  • ksmody2255

    Hi Sandy,

    I watched a bunch of your videos, but have had some trouble finding one that exactly fits my description (probably most similar to the Dr. Baseball one), so I’d really appreciate it if you could handicap my MBA chances at a top10 school and specifically, HSW. I will be applying for b-school for the 2019 incoming class. The following is my credentials during that time:

    – 24 yr old American male (parents from India)
    – Completed 3 years of medical school and will finish after b-school (this includes working in the hospital for a year rotating through all the major specialties)
    – GMAT: 740
    – Undergrad GPA: 3.70

    After b-school and med-school, I plan on pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery and impact investing focused on addressing global health challenges. My extracurriculars have included leadership, community service, global health, due diligence for angel investment firm, starting my own company, and starting a new program at my school.

    Undergraduate: Average private institution (graduated in 3 years)
    -Started new organization on campus & raised over $5000 for charity
    -Held high position in student government and chair for community partnership committee of Board of Trustees
    -Service chair and VP of my fraternity – Raised $1500 for charity & won award for student org with most volunteer hours per member
    -2 separate study abroad trips focused on healthcare policy and global health (one during a summer and one during a semester)

    Medical school:
    -Founding president of new medical innovation & entrepreneurship group
    -President of orthopaedic interest group
    -Curriculum Steering Committee, Student Government
    -Global Advisory Board at my school to steer international engagement and opportunities for students

    Community service:
    -Student training coordinator for all 8 student-run clinics for my medical school (organize training sessions for 200-300 students & monthly educational initiatives)
    -Over 1000 hours of volunteering as an EMT

    Global Health:
    -Internship at the World Health Organization HQ in Switzerland for 3 months in their Emergency, Trauma, and Acute Care Programme
    -Led project to establish EMS system in rural town in Dominican Republic (long-term, ongoing project for past 8 years)

    Investing:
    -Fellowship for Angel investment group – worked on due diligence team for a few life sciences companies
    -Recently started working on research project related to impact investing at an HSW school with a faculty member

    Company:
    -Started my own company based on a clinical research project related to orthopaedic surgery
    -Created and distributed iOS application to meet a clinical challenge

    Started New Program:
    -Founded the first interdisciplinary organization and biotech incubator at my institution to bring med students, engineers, doctors, and business students together to build teams and address clinical challenges
    -Organized seminar series for students regarding commercialization concepts
    -Raised $10,000 for inaugural year and case competition

    Thanks so much for the help!

  • spaceguy

    Hi Sandy,

    Pls evaluate my profile for HBS/ Stanford/ Wharton (thinking of applying in R2)

    Basics: 25 year old Indian male
    Undegrad: Bachelors from IIT Delhi, CGPA: 7.9/10
    GMAT: 730 (Q: 50, V: 39)

    Work ex:
    -3 years of management consulting at Bain (joined straight after undergrad)
    -Gained 2 promotions including an early one
    -Focused work on consumer products industry (clients include world’s largest spirits company, India’s largest FMCG company)
    -Currently leading launch of a new drink at a beverage start-up (will return to Bain in Jan 2018)
    -Will have 48 months of full time work ex at the time of joining the program

    Goals:
    -Short term: Return to Bain as a Manager, gain experience in F&B industry
    -Long term: Launch beverage brand that makes nutritious drinks for rural Indians

    Recos: Both recommenders are from Bain and are Wharton alumni

    ECA+Awards:
    1. General Secretary at IITD (led 200+ team to organize college fest, implemented academic reforms)
    2. Passionate about mentoring
    -have been teaching English at evening school for 7 years
    -Mentor as part of IITD alumni association and at Bain
    3. Awarded best all-rounder of graduating class among 800+ students by Director, IITD
    4. Others- Debating (several podium finishes) & theatre (acted/directed 10+ plays, including 3 with a pro theatre group)

  • wordsb

    Would greatly appreciate your insight:

    28 YO American Female
    GMAT: 720 (44Q 45V, AWA 6 & IR 7)
    -Graduated with 3.3 GPA from top Public Ivy institution (with notorious grade deflation). Undergrad dual major in International Relations and Economics.
    -Undergrad leadership experience serving on executive board of Inter-Sorority Council for several terms.
    -Undergrad experience also involves study abroad and international internship experience; Additionally was selected as one of few undergrad participants for the university’s MBA Global Business Class, culminating in immersion experience in SE Asia
    -Immediately after graduating, interned in investment bank in London, UK as part of a work/study program. Also received post graduate certificate in Global Business as part of said program.
    -Currently work in regulatory stress testing/CCAR at bulge bracket / GSIB financial services institution in NYC; have worked at the firm for 5 years. Constantly rated as a high performer.
    -Involved in Social Impact Mentoring (serving as a corporate mentor to fellow currently growing a socially-minded entrepreneurial venture); Also nominated and selected by firm to serve as delegate at a global conference geared towards young leaders in today’s corporate/social society.
    -Active volunteer, but admittedly not much in the way of demonstrated leadership.

    Post MBA Goals: Aiming to transition into consulting at top tier thought-leadership consulting firm (e.g., McKinsey, Bain). Could probably transition into a consulting firm solely based on work experience (it’s a pretty niche area, at the intersection of risk/treasury/finance), but want to avoid being pigeonholed in these types of projects, and focus more on strategy consulting with a global bent..

    Target schools:
    CBS, Wharton, Yale SOM,Stern, LBS, and maybe Kellogg

    CBS is my top choice, with Wharton being a close second. A little wary of (not) standing out, especially with regards to my community involvement/demonstrated leadership. Would greatly appreciate any insight and/or tips!

    Thanks!

  • EngineerToAssetManagement

    Hi Sandy, was hoping to get some feedback on my profile. Any input is appreciated!

    GMAT: 750 (Q49, V42, 8 IR, 6 AWA)
    GPA: 3.5/4 in Materials Science & Engineering at a Southern Ivy (Rice/Vanderbilt/Duke), awarded MSCI department’s award for leadership as a senior.
    Passed levels CFA levels 1 and 2

    Extracurriculars during undergrad:
    – Organizer of largest on-campus event, responsible for coordinating a week’s worth of activities for a group of 300+ students. Worked with local businesses to sponsor the event, had 5-figure budget to work with, led team of 5 organizers
    – Founder and president of club sports team
    – Orientation advisor junior and senior years (highly competitive, ~10% of applicants are chosen to advise)
    – Worked ~20 hours per week in nanotech research lab for 2.5 years on campus

    Extracurriculars after graduation:
    – Mentor for an inner-city youth baseball program
    – Alumni admissions interviewer for alma mater
    – Organizer of alumni affairs for the largest on-campus event mentioned above
    – Play in amateur baseball league
    – Occasionally foster for animal shelter (work hours permitting)

    Work experience at time of application: (most recent first):

    1.5 years at boutique RIA in Texas ($6B AUM). Not much history of sending people to B-school, though almost all of senior mangement/C-Suite has MBA from top-10 schools. Started as an analyst on fixed income desk, after 9 months was promoted to associate and given PM-like responsibility for management of a $300M strategy (though no official PM or junior PM title). Expect to have responsibility for another strategy by the time I apply, bringing total AUM I am responsible for to ~$400M. Still have large analytical role with other fixed income strategies, use engineering background for coding & data analysis.
    6 months as financial advisor with F100 insurance firm. Started here because I wanted to transition into investment management, left because role was more focused on sales than making investment decisions. Concerned this is a very weak part of my application.
    1.5 years as management consultant in energy department for bronze-tier consulting firm with tech focus (think Quorum, Infosys, etc). Had projects on O&G supermajor & international government client, led offshore teams of 5-10 people on each project.
    Internship with NASA in R&D group as an undergrad. Worked with materials engineers to develop a prototype which was approved for further testing by management.
    MBA goal: want to get MBA from top finance program to gain a formal finance education. Currently have very strong analytical skills stemming from engineering background but lack understanding of what makes a successful business tick, which I believe is of utmost importance for investment management. CFA curriculum has filled some of this gap, but is mainly focused on valuation. Also believe I need to improve soft skills to one day lead a team of analysts.

    Post MBA goal: Junior PM or similar type role at major Asset Management firm, preferably one with fixed income focus (PIMCO/DoubleLine/TCW). Long-term goal is to become Chief Investment Officer of an AM firm.

    Applying round 2 to HBS, Wharton, Columbia, NYU, Sloan, Booth, Kellogg.

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    *Trying this so that my comment doesn’t disappear*

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. Would love to know what you think of my profile:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. Would love to know what you think of my profile:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • DCRF

    Hey Sandy,

    Hope it’s not too late but wanted your insights on my application. I’m not sure if I want to apply this year (R2) or next year.

    Schools: HBS/Columbia/MIT/Haas/UCLA

    Demographics:
    26 year old Asian (Grew up in Internationally in the UK and APAC); LGBTQ; First Gen College Student

    College:
    3.96 GPA from Top 15 US in the South (Think Vandy/Rice/Emory)
    Cognitive Science Major; Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
    730 GMAT

    Working Experiences
    3 years Management Consulting – Deloitte (Strategy & Operations) – Focus on Biotech/Life Sciences
    2 years Student Entrepreneur – focusing on developing a new revenue stream (marketing, operations, finance, etc.) for a student-run business back in college

    Extracurricular (Post College)
    – Lead recruiting efforts, specifically diversity recruiting at local office and national level. (e.g. started a diversity recruiting pipeline to target/support underrepresented minorities/women/LGBTQ)
    – Lead pro-bono consulting efforts outside of Deloitte (growth from case team member to executive board member responsible for client interaction/partnerships and current head)

    Extracurricular (College)
    – Strong leadership accolades and positions (executive board/workstream leads) in student government, residential college, and extracurricular clubs

    Essay: Embracing my LGTBQ identity through different phases (raised in a modern society with draconian LGTBQ laws to moving to the UK/US for school to being in the military to being openly out in the workplace). Highlighted desire to return back to APAC to serve as a business leader not only in the workplace but also to kickstart a pipeline in the workplace to support young LGTBQ youths/adults)

    Post MBA: Back to consulting with a strong desire to work in a retail B2C companies that are disrupting the retail landscape (think Warby Parker/Harry’s Grooming/AWAY). Highlighted international upbringing and prior experiences in growth strategy to engage in market entry (international expansion) for those firms.

  • nsimonetti

    Hi Sandy, was hoping you could let me know my chances- applying round 2 this year.

    25 year old white male
    GMAT: 750 (Q49, V42, 8 IR, 6 AWA)
    GPA: 3.5/4 in Materials Science & Engineering at a Southern Ivy (Rice/Vanderbilt/Duke), awarded MSCI department’s award for leadership as a senior.
    Passed levels CFA levels 1 and 2

    Extracurriculars during undergrad:
    – Organizer of largest on-campus event, responsible for coordinating a week’s worth of activities for a group of 300+ students. Worked with local businesses to sponsor the event, had 5-figure budget to work with, led team of 5 organizers
    – Founder and president of club sports team
    – Orientation advisor junior and senior years (highly competitive, ~10% of applicants are chosen to advise)
    – Worked ~20 hours per week in nanotech research lab for 2.5 years on campus

    Extracurriculars after graduation:
    – Mentor for an inner-city youth baseball program
    – Alumni admissions interviewer for alma mater
    – Organizer of alumni affairs for the largest on-campus event mentioned above
    – Play in amateur baseball league
    – Occasionally foster for animal shelter (work hours permitting)

    Work experience at time of application: (most recent first):
    -1.5 years at boutique RIA in Texas ($6B AUM). Not much history of sending people to B-school, though almost all of senior mangement/C-Suite has MBA from top-10 schools. Started as an analyst on fixed income desk, after 9 months was promoted to associate and given PM-like responsibility for management of a $300M strategy (though no official PM or junior PM title). Expect to have responsibility for another strategy by the time I apply, bringing total AUM I am responsible for to ~$400M. Still have large analytical role with other fixed income strategies, use engineering background for coding & data analysis.
    – 6 months as financial advisor with F100 insurance firm. Started here because I wanted to transition into investment management, left because role was more focused on sales than making investment decisions. Concerned this is a very weak part of my application.
    – 1.5 years as management consultant in energy department for bronze-tier consulting firm with tech focus (think Quorum, Infosys, etc). Had projects on O&G supermajor & international government client, led offshore teams of 5-10 people on each project.
    – Internship with NASA in R&D group as an undergrad. Worked with materials engineers to develop a prototype which was approved for further testing by management.

    MBA goal: want to get MBA from top finance program to gain a formal finance education. Currently have very strong analytical skills stemming from engineering background but lack understanding of what makes a successful business tick, which I believe is of utmost importance for investment management. CFA curriculum has filled some of this gap, but is mainly focused on valuation. Also believe I need to improve soft skills to one day lead a team of analysts.

    Post MBA goal: Junior PM or similar type role at major asset management firm, preferably one with fixed income focus (PIMCO/DoubleLine/TCW). Long-term goal is to become Chief Investment Officer of an AM firm.

    Applying to HBS, Wharton, Columbia, NYU, Sloan, Booth, Kellogg.

  • nsimonetti

    Hi Sandy, was hoping you could let me know my chances- applying round 2 this year.

    25 year old white male
    GMAT: 750 (Q49, V42, 8 IR, 6 AWA)
    GPA: 3.5/4 in Materials Science & Engineering at a Southern Ivy (Rice/Vanderbilt/Duke), awarded MSCI department’s award for leadership as a senior.
    Passed levels CFA levels 1 and 2

    Extracurriculars during undergrad:
    – Organizer of largest on-campus event, responsible for coordinating a week’s worth of activities for a group of 300+ students. Worked with local businesses to sponsor the event, had 5-figure budget to work with, led team of 5 organizers
    – Founder and president of club sports team
    – Orientation advisor junior and senior years (highly competitive, ~10% of applicants are chosen to advise)
    – Worked ~20 hours per week in nanotech research lab for 2.5 years on campus

    Extracurriculars after graduation:
    – Mentor for an inner-city youth baseball program
    – Alumni admissions interviewer for alma mater
    – Organizer of alumni affairs for the largest on-campus event mentioned above
    – Play in amateur baseball league
    – Occasionally foster for animal shelter (work hours permitting)

    Work experience at time of application: (most recent first):

    -1.5 years at boutique RIA in Houston ($6B AUM). Not much history of sending people to B-school, though almost all of senior mangement/C-Suite has MBA from top-10 schools. Started as an analyst on fixed income desk, after 9 months was promoted to associate and given PM-like responsibility for management of a $300M strategy (though no official PM or junior PM title). Expect to have responsibility for another strategy by the time I apply, bringing total AUM I am responsible for to ~$400M). Still have large analytical role with other fixed income strategies, use engineering background for coding & data analysis.

    – 6 months as financial advisor with F100 insurance firm. Started here because I wanted to transition into investment management, left because role was more focused on sales than making investment decisions. Concerned this is a very weak part of my application.

    – 1.5 years as management consultant in energy department for bronze-tier consulting firm with tech focus (think Quorum, Infosys, etc). Had projects on O&G supermajor & international government client, led offshore teams of 5-10 people on each project.

    – Internship with NASA in R&D group as an undergrad. Worked with materials engineers to develop a prototype which was approved for further testing by management.

    MBA goal: want to get MBA from top finance program to gain a formal finance education. Currently have very strong analytical skills stemming from engineering background but lack understanding of what makes a successful business tick, which I believe is of utmost importance for investment management. CFA curriculum has filled some of this gap, but is mainly focused on valuation. Also believe I need to improve soft skills to one day lead a team of analysts.

    Post MBA goal: Junior PM or similar type role at major asset management firm, preferably one with fixed income focus (PIMCO/DoubleLine/TCW). Long-term goal is to become Chief Investment Officer of an AM firm.

    Applying to HBS, Wharton, Columbia, NYU, Sloan, Booth, Kellogg.

  • Usha G

    Hi Sandy! Hope this finds you well!
    I am writing to ask you regarding my chances at Cornell/Columbia/MIT LGO programs. Here’s a brief summary of my profile:

    29 year old female from India, with GMAT score of 700 (Q-43 V-42 AWA-6.0
    IR-7). Professional experience includes both IT(Business Analyst to
    Product Owner to Business Analytics consulting) and research experience
    (CFD Analysis @ Chrysler Automobiles). I have switched fields in line
    with my entrepreneurial interests. While my target schools are NYU
    Stern, CMU Tepper, Kenan Flagler and Chicago Booth, I’d like to know my
    chances at Cornell/Columbia. My Post MBA plans are to work with MBBs as a
    Strategy and Leadership consultant for few years and then take on a
    leadership role or start my own business.

    Thank you for your time!
    Best,
    Usha

  • Marina Shtyrkov

    Hi Sandy,

    What’re my chances at HBS and Sloan? I wouldn’t be applying until Round 1 2018.
    Thanks so much!

    Education:
    -GRE: Haven’t taken it yet but expecting V:165 Q:165 AW:5.5
    -GPA: 3.72
    -Dean’s List all semesters
    -Bachelor’s degree in English + double minors in media studies and entrepreneurship from a top liberal arts school (ranked top 30,”little Ivy”)
    -Took a “Principles of Finance” course after college at Harvard Extension (A)

    Work:
    – I made the switch from English to financial services via an internship at a wealth management firm.
    – 2 years at an independent market research and strategic consulting firm focused on the financial services industry. I write thought leadership content about emerging trends in the wealth management space, use data analysis to engineer market sizing models, and work on consulting projects.
    – Promoted 1 year in already

    Goals:
    – Post-MBA: management consulting at Bain, McKinsey or BCG
    – Long-term: lead the wealth and asset management division of a large management consulting firm

    Extracurricular:
    – In college: (1) Taught low-income high school kids health education classes for 4 years (coordinator of the entire program for 1 year; group leader for 2 years; educator all 4 years) and (2) Helped plan a day of on-campus activities for local community kids (4 years)… plus other random activities like newspaper copy editor, sorority recruitment director, etc. I did A TON in college. Is that worth mentioning?
    – After college: (1) Alumni interviewer for my college (two years); (2) Professional women’s network member in an organization that supports positive mentoring relationships between college women and pre-adolescent girls in underserved local communities (two years)

    Demographics:
    -24 year old female
    -First generation in United States
    -Bilingual (native Russian speaker)

    Thanks again!

  • ng4321

    Hi Sandy,

    Not sure if you’re still checking this post, but worth a try! I’m genuinely unsure if I have any real shot at the schools I’m applying to Round 2 (listed below) and would love your feedback on my odds!

    -GMAT: 720 (44V, 47Q) will retake in increase quant
    -GPA: 3.73
    -Undergrad at an Ivy with a degree in Business
    -Extracurriculars: President of my college’s chapter of a global nonprofit, worked on multiple international development projects including building a health clinic in Peru. Not much since college other than weekly volunteering for an Animal Shelter for the last year
    -Work: 3 years in Corporate Finance at a large investment bank – 2 years of it on an internal consulting team, 1 year doing strategy-type work supporting the CFO; currently doing Finance at a top media and publishing company (think Conde Nast), helping to build financial processes for their brand-new digital advertising group
    -Won an award at the bank for outstanding performance – awarded to 15 of 5000 people globally each quarter
    -Goal: Working in Corporate Strategy at a CPG company; ideally in the Food & Bev space, with a long-term goal of starting my own food startup. I know it seems random but I have a long term interest in this space and can speak to this through hobbies/previous internship experience
    -25 Year Old White Female

    Schools: HBS, Stanford, Booth, Wharton, Columbia, Stern

    Thanks so much!

  • Michael Pinkerton

    Hi Sandy, I would really appreciate it if you would handicap my chances. I feel like I am a somewhat unique applicant.

    -GRE: 168 V 164 Q
    -GMAT: 700
    -GPA: 3.6 (3.90 in major), lower in Economics minor
    -Awarded “Highest Honors for Political Science”
    -Undergrad: Public Ivy with large grade deflation
    -College Extra Curriculars: 4-year tennis team manager, traveled the country extensively and worked close to full-time. Ran a political campaign and won with > 10,000 votes

    -Work: 2 years with prestigious Senate Finance Committee, 1 year as part of international trade staff
    -1 year in German fellowship program, worked in international trade firm in Germany last 6 months
    -Skills: Fluent in German, Spanish. Experienced with coding
    -MBA Goal: To transition away from legislative branch to leadership position in international biz/public sector consulting
    -Age: 25
    -White male

    Targets:
    Harvard
    Stanford
    Tuck
    Yale
    I’m especially interested in dual degree programs such as Tuck MBA / Harvard Kennedy and Stanford IPS/MBA due to interest in both business and government.

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. Would love to know what you think of my profile:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. Would love to know what you think of my profile:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. Would love to know what you think of my profile:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. Would love to know what you think of my profile:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • iamd

    Expecting GMAT of 730+

  • iamd

    Hi Sandy!
    Would love to know my chances of HBS, Wharton, Stanford, INSEAD and Tuck

    23 years old, Indian, Male, Chartered accountant (All india Rank 20 in 2nd level of the exam and All India Rank 7 in third and final level, approximately 50000 students give the exams and ranks are awarded to top 50 students)
    Also cleared all three levels of CFA.

    Undergrad: From a top 5 college in the country with GPA of 8.0/10

    Extras: Won several management competitions at high school and college.

    Work Ex: 2 years at a big 4 firm(think EY, KPMG, Delloite and PwC) in Transaction Advisory Division.

    Looking to apply in 1 or 2 years

  • Devashish Lodha

    aaa

  • caa123

    Hi Sandy,

    I plan to apply in 2-3 years time when I have more experience under my belt. I’ve just started my graduate job so some of these are predictions. Thank you for all the work you do and I hope you can give me feedback on my profile.

    GMAT – 730 (predicted)
    GPA – 3.7 (Converted from UK equivalent – First Class Honors)
    Degree – Masters in Aerospace Engineering from mid-tier college, respected for engineering. Two awards gained during time there.
    Research – Two research papers published at international conferences in the area of manufacturing finances
    Graduate job – 2-3 years (predicted) work experience at elite consulting firm (Non-MBB) in strategy and operations, member of sports and social committee, involved with recruitment
    Previous experience – Year internship in business operations with large European aircraft manufacturer
    – Summer internship with Big 4 audit firm
    – Summer internship with software startup
    Volunteering – County youth officer for music for 5 years
    – Child protection officer for local organisation for 2 years
    – Visited local primary school helping children with reading difficulties for 6 months
    Extra-curricular – Music Tutor for 5+ years
    – Represented college at national level in athletics
    – Expanded Irish student consulting group to my university
    Reason for MBA – Gain a great understanding of business/finance/strategy and open career doors
    After MBA goals:
    Short-term – MBB or strategy role in tech
    Long-term – COO/CEO multinational company / Start my own company

    White male, currently 24 (applying 26-27), Irish/British, residing in Ireland

    Schools – HBS, Wharton, Haas, Sloan, Stern, Columbia, Tuck

    Thank you in advance.

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • hbsguru

    haha, get the interview, get a mock interview w. me before that, and we can make sure your golden varnish remains untarnished–gold varnish is all you need to get into HBS.
    List job on resume as CONSULTANT.

  • wtw99

    Sandy, that’s a huge help – especially on how to frame my work experience. Thank you.

    Resume-wise, I should be able to craft a more attractive description of my current job (official job title is actually “finance consultant” so perhaps i can work off that, highlighting value-add activities and mgmt/exec exposure). will emphasize the provider (helping old, sick people!) side of my company and connect to long-term goals.

    My concern is…what happens if i get an interview? will i be exposed as a gumball machine toy ring underneath a golden varnish?

    spot on regarding my supervisors 😉 i guess you’ve seen this movie before…

  • hbsguru

    hey dude, you know the SK lingo (blink twice, silver) all of which were correctly used.
    Here’s some advice, FP&A (Financial Planning and Analysis)/Insurance is a deadly combo altho Health Care is a plus and you are wise to state that as career.
    Is it possible to state your job as just “Analyst,” which makes it sound more like IB etc. FP&A just sounds a lot like cleaning up after the Elephants from The Audit Parade, and is often described that way on the Internet.

    If you said you were an Analyst, and highlighted to cool, important etc parts of your job, you be best positioned to take that 770 and maybe get lucky. HBS going to be tuff, too many guys like you for real, with similar GMATs and better everything else (ahem gold).

    Wharton might go for both HC and the 770 and wink at the low GPA and “silver” (bronze?) jobs. SO that is a good reach.

    Man– Booth Kellogg Sloan Duke– might go for this sorta as is, with “train-that-could” execution and curated recs (I got a feeling the guys you work for are, ahem, Mr. Silver and Mr Copper, so take over rec writing if you can.

    😉

  • wtw99

    Hello Sandy,

    If by chance you’re still checking this feed, would you mind throwing some lightning bolts at my info? I’ve read every one of these posts and most comments – extremely helpful. Grazie.

    -28 yr old american white male
    -770 gmat (48Q / 50V / 8IR / 6AWA)
    -3.3 undergrad, top 15 liberal arts, history major, (uh oh)
    -3.4 masters in acct right after undergrad, as i had no idea what i was doing (academically or career-wise)
    -2 years in audit at big 4 in NYC (silver, i know)
    -2 years as an analyst at a small investment firm, can tell great stories and got great experience, but no name recognition (didn’t send anyone to mba programs, only hired from them)
    -now doing fp&a at a fortune 100 in the healthcare space (insurance/provider, can tell nice stories about it)
    -goal: M/B/B mgmt consulting, with the longer term goal of advising healthcare companies and eventually working for one at the highest levels…because family/friends have health issues and i see on a daily basis how convoluted the healthcare system is; i want to contribute to making it better to help people!

    I realize the gpa is a problem (will they blink?!), as are the demographics and probably the work experience (the dreaded 2nd blink?). do i have hope at:
    HBS
    Wharton
    LBS (int’l is appealing)
    Booth
    Kellogg
    Sloan
    Duke

    Thanks again!

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • apat

    Hi Sandy, thanks for the feedback. Just took the GRE and got a 328. I am planning on taking it again as I feel I can boost my score by at least 2 points. I realized that I should also mention that I am currently enrolled in a Public Finance cert. program at Penn as well.
    Can you expand a bit more about the consulting narrative that you mentioned?
    Unfortunately, one from my think tank has applied for B school before, and no connections at Wharton either — even within the University, they are exclusive. Thanks again for the help!

  • hbsguru

    🙂 good one, let me know if you get an HBS interview invite today.

  • LaLa

    Hi Sandy,
    I benefitted from your insights last August and wish to thank you !
    I was the Swiss-French candidate with a 770 GMAT and issues about recommendations from current supervisor.
    Just wanted to let you know that I got accepted into CBS with a $50k annual fellowship ($100k total).
    No news from the other programs.
    LaLa

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • nsace34@yahoo.com

    Hi Sandy,

    Thanks for all the insight you give prospective students. I really hope my profile is appealing enough to warrant an analysis.

    -25 year old American-Indian Male

    Work Experience:

    -3 Years work experience working for a top 5 Pharmaceutical company (think GSK, Merck, J&J), working in a rotational leadership development program. Highly selective, only 15 spots per class
    -3 total jobs 1) Pharma Sales Representative 2) Analytics Project Manager 3) R&D Portfolio Manager
    -I received stellar recommendations from all Director Level + Managers and have been offered a full time management level job.

    Scores/Grades:

    -GRE (324) 164 Q 160 V (thinking of retaking again to get higher)
    -3.36 GPA in Healthcare Management & Business Administration (I also did pre-med) which is why my GPA is a little low. Without Pre-med, I’m closer to a 3.7…went to a tier 2 private school ranked in top 90 in nation and graduated a term early.

    Volunteer/Extra’s:

    -I go once a year to India to help support the creation of elementary level schools for the impoverished
    -I also have been volunteering at an organization that support the mentally disabled live healthier lives through teamwork and sports.
    -I was a varsity tennis player in college, I have been playing all my life and was once nationally ranked
    -Trumpet player

    Future Goals:
    -I’d like to earn a MBA and continue onto senior executive roles within the Pharma/Healthcare sectors. I am really passionate about access to medicine and helping patients gain access to medicine and health services. I have also thought about pursing a post-mba career in life sciences consulting.

    Schools:
    Wharton, Georgetown, Cornell, Emory, Kellogg, Duke, Columbia & UNC.

    Thanks again for everything,

    Mr. Big Pharma

  • hbsguru

    dunno, age is not going to be deal breaker, but apply ASAP, just to make it easier.
    You’re an applicant w. a 770 GMAT, 3.2 Engineering GPA (3.5 MA) at OK school, work ex of 3 years at what you describe as, first 1.5 yrs at
    ” well known cutting edge diagnostic medical device company.”

    then 1.5 years at

    “smaller but still cutting edge pharma company focused on curing rare fatal pediatric diseases.”

    I hope doing the same general sort of stuff.

    That is an almost 14K application, with the only boo-boo being the

    3.2. You’re an engineer, have solid work ex. (are those feeder firms to top MBA programs?), and if you execute service-ably,
    viz. making goals grow out of work ex. this is super solid.

    Extras and trans exp are also pwerful and would be seen as valuable class diversity.

    I think you got a solid chance at your targets, with balanced and clear execution. You seem to think yo are missing some executive experience, managment, etc. etc. Not many applicants present that, since they usually in 20s, like you.
    This is more solid than you think, start applying, lots to like.

  • hbsguru

    As to HSW deferrals, thanks for the info. What did your friend say when he asked, that he wanted to work at a start-up instead? Not sure that was a good strategy. Altho, it may not have mad a dif.
    A lot of deferral mojo depends on what the school’s need is, sometimes they admit too many kids are real happy to give a deferral.

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • MsCorporateGovernance

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • Mark

    Hey Sandy,
    I’m a little older, was hoping you could look over my profile and judge whether I can hack it at the top schools. Thanks!

    Profile:

    Demographic:
    -28 years old, don’t expect to apply until I’m 29 or 30 though.
    -white
    -transgender (born female, live as male)

    Education:
    -bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering from a large state school with a good engineering program (think Penn State, but it’s not Penn State). undergrad GPA 3.2, grad GPA 3.5

    School extracurriculars:
    -No extracurriculars, but a ton of work experience (RA, 2-3 on campus jobs at a time) to put myself through school

    GMAT: 770

    Experience:
    -1.5 years as a manufacturing engineer at a large, well known cutting edge diagnostic medical device company. did a ton of process improvement work: cost savings, cycle time savings, etc
    -current job: 1 year as an engineer at a smaller but still cutting edge pharma company focused on curing rare fatal pediatric diseases. In this job I generate data on our manufacturing processes and analyze it, and write reports/presentations to help guide high level strategy decisions (whether to open new facilities, how to manufacture new products, etc). my work often goes to VPs and exec board.
    -No management experience
    -No internal promotions, but I went up a level when I changed jobs.

    Volunteer work:
    -1.5 years volunteering for a trans-specific suicide/peer support hotline (pretty good chance I will be promoted to a “team lead” by the time I apply)
    -1 year doing legal research to help trans individuals navigate the transition process or overcome discrimination.

    Goal:
    -Very committed to life-saving technologies in the bio industry, would like to use an MBA to help develop/guide strategy at bio companies with promising technologies, and eventually parlay this into pro bono consulting helping start-ups and academics with early stage breakthrough technologies develop this into a final product, with a focus on treating diseases/illnesses that are rare, fatal, and/or have a serious impact on quality of life.

    Schools:
    -HBS
    -Wharton
    -Kellogg
    -Stanford
    -MIT
    -Haas
    -Also open to other suggestions as well.

    Thanks!

  • CorporateGov

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • CorporateGov

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • Enrique Ugalde

    Even though its obvious that you took some of my statements at a personal level, I really appreciatte this kind of advise and I’ve already taken my notes.

    Thank you!

  • hbsguru

    could happen and lots to like. Biggest weakness is lack of brand-name employment. Adcoms may wink at that due to 4.0 and 750 GMAT. Also the Mexico card is a plus, you seem like their kinda applicant fr. there, almost (see below) solid stats, STEM, blah, blah.
    Your short ! term goal of reforming Mexico’s construction industry seems unrealistic (and immaturely stated) and makes you seem like you have taken too many slams to the head on the volleyball court, or more likely, used success as an athlete as a proxy for how one makes change in the big, bad world. Long term goal of becoming transformative pol in Mexico is similarly glib and silly as stated.
    Advice number one is fix that, real easy once you get the right lingo and attitude.
    What is your plan for the next 2-3 years? That is is real impt in this application: one issue of 2+2 admissions is how you will take advantage of the guaranteed admission to take risks –e.g. do X instead of taking that IB job. In your case, however,
    you could probably gain most from some dumb IB job b.c. you have never had anything close to that. You might say you plan to work for some non-MBB boutique consulting firm that does infrastructure–that covers all the bases since it is a job you could get real value from and would make a good reason to admit you 2+2, since it is not normally a feeder job.
    Anyway, what gotta do most of all is just wake up and find out how actual smart and mature and serious applicants present themselves in this context.
    Dude, we get the volleyball right away, you get some bonus for that, but a little goes a long way. Start thinking like an MBA and not a dumb jock.

  • s hl

    Sandy – would appreciate your insights on my profile.

    – 28 year old white male
    – 730 GMAT 47Q/44V/5.5AWA/8IR
    -3.7 finance major at state university (i.e., Wisco/PSU/Maryland type)
    – 5+ years at leading healthcare M&A advisory firm for PE investors (boutique firm but well respected and well known among healthcare private equity community)
    – Personally recruited by CEO after a summer internship at the firm. Served as his Chief of Staff and an Analyst for two years and then promoted directly to Vice President in a biz dev and strategy/ops role. Bypassed associate and senior associate ranks. Youngest professional ever promoted to VP at the firm.
    – Extra curriculurs mostly during college – highlighted by leading fundraising efforts which resulted in $500K being donated to fight against pediatric cancer. Do mentor undergraduates from my alma mater on the side through a formal program.
    – Also lead the firm’s summer analyst program, where i handle all on-campus recruitment and manage 15 analysts across two offices every summer. Have supervised over 75 through the years.
    – Post MBA goals: transition from advisory and consulting firm to a business/corporate development role at a healthcare services and/or technology firm

    Target Schools:
    – Wharton (HCM program)
    – CBS (HPM program)
    – Kellogg (Health Enterprise Mgmt Pathway)
    – Tuck
    – Vandy

  • Enrique Ugalde

    Hi Sandy,
    I’m really interested in applying to HBS’s 2+2 Program and Stanford’s and Yale’s deferred admission MBA Program and I would really appreciate a quick evaluation from you on my chances of admission.
    -22 years old Mexican male, currently on my senior year.
    -Studying Civil Engineering in Mexico’s #1 school on this particular subject.
    -Member of my University’s Honors Program, currently doing research on Climate Change consequences for communities near the rivers at the northern part of Mexico.
    -Worked a summer internship at a local construction site where I suppervised a little team of 4 workers.
    -Currently teaching math courses at poor Primary Schools in my state.
    -Proposed to create CETYS’s (the best private High School and University in Mexico’s north-western side) first men’s volleyball program, enabling approximately 30 volleyball players in all of Baja California (a mexican state) to apply for a scholarship regardless of their social status.
    -4.0 GPA
    -750 GMAT.
    Extracurricular:
    -Been a high performance volleyball athlete for the last 7 years.
    -5 consecutive Junior National Championships (annual competition).
    -3 consecutive High School National Championships (annual competition and first national title in my High School’s sport’s program.
    -3 consecutive University National Championships (annual competition and first national title in my University’s volleyball program).
    -2 consecutive recognitions as the best Student-Athlete in my University.
    -5 Junior Championship titles achieved in the western part of the US (where all of US’s western coast states participated with their clubs).
    -2nd place at the U19 (under 19 years old) Panamerican World Championship Qualifier Tournament.
    -2nd place at the U23 (under 23 years old) Panamerican World Championship Qualifier Tournament.
    -13th place at the Boy’s U19 World Championship.
    -16th place at the Men’s U21 World Championship.
    -Recognized as the 10th best player in the World by stats at the U19 World Championship.
    -Recognized as the best volleyball player in my state.
    Former team captain at:
    -Middle School.
    -High School.
    -University (active).
    -Mexican National Team.
    Post MBA short-term Goal would be to start my own construction firm in Mexico and actively participate to diminish Mexico’s corruption rate in this sector, also I think its very important to start constructing safe infraestructure in Mexico as these irregularities have been recently exposed by the recent earthquake. I would like my firm to be the first in my country to do construction clean and safe.
    Long-term goal would be to become involved in the government.
    Any advise on what I should be doing to improve my admission’s chances would be kindly welcomed!

  • CorporateGov

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • brflasr

    Oh by the way, I forgot the extracurricular: led a student consulting company during college, teaches teaching English in an underpriviledged community in Sao Paulo (for 2 years now) and mentored talented underpriviledged kids during 1 year, including an amazing girl (I had to stop because of consulting and constant travelling).

  • brflasr

    Hi Sandy!
    I’m Brazilian and would love to hear your thoughts: female, working for MBB, 27 years old, 710 GMAT (Q49 V37 IR 5 – don’t ask me what happened with my IR on the day of GMAT) and my TOEFL is enough for any school.
    Education: Two majors (Business, top-5 school in Brazil, GPA 4.5/5.0, ranked 2nd; and Public Administration, good but no-name school, GPA 9.1/10, ranked 1st).
    I work primarily with public sector and have experience working 2,5 years for governments + 2 years in MBB. In consulting, I am spliting between governments and private clients that deal with a lot of regulation, such as healthcare and infrastructure. I have made projects around Brazil, one in Europe and currently in Africa serving a government.
    I’m a first generation in my family. Awards: got a full scholarship to study in Scandinavia during high school, for 10 talented Brazilian students in public school; scholar of a foundation in Brazil supported by big names in business and highly competitive to enter; final thesis received honorable mention)
    Languages: Portuguese (native), English and Spanish (fluent), French and Finnish (basic)
    Essay: about having grown up in a loving and where my parents tried to do the most for our education. But our community was male-led, my brothers had more advantages and girls were not impelled to be leaders. I always wanted to prove people I could be a big female reference someday and tried to dared convention and odds throughout my life. Also, my will to work with public sector is all about giving back and making society more developed, but for that I need the best management tools to increase efficiency in governments.
    Target schools: HBS, GSB, Wharton, MIT + HKS (dual degree)
    I’m super worried with my GMAT though…
    Thanks for any thoughts!!

  • CorporateGov

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • Enrique Ugalde

    Why were my two comments marked as spam??

    Help please.

  • CorporateGov

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • Enrique Ugalde

    Hi Sandy,

    I’m really interested in applying to HBS’s 2+2 Program and Stanford’s and Yale’s deferred admission MBA Program and I would really appreciate a quick evaluation from you on my chances of admission.

    -22 years old Mexican male, currently on my senior year.
    -Studying Civil Engineering in Mexico’s #1 school on this particular subject.
    -Member of my University’s Honors Program, currently doing research on Climate Change consequences for communities near the rivers at the northern part of Mexico.
    -Worked a summer internship at a local construction site where I suppervised a little team of 4 workers.
    -Currently teaching math courses at poor Primary Schools in my state.
    -Proposed to create CETYS’s (the best private High School and University in Mexico’s north-western side) first men’s volleyball program, enabling approximately 30 volleyball players in all of Baja California (a mexican state) to apply for a scholarship regardless of their social status.
    -4.0 GPA
    -750 GMAT.

    Extracurricular:
    -Been a high performance volleyball athlete for the last 7 years.
    -5 consecutive Junior National Championships (annual competition).
    -3 consecutive High School National Championships (annual competition and first national title in my High School’s sport’s program.
    -3 consecutive University National Championships (annual competition and first national title in my University’s volleyball program).
    -2 consecutive recognitions as the best Student-Athlete in my University.
    -5 Junior Championship titles achieved in the western part of the US (where all of US’s western coast states participated with their clubs).
    -2nd place at the U19 (under 19 years old) Panamerican World Championship Qualifier Tournament.
    -2nd place at the U23 (under 23 years old) Panamerican World Championship Qualifier Tournament.
    -13th place at the Boy’s U19 World Championship.
    -16th place at the Men’s U21 World Championship.
    -Recognized as the 10th best player in the World by stats at the U19 World Championship.
    -Recognized as the best volleyball player in my state.

    Former team captain at:
    -Middle School.
    -High School.
    -University (active).
    -Mexican National Team.

    Any advise on what I should be doing to improve my admission’s chances would be kindly welcomed!

  • CorporateGov

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused if B Schools will like my nontraditional profile. Looking for some tough love:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • River

    Hi Sandy, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts!

    White Male, American, 25 at Matriculation

    Business Administration and International Studies Double Major (Graduated in 3.5 years), 3.2 GPA at private top 70 USN Ranking

    GMAT 720 (49Q, 39V)

    4 years of work experience by matriculation in procurement role at a major defense firm (Boeing, Lockheed) working on high $ negotiations and product development. I know procurement isn’t “sexy”, but I work on the more strategic side of the job, so definitely an outlier in the role. I received 2 promotions in my first two years which puts me 4-6 years ahead of schedule, and I won a company wide award. I’d like to transition to the airline industry.

    ECs are sort of weak, I was active in UG but not really since graduating. Nothing specific except for adult league sports.

    Targets: Fuqua, Ross, McCombs

  • Cole Garcia

    Hello Sandy!!

    I am a 23 year old Hispanic male who graduated with a 3.52 from Gonzaga University with degrees in accounting and law and public policy. My first test of the GMAT was a 650, but I am retaking in the fall and have been practice testing around 700.

    I was recruited to go to school for rowing, and spent 4 years on the Division I men’s rowing team, serving as team captain my junior and senior year. In addition to this, I was also an active member of our student athlete administration, having put in over 100 hours a year in community service. During my senior year, I was the president of this organization and instituted student athlete financial literacy classes, started a elementary school mentoring program, planned charity auctions that raised upwards of $20,000, and implemented a comprehensive student athlete mental health program that is now being used as the standard throughout the NCAA.

    During my freshman-sophomore summer, I applied for, and was granted, an internship with my congressman in Washington DC (unknown outside of the southwest). For my sophomore-junior year I was invited back to DC on a paid financial services fellowship and played a role is crafting legislation dealing with pension reform and mortgage backed securities. Junior-Senior summer I worked in procurement and supply chain for a large aerospace company who I currently work for.

    I am currently working in california in the final year of a 2-year high performance (7% acceptance rate out of 450 applicants) rotational program at said aerospace company. Where I spend 4-months in a job learning and optimizing the position, and then rotate to a new position. I have currently held jobs in contracting, finance, supply chain, auditing, and sales & marketing (many of these in DoD sensitive areas). In addition, I spend 3 hours everyday after work coaching a community rowing team, and do volunteer work with habitat for humanity and the special Olympics on the weekends.

    My long term career aspiration is to return to my home state and hold a position of high public office: governor, chief of staff, treasurer, etc.

    Short term, I would love to work for Booz Allen and consult with state and local governments.

    My dream schools are Tuck, Fuqua, Yale SOM, McCombs, and Kellogg. What are my chances!?

  • CorporateGov

    Hi Sandy

    I am planning to apply in 2019. But I’m really confused about my nontraditional MBA profile. Would love to know what you think please,

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    ~~ 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    √ In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading (formulating policies, tracking shares of the insiders, reporting to the Board & Stock Exchanges)
    √ Compliance Officer of a listed group company
    √ Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    √ Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    √ Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    √ Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    ~~ 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • Notanengineer

    Hi Sandy,
    Trying again!!
    Could you pls evaluate my profile
    1) GMAT: 770 (Q50 V46 AWA 6 IR 8)
    2) Undergrad from an Indian University with a Bachelor of Commerce – have a 77% and the highest pass grade – first class with distinction
    3) Hold a CA Certification (Indian equivalent of CPA)
    4) Extra Currics – Have done some volunteer work with an NGO/have a french certification/editor of college magazine
    5) Workex – 5 years in FMCG Finance (Operations Finance & FP&A) in (4+1 in 2 large Indian FMCG Cos – the 4 yr co is a sort of Indian feeder co – 1 guy from there goes to HSW every year, but its normally an IIT guy working in operations not a CA working in finance.
    6) Currently with THE international e-com giant based out of Bangalore India (last 3 months and continuing) – this is a middle management leadership-ish role in finance
    7) Indian female – 28 years old
    8) Post MBA Goal is to work in and eventually lead Corporate Strategy for a CPG Co.
    Targetting – HBS/SGSB/Wharton/Booth/Kellogg/Columbia/Tuck
    What are my chances?

  • hbsguru

    GMAT/GRE –that could be impt given that college GPA and schooling are on the soft side.
    Dunno, saying social impact investing makes sense in one way, but you don’t have an investing, IB background, which is what many investment firms look for in MBA candidates (they do not believe you can learn that in B school, apparently).
    You might do better swinging this towards consulting, which grows more naturally out of your story and background.
    Anyway, tuff love is, GET A SELECT GMAT/GRE even it means taking test a few times.
    The rest of your story is tight and in a real lane of where Ed meets MBA.
    Some of your outcomes may turn on what schools think of your current job in terms of status/selectivity. Has anyone fr. that think tank applied to B school before?
    Do you have connections at Wharton?

  • Looking For Help

    Hey Sandy,

    With regard to this post. I am very interested in applying to business schools for a DBA/PhD. I had a 3.8+ GPA in undergrad with a Economics/Policy double major at a well though of Liberal Arts college (think Wooster, Oberlin, Denison, Albion, etc.). I was a varsity athlete, had a prestigious research fellowship with a 100+ page thesis, and I was very active in extracurriculars (leadership roles in fraternity, teaching at low-income schools, helped run study abroad program, etc.). However, I had a 3.25 GPA in my Masters of Marketing — Concentration: Marketing Strategy & Data Analytics at a top 30 school with a prestigious name (i.e., Notre Dame, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins) due to needing to work to pay for my schooling. Since graduating, I have worked at a top auto manufacturer (Ford, GM, Toyota) as an Advanced Analytics Program Lead, and have two promotions.

    The person listed here had a similar issue with a low graduate school GPA, but you didn’t mention it in the follow up.

    Do you think that my graduate school GPA will be a red flag for doctoral programs? How much emphasis do business schools (MBA or Doctoral) usually put on master’s program grades?

  • CorporateGov

    Hi Sandy,

    I’m planning to apply in the year 2019 but really confused about my chances as I haven’t come across anything similar to my profile, hence would really appreciate your two cents:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8

    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org. but few in the top management are Harvard, Stern, and Stanford Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance (3yr course) – University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary (CS), equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK.
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    1.9 yrs as Senior Executive (will have 3.5 yrs of work exp by the time I apply)
    My work is related to Corporate Governance, Corporate Law, finance and regulatory:
    -Handle Prohibition of Insider Trading in my company
    -Compliance officer for a Listed Group Company – Signing the company accounts alongwith the M.D. and C.F.O. and handle all company law/compliance related activities
    -Also handle 4 subsidiary companies and 2 partnership firms in the Group
    -Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group Company
    -Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ stakeholders regularly
    Directly Report to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is a part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)

    1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law/ corporate governance capacity, reporting to the CS of the Company.

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field.

    Extra-Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & long jump
    — College football team
    –Captain of the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short term -Transition into a management role or consulting in the non-profit sector/ sustainable growth sector or Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Columbia
    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • hbsguru

    FYI, from The Boston Globe, Sept. 26th

    | Duff McDonald
    Harvard Business School earns an incomplete in ethics

    . . . .
    Some argue that you can’t teach ethics to a bunch of 26-year-olds.
    But you can certainly lead by example. Alas, the recent example set by
    the leadership of HBS shows a blatant disregard for even the simplest of
    ethical considerations.

    To wit: HBS dean Nitin Nohria, a supposed expert on ethics and
    corporate governance, has become embroiled in a boardroom scandal at India’s cherished conglomerate, Tata Sons. While Nohria has denied all accusations of impropriety, even a superficial reading of the facts is
    enough to raise eyebrows.

    In March 2010, India’s Tata Trusts donated $50 million to HBS for a new building to be named in honor of Ratan Tata, chairman of the Trusts. Why Harvard, one of the richest universities in the world, needed $50 million from a public charity in India is another thorny question. Nohria talks about “giving back,” but directing charitable funds to capitalist ends seems a little more akin to “taking away.”

    Weeks later, an HBS case study on the Tata Nano —
    Ratan Tata’s baby, the result of his quest to make the world’s cheapest
    car — called it a “runaway bestseller.” It was nothing of the sort, and
    would be better described as a runaway failure. HBS accounting
    professor Krishna Palepu, the case’s author, has earned consulting fees
    from several Tata companies.

    Palepu had fallen down on the job as director of another Indian company, Satyam Computer Services, a few years earlier, somehow missing that it had overstated its assets by more than $1 billion. That didn’t stop Harvard president Drew Faust from appointing him her senior adviser for global strategy in 2012, prompting
    Nohria to assert that Palepu had “substantively reshaped how we think
    about leadership in a global century.” Whatever that means.

    Nohria was named to the Tata Sons board in 2013, as a nominee of the Trusts. One wonders: How can a business school dean not be vulnerable to outright conflicts of interest and other ethical quandaries when working all sides of a situation, as fund-raiser, academic researcher, and board member?

    In October 2016, just weeks after giving chairman
    Cyrus Mistry a rave review, Nohria was one of several directors who
    voted to oust him in a surprise coup. It’s no secret that Mistry had
    lost the confidence of Ratan Tata, but Ratan Tata was not a board member
    of Tata Sons.

    So what changed? Nohria says he was fulfilling his
    fiduciary duty as a board member, but one can’t help but wonder whether
    he was compromised by his relationship with a $50 million donor. Mistry
    sued, but India’s courts ruled that his removal was not illegal. It’s
    not their prerogative to rule whether the whole situation smells like
    the rigging of a corporate board by a majority shareholder, with the
    dean of a respected business school serving as his water carrier. The
    court of public opinion can decide that on its own.

    Duff McDonald is a business journalist and author of “The Golden Passport:
    Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failureof the MBA Elite.”

  • hbsguru

    BTW –Booth has a dedicated scholarship of $10M to support VETS (my guess is, US Vets, yup just read that), see press release below, which says that Booth has 78 Vets enrolled in its “programs.” Not sure if that includes, e.g. EMBA etc. but it seems like a lot. Anyone ?

    ___________________________________
    University of Chicago Booth School of Business
    alumnus Eric Gleacher, MBA’67, has made a $10 million gift to his alma
    mater to fund a groundbreaking scholarship program for U.S. veterans
    seeking a Chicago Booth MBA.

    The Gleacher Veteran Scholars Fund will provide a permanent source of scholarship support to help veterans bridge the gap between the
    benefits they have earned from the government and the remaining costs associated with receiving their MBA degrees from Booth.
    The number of veteran students in Booth’s programs has increased substantially over the past several years, and currently, there are 78
    veterans enrolled.

    Booth has built a reputation for providing veteran support through participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program,
    a voluntary program that allows universities to enter into an agreement
    with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition and fee
    expenses that exceed the established thresholds under the Post 9/11 GI
    Bill.

    The Gleacher Veteran Scholars Fund will serve as a permanent source
    of scholarship support, allowing Booth to sustain and expand its
    financial support for veterans.

    “Military veterans bring a great deal to the Chicago Booth community
    in terms of their experience, commitment to service and maturity. I’m
    delighted we have significantly increased the number of veterans in our
    programs,” said Sunil Kumar, dean of Chicago Booth and the George Pratt
    Shultz Professor of Operations Management. “Eric’s gift will make
    pursuing an MBA at Booth significantly more affordable for many of these
    veterans, and thus will have a substantially positive impact on the
    Booth community as a whole.”

  • CorporateGov

    Hi Sandy

    Would love to know what you think of my profile,

    25, Indian Female (planning to apply in 2019)
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org., but few from the top management are Harvard, Stanford, Stern, Haas Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance(3yr course)- University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary(CS) (equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK)
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time – attend morning & weekend classes (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    — 2 yrs Senior Executive
    (Work related to Corporate Law, finance, regulatory, Corporate Governance)
    In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading
    Compliance Officer of a listed group company where in I also act as a advisor to the Board
    Handling corporate governance aspects of 4 subsidiary companies + 2 partnership firms falling under our group company
    Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group company
    Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ Banks/ stakeholders regularly
    Reporting to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    — 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law and corporate governance capacity, again reporting to the CS

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field

    Extra Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & longjump
    — college football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short Term- Transition into a management role or management consulting in the non profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Tuck/ Darden/ Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • apat

    Hello Sandy,

    I would appreciate any feedback you might be able to provide, as I have been hard pressed to find any advice correlating with my profile.

    – 25 year old Asian-American (Indian) Female
    – Bachelor’s in History from The College of New Jersey (3.23/4.0)
    – Former Teach for America Corps Member/High School Math Teacher in urban school for 2 years
    – Master’s in Education from University of Pennsylvania (3.96/4.0)
    – Research Specialist/Project Manager at education think tank affiliated with Penn
    – Continues to lead Asian American Corps Member Professional Development for one Teach For America location, involved in several other service-oriented initiatives at university and city level
    – Looking to transition into Social Impact Investing/Corporate Social Responsibility/Foundation Work

    Thank you for your help!

  • apat

    Hello Sandy,

    I would appreciate any feedback you might be able to provide, as I have been hard pressed to find any advice correlating with my profile.

    – 25 year old Asian-American (Indian) Female
    – Bachelor’s in History from The College of New Jersey (3.23/4.0)
    – Former Teach for America Corps Member/High School Math Teacher in urban school for 2 years
    – Master’s in Education from University of Pennsylvania (3.96/4.0)
    – Research Specialist/Project Manager at education think tank affiliated with Penn
    – Continues to lead Asian American Corps Member Professional Development for one Teach For America location, involved in several other service-oriented initiatives at university and city level
    – Looking to transition into Social Impact Investing/Corporate Social Responsibility/Foundation Work

    Thank you!

  • Arashans

    Hi Sandy,

    I’m a mid-career professional with a public service background and none in business whatsoever, and would love to hear your thoughts on me! I want a top-tier MBA rather than an MPA/MPP to get a more thorough quant background, to develop an understanding of the private sector, and to transition into public sector consulting at a firm like Deloitte or Bain. I think public/private partnerships are the key to solving society’s challenges, so I need to have some experience in the private sector. Eventually, I want to be an Undersecretary of Something-or-Other, administering government programs to make them as efficient and effective as possible.

    – 30 year old white female
    – GMAT: 710. Q:40, V:47, I:8 (It’s been a while since I studied math…planning to retake/take GRE)
    – Undergrad in Political Science from U. Kansas, 3.32 GPA, Honors Program Grad, won award for top student in department, was in Student Senate. Only one math class.
    – Wrapping up 4 years as active duty Marine Officer, specialized in information technology, will continue as a drilling reservist. Deployed to Middle East, won two awards for outstanding project management and leadership.
    – Before joining the Marines, worked for 5 years in politics, specifically in fundraising and press on high-profile campaigns. Including: Two U.S. Senators, one Governor, and the White House.
    – Reference letters will be from current military supervisors
    – First generation college student/from a military family in a very poor town in Kansas. Thus my passion for public service and effective public assistance.
    – I’m applying to Wharton, UVA, Duke (Round 1) and Harvard, Yale (Round 2) this year.

    Thanks for the consideration!

  • CorporateGov

    Hi Sandy
    I’m planning to apply in the year 2019 but really confused about my chances as I haven’t come across anything similar to my profile anywhere in the handicapping series, hence would really appreciate your two cents:
    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org. but few in the top management are Harvard, Stern, and Stanford Alumnus)
    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance (3yr course) – University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary (CS), equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK.
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)
    Work Exp:
    1.9 yrs as Senior Executive (will have 3.5 yrs of exp by the time I apply)
    My work related to Corporate Governance, Corporate Law, finance and regulatory:
    -Handle Prohibition of Insider Trading in my company
    -Compliance officer for a Listed Group Company – Signing the accounts alongwith the M.D. and C.F.O. and handle all company law/compliance related activities
    -Also handle 4 subsidiary companies and 2 partnership firms in the Group
    -Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group Company
    -Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ stakeholders regularly
    Directly Report to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is a part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)
    1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law/ corporate governance capacity, reporting to the CS of the Company.
    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field.
    Extra-Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & long jump
    — College football team
    –Captain of the school handball and volleyball teams
    Post MBA goals:
    Short term -Transition into a management role in the non-profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare
    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Columbia
    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.
    Thanks in advance

  • Mitch

    Sorry, forgot this:

    GMAT: 720
    GPA: 3.63

  • Mitch

    Hi Sandy! I’d love your candid feedback on this profile:

    29-year-old white male.
    Undergrad in economics from Brigham Young University.
    4 years of work experience at a buy-side investment firm; two promotions; current role: assistant portfolio manager.
    CFA charterholder.
    2 years full-time volunteer experience (with no pay) as a missionary in a foreign country.
    Bilingual.

    Goal: to eventually transition into a portfolio manager role at a bigger investment firm

    Target schools:
    Anderson
    Tuck
    Johnson
    Fuqua
    Sloan
    Kellogg
    Ross
    Darden

  • CorporateGov

    Hi Sandy

    I’m planning to apply in the year 2019 but really confused about my chances as I haven’t come across anything similar to my profile anywhere in the handicapping series, hence would really appreciate your two cents:

    25, Indian Female
    GMAT 720
    GPA 3.8
    Working in a Top 10 Agrochemical Company globally (not really a feeder org. but few in the top management are Harvard, Stern, and Stanford Alumnus)

    Education:
    –Bachelors in Accounting & Finance (3yr course) – University of Mumbai
    –Masters in Accounting & Fin (Did this to fulfil the 16yrs of education criteria)
    –Qualified as a Corporate Governance Professional – Company Secretary (CS), equivalent to American Corporate Officer/Chartered Secretary UK.
    *only 50,000 such qualified professionals in my country till date, exams being tough to crack
    –Currently pursuing a Law Degree while working full time (enrolled for this so I could develop a holistic view for decision making and get a deeper understanding in the area of my work)

    Work Exp:
    — 1.9 yrs as Senior Executive (will have 3.5 yrs of exp by the time I apply)
    (Work related to Corporate Governance, Corporate Law, finance and regulatory)

    In charge of Prohibition of Insider Trading in my company
    Compliance officer for a Listed Group Company
    Also handle 4 subsidiary companies and 2 partnership firms in the Group
    Part of a team that incorporated two new companies within the Group Company
    Collating and communicating statutory information reg. Contracts/ loans/ Assets/ investments of my company to the government / stock exchanges/ stakeholders regularly

    Directly Report to the Company Secretary (CS) of the Company who is a part of the Board of Directors and a Key Managerial Personnel (KMP in India includes CEO, CFO& CS)

    — 1yr internship with a Govt. chemical company working in corporate law/ corporate governance capacity, reporting to the CS of the Company.

    Letter of Recs: From CS of both the Companies who have 40+ years of exp in this field.

    Extra-Curricular:
    — Mentor to a 10 year old girl from lower income background as part of an NGO
    — volunteer with an NGO to teach at community learning centres for children from lower income background
    — won medals in college for running & long jump
    — College football team
    –headed the school handball and volleyball teams

    Post MBA goals:
    Short term -Transition into a management role in the non-profit sector/ sustainable growth sector / Public-private partnership.
    Long term – Lead a public-private partnership working towards public welfare

    Target schools:
    HSW / Kellogg/ Michigan Ross/ Fuqua / Haas / Columbia

    Also looking at Dual Degree MPA-ID/MBA at Harvard.

    Thanks in advance

  • Notanengineer

    Hi Sandy,
    Could you pls evaluate my profile
    1) GMAT: 770 (Q50 V46 AWA 6 IR 8)
    2) Undergrad from an Indian University with a Bachelor of Commerce – have a 77% and the highest pass grade – first class with distinction
    3) Hold a CA Certification (Indian equivalent of CPA)
    4) Extra Currics – Have done some volunteer work with an NGO/have a french certification/editor of college magazine
    5) Workex – 5 years in FMCG Finance in (4+1 in 2 large Indian FMCG Cos)
    6) Currently with an international e-com giant based out of Bangalore India (last 3 months and continuing)
    7) Indian female – 28 years old
    Targetting – HBS/SGSB/Wharton/Booth/Kellogg/Columbia/Tuck
    What are my chances?

  • Afrowit

    I have a somewhat similar background. By the time I graduate from HSW I’ll be 35-ish. Don’t be discouraged. And let me know if you want to hear about my experience. Won’t want to post everything on a public forum.

  • Afrowit

    HBS or GSB hardly do postponements. I got in last year through the deferred enrollment program at one of HSW. My mate who got both HBS and GSB (regular admissions – i.e. not 2+2) also had offer from Tesla as well as a promising startup in the valley. The latter was too tempting to pass up, so he decided to ask for deferrals. GSB said no. HBS said no. So he had to turn both down. Perhaps his experience is unique, but if it is representative, I don’t see how they would want to grant deferrals save for exceptional situations involving health or other serious, family-related issues.

  • Mathias

    Thanks for the feedbacks!
    After MA I took the bar exam and then worked in top tier law firm. Then I went back to University to complete PHD. During the last three years I’ve been completing my PHD, heading a known nonprofit organization and and founding my own company where I successfully started providing advisory services.
    I believe an MBA will help me combine my legal knowledge and passion for non profit and startup work.
    Is that a rationale (combined with your phrasing of post-MBA goals) that could give me a shot at top US schools?

  • hbsguru

    I agree with Pete88–you are going to have real hard time getting in at the US schools you list. There is NO compelling reason to admit you and goals and reasons for MBA are not stated. Not sure if you are still working in some top-tier law firm and if not, that makes case even worse since a drop-out is worse than a burn-out, and drop out is the way this is reading, nothing personal mate, just telling what is going on in the reptile brain of the adcom.
    Age is another negative here, since you will be 35 when you graduate and that is not a good age to be seeking newbie gigs in consulting/banking etc.
    yes, grades are solid, gmat is ok but that will not be enough at US schools, the Euro schools you note may take you. I’d present myself to them as someone interested in exec office of Fort-1000 companies where a guy w. a law background, language skills, and an MBA can be of use, try to identify what those jobs are.
    Cert it is helpful for top legal officer of any F-1000 company to have MBA (even if most don’t) and it may become more meaningful as M+A etc heats up, etc.
    If you could identify a practice area in consulting that uses both strategy and legal expertise, that might be a plausible goal–‘yeah, I’m 35 but here is why McKinsey will hire me for their X practice in Europe.’ Another reason you will have easier time at Euro MBA programs is that your legal skills are more relevant in Europe since that is where your training has been.

  • rsdesclassic

    Hi Sandy, please evaluate my profile thank you!

    Goals: IB Bulge Bracket Associate after B-school

    – Male, 29 Years Old, Asian Male
    – GMAT: 780 (51Q, 46V)
    – GPA: 3.45 (Top Tier Asian University – Distinction)

    – Work experience:
    – 3 Years in a 400M sized rotational programme in Real Estate (2 Promotions)
    – 1 year in a top tier Real Estate Developer and RE Management (Management Position)
    – Internship in a unicorn startup in undergrad

    Extracurriculars:
    – Community Youth Leader focussed on rehabilitating youth recalcitrants. Board of 3 non profit organisations. Led 3 community service expeditions to China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
    – Led community initiatives in youth rehabilitation involving over 100 beneficiaries and 300 club members.
    – Partaken in powerlifting championships. Currently leading efforts to spearhead a powerlifting club.
    – Passed CFA 2, FRM 2 and CAIA 2
    – Fluent in advanced Italian
    Target school: HBS / Stanford / Wharton / Booth / Columbia

  • hbsguru

    thanks –and for most Israeli’s military service was
    required.

  • Pete88

    I’d be very interested to hear how big an issue age is here to top US schools?? You will definitely have to convince schools you need an MBA (vs things aren’t working out and that’s why you want to go back to school after PHD..).
    But interested to see what Sandy thinks here 🙂

  • “(and this being Stanford, military does not necessarily mean “US” Military, could include a couple of AQ guys who wrote about ‘jihad’ mattering most to them)”

    ^^ not sure about the AQ part, but at HBS they counted every Israeli student as ‘military.’ I mean, they were, but as a group they were much farther removed from service than the avg US vet.

  • BillNella89

    Thanks for the idea, Sandy. I honestly thought about that possibility as well, since it bypasses the age risk, as you so clearly mentioned, but I’d rather start working first and gain some experience in consulting before applying. I’m well aware of how difficult it is to repeat a 780 in the GMAT but with how difficult it was to snag that offer (on top of finding rent in Paris), I’d rather wait a bit. But thanks for the feedback and the motivation.

  • asaurabh

    Hi Sandy,

    I really want to go to a top M10 school so that I can gain the relevant network and knowledge that will eventually propel my personal career ambitions which possibly include doing something on my own.
    But I am uncertain on the chances that I have to get in or at least receive an invitation for an interview from my dream b-schools. My goal is to go to Tuck, Columbia, Kellogg or Wharton.

    -24 years old Indian male,
    -Will have 3 years of Strategy & Operations management consulting experience from a big4 firm in India (with 2 successive promotions) by the time I enter b-school (if i apply this year)
    -Dual undergraduate degree( B.S.B in Finance and B.S in economics) from a top US public college, with a merit scholarship
    -Unfortunately graduated with 3.2 Cumulative GPA due to extenuating circumstances,
    -At university co-founded a self governing non-profit consulting student Organization which eventually merged with a global non-profit consulting start-up and become one of a kind organisation in the region, and is still running well…
    -Post graduation, (in tandem to my big4 job) have been leading the startup’s global growth and strategy across 34 countries
    -During undergrad I chaired an administrative and faculty selected committee (responsible for allocating $30mn student fees annually), comprised of 12 graduate, undergraduate and faculty members that represented over 50,000 fee paying student interests.
    -Was sub-committee chair for the first year and committee chair for the next 3 years
    -I have given my GRE (321) – 161Q and 160V.
    -I speak 3 languages

  • Mathias

    Hi Sandy,

    I have a special profile so very interested to hear your thoughts:

    -White Male from Switzerland, will turn 33 by matriculation.
    -BA (top 5% of class), MA and PHD in Law (summa cum laude) from top business/ Law University in Switzerland.
    -Gmat: 740
    Work experience:
    -Worked in top tier Law practice (2 years)
    -Established tutoring and advisory company with up to 50 employees (ran this 2008-15)
    -Established my own company 1 year ago providing legal and consulting services.
    -Worked as teaching assistant during PHD and have been published in multiple well regarded papers

    Extras: Been on the board of the local arm of an internationally recognized nonprofit for the past 3 years and recently elected president for local Swiss chapter.

    Top choices: Stanford, HBS, Wharton, Columbia, Insead, LBS

    Thank you Sandy!

  • Calle

    Hi Sandy, could you please evaluate my profile?

    Goals: Get a job in a top-tier investment bank on Wall Street and in the longer term get a job in a hedge fund.

    – Male, 26 years old, Norwegian
    – GMAT: 740 (50Q, 41V)
    – GPA: 3.7(Top 5%), BBA, Norwegian School of Economics (acceptance rate around 10%)

    – Work experience:
    – 2 years as a sergeant in the Norwegian Army
    – 3 years as a analyst in a top-tier Scandinavian investment bank
    – Internship in a BB American investment bank in Southeast Asia
    – Sports talent and competitive in my youth

    Extracurriculars:
    – Worked as a soccer coach in different summer camps for kids. Charity work in India. Member of different sport teams while studying. Elected to a big role in the student union.

    Target school: Wharton

  • hbsguru

    HELP!!!

    I’m looking for reader help to confirm some suspicions of mine.

    let’s start with this one:
    IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET ADMITTED TO HBS IN ROUND 2 IF YOU ARE STANDARD IB/PE TYPE. THOSE FOLKS GET ADMITTED IN ROUND ONE AND SHOULD APPLY IN ROUND ONE.

    Can someone just ask this question at the next meeting of HBS PE/VC club: “Anyone here apply Round 2?????”
    Any other data points on this question, including your own experience, is welcome.

    To wit, “Yup, I’m HBS/PE and applied in R1, and so did most of my friends.” Or, “Unicorn here!!!!! White guy, IB/PE, applied to HBS R2 last year and got in.”

    thanks

    SK

  • hbsguru

    just a nutty idea here, but it may be worth applying NOW or right before that 780 expires, getting in, and then asking for 1-2 yr postponement.
    I know that is a ton of grief, but a 780 is suer valuable and may be hard to repeat.

  • Plm

    Appreciate your feedback on my profile. Second MBA applicant. Previous MBA from IIM in India. Worked in FMCG sales for 2 years after MBA. 1 year IT experience pre MBA. GMAT-780.

  • BillNella89

    Awesome. Thanks a lot for the advice, Sandy.

  • hbsguru

    As often noted, adcoms have a hard time sorting out military careers which do not include being a pilot or in combat–and hence for military applicants (not pilots, not combat) GPA and GMAT count a lot.
    But You score on that [760 GMAT with 6 on writing and 8 on IR
    3.75 GPA] and also
    –Full scholarship for grad school awarded to only 5 people in sub community
    –Junior officer of the year
    –Navy achievement medal

    might be select enuf to get thru the numb skulls of even an adcom.

    The nuke angle is another plus.
    This is typical HBS military profile in terms of actual scores and selectivity measures so you odds there (and other places) are solid.
    Stanford always a ???, There are 12 peeps in the entering class who identify as military, well, actually Stanford identifies them as military which could mean 2 years of service followed by MCK and PE etc. (and this being Stanford, military does not necessarily mean “US” Military, could include a couple of AQ guys who wrote about ‘jihad’ mattering most to them) so you never know.

    But even with those odd, this is a solid profile. If they are going to take a while, male, military guy from the USA, it could be you.

  • hbsguru

    real solid –no X factor driving you in to Stanford at HBS (which is way bigger) you could be a solid applicant and guys w. operational energy exp at supermajors always a plus.
    “Great operations and technical experience working with diverse
    stakeholders, but want to enhance commercial skills for a career in
    renewable energy strategy consulting to help enable and manage the
    coming energy transition.”
    Sure

  • hbsguru

    dude, repeat that 780 GMAT and that and
    1.Following graduation: offer consulting firm
    (Capgemini Consulting, Deloitte, Oliver Wyman…) and starting in
    October. I intend to work for 2-3 years before applying to an MBA
    program.
    2. all the other impressive stuff you note –you’d be a strong applicant at target schools, esp. if you can create a convincing narrative of your story.

    You might be better applying as a Moroccan–there are Moroccans at e.g. HBS, but usually one a class, I think that one your year could be you.
    Age in 2-3 years begins to be an issue, so might be the case that sooner the better.

  • BillNella89

    Hello Sandy,

    Thank you, as always, for your insights and advice on these very impressive profiles. Would you mind looking over my application and share your thoughts about it? Thanks in advance.

    Background:
    – 28 y.o Moroccan, residing in France since 3 years and intending to obtain French citizenship;
    – Reserve officer (first lieutenant rank) in the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces;
    – First family member to be admitted to college at a top 3 engineering school in Morocco;
    – First family member to be admitted to graduate school in France;
    – First family member to go study in the U.S.

    Education:
    – M.Eng at l’Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs (best engineering school in Morocco). Major: industrial engineering, minor: complex project management. Grade: 13.88/20 (American grade equivalent: A, according to ForeignCredits);
    – Master in Management (2-year program + gap year) at HEC Paris. Recently graduated. Major: Finance. Grade: 3.55 GPA;
    – Summer exchange program at Stanford University during education at HEC Paris. Courses taken: Money and Banking (ECON 111) and Working Smarter (CTL 53). The working smarter class prompted my interest in education and in improving educational systems in third-world countries.

    Test scores:
    – TOEFL iBT (to be retaken in 1 year): 119/120 (2015 score)
    – GMAT (to be retaken in 1 year): 780 (50 in Quant, 6 in AWA and 8 in IR) (2015 score)

    Work experience:
    Prior to HEC Paris:
    – 5-month graduation internship at P&G as assistant brand manager (increased sales of the Moroccan rural region by 140%);
    – 6-month internship at Kea&Partners (second-tier French consulting firm) despite not coming from a target school;
    – 1 year as a quality and maintenance engineer at a Moroccan plastics manufacturer (main supplier for foods and beverage multinationals in Morocco);
    During HEC Paris (gap year):
    – 4-month internship at a boutique M&A/Consulting firm in Morocco/Dubai. Focusing on telecom in Africa and ports in Morocco;
    – 6-month internship at Amazon France as Junior Product Manager. Ranked among the top 3 best interns of the 2016 FY.
    Following graduation: Obtained offer at second-tier consulting firm (Capgemini Consulting, Deloitte, Oliver Wyman…) and starting in October. I intend to work for 2-3 years before applying to an MBA program.

    Goal:
    – Short-term: transition to McKinsey/Bain and gain significant experience in education and tech consulting and increase personal and professional network;
    – Long-term: return to Morocco to improve education system and allow educational access to poor and underprivileged families. If successful, apply learnings and findings to subsaharan Africa as well.

    Extracurriculars:
    – Taught MATLAB programming for 3 months at a local Moroccan prep school;
    – 3 and a half years at ENACTUS (non-profit social entrepreneurship) Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs as project manager and marketing leader;
    – Founding member of ENACTUS HEC Paris;
    – Founding member of HEC Business Game (a business competition which gathers over 200+ candidates from various business schools).

    Awards:
    – MAD 20K award for outstanding high school performance;
    – Awarded a 3-year scholarship during engineering school due to excellent ranking in entrance exam (277 out of 4000 students)
    – ENACTUS national competition winners in 2013 and elected as Moroccan representatives during the 2013 ENACTUS World Cup.

    Targeted schools:
    Harvard, Stanford (especially the MBA/MA in Education program), INSEAD, Booth, NYU, Cornell.

  • umich2011

    I have been planning on applying to part-time programs (with company sponsorship,) but past supervisors are encouraging me to reach a little higher. Interested in chances with full-time programs.

    – 730 GMAT
    – 3.5 GPA, electrical engineering at Michigan
    – Age 29 white male
    – Registered Professional Engineer

    – Work experience: Five years in engineering roles at west coast refinery with supermajor oil and gas company’s engineering development program. Currently the engineer for company’s renewable energy business, and provide support to operating US wind generation portfolio and solar development projects on four continents. Recognized as among top candidates in development program, received performance share grants awarded to top 10% of employees in job grade for past three years.

    Great operations and technical experience working with diverse stakeholders, but want to enhance commercial skills for a career in renewable energy strategy consulting to help enable and manage the coming energy transition.

    Programs: Cal, Stanford, Michigan, Northwestern, Cornell, Harvard, MIT

  • semperdeep

    Sandy,

    I would appreciate your thoughts on my application:

    Background:
    26 year old white male Submarine Officer
    Applying to Stanford, HBS, Wharton, Tuck, Booth
    760 GMAT with 6 on writing and 8 on IR
    3.75 GPA

    Education:
    United States Naval Academy
    BS in Arabic and Economics
    18 months of nuclear power school after USNA grad
    2 months of additional school for DOE engineer qualification

    Work Experience:
    3 years running a reactor and driving a submarine
    Groups of direct reports up to 35 people
    Project manager for major industrial projects
    Quality assurance officer

    Awards:
    Full scholarship for grad school awarded to only 5 people in sub community
    Junior officer of the year
    Navy achievement medal

    Goal:
    Take nuclear weapons and nuclear waste and use them for fuel in developmental reactors.

    Extras:
    Rugby at school and still play/coach

  • Upward rocket

    Man I wish I was on track for two promotions

  • HouTexNYC

    Hi Sandy, I’m really interested to hear your opinion on my profile for either 2018 or 2019 application season. I’ve thought about MBA/MPP-ID but I already know your thoughts on that…

    -White male, 23 or 24 y/o by matriculation
    -American citizenship from birth, Lithuanian citizenship from heritage (earned 2 years ago)
    -GMAT: 760 (50Q, 44V, 8IR, 6AWA)
    -Undergrad degree in finance and Chinese international business from mid-tier SEC school (finished two majors in 3 years), GPA: 3.90/4.00
    -Grad degree in international business from UVA and ESADE, GPA: 3.85/4.00, finished in 1 year
    -Work experience: Tier 2 (ATK/OW) consulting firm in NYC, on track for 2 promotions by application submission time to pre-MBA associate (only 1 if I apply in 2018). Work mainly involved consumer goods and finance/PE.
    -Extracurricular involvement: Mentor/tutor kids in Harlem, and am about to start teaching a citizenship class to refugees on weekends. Was super involved in undergrad on-campus and manage alumni group for my Master’s program.

    -Post-MBA goal: Return to consulting for 2 years (that sponsorship offer tho). Then move into VC/PE focused on emerging economies, particularly East Asia but maybe Eastern Europe.

    -For what it’s worth, my “story” revolves around my grandmother who was a Lithuanian refugee during WWII. She immigrated to Venezuela and then the US in 1960. My inspiration for wanting to give back to refugees here and impact countries around the world.

    -Goal programs: HBS, Wharton, Dartmouth Tuck, UVA Darden, and Chicago Booth.

    Thanks!