MIT Sloan | Mr. Independent Tutor
GMAT 750, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Ms. Traveling Banker
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Biz Tech
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Tech Lawyer
GMAT 690, GPA 3.7
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Project Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.21
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Foster School of Business | Mr. Mediocre Scores, Great WE
GRE 309, GPA 2.7
Stanford GSB | Ms. Stray Cat Savior
GRE 338, GPA 3.92
Columbia | Mr. Government Shipyard
GMAT 660, GPA 3.85
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Global Technological Solutions
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Tepper | Mr. Midwest Or Bust
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Yale | Mr. Whizzy
GMAT 720, GPA 4.22
Columbia | Mr. Indian Software Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Tepper | Mr. Technology & Community
GMAT 650 Practice Test, GPA 3.05
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Corporate Finance Leadership
GMAT 660, GPA 4.0
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Harvard | Mr. Berkeley Boy
GRE 329, GPA 3.67
Harvard | Mr. Future Hedge Fund Manager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.75
Yale | Mr. Addiction Recovery Activist
GRE 323, GPA 3.87
Stanford GSB | Ms. Government To EdTech
GRE 323, GPA 14/20 (B equivalent)
Tepper | Mr. Miner
GMAT 680, GPA 8.01 India / 3.3 US
Harvard | Mr. Half-letic
GMAT 720, GPA 3.45
Harvard | Mr. Strategist
GMAT 750, GPA 73%, top of the class (gold medalist)
Harvard | Ms. Hollywood To Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Harvard | Ms. Biotech Leadership
GMAT 710, GPA 3.78
Wharton | Ms. Experiential Beauty
GRE 315, GPA 3.32

MBA Handicapping: How To Explain Six Jobs In Five Years

Aiming for MBA programs at Stanford, Wharton, Booth, and Kellogg, John brings an array of startup experience from Silicon Valley with him, including working for two startups that have become unicorns. He has a 3.8 GPA from Notre Dame in computer applications and programming and political science. And the 28-year-old has made company introductions to venture capitals, often doing due diligence for them.

Eager to experience the Bay Area’s entrepreneurial culture, he moved out to Palo Alto with a suitcase and a few hundred bucks after graduating from Notre Dame without a job offer. He ended up living in a “hacker house” and sleeping in a bunk bed until landing his first gig in a few weeks. But he landed his first gig in a few weeks and ultimately a mentor who had founded StubHub.

But here’s the rub. John has held six jobs in five years, something that will certainly raise eyebrows in the admission offices of the schools he plans to apply to. As he himself puts it, “I’ve done a lot and in the eyes of most I’ve done too much.” Most of the companies he has worked for are in the enterprise space and most of the roles he has had are in sales and business development. How to explain the job-hopping?

In this episode of Fridays with Sandy, HBSGuru.com founder Sandy Kreisberg gives John a formula to follow and estimates his odds at Stanford and Wharton. He’s being advised to apply now to take advantage of the extended admission rounds at both Booth and Kellogg.

If you would like to participate in a future Fridays With Sandy webinar, you can contact Sandy and P&Q Founder John A Byrne here.

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