Vijay Raghunathan

Senior Instructor & Career Coach

Career Protocol

San Francisco, California

United States

Consultant Bio

Hi, I am Vijay. As a career pivoter and globally curious human being, I have learned how to build and sustain meaningful relationships to help me grow personally and professionally. At Career Protocol, my passion is to connect with students at a deeper level and help them show the world how amazing they are. Working and traveling on six continents, I am energized by student stories from multicultural backgrounds. I help my students recognize their exceptional qualities by allowing them to reflect on their own experiences, learnings, and relationships.

My business degree from Stanford and my engineering degree from Texas A&M definitely contribute to what I bring to my students as a coach. More importantly, my diverse life experiences as a risk management consultant, career coach, assistant stage manager, social entrepreneur, and a recently trained theatrical clown are an asset when I help students craft and shape their stories. As someone who has taken bold steps throughout my life, I guide my MBA students to achieve their professional and personal goals without sacrificing their values or passions.

Company Information

OK you’re smart, so you’ve probably read a lot of these. Here’s how we’re the same as some admissions consultants out there: in our elite school packages, we touch every single part of your application for your target schools as many times as we need to until the finished product inspires both you and us. We bring over a decade of expertise to bear, and we do all of this on a predictable timeline. Much more interesting, though, is what makes Career Protocol different. We’re not really consultants. We’re teachers. Career Protocol is a Professional Development Firm.

We think the MBA application process is a golden opportunity to uplevel your professional profile and executive skillset BEFORE you take the leap into the MBA. So instead of simply editing your essays, we use the MBA application as a training ground for new capabilities that will last you a lifetime.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs


Think of the Authentic MBA Application Package (as we call it) as a nearly year-long course in executive-level self-awareness, communication, and relationship building skills tailored to your needs and experiences. We work with you on every aspect of the MBA application not only to maximize your chances of success but also to uplevel your executive skillset in the process. Your Career Protocol Instructor will teach you how to explore your values, tell epic stories, and build genuine relationships with your fellow humans in everything you do (yes, even when you’re just writing an MBA application!) so that you can have the impact you want to have in your career. Imagine how empowered you’ll feel the first day of class knowing that you used the whole year prior to your MBA building key leadership skills with an experienced teacher by your side.

If you want someone to edit your essays, work with friends and family. If you want to transform your ability to stand out for the rest of your career as the bright shiny unicorn* you are, work with us.
*We mean unicorn in the one-of-a-kind-unique sense, not in the instagrammy** rainbow sense.
** We do like instagrammy rainbow unicorns, tho. Especially the cupcake kind.

The fun doesn’t stop. We’ve got…

• The Interview Hero Coaching Program
• YOMO: You Only MBA Once (AKA Your Guide to Getting Your Best MBA Internship), and
• How to Be the Smartest Person in the Room (AKA The Consulting Case Interview Hero Program)

These are all affordable group coaching programs to help you target and get the internship and post-MBA job you really want, while – of course – building your professional skillset every step of the way.

Location: San Francisco, California, United States



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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Always Setting The Bar High
    6 months ago
    When I decided to pivot into a new industry and role, I was motivated to get an MBA. I was overwhelmed a few weeks into the process. Vijay’s help arrived just in time. He helped me see my application prep and post-MBA goals from a fresh perspective after our first call. In the following weeks, my list of target schools changed, I simplified my test preparation, and I stopped limiting myself to Texas-based schools. Vijay provided a robust framework for creating my career game plan and helped me look at schools that would be a good fit, given long-term goals and cultural fit. He advised me to take the EA instead of the GMAT based on my strengths. Vijay's work with me was thorough at ...
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    Arjun Visakh
    Part-Time MBA Class of 2021 Admit
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