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Mr. Big Data Sales Engineer

About Me:

I received my B.A. in History from UCLA where I was on the rowing team. Post-grad, I went into sales for a large tech company and earned three promotions in 18 months. My third promotion was as a Sales Engineer which is a hybrid sales/engineering role. I want to get an MBA to gain skills in financial modeling and go-to-market strategy.


Undergrad School: UCLA

Undergrad Major: History

GPA: 3.45

GMAT: 740

Age: 24,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: A.A.

School Name: Community College

Extracurriculars: Masters Rowing, Nonprofit Volunteer Mentor, Marathon Runner, and a Triathlete.

Work History:

Title: Sales Engineer

Industry: Technology

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 6 mos

Title: Account Manager

Industry: Technology

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 6 mos

Big Life Wins:

– Three promotions in 1.5 years
– Teaching myself the technical skills to move to a SE role.
– Two Sales Performance Awards
– Getting recruited to UCLA for rowing
– First-gen college graduate

Post MBA Goal:

My immediate post MBA goals are to move into product management so I can utilize my customer-facing experience to provide a unique perspective in a product organization. Long-term goals are to build solutions to bridge the opportunity divide enabling people from marginalized communities to gain technical skills with minimal friction.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

Considering: Berkeley Haas, UCLA Anderson, USC Marshall


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 10%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Well, I’m impressed, particularly by your three promotions in 18 months and your recruitment as a collegiate athlete. Plus, you are a first-generation college grad which means you didn’t have the benefit of sitting at a dining table at night with highly education professionals. Your GMAT is terrific, even if your grades in history are just a tad under the class average for Stanford. So I think a lot of this swings on your ability to execute a really strong application and essays. You didn’t mention any extras and they would be very important to you at Stanford where the Adcoms are looking for people who do things beyond themselves by helping others. Your long-term post-MBA goal shows your heart is in the right place …

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