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Mr. Career Coach

About Me:

I am a career coach, strategic advisor, and professor of leadership and career development theories.


Undergrad School: California State University, Chico

Undergrad Major: Recreation Administration

GPA: 3.468

GRE: 292

Age: 39,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: Master of Arts, Organizational Leadership

School Name: Azusa Pacific University


Work History:

Title: Associate Director for Career Strategy



Length of Employment: 1 yr, 7 mos

Title: Assistant Professor and Director



Length of Employment: 10 yrs, 11 mos

Post MBA Goal:

To work for a small boutique consulting firm on strategy and change initiatives.


Target School: Berkeley Haas

Status: Open

Considering: Stanford GSB, Wharton


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 4%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 5%

    You have an unusual background for an MBA. I wouldn’t think there are many career coaches or leadership professors who would apply to an MBA program. Trouble is, you have a bunch of hurdles to overcome. Here’s what they are: 1) Your age. At 39, you are well outside the sweet spot for a full-time program at a highly selective business school. Most folks who are a bit older than the 26 to 28 crowd are military candidates. 2) Your 292 GRE score is well below Haas’ average of 329, 3) Your GPA of 3.5 from Chico State isn’t going to get you much at Berkeley or Stanford or Wharton. My advice: If you really want the MBA, apply to Berkeley’s part-time program and/or a …

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  • The MBA Exchange

    Hi Mr Career Coach! This is Talon Rindels here from The MBA Exchange. First off, I like your unique background, as I think it will help your application stand out and allow you to make a unique contribution to any program with which you enroll in – I think adcoms will see that your career coaching background could be a huge asset to your classmates perusing new career opportunities. That said, given your age is far outside the average or even high-end range for an MBA candidate, I would definitely consider programs besides the traditional 2Y MBA (part-time, EMBA, etc). And, without getting your GRE (or GMAT) score up, it will still be an uphill battle, so if you want to …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hey Mr. Career Coach. Krista Nannery from mbaMission here.
    When we combine your length of work experience, your age, and your GRE score, I don’t want to sugar coat it: achieving your dream MBA results will not be very easy. My recommendation is that you review the typical class profiles of the schools you are interested in and see how you compare. Then, I really want you to consider EMBA programs. They might get you where you want to be career-wise, and also put you in class with people that are your peers, instead of people who are 15 years younger.
    The other question for me, given your background, is whether you can pivot to consulting without the MBA. If you haven’t already, start …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi, this is Melisa from Stratus Admissions. While your background would definitely be unique at an MBA program, your current stats make the schools you have identified definite reaches. Based on your details, I’d want to understand more about why an MBA is the right next step for you. Based on your years of experience, a part time program will put you at the table with others with a more equal level of experience. Also, part time programs are more likely to offer a GMAT waiver for which you can and your GPA, work experience and graduate degree will weigh in your favor. If you want to stay near the Bay Area, you may want to look at UC Davis which offers part time programs …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 12%

  • No chance. Sorry.
  • 35% | 2 years ago

    Wharton has a highly competitive admissions protocol and your GPA and GRE scores are simply too low. However, your job experience is very good.

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