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Mr. Federal Civilian

About Me:

For the past four years, I’ve been in an engineering/operations role as a federal government civilian at a large repair facility supporting a branch of the military. I support all phases of operations and held project role as the intermediary between active duty personnel and the project engineering team.


Undergrad School: University of California

Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering

GPA: 3.4

GMAT: 780

Extracurriculars: Volunteered with local outdoor recreation group and a new student orientation leader during undergrad

Work History:

Title: Engineer

Industry: Government

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment:

Post MBA Goal:

I want to transition into strategy consulting. Longer term, I hope to do internal consulting at a large manufacturer or energy company


Target School: Tuck

Status: Open

Considering: Darden


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 50%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 75%

    Well, you know how to get attention. A 780 GMAT, which puts you in the one percentile of all test takers in the world, is going to open a lot of doors for you. Tuck and Darden are definitely going to welcome you on that basis alone. You don’t say which UC you got your mechanical engineering degree from and that may matter somewhat. Obviously, earning it at Berkeley, UCLA would give you more cred than from Santa Cruz or Riverside. It would also help to know if you’ve had a promotion or big win in the four years that you have worked in an engineering/operations role as a federal government civilian. That said, the 780 is a big number and if you have a …

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  • Sandy Kreisberg, The HBS Guru Odds Assessment: 30%

    I agree only in part with John. Tuck has a type. And, while a 780 cures a lot boo-boos, low GPA and engineering-type and real “silver” job as engineer with govt (another type) COULD add up, depending on the reality of course, of you not being their type of engineer. Just putting this out there as a category for the general edification of our readers. Not sure about you. We need more info. Tell us more.

    2 years ago
  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 50%

    Your very strong GMAT score and differentiated work background are certainly solid advantages. Although current leadership roles at work and outside work are unclear from the limited profile, assuming these are solid as well, and your application shows you get along well with people, I think you have at least a 50/50 shot at Tuck, if not higher. Just remember Tuck values “nice” highly – which can manifest in many different ways. To be successful, you’ll want to show evidence of that through multiple components of your application, including, but not limited to, letters of recommendation, essays, interview, etc.

    2 years ago
  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 40%

    Hey Mr. Federal Civilian! Krista Nannery from mbaMission here.
    WOW 780! That’s amazing! Congrats! That will certainly get the attention of Admissions in this competitive process. My recommendation to you is to register for the applications for all the schools you are interested in and get to the page where they ask your GMAT score and you need to upload your unofficial report. Do this. It will start getting you on the radar. BUT…I think the challenge for any 780 candidate is proving that they really want to attend the school in question. You need to prove to the AdComs that you have done your research and have networked with current students and recent alumni. These networking conversations will help you identify a path …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 55%

    Hi, this is Melisa from Stratus Admissions. Congrats on your 780 – that is quite an accomplishment. Your score will open many doors for you, and you will need to tell your story well too. Tuck has a very collaborative and close knit culture – you will need to highlight stories about working with others to add to your quant skills. I would want to know more about your work experience – it is unclear if you have been promoted during work experience. You will want to highlight any promotions and/or increases in work responsibility. If you can show that a collaborative culture is where you thrive, I like Tuck for you – Darden as well. I would suggest adding Haas, Duke, UNC and Austin …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 75%

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  • 85% | 2 years ago

    Great GMAT score for Tuck, wouldn't think the engineering GPA would hurt you here. Would like to see more about background and reasons for making a switch but is admittedly hard to convey in this format.
  • 99% | 2 years ago

    Great GMAT score, great work experience with a connection to military.
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    Great background and unique perspective. The GPA is somewhat low, but this is mitigated by the engineering degree.
  • 76% | 2 years ago

    Work experience is great--diverse and quantitatively driven (plus non-traditional). STEM major from a UC provides additional evidence of quant skills. GMAT score is amazing! Career goal into strategy consulting makes sense given that there are parallels between his work experience and consulting (would suggest flushing out the parallels). I like the longer term goal--seems like the candidate has had exposure to desired field of interest. Extracurriculars: would want to see a bit more activity here. Would suggest that the candidate describe why outdoor recreational activities are important to his/her/their life. Perhaps add on some volunteer work that the candidate is passionate about. Overall, very strong profile!!
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