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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: 52%

  • 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 weeks ago

The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 75%

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  • 85% | 3 weeks 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% | 3 weeks ago

    Great GMAT score, great work experience with a connection to military.
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  • 73% | 3 weeks ago

    Great background and unique perspective. The GPA is somewhat low, but this is mitigated by the engineering degree.
  • 76% | 3 weeks 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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