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Mr. Generic Nerd

About Me:

Top tier Technology Consultant at a Big 4 firm for two years. Want to transition into a role in the tech industry before application to business school. Interviewed at YSOM Silver Scholars 2 yrs ago.


Undergrad School: Georgia Institute of Technology

Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering

GPA: 3.72

GMAT: 720

Age: 24,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: President, Founder of student org with the goal to build a hydrogen powered vehicle; President of Mechanical Engineering Honors Society at GT; Mentor at Big Brother Big Sister Program NYC

Work History:

Title: Consulting Associate

Industry: Consulting

Company: Top Firm In Selected Industry

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 1 mos

Post MBA Goal:

Would like to go into environmentally and sustainability conscious tech firm (may also want to explore the financial services industry)


Target School: MIT Sloan

Status: Open


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 22%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 25%

    First off, some valuable advice. Don’t put all your chips on MIT Sloan. Given the relatively smaller size of the MBA incoming class (416) and the acceptance rate of just under 12%, it’s a hard school to crack. You have a solid background for MIT but MBA admissions is such a random thing, you can never know. Your GPA is above the latest Sloan average of 3.48 and your GMAT score is more or less in line with the latest 727 average, even if you’re just a few points off. You’re a engineer from a terrific undergraduate university and you have a great job at what looks like Deloitte. Those are all positives. I also think your extras are impressive, especially having been president and …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hello Mr. Generic Nerd! Thanks for posting. Krista Nannery here from mbaMission.
    Every year, I work with a number of consultants from the Big 4. What I’ve seen is that the candidates that are most successful breaking into the top schools have 4 years of work experience upon application. Either 4 years of straight consulting, or that 2 years consulting/ 2 years corporate combo. That’s not to say you wouldn’t be successful now if you applied — I do see it happen — but I’ve learned that there is, unfortunately, no shortage of Big 4 Consultants applying to b-school. You need to stand out! One way to do that is just by experience. Another way is GMAT…the 720 plus the 2 years of WE might be …

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  • Sandy Kreisberg, The HBS Guru | Odds Assessment: 25%

    John’s analysis is pretty comprehensive, I just want to add one thing: applying to MIT from Big 4 if you are not URM or international is real hard. It would be a real interesting question to know the entire male, US, Big-4 cohort at MIT. That could be a real small (single digit) number, sure we are dealing with small numbers as the universe but just saying.
    You are 24 and some tuff love could be get a more selective job and apply in 2 years.

    2 months ago
  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi Mr. Generic Nerd, Lisa Cummings of Stratus Admissions. First off, MIT loves nerds, let’s see how we can change that moniker from generic to standout. My peers have hit on most of the key things here. You have good stats and excellent extracurriculars. Given that you want to pivot, might you be able to wait to apply next year? You are light on the years of work experience but from my time on the Sloan adcomm, I know they will consider the quality of the work you have done and your achievements. However, 2 years really is low. If you are going to make that transition to into tech before starting school you had better do it soon so you have …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Late to your party MIT aspirant. This is Deepak Punwani from MBA Exchange. The odds are certainly against you – so why the 25% odds here you may wonder ? Well, you have a shot at MIT if you can show that you have achieved a lot in 2+ plus years of work ex and are on way to even better things via your role in tech. If MIT’s application review philosophy can be reduced to 3 words, they would most likely be “Show, don’t tell”. They look for verifiable evidence of achievements and traits and not for mere enumeration of those. So if you can “show” evidence that you led innovative projects, thought originally and achieved in 3 years what others can’t achieve …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 37%

  • 15% | 1 month ago

    Hello Mr. Generic Nerd. Lisa Cummings here from Stratus Admissions. Just a few new things to add to what has been said. MIT LOVES nerds but they are definitely looking for nerds who stand out, so make sure you can pop in some way. Are you sponsored by your firm? That will weigh in your favor as it will if you are asked to stay on beyond the typical 2 year business analyst route. It will be worth your while to stay if you are asked. Good luck!
  • 35% | 2 months ago

    You may increase your odds by focusing on being a leader in the tech space. Narrowing yourself to a couple subfields may be better left unsaid until after you have been accepted.
  • 25% | 2 months ago

    GMAT is obviously good, but given the generic nerd story, I almost expect it to be crazy good. Big 4 tech consulting can be hit-or-miss in terms of good experience from what I hear from friends in the role, so it seems especially important to differentiate impact
  • 60% | 2 months ago

  • 50% | 2 months ago

    Need to know what he got out of his job experience. Any measurable figures? Also, seems a bit young. Otherwise good GPA and great GMAT

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