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Candidate:

Mr. Hanging By A Thread

About Me:

Currently working as a work-stream lead on a global cyber security implementation effort for a Fortune 50 company with responsibilities across 15+ countries. Previously worked in Saudi Arabia for 2yrs on strategy projects for Vision 2030, to include building the tech strategy for a gov org tasked with generating $25 billion annually by 2035.

Details:

Undergrad School: University of South Carolina

Undergrad Major: International Business; Mgmt Science; Chinese Studies

GPA: 3.8

GMAT: 710

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Avid rock climber and outdoor enthusiast. Completed 700ft+ free climbs up vertical faces (rope) and summited highest peak in Julian Alps (Triglav), Pro-Bono Consultant for companies with environmental focus: 2 month project for farm to table organization using data analytics and PowerPoint building; 4 month project for an org focused on wildlife conservation using data analytics, Accepted scholarship to study mandarin in Taiwan for 10 months. Achieved Level 4 on HSK mandarin proficiency test (1 level below fluent).

Work History:

Title: Associate

Industry: Consulting

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Big Life Wins:

I was promoted twice in 22 months to a post-mba position. I have received 2 firm-wide awards for my performance on various projects and have been consistently recognized as a top performer. I majored in Chinese Studies and scored in the top 12% of my HSK Level 4 Test (Level 5 = Fluency).

Post MBA Goal:

I would like to leverage my experience in Cyber Security and Technology. I hope to continue down the path of cyber security strategist with my current consulting firm/MBB or transition into big tech to work in a BizOps role (strategy) at MSFT, Amazon, Google. I hope to end up as a CTO for an environmentally minded company (think Patagonia).

Schools:

Target School: Berkeley Haas

Status: Open

Considering: Kellogg, Tuck, Wharton, Harvard

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 38%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 40%

    There’s much to like here in your profile, including the fact that you have earned two promotions in just 22 months to a post-MBA position. You are clearly doing important work and your employer has entrusted you with major and consequential assignments. And your intellectual curiosity about the world, as evidenced by your major in Chinese Studies and your scholarship to study mandarin in Taiwan, makes you a compelling applicant from a top consulting firm. Your GMAT score is 15 points below the Haas class average and your 3.8 is from a state university. I have no problem with that but it could give the admissions staff pause, if only because you will be competing in a pool with people who have stronger standardized test …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hi Mr. Hanging by a Thread, Melisa here from Stratus Admissions. John did a nice job assessing your stats, so I want to dig in a bit more on the qualitative side of your profile. Sounds like you have had interesting experiences across cyber security – and see the tie to your short term goal in a biz ops role at a tech company. And I like how long term you want to tie your outdoor enthusiast to a technical role at a forward thinking environmental company. For Haas in particular, your fit to the defining principles is key. I think your international experience will be very attractive to all of the schools on your list. And while your promotions and involvement speak …

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    Shoo-in for Berkeley. I've seen similar profiles at Harvard too. I would say though that topping HSK level 4 is not a big achievement considering you did Chinese studies.
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