Army Air Missile Defense (AMD) officer with 4+ years of service, all of which has been spent in South Korea and Japan. Currently working as a COVID 19 response officer leading a team of 12 to manage logistics of inbound personnel in accordance with Japanese Gov./DOD guidance.
Undergrad School: Penn State
Undergrad Major: Finance
Age: 27, Ethnicity: White
Extracurriculars: English Teaching volunteer, CrossFit competitor, Analog Photography
Title: AMD Officer
Industry: Government / Military
Length of Employment: 4 yrs, 6 mos
Won nationwide AMD/soldiering skills competition, earning the title of 2017 Missile Defender of the Year. Acted as the designated representative for all VIP visits to sites from 2017-2019, giving guided tours and briefs to military and civilian officials up to the congressional level.
I want to leverage my experience in the military (specifically AMD) to work overseas as an Aerospace and Defense consultant for firms like Bain or McKinsey. Alternatively, I’d be interested in foreign military sales. Long term goal is to open my own consulting practice in my home city to help companies compete on a global stage.
Target School: Darden
Considering: Cornell Johnson, Duke Fuqua, McCombs School of Business
Invited to Interview: Cornell Johnson, Duke Fuqua, McCombs School of Business
Hi Mr. Military Missile Defense, this is Julie-Anne Heafey at mbaMission. You look well positioned for the process, with some great interview invites. I would echo what the other expert says about demonstrating your fit for Darden and understanding of what sets it apart, and interactions with the adcom and students can be a big part of that, particularly their military admissions ambassadors – take advantage of those. I think the other thing I’d say is that you’ll want to demonstrate consulting-friendly communication skills and logical thinking. Best of luck on the interview!
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Mr. Military Missile Defense – Thanks for your service and for sharing your profile. Congratulations on your interview invitation for Darden. This is a good sign for you and bodes well for success when decisions come out. Looks like you went 4/4 on being invited to interview.
At this point, you are being assess for your interpersonal and communication skills, self-awareness and fit with each school. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to engage with some current students and alumni so you have a true feel for the ethos of Darden and the other schools. To get the admit, you will need to show the love and demonstrate how Darden will be be better for having you in their cohort. Look specifically …
At this point, you are being assess for your interpersonal and communication skills, self-awareness and fit with each school. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to engage with some current students and alumni so you have a true feel for the ethos of Darden and the other schools. To get the admit, you will need to show the love and demonstrate how Darden will be be better for having you in their cohort. Look specifically at resources that will not only help you achieve your goals (e.g. consulting club and case competitions) but also where you can be a contributor (e.g. military club, fitness club). Be sure to showcase your global exposure and how this has impacted the way you engage with others as both a teammate and a leader.
If you prepare well, you may be looking at some options come mid-December.
All the best!
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