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Candidate:

Mr. Operational Finance

About Me:

An engineer by education, I was more interested in the financial impact of our operations and production. After leading standardizations projects across some of our manufacturing facilities, I had a role created where I was responsible for financial reporting, operations analytics, and helping our management teams make financially sound decisions.

Details:

Undergrad School: University of Cincinnati

Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering

GPA: 3

GMAT: 710, taking again

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: Corporate Finance Certificate

School Name: Harvard Extension School

Extracurriculars: Secretary of Alumni Board for Undergrad related organization, helps raise $50k annually, Head Coach for middle school boys running group, focused on physical and mental health, Member of undergraduate's engineering program alumni board

Work History:

Title: Cost Engineer

Industry: Manufacturing

Company: Top Firm In Selected Industry

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 6 mos

Title: Financial Planning Analyst

Industry: Manufacturing

Company: Top Firm In Selected Industry

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 6 mos

Big Life Wins:

Responsible for leading ERP systems integration at four manufacturing facilities across the country in less than eight months, after they were acquired by my employer.
I have read 26 books a year for the last two years and on pace again for this year.
I am training for the 2020 Chicago Marathon after running two half marathons last year.

Post MBA Goal:

I would like to move to Chicago, Boston or another major metropolitan area and work as a Management Consultant. If I find the work/life balance manageable, I hope to work my way up the firm, or exit to industry and work on the strategy side of a business.

Schools:

Target School: Ross

Status: Open

Considering: Kellogg, Tuck, Chicago Booth, MIT Sloan, Harvard

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 45%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 45%

    Given your background in manufacturing and the career transition you have made on your own at a top company, I think you have a strong chance of getting into several of your target schools. Truth is, there aren’t enough candidates who come from manufacturing. Your post-MBA goal to enter consulting will convince admissions people that they can easily get you the job you want. That is also a plus in your candidacy. You already know you need to achieve a GMAT score higher than 710 to improve your chances at some of your reach schools such as Harvard, MIT, Kellogg and Booth. That 710 is just ten points below the latest average at Ross, your first choice. Ross by the way has improved its average …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 40%

    Hi, it’s Nisha from mbaMission! I’m intrigued that you carved a niche in finance within manufacturing after studying ME – props to you for following your interests! Having worked with a lot of Ross candidates and being an alumna myself, I really think the program will value your background if you effectively communicate on your application/resume the impact that you’ve made in your organizations, and if your recommender is able to speak to your strengths, accomplishments, and growth (especially vs. your peers) in detail.

    Ross’s competitiveness – and GMAT average – really has been climbing over the years. Therefore, I’m glad to see that you’re taking it again. A 730+ will go a long way towards improving your odds, especially given your …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 30%

    Hi Mr. Operational Finance, this is Donna Bauman, Senior MBA Admissions Counselor at Stratus Admissions. You have a solid background for an MBA program and I have no doubt that you will soon be sitting in a top MBA program. As you recognize by making efforts to retake the GMAT, getting that 710 just a bit higher is going to increase your odds tremendously at Ross. The fact that you have an engineering background makes your quant scores less of a concern—but just given that you have a gpa and GMAT under the Ross averages—anything you can do to improve that score is going to help. Don’t overlook the IR portion of the GMAT also as ross will review that too. What can you to …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 65%

    A very articulate profile — especially for an Engineer (just kidding). Seriously, an ME degree confirms your ability to handle quantitative rigor. The 3.0 GPA is a limitation, so I’m glad to see you’ll be retaking the GMAT to beat that 710 score. And a Corporate Finance certificate from Harvard Extension is a big plus, showing your appetite for higher ed and adding a nice brand to your candidacy. Manufacturing experience is definitely beneficial, especially if you can quantify your impact on cost. Being a Financial Planning Analyst doesn’t differentiate you but confirms that you’ll be comfortable in an MBA classroom. Can you quantify your on-the-job impact? You have some very good non-work leadership roles, especially with your undergrad alma mater. With a …

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