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Mr. Operations Manager

About Me:

Former aspiring medical school applicant who transitioned to considering business school as a possibility after working for the family business. I currently manage a team of 20+ drivers providing non-emergency medical transportation to Medicaid/Medicare clients and have ultimate responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the city I manage.


Undergrad School: Think Vanderbilt/Rice/Emory/WashU

Undergrad Major: Neuroscience & Biology Double Major

GPA: 3.1

GRE: 328

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: Black or African American

Other Degree/Certification: Certificate in Public Health

School Name: Flagship State Graduate Public Health Program

Extracurriculars: Rapping/Making Music, Alumni Interviewer, Local Food Bank volunteer

Work History:

Title: Operations Manager

Industry: Transportation

Company: Medium-Sized family business co-founded by my older brother with operations in 5 cities and counting

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 10 mos

Title: Customer Account Representative

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

I’m the first person in my family to graduate from college and graduated high school with my Associate’s degree along with my high school diploma. I got through a years-long depression to help the family business and improve revenue for the city I manage by 67% while simultaneously improving trip performance and decreasing driver turnover.

Post MBA Goal:

I wish to gain the analytical and presentation skills needed to attain a brand management position within a CPG or tech company post-MBA. Long term, I wish to become a C-Suite executive with responsibility for global marketing strategies.


Target School: Duke Fuqua

Status: Open

Considering: Rice Jones, McCombs School of Business, Emory Goizueta

Invited to Interview: McCombs School of Business, Emory Goizueta

Accepted: Rice Jones


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 25%

  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 25%

    Mr. Operations Manager: Emily here, Master Consultant at The MBA Exchange. You’ve got a lot going for you and MBA programs like to see applicants with management experience as well as those from family businesses. Those experiences add a lot to any MBA class. I think your biggest hurdles will be the lower GPA (which you may have explained in applications), as well as your story about your goals. Business schools want to see goals that make sense with your professional background and are aspirational as well, so you’d need to show how your goals in CPG or tech are tied to your past professional experience. If you have any upcoming interviews, think this through because they will certainly ask …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Hi, it’s Nisha from mbaMission. Props to you on being the first college graduate in your family, coping successfully with depression, and being accepted to Rice!

    Not sure when you’re planning to apply to Fuqua (if your application is pending ,R3, or next year) but if you have time before your application, in order to maximize your chances at Fuqua I’d 1. use the optional essay to explain your lower GPA (though your majors were very challenging, so that will be taken into consideration) if you haven’t done so for your other applications, 2. Thoroughly research Fuqua, including talking to students/alumni, so that you can make a strong case for the program in the application – Fuqua is HUGE on community engagement …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 22%

  • 50% | 2 years ago

    Because you are an African-American male applicant with an outstanding GRE score and an undergraduate degree from an elite school, I think that your low GPA will not be a barrier. Agree that your career goal does not connect with your work experience, but clients of major law firms and of major corporations want to see more diversity so the disconnect will be viewed as a desire to enter the corporate world. Good luck ! I am confident that you will do well.
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  • 15% | 2 years ago

    Mr. Operations Manager - Thanks for sharing your profile. Susan Cera, Director of MBA Admissions, here. Congrats on the Rice admit! Having spent ~!0 years evaluating applications at Duke Fuqua, I'm very familiar with what they are looking for. I love that you nailed your GRE as it will allow adcom to look past your softer UG GPA which may also be explained by being a first generation college goer. With the limited information I have, I don't see how the work you have done to date connects with your goal as a product manager in CPG or a tech company. These two tracks are entirely different and you would need to have and/or develop different skills, knowledge and relationships during business school to be a ...
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  • 25% | 2 years ago

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