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Mr. Poet At Heart

About Me:

Big 4 consulting in SEA for 10 years of which just under half as a manager. 6 years of project experience in regional markets that are not my home, focused on either typical growth strategy with some M&A or digital transformation. Outside work: love to learn new languages, self-taught myself to maybe a B1 level for 3 non-native tongues.


Undergrad School: Ivy League (Northeast)

Undergrad Major: Mech Eng

GPA: 3.7

GMAT: 740

Age: 32,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Heavily involved in recruiting for my firm, led training sessions every year, hosted community get-togethers at work.

Work History:

Title: Manager

Industry: Consulting

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 9 yrs, 6 mos

Post MBA Goal:

My experience is in financial modeling with M&A/JV elements. My interest is in machine learning applications that simplify our lives. Consequently: Goal A is product management at big tech or startups that have an AI/ML product as their core; failing that, Goal B is PE/VC that focuses on emerging technology (could be broader than AI/ML).


Target School: Berkeley Haas

Status: Open

Considering: MIT Sloan, London Business School, INSEAD


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 30%

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

    I love it when I see a fairly large variance in a candidate’s odds by our experts. Debbie at mbaMission clearly thinks you would be a better executive MBA candidate and estimates your odds at only 10% for Haas, well below the overall acceptance rate of 17.7% at the school. Jennifer at Stratus and Deepak at The MBA Exchange are both more optimistic, giving you odds that are twice the admit rate at 35%. I fall in the more positive camp with them. Yes, you are outside the sweet spot on age. But you bring a lot of maturity and great experience to the game, along with solid numbers and an Ivy League background. Your post-MBA goal, moreover, is achievable and realistic. Any of your …

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  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hi Poet at Heart. This is Deepak Punwani from MBA Exchange. For someone who went to school in his 30’s and is surrounded by others on MBA-ex team who also went to B school well in their 30’s, we extra encouraging and supportive of profiles like yours. You have a great base to build on – 1) Your acads are really good and while one might argue that undergrad performance becomes less of a factor once you have a decade plus of work-ex under your belt, it never hurts to have top grade acads like you have. 2) Your work ex and professional growth is also impressive. The Big-4 are a lot more discerning in their recruitment and promotions in SEA as compared …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hi Mr. Poet at Heart,
    This is Debbie Choy, Senior Consultant at mbaMission. Your credentials are impressive. I like that you have strong project management experience with leadership roles such as leading training sessions and so on. With your tenure and where you are in your career, I think you would be most successful at executive MBA programs. Most of these programs are seeking rising executives who have at least 10 years full-time work experience. With these programs, you will be learning with – and from – classmates with a similar length of experience. This is important not only for building your knowledge but also your network for your future career goals. My estimated odds are for the FT 1 or 2-year programs where I think …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hi, it’s Jennifer Jackson from Stratus Admissions. You have many strengths for applying to MBA programs. A great GPA in a hard major at an Ivy League school plus a very strong GMAT. Your experience managing people on consulting projects is a big plus, as is I’m sure the diversity of project experience you’ve gained at your firm. Are you interested in the MBA for Executives program at Haas? Given your age and length of work experience, I would look into that if you haven’t. The 80% age range for that program is 32-47 so you’re on the cusp there. You may not want to be in a FT 2-year program with a lot of people a fair amount younger, but you don’t have to …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 25%

  • 50% | 1 year ago

    Much will depend upon your interview during which admissions officers will be evaluating your fit for a traditional two year, full time MBA program in light of your age and work experience. MIT-Sloan may be your best option if not willing to enroll in an Executive MBA Program. The difficulty is that an EMBA isn't really designed to meet your goals of switching industries and facilitating relocation. Although you seek opportunities in PE / VC firms, I wonder whether you are better suited for traditional IB positions or in a management consulting (MC) firm.
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