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Mr. Schoolmaster

About Me:

Born and raised in Hong Kong, currently a chemistry teacher at a top-tier boys’ boarding school in the UK with ambitions to transition into a consulting role. My current role encompasses more than just teaching; I am also a commissioned officer in the cadet forces, coach water polo, rugby and cricket, and provide admissions guidance to boys applying to Oxbridge and beyond.


Undergrad School: Durham University, UK

Undergrad Major: Chemistry

GPA: 3.5 (Converted from UK)

GMAT: 710 (to re-take)

Age: 24,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Commissioned officer in the cadet forces (2Lt)- Cadet Instructor, Raised over 5000 GBP for an Ironman in aid of an NGO- received award for fundraising, Manage a Water Polo Club competing at the national level

Work History:

Title: Chemistry Teacher

Industry: Education

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 3 mos

Post MBA Goal:

Transition from education into a strategy consulting role; long term target is to work in PE.


Target School: Harvard

Status: Open

Considering: Wharton, Columbia


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 7%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Well, you’re certainly a non-traditional MBA applicant. There aren’t all that many chemistry teachers at boarding schools who apply to Harvard Business School. And there are even fewer teachers who are as deeply involved as you are in the lives of your students. To wit, you are a commissioned officer in the cadet forces, coach water polo, rugby and cricket, and provide admissions guidance to boys applying to Oxbridge and beyond. You are right to retake the GMAT and aim for a higher score, given the fact that your current score is 20 points below the class median. But ultimately that is not going to make as big a difference as your young age. You are a terrific candidate for an elite MBA education but …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi, Mr. Schoolmaster, Julie-Anne Heafey from mbaMission. Well, I love a nontraditional applicant, but I agree with the other experts that you need more time and experience, particularly for Harvard. Because the case method is central to the HBS curriculum, students are selected, in part, for what they’ll add to the classroom–how their leadership and experiences in different industries can help them contribute to their classmates’ understanding of the case at hand. So, my advice is to consider how your experience will allow you to add to the class and translate to your future goals…and if it’s not an obvious argument, what steps can you take to position yourself better? Yes, you need more time, but beyond that you will …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hi Mr. Schoolmaster, Melisa here from Stratus Admissions. To further on from John’s comments – and what you need to answer if you want to apply now is why is now the right time for you. A very compelling answer here might help your chances. The biggest challenge with fewer years of experience is being able to give evidence that 1 – you have enough leadership experience to add to classroom discussions and 2 – you have had enough time/experience to develop a path forward. You goals of consulting and PE could make logical sense, but what makes a compelling story is the why this is the right path for you. What experiences to date have led to this goal – on the limited information …

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