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Mr. Scottish Veteran

About Me:

I am a Scottish immigrant, moved to America when I was 16 with my brother to pursue American opportunities. I joined the United States Air Force to gain citizenship and earn GI Bill. Separated from the Air Force and attended one of the top schools in the nation for construction management. Currently a project manager on a +$100MM high rise project.


Undergrad School: University Of Houston

Undergrad Major: Construction Management

GPA: 3.7

GMAT: 720

Age: 28,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: Associate Constructor Certificate

Extracurriculars: Habitat for Humanity Volunteer, Competitive Strongman, Veteran ambassador for service to school program

Work History:

Title: Project Manager

Industry: Construction Management

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 6 mos

Title: Structural Specialist

Industry: Government / Military

Company: Air Force

Length of Employment: 4 yrs

Big Life Wins:

While a full-time student. I was hired as a project manager to complete a large industrial distribution project. While juggling 6 classes I was able to manage this project to completion and ensure it was profitable.

Post MBA Goal:

Product Management at a technology firm focused on improving the construction environment with regards to sustainability and productivity.


Target School: Harvard

Status: Open

Considering: McCombs School of Business, Berkeley Haas


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 13%

  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi Mr. Scottish Veteran: Emily here, Master Consultant at The MBA Exchange. In my experience as a consultant and former admissions officer, top MBA programs are quite deferential to veterans and you’ve got an interesting back story that will help you stand out. However, the 720 is below average for a school like HBS. McCombs could be a great option and possibly a place like Haas or Anderson. I recommend making sure your story about why you need an MBA is airtight. In other words, how will you make this transition from the construction management field into a tech firm? Yes, it will be a tech firm for the construction field but that’s still a sizable leap. Show them …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi, it’s Nisha from mbaMission! You have an intriguing path – moving from Scotland, joining the Air Force, and then entering construction management. Schools very much value veterans – the most important thing you can do is to show on your resume and application the impact you made both while in the military and at your current company (and additionally, in your community based on your volunteerism and ambassadorship) and have your recommenders attest to your strong performance and potential, especially vs. your peers. By the way, I’m impressed that you landed such a solid GPA while working on a major project and ensuring its profitability – be sure to highlight that in the programs’ optional essays.

    I do want to understand your …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Mr. Scottish Veteran: Thanks for posting your profile. Susan Cera from Stratus Admissions here. I’m very impressed at how well you performed in undergrad while successfully serving as a project manager. There is a lot to like about your background and it seems that you have a story that nobody else will be able to tell.

    The challenge for you will be to clearly articulate your post-MBA goal. Why product management in a tech firm? Is there a particular problem that you have observed during your time in the construction industry that you hope to address? Alternatively, is there a tech firm that is trying to address this problem but seems to lack the industry and business knowledge to do it effectively and you feel you …

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  • 10% | 2 years ago

    At HBS, the University of Houston isn't a feeder school. Your Air Force experience could tip this in your favor. But you are facing an uphill battle.
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