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Ms. Marketing Family Business

About Me:

I’m from a fast-developing Asian country (not China/India). For the past 2.5 years, I have been working as a strategist at the top marketing agency in my country (this company has offices all around the world). I mainly focus on digital marketing strategies and the clients I work with are generally large established local and international brands.

I received a 750 on my first try so I might retake the test for a higher score (aiming for 780).

Other M7 schools I should look into?
How much would an extra year of experience help my application? I’d rather wait another year if it helps me get into HBS.
I’m currently contemplating whether I should move to marketing at my family business pre-MBA. Would this help or hurt my chances?


Undergrad School: London School of Economics

Undergrad Major: Philosophy and Economics (Joint Degree)

GPA: 3.0

GMAT: 750

Age: 24,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Heavily involved with local NGO that helps underprivileged children receive healthcare, Part of a young philanthropist network.

Work History:

Title: Strategist

Industry: Marketing

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 6 mos

Big Life Wins:

I started a campaign to help underprivileged children with a certain medical disorder, which also affects my mother. I was able to raise over $50,000 (USD) by myself. I also work a lot with a local NGO that helps to provide underprivileged children with adequate healthcare and provide families of these children with the support they need.

Post MBA Goal:

My ST goal is to work in consulting. After 2 years I will return to my family business and work in corporate strategy. My family business is in financial service and does mid 10 figures in revenue per year (USD). I would like to do an MBA because it would provide me with the skills i.e. A&F to be able to do strategies for other non-marketing areas.


Target School: Harvard

Status: Open

Considering: Columbia, Kellogg, Stanford GSB, Wharton


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 30%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 45%

    Hi, Ms. Marketing/Family Business – Julie-Anne Heafey here with mbaMission. I agree with Jennifer that your odds would probably improve with another year… but if you can articulate why now, I do occasionally see clients make it through the process successfully with lower than the usual 5 years, particularly women. The family business path in the future is a big signal that you’ll potentially need to build leadership skills sooner than the average applicant (because in family businesses, dynamic circumstances can call you up to the big leagues sooner than you think). I think if you can articulate a compelling personal story and show a habit of leadership, your odds are much better than the average applicant. It’s hard to say …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi, it’s Jennifer Jackson from Stratus Admissions. There’s a lot to like about your profile! Your GMAT is very strong and I don’t see a real need to take it again (although it wouldn’t hurt you unless it took away time and resources from preparing applications). A 750 will be above the average at every top program. I’m curious what country you’re from in Asia! Not being from India or China is a bit of a differentiator since those countries are over-represented. Your work experience in marketing is solid, and I really love to see extracurriculars people are involved with that are related to a passion or interest. The fact that your mom suffers from a disorder that you’re helping combat in children is very …

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