3.6 gpa non eng
ibanking at bulge bracket (tech m&a)
founded a startup
joined robotics startup (led ops)
moving to bizOps/strategy at blockchain startup
total yrs of exp: 4
considering prepping for gmat and applying to top 10 schools
would appreciate any feedback / tips.
goal is to formalize career track and go into consulting
3.6 gpa non eng
- Apple / Ops GYCg46moreYour experience, 3.6 GPA and assume you have 750 GMAT... guarantee you at least 80% chance of getting into top 10ish school as long as your essay and interview are good. H/S/W may be reach, Booth/Kellogg/Haas/CBS are target, Ross/Fuqua/SOM should be fallback..... with that said though, if you’re in BizOps already, should be easy to transition to consulting without the MBA... may not be M/B/B, but should be able to get into a tier 2 with some networking
- That's a lot of hopping around for 4 years. Difficult to track impact and development with such short cycles. GPA is a little low but you might be okay if you went to a tough undergrad or if GMAT is outstanding.
My read is that you have a low to medium chance to crack top 10 (assuming 700+ gmat) but unlikely to make it for top 5.
- True, on paper it looks like a lot. Tons of stories behind the scenes and amazing experience with high impact.
In banking, I felt so divorced from the financials / ops / strategy that actually builds the line items that I analyzed, so I wanted to start a company from the ground-up.
Consulting, to me at least, seems like a great way to learn how to solve an array of complex, high stakes problems across industry sectors. Being someone who naturally loves to learn about the mechanics and drivers of business models / industries, it would be a great way to gain deep exposure to operating companies at executive levels. I look at it as an investment in building a 20+ year career into the c-suite
- NatureBox YVkP78I disagree. If you’re after a job with a major consulting firm, there are two major entry points: post undergrad and post MBA. That said, it’s a tough gig to get even out of MBA, so this is a lot of effort to go through just to pursue consulting. (This comes from a former consultant at a top tier firm and a former MBA who saw many friends go into consulting and many others try and fail at both undergrad and MBA levels).Mar 18, 2018 0
- Pandora dipthongTake it from someone who applied and got rejected from all the b schools - your experience is not impressive and your GPA is a non starter. You will never got into the top two programs or the top 5 - which are the only ones that matter and will give you a positive ROI.
- I think the ROI is still positive in the top 10 or 12 programs although that's dependent on how much you're making now and how much you'll make as a career switcher after the program. There's nothing magical about the top 5 although the top 3 generally are seen as NPV positive decisions even coming from lucrative careers which makes the decision process a bit easier.
- LinkedIn eVjc31You jump too much. While you may think you had a ton of amazing impact to other people it looks like you weren’t a great performer that always left.
You have 4 years of experience (I’m assuming it’s closer to 3.5 since most Banks start in August and it’s only March.)
Unless you have demonstrable proof you were awesome (ex. promotions, public recommendations on your LI from ex managers), most people’s assumption is that you weren’t great.
Also what have you been doing outside of work? That part matters a ton too
- Amazon / Product MertYou have already done most of the stuff that MBA grads aspire to do. Why go to business school?
- Thank you, I appreciate that. It’s been an amazing ride. I suppose looking back, it seems like my resume is a bit choppy. Though I’ve had the opportunity to gain exposure to m&a, starting a company, running operations, doing biz dev and now moving into strategy, I want to formalize a career track that is poised for running a p&l, and perhaps one day, a shot at the c-suite to help manage a company. This is a 20+ year timeline in my mind.
- Dell / Eng vokX18moreI think you have a fair chance at the top 10. You need 700+ in GMAT. You need to build a story around your experiences and how a MBA is going to help you. You need to market yourself. How did you contribute in each of those roles? What challenges you faced and how you overcame them. Before you get there, you need to be clear why you want a MBA. It is a reasonably expensive investment.