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Military Profile Evaluation Request

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Military Profile Evaluation Request

Post Fri Jun 17, 2016 10:09 pm
Hello,

I am a Marine Officer with 10 years experience and am interested in transitioning from the service to another career. I am interested in applying to the business schools this fall for entrance to Class of 2019 cohort. Below are my basic stats; I appreciate any feedback.

Interested schools:

- HBS
- GSB
- Tuck
- Yale SOM
- Darden

In the short term, I am interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in general management, with a particular focus on non-profit leadership, social impact, and/or general management.strategy consulting. Long term goal is to work at the intersection of public-private space, where I can leverage the strengths of both. I know this is quite general and broad; I am still reflecting on where I want to go.

I prefer smaller school sizes and the case method

I have 100% post 9/11 GI bill.

Basic info:

- US citizen, indian ethnicity
- 31 year old male


Education:

- B.S in Business Management from Drexel University, 3.25 GPA
- Currently pursuing a Masters Degree in International Relations at the University of Cambridge (expected to graduate summer 2017)

GMAT:

- 700 (44Q, 42V, 7IR, 6 writing)


Work Experience:

- 10 years as a Marine Officer
- combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan
- humanitarian service experience in Japan (nuclear and tsunami crises of 2011)
- 6 years international experience (worked in Japan and am currently working in the as an Exchange Officer for the Ministry of Defence, UK)
- served as a Congressional Fellow/Legislative Assistant for a US Congressman
- Currently serve as an exchange officer and lead military and civilian personnel from all four services and three nations

Honors/Awards/

- Honor graduate from undergraduate NROTC program
- Honor graduate from advanced military school (out of 32 officers)
- two personal awards for leadership in combat; one personal award for service and leadership at the headquarters level

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Post Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:20 pm
Hey there good sir!

Basically coming from the marines with your profile, you are coming in very strong (And I have no doubt that you shall be able to regal the adcoms with some totally awesome stories).

Your GMAT is a bit low for the schools you are aiming at, but I think you can get away with it if you feel like it would be too hard or too much effort to make the attempt to boost it. (the advantage of your marine background). You are a bit on the older side, but I think no one will begrudge you that, given your service.


Other that that my main questions are regarding your story: why do you want to do what you want to do? What have you done in the past that would support your ability to do that? Why are you doing this degree at Cambridge? And why do you feel like you need a second business Masters (even if they are quite different)?

I think your profile has great potential, even for the schools you are applying to, and you just need to ensure that you are making the most of it.

I hope this helps,
Best,
Jon

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