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I would love some feedback on my future application, where I stand in terms of work experience, and ways to strengthen my chances. I would like to end up at H/S, but realize that is a crapshoot for just about anybody. Will consider applying to Ross, Yale, Darden, Tuck, and Fuqua

I plan to apply with 2.5 or 3.5 years of work experience, and am a white male.

Undergraduate: I graduated from a private school ranked anywhere from 45-65 (Forham, Syracuse, UMiami, Boston U) with a 3.5 GPA. Majored in Finance and Strategic Management. GPA is a little low for where I am targeting, but does trend up all 4 years. I was heavily involved with ECs throughout college. Had experience as the President of a Case Club, Student Government, and a small council that met w/large alumni donors & trustees on behalf of the student body. Also had a few leadership positions in my fraternity, but would probably imagine that doesn't count for much, if anything.

GMAT: 740 (96th percentile in verbal, 80th in Quant). Again, Quant is good, not great, but i do have As in my math/statistics/finance classes in college.

Work Experience: This is where I very unsure of my application. I work in financial services, but am not in a client facing role. I Am currently in a rotational management/strategy program at a reputable bulge bracket bank (JPM, GS, MS, DB, BofA). My experience probably won't stack up to applicants with IB experience from a similar company. On the other hand, it is a rotational program at a fortune 25 company, but that will that be overshadowed because it is at a bank. Would I be better suited moving into a role an IB role at a small, probably lesser know boutique, or trying to transition internally into an IB role after my 2 year program.

Additional ECs: I volunteer coach youth sports, and competitive running so a marathon/triathalon is probably in the future. I also mentor a few students from my college, and am working to establish a formal mentoring program for kids graduating moving into full-time jobs.

Post MBA Goals: To work in Strategy Consulting or Corporate Strategy. Would consider either a more established, fortune 500 company or working at a start-up. My longer term ambitions are to retire somewhat young (45) and be a professor or try my hand at entrepreneurship. The piece on being a professor is a little different, and I am not sure if is worth mentioning. Both my parents are professors, so I have seen the joy they have had working w/students and it has been of interest to me.

Thanks for any insight

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Hey there,
So first of all I don't think you should underestimate your position. True that nobody walks into H/S/W, but being in a management rotation position in and bulge bracket bank is about as good as you can get for a pre-MBA job. So I don't think that's a problem for you (even if there will be a few folks with nice client-facing roles).

And with your truly exceptional ECs, I think you can make a case for any of those schools on your list. I mean, you are far beyond the average candidate, even at H/S/W.

Does it mean you're guaranteed to get an admit? Once again, nobody walks in. But you have a real shot. And if you tell your story right and apply to all the schools on your list, you should be fine.

Your goals are great also, and I think I would even go with writing your long-term goals. You have a unique vision of what you would like to do, and this idea of stopping your career earlier to help others learn is very... well touching and sincere. And I think it will be greatly appreciated.

You look to be in mighty good shape so far. Just make beautiful essays and get your recommenders excited, and the rest will take care of itself.

Best,
Jon

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