• NEW! FREE Beat The GMAT Quizzes
    NEW! FREE Beat The GMAT Quizzes
    NEW! FREE Beat The GMAT Quizzes
    Hundreds of Questions Highly Detailed Reporting Expert Explanations TAKE A FREE GMAT QUIZ
  • 7 CATs FREE!
    If you earn 100 Forum Points

    Engage in the Beat The GMAT forums to earn
    100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE

    Veritas Prep
    VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS
    Earn 10 Points Per Post
    Earn 10 Points Per Thanks
    Earn 10 Points Per Upvote
    REDEEM NOW

What to do 2 years in advance to make myself a better cand?

This topic has 2 expert replies and 2 member replies

What to do 2 years in advance to make myself a better cand?

Post
I've officially decided that I am going to go to B-school in 2 years or so. What I want to do now is set myself up for success for a top 10 B-school. Since my GPA in my undergrad was below par I want to do what I need to now to make myself a more desirable candidate. I graduated with a 2.8 GPA. I currently work as an assistant manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. I've thought about taking some continuing education courses on business and statistics at USC or UCLA. What do you all think? I want to demonstrate that the grades I got in college are not reflective of what I am capable now. I am highly regarded by those in upper-management. I will have great recommendation letters. Should I work more with local organizations to build upon my extracurriculars? I use to work with a local political organization but my time has been consumed by my work (11.5 hour work days). I have been studying for the GMAT slowly now so I can take it successfully at the end of the year without any reservations about how much effort I put into the score. My dream is to get into Kellogg, Haas, or Stanford GSB. I know what I am capable of. I want to do what I can now to get into one of these schools. I don't want to look back 2 years from now and say that I didn't do what I could NOW to get myself into a great school.

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag

GMAT/MBA Expert

GMAT Instructor
Joined
07 Jan 2013
Posted:
417 messages
Followed by:
93 members
Upvotes:
132
GMAT Score:
750
Post
Good that you are thinking about this in advance -- given your time window, you do have the benefit of time that other candidates might not. IMHO, it's always about painting as complete of an application as possible -- but the admissions process is as much art as it is science.

A few thoughts/examples -- what types of classes brought your GPA down? Was it one particular semester? Certain types of classes? Take classes that will help show that the types of classes that tripped you up in undergrad don't and won't do so anymore.

Rounding out your personal profile to be about more than just GPA + work + GMAT is never a bad thing. Ensure you get GREAT work experience that helps paint a story about how you will contribute to the classroom AND why you want to pursue an MBA to do whatever it is you want to do after business school. Reco letters are great -- but they are just one part of the process. The best way to show you are highly regarded by senior management is to get promoted, get more responsibility and show you have impact at work.

Hope this makes sense.

-Brian

_________________
_________________
Brian Lange
Instructor, Manhattan GMAT
Expert Contributor to Beat The GMAT

Merci, Danke, Grazie, Gracias -- Whichever way you say it, if you found my post helpful, please click on the 'thank' icon in the top right corner of this post.

And I encourage you to click on 'follow' to track all my posts -- all the cool kids are doing it! Smile

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Free Manhattan Prep online events - The first class of every online Manhattan Prep course is free. Classes start every week.
Post
It was an accumulation of a multiple amount of things. I did amazing in community college. I had a major amount of stresses in my life during my last year. I basically tanked my last year. I've grown and matured since my last year in college. I want to demonstrate this growth to the admissions officers. I won't apply for B-school unless I know that I will get into a school like Kellogg, Stanford GSB, or Haas.

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag

GMAT/MBA Expert

GMAT Instructor
Joined
07 Jan 2013
Posted:
417 messages
Followed by:
93 members
Upvotes:
132
GMAT Score:
750
Post
thecalifornialife wrote:
It was an accumulation of a multiple amount of things. I did amazing in community college. I had a major amount of stresses in my life during my last year. I basically tanked my last year. I've grown and matured since my last year in college. I want to demonstrate this growth to the admissions officers. I won't apply for B-school unless I know that I will get into a school like Kellogg, Stanford GSB, or Haas.
Got it -- so then (and there is not a 'one size fits all' answer here) you need to figure out how (or if) you want to 'explain' that year. You might decide to do it directly, you might decide to take some similar classes that show your ability to do much better when what that year indicated, or perhaps you can find some logical examples from your life since then that show your accomplishment, etc.

Ultimately, it's about the whole story, and if there's a big enough red flag/question mark, ensuring that there's an understanding that it was an anomaly versus a predictive warning.

Thoughts?

-Brian

_________________
_________________
Brian Lange
Instructor, Manhattan GMAT
Expert Contributor to Beat The GMAT

Merci, Danke, Grazie, Gracias -- Whichever way you say it, if you found my post helpful, please click on the 'thank' icon in the top right corner of this post.

And I encourage you to click on 'follow' to track all my posts -- all the cool kids are doing it! Smile

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Free Manhattan Prep online events - The first class of every online Manhattan Prep course is free. Classes start every week.
Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Default Avatar
Joined
14 Feb 2012
Posted:
17 messages
Upvotes:
2
Post
A few things for you to think about doing in the next couple of years: to get promoted at work, to accumulate impressive achievements at work (especially leadership-oriented), to try to get to a situation where you manage people - preferably regular direct reports (and if that's not possible, then on a project or in a matrix), to boost your community contribution, to consider initiating/co-founding/setting up a project/department/organization (either at work, or outside of work) and making it successful, to mark a few potential recommenders and deepen/strengthen your relationship with them.
Good luck!

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
  • Kaplan Test Prep
    Free Practice Test & Review
    How would you score if you took the GMAT

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Kaplan Test Prep
  • PrepScholar GMAT
    5 Day FREE Trial
    Study Smarter, Not Harder

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    PrepScholar GMAT
  • Magoosh
    Magoosh
    Study with Magoosh GMAT prep

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Magoosh
  • Economist Test Prep
    Free Trial & Practice Exam
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Economist Test Prep
  • Veritas Prep
    Free Veritas GMAT Class
    Experience Lesson 1 Live Free

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Veritas Prep
  • Varsity Tutors
    Award-winning private GMAT tutoring
    Register now and save up to $200

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Varsity Tutors
  • Target Test Prep
    5-Day Free Trial
    5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Target Test Prep
  • EMPOWERgmat Slider
    1 Hour Free
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    EMPOWERgmat Slider
  • e-gmat Exclusive Offer
    Get 300+ Practice Questions
    25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    e-gmat Exclusive Offer
  • The Princeton Review
    FREE GMAT Exam
    Know how you'd score today for $0

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    The Princeton Review

Top First Responders*

1 Ian Stewart 64 first replies
2 Jay@ManhattanReview 53 first replies
3 Brent@GMATPrepNow 52 first replies
4 GMATGuruNY 28 first replies
5 Scott@TargetTestPrep 19 first replies
* Only counts replies to topics started in last 30 days
See More Top Beat The GMAT Members

Most Active Experts

1 image description Scott@TargetTestPrep

Target Test Prep

200 posts
2 image description Max@Math Revolution

Math Revolution

93 posts
3 image description Brent@GMATPrepNow

GMAT Prep Now Teacher

90 posts
4 image description Ian Stewart

GMATiX Teacher

71 posts
5 image description Rich.C@EMPOWERgma...

EMPOWERgmat

68 posts
See More Top Beat The GMAT Experts