MBA Profile feedback

Hi everyone!

I am from Argentina and I need your help deciding where to apply and your opinions on my profile (also I need to consider $$$ and scholarships)

  • 1st Gen, Latina, Female, 31 years old
  • GMAT 710
  • Marketing degree, 3.6
  • Ecs: In my previous company in the Recruiting Team, and Volunteering during Covid in my city.
  • Pre MBA: CPG industry (3 different jobs, all of them in F500 companies).
    Roles: Supply chain, Sales, Trade marketing. Several promotions.
    Also, I helped during an M&A in one of my previous roles (which led me to a promotion after 6 months).
  • Current role: Sales Account Manager (Modern Trade & Retail)
  • Post MBA: Consulting 

Schools: CBS, NYU, Kellogg, LBS. Any other suggestions?

What do you think?

Thanks in advance

Comments (10)

  • Business School in CorpStrat
Sep 13, 2022 - 10:44pm

Tuck/Darden. 

I would also throw in any other M7, that's a nice profile (being URM female may play into your favor when it comes to having a handful of options after your application cycle).

Sep 14, 2022 - 10:07am
procrastinator, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Will do, thanks a lot for your reply!

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Sep 14, 2022 - 12:15pm
mrharveyspecter, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Your profile is probably about 20-30 points away on the GMAT from being a decent profile at a Harvard/Stanford/Wharton type if you wanted. Something to consider if you have the time/resources to try and improve that. Another option would be to take the GRE and if you could show a better GRE score, relative to how it compares to the GMAT, that could do the trick too. 

Just being honest, Non US, 1st gen, URM female with some strong F500 brands on your resume and promotions and an upward trajectory will make you competitive at nearly all B-Schools. If you had a 740 on the GMAT, I'd say you would be a 50%+ chance that H/S would take a hard look at you. As of now, with your current profile, I'd say you're more in the M7/Top 10-15 type of range. The GMAT is a little low, but given the rest of the profile, it's likely one of those schools would accept you.

Consulting is a good goal and any easy one to achieve, I'd probably make sure to write some aspirational stuff about how long-term you want to build/run a CPG business in Latin America or something like that. Ad coms will eat that up.

If I were you, I'd add Booth to the list, strong ties to Latin America, great consulting placement. Probably drop NYU, you can do better. Tuck/Darden as safeties are good. Maybe add Yale as well as a safety. So top choices would be Columbia/Kellogg/Booth, safeties are Tuck/Darden/Yale. 

And again, if you think you get inch up on that GMAT, you're very close to being competitive at H/S and it's likely worth shooting for that if you can. Good luck!

Sep 14, 2022 - 12:55pm
procrastinator, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Perfect. Thank you for the feedback!

I will take into account all of that, and also thanks for your time! 

  • Associate 2 in IB - Cov
Sep 15, 2022 - 2:26pm

+1 for Booth. Have a friend there and current class of 2nd years is like 15% Latin. Assume incoming class is similar.   

Sep 14, 2022 - 12:47pm
arbjunkie, what's your opinion? Comment below:

FYI being latina/URM is not considered if you are not a US citizen. You will be competing in the international bucket, specifically among other argentinians at the most granular level and across latam at the next level up. this means you don't get the boost that a US hispanic would get.

HOWEVER there aren't many apps from argentina vs Brazil so still a solid pool to be in.

I think you are more of a T15 candidate than M7 based on what is here. GPA is fine but doesn't matter for internationals (your GPA isn't considered in rankings). GMAT is below average.

work experience is like a B+ in my opinion: F500 is solid, not as good as a big consulting firm or bank but at least people will know what it is. If your role has a long history of people getting promoted into management/sending people to top US MBAs then upgrade this to an A-

overall I would say NYU is a target, CBS/Kellogg more of a reach. for US schools consider adding in consulting focused T15s like Duke/Darden

  • Intern in ER
Sep 14, 2022 - 1:07pm

I go to CBS and it seems like the vast majority of LatAm people are sponsored MBB people, all have good backgrounds/profiles and are going back to consulting post-MBA. As you suggested, US latina/Mexico/Central America background is much more beneficial than being from South America, which is a pretty well-represented group here IMO.

Would second the other commenter who said to get your GMAT up if you want to be a lock, otherwise it's a bit of a crapshoot.

Sep 14, 2022 - 2:08pm
arbjunkie, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I dont think they're all sponsored MBB, but most internationals with experience abroad (outside the US) worked at large international professional services firms (BB banks, consulting firms including big 4, big 4 accounting), probably because these experiences give more confidence they will be marketable to US employers

Sep 15, 2022 - 7:07pm
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