MBA - Applying R2 - Need Some Perspective
Hi all - interested in how my profile, especially my career switch and lowish GPA, will be perceived by Adcoms. Any other advice or perspective is greatly appreciated
- Work experience:
- 5 years at a T2-3 consulting firm in the Strategy group (group hires from top 5-15 MBA programs)
- ~ 1 year full time real estate salesperson, past 15 months have been working in project management for a general contractor focused on multi-family, current project is ~$120M
- Extra curriculars and other experience: In college I was part of a group that competed on a nationally televised talent show (~20M viewers watched the season finale). We ended up going all the way to the season finale, getting 3rd overall on the show. After the show I took a year off school between my sophomore and junior year to travel the country as a part of the nationwide tour with the other top 10 acts of the show. After the tour we performed the show full time, performing at corporate events and traveling to make guest appearances on similar TV shows in both the UK and Germany. After the year off I returned to school but was still involved with performance group until ~3 years after I graduated. Post college I have been involved in pretty basic stuff - intramural sports, community service events a few times a year
- Undergrad school/major: Chemical Engineering from a large public school, T-15 engineering
- Race/nationality: White
- Sex: Male
- Age: 31 at matriculation
- GMAT Score: 730 (V45 Q46)
- Undergrad GPA: 3.34
- Coming back to junior year Chemical Engineering classes after traveling the country for a year was a tough transition, this impacted my GPA.
- Why I want an MBA: After my 5 years in consulting I didn't really see myself becoming a manager (which would indicate becoming a career consultant), which I was about to get promoted to. I have always been passionate about real estate (did my own home renovation, own land in another country with plans to develop on it), so decided to jump in as a full time realtor. This was good experience to learn about what the end consumer is looking for, but I wanted to learn more about the entire lifecycle of the development process. A year later I started in project management at a general contractor. In my current role I interact with the developers, design team, and sub-contractors. This has given me great exposure to the build process, but my long term goal is to work in real estate finance on the owner side, working in acquisitions or capital raising for a developer. Post-MBA my target jobs would be either a real estate group for an investment bank, which would give me great exposure to the industry as whole and how real estate companies think about their capital needs, or for a large vertically integrated real estate investor.
- Target schools: Georgetown McDonough, UVA, UNC, Cornell
- Reach schools: NYU and maybe Columbia or Wharton, although I am not sure I would be a very competitive applicant at these two programs.
Any feedback on any part of my profile is greatly appreciated. I am concerned on how my career switch from consulting to real estate will be perceived. Any other east coast schools you would recommend?