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April 5, 2020 12:43am ET
Applying: UCI Merage, UCLA Anderson, USC / Marshall
Intake Year: 2020
Pre-MBA Career: Engineering, Project Management, Operations
Post-MBA Target Industry: Consulting, Media, Consumer Goods, MF, Auto, Aerospace Companies: Deloitte , KPMG , McKinsey , Walt Disney , Nestle , GM , Tesla , Other
GMAT: 710
GPA: 3.25
Years of Work Experience: 12
Location: California
Post MBA Location: Southern California

I realize that on paper I am a better FEMBA or EMBA applicant, but due to a corporate restructuring, the paper mill I was working at in Southern California closed, and I was laid off on 3/5 as an operations manager. Despite being offered opportunities with that company outside of SoCal, my family and I were not in the position at that time to move (new baby). I have a healthy severance and savings and would like to pivot my career in a drastically different direction. In fact, based on my background, I will have to pivot my career in a drastically different direction in order to stay in Southern California.

My work experience is all over the place:
1. Mechanical Engineer with a Heat Transfer Focus for the first 6 years of my career (in Houston and Los Angeles)
2. Next 4 years I was in Project Management in oil and gas and the paper industry (Los Angeles)
3. Last 2 years I've been an Operations Manager in the paper industry working at a unionized factory. (Los Angeles)

Last year, I made it to the 3rd and final round of an interview with MBB and was rejected because I had an admittedly poor showing with my case study interviews. I hope that I can get back into the good graces of strategy consulting and bolster my connections with the full-time MBA experience. Moving out of Southern California is out of the question right now (wife, kids, family - everyone is here). Aside from consulting, I'd like to leverage my passion for cars and mechanical engineering to consult in the automotive industry, or break through in the media industry due to the opportunities in Los Angeles.