Software Engineer Targets UCLA Anderson for Product Management

Applicant Stats

UCLA Anderson

  • Undergraduate Institution
    Stanford University
  • Pre-MBA Industry: 
    Tech (software engineering)
  • Career Goals: 
    Transition into Product Management
  • Admitted At:
    Anderson, Kellogg, Tuck
  • Coach:
    Alice

Highlights From Gus’s Story 

#1: Starting From Page One

As a software engineer, Gus knew he was coming into the MBA process as a non-traditional applicant. He also knew that with his goal to transition into product management, he needed an MBA. Unsure as to what he was looking for in business school, Gus needed someone who knew the ins-and-outs of both the application process and the schools themselves. 

#2: Early Preparation to Optimize Potential 

After consulting with David, Gus decided to hold off on applying for a year in order to completely prepare for the process and reach his maximum potential. Thanks to his early start in the Menlo Coaching Early Bird service, Gus was able to overcome an initial lack of workplace leadership experience by taking on more responsibility in the lead up to his target round. By the end of his year-long wait, Gus was as competitive as other applicants with more traditional career trajectories—leading to a (full ride) merit-based scholarship to UCLA Anderson. 

#3: Personal Touch

Gus felt confident in his decision to work with Menlo Coaching, and he felt that David and the team was completely invested in his success: Alice and Leslie made themselves available to discuss his application and took the time to get to know Gus personally. In the end, he felt a real sense of camaraderie with Menlo Coaching: “they believed in me, not just my resume.”

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