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Joined: 20 Oct 2011
Posts: 8
Location: United States
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Marketing
Schools: CBS '14
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V39
GPA: 2.5
WE: Investment Banking (Investment Banking)
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AM I OK?? [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2011, 07:17
Hey all,

I was hoping you could give me a little guidance. My profile is probably a little different from most.

SO I am 29 and Australian. Will be 30 early next year. Now this may or may not be a good thing to say when applying, but I've taken a couple of extra years to work out what I want to do career wise.

So I graduated from Sydney University (top tier Australian university) in mid 2004 with a bachelor of economics. I had 3 majors (finance, econometrics and economics). My grades well, how can I say, terrible.

In September 2004, after I began working at Macquarie Bank, a International investment bank, based in Australia (the largest Australian IB, ~28,000 staff and np of $1b an)

I worked there for 4 years, promoted twice. I did some M&A work, helped start a couple of businesses (such as a taxi network / payments business etc --> you can look that one up as it got allot of press here "lime taxis"), helped work on a few structured products, and some property transaction. Basically I'm very solid when it comes to evaluating businesses, M/A, strategy and valuation etc - the core skills of IB) I left in late 2008 on my own free will. I then travelled a bit, and tried to start my own business, but never went through with it. Something I plan to do post MBA.

I started a Masters of Economics at the beginning of 2010, and my grades this time were great, GPA equal to 3.75 or maybe higher. But I only did one semester full-time, and then I started work for another company.

I worked for a former colleague of mine from Macquarie Bank, in a small lobby group. Well actually it’s not so small for a lobby group, Nationally it would have maybe 50-60 staff. 12 in NSW where I was. Initially I began as a consultant, working on a specific submission to the NSW government, after a while, a manager there left, and I was offered the job as manager of policy in NSW, however, I only worked in this capacity until September this year, as I realised it wasn't for me and wanted to get into private equity. I could probably try straight away, but I want to do an MBA first. Allot of my past skills and jobs are related.

I did the GMAT 2 weeks ago and got 710 87th % verbal 85th % quant 92% overall

I plan to do it again in 2 weeks, since I only finished 85% - 90% of the questiojns and was not thinking very clearly during it. I'm sure I can do better. 5 on the AWA. (as a side question, do i need to go higher than 710)

Ofcourse I would like to get into a top school, I don't want to and I won't settle for second best. If I can't get into a top school in the US, I will look at ASIA. Do you think I will stand a good chance??

Thank you very much for taking a look at my profile.

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Re: AM I OK?? [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2011, 09:12
Potentially... problem will be age and a clear career path. What is your goal? PE? What firms / what region? How will an MBA get you there? Can you piece it together and have a concise story... I still think the age will be an issue depending when you apply but that's just me
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Intern
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Joined: 20 Oct 2011
Posts: 8
Location: United States
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Marketing
Schools: CBS '14
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V39
GPA: 2.5
WE: Investment Banking (Investment Banking)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 0

Re: AM I OK?? [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2011, 17:10
CLASS PROFILE (Official Figures)
MBA Student Profile — Class Entering 2011 (January and August)

Hey mate,

I just clicked the CBS link on your profile, and this came up......average age 28 ---> I am 29

I don't think 1 - 2 years is a big difference, but I could be missing something. Could you elaborate?

Yeah I agree to a certain extent about the career path thing, but also beleve by doing different things and not sticking to one thing, you can best work out what you want from the future.

Applications Received 6692
Applicants Accepted 1062
Acceptance Rate 16%
Class Size 751, divided into 11 clusters [August: 548 divided into 8 clusters and J-Term: 203 divided into 3 clusters]
GMAT Scores (middle 80%) 680–760
Undergraduate GPA (middle 80%) 3.1–3.8 [Average: 3.5]
Work Experience (middle 80%) 3–7 years [Average: 5 Years]
At Least One Year of Work Experience 100%
Average age 28
Women 35%
International Citizens 38%
Re: AM I OK??   [#permalink] 20 Oct 2011, 17:10
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