I've planning on 2011 intake and I would like hear objective opinion on how my profile looks.Sex:
30(when I matriculate in 2011)Education:
UC Berkeley, BA Double Major in Economics and Cognitive Science, GPA 3.27
Johns Hopkins, MA in Applied Economics, GPA 3.74GMAT:
740 Q49 V41 AWA 5.5Work Experience:
03/2005 to 09/2008
Government agency dealing with the labor data --- I belonged to the branch that dealt with the collection of employment data and I was primarily responsible in evaluating the performance of different data collection centers. I also used SAS to develop applications to aid daily task for the people in my branch.
Litigation Consulting --- supported principal economists in analyzing labor data to present the data to the lawyers. I dealt with mostly wage and hour analysis and used STATA to analyze large datasets(over 20,000 employees across 4+ year span).
Government agency dealing with the labor data --- got laid off from the litigation consulting job and used my connection from my previous stint to get the job. I now belong to a branch that deals with the data flow within the program and I've been developing SAS programs to facilitate the daily operations.Extra Curricular Activities:
Tutored underprivileged children from K-12
Served as a board member for the fitness facility within the government organization
Served as a board member of alumni club chapter in Washington DC --- primary responsibility included fostering the relationship between the alumni and the current students
Serving as a treasurer of the clubCareer Goals:
Short term, I'd like to specialize in finance at business school and come back to DC and work at regulatory agencies such as SEC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency or the Department of Treasury. I think my government experience gives me a unique perspective on what government can do and I know it's easier to get back into the government once you have been in the system.
To be completely honest, I'm not 100% certain on what I want to do long term. I'd like to parlay the experience that I learn from the regulation and provide service to individual investors to make sure that the investments they make are sound. My family does not come from much and I'd like to help people who are in the same situation as my parents. Not sure if there's even a possibility in that area but I'm still contemplating. I perceive myself as a quantitative person and I'd like to use my strength to help people plan for the future.Extra:
Fluent in Korean, completed a half-marathon and a marathonSchools:
Reach: Chicago, Columbia, Dartmouth
Range: UCLA, Duke
Safety: I haven't decided...Weakness:
So far, I have not had a chance to lead a group of people professionally. My leadership experience mostly comes from my extracurricular activities. I don't think that I'm not capable to lead people but rather the job situations never enabled me to lead people.
My long term plans are not concrete just yet. At least that's something that I can work on.
My UGPA is on the lower side.Questions:
I'd like to know my chances and if there are any ways to increase my chances of candidacy.
I actually did not choose any safety schools because I think it's very important to attend schools with great reputation in order to secure a position within the government. Are there any schools that I should consider in my range and my safety?
Thank you for your time. It would be great to hear some professional opinions.