Give it to me straight...
3.3 gpa from non target public uni in finance/accounting. GMAT: aiming for 720 (let's keep this a variable). 20 months at a fortune 5 oil company in their finance rotational program; I've been moved to jobs with greater responsibility 2 times in these 20 months (considered move ups at my company). I intend to begin business school in the fall of 2014 (will have 3.5-4 yrs of experience by then).
I have just started working with a refugee organization in Houston that does teenage mentoring for a few hours per week. I am also very close to joining a non-profit organization that specializes in consulting Houston area small business on how to run an efficient and profitable business.
I have started an alternative transcript at UCLA Extention...I have taken one class, Corporate Finance, got an A+ in it...I will be taking Calculus and maybe Statistics next year to prove that I can do my math. Also, I am sitting for the CFA level 2 in June...I definitely have a tight schedule for the next 1-2 years.
I am really trying to bust my butt to make it into Columbia/NYU. The reason I am choosing these schools is not only because of their academic rankings but also because they are in NYC....2 years in the City would be pretty badass.
If I can't get into these schools then my next choice would be to go to Rice in Houston. I am not interested in going out west or any other area besides NYC..
My post-MBA goals are to get into Energy IB. I am working as a finance/performance analyst on the trade floor of this oil company, i am learning the business well...i think I can transfer this technical knowledge to an Energy IB firm...that's my angle.
Any advice is appreciated..
You're making the right moves and are smart to be starting the process so early. Doing so really allows you to actually improve your qualifications and you are clearly doing so. Good work.
Other possible additional steps:
1 Get some international exposure -- either on or off the job. You may have it and just haven't mentioned it.
2. Leadership -- You may have had it in college or in the organization where you volunteer. Just be able to show it somewhere.
You may also want to consider Yale, which is pretty close to NYC and has strong ties to Wall St. or Chicago, which I realize isn't in NYC, but could help get you that IB job that you seem to want. And that would be in NYC.
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