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Location: United States (TX)
Concentration: Strategy, Finance
GMAT 1: 670 Q45 V38
GPA: 2.6
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Looking for guidance and direction. Excited for feedback! [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2012, 18:38
Hello friends,

I am currently looking to change my professional career path and am looking for a way to get back into finance (worked at a popular equities trading firm in Austin, TX for 18 months). Since then I've jumped into an entry level sales job at a reputable tech company and have progressed my way into several promotions. I currently am on management (Assistant Manager, in charge of training and development) right now (a jump from $35k to $65k in two years if that matters) and while the experience has been very helpful and rewarding, it hasn't stimulated and challenged me as much as my time spent at a financial-related firm.

Here are some potential stats I'll have at the moment of possible enrollment:
27-28 (Asian-American male) at moment of possible enrollment - I'm 26 now.
690 (41/41) - Signed up for June 1, 2012 Exam for a shot to raise my Quant.
2.64 economics gpa from UT-Austin - Will take 3 additional courses to get my "Business Foundations" Certificate from the McCombs Undergrad Department (Finance, and 2 Calculus courses).
~50-60 months of experience depending when I apply
Extracurriculars: National President of my Fraternity, Marketing Coordinator for Texas Exes (Alumni group), Seasonal Basketball Coach for i9 Sports group


I know there are some holes in my profile and can handle the criticism. I am definitely excited though to get everyone's opinion on which top 50 programs I can look at or what I can do in the next two years to become more competitive? I am currently researching UT Austin, Texas A&M, and UT Dallas in-state and NYU and Harvard up north. I can't control my downfalls as a college student but am certainly looking to exploit every opportunity I can within the next 2 years to improve my overall profile. What's your opinion? Thank you, team!
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Re: Looking for guidance and direction. Excited for feedback! [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2012, 23:42
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Allright dude, I like your excitement!
Overall I feel like you have a pretty honest profile. Depends on what you get on your GMAT the next time around, but with a 690 you should be fine at the in state schools. A 690 is also strong enough for NYU up East. Harvard with your GPA and GMAT is a bit of a long shot. Other shcools you might want to look into: Johnson, Tepper, Anderson, Kenan Flagler.

Best of luck to ya!
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Joined: 30 Mar 2012
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Location: United States (TX)
Concentration: Strategy, Finance
GMAT 1: 670 Q45 V38
GPA: 2.6
WE: Supply Chain Management (Consumer Electronics)
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 13

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Re: Looking for guidance and direction. Excited for feedback! [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2012, 00:19
Thank you, precisionessay! I will definitely look into the schools you've mentioned especially Kenan Flagler.

Just a follow-up question: is there anything else you think can help me improve my overall profile? From your reply, it seems that you don't think my low UG GPA will necessarily cause a ding and that the GMAT will play a bigger part. Can you give me a bit of your perspective on the weight of your UG GPA vs. GMAT?

Thanks, again!
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Re: Looking for guidance and direction. Excited for feedback! [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2012, 22:03
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You got it dude. And good luck to you in the meanwhile
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