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!
Stats by August 2014
28, Asian-American, Raised in the Bronx, NY. Moved to Houston by myself to graduate HS.
2.64 (downward trend) Economics degree from UT-Austin in Dec. 2009. No excuse, I spent 100% building a student organization that I'm still very active with today.
GMAT Goal: 710+, exam scheduled for September 14, 2013 at 8AM CST
WE: Sales Team Manager at Apple - business development and strategies for the Apple Online Store, Australia. I've also built my own consulting practice working with a successful Startup in Austin, TX, managing their online brand and helping them with analytics.
Past WE: Financial Services advising at Northwestern Mutual Financial, Equities Trading at Kershner Trading Group
Post-MBA Goals: Strategy Consulting or Brand Management in Tech/Fashion
EC: 3 years of National Council on Fraternity (VP, President), Current Chairman of Texas Exes, Asian Alumni Network (2012-2014)
Target: (1) Stern (2) Fuqua (3) McCombs (FT/PT)
Giving this 110%. I appreciate all advice and encouragement. Thank you, everyone.