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Joined: 05 Jan 2014
Posts: 10
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Strategy
GMAT 1: 760 Q48 V47
GPA: 3.31
WE: Accounting (Consulting)
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Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2014, 14:42

I would very much appreciate some feedback on my application profile. My target school is Columbia but will be applying to other top 10 programs (Stanford, Haas, Wharton...). Am I being realistic? Thank you!

About myself:
1. White male, 28 years old

2. Employment overview: Litigation/Forensic Accounting Consultant at reputable firm with 5 years of work experience, 2 promotions with the most recent being to a management position. Decent leadership experience, multiple engagements where I managed large teams of consultants. Expect strong LOR's from immediate manager and managing director who I have worked with my entire career.

3. Education: 3.31 GPA from smaller private So Cal university (think LMU, Chapman, Pomona), finance major. The honest story is I did not "get it" as an undergrad and did not take school seriously. Once I got an internship it lit a fire and I came back to school hungry and determined to prove myself. Last year in school had a 3.86 GPA in mostly finance, accounting, and math classes. Some of these classes were re-dos bc I had C's previously and wanted to improve my GPA.

4. Level III candidate in the CFA program, I sit for Level III in June.

5. Extra curriculars: I started a small real estate investment company in 2012 with two partners to purchase a foreclosed property, rehabilitate it, and rent it out. Currently own a 3 unit rental property with strong cash flow return. Rehabbed from a foreclosed and vacant disaster to safe clean home for 3 families. Unsure how to best present this story.

Manage personal equity portfolio in line with my interest in value investing.

Somewhat limited as far as philanthropy. Have been involved with a variety of charitable causes and events but little long term commitment. Working to continue involvement with some of the organizations I have volunteered with in the past. Home building project in Mexico, volunteer home rehab in low income neighborhoods, trying to become a mentor but it may be a bit late for that.

6. Career goal: Work as an analyst or associate at a top asset management firm or value focused hedge fund. Eventually start my own fund using a value strategy. Focus on long term approach, low risk strategy, ethical dealing with investors, and advocacy of shareholder rights.

7. GMAT: 760 (48Q, 47V), 8 IR, 5 AWA, first attempt.

I want to apply early decision to Columbia as I believe my career goals align best with their program. I plan to visit this spring, attend an information session and class visit, and meet with students and faculty. I will also be visiting Stanford and Haas, possibly Wharton as well. Considering Anderson as a semi-safety, hope that doesn't come across as naive or arrogant. I would greatly appreciate any feedback or advice.

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Re: Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2014, 16:23
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The key thing to remember is that as unique as everyone feels they are, there are others with similar traits in the application process. For example, I had a client this year who was also a forensic accountant with extensive litigation experience and a good GMAT score. Like it or not, as a white male in the US, you need to really dig deeply for uniqueness in the b-school application process and in the end, must have the total package in order to hit with these top schools. I agree that your profile is really strong, and you should indeed get attention from the top schools if you have a well crafted application, but I am glad also that you have some backup plans (read:safety schools) in mind just in case, because the super elite schools are in the unfortunate position every year to reject thousands of well qualified applicants. Your application pool is deep and wide, so continue cultivating these unique attributes and let us know if we can help.

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