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Please Evaluate - Recent Graduate [#permalink]
16 Feb 2008, 17:50
I'll keep this short and to the point. I am looking primarily at an IMBA from South Carolina (Moore). International finance and consulting is my target career. Other potential schools include Purdue, Texas, Ohio State, Penn State (in no particular order). Do I have a decent/good shot at any of these schools? A very brief and general overview of my stats is listed below.
Age: 22 Location: United States GPA: 3.91/4.0 (Only 2 B's in undergrad at selective/highly selective midwest liberal arts university. 4.0 GPA in 6 of 8 semesters) Major: Finance Minors: Economics, Accounting Numerous academic scholarships in undergrad, including one my senior year from The Boeing Co. GMAT: 660 (First try and I will retake in hopes of 690+) Study Abroad in Australia for 1/2 year Two summer internships in non-finance role. Other countries visited: Mexico, Tunisia Current Job: Out of college, I started working as a mutual funds accountant for a Fortune 500 company. I am the lead accountant on 3 mutual funds, 2 of which are multi-billion dollar funds with a huge variety of securities, domestic and foreign. While I am the lead on these funds, I do not manage any people. I started out as the lead on only 2 funds, but was given a thrid fund after one month, and sometimes pick up a fourth when others are out of the office. This job requires extensive knowledge of finance AND accounting practices. Economics knowledge is not necessary, but helpful. I am active in a volunteer program through my work, and another in the community. I have other community volunteer experience in the past, including a leadership role. Im active in other random extracurriculars (sports, photography, travel)
My age and lack of experience seem to hurt, but I have been told by admissions officers and current MBA students that they may also help. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, and I'll take advice from anyone. Thanks!!!
I apologize for not seeing your post before today. You do seem to have a strong profile relative to your age in terms of professional experience. Your GMAT is fine for all these schools, so the only issue is your age. Ohio State, Purdue, and Penn State all admit a fairly heft percentage of applicants with 1 year or less of work experience (6-8% of their class), so you should be well received by them. And South Carolina admits a whopping 18% of applicants like yourself, so they may welcome you with open arms. Texas admits only about 1% so that may be your toughest bet.
Thanks Mr. Bodine. No worries on the delay. I was a little worried about my profile but that calms me a little. Just one other question, other than my age and undergrad GPA, what one thing do you recommend I improve or strengthen before applying this fall? I don't expect a promotion soon since I haven't even been at my company for a year. Improve my GMAT, community work, etc? Any advice?
Since your current community work is through your work, you could strengthen your community/volunteer profile by getting something going outside of work, ideally in a leadership role (i.e., coordinating others, board role, starting an organization, etc.).