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Preparing for application to B-School, Please review Paul [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2008, 06:40
Hi Paul,

I would love your advice on my profile, I'm either looking to improve upon this or see if it would be enough now to get into part-time Chicago GSB. I have yet to take the GMAT, what do you think I should shoot for? I was planning on something well over 700 since I am weak in leadership and EC's plus I do not have much that stands out but if I can't get in with the below and well over 700 I plan on improving on those.

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2.5 years as a senior financial analyst at a fortune top 25 firm in there structured finance trustee group. Looking to get into something new now that will allow me to use my investment decision making skills more, but I have had exceptional growth here and do have some leadership roles that would help. Plus currently it is a great analytical role which I hear would be great for Chicago GSB.

School - state shcool- finance - gpa 3.7 major gpa 3.92

Passed all three levels of CFA exam, Charter pending 1.5 more years experience.

EC's are lacking, only major thing in undergrad was Investment Foundation Club where we ran a foundation's investment policy, i.e. asset allocation, stock selection.

Goals - is to manage an alternative investment/private equity fund or consulting, and I would love to get more involved in the community. Also interested in international/emerging markert investments.

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Re: Preparing for application to B-School, Please review Paul [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2008, 12:45
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AM23Finance,

As it stands, I think Chicago part-time would be a definite long-shot for you even with a 740-plus GMAT. The professional exposure looks great, but the leadership does not, and there's nothing outside of work to compensate. Unless you come from an uncommon applicant group I would say you need to work on the leadership profile in a big way for an additional year, then apply. You are still on the young side. A solid leadership role in a community group (i.e., board position or leading people) could make a big difference, as of course could more leadership roles at work.

Hope this helps,

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Re: Preparing for application to B-School, Please review Paul [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2008, 11:14
Paul,

Thanks for the review, much appreciated. I did graduate summa cum laude as well which should help and I hear Chicago GSB likes CFA, but anyhow I basically figured I needed to work on the things you laid out and I do have some time so I should be able to improve on those. Any other info you can provide that can increase my chances to Chicago GSB in a years time?

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Well, if you know that's the school for you, start networking with students and alums. Always helps to reference specific Chicago people when explaining why you want to enroll there.

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