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I am planning on applying for business school in 2-3 years. Just wanted some direction, areas of improvement, advice until then. Also, any target schools I should be looking at would be helpful (top 15 if possible). I plan to stay in finance/asset management after B school. Here's my general profile.
Undergrad: Univ Southern California (2006) Major: Business (Finance) GPA: 3.36 Current Age: 24
Work Experience Currently working for a money manager as an Associate Securities Analyst. Was hired in 2006 as a Portfolio Manager Assistant. Was promoted after 1.5 yrs to current position in the research dept where I assist senior analysts in researching companies. Likely will be promoted 1-2 more times in next 2-3 years. Just took LIII of the CFA.
Outside Activities: In college, traveled throughout New Zealand with international students to do volunteer conservation work and travel for 5 weeks. Played rugby in college and currently playing for a top club team. Traveled to countries in south/central america, kenya, australia, new zealand. Speak conversational spanish.
I haven't been able to do much outside of work due to rugby and studying for the CFA the past 2 years. I plan to get involved with a volunteer org (working with children possibly) to show/work on leadership ability.
Will take the GMAT when I become more certain about attending grad school. Shooting for 700+ like everyone else. Thanks for your input.
Your profile seems to be coming together well, especially in your professional career progress. The same cannot be said of your extracurricular/social impact profile. You need to find some activity that is distinctive, reflects your passions, and that you can engage in a leadership role (coordinating others, shaping organization's vision, etc.). If you do then you should be competitive at several top 15 schools. The top schools in finance where you may have a chance would include Chicago, MIT Sloan, UCLA, Stern, Yale, etc.