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Profile Eval - Non Traditional [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2014, 01:29
I am looking for some guidance on where I might be a competitive applicant. Many thanks for your help in advance.

English M 29
GMAT - 740 (49 / 41)
Undergrad - BA Economics SEC School - GPA 2.3 (Multi Fs)

Work Experience : (2 promotions in 3.5 years / 1 individual award / all in London)
- 18 months as an associate in Ops at an Asset Manager
- 1 year as an Assistant Vice President in Internal Strategy at a Bulge Bracket IB
- 1 year as a Vice President Global Product Manager in Analytics at the same BB IVB

ECs:
2 years of professional rugby in Europe before university
During college: club rugby team, VP & Treasurer for rugby team. Worked 30hrs/wk for a family business (defense contractor)
Post college: local youth rugby team coach, Arts & Culture Network board member (work organization)

GPA Mitigation: No drama, simply didnt realize the value of education at that point in my life and focused too much on rugby, work and other ECs. I am the first in my family to graduate from high school and simply wasn't prepared for college. I have an alternate transcript of 4 courses of a quantative nature all with As.
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Posts: 64
Location: United States
Schools: HBS '16, INSEAD (M)
GMAT 1: 760 Q51 V41
GPA: 3.94
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Re: Profile Eval - Non Traditional [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2014, 15:04
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davis98 wrote:
I am looking for some guidance on where I might be a competitive applicant. Many thanks for your help in advance.

English M 29
GMAT - 740 (49 / 41)
Undergrad - BA Economics SEC School - GPA 2.3 (Multi Fs)

Work Experience : (2 promotions in 3.5 years / 1 individual award / all in London)
- 18 months as an associate in Ops at an Asset Manager
- 1 year as an Assistant Vice President in Internal Strategy at a Bulge Bracket IB
- 1 year as a Vice President Global Product Manager in Analytics at the same BB IVB

ECs:
2 years of professional rugby in Europe before university
During college: club rugby team, VP & Treasurer for rugby team. Worked 30hrs/wk for a family business (defense contractor)
Post college: local youth rugby team coach, Arts & Culture Network board member (work organization)

GPA Mitigation: No drama, simply didnt realize the value of education at that point in my life and focused too much on rugby, work and other ECs. I am the first in my family to graduate from high school and simply wasn't prepared for college. I have an alternate transcript of 4 courses of a quantative nature all with As.



Davis, you have an impressive profile. Your work experience, ECs and GMAT score make you competitive for any top school. Your complimentary course work and good GMAT score should be sufficient enough for adcom to convince that you have the analytical/quant skills to deal with the coursework.

Given your experience, I assume that your post-MBA career goal is PE/VC or IB. If that's the case, then you should apply to LBS, Booth, Columbia and Wharton as your top choices. Choose a couple of safety schools beyond M7 for hedging your risks.
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Re: Profile Eval - Non Traditional [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2014, 16:53
davis98,
Your successful career, professional rugby story, GMAT score, and alternative transcript will go a long way toward mitigating your GPA. I suggest writing an optional essay focusing not on the 'value of education' angle but on the 'first in the family' material and the amount of time your rugby and work required. I think you could be competitive at UK programs like Oxford and Cambridge (and below) and at US programs I recommend spreading your odds by applying to a range of schools, e.g., Duke, Cornell, Michigan, Darden etc.

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davis98 wrote:
I am looking for some guidance on where I might be a competitive applicant. Many thanks for your help in advance.

English M 29
GMAT - 740 (49 / 41)
Undergrad - BA Economics SEC School - GPA 2.3 (Multi Fs)

Work Experience : (2 promotions in 3.5 years / 1 individual award / all in London)
- 18 months as an associate in Ops at an Asset Manager
- 1 year as an Assistant Vice President in Internal Strategy at a Bulge Bracket IB
- 1 year as a Vice President Global Product Manager in Analytics at the same BB IVB

ECs:
2 years of professional rugby in Europe before university
During college: club rugby team, VP & Treasurer for rugby team. Worked 30hrs/wk for a family business (defense contractor)
Post college: local youth rugby team coach, Arts & Culture Network board member (work organization)

GPA Mitigation: No drama, simply didnt realize the value of education at that point in my life and focused too much on rugby, work and other ECs. I am the first in my family to graduate from high school and simply wasn't prepared for college. I have an alternate transcript of 4 courses of a quantative nature all with As.

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Re: Profile Eval - Non Traditional [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2014, 10:48
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I agree with the posters above - you have a really interesting profile and I think you can do a lot with it. From an academic perspective, look - you've done everything you can possibly do. Amazing GMAT (well done!) and a strong alternative transcript. So that is what it is. From here on out, leverage the things that make you different and put together a story that makes sense! If you want to talk about the process or what that story might look like, don't hesitate to reach out!

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