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profile eval please! [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2011, 06:52
Here is my profile for evaluation. Would love to hear any thoughts you might have!

Demographic: 27/M/American
Education:
- BA in Economics from Harvard, GPA 3.18, June 2006
- GMAT 730 (V44, Q47)

Fluent in German and French

Work: 5.5 years by Sept 2012
- currently: 3.8 years at an independent asset manager based in Zurich, Switzerland. Promoted twice. As V.P. now run the office on a day-to-day basis (5 staff). Helped founder restructure and refocus business, growing assets by 50% to ~$225mm as a result. Deal directly with clients in 15+ countries, i.e. in their homes, and therefore have learned how to connect with a wide-variety of people. Successful mentoring of three direct reports. Very much an international, entrepreneurial environment.

- previously: 1.7 years in equity research at Eaton Vance, a $200B mutual fund company in Boston. Worked with analysts and portfolio managers on several multi-billion dollar funds, focused on analyzing companies in the energy and IT industries to find potential investment opportunities. Promoted at the earliest possible time.

- summer jobs during college:
-research-writer for Let's Go Travel Guides in Switzerland (a best-selling travel guide)
-taught English/helped design and run an English-learning camp for ~50 children in Russia as a contractor for Moscow's largest English language school


Extracurriculars:
- volunteer co-coach a master's crew team in Zurich, led them to a Swiss championship in the Master's 8+ in 2010
- At Harvard, rowed on the nationally top-ranked lightweight crew team
- Was elected co-president of a 50+ member student group (student astronomers)


Goals:
- during MBA: as many courses on entrepreneurship and product manufacturing as possible, internship at a start-up
- post MBA: entrepreneurship, see below
- dream: want to start, grow and run a world-class manufacturing conglomerate and bring high-value manufacturing back to the US!

Schools:
- Harvard, Stanford, MIT Sloan

Would love to hear your thoughts! Also, I have my applications pretty much finished and am wondering if a 780+ GMAT would help in any significant way.

Thanks!
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Re: profile eval please! [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2011, 09:35
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Hi ack424,

Thanks for posting. To answer your question regarding the GMAT, if you believe you can improve your score by 50 points it will help, although considering your high GMAT score it will not make or break your application. Once you hit a certain GMAT score, which you have, any increase in score becomes increasingly less important.

With regards to your application, your undergraduate GPA is a bit low. You may want to read this case study of a candidate with a low GPA: http://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehens ... ies/case5/

For the schools you have targeted, particularly HBS, I want to emphasize that they are looking to cultivate leaders. I strongly recommend you emphasize your leadership throughout your application.

I have also listed school specific advice here:

Harvard: http://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehens ... ies/case5/
Stanford: http://www.stacyblackman.com/category/stanford-advice/
MIT Sloan: http://www.stacyblackman.com/category/mit-sloan-advice/


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Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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Re: profile eval please! [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2011, 05:04
Thanks Conrad!
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