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Profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2011, 22:13
Hi,

Could you please comment on my profile and school selection (for application this year OR in future)?

Age: 23

GMAT: 770 (Q51, V42) + 5.5

Education:
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Bachelor of Science (With High Distinction), May 2010
Completed the 4-year program in 3 years, with Major in Actuarial Mathematics, Minor in Management
GPA: 4.0 / 4.0

Passed CFA Level I & Level II exams, registered for CFA Level III exam in June 2012

EC / Community Service: Leadership at some college student clubs/associations, undergrad math TA in college since sophomore year

Honors: Top awards for math majors at my college

Work Experience:
Since summer 2010: Financial Analyst & Executive Assistant at a formerly small cap public company which just went private in a $800MM MBO
(very meaningful and exciting experience, pending 1 promotion)
Internships: 1 actuarial summer internship + 1 senior project related onsite internship in middle/back office of a BB bank

Current career goal: finance, a specific answer can be public company CFO

Target: H/S/W

Will my target be achievable at all? What improvement actions would you recommend?

Thank you in advance for your time and candor!
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Re: Profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 22:56
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Hi zctide,

You have a very strong candidacy, and Harvard and the Stanford GSB in particular look at younger candidates. First, I recommend you read this case study of a young candidate who was accepted into HBS:

http://www.stacyblackman.com/2011/11/25 ... e-or-emba/

Additionally, below is school specific advice for the programs you are considering:

Harvard: http://www.stacyblackman.com/category/harvard-advice/
Stanford: http://www.stacyblackman.com/category/stanford-advice/
Wharton: http://www.stacyblackman.com/category/u ... on-advice/


For advice for your application, do not underestimate the importance of your personal essays and recommendations. Remember that business schools are looking to cultivate future leaders, so any leadership experience who can mention will be looked highly upon.

Best,

Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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Re: Profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2011, 22:02
Hi zctide,

You have an excellent profile with very niche skills in finance. You can easily get placed in a corporate finance job in a risk management profile even without a B-School degree. :-D

However, you must realize that nothing compares to the actual work-experience that one acquires over a period of time. You should target to acquire this work experience over a couple of years working with people from diverse backgrounds (e.g. an Operations, HR, Corporate Strategy, Sales & Marketing and other core/ support functions). B-Schools place a lot of value on experiential learning in current scenario and two years in a corporate finance role will help to train your mind towards reality checks in decision making at senior level.

Along with an IVY league B-School degree, this experience will add enough value to your profile to reach CFO level positions. You could aim to have this work experience post a B-School degree also.

You should target to secure admission in at least two schools in Top 5, two schools in ranks 5 to 10 and two from ranks 10 to 20.

To make an informed decision on how you should position your profile for Ivy league B-Schools, please feel free to reach out to our consultants in General Education who have rich experience in positioning such profiles. :)

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