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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2013, 16:22
Thanks in advance for your evaluation of my profile. The major question I have is what are my chances at my target schools if I apply this coming fall (2013) and would I benefit from waiting an extra year and apply in 2014.

1) Brief description of your full-time work experience. What do you do?

1 year at small engineering firm as design engineer, 1.5 years as Financial Analyst in Operations FP&A at a Fortune 200 telecommunications/pay TV provider with a lot of C-level exposure, and will have 7-8 months as Content Acquisition Analyst (deal valuation/due diligence and contract negotiations) at same fortune 200 if I apply Fall 2013

At current company I have been promoted twice with increasing responsibility, but no direct reports at this time

2) Your GMAT.
730

3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.

Attended top 20 engineering school, Major: Biomedical Engineering with emphasis in Mechanical Engineering, Graduated May 2010, GPA: 2.9 Major GPA: 3.1.
Obviously something that needs to be addressed is my GPA. Really no excuses on how bad it was. I was completely unfocused during college especially during my freshman and sophomore years. I just wasn't prepared to deal with rigors of an intensive engineering program. My GPA was a 2.4 my freshman year and trended upwards throughout to a 3.5 my senior year (even with the unexpected passing of my father during my senior year). I realize that even my senior year was just average compared to top programs GPAs. Any suggestions on how to address this would be welcome, as I feel my GMAT and ability to pass CFA Level 1 while working long hours is more indicative of my ability.

4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
Part of multiple sports teams outside of work, do triathlons/marathons, and volunteer at Boys and Girls Club

5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
Passed CPA Level 1 while working long hours

6) Your target programs.
Columbia, Tuck, Booth, Yale, Stern, Ross, Cornell (Johnson). Any other suggestions would be great.

7) Your post-MBA goal.
Would like to get into an Investment Banking TMT group (or at specialize in telecommunications/tech) or Corporate Development at a telecommunications or tech company
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 06:55
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First of all, I think you deserve a big Congrats on that GMAT score! A 730 is sweet, and not only that, it's probably the single best thing you can do to try and balance your your low GPA. Now it doesn't efface that GPA entirely, so you DO have to address this in your essays, even if it is simply an admission of immaturity, but it will be important to show that you have acted upon this.

Otherwise, you are in the right industry, seem to be the right age, and have overall what seems like good stuff. The relative strength of your work experience within your industry is not entirely clear to me, and you should keep in mind that everyone pretty much is coming from good jobs and companies, so just that is not enough in of itself. You also need to prove that you have been one of the most successful in this job and firm.

Your school list is pretty much on the money. Maybe only Wharton is missing, so add that school (even if it's a challenging one).

finally, if you did poorly in math/stats/accounting in Undergrad, you might take a course or two before you apply.
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