Hey Manhattan Review
Applying to B-schools early this fall to try and up my chances of having an opportunity at a decent school, was hoping I could get a profile evaluation.
25/M, 3.1 GPA, History Major w/ Business Administration minor at top 50 University, 700 GMAT.
Upward trending GPA showing that I matured in my final years. Sadly have a D+ in a Business Finance class in my last semester as I had to miss the Final Exam for personal reasons. Wasn't too upset about it at the time but now it is really pissing me off that I allowed myself to miss the test and screw myself.
First 6 months after college I was applying for law schools and working as a private LSAT tutor(I am a wizard at the Logic Games section)...decided to not go forward with Law School as I really wasn't passionate about it. In hind sight I wish I just went and did it opposed to screwing around in jobs that don't have an identifiable career path, although I do feel I have learned some great sales/personal skills from my WE.
1 Year Retail Sales - did exceptionally well, promoted, blew past several goals/store goals, received awards, #3 ranked sales associate in the company.
1 Year Residential Real Estate - currently working as a RE broker, worked with one of the top teams in Florida within the brokerage then moved on my own...doing fairly well but nothing to write home about. Not particularly happy with this field and looking to move into finance. Long term goal would be working in Private Equity/Hedge Fund arena, would have no problem parlaying my experience in RE to work for a REIT or hedge fund that specializes in RE investments.
Created a start-up real estate company that assists college students with locating/finding a realtor and securing a lease. It doesn't have direct sales numbers as it is pretty much just a lead generation site. My partners and I field most of the leads but have also referred them out for a fee.
I am an amazing interviewer as I have a strong presence and am a great speaker. I would love to attend Duke as that would be my dream school, but know it may be difficult with my profile. Also interested in Emory...Curious to see what top schools you'd think I would have a shot at(Booth would be amazing but I know my chance are extremely low). Also interested in all the top schools in NY and have been taking a look at some of the schools in Texas(UT, Rice).
Also, what could I be doing right now to improve my profile??
Right now, I don't think you are competitive at Duke or Booth, but I think you have the chance to make yourself more competitive if you use this year to strengthen your profile and apply Fall 2014 to matriculate in 2015:
1. Retake that finance class and get an A
2. If you can get a job with an REIT or RE hedge fund, do so.
3. If you are interested in the top NY schools or Booth, raise your GMAT and take a few biz-related courses and earn A's in them. If relevant, consider a CFA.
4. Take a leadership role or at least make a commitment to a extra-curricular activity.
Hope this helps.