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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2013, 06:57
I am worried about my odds at a top 10 MBA program. Specifically, I feel my biggest weakness is a lack of brand name prestige on my resume. To give you a brief summary of my profile:

GPA: 3.5 - Finance from no name small liberal arts school
MSF: 3.4 - Decently ranked program
GMAT: 730
Work experiencee: 2 years missionary work in russia and 2 years at matriculation as an analyst at a boutique investment bank.
Goals: Short-term: stay in investment banking but move into a large firm - Long term: open my own IB shop internationally, or head an office in eastern europe for an american bank.
Citizenship: Dual - one being the US
Race: mixed black/white
Gender: Male
Age: 28 at matriculation
Additional Information: Involved with church in various positions and mentoring with my graduate school. Worked in 4 different countries.
Languages: Eng/Rus

I have been reading the forums with a special focus on the candidates that have received acceptance to M7 programs, and they are quite impressive. Being that I am quite intimidated by the quality of candidates that have gotten in, I am wondering if you think I have much of a shot.

What are your thoughts? Given that I wont apply until next year how can I improve?

Thanks for your help.
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2013, 08:30
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Your profile is good, so long as you can find a good thread to weave a story. Your ace in the hole is your ability to apply as African-American with dual citizenship. Emphasize your AA affiliation and you will be a very unique candidate, since African Americans are way under-represented in the top 10 ( and in MBA programs overall). Go to the Black MBA functions and embrace that angle of your heritage and you will have a good shot. Let us know if we can help.
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