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Profile Evaluation - 750 GMAT [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2013, 09:44
Hi Everybody,

I'd like to have the community review my profile and propose appropriate target schools. Any feedback would be much appreciated!

English 28 M
GMAT: 750
Education: BA in Economics, GPA 2.5 (Last 60 hrs 3.0) SEC School (USA) Multiple Fs.
Work Experience:
1 year straight out of college working for a defense contractor in Afghanistan as a project finance analyst. (1 promotion during the year)
2.5 years working for a global custody bank starting in financial reporting and later moving into a junior relationship managment role. (1 promotion)
2 awards (1 team, 1 individual) during my time in banking.

Extracurriculars:
2 years of professional rugby in Europe before university.
During college: club rugby team, VP & Treasurer for rugby team. Habitat for humanity. Worked 30hrs/wk for the defense contractor that I was hired by out of college.
Post college: local youth charity trustee, childrens rugby team coach, Ironman competitor, Arts & Culture Network board member (work organization).

Career Goals: Develop strategy knwoledge and finance skills and transition into a corporate strategy/finance role within a F500 company, before hopefully rolling off into entrepreneurship later on.

GPA Mitigation: No drama, simply didnt realize the value of education at that point in my life and focused too much on rugby, work and other ECs. I am the first in my family to graduate from high school and simply wasn't prepared for college. I have an alternate transcript of 5 courses of a quantative nature all with As.

Many thanks for your time!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - 750 GMAT [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2013, 09:59
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davis98,

Your GMAT score, explanation for your undergrad GPA, and alternate transcript largely offset the low GPA. Your Afghanistan and rugby experiences sound like they would be key stories to differentiate you from other applicants. Given your goals, you could target schools like Duke, UVA Darden, UCLA, Michigan, Cornell, and UNC on one end and perhaps choose from among schools like Booth, Columbia etc. on the other end. Feel free to send me your resume for a closer look: paulbodine@yahoo.com.

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davis98 wrote:
Hi Everybody,

I'd like to have the community review my profile and propose appropriate target schools. Any feedback would be much appreciated!

English 28 M
GMAT: 750
Education: BA in Economics, GPA 2.5 (Last 60 hrs 3.0) SEC School (USA) Multiple Fs.
Work Experience:
1 year straight out of college working for a defense contractor in Afghanistan as a project finance analyst. (1 promotion during the year)
2.5 years working for a global custody bank starting in financial reporting and later moving into a junior relationship managment role. (1 promotion)
2 awards (1 team, 1 individual) during my time in banking.

Extracurriculars:
2 years of professional rugby in Europe before university.
During college: club rugby team, VP & Treasurer for rugby team. Habitat for humanity. Worked 30hrs/wk for the defense contractor that I was hired by out of college.
Post college: local youth charity trustee, childrens rugby team coach, Ironman competitor, Arts & Culture Network board member (work organization).

Career Goals: Develop strategy knwoledge and finance skills and transition into a corporate strategy/finance role within a F500 company, before hopefully rolling off into entrepreneurship later on.

GPA Mitigation: No drama, simply didnt realize the value of education at that point in my life and focused too much on rugby, work and other ECs. I am the first in my family to graduate from high school and simply wasn't prepared for college. I have an alternate transcript of 5 courses of a quantative nature all with As.

Many thanks for your time!

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Re: Profile Evaluation - 750 GMAT [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2013, 17:38
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davis98 wrote:
Hi Everybody,

I'd like to have the community review my profile and propose appropriate target schools. Any feedback would be much appreciated!

English 28 M
GMAT: 750
Education: BA in Economics, GPA 2.5 (Last 60 hrs 3.0) SEC School (USA) Multiple Fs.
Work Experience:
1 year straight out of college working for a defense contractor in Afghanistan as a project finance analyst. (1 promotion during the year)
2.5 years working for a global custody bank starting in financial reporting and later moving into a junior relationship managment role. (1 promotion)
2 awards (1 team, 1 individual) during my time in banking.

Extracurriculars:
2 years of professional rugby in Europe before university.
During college: club rugby team, VP & Treasurer for rugby team. Habitat for humanity. Worked 30hrs/wk for the defense contractor that I was hired by out of college.
Post college: local youth charity trustee, childrens rugby team coach, Ironman competitor, Arts & Culture Network board member (work organization).

Career Goals: Develop strategy knwoledge and finance skills and transition into a corporate strategy/finance role within a F500 company, before hopefully rolling off into entrepreneurship later on.

GPA Mitigation: No drama, simply didnt realize the value of education at that point in my life and focused too much on rugby, work and other ECs. I am the first in my family to graduate from high school and simply wasn't prepared for college. I have an alternate transcript of 5 courses of a quantative nature all with As.

Many thanks for your time!


Hi,

You have a decent profile and very good GMAT Score. You are at the perfect stage of your career to start your MBA. 3-4 years of experience is what most of the business schools look for. You have a good rugby experience which you can highlight in your application. Per your profile and GMAT Score I would suggest you to target Wharton, Columbia, Chicago Booth, Dartmouth Tuck, Yale SOM etc are among the good US Business School in fiance.

You can also check your Chances for B-Schools to know your chances of getting admit in a particular Business School here http://tinyurl.com/acrp3n7.

Hope this solves your query.

Feel free to post any other concern that you might have.

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Neha Singh
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Re: Profile Evaluation - 750 GMAT [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2013, 03:44
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My obvious concern with your background is your undergraduate record and while you do have a lot of factors that mitigate its overall impact, I fear that there are just too many issues that it can impact your chances at most top 20 programs. The good news is that your GMAT scores are excellent and somewhat mitigate the impact of your grades. The other good news is that you have time to really lessen the impact of your grades -- by taking some classes and doing really well at them. You can take classes on-line or in-person, but make sure that they are challenging (stats, calc, accounting) and you do extremely well on them (A or A-). If you can get two or three classes under your belt by the time you apply, then I see no reason why you would not be an excellent candidate to those schools that have a history of being sympathetic to candidates who have turned their profiles around: Wharton, Booth, Johnson, Anderson, Ross, Fuqua and Marshall.

Good luck.

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Re: Profile Evaluation - 750 GMAT [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2013, 05:17
Firstly,

Let me convey a sincere thanks to all of you for your input, its greatly appreciated. I figured I would be a hit or miss candidate at the top 20, so I will prepare my application diligently and hope for the best. Kimberly, I did want to ask you if you had seen that I have an alternate transcript of 5 classes of a quantative nature all with As? I saw you mentioned taking some math based classes and wasnt sure if you were saying I should take more or if you hadnt seen my mentioning my alternate transcript. Any advice on whether taking any more would be of any extra help in mitigating my undergraduate performance would be greatly appreciated.

Also, I wanted to ask for your opinion on a much more subjective topic. I want to put out a few applications to schools where I think I would have a better chance of being offered scholarship dollars as money could turn out to be an issue for me. In your opinion would I be competitive for scholarships at places like Tulane and SMU? Again, any pointers would be much appreciated.
Re: Profile Evaluation - 750 GMAT   [#permalink] 26 Mar 2013, 05:17
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