You have a good profile. It might be better to involve yourself in few extracurricular activities. You should not worry too much about the failures in your startups. You can use them to explain what you learnt from them. Excel at the firm where you are working. Get some leadership roles, promotions, awards, etc.
CFA helps both during your application process and after MBA. If you can clear L3, it will add few more brownie points. If you can use your finance background and entrepreneurship, it might be better. You can always plan to start something in finance area.
Number of years of experience is counted as of the joining date at school. So, if you are applying for the fall 2013, your experience is counted until that point. www.InterviewBay.com
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Hi, I would really appreciate any constructive criticism and advice regarding how I can improve my profile in the coming 1-2 years to boost my chances. I am a 24 years old Asian American.
Undergrad: Baruch College
GMAT: 720. 49Q, 39V.
W/E: Worked in Big Four transaction advisory for a year. Now working as a buyside analyst at an investment management firm. Total W/E in months to date: 17.
Designation: Passed L2 CFA. Working to pass L3 in the coming June.
Extracurricular: Nothing much... worked on a couple of startups, but failed in the end. I would welcome any suggestions as to how I can bolster this aspect of my application. Would taking up something like Big Brother, Big Sister help my case? I can definitely see myself enjoying some volunteer activities.
Target MBA Schools: HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, MIT Sloan, Chicago Booth, likely in that order.
I have worked extensively throughout my undergrad years, and have always tried to start something, although to no avail. Although I majored in Entrepreneurship, I could not fund myself upon graduation, so I went down the finance route, where I am today. I am passionate about entrepreneurship however, and do plan on concentrating on entrepreneurship during my MBA, and post-MBA.
I'm wondering if my work experience is still too inadequate at this point. If I apply this fall, I'd have about 2 years of exp during my application date. How much is having the CFA helping my case if I focus on entrepreneurship as my concentration? Would focusing on finance be better?