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GMAT 1: 670 Q V
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profile evaluation please [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2011, 12:07
GMAT: 670/680 so far with huge flops on Quant and Verbal, paired score NEEDS to be 720+ (retaking in December)

2.6 GPA
Undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies from UC Berkeley (I know its horrible, took an upper division course at UCLA this summer – first A+ of my academic career)

Work History:
Started off with a 6 month unpaid internship in Eastern Europe which turned into 3 VERY successful years in commercial real-estate. Managed lease-up of the largest greenfield investment in the country and supported senior management with expansion to a new market.
Full of myself/overconfident partnered with a local law firm and opened a boutique RE shop which crumbled in a years time….
Hoped to come back stateside (3rd round with Merrill and Morgan Stanley in NYC… no call back). Victim of pending economic collapse, ran back to Eastern Europe…..
Took a senior analyst position with a top European I-Bank which entered the region at the time.
Now 4 years in with steady promotion and strong projects (government advisory and numerous multinational firm engagements)… MAJOR downside is the EU bank pulled out this year and we are now a small/no-name shop to the adcom (same colleagues and same reference list but no-brand).
Started CFA a couple years back and am now a level 3 candidate with the expectation of securing the charter prior to starting my MBA.

Extracurricular involvement includes vice-president and philanthropy chair for fraternity, de-cal course instructor 3 years while at Cal. At present only business associations, AmCham, young managers association, Internations etc. no roles of note.

American, now dual citizen (born and raised in US)

Goal: “I am pursuing an MBA to move into a business development/strategy role for a multinational organization that can benefit from my sales and finance background as well as emerging market experience. Later in my career I plan to establish an investment fund focusing on real estate investments in developing markets.”

Target Schools:

NYU
Kellogg
LBS
Texas
Yale or Duke
Cornell
maybe Columbia but guessing its throwing money out the window

I really appreciate the feedback and any suggestions. I could be getting too old but I also got stuck in the region given the whole economic situation, luckily remained employed and advancing although a switch of sectors from RE to finance does put me in the "older" student range.... main goal is to take a step out of the region that provided this opportunity and keep building upon my global profile with some time in a more developed market before pursuing the next emerging market adventure……………
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Re: profile evaluation please [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2011, 22:30
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Well sir,
you really are a wild one aint you?
I like it though. You got stories. Lots of people don;t have stories.
Okay, the 2.6 is unfortunate, but we can deal with that.
What's important here is that you h ave tried. You have tried and failed too! Which is great. And for more than just failure essays.

I think your school list is pretty reasonable (and hopefully you will hit that 720.. but even if not, you can tweak things a bit). Actually I would say you are far more a fit for Columbia than for LBS. LBS is a great school but is far more of a "finance careerist" place than Columbia, which a great entrepreneurship program, and given your history of risk-taking, it seems to me like you are a better fit there.

Anyhow, if you are applying R2 this year, I would suggest getting moving with those applications.

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Concentration: International Business, General Management
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Re: profile evaluation please [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2011, 03:15
Thanks for taking the time to provide some input. Given my background and intention to stay international for a period LBS crept in, INSEAD doesn't really fit (just a gut feeling, on top of knowing a number of grads so I would hope I can coattail on their alumni network:)) and after visiting both ESADE and IESE it was pretty apparent that the ROI (taking into account brand) would be higher in the US. Do you guys have much experience with IMD applicants? I'd love to take 2 years off but if I can get into the 90 person class from what I've seen their placement is pretty stellar.
Regarding my apps, I have a few drafts essays circulating and have been filling in the blanks for a few weeks now. Hope to be able to turnover 4th/5th drafts to a consultant in a couple more weeks.
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Re: profile evaluation please [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2011, 22:38
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We do have experience with IMD, just drop us a line.
And I see what you mean about INSEAD, but I would still consider it, or at least visiting it before you naysay it. It has one of the strongest brands in Europe and postMBA fulfillment of goals seems preeeeetty high.

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