I’d really appreciate an evaluation of my profile:
Age – 25
GMAT: 700 (90%) – 47Q(73%)/39V(88%)
Graduated 2010 with a BA in Finance from the University of Washington
GPA – 3.34
- 3 Yrs as a Junior Analyst at a wealth management firm. Assisted in the research and due diligence of mutual funds. Constructed investment portfolios for clients. Client-facing experience.
- Founded an investment club that strategizes in buying/selling puts/calls to capitalize on market volatility.
- Life enhancement volunteer at a senior home - leading group activities and meeting with residents on bi-weekly basis.
- Member of finance club and other student groups while enrolled in college. Also studied abroad.
- Interested in a career in equity research. Would love to work as a buy-side analyst.
Target Schools (applying next fall):
- Tuck, Kellogg, Booth, Stern (any chance?)
- Ross, Mendoza, Minnesota (Carlson)
I’m curious what tier of schools I have a chance at. I would love to be admitted into a top-15 MBA program but am concerned this is out of my reach.
Also, would teaching English abroad for a year improve my profile? It’s not really related to finance/business but I’m interested in doing it.
Any insight or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
The first set of schools are stretch schools for you. While you work experience is good, your GMAT and grades are just a little low for these programs. You are competitive at the second set of schools.
Teaching English abroad would be a tremendously broadening experience and it probably would improve your chances, but it won't change those academic stats. Would it be enough to change the outcome at the top tier? I doubt it if application volume at these schools stays at current levels.
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