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Profile Evaluation Please - 730GMAT/2.1GPA !

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Joined: 12 Oct 2011
Posts: 6
Location: Canada
Concentration: Finance, Entrepreneurship
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Profile Evaluation Please - 730GMAT/2.1GPA ! [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2011, 20:12
Personal: 27, Male, Canadian, to apply at 28 (Fall 2012)

1) Full-time work experience
State Street Global Advisors (current job)
Performance Analyst – 2 years, Business Analysis Group (investment management division)

State Street
Investment Manager Representative - 1.25 years, Offshore Alternative Investments groups, Custody (operations)

Royal Bank of Canada (largest bank in Canada)
Analyst - 1 year contract in operations division


2) GMAT Score
• 730 –only attempt


3) College info:
• University of Toronto, Canada
• Bachelor of Commerce, Major in Finance
• 2.1 GPA – cookie cutter story: parents divorced, moved out with my brother midway through freshman year, divorce devastated myself and my brother more than most kids and is the reason for my poor results throughout undergrad – biggest concern is that I don’t know if this legit enough in the eyes of adcomms.



4) Extra-curriculars
• Centre for Social Innovation – volunteer – focused on philanthropic 'angel' contributions for enterprising non-profits to equity investments in social purpose businesses – 2 years
• State Street Philanthropic Foundation – volunteer – focused on increasing opportunities and access to services for those in need by funding charitable organizations – 2 years
• Various other charity volunteer work – 3 years
• Young Canadians in Finance – organizer/volunteer - networking group (400 members) – 3 years



5) Certifications
• All 3 CFA exams complete, pending work experience
• Canadian Securities Course (CSC) - Canadian series 7 equivalent
• Conduct and Practices Handbook (CPH)



6) Target Programs
Looking for best program I can get into in the US, otherwise best international school so that I can stay in Canada or go to Europe
Most preferred: Booth, Columbia, Kellogg
Preferred: Stern, Haas, Darden, Ross, London Business School
Least Preferred: Queen’s (Canada), Schulich (Canada), Ivey (Canada)



7) Your post-MBA goal
PE/VC, IBanking in Energy/Mining - on the East/North East Coast in the US, or Chicago area.


Thank you very much for your time!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please - 730GMAT/2.1GPA ! [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2011, 04:48
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Startup wrote:
Personal: 27, Male, Canadian, to apply at 28 (Fall 2012)

1) Full-time work experience
State Street Global Advisors (current job)
Performance Analyst – 2 years, Business Analysis Group (investment management division)

State Street
Investment Manager Representative - 1.25 years, Offshore Alternative Investments groups, Custody (operations)

Royal Bank of Canada (largest bank in Canada)
Analyst - 1 year contract in operations division


2) GMAT Score
• 730 –only attempt


3) College info:
• University of Toronto, Canada
• Bachelor of Commerce, Major in Finance
• 2.1 GPA – cookie cutter story: parents divorced, moved out with my brother midway through freshman year, divorce devastated myself and my brother more than most kids and is the reason for my poor results throughout undergrad – biggest concern is that I don’t know if this legit enough in the eyes of adcomms.



4) Extra-curriculars
• Centre for Social Innovation – volunteer – focused on philanthropic 'angel' contributions for enterprising non-profits to equity investments in social purpose businesses – 2 years
• State Street Philanthropic Foundation – volunteer – focused on increasing opportunities and access to services for those in need by funding charitable organizations – 2 years
• Various other charity volunteer work – 3 years
• Young Canadians in Finance – organizer/volunteer - networking group (400 members) – 3 years



5) Certifications
• All 3 CFA exams complete, pending work experience
• Canadian Securities Course (CSC) - Canadian series 7 equivalent
• Conduct and Practices Handbook (CPH)



6) Target Programs
Looking for best program I can get into in the US, otherwise best international school so that I can stay in Canada or go to Europe
Most preferred: Booth, Columbia, Kellogg
Preferred: Stern, Haas, Darden, Ross, London Business School
Least Preferred: Queen’s (Canada), Schulich (Canada), Ivey (Canada)



7) Your post-MBA goal
PE/VC, IBanking in Energy/Mining - on the East/North East Coast in the US, or Chicago area.


Thank you very much for your time!

Yes, your biggest weakness is the GPA. It's not that the divorce and subsequent personal turmoil isn't legitimate; it's that it isn't relevant to the decision that the admissions committees need to make. They need to admit students who will attend class, contribute, and learn, yet they have no evidence to prove that you have these capabilities. To prove that you do, I suggest you build an alternate transcript by enrolling in a few business and statistics courses this year. Yes, your GMAT is good, but it is not enough to prove that you are a good student: you may be a smart slacker, and that's a risk that no MBA program wants to take.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please - 730GMAT/2.1GPA ! [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2011, 03:53
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you may be a smart slacker, and that's a risk that no MBA program wants to take.


Seriously? I find it hard to believe AdComs would class anyone with all the CFA levels passed as "slacker". Don't know about you, Startup, but I spent 350+ hours studying for each of those exams. Far more effort than anything in undergrad.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please - 730GMAT/2.1GPA ! [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2011, 12:05
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scielle wrote:
Quote:
you may be a smart slacker, and that's a risk that no MBA program wants to take.


Seriously? I find it hard to believe AdComs would class anyone with all the CFA levels passed as "slacker". Don't know about you, Startup, but I spent 350+ hours studying for each of those exams. Far more effort than anything in undergrad.


Thanks for pointing that out: you're right that the CFA exams are a good "alternate transcript" that testify to Startup's academic abilities.
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