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Profile Evaluation Please...Thanks! [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2008, 09:46
Hi Paul,

Here's my profile...

Nationality: Filipino (residing in the Philippines)
Age: turning 24 this November
Gender: Female
School: One of the Top 3 schools in Philippines
Course: Bachelor's Degree in Finance
GPA: Our school also follow a 4.0 GPA scale but the percentages are not the same. I got 2.33/4.0 which is around 83% but in mba.com that will be around 3.3/4.0. I don't have any failing marks and been in the Dean's List only for 1 term. I'm quite concerned about how they will look at my GPA...

Extracurriculars: Participated in several college organizations but not really that active. I became an AVP-Finance for a non finance related organization during my second year. That is the only position that I held since I did not renew my membership the following year.

Work Experience: 3 years in the BPO industry. Our client is a financial services company in the U.S and I do have S6 and S63 licenses (something that is not usually offered here in the Phil). I'm pretty knowledgeable with mutual funds, certificates and brokerage products. I've worked with mutual fund service, estate settlements and currently doing case manager stuff for ownership changes. I've been promoted 4 times to an officer level position since I started working but I'm not yet a Team Leader. Main reason for this is because there are no demands for such positions in our program. I can either transfer to a different program (different field) or wait for an opening since I'm one of those being trained to be next in line (but of course I have to compete with other high level agents). I've been a committee head for several projects to improve our program's performance.

GMAT: Planning to take it next year probably mid-March. Currently doing the best I can to prepare for it. I'm not sure what the least score I should get to be admitted to a good business school.

Plans for Grad School:I'm not yet sure where I should apply, but I definitely want to try my luck in U.S and Europe Grad schools for possible scholarships. If I can't get a scholarship, I'll just work part time and finance my study. I'm not actually vying for the Top 10 or 20 schools. I want to be admitted to a respectable university with a good finance program.

I hope you can give me advice on what schools I should apply to or at least those that I may have a good chance of getting in.

Plans after Grad School: I want to return to Philippines and work for a company where I can use my learnings. I would like to at least help improve our country's financial industry.

>>I hope you can help me with my concerns (those in BLUE).. Thanks! :-D
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please...Thanks! [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2008, 16:35
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rdiman,

Sorry for the delayed reply. You have a very strong one-two punch--female, Filipino--which will be a big asset for you. I don't think your GPA will be much more of a minor blemish, and perhaps not even that if you get a GMAT score near 700. Given the two assets I mentioned above, you may have a chance at several top 20 schools even with a GMAT above 650. Your promotions count for a lot, but if you have not had opportunities for much leadership at work I strongly recommend you find a good leadership position outside of work (volunteering / social impact) and have some impact there between now and when you apply. Assuming some solid leadership and a GMAT near 700 the following schools may be doable: NYU Stern, Rochester, Toronto, UCLA, Haas, maybe higher if there's more to your profile than what you gave me.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Please...Thanks! [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2008, 17:05
Thanks Paul! I really appreciate it! :-D
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