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Joined: 27 Oct 2011
Posts: 7
Location: Singapore
Concentration: Strategy, Finance
GMAT 1: 770 Q51 V44
GPA: 3.8
WE: Corporate Finance (Investment Banking)
Followers: 1

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Profile evaluation - pls help! [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2011, 10:22
Background: Southeast Asian, 24yo

GPA: 3.80 out of 4.00, Financial Mathematics, Top Philippine University

GMAT: 770 (Q51, V44), 6.0 AWA

Other Qualifications: Passed all 3 CFA Examinations on the first attempt, aiming to receive charter prior to matriculation

Work Experience:
- Associate in Capital Markets in Singapore for 1.5 years in a UK commercial bank, covering Southeast Asia and Korea
- Analyst in Philippine office of the same bank for 2 years, with experience in Capital Markets and Financial Market Sales

Extra Curriculars:
- Actively involved in college events and alumni association
- Performed outreach activities to urban poor villages and communities during college
- Engaged in setting up a few startups with friends but still in gestation stage (~4 months)
- Helping fund education of the grandchildren of our housemaid in the province

Goals Post MBA:
- Long term goal to continue entrepreneurial activities, with a focus on devising new business models that address Southeast Asia's unique business landscape
- Medium term goal to improve technical skills and business sense via roles in PE/VC. If markets remain tough, may consider Consulting or Business Development roles in MNCs with a significant presence in Asia

Target Schools:
- HBS, Wharton, MIT-Sloan, Chicago Booth, Columbia
- Aiming for Round 2 applications

Key Concerns:
- Understand that my profile (iBanking going into PE/VC) may be a bit overrepresented so would like to request a fresh perspective on how to set myself apart from the mob
- Would also appreciate input on my list of schools and whether I should amend

Look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Re: Profile evaluation - pls help! [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2011, 15:04
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Hi cholomaputol,

Thanks for posting. Regarding how you can differentiate yourself from the competitive candidate pool, you will need to do this through your personal essays and recommendations. You clearly have a unique background, and will need to portray your stories well. If you'd like, we provide free 30 minute consultations here:

As I am sure you can understand, there is not a "general" way that people can differentiate themselves. Each candidate needs to express his or her unique story.

Regarding the schools you are applying to, my one recommendation is that if you are seriously considering VC opportunities, that you look at schools in Northern California (Haas, Stanford). This is where the majority of the VC industry resides.

Hope this was of help.


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Re: Profile evaluation - pls help!   [#permalink] 27 Oct 2011, 15:04
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