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Joined: 12 Apr 2013
Posts: 28
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Economics
GMAT 1: 690 Q42 V42
GPA: 3.93
WE: Other (Other)
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Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 3

Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2013, 09:57
Hi, and thanks in advance!

Gmat
690 (42Q 42V)
87th percentile
Still waiting for AWA and IR scores

Academics
Overall GPA: 3.93
Major GPA: 4.0
Graduated with a B.S. in Business Economics from Hofstra University in 2010
Have two outstanding academic letters of recommendation, one from the chairman of Hofstra's economics deparment

Achievements/proficiencies/extra-curricular
Provost's list two semesters (Dean's list every other semester)
Graduated summa cum laude
Fluent in Serbo-Croatian
Chairman of Hofstra's economics club where I helped organize several guest lectures and policy debates

Professional experience
Work two part-time jobs
No relevant full-time work experience

Goal: Earn an MBA in finance from a top 20 institution and find employment in business valuations, risk management or financial management. Ultimate goal is to own my own hedge fund.

Target Programs:

Yale
Cornell
Duke
Dartmouth
Northwestern
Virginia
Oxford
INSEAD

[I plan to apply as soon as I get a sense of the relative strength of my application]
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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2013, 13:59
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The starting point for you is full-time work experience! I am sure you know this. The schools you are applying to mostly require at least 2 years of full-time work experience, if not more. Of course, you could always try to apply without the full-time experience, but I do not think you would have a high likelyhood of success at those elite schools. I wonder, why do you work two part-time jobs instead, and what are they? Can you elaborate? Is there more going on in your life beyond work? Not working full-time is a big red flag to the Admissions Committee.

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Joined: 12 Apr 2013
Posts: 28
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Economics
GMAT 1: 690 Q42 V42
GPA: 3.93
WE: Other (Other)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 3

Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2013, 16:12
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Esuric-

The starting point for you is full-time work experience! I am sure you know this. The schools you are applying to mostly require at least 2 years of full-time work experience, if not more. Of course, you could always try to apply without the full-time experience, but I do not think you would have a high likelyhood of success at those elite schools. I wonder, why do you work two part-time jobs instead, and what are they? Can you elaborate? Is there more going on in your life beyond work? Not working full-time is a big red flag to the Admissions Committee.

Best of Luck!


Thank you for your response, no matter how disheartening it may be!

It's not that I want to work two part-time jobs, it's just that I can't find full-time employment even remotely related to economics/finance. Most companies don't even call me back for an interview (I'm assuming due to my lack of experience) and local/state government's aren't hiring due to budgetary issues. I go on the occasional interview from time-to-time, make it to later rounds, but never ultimately get hired (and this is becoming increasingly difficult as time progresses and I forget more and more material). The only jobs that seem to be available are pure commission sales jobs.

I currently work as a coordinator in retail (I'm in charge of a department) and as a server for an event-staffing company. I was hoping to go back to school for additional training/access to great internships.

There really aren't any schools that will take someone without relevant work experience? My alma mater said that they would take me with a 520 GMAT. I assumed that a 690 could get me somewhere better.

Thanks again
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