Joined: 29 Jul 2011
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, International Business
GMAT 1: 720 Q47 V42
WE: Accounting (Entertainment and Sports)
, given: 1
Profile Evaluation - Smart Slacker with a Vengeance [#permalink]
29 Jul 2011, 13:40
Please take a look at my lackluster profile and comment if I have a decent chance for my target schools. I am targeting Yale, NYU, Columbia, Berkeley,UCLA, and Cornell. I live in Los Angeles so I am also pondering part-time for UCLA/USC. I want to focus on finance or corporate strategy and would only consider schools with strong name recognition in Asia. The people there love brands.
UCLA economics (2008), GPA was 3.43 (combination of 3.7 in econ and finance classes, and 3.0 in accounting classes)
I am aiming at a 720+ GMAT, I am a beast of a test-taker.
I will be finishing my CPA certification and CFA charter by end of 2011. Doing both because I realized my lack of effort in college is hurting my career options. I wanted to be a securities analyst.
First generation immigrant from Taiwan, came to the US when I was 15. I speak,read and write fluent Chinese. Beginner Japanese (took 2 classes).
The only EC is I run a local basketball league.
Now here's the weakest part of my profile, job:
I am currently a staff accountant at a local theatre chain with 13 locations. The work is harder than most people with the same job title elsewhere, but it is not reflected in my job title.
Before this, I was an analyst/accountant for a private business management firm for Hollywood celebrities. We basically manage their personal finance and compile personal financial statements.
Do I have a decent shot to get into the schools I want? Ideally I want to apply for fall 2012, but I could wait 2 more years if there are things I can build on in 2 years to improve my profile.
Thanks everyone for taking the time to respond.