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Profile Evaluation: Unique Background, no FT Work Exp [#permalink]
17 Jan 2010, 14:03
Nationalit: Dutch (The Netherlands, Europe)
Academics: Bachelor of Science in Medicine – GPA: 90th Percentile (#1 Ranked Dutch Medical School) Master of Science in Health Science Research – GPA: 90th Percentile (#1 Ranked Clinical Research Center in Europe) (Did both degrees together in four years, usually a master is initiated after the bachelor, but this dual degree is offered to students who’ve showcased exceptional talent and motivation)
GMAT: 750 (Q49, V45, AWA 6.0)
Extracurricular: Professional Gamer (1st national championships 2008, 16th world championships 2008, 2nd national championship 2009 and won many more online tournaments, visited various countries for competitions, I was featured in major newspapers, magazines and on TV)
eSports expert (Wrote an article about gaming and factors of success, read by over 20,000 people)
President of the “Year Representation – 2” and “Year Representation – 3” (Leading a team of 6, had some very difficult challenges which I aced, best performance by a Year Representation in years) - I wrote a proposition to change part of the Case Method Teaching in the Core Curriculum, it passed and resulted in better results by students in the clinical phase of medical school
Won elections by majority of votes: President of the Faculty Council (Leading a team of 8, discussing with Board of Directors and Dean of Faculty about student related stuff)
Representative of YR-2/YR-3/FC in the “Medical Education Council “Insert faculty name here””
Work Experience: (Not impressive, but amounted to at least 15-20hrs/week) Full time: ZERO
Part Time: All throughout my academic career Intensive Care Cardiology student team - 9 months (Creating a bridge between theory and practice)
Lionbridge Technology, Internet Analyst – 2 years (Can’t elaborate publicly, NDA)
Assistant Manager at Stadswonen BV, managed financial administration throughout the year, created financial and social annual reports for our student flat. 3.5 years
Career: 1. I wish to pursue a career in non-profit internet entrepreneurship; more specifically I wish to incorporate many of the knowledge (by research and lectures, books etc.) I have accumulated into a business model. I already have most of it sorted, but I just don’t want to give any hints on a public forum.
2. Hedge Funds/Private Equity, you may laugh, but HFs want people with specific knowledge. I can deliver that knowledge to them as I have the connections or may be able to solve the cases itself (mainly directed towards investments in medicines, medical devices and medical start-ups).
Re: Profile Evaluation: Unique Background, no FT Work Exp [#permalink]
19 Jan 2010, 12:59
Hi YesWeCan (love the positive energy!),
I like to break profile evaluations into three aspects:
Academic, Professional and Extra-Curricular.
Academically, you have nothing to worry about. You are topping off a strong undergraduate performance with great GMAT and TOEFL scores. The medicine background works in your favor as well, as does the Master's degree.
For extra-curricular activities, you appear to have been quite active as well. Your activities are varied and unique, and you have excellent metrics to measure your success.
Your professional work experience could be a weakness. You haven't provided details on your plans as a non-profit internet entrepreneur, but obviously, you wouldn't need to convince someone to overlook your lack of experience as you would have to at a hedge fund. Although specific hedge funds would look at your related experience favorably, they would need more than that. Getting a position at a hedge fund is challenging, as they are mostly small and hence very selective. If you are really keen, I would try to get experience (full-time, part-time or pro bono) that relates to the quant-heavy analysis that a new hire at a hedge fund would be expected to do.
In summary, your outstanding academic and extracurricular activities, coupled with strong essays that showcase your learnings, would make a good case for admission into top business schools. However, you may find the lack of related experience challenging to get a job at a hedge fund after your MBA.
Re: Profile Evaluation: Unique Background, no FT Work Exp
19 Jan 2010, 12:59