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Status: Applying
Joined: 30 Jun 2010
Posts: 34
Concentration: International Business, General Management
GMAT 1: 670 Q V
GMAT 2: 740 Q49 V42
WE: Corporate Finance (Investment Banking)
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Profile Evaluation - US gone INTL [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2011, 11:38
GMAT: 670/680 so far with huge flops on Quant and Verbal, paired score NEEDS to be 720+ (retaking in December)

2.6 GPA
Undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies from UC Berkeley (I know its horrible, took an upper division course at UCLA this summer – first A+ of my academic career)

Work History:
Started off with a 6 month unpaid internship in Eastern Europe which turned into 3 VERY successful years in commercial real-estate. Managed lease-up of the largest greenfield investment in the country and supported senior management with expansion to a new market.
Full of myself/overconfident partnered with a local law firm and opened a boutique RE shop which crumbled in a years time….
Hoped to come back stateside (3rd round with Merrill and Morgan Stanley in NYC… no call back). Victim of pending economic collapse, ran back to eastern Europe…..
Took a senior analyst position with a top European I-Bank which entered the region at the time.
Now 4 years in with steady promotion and strong projects (government advisory and numerous multinational firm engagements)… MAJOR downside is the EU bank pulled out this year and we are now a small/no-name shop to the adcom.
Started CFA a couple years back and am now a level 3 candidate with the expectation of securing the charter prior to starting my MBA.

Extracurricular involvement includes vice-president and philanthropy chair for fraternity, de-cal course instructor 3 years while at Cal. At present only business associations, AmCham, young managers association, Internations etc. no roles of note.

American, now dual citizen (born and raised in US)

Goal: “I am pursuing an MBA to move into a business development/strategy role for a multinational organization that can benefit from my sales and finance background as well as emerging market experience. Later in my career I plan to establish an investment fund focusing on real estate investments in developing markets.”

Target Schools:

NYU
Kellogg
LBS
Texas
Yale
Cornell
maybe Columbia but guessing its throwing money out the window

I really appreciate the feedback and any suggestions. I could be getting too old but I also got stuck in the region given the whole economic situation, luckily remained employed and advancing although a switch of sectors from RE to finance does put me in the "older" student range.... main goal is to take a step out of the region that provided this opportunity and keep building upon my global profile with some time in a more developed market before pursuing the next emerging market adventure……………
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Re: Profile Evaluation - US gone INTL [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2011, 13:54
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Hi djslobo,

Thanks for posting. You do have a very interesting background and if you can portray you candidacy well in your personal essays and recommendations, you will have a strong application.

For your GMAT, a 720 is a good goal for the schools you are considering. Regarding your undergraduate GPA, I recommend looking at this case study of a candidate with a sub 3.0 GPA who was accepted into Columbia and Chicago Booth:

http://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehens ... ies/case5/


I recommend you do the following, as a large part of your application will be focused on your career. My concern is that you have a high volume of job changes on your resume, and this can make you appear to lack commitment or be unfocused. You will probably need to explain the reason for your changes and help the admissions committee to understand the motivation behind your decisions.

It’s important in this situation to refrain from merely chronicling your resume. You will want to explain the “WHY?” behind the “WHAT you did.” There is no right number of jobs, or right number of years at a job. Most important is to explain why each step is a logical one in your path to the MBA and longer term goals.

Hope this was of help.

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Status: Applying
Joined: 30 Jun 2010
Posts: 34
Concentration: International Business, General Management
GMAT 1: 670 Q V
GMAT 2: 740 Q49 V42
WE: Corporate Finance (Investment Banking)
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Re: Profile Evaluation - US gone INTL [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2011, 03:23
Thanks for the input Conrad. Ultimately my work experience consists of 3 jobs. First Int'l RE position, my own company for a brief period and my current employer (previously a big name bank which was bought-out locally by our team this year). I dawdled with apps last year and decided to hold back realizing my candidacy was not on par with my goals. Post level II and UCLA with motivation for one more swing at the GMAT I am determined to commit to an institution in 2012 and want to be sure I put my best foot forward. I will take your advice into account as I conquer the remaining essays and hope to be ready for some professional input in a couple of weeks.
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