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Profile Evaluation Would be Greatly Appreciated [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2012, 10:23
Hello, I am an international student, obviously not a native speaker and my stats & relevant info are as follows:

- GMAT: 750 (Q50 V40 / 90 90 98)
- GPA: 85.65 / 100 (Approximately 3.55 / 4.00)
- TOEFL : 112 (Reading: 30/30 Listening: 30/30 Speaking: 23/30 Writing: 29/30)

Work experience: I have 8 years work experience at the Supreme Audit Institution of my country (think Government Accountability Office of the USA), participated in the audits of Treasury and the Central Bank, as well as numerous universities and municipalities. Since our institution is organized as a Court instead of an Office like GAO; I have the rights & privileges of a judge in my country.

I attended two meetings among the Supreme Audit Institutions of the countries participating in the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) Project, as the sole representative of my country at that level. The projected total cost of this project for my country is $8 billion, it is a lot more than that for the USA.

I interned at Deloitte during school one summer.

Unrelated but, I took LSAT in December 2010, scored 176, applied to Harvard Law and got waitlisted and soft rejected later on. I stopped pursuing that route, as I could not find a satisfactory enough answer for the question why I would want to pursue a legal education in the USA.

My most glaring weakness is my complete and utter lack of extracurriculars. Had the same problem with the HLS application, all those pages were empty. I did not publish anything, I did not receive any awards, I have nothing to write that would be considered worth writing.

What I consider:

- Wharton R2 (Only if you think I have a chance, $265 is rather steep to spend on a dare)
- MIT MFin
- London School of Economics MSc Accounting & Finance

I realize the bottom two are not MBA programs, but hope you can help me still. What do you think my chances are for the above 3 schools?

(Goals after the program: With or without a PhD on Finance in an equally nice school, going for any one of general corporate finance, asset evaluation, investment routes. My current job is nice enough, but I do not find enough opportunities to use my analytical abilities, would appreciate a heavily math oriented job)
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Re: Profile Evaluation Would be Greatly Appreciated [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2012, 01:48
Any insight would be appreciated. Halp!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Would be Greatly Appreciated [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2012, 10:55
Bump if bumping is allowed :(
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Re: Profile Evaluation Would be Greatly Appreciated [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2012, 22:58
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Hello, I am an international student, obviously not a native speaker and my stats & relevant info are as follows:

- GMAT: 750 (Q50 V40 / 90 90 98)
- GPA: 85.65 / 100 (Approximately 3.55 / 4.00)
- TOEFL : 112 (Reading: 30/30 Listening: 30/30 Speaking: 23/30 Writing: 29/30)

Work experience: I have 8 years work experience at the Supreme Audit Institution of my country (think Government Accountability Office of the USA), participated in the audits of Treasury and the Central Bank, as well as numerous universities and municipalities. Since our institution is organized as a Court instead of an Office like GAO; I have the rights & privileges of a judge in my country.

I attended two meetings among the Supreme Audit Institutions of the countries participating in the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) Project, as the sole representative of my country at that level. The projected total cost of this project for my country is $8 billion, it is a lot more than that for the USA.

I interned at Deloitte during school one summer.

Unrelated but, I took LSAT in December 2010, scored 176, applied to Harvard Law and got waitlisted and soft rejected later on. I stopped pursuing that route, as I could not find a satisfactory enough answer for the question why I would want to pursue a legal education in the USA.

My most glaring weakness is my complete and utter lack of extracurriculars. Had the same problem with the HLS application, all those pages were empty. I did not publish anything, I did not receive any awards, I have nothing to write that would be considered worth writing.

What I consider:

- Wharton R2 (Only if you think I have a chance, $265 is rather steep to spend on a dare)
- MIT MFin
- London School of Economics MSc Accounting & Finance

I realize the bottom two are not MBA programs, but hope you can help me still. What do you think my chances are for the above 3 schools?

(Goals after the program: With or without a PhD on Finance in an equally nice school, going for any one of general corporate finance, asset evaluation, investment routes. My current job is nice enough, but I do not find enough opportunities to use my analytical abilities, would appreciate a heavily math oriented job)



Hi,

thanks for writing to us at the forum and apologies for delay in response.


I would encourage you to apply at Wharton, please understand that one can never give a sure shot decision on if one can get into XYZ school or not. I am sure you would not mind spending a few dollars for a life time opportunity. You do stand chance, but yes nothing is certain in this world.

In case of extra curricular, if you do not have one, you are not rejected for this simple reason. If you have a few, it helps.

You have not talked about your leadership experience, with an experience of eight years, the schools would expect some leadership experience unless you have a very different profile e.g. a big time painter, Olympic runner etc

You definitely stand better chances for the last two programs, if you are looking for a too technical finance program, i think MBA is not the right degree for you, you should look at typical master programs

Hope this helps

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Re: Profile Evaluation Would be Greatly Appreciated [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2012, 06:04
Thanks for the reply :)

Regarding leadership experience, it is rather hard to point out significant examples of it within the context of a government auditing job. But I will work on finding some examples.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Would be Greatly Appreciated [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2012, 06:55
Based on what you present, I would consider you a competitive applicant at all these programs. As it is obvious that you want to focus on finance, I might also add the Columbia and Booth programs to your list. I generally recommend that people apply to between five and six programs -- just to make sure that they have options at the end of this process.

It is obvious that you are an intelligent and accomplished professional with a lot of potential. What is key for you is to really develop and application that stands out from the masses who apply. Being an accountant, you are in a particularly competitive group; as many more accountants apply to top b-schools than there are unofficially allocated spots. Make sure that you distinguish what makes you a unique candidate -- not only from what you have done thus far in your career, but also on what you want to achieve in the future. By being strategic in your essays and application, you have the potential to really stand out from the masses. If you pretty much follow the conventional paths that most accountants present, you may not achieve your desired results. The application is your final area to present yourself correctly -- so make sure that you dedicate the time, energy and effort to get it done correctly.

Good luck in this journey -- if it is done correctly you are going to see great results and achieve your desired goals.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Would be Greatly Appreciated [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2012, 10:18
Thanks for the reply :)

Just a small correction: My position is actually an "auditor" and while it is closely related to accounting / the accounting profession in general; I am not exactly sure if I would be considered as being in the same category with all the accountants for the purposes of the competition for "the unofficially allocated spots".
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Re: Profile Evaluation Would be Greatly Appreciated [#permalink] New post 10 Oct 2012, 02:46
My official score report became available today;

AWA: 5 (57%)
IR: 8 (92%)

Will AWA being low (or lower, comparatively) significantly affect my chances of admission to the programs I mentioned in the OP? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Would be Greatly Appreciated [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2012, 10:09
I decided applying to the last two (MFin & MSc in Accounting and Finance), started filling out the application forms. Got my recommendations from:

- President of the Supreme Audit Institution (my supreme boss)
- Finance professor from undergraduate
- Accounting professor from undergraduate

First, what do you think about my choices re: recommenders?

Second, I am kinda stumped with essays, any tips? What should my tone be? etc.

Any help would be highly appreciated.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Would be Greatly Appreciated [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2012, 13:56
I think that your recommendations should come from people who know you well and who have worked with you. If that is the case then they a great people to ask for a recommendation.

Sorry but I have never written an MBA application essay and am not in a position to help you there.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Would be Greatly Appreciated [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2012, 08:39
Completed my applications for the following programs, waiting results:

- MIT MFin
- LSE MSc in Accounting and Finance
- WUSTL Olin MS in Finance / Quantitative Track

Not sure about the last one, but I will report the results.

Wish me luck!
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