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Joined: 17 Nov 2009
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Schools: Booth R1 (WL), NYU R1 (WL), Kellogg JD/MBA R2, Tepper R2, Ross R2 (admit)
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Profile Request - Fall 2010 [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2009, 14:11
Hi, here's my mostly complete profile:

Age: 24, graduated 2007 undergrad
GMAT: 710, q46, v41 6.0 awa
Undergrad: UNC Kenan-Flagler, 3.38 gpa, also 21 credit hours of philosophy

Work Experience: 2 years at HSBC in a management training program, doing subprime lending/sales. Specialized in mortgage and personal loans, and had leadership experience managing other local branches for relief assignments when other managers were on vacation. The company was shut down in February 2009, two months before my scheduled promotion to branch manager (I'm not sure if being part of the reason the economy is in this mess will help me or hurt me). Since then, I've been working as a mortgage banker for a local company in Cary, NC. In college, I worked for the Southwestern Company doing door-to-door sales.

Extra-Curriculars: Led a team for community service during my days at HSBC, and was the Vice-President of a club sport in college. I've also done tutoring and various other community service activities since college, but haven't started any organizations or done anything on a weekly basis.

I'm hoping to use an MBA to boost my leadership skills, and propel me in the finance/marketing fields -- I also don't want to be working in a commission only job my whole life.

Reach schools:
Columbia
Harvard

Safety (hopefully):
Duke
UNC

Any tips, or any other schools that fit my profile as well?
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Re: Profile Request - Fall 2010 [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2009, 20:21
wmcrockett,

I don't suppose I could persuade you to delay B-school until you have more work experience and leadership roles? Your profile is solid, but I don't see anything that make Columbia or Harvard seem feasible. Your industry background is a potential negative that you need to turn into a positive by explaining how you weren't like the other guys or that you were but have seen the error of your ways and now seek a different track, etc. You are probably competitive for UNC but Duke may be a semi-reach. I would sing a different tune if you have more substantial leadership both at and outside of work. This is where your age is your ace in the hole: you are young enough to work on strengthening your profile so you can aim for higher-ranked schools.

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