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Profile Review for 2010 (Am I dreaming?)

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Profile Review for 2010 (Am I dreaming?) [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2009, 19:28
Hi everyone. Just wondering if anyone can provide some feedback on my profile and my chance for my targeted schools (am I dreaming??). Many thanks and much appreciated!!

Program: MBA FT
GMAT (Took in 2005): 700
GPA: Overall average in school was ~88%
Work experience: 6.0 years FT at matriculation - Financial industry both in investment banking and asset management
Nationality: Asian Canadian
Age: 30 at Matriculation
Gender: Male
Extra-curriculars/community/interests: Volunteered for youth leadership programs (leading youths). Interests including sports and exercise (e.g. running - have run marathons, etc.), traveling (extensively around the world) and others
Area of interest in MBA: Private Equity

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Re: Profile Review for 2010 (Am I dreaming?) [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2009, 20:26
Put it this way. There are plenty of folks with stronger profiles than you who are getting rejected from HBS and Stanford - they have bluer chip resumes, they are younger, and they decent extracurriculars (some even exceptional).

There are Harvard/Princeton/Yale + McKinsey/BCG/Bain/Goldman/MorganStanley types who don't get into HBS, Wharton or Stanford. And plenty of private equity dudes getting rejected -- it's not that special anymore since there's so many pre-MBA PE types (given the growth in that sector comes an increase in headcount).

HBS, Wharton and Stanford are going to be stretches for you. I wouldn't count on getting into them. Maybe apply to one or two of them.

Focus on schools like Sloan, Columbia, Chicago, Kellogg, Tuck in the US; and if you want to work in Europe, it's LBS and INSEAD. These should be where your core focus should be. H/S/W should be your lottery tickets.

You're not dreaming and you can by all means stick to your target schools, but you have to keep more realistic expectations of where you have a better shot of getting admitted.
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Re: Profile Review for 2010 (Am I dreaming?)   [#permalink] 09 Apr 2009, 20:26
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