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PROFILE: Canadian/Caucasian Male, 26/27 Education: BA from top Canadian business school GPA: 3.6 GMAT: 720 (94%), Q45 (68%) V44 (97%)
PROFESSIONAL: - 3 years at a relatively unknown asset management firm in buy-side equity research (promoted to more senior role in one of the shortest times in company history) - 3 co-op terms at Big 4 Auditor - 1 co-op term at Large Canadian Retailer
EXTRAS: - President of a Professional Club - Board of directors of a charity helping kids with learning disabilities - Diagnosed with learning disability, Dyslexia - Brother is at HBS (Not sure if this matters)
Career Goal: - Venture Capital with learning technology focus
Re: Thoughts on Profile: 720 GMAT, 3.6, GPA, Learning disability [#permalink]
28 Jan 2014, 12:57
You have a great profile and with so many good b-school choices in Canada, there are far fewer Canadians trekking south for their MBA, making your nationality actually a bit of a diversity advantage. Granted this is not the case as much for Harvard, Chicago, Northwestern and other schools a stone's throw from the border, but in general, you will find your perspective as a market insider from Canada as an advantage. Coupled with your high GMAT score and strong academic record, not to mention bonafide community leadership and even a demonstrated family MBA tradition (at Harvard no less), I would say your odds are good for your target schools, recognizing that even the most qualified candidates are rejected every year given the sheer number of applications some of these schools receive. Your key of course is a well crafted and defended case for admission, one that is able to differentiate yourself from the throngs of other bankers and financiers who will be applying. Make your personal details come alive if you want to hook the reader into an interview opportunity for yourself (which is of course the key to admission). Getting an interview at an interview-only school has indicated your odds of admission go up 50%. How do you hook them in? Be passionate, honest and cast a vision which is in line with your past achievements and makes sense given your track record and demonstrated skill set. Schools want to bring in students who know where they are going and how to get themselves there. They also want to know how you will contribute to their unique school culture while you are a student, so do your research and be able to articulate this as well. Let us know if we can be helpful--we have specialists who graduated from all your target schools, with whom you would be paired individually under our school package structure.