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trader, 3 exp, please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2010, 15:18
Hi,
Can some one evaluate my profile and recommend schools i can apply to, I want to pursue a career in finance(trading/asset management) after my MBA

M/Indian
BS:Mechanical Engineering, top engineering college in India
GPA: 8.5/10
MS/PhD:Mechanical Engineering, UCLA
GPA:3.9/4
patent application, best master's student award

GMAT: not yet taken (expecting a score around 710)

Work Experience:
9 months in a start up in Indian before grad school
3 full years in Nov 2010, working as an options and derivatives trader in a top global proprietary trading firm in chicago
series 7 certified
I manage a few people and am fully responsible for the profit and loss.

no extracurricular activities except in grad school.

1 academic recommendation and 1 recommendation from an ex trader/mentor.
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Re: trader, 3 exp, please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2010, 17:49
So, if you're already a trader now, why do you want to go back to b-school for? Why do you think it will help? You already have a PhD - are you not sick of school? To each their own I suppose.

PhDs are a tough sell for b-school admissions (full-time programs). Folks with PhDs at the top b-schools tend to be life sciences folks, not engineers or engineers with finance experience.

Honestly, if you're really looking for an MBA, you may want to try part-time programs or executive programs in your area. Since you're in Chicago, I would look at Kellogg or Chicago part-time, which will allow you to keep your day job (and yes, you'd be a good fit for those part-time programs and have a reasonable shot of getting in assuming your GMAT is 700+, but your chances to their full-time program will likely be slim).
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Re: trader, 3 exp, please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2010, 20:09
I want to move to an investment bank or a bigger firm and possibly into other areas such as asset management. I was hoping that given my work experience in finance and good academics, i would be a good candidate for an MBA program. The company I work for frowns upon part time studies etc. So I cannot really do that. Are there any schools I have a chance in for a full time?

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So, if you're already a trader now, why do you want to go back to b-school for? Why do you think it will help? You already have a PhD - are you not sick of school? To each their own I suppose.

PhDs are a tough sell for b-school admissions (full-time programs). Folks with PhDs at the top b-schools tend to be life sciences folks, not engineers or engineers with finance experience.

Honestly, if you're really looking for an MBA, you may want to try part-time programs or executive programs in your area. Since you're in Chicago, I would look at Kellogg or Chicago part-time, which will allow you to keep your day job (and yes, you'd be a good fit for those part-time programs and have a reasonable shot of getting in assuming your GMAT is 700+, but your chances to their full-time program will likely be slim).
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Re: trader, 3 exp, please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2010, 09:39
Schools outside the top 16, assuming your GMAT is strong (720+). But the thing is, going to schools outside the top 16 won't really help you achieve your career goals anyhow. Sounds like you're wanting to pay $150K+ to get access to Morgan Stanley, Citi, etc. and if that's the case, it'll only make sense to do that if you're at a top school.

I'm not going to tell you not to apply - just if you do, know that your chances are going to be slim at any top school, unless you decide to apply for part-time or exec programs. I'm sure you were hoping me to tell you otherwise, but unfortunately that's just the lay of the land.
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