Affiliations: CFA Charterholder
Joined: 25 Oct 2010
Schools: EWMBA Haas
, given: 5
Unorthodox evaluation request. Thank you. [#permalink]
28 Oct 2010, 10:42
First, let me say I have read through various responses you provided, and your honesty is the reason I am requesting your opinion, be it in my favor or against.
Age: 36(I know this will work against me considering the myriad of reasons Admission Committees choose younger applicants, one of them being placement percentage)
GPA: 2.7 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo(Honesty, in my opinion, is the best way of addressing this. I was lazy, lacked work ethic and knew I could get by with minimal effort. I plan to address this in essays noting this is not the man I am today)
Passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst Program. I am hoping this shows intellectual curiousity and capability.
GMAT: N/A This is part of where I am asking for your assessment. If 700 is achieved, what can I realistically hope for in choosing the optimal college(MBA finance is preferred).
Work Experience: I have a somewhat unorthodox career path:
1) Two and half years in equity research in SF. I was the first in a class of 8 newcomers to be promoted and coordinate daily equity research meetings. Most of these newcomers came from Duke, Yale, Stanford, etc..
2) CFO of family owned auto dealership for 4 years growing revenues 150% in 2 years.
3) Bank manager of 8 people for 2 years achieving the #1 ranked branch, out of 99 in California, based on various profitability metrics
4) Currently a financial analyst
Intangibles:Volunteer local food bank, Drafted by 2 different professional baseball teams, learning to speak Punjabi(fiance is from India)
Also, is EMBA frowned upon compared to a full-time?
My motive for an MBA is to further my skill-set with which to draw upon in areas of management, leadership, etc...
I am very self aware, and know I am as an individual.
My essay portion plans to add somewhat of a personal touch, essentially delving into the fact that I was compartmentalized as the "athletic" one since I can remember, whereas my older brother was the "smart". I have always been gifted athletically, and only recently, beginning with the CFA adventure 4 years ago, decided to nurture my intellectual side. I am extremely competitive and have been able to now translate that competitiveness to academics. I know I'm not the smartest, and I realize that it may take me twice as long as the person next to me to learn a concept, but in the end, I will know what he/she knows.
Honest assessment would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance,