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VERY worried about my work experience [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2011, 17:15
Worked for a REIT doing financial analysis: 2007-2008
Worked for Wells Fargo- Real Estate Asset Management - Analyzing Mortgage Backed Securities - 2009 -2011
Work for Fannie Mae - Securities Analysis- 2011- Present

I'm interested in real estate finance. I'm specifically interested in Wharton's real estate program, but of course would love to get into any top program. However I'm worried about the fact that I've worked for 3 companies (although I feel i have great experiences from all of them).

Have not taken the GMAT,..3.1 GPA, black male. Not sure what my chances are or how much my experience will ding me.
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Re: VERY worried about my work experience [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2011, 19:15
please check

I guess....you would like to consider Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)

Alternative investment topics covered in the CAIA program include:

Hedge Funds
Commodities and Managed Futures
Private Equity
Real Assets
Credit Derivatives and Structured Products
Professional Standards and Ethics

http://caia.org/
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Re: VERY worried about my work experience [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2011, 20:25
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Worked for a REIT doing financial analysis: 2007-2008
Worked for Wells Fargo- Real Estate Asset Management - Analyzing Mortgage Backed Securities - 2009 -2011
Work for Fannie Mae - Securities Analysis- 2011- Present

I'm interested in real estate finance. I'm specifically interested in Wharton's real estate program, but of course would love to get into any top program. However I'm worried about the fact that I've worked for 3 companies (although I feel i have great experiences from all of them).

Have not taken the GMAT,..3.1 GPA, black male. Not sure what my chances are or how much my experience will ding me.


I don't think you have anything to worry about as long as you can tell a good story and relate your work experience to your desire to get into real estate finance. Even if you got fired, you can always tell a good story. Since you can't do anything about your work experience or your undergrad GPA, just focus on your GMAT and applications. If you're really worried about your GPA, you could build an alternate transcript by taking tough business-related courses (and hopefully getting straight A's) to show AdComs you're super smart. Extracurricular activities are pretty important too, otherwise b-schools would be flooded with boring geeks :)
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Re: VERY worried about my work experience [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2011, 04:53
I also have a unique background in that I came from a wartorn country and got political asylum. Can I mesh this into a compelling story and will that help?
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Re: VERY worried about my work experience [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2011, 05:14
yes of course, and what specifically are you worried about? is it having 3 jobs?
that is NOTHING to be concerned about, especially if you were moving up in each position.
Add to that you have 2 big time pre mba employers on your resume. No need to worry.
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Re: VERY worried about my work experience [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2011, 08:44
I'm just really worried about my profile in general. I really want a top 15 program. With a 3.1 GPA, I just feel everything else has to be perfect. I actually have an interesting back story in that I was a refugee. I know that helps with law school applications if you weave it into your personal statement, but with the essay format of MBA programs I'm not sure how to capitalize on that,.... or even how much it would help if at all.
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Re: VERY worried about my work experience [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2011, 09:29
I think your work experience is a strong point. for the top 8-15 schools. the 3.1 is manageable in that range of schools also but you need a high GMAT...710+

You definitely have to touch on your past as a refugee, perhaps you can weave it in a the motivating factor for why you want to pursue your long term goal of micro finance in your home country
Thats just an example but you can fit it in. You need to be more positive!
prepare the best application you can and roll the dice, no need to stress about something you cant change.
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Re: VERY worried about my work experience [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2011, 10:23
Thanks so much for the feedback! Yeah, i'm just nervous. I only just started studying for the gmat and I plan on applying in September. So I'm hoping to take the gmat early september to take full advantage of the early application cycle. I figure I need to get at the very least a 680-690 for the kind of schools I want. Not sure if 2 months of studying is enough...haven't taken timed tests yet but so far the quant seems ok. Do you think i should take a manhattan gmat course?
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