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Waiting for your evaluation [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2012, 00:59
Hi mbaMission,

Please help to evaluate my profile:

Nationality: China
Age: 27
Gender: Female

GMAT: 710 (Q49, V37)+AWA 4.5
GPA: 3.0
Degree: Bachelor
Major: Business
University: Top 10 University in China.
Oversea: Exchange to Taiwan National Tsinghua University for 2 months

WE on matriculation date: 6Y
Industry: Commercial banking on corporate finance (HSBC 2.5Y + Societe Generale 3.5Y)
Position: Sales, credit analyst, senior credit analyst (Coach 4 junior credit analysts)

Detail Achivement:

Societe Generale:

JD:
-Training junior staffs and coaching them to complete the work of credit analyst.
-Leading team to complete complex projects such as big case drafting and evaluating
-In charge of the whole progress of corporate/groups’ credit facilities by monitoring and controlling every step of each facility from credit proposal preparation, credit documentation checking to drawdown management and maintenance.
-Maintain existing facility and non-facility customer relationship by daily service and cross-selling bank products and detecting the potential business.
-In charge of the communication and coordination between Commercial Banking Department and Risk department, Operation Department etc.

Achievement
-In Mar2012, promoted to Senior Credit analyst and in charge of coaching junior staffs.
-In Mar2012, awarded the Staff Annual Performance Appraisal rating of Outstanding (1st in department)
-In Mar2011, obtained the Staff Annual Performance Appraisal rating of Strong


HSBC:

JD:
Sales and assistant in commercial banking department.

Achievement:
-In Jul2009,awarded the Staff Half Year Performance Appraisal rating of Outstanding (1st in the range of branch and 1st in the range of department);
-In Mar2009,awarded the Staff Annual Performance Appraisal rating of Outstanding (2nd in the range of branch, 1st in the range of department);
-In Mar2009, assisted the branch to win the 1st position of X-referral program in all Chinese branches;
-In Mar2008, obtained the Staff Annual Performance Appraisal rating of Strong (3rd in the range of branch,2nd in the range of department).
-Have supported the whole commercial banking department including 3 managers and 1 officer as the only assistant and won the best branch among the tier 2cites during the branch opening period from Jul2007 to Jun2008.

Personality:
-Orchestra members of University, played 2 different musicians
- Always played in Bars and Hotel Lounges as Pianist to earn my university tuition
-Won some prizes for my piano performance.
-Opened an online shop to sell cosmetic during university period.
-Always be the dancer in the annual dinners of our bank.
-Love animals and take care of homeless animals in my living district as volunteer.

Goals:
MBA concentration: Finance/ Corporate finance
Short term goal:Attend leading program of commercial banks and help commercial banks to explore channels globally
Long term goal: focus on cross culture and countries business coordinator and explorer

Target school:
TUCK/Booth
Cornell Johnson/Darden
Emory

Questions:
1.I can not clearly find the long term goal and I do not know whether there is such a role, and whether the goal is realistic
2.Will my background fit the schools I dreamed? Or is there any other recommended schools from your side?
3.As you can see, my GMAT score is not strong enough, so what can I do to strength my whole package?
4.Any other suggestions?

Thank you so much ~
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Re: Waiting for your evaluation [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2012, 06:17
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Hello,

Thanks for the detailed information! I think your professional and academic profiles are quite strong (you are too hard on yourself for your GMAT - a 710 score definitely puts you in the competitive range for these schools. You seem to have been quite a musician in college and entrepreneurial; I'm hopeful that you haven't given those things up post-college. If you're able to show that you are still as well-rounded/actively engaged in community/extracurricular activities as you were in college, that really help strengthen your profile.

I really like your school list. It shows me that you've really thought about what you want and you've also chosen reach, target and safe schools. Well done! I think you'll be a seriously considered candidate at the schools you've listed. Considering your goal and interest in international business and what sounds a little like anthropology, you might also consider NYU and Columbia as two schools to research. Both have very strong IB, global focus and being in NY, a lot more around cross-culture/anthropology type stuff that you seem to want to explore.

As for your long term goal -- you're right that it's not exactly crystallized yet. The other thing to think about is whether it flows naturally from your current and future career path (it didn't strike me as the logical culmination of the finance/corporate finance track. But the global/international focus does make sense... I think you just need to figure out how to make that end goal relevant to business. Perhaps it means starting your own consultancy that advises MNCs on entrance strategies into different markets/countries? I'm not exactly sure what it looks like, but try to paint a picture of how you would use the skillset you've developed to that point to ultimately explore the role of culture in business. One role that comes to mind that could allow you to do that is to transition more towards HR and diversity planning or in-country programming work (for example, you could work at a company like Samsung, which brings in talent from all over the world, helping individuals adjust to life in Korea and developing/managing programs that provide resources to them and their families). This example is very far from your experience and interests, so wouldn't necessarily be a logical path to write about, but I hope it starts getting you thinking about the different ways you could go. Just be careful not to sound like you want to be a National Geographic photographer at the end of the day -- while that is an amazing goal, it has little to do with business school or the path you've taken until now :)

Other than that, just be sure to put emphasis on your post-college (non-work) passions/personal achievements/activities/leadership roles.

I hope this helps!
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Re: Waiting for your evaluation [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2012, 20:26
Thank you mili.

The career goal is my most confused point indeed!!
I understand your example, which is the definitely the misunderstanding if I really told others my long term goals like that I told you.

To be honest, I really do not know how could my existing banking skills will help me to explore my further career.
I've interested in both business development especially to help MNCs to solve their global financial problems and bank risk management, even, I also want to do some work related to treasury arrangement of banks.

You see, it is the different part of commercial bank I can hardly choose one. I am good at communication and coordinator, either between customers and banks, or between different departments. I do not know this advantage could be used in some certain part or it is a kind of skill which needed by every position...
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Re: Waiting for your evaluation [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 07:23
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It is ok to not know exactly what you would like to do post-MBA. It is important to show that you have thought about it, that you have a clear direction and a clear understanding of why you need an MBA to get there, and that the career isn't coming out of left field in the context of your current experience.

The fact that you know you want to do something related to commercial banks in an international context is a great starting point. You have a couple different areas that you are interested in (risk management, treasury, BD), so you have a couple options. One is that you can write a strong narrative with the ultimate goal being slightly broad (working in a commercial bank in intl context), and you can explain that you wish to explore these areas. Alternatively, you can research these few areas now and just pick one that you feel most excited about. Remember that, ultimately, you do not have to go into the career you write about in your application. It is just important to be passionate about the career you choose to write about and show how everything in your life leads up to that career. It could very well change while you are in business school! So, figure out which narrative makes the most sense with your background and which also requires an MBA for success, and which you are excited about for the time being, and write that narrative.

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Re: Waiting for your evaluation [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 22:35
mbaMissionMili wrote:
It is ok to not know exactly what you would like to do post-MBA. It is important to show that you have thought about it, that you have a clear direction and a clear understanding of why you need an MBA to get there, and that the career isn't coming out of left field in the context of your current experience.

The fact that you know you want to do something related to commercial banks in an international context is a great starting point. You have a couple different areas that you are interested in (risk management, treasury, BD), so you have a couple options. One is that you can write a strong narrative with the ultimate goal being slightly broad (working in a commercial bank in intl context), and you can explain that you wish to explore these areas. Alternatively, you can research these few areas now and just pick one that you feel most excited about. Remember that, ultimately, you do not have to go into the career you write about in your application. It is just important to be passionate about the career you choose to write about and show how everything in your life leads up to that career. It could very well change while you are in business school! So, figure out which narrative makes the most sense with your background and which also requires an MBA for success, and which you are excited about for the time being, and write that narrative.

Cheers,
Mili


Can I understand this career goal like that: If I can draft the career goals including short term and long term from one point which I can say something reasonable, and sounds like that MBA is the best way to realize it. It is a good point for short term and long term goal? Although I would change the goal after MBA~

Well I considered your suggestions about schools. Because I prefer a quiet place to study to a modern city. Although I really understand location near the WS is sooooooooo important for bank career, I must say NYU and CBS are not perfect places for me.
However, I must choose the schools which I have the larger possibility to enter, I still need your opinion based on my commercial banking dream......

Thank u ~~~~
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Re: Waiting for your evaluation [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2012, 06:58
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Yes you want to clearly articulate a short term and long term goal that logically flow from your experience, and that require an MBA to be realized. It is important that you are actually excited and interested in these goals and are seriously considering this as one potential career path, even if you're not 100% certain about it, because your enthusiasm and passion for whatever you write about will show through in your application.

As I said before, your school list looks good. It's important to consider your personal needs as well. Lots of people go into banking w/o getting their MBA in NYC or Chicago, so I would say you should apply to a mix.

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Re: Waiting for your evaluation [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2012, 01:59
mbaMissionMili wrote:
Yes you want to clearly articulate a short term and long term goal that logically flow from your experience, and that require an MBA to be realized. It is important that you are actually excited and interested in these goals and are seriously considering this as one potential career path, even if you're not 100% certain about it, because your enthusiasm and passion for whatever you write about will show through in your application.

As I said before, your school list looks good. It's important to consider your personal needs as well. Lots of people go into banking w/o getting their MBA in NYC or Chicago, so I would say you should apply to a mix.

Good luck!
Mili



Hi mili,

Thank u so much.
I fully understand what u said. It is definitely right.

For schools, I added Duke and Darden. Do u think I should added some schools out of Top20 for safe reason?
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Re: Waiting for your evaluation [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2012, 13:54
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It depends on your own personal risk tolerance and bandwidth. It certainly wouldn't hurt.

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Re: Waiting for your evaluation [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2012, 14:01
MBAMission - How friendly towards reapplicants are the following schools?
Harvard
Wharton
Kellogg
Chicago
Columbia
perhaps rank in order?
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Re: Waiting for your evaluation [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2012, 05:55
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Hi there,

There is really no way to rank these schools per your request -- reapplicants are welcome to apply at each of the programs you listed. Reapplicants do not have any advantage or disadvantage in the application process at any of these schools. The application requirements are slightly different at each school for reapplicants, so pay close attention to those.

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