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I wanted to get a brutal assessment of my profile for business school and what my perceived strengths and weaknesses are:
720 GMAT (84% Q, 92% V) GPA 3.8 (4.0 in major) from large state school, strong EC’s in school won a leadership scholarship and award 3 years WE at large commercial bank (top 3 by assets), been promoted once, no mgmt experience but good team experience EC: big brothers big sister 2 years, toastmasters president, on the board for new org focused on service, networking and learning to young professionals in the finance industry Want to stay in finance, management in large corporate/commercial banking How I differentiate myself from other finance people – work with middle market companies (< $500 million in revenues), more interaction with top level management at smaller co’s (vs. IB) but also obviously smaller deal size
I‘m applying to H/S/K/Chi/Texas-Austin. I will probably spend my career in TX so if I leave for school I want it to be top 5. Any help you could provide on differentiating myself with so many finance applicants and weaknesses I should be aware of. Thanks
I'm not sure you gave me enough background to help you differentiate yourself. Your profile as you gave it seems strong though not truly outstanding or especially unusual/distinctive. For that reason, I think Harvard and Stanford are not realistic for you (again, based only on the little I know about you). My sense is that Chicago and Kellogg will be "reach" schools for you, but that you should give them a shot. I think you are competitive for Texas. My concerns are primarily your leadership (though the board of the new org should help you) and the uniqueness question: I didn't see anything in what you gave me that really sets you apart. This may only because you gave me your profile in a general, condensed way.
Re: assessment of finance guy
05 Jun 2009, 10:29