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Nationality: Brazil
Age: 29 by the time I apply
Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor's in Business Administration (low-than-average GPA. Had some hard time getting used to college at the beginning)
Graduate Qualification: Master's degree in Finance (high GPA, ended top 5 of a 120 class)
Other qualifications: CFA Charterholder
GMAT: 740
Work experience: 6 in accounting (Multinational firm), where I was a team leader for 3 years. 2 as an Associate in a top international investment bank, but working closely on capital markets.

My post-MBA goal is clear for me. I want it to help me leverage getting into investment banking in a US company. I have a strong desire to gain experience internationally and I feel new york it is.

Any advise to get better?
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Nationality: Brazil
Age: 29 by the time I apply
Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor's in Business Administration (low-than-average GPA. Had some hard time getting used to college at the beginning)
Graduate Qualification: Master's degree in Finance (high GPA, ended top 5 of a 120 class)
Other qualifications: CFA Charterholder
GMAT: 740
Work experience: 6 in accounting (Multinational firm), where I was a team leader for 3 years. 2 as an Associate in a top international investment bank, but working closely on capital markets.

My post-MBA goal is clear for me. I want it to help me leverage getting into investment banking in a US company. I have a strong desire to gain experience internationally and I feel new york it is.

Any advise to get better?

do you have volunteer experience or extracurriculars? If so, you have a good chance.
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Fran94 wrote:
Nationality: Brazil
Age: 29 by the time I apply
Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor's in Business Administration (low-than-average GPA. Had some hard time getting used to college at the beginning)
Graduate Qualification: Master's degree in Finance (high GPA, ended top 5 of a 120 class)
Other qualifications: CFA Charterholder
GMAT: 740
Work experience: 6 in accounting (Multinational firm), where I was a team leader for 3 years. 2 as an Associate in a top international investment bank, but working closely on capital markets.

My post-MBA goal is clear for me. I want it to help me leverage getting into investment banking in a US company. I have a strong desire to gain experience internationally and I feel new york it is.

Any advise to get better?


Your profile sounds solid, although I second the question about extracurriculars. The one risk I see is that you have more experience than average, which is roughly 5 years. You will need to build a solid narrative around why the MBA is right for you now and how it will build upon your current qualifications / experience (particularly the masters in finance). I know your post is on the Booth board, but I always advise clients to spread their risk around by applying to a handful of schools. Good luck!
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Fran94 wrote:
Nationality: Brazil
Age: 29 by the time I apply
Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor's in Business Administration (low-than-average GPA. Had some hard time getting used to college at the beginning)
Graduate Qualification: Master's degree in Finance (high GPA, ended top 5 of a 120 class)
Other qualifications: CFA Charterholder
GMAT: 740
Work experience: 6 in accounting (Multinational firm), where I was a team leader for 3 years. 2 as an Associate in a top international investment bank, but working closely on capital markets.

My post-MBA goal is clear for me. I want it to help me leverage getting into investment banking in a US company. I have a strong desire to gain experience internationally and I feel new york it is.

Any advise to get better?


Your profile sounds solid, although I second the question about extracurriculars. The one risk I see is that you have more experience than average, which is roughly 5 years. You will need to build a solid narrative around why the MBA is right for you now and how it will build upon your current qualifications / experience (particularly the masters in finance). I know your post is on the Booth board, but I always advise clients to spread their risk around by applying to a handful of schools. Good luck!

Totally agree, looking at the schools I applied to and got into should be a great example of how fickle the process is lol.
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New post 07 Apr 2020, 17:13
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VantagePointKatie wrote:
Fran94 wrote:
Nationality: Brazil
Age: 29 by the time I apply
Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor's in Business Administration (low-than-average GPA. Had some hard time getting used to college at the beginning)
Graduate Qualification: Master's degree in Finance (high GPA, ended top 5 of a 120 class)
Other qualifications: CFA Charterholder
GMAT: 740
Work experience: 6 in accounting (Multinational firm), where I was a team leader for 3 years. 2 as an Associate in a top international investment bank, but working closely on capital markets.

My post-MBA goal is clear for me. I want it to help me leverage getting into investment banking in a US company. I have a strong desire to gain experience internationally and I feel new york it is.

Any advise to get better?


Your profile sounds solid, although I second the question about extracurriculars. The one risk I see is that you have more experience than average, which is roughly 5 years. You will need to build a solid narrative around why the MBA is right for you now and how it will build upon your current qualifications / experience (particularly the masters in finance). I know your post is on the Booth board, but I always advise clients to spread their risk around by applying to a handful of schools. Good luck!

Totally agree, looking at the schools I applied to and got into should be a great example of how fickle the process is lol.

Would you have any advise to give me?

Extracurriculars aren't that solid honestly.
- was a teaching assistant ad-honorem in Statistics 1 for 8 months
- assisted a Junior Achievement event hosted by the company I worked for
- not sure if it helps, but I have solid programming skills (Python and VBA)

i started working at 19 to bring money to home, so I pretty much completed the undergrad career while working full time. And while working, I started to grow in the company, becoming a team leader at the age of 21. What can I do to improve my profile?
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Hi @Fran94, It looks to me like you have a good chance and it is worth applying. At this point, I would not worry about trying to improve your profile-- but simply to present yourself in the best light. I suggest that you review our Booth Essay tips as you work through the application. You can also review our How to Get Into Booth tips. We have several counselors with experience helping clients be successful with Booth applications and encourage you to reach out for a free consult to learn more. Even a few hours of our time could help you stay focused in your application. Best wishes!
Age: 29 by the time I apply
Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor's in Business Administration (low-than-average GPA. Had some hard time getting used to college at the beginning)
Graduate Qualification: Master's degree in Finance (high GPA, ended top 5 of a 120 class)
Other qualifications: CFA Charterholder
GMAT: 740
Work experience: 6 in accounting (Multinational firm), where I was a team leader for 3 years. 2 as an Associate in a top international investment bank, but working closely on capital markets.

My post-MBA goal is clear for me. I want it to help me leverage getting into investment banking in a US company. I have a strong desire to gain experience internationally and I feel new york it is.

Any advise to get better?

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Nationality: Chinese Female (International)
Age: 25
Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor in Business Administration (4 year course with a GPA of 3.5) in the United States
GMAT: 730
Work experience: 2.5 years in investment banking as a generalist in the United States
Extracurriculars: Moderate: Young professional boards in a few non-profit organization based in New York City, mentoring young children and guidance on domestic relationship
References: Will be able to get some strong references from people in Booth Alums
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Nationality: Chinese Female (International)
Age: 25
Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor in Business Administration (4 year course with a GPA of 3.5) in the United States
GMAT: 730
Work experience: 2.5 years in investment banking as a generalist in the United States
Extracurriculars: Moderate: Young professional boards in a few non-profit organization based in New York City, mentoring young children and guidance on domestic relationship
References: Will be able to get some strong references from people in Booth Alums


Hi Blaire! The basics of your profile look solid. The key piece of info I'm missing is your post-MBA goal? This will be a critical component of your application. You are also on the young side, so might benefit from waiting one more year to apply. The current turbulence may present some great opportunities to demonstrate leadership and other qualities top programs like Booth are looking for. Good luck!
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[color=#0000ff]Hi Blaire-- I have had a lot of experience reviewing applications for Chinese applicants and also coaching them to successful MBA admissions. The good news is your 730 is a strong GMAT-- the bad news is there are a lot of other Chinese women with that score or higher. So to stand out you need to make yourself a bit more memorable. What industries did you cover? Is there something about your pre MBA experience that can help convince adcom you will be more successful in your post MBA role? What is it that you want to do? Why? Was there an experience in your current work that helped you see that you needed an MBA to reach your goal? We have a process to help you tell stories-- a lot of them-- to see if we can uncover some unique threads that help you stand out more. This matters more than having Booth alums. Make sure your references are the people who have supervised you and know your work best. Don't worry if they are Booth alums or not-- if they are great-- but if the person who is your biggest champion is not a Booth alum-- still use them anyway. I think you can be successful but I do encourage you to spend some time now on telling unique stories about yourself so that you will stand out when it comes time to apply. Please reach out to me for a free consult if you want to discuss this further. th23autolink_encode_start_nd3i9ltoPCEtLSBtIC0tPjxhIGNsYXNzPSJwb3N0bGluayIgaHJlZj0iaHR0cHM6Ly9zdHJhdHVzYWRtaXNzaW9uc2NvdW5zZWxpbmcuY29tL2NvbnN1bHQvIj5odHRwczovL3N0cmF0dXNhZG1pc3Npb25zY291bnNlbGluZy5jb20vY29uc3VsdC88L2E+PCEtLSBtIC0tPg==th23autolink_encode_end_nd3i9lto
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Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor in Business Administration (4 year course with a GPA of 3.5) in the United States
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References: Will be able to get some strong references from people in Booth Alums[/color]

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Background and nationality - Indian (male), age at application stage - 26, Business education (Undergrad and post-grad from top tier institutes in India)
GMAT: 730 -740 (Realistic target)
Undergrad Gpa- 7.48(equivalent to 4.0 acc to gmac)

Post grad Gpa - 2.93/4.33 from IIM (top 30% of class)

Work experience and leadership - 3.5 years (during application) CPG firm in India, led a team of 10+ management graduates for all these 3.5 yrs, promotion in 2 years, youngest and fastest to get promoted, youngest state head, highest growth and achievement nos. in first 2 years

Recommendations from Pan India Heads

Community and others -
1) volunteering at a free school for the underprivileged - arranged youth awareness camps and increased enrollment at school
2) Volunteering at a school for special needs children - mostly kids who don't have resources for correct diagnosis - tried to teach them nuances of human interaction and to make them independent in their daily tasks

Hosted a tedx event and achieved a blackbelt in martial arts, opportunity to represent country and state in international and national competitions

Post MBA goals - transition to consulting and then start an entrepreneurial venture



zero international experience, but experienced many cultures in India

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Background and nationality - Indian (male), age at application stage - 26, Business education (Undergrad and post-grad from top tier institutes in India)
GMAT: 730 -740 (Realistic target)
Undergrad Gpa- 7.48(equivalent to 4.0 acc to gmac)

Post grad Gpa - 2.93/4.33 from IIM (top 30% of class)

Work experience and leadership - 3.5 years (during application) CPG firm in India, led a team of 10+ management graduates for all these 3.5 yrs, promotion in 2 years, youngest and fastest to get promoted, youngest state head, highest growth and achievement nos. in first 2 years

Recommendations from Pan India Heads

Community and others -
1) volunteering at a free school for the underprivileged - arranged youth awareness camps and increased enrollment at school
2) Volunteering at a school for special needs children - mostly kids who don't have resources for correct diagnosis - tried to teach them nuances of human interaction and to make them independent in their daily tasks

Hosted a tedx event and achieved a blackbelt in martial arts, opportunity to represent country and state in international and national competitions

Post MBA goals - transition to consulting and then start an entrepreneurial venture



zero international experience, but experienced many cultures in India

Ideal GMAt score considering my background

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Hi,

Hope whoever is reading this is doing well and keeping safe.

As an Indian IT Male, how good are my chances at scoring a Booth admit?

Indian Male, 26
GRE - 332 (170Q 162V)
Planning to take GMAT soon, hoping for a score of ~750 (consistent with mocks). Hoping to score a scholarship

Education: IIT Madras (top 3 engg school in India) graduate, Chemical Engg (bachelors+masters)
GPA: 8.39/10
Extra-curriculars: Hostel Literary Secretary (elected by ~400 students), Hostel water-polo team, College festival coordinator, drummer (planning to appear for grade exams soon)

Work-Experience (4 years at the time of application): Decision Science and Business Analytics
1 year as a consultant with a data analytics consultancy (1 promotion + award)
2 years as a product analyst with a top global financial services company (top performer in team, 1 promotion, closely worked with partners around the globe to drive multi-million $ impact)
Current: 1 year as an associate (decision sciences) with a very selective top global Investment Bank

Post MBA aspirations:
short term: Strategy Consulting
long term: Big data augmented strategy roles at Big-tech firms

Volunteered for 10 months at a local Animal welfare NGO

Primarily targeting 'quant-y' schools with a strong international brand, as I plan to move back to India later on (the brand would help open a LOT of doors) and pursue a role that is relatively quant heavy.

Other schools: Sloan, Kellogg, Darden, Tuck, Yale, INSEAD

Thanks a lot!
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Hi ajay94,
Hope you are doing well also.
I think overall you have a strong profile and have a good shot at Booth. I would apply to a few schools outside the M7 too, just in case, so overall it looks like you have a good list of schools.
In terms of specific strengths of your profile, your GPA from an IIT is great, and that's great you were involved in extracurriculars too. I think your focus on analytics/decision science will be attractive too, especially with top companies and a bit of international exposure through clients. I would be curious to know more about the job moves you made. On the one hand, having experience in consulting and financial services and a bank provides you a more diverse view, but it also could be seen by admissions as lacking some consistency. So make sure you use your application materials to explain your motivations for making these changes and how they connect together to inform your post-MBA goals.
I assume you are taking the GMAT too because you're targeting consulting? Because you could apply with your GRE score, which is very high (converts to a 760, FYI).
Hope that helps, and best of luck with the process!
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Hi,

Hope whoever is reading this is doing well and keeping safe.

As an Indian IT Male, how good are my chances at scoring a Booth admit?

Indian Male, 26
GRE - 332 (170Q 162V)
Planning to take GMAT soon, hoping for a score of ~750 (consistent with mocks). Hoping to score a scholarship

Education: IIT Madras (top 3 engg school in India) graduate, Chemical Engg (bachelors+masters)
GPA: 8.39/10
Extra-curriculars: Hostel Literary Secretary (elected by ~400 students), Hostel water-polo team, College festival coordinator, drummer (planning to appear for grade exams soon)

Work-Experience (4 years at the time of application): Decision Science and Business Analytics
1 year as a consultant with a data analytics consultancy (1 promotion + award)
2 years as a product analyst with a top global financial services company (top performer in team, 1 promotion, closely worked with partners around the globe to drive multi-million $ impact)
Current: 1 year as an associate (decision sciences) with a very selective top global Investment Bank

Post MBA aspirations:
short term: Strategy Consulting
long term: Big data augmented strategy roles at Big-tech firms

Volunteered for 10 months at a local Animal welfare NGO

Primarily targeting 'quant-y' schools with a strong international brand, as I plan to move back to India later on (the brand would help open a LOT of doors) and pursue a role that is relatively quant heavy.

Other schools: Sloan, Kellogg, Darden, Tuck, Yale, INSEAD

Thanks a lot!

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Hello all, and hope everybody is staying safe! Would love an honest profile evaluation if possible.

Background:
White Male
Age 26

College:
Finance degree from "Public Ivy" (but not one that's quite UVA/Berkeley caliber) with top 10 undergraduate business school
3.6 GPA

GMAT: 730

Work Experience:
4 years at top real estate mortgage banking firm (though unsure if MBA programs have a sense for what "top" mortgage banking firms are, so not sure how much this helps me). Have held multiple roles within the firm, a path I chose to broaden my skill set.

Extracurriculars:
Admittedly a weak spot. Outside of work I stay involved with a leadership role in my high school's alumni association, which is something I'm passionate about, but I'm not sure how this would be viewed by an MBA admissions office.

Post MBA Goals:
Move to investment side of real estate, leverage Booth brand and network to help source equity investor relationships. However a lot of the interest in pursuing an MBA is to explore the PropTech field, where I could leverage my real estate knowledge but would certainly be looking at it though a different lens that MBA classes and connections would really help with.

Other comments:
Would be nervous to seek a recommendation from a direct supervisor given economic uncertainty during the pandemic, but could get a good recommendation from a direct supervisor who now works for a competitor.
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Hi @gmatfan5,

I remember evaluating your profile for Kellogg too and thank you for giving an opportunity to evaluate the same for Booth too.
You have got a great profile there! Booth is a great school when it comes to Tech (20.7%) as a post-MBA goal.

Booth looks for the following criteria while evaluating MBA applicants:
1. Academics
2. Collaborative Leadership
3. Career

GMAT score of 730 is great for Booth but with that you will need to showcase your intellectual skills in the essays and interviews. Having multiple roles at work definitely puts you in a good spot but for that you need to leverage these according to the values that Booth demands.
I wouldn't worry much about MBA programs having a sense of what 'top' mortgage banking firms are (which they would know) as long as I can showcase what the school is looking for in an applicant. In addition, your constant touch with your alma mater will be an icing on the cake highlighted with philanthropic tendencies in your leadership.

About recommendation, Booth specifically asks for a current supervisor but if that is not possible you can turn to the former one with an explanation of the same.
Considering your score and profile, I believe you have a fair chance to make it to Booth. What’s going to matter most in your application is how you connect the experiential dots and build a great story to stand out from other applicants in the pool.

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quote="gmatfan5"]Hello all, and hope everybody is staying safe! Would love an honest profile evaluation if possible.

Background:
White Male
Age 26

College:
Finance degree from "Public Ivy" (but not one that's quite UVA/Berkeley caliber) with top 10 undergraduate business school
3.6 GPA

GMAT: 730

Work Experience:
4 years at top real estate mortgage banking firm (though unsure if MBA programs have a sense for what "top" mortgage banking firms are, so not sure how much this helps me). Have held multiple roles within the firm, a path I chose to broaden my skill set.

Extracurriculars:
Admittedly a weak spot. Outside of work I stay involved with a leadership role in my high school's alumni association, which is something I'm passionate about, but I'm not sure how this would be viewed by an MBA admissions office.

Post MBA Goals:
Move to investment side of real estate, leverage Booth brand and network to help source equity investor relationships. However a lot of the interest in pursuing an MBA is to explore the PropTech field, where I could leverage my real estate knowledge but would certainly be looking at it though a different lens that MBA classes and connections would really help with.

Other comments:
Would be nervous to seek a recommendation from a direct supervisor given economic uncertainty during the pandemic, but could get a good recommendation from a direct supervisor who now works for a competitor.[/quote]
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Hi Shishou,

You have got an amazing profile. And your entrepreneurial experience gives an edge to your profile, which will definitely make you stand out of the pool.

Booth majorly evaluates the candidates on these 3 values:
1. Academics
2. Collaborative Leadership
3. Career

I see a good mix of all 3 in your profile. On academic and work front your profile seems promising. You show great signs of a collaborative leader and the experiences of having founded training programmes plus authoring two books put you at a great spot, though you may have to give valid reasons for starting a business different from the industry where you gained most of the experiences. What impressed me the most is you play guitar at a church which you should definitely bring out in your application.

I would like to know what other colleges you are looking for, since with this profile you have quite fair chances at other top b-schools too. Which stage you have reached, now that the applications for the next intake are about to start?
If you’d like, I am happy to hop on a call sometime this week to discuss your chances in further detail. Feel free to book my calendar as per your convenience.

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Hello,please evaluate my fit for Booth Class of 2023

Male,24

Nationality : Ghanaian
Bachelors Degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering ,First Class Honours
GPA 3.89
Was on Dean's List of Best Students(2016)


1st generation colllege student

GMAT: 72O

WORK EXPERIENCE :

WE : 4 YEARS at Matriculation
1. Work for the only private electricty utility provider in the country.
Developed all the utility's revenue collection models, reckoners, load forecasting models
2.Have been appointed to head utility expansion efforts into gas distribution to
industrial companies,
3. Co-lead of project team to build Africa's largest rooftop solar plant

4. Started a business importing sugar from Turkey. Business has since failed.

5. Currently run a jersey distribution business

Extracurriculars:
1. Ambassador,Ghana Tech Summit: Liase with tech entrepreneurs in Accra and prepare them for the yearly 3-day Tech Summit
2.Founded and run two training programs called "Small Business Accounting" and "Financial Modelling and Accounting"
I have taught both programs to 124 small business owners and professionals

3. I run a business that works with the program to provide full service tax
and reporting services to our customers

4. I run a weekly finance newsletter on finance,banking and business.

5.Have written two guides : "Fixed Income Markets and Investment in Ghana"
and "The First Ever Guide to Repo Markets"

Other stuff :
1. Bilingual(English and French)

2. Play guitar at church

Purpose of MBA : Short term -Work in IB for about 7 years(specifically tech coverage),and then use my connections to start a boutique IB,private equity firm that focuses on small ,middle market private tech companies with 2- years of profitability.
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