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Re: Calling Judge (Cambridge) MBA Applicants: 2024 Intake Class of 2025 [#permalink]
­Hello Everyone! 

I am originally from South Korea, currently working in Canada targeting Oxbridge or other EU MBAs.

I went to McGill University, with low 3s GPA out of 4, and scored 625 in GMAT FOCUS (well balanced, DI 86th, Q 76th, V70th in percentile) . I passed CFA Level 2, am taking Level 3 in this August. 
I also passed CFE - Canadian CPA Exam. My GPA for Graduate Dipoloma is high 3s. 

Work Experience:
Big 4 Audit 2 years in Montreal
Big 4 Transaction Services - Deal Advisory M&A 2 years in Montreal
Top EU Investment Bank - working in Department of Finance - oversee all North and South America's operation, risk, as LOD1, and working on Bank's Global Finance/Accounting and Change project. I am located in Montreal, but working closely with NY, Paris Headquarter, and Asia. 

Have lots of extracarricular activities while I was in McGill, and currently I am TA in McGill (for 2+ years) and head of social committee in my current work place. 

I believe my work experience and international exposure could give some weights.

I also was told that there are only 2~3 MBA students from HEC Paris per year, so I shall be considered as minority - and most of them do not have any international experience, only have been working in Korea etc. So, I believe I hold some changes even if my GMAT is just on average or below average when I spoke to admission consultants. I am considering HEC Paris also, as currently I am working in French bank. 

Please provide me some advices and thoughts. I was wondering if I hire good admission consultant and formulate competitive admission essays, if I have a shot. 
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Calling Judge (Cambridge) MBA Applicants: 2024 Intake Class of 2025 [#permalink]
gofhddl9494 wrote:
­Hello Everyone! 

I am originally from South Korea, currently working in Canada targeting Oxbridge or other EU MBAs.

I went to McGill University, with low 3s GPA out of 4, and scored 625 in GMAT FOCUS (well balanced, DI 86th, Q 76th, V70th in percentile) . I passed CFA Level 2, am taking Level 3 in this August. 
I also passed CFE - Canadian CPA Exam. My GPA for Graduate Dipoloma is high 3s. 

Work Experience:
Big 4 Audit 2 years in Montreal
Big 4 Transaction Services - Deal Advisory M&A 2 years in Montreal
Top EU Investment Bank - working in Department of Finance - oversee all North and South America's operation, risk, as LOD1, and working on Bank's Global Finance/Accounting and Change project. I am located in Montreal, but working closely with NY, Paris Headquarter, and Asia. 

Have lots of extracarricular activities while I was in McGill, and currently I am TA in McGill (for 2+ years) and head of social committee in my current work place. 

I believe my work experience and international exposure could give some weights.

I also was told that there are only 2~3 MBA students from HEC Paris per year, so I shall be considered as minority - and most of them do not have any international experience, only have been working in Korea etc. So, I believe I hold some changes even if my GMAT is just on average or below average when I spoke to admission consultants. I am considering HEC Paris also, as currently I am working in French bank. 

Please provide me some advices and thoughts. I was wondering if I hire good admission consultant and formulate competitive admission essays, if I have a shot. 

­I think with your profile and WE you do actually stand a chance. Some points to consider:
- Have you considered booking a meeting with the representatives of these schools to talk about your case? Their view will be probably biased towards you asking for admission but they can provide some general insight and guidance
- If you are at the beginning of your MBA journey, any chance you'd be able to increase your GMAT score? You don't need much, just a slight bump to overcome the low GPA

In any case, I would surely focus on the essays and storytelling, these can really make a difference in your case. Also, I don't know about HEC, but between Cambridge and Oxford usually Cambridge is a little bit stricter when it comes to academic requirements, as they require an UK 2:1 or an equivalent.

Hope this helps!­
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