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New post 06 Oct 2018, 20:45
I'm planning on applying next year for class of 2022

General:

Straight white 27yo male, (28 when applying, 29 when enrolled)

Education:

3.7 GPA, BA, Political Science at small liberal arts school in Philadelphia
3.7 GPA, MA, International Affairs, mid-tier university in Washington, DC (2 year program straight out of undergrad)

I have an interesting story about how my graduate school studies got me intersted in finance/investing to hopefully tie into my essays (went into grad school planning on career in academia, realized poli sci wasn't my passion, liked my grad school statistics/econ couses, did internships at a think tank and consulting firm related to international econmics/trade that set the stage for my career)

Experience

At time of applying, will have 4+ years of experience at leading investment consultant (think Cambridge, Willis Towers Watson, etc)
Senior Associate in research side of company helping set investment strategy for clients (enowments, foundations, pensions, etc)
Passed all 3 levels of CFA on first attempt in 18 months (currently awaiting 4 year work experience requirement to officially be a charterholder, but will be a charterholder when applying next year)

Extracurriculars:

D1 All-Conference and Academic All-Area in Cross Country/Track and Field, Senior Captain of Cross Country team
Volunteer with CFA Washington as tutor/mentor for Level I candidates, also assist with events
Volunteer with after-school tutoring program for middle/high school students living in affordable housing communities
Do independent security analysis, create models on companies; voracious reader of guys like Howard Marks, Seth Klarman, everythign on Buffet, you get the picture (i.e. can demonstrate passion for security analysis outside of work)
Eagle Scout (this was pre-undergrad, does this matter??)

GMAT:

Haven't taken yet, aiming for 730-760; always been a good test taker so think this is doable

Reason for CBS:

Want to apply for Value Investing program if admitted
Post MBA goal is to land with value focused hedge fund or long-only equity fund as an analyst

Thoughts on my profile as it stands and anything I can do to beef it up for next year??
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New post 07 Oct 2018, 03:08
Hi there,
I would really appreciate an evaluation of my profile:

Gender: Female
Age: 27
Nationality: Australian
Ethnicity: Indian
Education: Bachelor of Commerce (high distinction average) and Bachelor of Laws (overall distinction average for the double degree) - not assessed by GPA in Australian education system
Awarded Dean’s Award in 2011 for ranking within top 5% of business school students. Selected for exchange semester at Emory University (Atlanta, USA) in 2011
GMAT: 680 (82nd percentile). Hoping to retake in a few months - timing is largely dependent on work commitments unfortunately
Work experience: 5 years. 1 year in investment banking at a global, British investment bank (based in Sydney). Have spent the last 3.5 years in the in-house Group Strategy team of Australia’s largest bank (market cap ~$140bn). Promoted within 2.5 years to Manager (first analyst to be promoted to Manager in under 3 years in the team). Experience developing corporate strategy and driving strategic initiatives incl M&A, new customer propositions, operating model changes.
Professional qualifications: Admitted as a qualified lawyer in Australia in 2017
Other interests: volunteer at a local charity retail store, very interested in music (played flute for over 6 years), developed and delivered a training program for analysts and associates at my company, part of a volunteer working group at my company to drive improvement in our cultural diversity metrics, Avid traveler, learning languages (studied Japanese for university entrance exams)

Thank you very much all!

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New post 10 Oct 2018, 17:39
Hi there, and thanks for writing! You've got some excellent academics and it looks like your career is off to a good start. To strengthen your profile between graduation and when you apply, get involved in a meaningful extracurricular or two (preferably in a leadership capacity if time allows), build strong relationships with your supervisors and other mentors (who may be your recommenders one day) and start researching the programs to see which ones are the strongest fit and what to communicate in the applications to show your fit. While at work, when opportunities arise, go beyond your job description to identify and address opportunities for process improvement, and after your first year step up to train incoming analysts/mentor new hires, as this will show leadership and initiative.

Hope this helps for now - feel free to sign up for a free consultation with mbaMission in a couple of years to talk about your profile in detail! :-)


ENGINEER1922 wrote:
Hello,

I'm just an undergrad senior trying to plan ahead for when the application time comes.

My stats:
-3.5GPA and 3.8 MajorGPA (Upward Trend)
-Industrial Engineering at top 10 program by US NEWS.
-GRE: 168Q / 162 V
-GMAT 750
- BB Quantitative Finance experience, already interned and returning after graduation
- Caucasian Hispanic, if it matters
- 21 now, 22 upon graduation

I am looking to apply during the beginning of my third or fourth year at my firm so, I will have 3-4 years of experience in QF.

I am looking at top universities with my dreams schools being Columbia, Yale, Stanford, MIT and Wharton

Also, please post any advice on how to build a better profile. Like adding specific classes, ECs and anything else.

Thanks

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New post 10 Oct 2018, 17:44
Hi there, and thanks for writing! You have an intriguing background, progressive work experience, and good outside involvement. I'm glad you're planning to take the GMAT again, as a 700+ for CBS and other top schools is important. To make sure you have a strong application, aside from the GMAT make sure that you fully communicate on your resume your professional/personal impact, be clear in your essays about what drives your career goals (in addition to what they are) and make a strong case for why CBS is a strong fit for you. If you do those things, while CBS is very competitive it won't be out of reach for you. Hope that helps! If you'd like to discuss further, I recommend setting up a free consultation with mbaMission - happy to chat!


Sydneysider56 wrote:
Hi there,
I would really appreciate an evaluation of my profile:

Gender: Female
Age: 27
Nationality: Australian
Ethnicity: Indian
Education: Bachelor of Commerce (high distinction average) and Bachelor of Laws (overall distinction average for the double degree) - not assessed by GPA in Australian education system
Awarded Dean’s Award in 2011 for ranking within top 5% of business school students. Selected for exchange semester at Emory University (Atlanta, USA) in 2011
GMAT: 680 (82nd percentile). Hoping to retake in a few months - timing is largely dependent on work commitments unfortunately
Work experience: 5 years. 1 year in investment banking at a global, British investment bank (based in Sydney). Have spent the last 3.5 years in the in-house Group Strategy team of Australia’s largest bank (market cap ~$140bn). Promoted within 2.5 years to Manager (first analyst to be promoted to Manager in under 3 years in the team). Experience developing corporate strategy and driving strategic initiatives incl M&A, new customer propositions, operating model changes.
Professional qualifications: Admitted as a qualified lawyer in Australia in 2017
Other interests: volunteer at a local charity retail store, very interested in music (played flute for over 6 years), developed and delivered a training program for analysts and associates at my company, part of a volunteer working group at my company to drive improvement in our cultural diversity metrics, Avid traveler, learning languages (studied Japanese for university entrance exams)

Thank you very much all!

Posted from my mobile device

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New post 10 Oct 2018, 17:51
Hi there, and thanks for writing! You have very strong academics (assuming GMAT goes as expected), work experience at a good firm, and a track record of solid extracurricular involvement, which makes you a good candidate for the top schools. Regarding strengthening your profile before you apply - if you're able to take on a leadership role in your current volunteer involvement, that would be ideal. Aside from that, start building relationships with potential recommenders now, and start thoroughly researching CBS and all other programs so that you can communicate your fit in your applications. Check out this article for more tips on how to get a good head start on the application process: http://poetsandquants.com/2017/05/30/fi ... an-do-now/

Hope that helps! If you'd like to discuss further, I recommend signing up for a free consultation here: https://www.mbamission.com/consult/?dis ... admissions


valueinvestingguy wrote:
I'm planning on applying next year for class of 2022

General:

Straight white 27yo male, (28 when applying, 29 when enrolled)

Education:

3.7 GPA, BA, Political Science at small liberal arts school in Philadelphia
3.7 GPA, MA, International Affairs, mid-tier university in Washington, DC (2 year program straight out of undergrad)

I have an interesting story about how my graduate school studies got me intersted in finance/investing to hopefully tie into my essays (went into grad school planning on career in academia, realized poli sci wasn't my passion, liked my grad school statistics/econ couses, did internships at a think tank and consulting firm related to international econmics/trade that set the stage for my career)

Experience

At time of applying, will have 4+ years of experience at leading investment consultant (think Cambridge, Willis Towers Watson, etc)
Senior Associate in research side of company helping set investment strategy for clients (enowments, foundations, pensions, etc)
Passed all 3 levels of CFA on first attempt in 18 months (currently awaiting 4 year work experience requirement to officially be a charterholder, but will be a charterholder when applying next year)

Extracurriculars:

D1 All-Conference and Academic All-Area in Cross Country/Track and Field, Senior Captain of Cross Country team
Volunteer with CFA Washington as tutor/mentor for Level I candidates, also assist with events
Volunteer with after-school tutoring program for middle/high school students living in affordable housing communities
Do independent security analysis, create models on companies; voracious reader of guys like Howard Marks, Seth Klarman, everythign on Buffet, you get the picture (i.e. can demonstrate passion for security analysis outside of work)
Eagle Scout (this was pre-undergrad, does this matter??)

GMAT:

Haven't taken yet, aiming for 730-760; always been a good test taker so think this is doable

Reason for CBS:

Want to apply for Value Investing program if admitted
Post MBA goal is to land with value focused hedge fund or long-only equity fund as an analyst

Thoughts on my profile as it stands and anything I can do to beef it up for next year??

_________________

Nisha Trivedi
mbaMission Admissions Consultant

Website: http://www.mbamission.com
Blog: http://www.mbamission.com/blog
mbaMission Insiders Guides: http://www.mbamission.com/guides.php?category=insiders
Free Consultation: http://www.mbamission.com/consult.php

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I am applying to columbia in the next few months (R2). please let me know what you guys think!

Background and nationality: Singaporean Male, age 29 (will be 30 when I join the MBA)
Undergrad Information: Singapore Management University (majored in Quantitative Finance, GPA 3.0, my class only had 30 people out of the 2k+ that were in my school, so the average GPA was between 2.9-3.1)

GMAT: 650

Work experience and leadership (total 4 years now, will be 5 by the time i join):
1) worked as an algo-trader at a tier 1 investment bank in singapore
2) currently working at a mexican startup (in mexico), where i'm head of all securitizations and strategic planning. have raised USD 90 mm so far for the company (making us the most well funded startup in mexico). led one of the first asset purchase programs in Latin American history between an international bank and a start up. work constantly with top tier VCs for funding + day to day operations. only finance person in the company that programs

Community and others:
- spent 2 years in the singapore army (was a 1st lieutenant in the army). ran local and overseas missions, had a platoon of 50 men under me.
- am a semi-professional standup comedian. have performed in 3 different countries (including laugh factory in LA). have opened for several top comedians in mexico. one of the few to do standup in both spanish and english


Post MBA goals
- want to shift to consulting/IBD. relates closely with my current job of solving problems/helping w funding. with the MBA, I'd want to scale these responsibilities.

Anything else?
I'm trilingual. English, Hindi and Spanish all at professional working capacity/native fluency
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New post 16 Oct 2018, 11:41
Hi there, and thanks for writing! You have some intriguing work experience and great extracurricular involvement. CBS is very competitive (especially the later you apply) so a 700+ GMAT will be essential, especially given your GPA (average GPA of admitted CBS students is about 3.5, though the rigor of the major and institution certainly are considered). In your application, you'll want to make it very clear what drives your post-MBA goals and how you'll take advantage of being in NYC to grow professionally and personally.

Hope that helps! If you'd like to discuss further, I recommend signing up for a free 30-min consultation with me here: https://www.mbamission.com/consult/?dis ... admissions




startupguy wrote:
I am applying to columbia in the next few months (R2). please let me know what you guys think!

Background and nationality: Singaporean Male, age 29 (will be 30 when I join the MBA)
Undergrad Information: Singapore Management University (majored in Quantitative Finance, GPA 3.0, my class only had 30 people out of the 2k+ that were in my school, so the average GPA was between 2.9-3.1)

GMAT: 650

Work experience and leadership (total 4 years now, will be 5 by the time i join):
1) worked as an algo-trader at a tier 1 investment bank in singapore
2) currently working at a mexican startup (in mexico), where i'm head of all securitizations and strategic planning. have raised USD 90 mm so far for the company (making us the most well funded startup in mexico). led one of the first asset purchase programs in Latin American history between an international bank and a start up. work constantly with top tier VCs for funding + day to day operations. only finance person in the company that programs

Community and others:
- spent 2 years in the singapore army (was a 1st lieutenant in the army). ran local and overseas missions, had a platoon of 50 men under me.
- am a semi-professional standup comedian. have performed in 3 different countries (including laugh factory in LA). have opened for several top comedians in mexico. one of the few to do standup in both spanish and english


Post MBA goals
- want to shift to consulting/IBD. relates closely with my current job of solving problems/helping w funding. with the MBA, I'd want to scale these responsibilities.

Anything else?
I'm trilingual. English, Hindi and Spanish all at professional working capacity/native fluency

_________________

Nisha Trivedi
mbaMission Admissions Consultant

Website: http://www.mbamission.com
Blog: http://www.mbamission.com/blog
mbaMission Insiders Guides: http://www.mbamission.com/guides.php?category=insiders
Free Consultation: http://www.mbamission.com/consult.php

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