Thank you for sharing your profile. Your profile looks good on the surface. Starting with your work experience, it seems good. You have big names in your profile, which is definitely a benefit, and it should indicate that you have worked on big projects that have big impacts. Your work experience must have provided you with a plethora of outstanding leadership experiences that you may discuss. You were in a managerial role, which is rather impressive. All of these should reflect some of your core values.
Regarding your GMAT score, I suggest improve your score by 20-30 points to maximize your chances. Talking about your ECs, they are amazing and worth giving a separate space. You can highlight any leadership lesson (as VP) or any other important value you have learned from your ECs.
Your post-MBA goals make sense. Try to relate it with your prior work experience and think about your long-term goals. Adcoms really want you to be clear with your goals and how MBA from Columbia will help you to achieve them. What’s going to matter most in your profile is your 'Branding for MBA'
—branding is how you present your profile to business schools. It is critical in making a convincing case to adcoms. It is the pre-work that we do with all our applicants.
Overall a good profile and have a shot at Columbia, if you are open to suggestions you can also look for Wharton (considering your post-MBA goals). Just try to get a competitive GMAT score. By the way, when are you planning to retake the GMAT? If you’d like, we are happy to hop on a call with you sometime this week to discuss your profile in length and further chances to b-school. Feel free to book a free session with us
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Hi - please see below details of my background. I am looking to apply to Columbia this year. Thank you for doing this. I look forward to your feedback!
Basic details: I am 23 years old, and have lived in four different countries, including India, South Africa, The Netherlands and now, England.
Education: 3-year Bachelors Degree (BSc Management) at the London School of Economics with a First Class Honours (not sure what the GPA equivalent is).
Currently pursuing a professional CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) qualification.
Work Experience: I have been working at J.P. Morgan in London as a Finance & Business Management Analyst since September 2019. I am part of a 3 year rotational programme. See below for rotations:
(Sep 2019 - Oct 2020) - P&L Controller for one of J.P. Morgan's largest UK entities.
(Oct 2020 - Present) - Business Manager for Corporate & Investment Bank Equities Operations (tasked with supporting senior Business Heads in the Equities Operations organisation).
(Oct 2021 - TBC) - Equities Financing Product Controller.
Before my full time job, I also interned at J.P. Morgan (Equities Valuations Control Group), alongside KPMG (Deals Intern) and SaturnF1 (E-Learning Analyst for the e-commerce arm of Apollo Tyres).
My current GMAT score is 710 (Q49 V38), but I am preparing for a resit to improve my score.
Extra-curricular activities: Playing cricket (was part of the team that won the national youth Dutch tournament). In addition, I was the Vice President & Treasurer of the LSE SU India Forum, which is a day-long conference that hosts dignitaries from India across fields such as Business, Finance, Sports, Politics and Entertainment. In addition, I was also the Designer and Treasurer for the LSE SU India Society. I have also had the experience of co-hosting the Captain of the Indian Women's Cricket Team and the Captain of the Indian Men's Football Team in an online webinar, which I organised alongside a friend. Currently, I am part of the Learning & Development Pillar of the F&BM Analyst Committee at J.P. Morgan, which organises and hosts training and development sessions for graduates on the programme. Also a volunteer in the J.P. Morgan Markets Operations Diversity & Inclusion Council. In my free time, I engage in financial literature and enjoy reading about business leaders and management.
Post-MBA aspirations: I wish to transition into Investment Banking for a few years to enhance and develop my skill set (e.g. analysing company fundamentals, teamwork and leadership skills etc.) following which I would like to pursue opportunities in Social Enterprise/Impact Investing.