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MSc finance and private equity - LSE/LBS/said/imperial/KCL

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I'm currently pursuing BBA - Finance at Bangalore university in India. it's a state University, and I'm a CFA level 1 aspirant (Dec 2020). ( I'll be 20 in a couple of months)

I've scored the following so far,
1st Sem - 6.7/10
2nd Sem - 7.2/10
3rd Sem - 7.0/10
as for 4th, 5th and 6th, I'm bent on scoring 9+.

I'll be writing the GMAT in about 4 months, trying for 750+/800.

As for internships, I've been looking for many opportunities but they all say that I'm still in the 2nd year.
I doubt I'd get an internship at premium org/bank like Goldman or JPM because they only get interns from the "top" universities, and Bangalore university isn't one.

but, I've got 2 months of time at a work experience program where I wrote papers on companies and managed a portfolio at the Bombay stock exchange.
i could do more of this program and add in a few more months, is that a good idea?

I'll most likely get an internship( investment banking and such) after I write my CFA level 1, but that would be post December 2020,.... and LSE,KCL, said open applications in around September 2020. I'd be a little too late to apply in the first round, where the chances are still good.

besides that, I'm currently doing a course on udemy - Financial analysis and investments by Chris Haroun. I find it really fun and interesting. once I'm through with that, I'll be doing a financial modeling course as well.

what do you think about my chances at LSE/Imperial college London/LBS/Said ? ( applying for 2021)
anything I could do to improve my chances?

thank you

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With the details you have provided, it really wont be the true evaluation of your profile. The only proven statistic you have is your current academics and nothing else. Rest of the stats are a bunch of “ifs”.

I will take LSE as an example while I try my best.

LSE for an Indian applicant requires a minimum of 7.5/10 to apply. While your current cumulative or even per semester does not meet this requirement.

Now this is where it gets tricky.
If you get 9/10 on the last 3 semesters. (What happen to the previous semesters?)
If you get a 750+ GMAT (have you done a mock that fall in this range?)
If you pass CFA level 1.

All of these are good IFS but nothing that is proven.

I would really not focus on profile evaluation just yet. Focus on school. Give your GMAT. Prepare for CFA. Have at least 2 of the 3 IFS into a proven achievement and you have a good profile. Its better to judge a complete profile.

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What do you think about those 2 months of work experience program?

Yes sir, you are right, I'll have to make those ifs come to life.
But do you think my profile would stand a good chance with all those ifs completed? Really? And as the applications are going to be open from the coming September, what do you suggest I do? Because ill probably get my profile ready( with all the Ifs completed) when it is around round 3

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The 2 months internship would be good for you to get some professional experience, but it necessarily doesn't count as work experience. Also, work experience is not needed for msc in finance, but it is good to have.

If you have all the IFS completed, possibly you have a good profile to even stand for round 3 applications. 750+ GMAT will alone be good to bump your application up in round 3 and later. But then again, never depend on “IFS”. Do mock tests to actually see where you stand and how you can improve.

One piece of advise: stick with one goal at a time. Currently focus on school work. Once completed, focus on GMAT.

Also note that CFA is changing next year for level 1 to 4 times a year - computer based. So if you are not yet ready for CFA, you can do it 2 months after in February.

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When the first round opens up, I'll have the SGPA of my 4th semester, my GMAT score, a few good finance course completed from udemy ( modeling, Excel).
What if I apply with these in the first round?

About sticking to one goal at a time, I've regrettably wasted a portion of my time and now I'm running of short of time. I want to be able to start my masters in finance abroad right after I finish my undergrad. Though the applications open in a few more months, I'll still have the following to do - 1)CFA level 1 Dec 2020, 2) GMAT ( June 2020), 3) internships ( good ones post December, not very good ones pre December, cuz CFA), 4) toastmasters, 5) can't the forget the Semester exams..

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The courses on udemy and similar other websites are great to learn, but they will not help your application. They will help you to better your skills, but not your application. Such courses are taken by a lot of people around the world, and it is not a way to enhance your profile.

I think you are digging yourself in a grave trying to cram everything within one year. Is it doable? Yes. But your expectations are also on cloud 9. Give yourself sufficient time and a study structure, rather than trying to get through it. Your current strategy will only hurt you.

Also, application rounds go further out. Some even to the point of May. I highly suggest getting a job and trying for 22’. Better to put your resources to be successful all together rather than regretting jt.

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Hey Yusuf360,

Having an overview of your profile, it’s evident that you have scored fairly well in your semester exams. You have a fairly decent profile in general- GPA and CFA program.
However, if you had a work experience your profile would seem stronger.
I would strongly suggest you take up internships as and when you can and not restrict yourself to leading organizations like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, etc. Of course, brand name matters but you need not worry if you don’t get into one. The motive is to gain hands-on experience. Moreover, focus on getting an internship in the core finance field where you can handle a position of responsibility.
Well, honestly, Moocs like Udemy offer marginal value addition to the profile, and CFA, on the other hand, will highly complement your application to the B-school.
You must take note of the fact that UK schools are pretty stringent about academics (Imperial needs an 8+ GPA), so it’s advisable to keep a track of the eligibility requirements in general.
Further, LBS and LSE value international experience, thus you must be flexible enough to adapt to the UK culture and campus the atmosphere.
Thus, currently, you must focus on getting experience in the finance field to showcase your theoretical knowledge as well as pragmatic skills.
I would suggest you take our profile evaluation through the link below so that you get an in-depth analysis of your profile and the schools that you can target.
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Thank you MiMEssay , I'll get these things done

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