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pakistani banker: evaluation please

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New post 24 Sep 2012, 08:37
Current age :31 ( will turn 32 on 16th oct 2012)


1) Diploma in Computer Studies from an average university. (GPA 3.11/4) Year 2001
2) two years Bachelors in CS from an average University. (GPA: 3.57/5) Year 2003
3) two years MBA from the best business school of Pakistan (GPA: 2.93/4) Year 2005

a) i went onto do my MBA directly after my bachelors degree and as far as comparison to american education standards is concerned I have 16 years of education.
b) Although the GPA in my MBA degree seems low but the thing that has to be kept in mind is that as far as class ranking is concerned i fall in the 60th percentile. Only 10 people out of a batch of 120 scored a GPA of above 3.5.

Work Experience:

1) Started off as a credit analyst in the wholesale and investment banking division of MCB Bank ( Top pakistani Bank) and worked on various Energy Sector Transactions. ( Two years in all)

2) Switched to JS Bank ( Startup by a Pakistani Industrial Group) and became part of their initial setup team for the wholesale and investment banking team. Joined as a Manager ( promotion from analyst level ) and was able to successfully enhance the asset base of the division from scratch to PKR 1 Billion and was responsible for two associates. (One year in all)

3) Switched to Allied Bank (Top Pakistani Bank) on a similar level as a Manager in their Wholesale and Investment Banking Division and was subsequently promoted to Assistant Vice President. Was looking after a diversified asset portfolio of PKR 10 Billion with the help of two managers and two associates. ( Four Years in all)

4) Have recent switched to the treasury division of the same bank and currently hold position of FX Prop Trader. ( 6 Months in all)

Target Schools:

Schools that i have in mind are Harvard, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Darden, IMD, Oxford, LBS, Insead.


Post MBA I plan to join the likes of SCB, BNP Paribas, HSBC in the Middle East at a Director Level in their Energy Project Finance Division. In the long Term i will like to get into a position where i can be a key player in energy project finance and can thus leverage my position to ultimately setup energy focused private equity fund specific to middle east and south east asian region.

Differentiating Factor:

I am from a unique emerging economy which has a very different set of socio economic and political problems and therefore due to my career exposure i am in a position to contribute a very different angle to any class as far as economy, business processes and politics of this region is concerned.


to be honest i just manage to squeeze in an hour of gym 4 times a week due to my career commitments. Plus i got married as soon i graduated and have two kids.

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New post 28 Sep 2012, 15:31
Hi msikander,

Overall you have a strong profile. However, you will have a few challenges in your applications:

Most importantly you will need to prove to business school admissions committees that you need an MBA at this point in your career. You are on the older end of applicants applying to MBA programs, and you already have a degree from a business school, so you need to explain in your applications what you can gain from that specific MBA program that you do not already have.

Also, your lower GPA from the MBA program in Pakistan will be a concern to admissions committees who want to be sure you can withstand the rigors of business school. A high GMAT score can be helpful to assuage these concerns.

Even with these challenges, you absolutely have a chance at some of the schools you mentioned, and I would love to work with you on developing your story and expanding on the differentiating factor you mentioned to provide the best possible picture of you to admissions committees.

Good luck!

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