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pakistani banker: evaluation please

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New post 24 Sep 2012, 08:40
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 08 Oct 2012, 13:42
I like to give out honest feedback, please don't be discouraged. Getting a 2nd MBA is not an easy sell to the adcom, but a good chunk of IIM graduates from India do it successfully every year, but its a hard sell nonetheless .Please bear in mind that you'll need almost stellar essays to resonate your case. In short, you need to prepare an awesome pitch (as we say in I-banking lingo). Your work experience is a big plus adcoms like to see a steady streak leading to promotions and leadership positions. Ok now for the not so good part :
Top schools usually get applicants from other top schools all over the world. If its IBA, LUMS or any top engineering school in Pakistan chances are that adcoms have seen and admitted other applicants from your school, if your school is rather unknown it becomes slightly more challenging, but not a showstopper by any means. Unfortunately, your GPA is on the lower side as well, anything below a 3.0 anywhere may require an optional essay. Additionally, you can take a couple of evening classes and show good progress to reduce the impact of your prior academic performance, this may even help establish your desire to further your education and pursue an MBA. Above all, it goes without saying that you need to do well on the GMAT (680+) to have shot at your target schools. If you haven't done any extracurriculars its not too late to start, better late than never as they say. You have a long list of schools you may need to shorten it a bit, if you want to get into investment banking you may need to look at the top feeder schools. IMD and Darden are not very happy hunting grounds for I-banking/PE recruiters. Whereas Wharton, NYU, Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Dartmouth and even Yale top the list in the US (for I-banking/PE). In the UK LBS, Judge and Oxford, in France HEC, INSEAD do equally well. In Asia (yeah this where all the damn growth is expected) NUS, INSEAD, CIEBS and HKUST do well in I-banking recruiting. Then there is the lone warrior, U of T Rotman school in Canada which consistently does well in Finance recruiting in general .

Good luck with your MBA journey, have fun and let me know if you have any questions.

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