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Please evaluate - GMAT 690

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Joined: 27 Jan 2012
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Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 5

Location: Canada
GMAT 1: 690 Q49 V35
WE: Corporate Finance (Real Estate)
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New post 12 Nov 2012, 11:34
Will be 27 when I start MBA in Fall 2013
Caucasian/white male
Fluent in English and Russian

3.0 / 4.0 GPA from University of Toronto in Canada with double major in Finance and Economics
690 GMAT (87th percentile) - Q49 V35, 6 out of 6 on Essay section, 7 out of 8 on IR section
CFA level 1, 2, 3 complete, may obtain CFA Designation within the next month if my work experience is approved

Work Exp:
~2 yrs of residential real estate development consulting experience (Analyst level), very analytical in nature, reported to the Principals of a small boutique consulting firm
~2.5 yrs of commercial real estate experience at a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) which was acquired by a larger REIT this year (interesting experience being part of a merger) ... I had significant exposure to capital market transactions including acquisition of assets, debt refinancing, carve-out and IPO of specific line of business, secondary equity offerings, etc. (Analyst, and then promotion to Senior Analyst, unfortunately the next level is Director so I don't see any promotions coming up soon unless I get my MBA)

Board committee at a non-profit company

1) my current and direct supervisor, Director level (Canadian MBA)
2) my previous indirect supervisor, previously CFO, currently Founder/CEO of his own Private Equity firm (NYU Stern MBA)

Target schools: Booth in Chicago, Stern in NY, Columbia in NY, and LBS in UK.

Interests: Private Equity, ideally with a focus on Real Estate where I can leverage my skills/knowledge/experience. Knowing how small the PE industry is, I will also be targeting Ibanks with a focus on Real Estate.

Please comment on my overall profile, and specifically my GMAT score and my target schools.

Thank you!

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You have a good overall profile, but with Chicago's recent rise in the rankings and the lofty nature of your other aspirational targets, you may want to diversify your applications a bit more by adding a school or two a bit lower in the overall rankings scheme. Your GPA is fine, but will be below average and your GMAT, again while a fine score, will likely be below average as well. THe CFAs distinguish you and your work experience and board involvement is noteworthy. Targeting VC as a career is risky since very few if any VC firms recruit at b-schools for new hires. This would communicate to the adcoms that you might be an employment risk on the backend and they need students who will easily find and accept jobs by graduation or at least within 90 days of graduation lest they get dinged in the rankings tables. Getting a job on theother side is paramount and arguably the true reason to get the MBA at all, so you want to present yourself as focused, but not so much on an industry that is notoriously difficult to get a job in (particularly without prior experience). You should likely stick to your real estate plans and keep the VC part to yourself, or else list it as a long term goal instead of a short term one at least.

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