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Joined: 11 Apr 2018
Posts: 10
Concentration: Finance, Economics
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V41
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New post 17 Apr 2018, 21:38
Hey guys,

I am targeting US and Canadian B-schools for 2019 intake. Can you guys please evaluate my profile and share your comments? Please be as blatant as possible.
Can you guys suggest a few schools that I should apply to? Stretch, achievable and safe ones.

Profile summary
Age: 21
Nationality - Canadian
Sex - Male

GMAT - 710 (Q47, V41)
Undergrad GPA: 2.77/4, Actuarial Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Work Experience - 1-month Investment Banking Internship at CITIC Securities, the largest investment bank in Asia. 2-month consulting internship at Deloitte Shanghai.

Extracurricular activities:
Consultant for the school's Chinese Students and Scholars Association. Focused on Career development, specifically in organizing career fairs, Meet the Firm, and other career development activities.

Career Goals - Initially came into university majoring in Actuarial Science under the assumption that a knowledge in risk calculation would help me excel in the financial world. Upon further understanding of the major and the responsibilities of an actuary, I noticed that this is not a major that I like and would help little in my dream of entering the financial field. Therefore, I wish to study finance for graduate school. Upon graduate school, my goal is to pursue a position on Wall Street, working my way up from the bottom of the corporate ladder and learning more about the financial world as time passes by. Once I obtain enough knowledge and experience, my ultimate goal would be to become a partner at a boutique financial firm or return to my home country and provide affordable financial advice and portfolio management for the masses.

Please let me know in case any additional information is required from my end.

By the way, would have a good GRE score help with my application, I plan on taking the GRE in May.
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New post 18 Apr 2018, 14:19

Thank you very much for reaching out and for sharing your profile. As a process of crafting your future career plans, I recommend you take some time to do some introspective work on what exactly you are looking to do. Wall Street is a highly competitive market and is usually filled with alumni of top-schools, like Harvard, Wharton, and the likes (not exclusively, nut typically). If your heart is set on that market, then you need to improve your profile in a number of areas. I'm quite familiar with the financial sector in Canada as well, and while you do not need Ivy League, a quality MBA will be prerequisite to what you want to do.

As to your profile, you need to counterbalance your lower than average GPA with programs that show your readiness for graduate work. In addition, I don't think you should take the GRE since you've already taken the GMAT, unless you plan to apply to a dual program or non-business master's program. Instead, I would recommend you re-taking the GMAT if you can add 20+ points to the total score.

On a more pressing matter, leading institutions' incoming MBA candidate profile averages 3-5 years work experience (leadership is important). While you internships are interesting, I recommend you gain work experience in finance to strengthen your profile. A Master's in Finance could be another avenue you could consider, and they typically don't require work experience (but requires great academics).

If you would like to schedule a free consultation, please reach out to coordinate (contact details in signature). We can discuss your background and aspirations, and see how we can help you put together your application.

Good luck!

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