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Please Evaluate My Profile | 700 GMAT, 3.55 GPA

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Joined: 30 Nov 2012
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Concentration: Strategy, Finance
GMAT 1: 620 Q42 V34
GMAT 2: 680 Q42 V41
GMAT 3: 700 Q47 V38
GPA: 3.55
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New post 23 Jun 2013, 14:39
Hi All,

Please provide any insight on my profile as outlined below. I would greatly appreciate it. To provide context, I am a white male and a USA citizen. Thank you!!

1) Brief description of your full-time work experience. What do you do?
I worked in fixed income operations at BlackRock (the largest asset management company in the world) for 2 years. I now work in interest rate derivatives structuring for a mid-size regional bank. I structure custom tailored interest rate derivatives (mainly swaps) for institutional clients of the bank. At matriculation I will have 4 total years work experience.
2) Your GMAT.
700 (Q47 V38) | 73% in quant, 84% in verbal
3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.
I graduated from Penn State University in 2010 with a degree in finance. My cumulative GPA is 3.55
4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
-national society of collegiate scholars honors society member
-Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity Member and Philanthropy chair
-Active in raising money for Penn State Dance Marathon (the largest student run philanthropy in the world)
-Currently a mentor to a foster youth who is "aging-out" of the foster system and will be on his own shortly
-avid musician (guitarist, bassist, and drummer)
-currently editing the final draft of my first thriller novel (do it as a hobby)
5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
Passed CFA Level 1, did not pass Level 2. I don't intend to take level 2 again or pursue this avenue at all, I don't even think I will include the fact that I passed level 1 on my resume, but I'd love to hear suggestions if I should or not.
6) Your target programs.
My dream schools are Kellogg, Booth, Yale, and NYU. I will also apply to Georgetown McDonough and Vanderbilt Owen.
7) When you plan to apply? Please specify round and application cycle, for example R1 2013-14 or R3 2012-13.
R1 for 2013-2014
8) Your post-MBA goal.
Short term I'd like to join a large consulting company and work specifically on financial services related projects (in line with my prior experience). Long term I'd like to either progress in a consulting company or possibly start my own micro-consulting company.

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New post 24 Jun 2013, 10:51
Your work-experience is very strong, but that said, there will be lots of competition from other  finance candidates as I am sure you are aware.

Your combined GMAT and GPA are good but not exceptional.  Have you considered taking the GMAT another time?  I am a low beta person, I do not like risk, so given your very solid but not amazing GPA an amazing GMAT would create a stronger profile.

I think including the CFA level 1 is fine; absolutely no need to state anything about not passing the Level 2.  

You overall qualifications are strong, not I do not see the exceptional jumping out at me.  I want you to now begin to think about what you have done that is exceptional?  How have you been a leader?  How do we know you will be a leader post-MBA.  Where have you shown innovation and initiative?  Your extracurriculars are nice, but have you taken on a leadership capacity and have you initiated anything of merit?  

Recommendations?  WHo do you have to write the most superb recommendations about you?  The kind that say that you are a candidate that is stellar?  It is my opinion that you need to be 110% confident that the people who write your letters will say things that set you distinctly apart from the competition.

I think you need to really focus in now on the packaging of what you communicate?  Your application, essays, resume, interview, recommendations need to tell a story about what differentiates you from the other applicants in a way that makes you THE candidate to accept?  How are you different and how are you better?

Best of luck-

Courtney Jane
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