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Joined: 19 Jul 2011
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Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Strategy
WE: Investment Banking (Investment Banking)
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I'd appreciate if you could provide your feedback on my candidacy. Apologies for any poor grammar; I'm typing this pretty quickly.

Age: 25, will probably be around 28 when I apply (will this hurt my chances since average age seems to be trending down to 26 / 27?)

Nationality: Half Korean / Half Taiwanese

Work Exp:
- 1.5 years at an IT Audit / Internal Audit Company (spinoff company from Arthur Anderson)
- 1 year in a corporate accounting / finance position at a fortune 500 Silicon Valley based gaming company
- 8 months (current job) as an investment banking analyst at a mid-market investment banking firm, I recently received an offer to stay for a 3rd year (this is generally considered as a promotion at investment banks and definitely on the "fast track" considering i've only worked for 8 months at this firm, normally most banks would offer a 3rd year extension towards the end of your 2nd year). On top of that, I was chosen to be one of the individuals who will help my firm expand a new office in NYC (my firm is currently based in SF). I consider this a great opportunity to show my leadership / management abilities, and it's also pretty cool that I am one of two people that my boss is sending out (and my firm has a total of about 35 people).

- Have not taken it yet, have been studying for the past few months, assuming I will get somewhere in the range of 700-730 (eventually)

College info:
- UC Berkeley, 3.0 GPA, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, I had a lower GPA because I initially studied electrical engineering and comp sci (EECS) and had a major injury that prevented me from going to class for the first 2 semesters, ended up having to switch majors and forced myself to take 5,5,5, and 6 engineering classes my last 4 semesters at CAL. I also received an A.A. degree in Accounting after my undergrad and graduated with a 3.9 (not sure if this will help or if it's even relevant)

Post college EC:
- I was heavily involved with a micro-finance organization called Wokai as well as a pro bono consulting non-profit called The Taproot Foundation
- Was able to provide an organization called "Rebuilding Together SF" a financial model valued at about $70k worth of consulting services

- CPA, Certified Info Sys Auditor (CISA) and Real Estate Brokers License

- Penn, Columbia, NYU, HBS, MIT, CAL

PostMBA Career:
- Corporate Development in a large Gaming firm, Tech focused VC / PE shop or a SR Assoc / VP at a bulge bracket bank

Please let me know if there's any other information you'd like to know about myself in order to help with your assessment.

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New post 05 Dec 2011, 09:09
things are looking good so far. You have plenty of time to succeed, so that's good. Since you have so much time, I think the two things that could really help you most is first: try and secure your leadership in the new office. I mean you will have a few years work in front of you, and you probably want to do this anyhow, but if you can get some nice leadership here, it can go a looooong way. Secondly, given the amount of time you have, if you don;t have a significant amount of volunteer work, NOW would not be too early to start. Maybe you can even lead some initiative, by starting some idea/organization/charity/whatever through work.

finally, when you do take your GMAT, I would say take it at least by the December before you want to apply, that way if you don't get exactly the score you want, you have plenty of time to retake.

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