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Hello,

Can you please look at my profile and tell me what my chances are? I'm still early in the process and doing my diligence so pardon some of the beginner questions.

Planning to apply in 2019

- Career in FP&A (Financial Planning & Analysis)
- Male, Vietnamese, 28 yo
- Undergraduate from Top 50 Public University
- 3.6 GPA; Cum Laude
- Passed Level 1 of CFA
- GMAT: 710

Work Experience:

1) Finance Rotation Program at F500 rotated through 7 different groups within Finance (2 years) and promoted to Analyst Role (1 year).
2) Moved to a F500 in silicon Valley with as a Senior FP&A Analyst (6 Months)
3) Moved to Financial Services Startup as a Senior FP&A Analyst (1 Year)
4) Currently at an up and coming Cyber Security startup (unicorn in the space) -- Came in as Senior FP&A Analyst and promoted after a year to Manager -- will have 2 years here when it comes time for applications

Big concern area for me here with my short stints in 2) and 3). At 2) The role turned out to be much different from what I anticipated. It was monotonous, I was unchallenged, and did not see this changing even if I stuck around. I left on good terms with all of my peers who understood and my manager said he would not hesitate to hire me back. At 3) I actually had a great relationship with my manager and the majority of my peers. I left because the politics were getting to be too much for me to the point where I felt it was hindering my progression. Ultimately I felt it was not a good cultural fit. Same situation where I left on great terms with everyone. In retrospect, I wish I had stuck around longer but what's done is done. Is there a certain way I should address this in my application?

Letters of Rec: Will have glowing letters of rec from my current and prior manager who hold Director titles (Not sure how much this matters). I also have connections with several CFO alums of big companies who would be happy to put in a solid word for me -- though not sure if this is relevant or how to even go about leveraging that

Extracurricular:
Was President of Finance Club in Undergrad focused on coordinating career events, workshops, inviting speakers, focused on helping students learn and achieve careers in finance. But have little to no volunteer experience since leaving undergrad.. No excuses here other than work was very demanding. I am an avid Cyclist and was thinking about entering a few competitions between now and time of application to show some life outside work. I've also been inspired by some recent travel I've done to begin youth mentoring and am looking for opportunities to do that. Thoughts?

Post MBA Objective: I've spent my career in FP&A as I have loved building processes, performing analytics, and being able to partner with different functions around the business. It's been a great all-around learning experience and I've had a lot of fun supporting the business. I want to dive deeper into the operational side and learn what actually takes to run the the business firsthand. 10 years from now I want to end up in a GM or President of a Division. Between then and Post MBA, I want to go into Consulting to broaden my perspective and develop the necessary skill set.

Business Schools -- Long list but still feeling out what is a reach/match, etc
Wharton
Booth
Haas
Tuck
Michigan
Duke
NYU
UCLA
Cornell

Thanks for all the help.

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Hello,

Can you please look at my profile and tell me what my chances are? I'm still early in the process and doing my diligence so pardon some of the beginner questions.

Planning to apply in 2019

- Career in FP&A (Financial Planning & Analysis)
- Male, Vietnamese, 28 yo
- Undergraduate from Top 50 Public University
- 3.6 GPA; Cum Laude
- Passed Level 1 of CFA
- GMAT: 710

Work Experience:

1) Finance Rotation Program at F500 rotated through 7 different groups within Finance (2 years) and promoted to Analyst Role (1 year).
2) Moved to a F500 in silicon Valley with as a Senior FP&A Analyst (6 Months)
3) Moved to Financial Services Startup as a Senior FP&A Analyst (1 Year)
4) Currently at an up and coming Cyber Security startup (unicorn in the space) -- Came in as Senior FP&A Analyst and promoted after a year to Manager -- will have 2 years here when it comes time for applications

Big concern area for me here with my short stints in 2) and 3). At 2) The role turned out to be much different from what I anticipated. It was monotonous, I was unchallenged, and did not see this changing even if I stuck around. I left on good terms with all of my peers who understood and my manager said he would not hesitate to hire me back. At 3) I actually had a great relationship with my manager and the majority of my peers. I left because the politics were getting to be too much for me to the point where I felt it was hindering my progression. Ultimately I felt it was not a good cultural fit. Same situation where I left on great terms with everyone. In retrospect, I wish I had stuck around longer but what's done is done. Is there a certain way I should address this in my application?

Letters of Rec: Will have glowing letters of rec from my current and prior manager who hold Director titles (Not sure how much this matters). I also have connections with several CFO alums of big companies who would be happy to put in a solid word for me -- though not sure if this is relevant or how to even go about leveraging that

Extracurricular:
Was President of Finance Club in Undergrad focused on coordinating career events, workshops, inviting speakers, focused on helping students learn and achieve careers in finance. But have little to no volunteer experience since leaving undergrad.. No excuses here other than work was very demanding. I am an avid Cyclist and was thinking about entering a few competitions between now and time of application to show some life outside work. I've also been inspired by some recent travel I've done to begin youth mentoring and am looking for opportunities to do that. Thoughts?

Post MBA Objective: I've spent my career in FP&A as I have loved building processes, performing analytics, and being able to partner with different functions around the business. It's been a great all-around learning experience and I've had a lot of fun supporting the business. I want to dive deeper into the operational side and learn what actually takes to run the the business firsthand. 10 years from now I want to end up in a GM or President of a Division. Between then and Post MBA, I want to go into Consulting to broaden my perspective and develop the necessary skill set.

Business Schools -- Long list but still feeling out what is a reach/match, etc
Wharton
Booth
Haas
Tuck
Michigan
Duke
NYU
UCLA
Cornell

Thanks for all the help.


Hey dude,
Very good to hear from you.

So first of all, your work experience is quite good, and as far as your concerns go, you do not have to address anything as a "problem to take care of". What you need to do, however is to spin your career changes POSITIVELY, showing how each step along the way, you are growing immensely, and coming closer and closer to your true calling. There are a 100 ways to bake this cake, and ti will depend on the detail of your ingredients.

In your school list the following schools are I would say stretches:
Wharton
Booth
Haas
Tuck

You have a good profile, but here, your GMAT is lower than average, your undergrad too (the school, not the grades), and they are just ultracompetitive.

The next three are, as you might imagine, more "competitive for you:
Michigan
Duke
NYU

I'd say with an awesome application, you stand a decent shot here.

And at UCLA and Cornell, I think you have a good chance of getting accepted. Again provided that your essays and recs rock!

This is all a bit rough around the edges, since I don't really yet have enough specific detail about your profile, but this should be a pretty good start.

Otherwise, feel free to drop us a line for a more full-on Free Consultation: http://bit.ly/mbafcGC

Best,
JF
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Thanks a lot Jon -- it is much appreciated.

Have had similar comments on the GMAT so will be retaking to see if I can do better.

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New post 12 Sep 2017, 04:17
MrDude wrote:
Thanks a lot Jon -- it is much appreciated.

Have had similar comments on the GMAT so will be retaking to see if I can do better.


Go to it, dude!
And best of luck to you

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