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GMAT 1: 660 Q42 V39
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New post 16 Jul 2018, 08:11
Hey everyone! Would love to get your thoughts on my profile. I'm obviously aiming very high, and with stats that are maybe not all that impressive, but would like to get a sense of where I stand. Thanks so much for your help!

Target Schools: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Tuck, Booth, Columbia

Age: 31
GMAT: 660 (still working on trying to get that 700+ but have found it much harder than anticipated)
Years Experience: 7.5

Ethnicity: Half Asian/Half White and can claim official Native American ethnicity by blood/tribal citizenship

Work Experience

Current: 5 years at global top 10 asset management firm by AUM (think Vanguard, Fidelity, T. Rowe, etc.) working in portfolio analytics and operations. Recently promoted to Senior Analyst which entails heavy leadership component (currently leading/"managing" team of 8-10 people). Long history of working directly with investment group members (PMs/analysts) and supporting them with portfolio research and analysis.

Past: 2 years as analyst/senior analyst at mid-sized Registered Investment Advisor supporting institutional portfolios with client servicing, portfolio analysis, and fund manager research.

Nonprofit/Leadership Experience
All are current and have been involved with for at least 2 years, putting in well over 30 hours per year and raising over $200,000 in funding/grants combined:

• Startup nonprofit focused on women's financial literacy - Executive Director
• National literacy/mentoring organization - Board Member; previously volunteer coordinator and volunteer
• Open-enrollment college-prep school system for under-resourced communities - Associates Board Member
• Mentorship Program focused on getting single moms to and through college - Board Member
• Nonprofit Leadership Committee for work - Member, helping plan events and activities with goal of providing nonprofit board education to firm associates.
Fellowships
• Riordan Leadership Institute Fellow - 9-month nonprofit leadership development program providing board overview of key areas of nonprofit board leadership. Also, completed 10-month internship with sports-based youth development nonprofit, in which I restructured the board and appointed a new board chair.
• StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow - 5-day institute that educates and connects entrepreneurs, activists, students, bridge-builders and other innovators to drive social innovation across sectors globally.

Undergrad Experience
School: UC Irvine
GPA: 3.1
Degrees: B.A. Economics, B.A. Japanese Language & Literature
Other: Spent Junior year in Tokyo, received 2 well-known scholarships
Leadership: VP of Japanese Student Association

Designations
Passed level II of the CFA Program
Passed level I of the CAIA Program

Languages
Japanese
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Affiliations: NYU, Yale
Joined: 04 Jan 2018
Posts: 319
Location: United States (NY)
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New post 16 Jul 2018, 08:36
Hi Roque,

Thank you for your post and for sharing your profile. You, indeed, have an attractive profile that I would like to learn more about. Are you considering the target schools' FT MBA program? What are your career aspirations? Do you intend to remain in the financial services sector? Why do you require an MBA and why now? These are only some questions that need clarifying.

As you prepare your MBA applications, there are some aspects to keep in mind. You are targeting top institutions that receive a lot of attention and applications. There are a few things that are not working in your favor, which include low GMAT and GPA. The average GPA is around 3.6/4.0 for the target schools, and the average GMAT is over 720. To counterbalance these two essential components of your application (which are typically used as indicators of your ability to succeed in their programs), the remainder of your application requires to be top notch. You must demonstrate to the institutions that your scores are not an indicator of your ability to succeed there.

You are also over the average age of the incoming FT MBA student body, so you should expand your target list to ensure that you receive admission for intake 2019.

I am happy to continue the conversation. If interested, please reach out to coordinate a free consultation (contact details in signature).

Good luck!

Roque wrote:
Hey everyone! Would love to get your thoughts on my profile. I'm obviously aiming very high, and with stats that are maybe not all that impressive, but would like to get a sense of where I stand. Thanks so much for your help!

Target Schools: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Tuck, Booth, Columbia

Age: 31
GMAT: 660 (still working on trying to get that 700+ but have found it much harder than anticipated)
Years Experience: 7.5

Ethnicity: Half Asian/Half White and can claim official Native American ethnicity by blood/tribal citizenship

Work Experience

Current: 5 years at global top 10 asset management firm by AUM (think Vanguard, Fidelity, T. Rowe, etc.) working in portfolio analytics and operations. Recently promoted to Senior Analyst which entails heavy leadership component (currently leading/"managing" team of 8-10 people). Long history of working directly with investment group members (PMs/analysts) and supporting them with portfolio research and analysis.

Past: 2 years as analyst/senior analyst at mid-sized Registered Investment Advisor supporting institutional portfolios with client servicing, portfolio analysis, and fund manager research.

Nonprofit/Leadership Experience
All are current and have been involved with for at least 2 years, putting in well over 30 hours per year and raising over $200,000 in funding/grants combined:

• Startup nonprofit focused on women's financial literacy - Executive Director
• National literacy/mentoring organization - Board Member; previously volunteer coordinator and volunteer
• Open-enrollment college-prep school system for under-resourced communities - Associates Board Member
• Mentorship Program focused on getting single moms to and through college - Board Member
• Nonprofit Leadership Committee for work - Member, helping plan events and activities with goal of providing nonprofit board education to firm associates.
Fellowships
• Riordan Leadership Institute Fellow - 9-month nonprofit leadership development program providing board overview of key areas of nonprofit board leadership. Also, completed 10-month internship with sports-based youth development nonprofit, in which I restructured the board and appointed a new board chair.
• StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow - 5-day institute that educates and connects entrepreneurs, activists, students, bridge-builders and other innovators to drive social innovation across sectors globally.

Undergrad Experience
School: UC Irvine
GPA: 3.1
Degrees: B.A. Economics, B.A. Japanese Language & Literature
Other: Spent Junior year in Tokyo, received 2 well-known scholarships
Leadership: VP of Japanese Student Association

Designations
Passed level II of the CFA Program
Passed level I of the CAIA Program

Languages
Japanese

_________________

Sia Admissions
info@siaadmissions.com
+1 (646) 690 - 9996
website: http://www.SiaAdmissions.com

Contact us for a free consultation

Intern
Intern
User avatar
B
Joined: 12 Feb 2017
Posts: 7
Location: United States (CA)
GMAT 1: 660 Q42 V39
GPA: 3.09
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New post 16 Jul 2018, 08:57
SiaAdmissions thank you for such a quick reply!! Ah yes, I should have mentioned my career goals. To answer your questions directly:

Are you considering the target schools' FT MBA program? Yes.
What are your career aspirations? To transition into a "front-office" buyside equity research role at a top tier mutual fund/asset manager. Early career goal is to become an investment analyst, with long term aspirations to become a portfolio manager, ideally doing so at my current firm.
Do you intend to remain in the financial services sector? Yes, specifically investment management.
Why do you require an MBA and why now? While I might be on the older side for a FT program, I would argue that this is the perfect time. In order to make that jump to investment analyst, a top-tier MBA is virtually a prerequisite. On top of that, I have built a strong set of connections within my firm's Investment Group (PMs/Investment Analysts) and have forged a strong reputation that I hope to leverage while in school to help me make that jump. From a developmental standpoint, I have also never felt more ready, self-assured, and confident in myself as a professional and a leader than I do now.

SiaAdmissions wrote:
Hi Roque,

Thank you for your post and for sharing your profile. You, indeed, have an attractive profile that I would like to learn more about. Are you considering the target schools' FT MBA program? What are your career aspirations? Do you intend to remain in the financial services sector? Why do you require an MBA and why now? These are only some questions that need clarifying.

As you prepare your MBA applications, there are some aspects to keep in mind. You are targeting top institutions that receive a lot of attention and applications. There are a few things that are not working in your favor, which include low GMAT and GPA. The average GPA is around 3.6/4.0 for the target schools, and the average GMAT is over 720. To counterbalance these two essential components of your application (which are typically used as indicators of your ability to succeed in their programs), the remainder of your application requires to be top notch. You must demonstrate to the institutions that your scores are not an indicator of your ability to succeed there.

You are also over the average age of the incoming FT MBA student body, so you should expand your target list to ensure that you receive admission for intake 2019.

I am happy to continue the conversation. If interested, please reach out to coordinate a free consultation (contact details in signature).

Good luck!

Roque wrote:
Hey everyone! Would love to get your thoughts on my profile. I'm obviously aiming very high, and with stats that are maybe not all that impressive, but would like to get a sense of where I stand. Thanks so much for your help!

Target Schools: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Tuck, Booth, Columbia

Age: 31
GMAT: 660 (still working on trying to get that 700+ but have found it much harder than anticipated)
Years Experience: 7.5

Ethnicity: Half Asian/Half White and can claim official Native American ethnicity by blood/tribal citizenship

Work Experience

Current: 5 years at global top 10 asset management firm by AUM (think Vanguard, Fidelity, T. Rowe, etc.) working in portfolio analytics and operations. Recently promoted to Senior Analyst which entails heavy leadership component (currently leading/"managing" team of 8-10 people). Long history of working directly with investment group members (PMs/analysts) and supporting them with portfolio research and analysis.

Past: 2 years as analyst/senior analyst at mid-sized Registered Investment Advisor supporting institutional portfolios with client servicing, portfolio analysis, and fund manager research.

Nonprofit/Leadership Experience
All are current and have been involved with for at least 2 years, putting in well over 30 hours per year and raising over $200,000 in funding/grants combined:

• Startup nonprofit focused on women's financial literacy - Executive Director
• National literacy/mentoring organization - Board Member; previously volunteer coordinator and volunteer
• Open-enrollment college-prep school system for under-resourced communities - Associates Board Member
• Mentorship Program focused on getting single moms to and through college - Board Member
• Nonprofit Leadership Committee for work - Member, helping plan events and activities with goal of providing nonprofit board education to firm associates.
Fellowships
• Riordan Leadership Institute Fellow - 9-month nonprofit leadership development program providing board overview of key areas of nonprofit board leadership. Also, completed 10-month internship with sports-based youth development nonprofit, in which I restructured the board and appointed a new board chair.
• StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow - 5-day institute that educates and connects entrepreneurs, activists, students, bridge-builders and other innovators to drive social innovation across sectors globally.

Undergrad Experience
School: UC Irvine
GPA: 3.1
Degrees: B.A. Economics, B.A. Japanese Language & Literature
Other: Spent Junior year in Tokyo, received 2 well-known scholarships
Leadership: VP of Japanese Student Association

Designations
Passed level II of the CFA Program
Passed level I of the CAIA Program

Languages
Japanese
Sia Admissions Representative
User avatar
S
Affiliations: NYU, Yale
Joined: 04 Jan 2018
Posts: 319
Location: United States (NY)
Re: Profile Evaluation  [#permalink]

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New post 16 Jul 2018, 09:56
Hi Roque,

Happy to help. You seem to have given an MBA a great deal of thought and your decisions make sense. I have personal experience in the financial sector working for top HF and PE shops and absolutely understand the importance an MBA as well brand has as it relates to professional success in the sector. Channel this feeling of readiness you describe into your applications and everything you do between now and the application due date so you submit a portrait of your best self.

Good luck!

Roque wrote:
SiaAdmissions thank you for such a quick reply!! Ah yes, I should have mentioned my career goals. To answer your questions directly:

Are you considering the target schools' FT MBA program? Yes.
What are your career aspirations? To transition into a "front-office" buyside equity research role at a top tier mutual fund/asset manager. Early career goal is to become an investment analyst, with long term aspirations to become a portfolio manager, ideally doing so at my current firm.
Do you intend to remain in the financial services sector? Yes, specifically investment management.
Why do you require an MBA and why now? While I might be on the older side for a FT program, I would argue that this is the perfect time. In order to make that jump to investment analyst, a top-tier MBA is virtually a prerequisite. On top of that, I have built a strong set of connections within my firm's Investment Group (PMs/Investment Analysts) and have forged a strong reputation that I hope to leverage while in school to help me make that jump. From a developmental standpoint, I have also never felt more ready, self-assured, and confident in myself as a professional and a leader than I do now.

SiaAdmissions wrote:
Hi Roque,

Thank you for your post and for sharing your profile. You, indeed, have an attractive profile that I would like to learn more about. Are you considering the target schools' FT MBA program? What are your career aspirations? Do you intend to remain in the financial services sector? Why do you require an MBA and why now? These are only some questions that need clarifying.

As you prepare your MBA applications, there are some aspects to keep in mind. You are targeting top institutions that receive a lot of attention and applications. There are a few things that are not working in your favor, which include low GMAT and GPA. The average GPA is around 3.6/4.0 for the target schools, and the average GMAT is over 720. To counterbalance these two essential components of your application (which are typically used as indicators of your ability to succeed in their programs), the remainder of your application requires to be top notch. You must demonstrate to the institutions that your scores are not an indicator of your ability to succeed there.

You are also over the average age of the incoming FT MBA student body, so you should expand your target list to ensure that you receive admission for intake 2019.

I am happy to continue the conversation. If interested, please reach out to coordinate a free consultation (contact details in signature).

Good luck!

Roque wrote:
Hey everyone! Would love to get your thoughts on my profile. I'm obviously aiming very high, and with stats that are maybe not all that impressive, but would like to get a sense of where I stand. Thanks so much for your help!

Target Schools: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Tuck, Booth, Columbia

Age: 31
GMAT: 660 (still working on trying to get that 700+ but have found it much harder than anticipated)
Years Experience: 7.5

Ethnicity: Half Asian/Half White and can claim official Native American ethnicity by blood/tribal citizenship

Work Experience

Current: 5 years at global top 10 asset management firm by AUM (think Vanguard, Fidelity, T. Rowe, etc.) working in portfolio analytics and operations. Recently promoted to Senior Analyst which entails heavy leadership component (currently leading/"managing" team of 8-10 people). Long history of working directly with investment group members (PMs/analysts) and supporting them with portfolio research and analysis.

Past: 2 years as analyst/senior analyst at mid-sized Registered Investment Advisor supporting institutional portfolios with client servicing, portfolio analysis, and fund manager research.

Nonprofit/Leadership Experience
All are current and have been involved with for at least 2 years, putting in well over 30 hours per year and raising over $200,000 in funding/grants combined:

• Startup nonprofit focused on women's financial literacy - Executive Director
• National literacy/mentoring organization - Board Member; previously volunteer coordinator and volunteer
• Open-enrollment college-prep school system for under-resourced communities - Associates Board Member
• Mentorship Program focused on getting single moms to and through college - Board Member
• Nonprofit Leadership Committee for work - Member, helping plan events and activities with goal of providing nonprofit board education to firm associates.
Fellowships
• Riordan Leadership Institute Fellow - 9-month nonprofit leadership development program providing board overview of key areas of nonprofit board leadership. Also, completed 10-month internship with sports-based youth development nonprofit, in which I restructured the board and appointed a new board chair.
• StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow - 5-day institute that educates and connects entrepreneurs, activists, students, bridge-builders and other innovators to drive social innovation across sectors globally.

Undergrad Experience
School: UC Irvine
GPA: 3.1
Degrees: B.A. Economics, B.A. Japanese Language & Literature
Other: Spent Junior year in Tokyo, received 2 well-known scholarships
Leadership: VP of Japanese Student Association

Designations
Passed level II of the CFA Program
Passed level I of the CAIA Program

Languages
Japanese

_________________

Sia Admissions
info@siaadmissions.com
+1 (646) 690 - 9996
website: http://www.SiaAdmissions.com

Contact us for a free consultation

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