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Hi, hope to get some thoughts on the following.

27 y/o Chinese male
SUNY Albany graduate
3.6 gpa
720 GMAT (will retake, hoping to improve to 740-750)
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

5 years investment research experience @ midsize wealth management firm, title: AVP. Likely another promotion in February to VP but it won't be in time for application... and boss hinted it'll be contingent on my MBA plans.
Started a mentorship program for high school students (very recently)
I have consistent volunteer experience but none in leadership roles: tax assistance for low income families, taught basic LEGO robotics programming to children, and other smaller projects (served food at local churches, cleaning up local parks, etc.)
1st generation college grad, neither parents finished grade school
Some interests if they help: basketball, dance tango, muay thai (thai boxing), travel (backpacked in Europe, danced tango in Argentina, skydiving in Peru, scubadiving in Italy soon!)

Goal with MBA is to transition to HF/VC/PE (most likely given my profile) or work on my entrepreneurial idea (a fintech idea I have been thinking about)

Target schools in that order:
H/S/W
Sloan/Booth
CBS

Qs:

1. If I want to study entrepreneurship and say that my immediate goal after b school is in finance (because it is the most practical given my profile) but want to start a company eventually, is this a red flag?
2. And if I instead talk about starting a business, will my experience and lack of entrepreneurial background hurt me?
3. Will talking about two goals also raise a red flag?

Thank you.
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jhangli90 wrote:
Hi, hope to get some thoughts on the following.

27 y/o Chinese male
SUNY Albany graduate
3.6 gpa
720 GMAT (will retake, hoping to improve to 740-750)
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

5 years investment research experience @ midsize wealth management firm, title: AVP. Likely another promotion in February to VP but it won't be in time for application... and boss hinted it'll be contingent on my MBA plans.
Started a mentorship program for high school students (very recently)
I have consistent volunteer experience but none in leadership roles: tax assistance for low income families, taught basic LEGO robotics programming to children, and other smaller projects (served food at local churches, cleaning up local parks, etc.)
1st generation college grad, neither parents finished grade school
Some interests if they help: basketball, dance tango, muay thai (thai boxing), travel (backpacked in Europe, danced tango in Argentina, skydiving in Peru, scubadiving in Italy soon!)

Goal with MBA is to transition to HF/VC/PE (most likely given my profile) or work on my entrepreneurial idea (a fintech idea I have been thinking about)

Target schools in that order:
H/S/W
Sloan/Booth
CBS

Qs:

1. If I want to study entrepreneurship and say that my immediate goal after b school is in finance (because it is the most practical given my profile) but want to start a company eventually, is this a red flag?
2. And if I instead talk about starting a business, will my experience and lack of entrepreneurial background hurt me?
3. Will talking about two goals also raise a red flag?

Thank you.


Hey, good to hear from you!

First of all, sorry for the delay in my answer, I was on the road for two weeks, and haven't been able to post as regularly as I would like.

Lemme jump in with answers to your questions:

1. Yep! That's a red flag. Unless you already have a startup or startup experience

2. Yep! That's why I wouldn't suggest it as goals :)

3. Yep! That's the worst thing you could do. It makes you seem lost and indecisive.

Allright then, now on to your profile eval.

First of all, with a SUNY Albany diploma, and a mid-size company, your school list might be a bit on the tough side. Limiting yourself to Top5 would be too constraining and you might risk not getting an acceptance. What I would suggest instead in spreading out your applications over Top 15 schools, which would make your strategy more realistic and balanced.

Now on to the next thing: Will your boss sponsor you, guarantee a job upon your return? That can be a very nice thing for an MBA program, because then you are a no-risk student in terms of being unemployed after graduation, and that can boost your profile.

Finally: The main thing you need to work on is story. I don't have that much information about you here, but really if your application is to be successful at the top schools you are aiming at, there has to be something extraordinary about it. A 760 isn't enough for H/S/W. They have people with a 760 who are coming from McKinsey and who graduated from Yale as an undergrad. They need something MORE - about you, your goals, your trajectory... And that is what we need to mine.

I hope this helps!

And feel free to drop us a line for a free consultation.

Best,
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