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Profile Evaluation and Suggestions for Improvement

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Hi,

I'd like a profile evaluation and more importantly suggestions for area for improvement.

- 25, Asian male
- Undergrad: 3.6 GPA in Engineering at a top non-Ivy (UChicago, Duke, etc.)
- GMAT: 750 (48 Q/44 V, 8/8 IR, 6/6 AWA)

The computer froze at the end of the Q section. I could have definitely gotten a 770/780 but I figured a 750 is good enough and not worth sitting 4 hours through the test again. Plus, I studied engineering so that should demonstrate that I'm not weak in that area right?

- Work: Started off as a consultant at a technology company and moved towards software engineering and currently at a fintech start-up, took about 6 months off in-between to build my own start-up and am actively working on products/projects (dream is to go into VC/entrepreneurship)
Demonstrated leadership at each stop along the way, leading projects and taking ownership of things until delivery
- Extracurriculars: fitness (weightlifting, marathon training), was president of fraternity in college, tutoring/teaching
-Goal: Learn about finance and develop my network => to build products that interest me and are good for the world
- Targets: M7 (not worth IMO for the high tuition cost and opportunity cost else)

Thank you so much!
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New post Updated on: 15 Jul 2018, 12:46
@acsendingup you have solid numbers, however you are Asian and so you're going to need to do everything in your power to have the highest GMAT in the entire universe.

So to say the least yes it will be worth it for you to sit in the testing room for 4 more hours and then some. And I'd recommend you do that soon while you have momentum.

Are you aware that you're not competing against the entire applicant pool but other twenty-five-year-old Consulting Asian peeps? So for that reason you can only imagine the GMAT score for people in that population and you will want to be as competitive as possible.

Also the GMAT is often a strong consideration for scholarships should you decide to attend a school that offers Merit Scholarships.

You have a nice background for a fintech goal and I like the idea of you having a global reach that's a very interesting idea and from what I can tell, would be a good positioning for M7.

what I feel is missing is a solid tangible community contribution. If you're not applying this year I would get to work on that immediately and do not let work hours being excuse. This is a big opportunity for you to establish leadership and will separate you from your applicant pool. I guess what I'm saying is just something formal and hopefully long-term on the board in that area.

I don't really see any hobbies that create interest.... Special Sauce Factor... some intrigue.

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Originally posted by MBAPrepCoach on 15 Jul 2018, 02:22.
Last edited by MBAPrepCoach on 15 Jul 2018, 12:46, edited 1 time in total.
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New post 15 Jul 2018, 07:07
Hello ascendingup

If you are targeting M7, then the details on you profile also need to be deeper. These schools will evaluate the sum of all admission factors mentioned here.. The best advice is to get a spike on all of the factors mentioned here.
The only easily measurable factor is academics (undergrad school + past scores + GMAT), which is good (better always helps, but this will definitely not be the deal breaker for you- it is now upto execution and quality of the overall application)
Coming to Work ex- mention more around your career progression, key achievements and real business impact of your contributions. Details around these are missing. Also, each move must showcase a choice, and a seamless story that links your past, present and future with an MBA.
Extracurricular activities can add diversity to your profile but it will entirely depend on how you choose to sell these.
Lastly, as mentioned above, goals need to be organically linked with your past skills, experience and MBA. Since you are already in this field, why an MBA at all (apart from the networking bit). Again, how your market yourself in essays is critical, something that cannot be evaluated by the info given.
Needless to say M7 are competitive and will require a you to stand out from similar applicants and for that only the quality of information can help evaluate your profile in much detail.
Based on the limited info, can't give a detailed feedback but can say that you will need to build a spike (much better than similar applicants) on Acads + Quality of Work Ex + Diversity + Career Goals.

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ascendingup wrote:
Hi,

I'd like a profile evaluation and more importantly suggestions for area for improvement.

- 25, Asian male
- Undergrad: 3.6 GPA in Engineering at a top non-Ivy (UChicago, Duke, etc.)
- GMAT: 750 (48 Q/44 V, 8/8 IR, 6/6 AWA)

The computer froze at the end of the Q section. I could have definitely gotten a 770/780 but I figured a 750 is good enough and not worth sitting 4 hours through the test again. Plus, I studied engineering so that should demonstrate that I'm not weak in that area right?

- Work: Started off as a consultant at a technology company and moved towards software engineering and currently at a fintech start-up, took about 6 months off in-between to build my own start-up and am actively working on products/projects (dream is to go into VC/entrepreneurship)
Demonstrated leadership at each stop along the way, leading projects and taking ownership of things until delivery
- Extracurriculars: fitness (weightlifting, marathon training), was president of fraternity in college, tutoring/teaching
-Goal: Learn about finance and develop my network => to build products that interest me and are good for the world
- Targets: M7 (not worth IMO for the high tuition cost and opportunity cost else)

Thank you so much!

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New post 18 Jul 2018, 09:57
Hi ascendingup,

You seem to have a tech theme common through your professional experience, and maybe that could be a narrative you can harp on. However, a bigger theme that you can play up is fintech, a popular career aspiration on campuses these days. At CBS, Sales & Trading Club was in fact converted to fintech club two years back. Imagine, a legacy club no less than S&T getting subsumed. I think your current role can be a big positive from this perspective, and would fit in nicely from professional diversity perspective as well. Also, don’t hesitate to share the lessons learnt (probably setbacks) from your brief sojourn in the startup world. Riding that period over with positives alone will rob your application off from sharing some great insights. Failures are more loved than most think, as long as they propel you.

I see a challenge in articulating why MBA because it’s VC/entrepreneurship. VC is tough straight out of MBA. For entrepreneurship, you need a very strong explanation for ‘why MBA’. What’s that in an MBA that will help you in your venture? Networking etc. are flimsy reasons in 2018.

On GMAT score, I think 750 is high enough for you to proceed.

Overall, I think you’ve a shot at M7. Just execute your application well, which is extremely important.
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