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Profile Evaluation (for Harvard MBA)

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New post 05 Apr 2017, 11:12
Hi everyone, my first post so bear with me. I'm planning on applying to the Harvard MBA admissions cycle in September 2017. I know its a bit early, but i want some time to organise myself especially because my job is so busy etc. etc.

so here is my profile:

Country: Australian citizen (although i am of Korean descent)

Education: BSc Mathematics and Economics at London School of Economics (UK) graduated with First Class Honours (ranked in top 10% of my year group).
MPhil in Economics at Cambridge University (ranked quite average in cohort).

Work Experience: Spent my last 3 years working in the Sales and Trading division of a mid tier American bulge bracket in London. Before that, internships in Big Four consulting, a major British bank and a small accounting firm (all in Korea).

GMAT: 730. Decent quant score, less good in verbal.

Extracurriculars:: President of a medium sized society during undergrad. Decent amount of community service as well as volunteer work with my company as well as in my personal life. Advisor to a tech startup in my spare time


Goals: To move into a hedge fund and one day start my own hedge fund/fintech company.

Assuming i get decent recommendations, essays etc. What would you say my chances are?
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Schools: Brown University, Harvard Business School

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New post 07 Apr 2017, 08:16
Hey dude!
Overall good to hear from you!
So you have some good and very solid stuff. Your GMAT, your undergrad college, your MPHil. All very good stuff.

As you pointed out, your average grades and "mid-tier" firm might weaken your profile somewhat, but okay...

I think that the real question I have when reading this is: who are you? what do you want? What do you see in your future? how have you performed thus far? what is your leadership VISION?

The profile you have written here just feels a bit standard to me. I'm sure you have more info there, but dig into it. Find out WHY you are really applying to B-school, what you really want to do. Tap in to the unique aspects of your background...
That's where you need to work?

Good enough for HBS? Hard to say. I mean make an amazing story, and give it your best shot. You have the school and the numbers and are in (one of) the right industry.

But don't focus ONLY on HBS. Apply to as many Top 10 schools as you see you might fit in.

I hope this helps,
Jon Frank

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