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Profile Evaluation Request - SEA male / 29 yrs old

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Profile Evaluation Request - SEA male / 29 yrs old [#permalink]

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New post 25 Oct 2017, 11:18
Hi Stratus AC team,

Would you mind evaluate the strength and weakness of my profile? My sense is that I am a bit ahead on the age curve and I don't have much extra-curricular or peculiar interests to shout about... am targeting Wharton, HBS, Columbia, Stanford (all super-top unis in the US, not sure if I have the right profile and + whether I should focus on Europe since they tend to accept older applicants... super appreciate your overall advice on this)

+ Background:
- 29 years old
- Asian male

+ Work experience: 5+ years in one of the biggest fund management companies in SEA (buy-side) (AUM: >$50 billion)
- Position 1: Corporate Finance Analyst (4+ years)- did corporate exercises involving public & private portfolio companies (e.g. M&A, demerger, turnaround etc.), restructuring of Board of portfolio companies, monitoring of portfolio companies, review of corporate strategy of portfolio companies (ala-shareholder activist, but in SEA) - the role involves a lot of discussion/meetings with CEO and Senior Management of my company as well as the Board, CEOs and CFOs of the portfolio companies.
- Position 2: Investment Strategist (1+ years) - currently managing a small team to help devise overall investment/asset allocation strategy for funds under management (involves developing macroeconomic + asset class views and coordinating work with tonnes of people from different departments in my company)

+ Letter of recommendation: I am planning to have my current boss (who internally head-hunted me) and my previous big boss (top 5 in the company), who has worked closely with me in Corp Finance

+ GMAT: 720

+ Certifications: CFA (chartered), FRM (chartered)

+ Post-MBA goals:
- Short-term: Fund management role in a global asset management firm / hedge fund
- Long-term: Chief Investment Officer in my home country

+ Education:
- Graduated from top 10 universities in the world / top 4 in the UK (think Cambridge, Imperial, Oxford, UCL)
- First-class Honours (highest category in UK grading system) - not sure how to translate this to US GPA-equivalent
- Degree: Comp Science

+ Awards:
- Won scholarship awards for A-Levels and University studies
- Awarded one of the high performing employees in my company

+ Extra-curricular (university)
- President of Fairtrade club
- University Volunteer
- Committee member in a UK Student Body for my country
- Internships (tech roles in investment arm of a large UK insurance company and top 3 IBs (think Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley)

+ Extra-curricular (post-university)
- Co-founded an in-house company programme where we taught English and Mathematics to underprivileged high-school students and mentored them for 3+ years
- Managed and developed a financial education programme for an annual investment education event for 4 consecutive years - the programme involves having participants playing interesting games that emphasize the importance of financial planning (6000++ participants every year)
- Am starting an online and app-based financial education programme (in the midst)

+ Interests:
- Reading
- Programming

Many thanks for your time.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request - SEA male / 29 yrs old [#permalink]

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New post 25 Oct 2017, 11:55
mrpole wrote:
Hi Stratus AC team,

Would you mind evaluate the strength and weakness of my profile? My sense is that I am a bit ahead on the age curve and I don't have much extra-curricular or peculiar interests to shout about... am targeting Wharton, HBS, Columbia, Stanford (all super-top unis in the US, not sure if I have the right profile and + whether I should focus on Europe since they tend to accept older applicants... super appreciate your overall advice on this)

+ Background:
- 29 years old
- Asian male

+ Work experience: 5+ years in one of the biggest fund management companies in SEA (buy-side) (AUM: >$50 billion)strong work experience
- Position 1: Corporate Finance Analyst (4+ years)- did corporate exercises involving public & private portfolio companies (e.g. M&A, demerger, turnaround etc.), restructuring of Board of portfolio companies, monitoring of portfolio companies, review of corporate strategy of portfolio companies (ala-shareholder activist, but in SEA) - the role involves a lot of discussion/meetings with CEO and Senior Management of my company as well as the Board, CEOs and CFOs of the portfolio companies.
- Position 2: Investment Strategist (1+ years) - currently managing a small team to help devise overall investment/asset allocation strategy for funds under management (involves developing macroeconomic + asset class views and coordinating work with tonnes of people from different departments in my company)

+ Letter of recommendation: I am planning to have my current boss (who internally head-hunted me) and my previous big boss (top 5 in the company), who has worked closely with me in Corp Finance

+ GMAT: 720

+ Certifications: CFA (chartered), FRM (chartered)

+ Post-MBA goals:
- Short-term: Fund management role in a global asset management firm / hedge fund
- Long-term: Chief Investment Officer in my home country

+ Education:
- Graduated from top 10 universities in the world / top 4 in the UK (think Cambridge, Imperial, Oxford, UCL)
- First-class Honours (highest category in UK grading system) - not sure how to translate this to US GPA-equivalent
- Degree: Comp Science

+ Awards:
- Won scholarship awards for A-Levels and University studies
- Awarded one of the high performing employees in my company

+ Extra-curricular (university)
- President of Fairtrade club
- University Volunteer
- Committee member in a UK Student Body for my country
- Internships (tech roles in investment arm of a large UK insurance company and top 3 IBs (think Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley)

+ Extra-curricular (post-university)
- Co-founded an in-house company programme where we taught English and Mathematics to underprivileged high-school students and mentored them for 3+ years
- Managed and developed a financial education programme for an annual investment education event for 4 consecutive years - the programme involves having participants playing interesting games that emphasize the importance of financial planning (6000++ participants every year)
- Am starting an online and app-based financial education programme (in the midst)

+ Interests:
- Reading
- Programming
I see a lot to like in this profile- I see a habit of leadership (HBS) and I see a touch of what matters most..(GSB) in helping others, I could see you also presenting well at CBS and Wharton. I like the extracurriculars,
the work experience, the being recruited in your current role. The stats are in the range- so to differentiate yourself I would suggest you go deep in understanding these programs and their culture. Reach out to club presidents and students,
attend online chats and webinars, immerse yourself in knowing the culture. For some general tips in approaching the essays for these programs, review these:
https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... hbs-essay/
https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... sb-essays/
https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... ton-essay/
https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... rame-mind/

And then if you'd like to discuss more customized advice for you- and I do think doing a strong self assessment on the front end will help you present as a strong candidate- reach out to us for a free consult to discuss how we can help you do that at this link: https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... b-visitor/
And I could also see you looking at programs in Europe too just to compare options...

Many thanks for your time.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Request - SEA male / 29 yrs old [#permalink]

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New post 25 Oct 2017, 23:49
StratusMBACounselor wrote:
so to differentiate yourself I would suggest you go deep in understanding these programs and their culture. Reach out to club presidents and students,
attend online chats and webinars, immerse yourself in knowing the culture.


You are spot on. I have been thinking a lot on how to differentiate myself. I figure my background is pretty average considering the past profiles of admitted students.

Good suggestion. I guess the my next focus should be in the essays and storytelling about my unique personal self.

Thank you for your comments. :)
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