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Profile Evaluation: Should I give up on the MBA?

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Would appreciate if you can provide feedback on my case.

28 yr old Filipino Male with green card

Full-time work experience:
- 2.5 years as an Investment Banking Analyst (government financial institution) focusing on infrastructure investments;
- 3.5 years as an Investment Banking Associate with Top Tier ASEAN Investment Bank(was promoted to Associate)
- Was supposed to be promoted to senior analyst in my first job but was poached by a multinational investment bank (top tier in South East Asia)
- Spearheaded the establishment of an analyst pool program which enables analysts to rotate on different investment banking products (saves the firm extra cost and increases efficiency of working teams)
- 6 years Investment banking experience in M&A, Equity, and Debt financing

740 GMAT

Undergrad info:
Top 3 Philippine University
Applied Economics; 2.167 GPA
Low GPA due to father being diagnosed with kidney failure, and heart attack; mother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, stage 1 breast cancer

Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities:
Undergrad extra-curricular: University student government, economics organization
Post undergrad: Volunteer for Non profit organizations like Teach for the Philippines, Gawad Kalinga (reach out to poor communities and teach the under privileged)

Post-MBA goal:
Transition to Private Equity or Investment Banking in the US. Strong recommendation letters from high level executives (President & CEO, Managing Director, and Executive Director). President & CEO of the firm is an alumnus of Kellogg.

I know most of the schools I will be applying to will be a reach due to my GPA but below are my dream schools:
- Wharton
- Columbia
- Yale
- Booth
- Kellogg

Would appreciate any advice. Thank you.

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New post 29 Nov 2017, 09:53
cg07 wrote:
Would appreciate if you can provide feedback on my case.
hi @cg07, happy to provide feedback to you and will do so below.
28 yr old Filipino Male with green card

Full-time work experience:
- 2.5 years as an Investment Banking Analyst (government financial institution) focusing on infrastructure investments;
- 3.5 years as an Investment Banking Associate with Top Tier ASEAN Investment Bank(was promoted to Associate)
- Was supposed to be promoted to senior analyst in my first job but was poached by a multinational investment bank (top tier in South East Asia)
- Spearheaded the establishment of an analyst pool program which enables analysts to rotate on different investment banking products (saves the firm extra cost and increases efficiency of working teams)
- 6 years Investment banking experience in M&A, Equity, and Debt financing
This looks like a lot of work- are you saying it is 6 total or 12? as if it is 12 you may find schools questioning more why you need MBA.
740 GMATNothing not to like here!

Undergrad info:
Top 3 Philippine University
Applied Economics; 2.167 GPA
Low GPA due to father being diagnosed with kidney failure, and heart attack; mother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, stage 1 breast cancer This is the weak link for sure- but explaining the context of what you were dealing with- as you have done here- helps adcom know what else was going on. I am sorry you had to deal with all this in college.

Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities:
Undergrad extra-curricular: University student government, economics organization
Post undergrad: Volunteer for Non profit organizations like Teach for the Philippines, Gawad Kalinga (reach out to poor communities and teach the under privileged)

Post-MBA goal:
Transition to Private Equity or Investment Banking in the US. Strong recommendation letters from high level executives (President & CEO, Managing Director, and Executive Director). President & CEO of the firm is an alumnus of Kellogg.convincing adcom why you can't do that now is key- I'd look at the angle of you wanting to get more leadership expertise to help you as you move forward in organization.

I know most of the schools I will be applying to will be a reach due to my GPA but below are my dream schools: I think your work experience trumps GPA here and the GMAT helps. If you do have 12 yrs work, I also might look at the GSB MSx program as with your experience you may find this program meets your needs also.
- Wharton
- Columbia
- Yale
- Booth
- Kellogg
I would apply with confidence to all these programs. To reach out for a free consult to help you even more- go here:
https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... b-visitor/

Would appreciate any advice. Thank you.

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Donna | StratusMBACounselor | Stratus Admissions Counseling

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New post 29 Nov 2017, 19:22
Thank you so much for the feedback! This is extremely helpful.

To clarify on the work experience, I have 6 years total not 12.

Thank you again!

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