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Profile Review: 26 Male, Middle Eastern, 2.8 GPA, 720 GMAT

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Nationality: Middle eastern
Sex: Male
Age: 26
Languages: Arabic (Native), English (Fluent), French (Beginner)
Education: Bachelors in Finance from a well respected (Top 50) private school in the US.
GPA: 2.8/4.0
Initially majored in civil engineering, I barely studied and I did not attend most classes, was on academic probation most of the time. My spiraling depression and anxiety combined with my responsible and immature behavior resulted in a low GPA. Started going on medication which helped me immensely so I switched major to finance, got my academic and social life in order, got a 4.0 the next semester and never went below a 3.4 after that.
GMAT : 720

Working experience:
14 months financial analyst at a fintech startup, 7 months as a senior analyst working on a blockchain-based project, 12 months as a vice president of investments at a venture capital firm.
Will have about 4 year of experience by matriculation.

International exposure:
Rotating between 3-4 countries in the Middle East and North Africa but most of the time is spent in 2 countries.

Extra- Curricular & Volunteering:
Boxing
Orphans care program, probono startup mentoring, and finance tutoring (mainly CFA)

Achievements:
Passed all 3 levels of the CFA exam

Post-MBA goals:
Work in the United States.
Management consulting is the first option and the second would be corporate development.
Something that I truly love about my current job is that it is considered an operating partner so we really get our hands wet helping our portfolio companies with operations, strategy, and fund raising, so a lot of parallels can be drawn between management consulting and the work that I'm currently doing. I also love quantitative investment analysis which is something that is not heavily utilized in venture capital but can be found in corporate development.

Schools that I'm applying for:
Michigan Ross, Johnson Cornell, USC Marshall, Texas Mccombs, Rice, Toronto Rotman.
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Re: Profile Review: 26 Male, Middle Eastern, 2.8 GPA, 720 GMAT  [#permalink]

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New post 03 Aug 2019, 21:02
Hi there,
Thanks for reaching out. I think you've got a good list in terms of schools. Your GPA is on the low end for sure, but you can use the optional essay to explain the mental health issues you were facing & then addressed & that will help allay concerns. Your GMAT & CFA will help outweigh it as well.

Another challenge is the fact that your work experience is a bit choppy. Three jobs in 4 years is quite a bit of movement and could raise concerns about your performance and/or your ability to make a commitment. The adcom wants to see applicants who have demonstrated career progression (the ideal is a promotion) & have driven quantifiable impact at work (e.g. driving increases in revenue or decreases in cost, launching profitable new products, etc) & that can be difficult to achieve when you've only been in a job for a year or less. You'll want to be sure to show as many accomplishments as possible & you'll definitely need a strong story about why you've moved so frequently.

Finally, you'll need to be ready to tell a strong story about your post-MBA goals. Consulting is a very common goal, which doesn't mean you shouldn't pursue that path, but it does mean you'll have plenty of competition. You'll need a strong story about why consulting is the best fit for you & about the unique impact you plan to have in your career. The adcom doesn't just want applicants who are go on to have a job. They want applicants who are going to make meaningful impact and they want to see your specific vision for doing so.

If you need any help thinking through your strategy or your story definitely reach out to us. If you email Claudia at claudia@admissionado.com she can set you up with a free consultation with one of our MBA consultants who can take a look at your resume & give you some more specific thoughts!
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