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Profile Review: Low GPA, High GMAT, Political Background

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Hi,

I'm looking for a profile evaluation.

GPA: 2.7 in finance from respected but not top liberal arts university. I don't have a dramatic excuse or reason for the low GPA. I worked throughout college, was over-involved on campus (student body president, other leadership roles etc.), and frankly wasn't extremely interested in my academics particularly in the first two years of school.

GMAT: 730

Work Experience: Worked on the Hill for 2 years with significant policy responsibility, moved to well-known industry association on K street for the last year. My experience is in economic policy, and I work closely with financial regulators.

Target Schools: Georgetown, Virginia, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Emory

I'm curious if it'd be wise to wait a couple more years to apply, distancing myself from a low undergrad GPA or if it won't make a significant difference. I'd like to move into consulting and eventually pair my quantitative and regulatory experiences to work in a leadership position at a bank.

Thanks

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dc20002 wrote:
Hi,

I'm looking for a profile evaluation.

GPA: 2.7 in finance from respected but not top liberal arts university. I don't have a dramatic excuse or reason for the low GPA. I worked throughout college, was over-involved on campus (student body president, other leadership roles etc.), and frankly wasn't extremely interested in my academics particularly in the first two years of school.

GMAT: 730

Work Experience: Worked on the Hill for 2 years with significant policy responsibility, moved to well-known industry association on K street for the last year. My experience is in economic policy, and I work closely with financial regulators.

Target Schools: Georgetown, Virginia, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Emory

I'm curious if it'd be wise to wait a couple more years to apply, distancing myself from a low undergrad GPA or if it won't make a significant difference. I'd like to move into consulting and eventually pair my quantitative and regulatory experiences to work in a leadership position at a bank.

Thanks


Why have you chosen these schools? I am interested in hearing a bit about your selection process in order to determine how the schools will see your fit with them. I am not sure waiting before applying will help, even if your work experience is a bit short, but waiting with not make a difference when it comes to your GPA. (An impressive GMAT score can, however, and as I see it, you do have that)

What will “seal the deal” instead is how impressive your work experience during these 2 years has been and what more specifically you have achieved during that time (anything that can be measured and compared to others in a similar position is great as a measuring stick) so I would need to hear a bit more about that in order to give you a proper evaluation. Feel free to be in touch at https://aringo.com/mba-process-registration/ to tell us some more specifics if you’d be interested in evaluating that part.

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New post 23 Aug 2017, 03:44
Looks like you should be on course to these colleges.

However, you need to do some thinking about your Long term goals. It seems circuitous to me to say that you want to work in consulting to get into a bank. Rather, think of it as follows:

So-so undergrad - but pretty honest about it. Involved in student life outside of class. Good work experience. Solid knowledge of how economic policy-making works. This along with an MBA can help you get into consulting if you want it. It can help you do a few other things also. No questions about the narrative so far.

But if your eventual goal is to end up at a bank, why go through so many detours?

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dc20002 wrote:
Hi,

I'm looking for a profile evaluation.

GPA: 2.7 in finance from respected but not top liberal arts university. I don't have a dramatic excuse or reason for the low GPA. I worked throughout college, was over-involved on campus (student body president, other leadership roles etc.), and frankly wasn't extremely interested in my academics particularly in the first two years of school.

GMAT: 730

Work Experience: Worked on the Hill for 2 years with significant policy responsibility, moved to well-known industry association on K street for the last year. My experience is in economic policy, and I work closely with financial regulators.

Target Schools: Georgetown, Virginia, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Emory

I'm curious if it'd be wise to wait a couple more years to apply, distancing myself from a low undergrad GPA or if it won't make a significant difference. I'd like to move into consulting and eventually pair my quantitative and regulatory experiences to work in a leadership position at a bank.

Thanks

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I tend to agree - go to MBB to get into PE but a bank? Seems odd. Also, strive to get into the best possible school you can to get into MBB if that is in fact your aim. How have you determined that leading a bank would be fulfilling to you? What will you experience in that role that would make you happy? I wanted to shoot myself working for Wells Fargo post-MBA because my values are individual expression, authenticity, creativity and humor/playfulness. This is why I love my job now.
If you interested in shoring up your indicators for academic potential, I advise HBx core or the strategic management certificate via HBS. My GPA challenged candidates have found used these to develop an alt-transcript. If you are willing to wait, I would recommend doing one of these programs.
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