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New post 16 Apr 2011, 18:33
Hi Alex,
Thanks in advance for your help.

Profile: White/male/ 24 yrs old

Education: BS in journalism, minor in economics from state school, 3.69/4.0 GPA

Work experience: Professional journalist covering various public sector institutions and private companies in both large and small cities (Chicago and Youngstown, Ohio)

GMAT Score: Aiming to take in August, but scored 580 on practice exam with zero studying. Aiming to be in 650-700 range.

Extracurricular activities: Editor of college newspaper that was named best in state of Ohio under my leadership; launched new website for said newspaper. Student recruitment ambassador at state university. Various community service activities.

Post MBA plans: Financial analysis

Concerns/Questions: My biggest concern is obviously my lack of work experience related to business; however, I have covered extensively the financial workings of various municipalities and worked at a trade magazine analyzing the inner workings of the beverage industry. I am looking to change gears to get out of journalism and pursue a career in financial analysis.

What type of schools should I be targeting? Frankly, I'm not terribly mobile, so my top choice is actually Ohio State's Fisher School of Business, which is nearby and a fairly reputable program. Is that realistic? If I was more mobile, what other schools would you consider in my sweet spot?


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New post 17 Apr 2011, 08:51
If you're limited to the midwest, then there's not a lot of options.

Try Chicago Booth as your stretch school. Other schools to look at in the area would be Indiana and Purdue. Or Michigan. Any of these schools you should have no problems getting into. Booth will be a stretch, but where it's worth at least giving it a shot. If you're looking for finance careers, there's always Columbia and NYU if there's any way you can be more mobile.

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