GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

It is currently 15 Oct 2019, 02:23

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

What are my chances of a top business school?

  new topic post reply Update application status  
Author Message
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 25 Oct 2018
Posts: 1
What are my chances of a top business school?  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 25 Oct 2018, 05:15
Hi,

I am from Australia and studied a bachelor of Law (honours) and a Bachelor of Arts dual degree at Monash University. I have a 3.0gpa for the dual degree. During my undergraduate, I studied abroad at Oxford University, London School of Economics and at a University in Asia. I also have a masters in law from BPP University where I got a 3.5gpa (hardly a target university but work paid for it and sent me there). I also completed 2 levels of the CFA while working.

I have been working in BigLaw for two years in London since graduating. I am dual qualified in both the UK and Australia as a lawyer. I have completed rotations at work in private equity, M&A, reorgs and banking and finance, as well as completing a secondment. So my seats have all been corporate focused seats. Part of the reason for the low undergraduate GPA was due to limited time to study as I was busy building a startup that I founded and working other part time jobs. I later sold the business to an investor. Prior to working as a lawyer, I interned in various investment banking boutiques in Australia and the UK, where I accumulated just under a year of work experience during summer breaks.

I am hoping to break into M&A after business school on the investment banking side, with the longer term goal of breaking into private equity.

I have not officially completed the GMAT yet, though am aiming for a 740+ score based on my studies so far. I am 27 years old.

What are my T20 MBA chances based on the above? I am primarily interested in US business schools as I would like to break into M&A in NYC, though open to all locations that will help get me there.

Thanks!
Sia Admissions Representative
User avatar
G
Affiliations: NYU, Yale
Joined: 04 Jan 2018
Posts: 605
Location: United States (NY)
Re: What are my chances of a top business school?  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 25 Oct 2018, 08:05
Hi mbalawyer,

Having firsthand experience in Hedge Funds and Private equity in NYC, I know the challenges of getting into that sector. You should definitely target a top 20 MBA program, Wharton being your reach school. I would require to understand the quality and depth of your work to better evaluate your profile. I do like that you have level 2 CFA completed (how well did you do in the exams? When are you planning on sitting in for level 3). No matter your final list of schools, you will have to address your GPA in your applications.

I am happy to continue the conversation and get a better sense of your background. If interested, please click hereto coordinate a call.

Good luck!


mbalawyer wrote:
Hi,

I am from Australia and studied a bachelor of Law (honours) and a Bachelor of Arts dual degree at Monash University. I have a 3.0gpa for the dual degree. During my undergraduate, I studied abroad at Oxford University, London School of Economics and at a University in Asia. I also have a masters in law from BPP University where I got a 3.5gpa (hardly a target university but work paid for it and sent me there). I also completed 2 levels of the CFA while working.

I have been working in BigLaw for two years in London since graduating. I am dual qualified in both the UK and Australia as a lawyer. I have completed rotations at work in private equity, M&A, reorgs and banking and finance, as well as completing a secondment. So my seats have all been corporate focused seats. Part of the reason for the low undergraduate GPA was due to limited time to study as I was busy building a startup that I founded and working other part time jobs. I later sold the business to an investor. Prior to working as a lawyer, I interned in various investment banking boutiques in Australia and the UK, where I accumulated just under a year of work experience during summer breaks.

I am hoping to break into M&A after business school on the investment banking side, with the longer term goal of breaking into private equity.

I have not officially completed the GMAT yet, though am aiming for a 740+ score based on my studies so far. I am 27 years old.

What are my T20 MBA chances based on the above? I am primarily interested in US business schools as I would like to break into M&A in NYC, though open to all locations that will help get me there.

Thanks!

_________________
Susan Berishaj
Sia Admissions
info@siaadmissions.com
+1 (646) 690 - 9996
website: http://www.SiaAdmissions.com

Contact us for a complimentary profile evaluation
Admissionado
User avatar
P
Joined: 30 Nov 2009
Posts: 6437
Location: Chicago, IL
Schools: Brown University, Harvard Business School
Re: What are my chances of a top business school?  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 25 Oct 2018, 20:43
You've definitely got a strong shot at top 20. Sounds like you have some interesting experience & you're coming from a non-traditional background, which you can use to your advantage to help stand out from the crowd. Although your GPA is a bit on the low end, a 740 GMAT & the CFA would both help compensate for that. As a non-traditional applicant it is important to convince them that you are up for the rigors of b-school but like I said, your target GMAT score & the CFA would both accomplish that. It will also be important to make a strong argument for why your post-MBA goals are the right fit for you since you will have had less business exposure than the average applicant, but there are definitely strategies you can use and I can tell you have the making of a strong application. Definitely reach out to us if you'd like to talk through all of this in more detail. Claudia at claudia@admissionado.com can get you set up with a free consultation!
_________________
Jon Frank
Founder, Admissionado

==

***NEW Admissionado Products & Services! ***

If you like the post, give it a KUDOS!

Now, read up and get smart:

That'll get you started. Still have questions? Reach out, and let’s gab. 
Our only requirement is that you don’t prefer warm milk over cold milk. Everyone else, 100% welcome.

Email: claudia@admissionado.com
Young People: WhatsApp or WeChat (@JonFrankHBS)
Older: FacebookTwitterLinkedIn 
Oldest: 866-409-4753
INSEAD School Moderator
User avatar
D
Status: MBA Admissions Consultant
Affiliations: MBA Prep Coach
Joined: 24 Mar 2015
Posts: 2382
Farrell D Hehn: MBA
Re: What are my chances of a top business school?  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 14 Nov 2018, 08:00
What I want to know mbalawyer, with all these accomplishments and accolades, why are you working at a gas station? haha jk
You have done a lot to cultivate yourself and I think that demonstrates life leadership. I like that you have some international exposure, CFA is great and will bail you out of the low grades for the most part. Should the GMAT come through, you have strong odds but I would need to know more about the anecdotes you have to offer re: leadership, innovation, problem-solving. It's difficult to come up with good anecdotes when working with lawyers because the job is a bit cut and dried. Do you have any hobbies or extra-curriculars? I hope so, you will be competing with other accomplishment junkies and so it's important to have areas where you are relatable and come to life for the adcom.
Cheers
Farrell
PS - most Australians are very timid when speaking about their accomplishments, good for you, that is one area where you've beat out the competition!

mbalawyer wrote:
Hi,

I am from Australia and studied a bachelor of Law (honours) and a Bachelor of Arts dual degree at Monash University. I have a 3.0gpa for the dual degree. During my undergraduate, I studied abroad at Oxford University, London School of Economics and at a University in Asia. I also have a masters in law from BPP University where I got a 3.5gpa (hardly a target university but work paid for it and sent me there). I also completed 2 levels of the CFA while working.

I have been working in BigLaw for two years in London since graduating. I am dual qualified in both the UK and Australia as a lawyer. I have completed rotations at work in private equity, M&A, reorgs and banking and finance, as well as completing a secondment. So my seats have all been corporate focused seats. Part of the reason for the low undergraduate GPA was due to limited time to study as I was busy building a startup that I founded and working other part time jobs. I later sold the business to an investor. Prior to working as a lawyer, I interned in various investment banking boutiques in Australia and the UK, where I accumulated just under a year of work experience during summer breaks.

I am hoping to break into M&A after business school on the investment banking side, with the longer term goal of breaking into private equity.

I have not officially completed the GMAT yet, though am aiming for a 740+ score based on my studies so far. I am 27 years old.

What are my T20 MBA chances based on the above? I am primarily interested in US business schools as I would like to break into M&A in NYC, though open to all locations that will help get me there.

Thanks!

_________________
Farrell Dyan, MBA Admissions Consultant
Verified reviews posted on http://MBAPrepCoach.com
MBA Admissions Consultant
User avatar
P
Joined: 07 Mar 2012
Posts: 1013
Reviews Badge
Re: What are my chances of a top business school?  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 19 Nov 2018, 23:49
mbalawyer wrote:
Hi,

I am from Australia and studied a bachelor of Law (honours) and a Bachelor of Arts dual degree at Monash University. I have a 3.0gpa for the dual degree. During my undergraduate, I studied abroad at Oxford University, London School of Economics and at a University in Asia. I also have a masters in law from BPP University where I got a 3.5gpa (hardly a target university but work paid for it and sent me there). I also completed 2 levels of the CFA while working.

I have been working in BigLaw for two years in London since graduating. I am dual qualified in both the UK and Australia as a lawyer. I have completed rotations at work in private equity, M&A, reorgs and banking and finance, as well as completing a secondment. So my seats have all been corporate focused seats. Part of the reason for the low undergraduate GPA was due to limited time to study as I was busy building a startup that I founded and working other part time jobs. I later sold the business to an investor. Prior to working as a lawyer, I interned in various investment banking boutiques in Australia and the UK, where I accumulated just under a year of work experience during summer breaks.

I am hoping to break into M&A after business school on the investment banking side, with the longer term goal of breaking into private equity.

I have not officially completed the GMAT yet, though am aiming for a 740+ score based on my studies so far. I am 27 years old.

What are my T20 MBA chances based on the above? I am primarily interested in US business schools as I would like to break into M&A in NYC, though open to all locations that will help get me there.

Thanks!


Impressive and relevant profile for the top 20 I would say, but keep in mind that you would want to do some research on those schools in order to decide what schools fit you best. The reason being that the schools appreciate it if you can show “fit” with the school and explain why you are applying to that specific school.

As already mentioned, your GPA is a bit on the low side, so a GMAT score in the range you mentioned would help a lot. Should you end up with a significantly lower score, re-taking until you reach that range might therefore be a good idea.

But all in all, you are in great shape already, you just need to finetune the last bits now!
_________________
https://ARINGO.com/ – MBA Admissions Consulting

Specializing in candidates with GMATs under 720 or low GPAs

Try our free Admissions Chances Calculator - https://aringo.com/mba-admission-chances-calculator/

All statistics verified by Ernst & Young - https://aringo.com/aringo-mba-admission-statistics/
GMAT Club Bot
Re: What are my chances of a top business school?   [#permalink] 19 Nov 2018, 23:49
Display posts from previous: Sort by

What are my chances of a top business school?

  new topic post reply Update application status  





Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne