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Profile Review Request

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mjfree Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
11 Sep 2017
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Profile Review Request

Post Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:46 pm
Thanks in advance for your response. It would be helpful to know if the schools I have listed seem to be in line with my profile or if I'm way off. Some feedback would be helpful.

General Information
• Age: 23 (24 at matriculation)
• Ethnicity/Gender: White male
• My goal is to further round out my skill set (have a strong finance base) and go into either corporate finance or corporate strategy.
• Currently working in Fund Finance at a Chicago-based regional commercial bank (we provide debt capital in various forms/structures to private equity firms and debt funds).
• Plan to apply to schools for Round 2, and therefore will have 1.5 years of work experience by the time of application and a little over 2 years by the time of matriculation.
• GMAT: Haven’t taken yet but have a good indication (based on practice tests) that I will fall into the range of 720-740.

Work Experience:
• Worked as a general credit analyst for the bank for 1 year including a 3 month stint in our private wealth group , and now am working with one of the Banks SVPs to form a new Fund Finance banking group in the Bank (we officially started the group 3 months ago).
• Given the new start to the group I’m currently working in, I have been given a large amount of responsibility (underwriting, portfolio management, overseeing deal closings, policy formation, market research, etc.).
• Graduated from my institution’s well-respected Credit-Training Program. This program is decently selective (hire 10-12 undergraduate students every year).
• Been officially promoted twice over 1.5 years - Credit Analyst 1 - Credit Analyst 2 - Relationship Manager 1

• Graduated from a small, liberal arts college in the Midwest where I double majored in Finance and Accounting and also had an additional concentration in Information Systems.
o School is well-respected (#1 in its peer group on US News) but not nationally known/recognized.
• GPA: 3.95
• Have passed the first two levels of the CFA Program (out of 3 exams) - will sit for the last level prior to matriculation.
• Been on the Junior Fundraising Board for a Chicago-based not-for profit for over a year that focuses on helping children with life-long illnesses (HIV, cancer, epilepsy, etc.) who also live below the poverty line.
• While in undergrad, I was an Orientation Leader, RA, and Student-Body Treasurer.

Target Schools
• Stretch: Dartmouth, Yale SOM
• Competitive: Michigan, Darden, Duke, Kenan, Cornell
• Safety: Indiana, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame

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Post Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:50 am
Hey there,
Well right now going through your profile, which is really nice, the major thing that strikes me as your weakness is your lack of work experience. My initial advice, all other things considered, is that if you are still learning stuff at work, you should buckle down, improve your profile, and aim to begin working on your applications next June for a 2019 matriculation. I feel the one extra year, at this early point in your career could make a big difference in improving your profile, and also give you time to brush up on other things, be it your volunteer work, community service, or other activities. (I think your profile could definitely use some more serious volunteer work, for example)

Also, the fact that you haven't yet taken the GMAT, means that at the very best, you might only be ready for a last minute R2 application, which is not ideal.

So don't rush things, dude! Next year, you will have a stronger profile, and be roaring to go!

But otherwise, your foundation is very promising Smile

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask!


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