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Profile Evaluation Please

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hotpinkyorky Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Default Avatar
25 Feb 2017
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Profile Evaluation Please

Post Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:27 pm

I'd like an evaluation of my profile in anticipation of Round 1 and Round 2 applications for 2017 - 2018.

Ethicnity: South Korean
Gender: Female
Age: 24
Undergrad: Ivy League, GPA 3.9, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
GMAT: 730 (Quant 48, Verbal 41, AWA 6, IR 7)
Work experience: 2 full years before applications are due - management consulting
I was in a US-based office my first year on the job, primarily working on commercial due diligences for private equity clients in the diversified industrial sector. As part of a smaller office, I had the opportunity to get involved in recruiting, office culture development, and the summer consultant program (basically planning events to ensure interns bond with full-time hires, ensuring interns are being mentored appropriately by assigning mentors and following up with both mentors and mentees)

This past September, I moved to Mexico City to help found the Mexico City office. Beyond casework, I am currently responsible for:
Serving as a liaison between the US and Mexico City offices in terms of networking and knowledge sharing
Training of all new hires for the Mexico City office (explaining casework, roles, and expectations, as well as offering basic training for the tools used on the job)
Development of office culture by organizing office-wide townhall meetings and running surveys to understand satisfaction among office members and what can be done to improve work, office culture, etc. (results of the surveys are communicated to leadership to initiate change)
Recruiting (Mexico City and US)

Extracurriculars: 2 years of interviewing applicants for alma mater

Sports: Soulcycle and yoga

Aspirations post-MBA: impact investing
Rationale: One of my cases in Mexico City looked at education in Latin America and realized that the parts of the world that need capital to develop the most often don't have it because the returns are unattractive for investors. I would like to be able to find ways to transform assets in sectors such as education and renewable energy to make them attractive for private investment, thus bringing capital to the sectors that will have a positive impact on all of society

Short term: Better understand the investment side of things - VC, growth equity, PE for a few years out of MBA

Long term: found my own fund or join impact investing fund

Target schools: HBS, Wharton, CBS (given strength in finance), Kellogg (given emphasis on global impact), Stanford (innovation + history of search funds and VCs founded by alumni)

Recommendations: Vice President in the Mexico City office (worked with most closely on all cases), Consultant in Mexico City office (as my counselor, he is most aware of my performance and has been in constant communication with me regarding my plans to implement/initiate programs in the Mexico City office)

I could easily ask one of the partners in the Mexico City office, if position is a factor. Additionally, a partner in the US office is willing to write my recommendatio (Kellogg alum), but haven't worked with him personally so would prefer to obtain recs from others.

1) I understand that I do not have as much work experience as others who may be applying at the same time. Would it be possible to overcome this issue by highlighting how qualitatively, my 2 years of experience have been very different, especially given that I am currently a founding member of the Mexico City office?
2) Tips for application with less work experience?
3) Extracurricular is weak, but most of my time is taken up with work (non-casework related, office building initiatives). Is it imperative that I try to find an extracurricular to bolster my resume?

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Jon@Admissionado Elite Legendary Member
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Hi there!
Great to hear from you.

I think overall you have a very strong base profile - the GMAT + Ivy League + GPA + being a female candidate form S. Korea... its all good. If you work for MBB, (you didn't mention which form) you can add another bonus point in your profile.

Regarding work experience, although yes, in many cases it would be good to have a bit more work experience, the two industries where 2 years is really okay is finance and consulting. So I don't think it's so exceptional here. (But DO justify your reasoning for Why NOW in your essays and interview).

For extra curriculars, at this point here are two things to do:
- Add something that interests you.
- Make the best of what you have in your application.

Do BOTH. And that, along with your strong profile, if you come up with awesome essays, should allow you to get an accept at one of your target schools.


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