MSc Finance in Europe - Profile Evaluation
I'm a 23yo white guy currently working as an investment banking analyst at an EU country in the Balkans (dual EU/US citizen), and looking to pivot to London. Hoping to achieve this through getting accepted into a target MSF program. Aiming for LSE/LBS/Oxford/Imperial/HEC Paris/Bocconi. Without further ado, here's my rough profile:
- Degree: BSc in Finance at a US-accredited school that's well-regarded in my country, but non-target internationally (GPA: 4.0/4.0 - Valedictorian).
- GMAT: Currently studying for it, attending a prep center and everything, aiming for 700+.
- Extracurriculars (if they even matter at this point): President of the finance student body, uni-sponsored academic tutor, leadership position at my school's investment club, dabble in some interesting hobbies as well (e.g. martial arts).
- Work Experience: 1 year and 6 months as an IB analyst (generalist group) at the largest boutique in my country (no /EB offices to speak of around here). We're a relatively small team, so I've had decent deal exposure across everything from M&A to / and restructuring. Also do a lot of fairness opinions, so modeling/ .
Given my work schedule, I figure it'll take me at least until spring to reach my desired, so I'll probably be applying next cycle, in September 2023. What do you guys think my chances of getting into these programs are? I'm a bit worried at my lack of brand-name credentials and "experienced" profile, as opposed to the target demographic of fresh grads for most programs barring LBS (I'll have 2+ years of full-time experience by the time I apply, and 3+ upon matriculation). Even if I do get in someplace, how realistic would shooting for analyst positions be? I'd rather not grind it out and go for an down the line.
Would greatly appreciate any feedback. Thanks guys!