Hello everyone :)
- 22 years old student from a small, poor European country (but non EU!)
- I will graduate with a 2:1 degree from a top 5 university in the German speaking area (German GPA 2.2/5 - but I am still in the top 10% of my cohort, US equivalent I guess 3.2/3.3 out of 4)
- GMAT mock exams 690-710, I will take the test at the beginning of March
- 6 months Corporate Investment Management (one of the largest banks in the country),
- 4 Months Big 4 Deal Advisory
Extracurriculars: member of a finance-related student society, charity work, NGO etc...
Languages: English, German, Russian (all three C1 certificate) + mother tongue
The reason for my low GPA is very simple: One year before the start of my bachelor, in the last year of high school, I did not know a single word of German (In my last year of high school I began to learn German) After the high school graduation in my home country I immediately started to study in a new language and country. In addition, I worked during my whole studies (20h/week in order to finance my studies + 2 full time finance related internships stated above)
I will apply to:
Bocconi MSc Finance
LSE Finance (?) + Acc&Fin
HSG MBF + MaccFin
FSFM MSc Finance
Considering my profile, what are realistic options? Could you recommend any other school? I'm wondering if the admission team will take into account my specific situation? Or they simply look at the numbers on the paper to see if I fit into their requirements?
My goal > IB (London, Frankfurt, Zurich). Basically, I'm doing all this to get IB interview.
I have noticed that people that get hired out of school like Bocconi to London are usually Italian for their respective country desks. That fact + my rather average bachelor + non EU.... do I stand a chance even with a target master and all the information stated above (+ CFA degree at the end of my master)?
My cousin who works for BB bank in Frankfurt is very skeptic about London (Brexit) and she told me that I should not risk and go to a country where I don't speak the local language (Bocconi), where I have only one chance for SA role (UK, FRA).... and that the best option for me is FSFM in Frankfurt (to take advantage of the fact that I know the language and local culture and that the process of obtaining a work permit in Germany is much easier than in other EU countries + FSFM is very generous with scholarships).
As an alternative HSG, it is very difficult to get a work permit in CH afterwards, but not impossible with HSG brand. Lower tuition fees, very attractive Swiss banking jobs with a good work-life balance + if I do not succeed in Switzerland I will have a big chance in Germany considering very strong brand of HSG University.
Thanks in advance!