MSF/MFE Profile Evaluation

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Rank: Chimp | 11

Nationality: Swedish
Age: 22
GPA: 3.7 finance undergrad from non-target
GMAT: 780
6 months Internship in the PwC(Advisory Dept)
Other few academic achievements

My target programs are:

Vanderbilt MSF
Duke MMS
(Princeton MSF)*
(Haas/UCLA MFE)**

*The reason why I added Princeton is because trying doesn't hurt.
** Also, I don't have any C++ or programming knowledge but UCLA has some online courses for that.

Additional Info & the main concern:
The job placements. These schools are top notch but after reading few threads on WSO, I assume it is harder for an International student to land a job. My English is fine(not native language) & I can communicate fluently and without an pauses. However, I don't know what members on those threads meant by exceptional spoken English ability. As far as I know, I can network, conduct informational interviews, & manage cold calls. I'm also looking at the Breaking Into Wallstreet Networking Toolkit to make sure I'm bullet proof when I join the program(LOL).

Also, my other concern is the H1B or the work authorization. These schools are top notch & the job placements are solid. I'm more inclined towards CMC & MIT. Is it possible to land a good job after program if one does their homework(Networking)? Is the accent going to be a major problem? Also, if one gets a good GPA score during the Program, is it going to help? Are the employers willing to sponsor international graduates(I mean from my target schools)? I'm concerned because I don't want to return home undone & these programs(except MIT) can't help me in my home country because almost no one has even heard of them & US is where I want to work.

Profile Evaluation:
Also, please tell me that what are my chances? Will I be competitive at MIT( considering that i have below average experience but above average GMAT range score) & CMC? Duke is just a safety(only the name matters) & Vanderbilt if rejected by CMC & MIT.

Comments (12)

Mar 16, 2014

You are probably gonna be in at CMC and Vandy. Add WUSTL to that list. MIT is tough. I don't have a lot of knowledge about the program either. MFE programs don't like finance undergrad unless you have significant calculus (stochastic) and programming background. Duke MMS with a business background, you are not going to learn anything. It is just for the brand.

Now, the international student part. It is definitely difficult as an international student to land a gig but far from impossible. All you need is a good GPA from a good school, networking skills and work experience. Small firms are more reluctant to hire internationals but can be persuaded. Most BBs, few MM, Big 4 and many other places regularly hire international students. As an international student, the most important thing would be to put yourself out there. If you think just because you have a good GPA from a good school you are gonna get a job, then that is going to be difficult. Good luck.

Also, if that is your real name, you should remove or change it.

Mar 16, 2014

If that is you in the picture then you will definitely not have a problem with placements. Why haven't you applied to Oxford's MFE and LSE MSc Finance?

Mar 16, 2014

Honestly, in at all schools. Princeton maybe not since I think they favor people with more work experience. maybe Haas/UCLA. I'm not too sure how they admit people with a finance background. Maybe you could take some programming/math classes to help your app.

Your GPA is great. GMAT is phenomenal. The fact that you are a woman is utterly clutch. You are a top top notch applicant. I would focus on getting money from whatever school you choose as you should 100% be eligible for fellowships/grants/etc.

Mar 17, 2014

@wanttoberich13 because I'm not interested in working in London or UK. Honestly, the only reason I'm looking at these programs is because I want to move to US & with a european degree that is unknown is US, it's highly unlikely to land a good job these. Re-branding for recruitment in US is what I'd like to call it :)

Mar 17, 2014

@TNA, thanks but what about the placements?

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Mar 17, 2014

Placements will all be top notch assuming you execute in your interviews.

Mar 17, 2014

You don't really need to worry about anything. I wish I had your GMAT. Haha.

Mar 17, 2014

Thank you @TNA

Mar 17, 2014

@demtor, you won't believe this. I spent 5 months preparing for GMAT lol & it finally paid off. I scored 800 on a CAT but the real test was much harder.

Mar 17, 2014

Well, I prepared for like a month and got 650. I have never been a good test taker. Also hate studying for standardized tests. Good luck with your apps.

Mar 17, 2014

Thank you

Mar 17, 2014