Please Help Evaluate My "Profile"

Hello All,

I am a first time poster although I have been following the forums for quite some time now (yeah, I'm that guy that just lurks and reads but doesn't post).
With that being said, I greatly appreciate everyone's input as in my opinion this is the #1 website/place where aspiring business students/job seekers come to gain knowledge on everything finance related.

With that being said, I am intending to apply to business school in the next few months and I would love for you guys to critique my "profile" in order to get a sense on where I stand and whether I am dreaming.

Italian citizen (EU national).
Graduated from a small U.S. school 30 mins outside of NYC.
Bachelor's in Finance: GPA: 4.0/4.0 (graduated Valedictorian).
Languages: Italian, English and Spanish fluently, versed in French.

Internships: One at a commercial bank in Italy for 1 month and 6 months at another commercial bank in NY (unfortunately no IBD experience). Currently working as an IT Consultant (kind of a sales role I am looking to get out of).
Total work experience: will be 2 years in June 2019.

GMAT: score pending, but am aiming for at least a 650.

Target schools: Bocconi MSc Finance, SSE MSc Finance. Other schools I am considering: RSM, EDHEC, HEC, IE, Oxbridge and LSE is GMAT score is high enough.

Clearly, no banking experience out of college is what hurts the story the most, but I plan to use that to my advantage by saying that business school would allow me to transition to Finance from IT by using it as a stepping stone to not only fortify my skills in the field but also but also use it as an opportunity to make some great connections and land an IBD gig.

Any advice is welcomed! Really interested in your guys' opinion on minimum GMAT score needed given the profile above to have a shot at Bocconi and SSE

Comments (5)

Oct 16, 2018

Your GPA is excellent obviously. But your work experience shows a lot of jumping around for just two years of working. Yes a 650 is "in range" for SSE and for Bocconi, but it's at the bottom end of their GMAT range for accepted students. If you really want to have a good chance at those two schools, and well as several of the other programs, I'd try to get your GMAT above 650 into the high 600's at least.

You might be interested in "How to Get Accepted to a Masters in Finance Program."

Best,
Linda

Linda Abraham
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Oct 16, 2018

Hi Linda,

Thanks for the reply!

I don't see how that is a lot of jumping around.. the first "experience" was an internship during college. The second "experience" was an internship post-graduation that lasted roughly 5 months. The remainder of the time has been spent with one firm.

I really thought my high GPA would allow me to submit an application with a lower GMAT score than the median, but I guess I will have to try my best for a 650+.

Thanks again

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Oct 16, 2018

HI pierfranci1,

Thanks for clarifying the work experience. In that case, you are correct. I misread. There is no issue with jumping around. You probably have a little more leeway with the GMAT than I initially thought. However, if you can get that GMAT up above 650, I still think that would put you in an better position. I also don't know which college you went to. Frankly, if it was know for rigor, then you probably are OK with a 650, especially if the quant portion is high.

Best,
Linda

Linda Abraham
President, Accepted | Contact Me | Admissions Consulting

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Oct 16, 2018

Linda,

My college is far from a target school: St. Thomas Aquinas College. My guess is that although the GPA itself is good, the fact that the college is somewhat unknown it might pose as a hurdle. The school does have some reputable alumni but outside of the U.S it is probably unlikely that they have heard of them. I am hoping that it won't be a massive hurdle, but I am planning on making every other portion of the whole package stand out in order to land a spot in a good program.

This damn GMAT will be the death of me! Looks like it'll be what will make or break my applications.

Thanks again

Oct 16, 2018
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Linda Abraham
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