Age 28 (but will have just have turned 30 at the beginning of any mba programme in sep2012)
First class honours in economics from LSE (equivalent to between a 3.8 and 4 GPA)
MSc Economics from LSE (fully funded by a scholarship)
4.5 years trading emerging market derivatives for a bulge bracket bank in london (good references, left as a senior associate)
i got a 740 gmat (first time) 97 percentile (45 on quant 71 percentile and 47 on verbal 99 percentile)
here's the unorthdox bit:
I left my job to go and study Arabic 2.5 years ago because bonuses looked bad (and they were) and I felt that i was trading a lot of things in far away countries without actually knowing much about the places (sob sob ;-) ). It had always been a personal ambition of mine to study the language (properly, not just a couple of phrases for ordering tea in a cafe) and now i'm approaching fluency in it. anyway, the point i'm trying to make is i left to do something i found interesting and not because i had to (wasn't fired, made redundant or left to avoid any of these). i also have some interesting military experience, but didn't actually serve in theatre.
i'm still interested in finance want to do an mba at a good school with a view to working in consultancy or fixed income (emerging markets again). any thoughts on my b-school app? chances etc? Is the 71% on quant a big deal? is my age a problem? thanks