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Candidate:

Mr. CFA Charterholder

About Me:

Born in NC but immediately moved to Jerusalem as my father was dying. Escaped the Intifadah in 2002 to come back to the US. Didn’t do too well in High School so I initially went to a state school before transferring to USC. Initially only got a perpetual full-time internship as had no network but then I got myself into a major bank.

Details:

Undergrad School: University of Southern California

Undergrad Major: Business Administration (Finance)

GPA: 3.94

GMAT: 770

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: CFA charterholder

Extracurriculars: Treasurer of a non-profit based in the US and operating in Morocco. Operations coordinator for an adoption agency based in the US and operating in Morocco.

Work History:

Title: Associate - Retail Sales

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 8 mos

Title: Wealth Advisory Associate

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 7 mos

Big Life Wins:

I wasn’t very clear about this in my initial publication. I am ALSO a current a founding partner and CFO of a specialty construction & manufacturing business in Morocco with 8 employees. Still employed in the US but I have this on the side. Not planning on fully committing to this

Speak fluent English, multiple dialects of Arabic, and some French.

Post MBA Goal:

Switch industries to either: 1. A marketing position at a consumer goods or tech company. 2. Management consulting for international clients. 3. A strict management role for a company in the aforementioned industries.

Schools:

Target School: London Business School

Status: Open

Considering: Columbia, Harvard

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 32%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 35%

    A 770 GMAT? Educated in the U.S. at a top university with a 3.94. And currently a founding partner and CFO of a specialty construction & manufacturing business in Morocco with 8 employees? Or do you currently work at a bank? Not sure by the look of your profile and going from a bank presumably in the U.S. to founding a company in Morocco with no previous record of experience in construction and manufacturing seems awfully strange. You need to have a really good explanation for that because even a 770 won’t save you from an oddball transition that on the surface at least makes no sense whatsoever. And is this company successful? If you had stayed at the bank, even in retail sales which …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hey there, it’s Julie-Anne Heafey with mbaMission. Congratulations on your amazing GMAT and high GPA at USC in Finance. It looks to me like you’re an academic superstar when you put your mind to things. Obtaining a CFA charter while working takes real commitment, too. So – what happened to your passion for finance? And why are you suddenly in Morocco in construction now? Depending on your CFO role, I could maybe buy a pivot to take advantage of a unique opportunity to get an on-the-ground perspective of financial management…showing how your experience lines up with some kind of logical story…but then when I look at your goals, I again get confused… As a result, you look like …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 30%

    Hello, it’s Lisa Cummings with Stratus Admissions. A quick look and I’d say you would be competitive at all of your choices. But, looking further there are a lot of flags. Your eclectic work background is interesting but makes it hard to see any path or focus. That theme carries over into your post MBA goals. What do you want to do? Where do your passions and skills align? You need to present a very strong case as to why an MBA is the thing for you. When I was an accomm and saw applications with similar backgrounds where the candidate was all over the map – literally for you- it always gave me pause. You need to make it easy for the committee to …

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  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 45%

    Mr. CFA Charterholder: It’s Emily here from The MBA Exchange. As a former Associate Director of Admissions at CBS at application reviewer at Wharton, I know that the top MBA programs will of course love your numbers. I’ve given you slightly higher odds than other experts because I believe that your numbers could help you get accepted to schools where they want to use your 770 to balance out admitting another candidate with lower scores. Depending on the timing of when you apply (and some luck), that could work for you. However, a big BUT should be entered here. While top schools will like your numbers and CFA designation as well as your experiences running operations for a business …

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