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Candidate:

Mr. FP&A

About Me:

The first 2 years of my career were working in back-office finance/accounting at no-name companies. I developed an interest in FP&A in one of those roles. Afterward, I landed a job as a financial analyst at a major US airline, where I was promoted to senior FA after 1 year, and to FP&A manager 2.5 years after that.

I know that my industry experience is bit lacking compared to some, so I tried to be realistic in my target schools. Ross is definitely my top choice, but I know chance has something to do with everything and as such am open to others. I’m interested to see if I should raise or lower my expectations for which schools I can get into. Thanks!

Details:

Undergrad School: Vassar College

Undergrad Major: Economics

GPA: 3.5

GMAT: 730

Age: 29,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Volunteer for a transportation advocacy agency promoting greater access to car-alternatives in major US city through reports and lobbying.

Work History:

Title: FP&A Manager

Industry: Transportation

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 6 mos

Title: Senior FP&A Analyst

Industry: Transportation

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 5 mos

Post MBA Goal:

I’m open to working in a variety of industries. I would like to use my MBA to pivot from core FP&A duties to working more in corporate strategy & development, or M&A.

Schools:

Target School: Ross

Status: Open

Considering: Tepper, IU Kelley, Chicago Booth, Columbia, Darden, NYU Stern

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 20%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi, it’s Nisha from mbaMission. The good news is that the impact you made in your roles is more important than the name of the company, and your transition to a major airline after your initial 2 years will certainly catch the admissions committees’ attention. (I actually worked with a client last year who also served in finance roles for a prominent transportation company, and he’s now at HBS). In your resume, make sure that each professional bullet explains what you achieved and how you went about it.

    I think Ross is a good target school for you, as long as you: make it clear what drives your goals in corporate development or M&A (narrow down to one of these goals) and why it …

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