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Mr. Hopeful NY Stock Exchange

About Me:

I am a 27-year-old Nigerian who got his bachelor’s from a top 10 Nigerian private school. I am a first-generation college graduate. I graduated college at the age of 24 because I had to fund my education. I work as a risk analyst at the biggest securities exchange by revenue in Nigeria and would like to transition to bulge bracket or boutique IB and big 4 financial advisory. My volunteer and leadership experience includes child education in poor communities cities in Nigeria as well as regular contributions to poverty alleviation programs.


Undergrad School: Redeemer's University

Undergrad Major: Economics

GPA: 4.7 out of 5.0

GMAT: 710

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: Black or African American

Extracurriculars: Children Education Volunteering

Work History:

Title: Risk Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 8 mos

Big Life Wins:

-I graduated top of my department.
-I passed the graduate scheme at my current job.

Post MBA Goal:

Bulge bracket or boutique investment banking or big 4 financial advisory.


Target School: Cornell Johnson

Status: Open

Considering: NYU Stern, Ross, Darden, Kenan-Flagler, Georgetown McDonough


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 25%

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    Hi Mr. Hopeful NY Stock Exchange,
    It’s not easy pulling yourself up by the bootstraps but it looks like you’re doing it! This is Debbie Choy from mbaMission. I think there are a lot of strengths in your profile – first gen college grad, robust academics (GPA and GMAT, graduating top of your department), solid career trajectory, as well as community leadership through your volunteering for child education and poverty alleviation programs. In addition, b-schools don’t get enough strong candidates from Nigeria, so they would certainly find your profile very interesting. As you put your apps together, be sure to articulate why MBA. Given your background, what specific skills are you seeking to pivot from Risk to Investment Banking? And why Banking? What do you see …

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