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Candidate:

Mr. Investment Finance

About Me:

Played sport and been part of teams all my life, have stood out in most of the spaces I’ve been. I believe I’m flexible and malleable in most situations. Driven by curiosity, always looking to be more efficient.

Details:

Undergrad School: NITK Surathkal, India

Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineer

GPA: 2.2

GMAT: 750

Age: 28,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: CFA

Extracurriculars: Sports , Teaching

Work History:

Title: Associate

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 4 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Have always stood out in the workplace. Promoted thrice in three years at the boutique firm

Post MBA Goal:

Investment finance – private equity/ venture capital

Schools:

Target School: London Business School

Status: Open

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 15%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 25%

    I am sure that GPA can’t be right, especially given your very impressive GMAT score. Clearly, you are accomplished. Three promotions in three years at a boutique investment firm is evidence of that. Your hurdle at London Business School relates to whether you have overcome a few things: The fact you are a male engineer from India (only because there are so many male engineers from India in the applicant pool so it makes for fierce competition); the fact that you work for a boutique investment firm (if it is not well known it will not help you compete with people who are applying from Goldman, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Barclays, Blackstone, etc.), and whether you will be competing with others in the pool who …

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  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi, this is Deepak Punwani from MBA Exchange. A lot of good advice from the experts here so am going to try to offer something new. If your GPA numbers are actually high and not 2.2, then you will need a few things to be 100% efficient for you to have a shot at LBS 1) Show some skills you have developed in extra curricular work 2) Show you have an international orientation as LBS likes that. 3) Have recommenders talk about your ability to add value and in process add real credibility to your profile. 4) If you don’t have real private investment experience a move to VC and PE is really difficult. LBS will reject you straight away if you go with this …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi Mr. Investment Finance! Thanks for posting. Kate Richardson, Senior Admissions Consultant here. The three promotions in three years is impressive! As it sounds like you’ve experienced, one of the benefits of a boutique firm is that roles and promotion guidelines are more flexible, and I’m assuming you’ve had more autonomy or exposure than your peers at bigger firms. That said, depending on how “boutique” your firm is, the prestige factor could come into play when competing against applicants from Goldman, etc. Your details are a little sparse here, I’d love to know more about the extracurricular roles you’ve held, and examples of how you’ve stood out in the workplace. Lastly, your GPA concerns me — maybe you’re converting that to a US scale? If …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling |

    Mr. Investment Finance, it’s Lisa Cummings of Stratus Admissions. I see potential here but not a lot of substance. Yet. I realize this is just a quick blurb so I have some suggestions on how to flesh this out so LBS and other schools can have a better sense of who you are. Others have mentioned your GPA, is that 2.2 correct? IF so that’s going to be a hurdle for you. Have you already applied or are you thinking to apply in fall 2020? If you have time, you may want to consider taking a quant course to show LBS that you have the academic chops to be successful in their classes. There is really nothing else you …

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