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Mr. Redcoat

About Me:

As a UK and US citizen, I have spent considerable time transatlantic. Not quite a first-generation student as my father went to university, but one grandfather was a coal-miner and the other career military, for context. I transferred my way into my dream Uni as a sophomore (T15-25) before breaking into finance as it was coming out of the Great Recession.


Undergrad School: T15-25

Undergrad Major: Economics (3.4) / Political Science (3.6)

GPA: 3.35

GMAT: 690 (retaking)

Age: 31,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Rugby team in university and high-level club post-uni, Self-taught coder, L2 CFA Candidate.

Work History:

Title: Risk & Compliance Consultant

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 6 yrs, 9 mos

Title: Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 10 mos

Big Life Wins:

Overcame a big medical issue as a child which impacted my learning, managing to perform well academically after. Self-taught without a course how to code a language useful to a professional career. Acted as lead contact point and manager for investment and compliance risk during multiple M&A of my company, working with Director & C-Level employees.

Post MBA Goal:

Short-term: Transition to Equity Research either via traditional associate programs or direct to mid-size firm.
Long-term: PM of international-focused equity fund or CIO of buy-side firm.


Target School: Cornell Johnson

Status: Open

Considering: Duke Fuqua, Chicago Booth, IU Kelley


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 38%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hi Mr. Redcoat, Julie-Anne Heafey here at mbaMission. I started my career in Equity Research and while that world has changed a lot since I worked there, I do think you bring very reasonable ingredients to the table, notably your progress in the CFA and an inside view of finance from the company perspective. You’ve chosen your target school wisely with Cornell–well done there, I think it’s a good fit for your goals, and you’ll bring some diversity beyond the typical student population. When are you applying? R3? You’re obviously on the older side, so if you’re targeting 2 year programs, I’d probably go for it now if you can get it done – did you see that Cornell’s also offering a …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 40%

    Mr. Redcoat, Melisa here from Stratus Admissions. Sounds like you’ve overcome come challenges in your youth and are a life long learner. While your GPA is close to Cornell’s average, glad to see you are re-taking the GMAT. Based on your work experience and CFA, I think schools will know you can handle the academic rigor of a program – and so the GMAT will really be a comparative among other finance guys. You are a bit higher on year of experience – since you are talking about a pivot – have you considered 1 year programs? Cornell, Duke, Kellogg, Emory to name a few. Your goals sound logical – and your challenge will be to tell a unique story to help you stand …

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