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I am a 27 year old male from Pakistan. I worked for 3.5 years at IFC (World Bank Group) in Pakistan and was a CFA Charterholder.
Target School: Harvard
Considering: Kellogg SOM, Columbia, Berkeley Haas
See More Profiles For: Harvard
Application Status: Open
Undergrad School: IBA Karachi
Undergrad Major: Finance
Ethnicity: Asian or Indian
Other Degree/Certification: CFA Charterholder
School Name: CFA Institute
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Title: Investment Analyst
Industry: Banking & Finance
Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 6 mos
Company: Top Firm
Length of Employment: 1 yr, 1 mos
Personal: I have overcome adverse life events – born in a disputed region. My family lost their house/jobs/everything at age 10 due to a natural disaster and became an IDP (Internally displaced person). Bounced back – got into an elite business school in my home country (family took out personal loans which I helped pay back after graduating).
Impact investing/sustainable infrastructure finance funds.
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Hi Mr. Upward Mobility Impact Investor! First off, you are clearly a tenacious, empathetic leader, who has overcome a tremendous amount of adversity and likely has carried a lot of weight on your shoulders to help your family/country through hardships no one deserves. I commend you for this. I imagine some of this explains your moderate GPA (albeit at a fantastic university). A CFA Charterholder in Pakistan also makes you quite a unicorn and gives you an edge amongst others. There are two key things that could significantly increase your odds, up to 2x my 25% rating.
First, we need to showcase your smarts either through (1) getting that standardized test score up or (2) proving that your …
First, we need to showcase your smarts either through (1) getting that standardized test score up or (2) proving that your work outweighs your peers at IFC. Hopefully the latter is true and can be showcased via promotions, endorsement from your recommenders, or key awards/recognition. If not, I encourage you to consider getting surgical around what’s preventing you from increasing that GMAT score. 1:1 tutors can often perform diagnostic assessments and targeted coaching to get you a strong ROI on your time/investment. Especially if Quant is holding you up, I’d also encourage you to consider the GRE – you might surprise yourself.
Secondly, I encourage you to get more specific with your goals. If you had the power to write your future story, what would that look like? The more vivid and concrete you are with your goals, the more AdCom will believe in YOU achieving them. They also want to ensure that you arrive on campus with a plan, as FOMO can get the best of ay first year MBA that isn’t intentional about what they do and (perhaps more importantly) do not get involved in.
By substantiating these two things in your profile, your odds may increase to 50%+! Go get ’em Mr. Upward Mobility Impact Investor!
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