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Ms. IB Hopeful

About Me:

Big 4 tech consultant with experience winning & working on large-cap strategy and implementation projects, specializing in ERP Finance. Co-author Blockchain point-of-view papers with leading think tank, side-of-desk. Messed up the first 3 years of undergrad (see: bad GPA) but turned the corner in 4th year (3.6 annual GPA and a few awards).


Undergrad School: University of Toronto

Undergrad Major: Chemical Engineering

GPA: 2.77

GMAT: 710

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Post-Undergrad: Industry Advisor, Pro-Bono Consulting Club at Alma Mater, During Undergrad: Chair of Chemical Engineering Student Council (Elected Role), During Undergrad: 1st Place at Ontario Engineering Competition (after winning 1st Place at university-level competition; represented University of Toronto at Provincials)

Work History:

Title: Business Technology Analyst

Industry: Consulting

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 5 mos

Title: Consultant

Industry: Consulting

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 8 mos

Big Life Wins:

Helped win a multi-million dollar bid as the only junior member of the team (otherwise a group of Senior Managers & Partners). I was invited to join in on the pitch to the client in their boardroom, which is a highly uncommon opportunity for junior staff members at my firm. I then helped launch the project & take it live over 1.5 years.

Post MBA Goal:

I wish to transition into TMT Investment Banking at a bulge bracket firm. Technology consulting has taught me a lot about the differences between good ideas and actionable ideas and how to spot them, which I think will be invaluable in IB. As I advance in my career, I also hope to help create space for Women of Colour in Finance & Tech.


Target School: Chicago Booth

Status: Invited to Interview

Considering: Columbia, London Business School, INSEAD

Invited to Interview: London Business School


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 25%

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

    You come off as a very likeable candidate, and I think your MBA classmates would love to have you in their courses. You already know the weakest issue with your application: Your 2.77 GPA at the University of Toronto. At least you can tell the story of turning that around in your senior year with a 3.6. That is a super important story to tell admissions. For an Asian or Indian with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, your 710 GMAT will be viewed as just okay (and slightly low for your background and first choice MBA program). If you can provide some legitimate excuse for the low grades (and not that you goofed off and partied), that would make a very big difference. Clearly, …

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    ORM, big 4 tech, low gpa, low GMAT are all huge negatives for your profile. What do you have that mitigates those weaknesses?
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