I have been working after college and have always kept in mind that I want to go to graduate school. As I'm working at a good investment fund, many are advising me "against" going to school, leaving the job. After all 5 years of commitment or more is huge. So at this point in time I want to look back at my profile and carefully give it another close look before I pull the trigger. Please give any inputs, they will be much appreciated.
School: Small good liberal arts (I was an international student studying abroad in the US)
Majors: Math, Econ
I took pretty high level math courses that were offered like Real Analysis & Lebesgue's Theory, Abstract Algebra, Differential Equation, Math Modeling. Probably not exactly all "grad level courses" but I took all I could, including all statistics courses offered.
I did do Advanced Econometrics, Finance on top of Intermediate Micro, Macro, Econometrics.
I did quite a few Computer Science courses too.
I got A(s) and few A-(s) for all the above classes. I did however get some B+ in some earlier qualitative Econ classes.
GPA: 3.8 (Math GPA: 3.95, Econ GPA: 3.7)
Phi Beta Kappa
GMAT: 750 (98 - 99 percentile) with 6 writing (52 Math and 40 Verbal). I have yet to take GRE but I intend to do so since a lot of schools ask for this.
Research: Did an honor thesis in Finance that is published in a tiny journal. I also had another summer research experience at a good institution on an Applied Math subject (not related to Finance) and presented at a conference for that. Otherwise... not that much serious research experience.
LORs: I'm still debating whether to get my LORs from my Math or Econ professors (I guess it'll be a 2-1 ratio but 2 Math or 2 Econ?). They will be good, but none is from someone "enormously" famous or from any outside institution. My current plan has 1 to 2 Harvard Phds, 1 Temple PhD (who has gone to be much more known), 1 Chicago PhD, and probably a North Caroline Chapel Hill one (who is young but was the one who worked with me on my thesis. He was the only one available to work on Finance and he was easy going).
Teaching Experience: I TAed a lot of Math, Econ classes, but my main task was grading not teaching most of the time.
Research Interest: Finance, Asset Pricing
Others: I have been at a big investment fund, working in fixed income area for the last 3 years. I won't say the nature of my work is "research oriented" but definitely very quantitative. It is actually not easy to think of leaving the job for 5 years of school, but I do want a PhD experience and waiting longer might be too late.
Also, I'm taking the CFA level 3 this June. It's an all-comprehensive Finance curriculum.
Also, I don't know if high school achievements still count at all. But I had some regional and national awards in Physics, Math and Computer Science. Also, during college I attended a regional Math team contest and my team was #1.
Thanks much in advance for your inputs!