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European Eng. Profile: Please Evaluate. [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2011, 16:59
Hi there,
have been reading the forum since a while, and this helped me to make a clear decision about doing an MBA or not.
So thank you guys for offering this opportunity.
Since I decided to jump on this path. As for one of my my first posts, I'll be glad if u could evaluate my profile and
my chances of hitting my target schools.

I'm a 30 Years old Engineer living in German, born in Africa and grew up in 3 different countries
for around 10 years each : France / Cameroon and Germany. Fluent in 3 language and basic knowledge in a 4th one


1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.
Started directly after the University in one of the TOP Fortune 100 companies in the automotive sector in Germany.
I have a total of 4 and a half year of work experience in this company as of today.
As an electrical Engineer, I'm reponsible for supporting the integration of all electrical components
for 2 specific product lines for my department. I've initiated 2 cost reducing actions with a positive impact of
several millions for the company
Actually leading an interdisciplinar team (5-6).. but have no presonal responsability over the member of the team.
I've been promoted one time, with no real impact on my daily job due to the structure of the company.

2) Your GMAT.
Not taken yet, still in preparation. Tagerting a score of 700+.
So u may consider this virtual score for enabling your evaluation

3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.
I have a 85% GPA in electrical Engineering from a not very renowned 4 Year college in Germany.
Trying to convert to the US Grades system, I think it relates to a A- or a 3.1-3.2(not sure).

4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
Expect some tutoring experiences for college freshman during my 3rd and 4th semseter, I had no real extra
curricular activities during college. This is due to the fact that I had to self-finance my studies.
Post College:Since 1 year, I'm member of the board of a non profit organisation with a yearly cashflow of around 3mio€
and responsible for the finances (CFO).

5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
No Certifications.

6) Your target programs.
1st Choice: Wharton, Booth, LBS, Insead,
2nd Choice: Kellogg, Cambridge judge, Tuck, Ross, Duke, Stern.
3rd choice (safe??): Emory, Tepper, Darden,

7) Your post-MBA goal.
Since I have a passion for trading, My first short term target will be to achieve a change into I-Banking or PE.
My second Option would be to go into consulting.
The long Term target would be to come back in the industry at middle to high management level after
gathering enough experiences, or starting my own company.

To get the most out of this evaluation, I have some additional questions:

A) Are my choices (Target schools) and goals realsitic, or should I make some adjustements?
B) Are there any hidden strengths at first sight out of my profile? (I thing my intercultural backgroung should
be at least one).
C) Any Ideas, how can I differenciate from the typical Engineer applicant considering my profile?

Thanks in advance for the answer.
Cedric.
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Re: European Eng. Profile: Please Evaluate. [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2011, 01:31
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Hi there,
have been reading the forum since a while, and this helped me to make a clear decision about doing an MBA or not.
So thank you guys for offering this opportunity.
Since I decided to jump on this path. As for one of my my first posts, I'll be glad if u could evaluate my profile and
my chances of hitting my target schools.

I'm a 30 Years old Engineer living in German, born in Africa and grew up in 3 different countries
for around 10 years each : France / Cameroon and Germany. Fluent in 3 language and basic knowledge in a 4th one


1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.
Started directly after the University in one of the TOP Fortune 100 companies in the automotive sector in Germany.
I have a total of 4 and a half year of work experience in this company as of today.
As an electrical Engineer, I'm reponsible for supporting the integration of all electrical components
for 2 specific product lines for my department. I've initiated 2 cost reducing actions with a positive impact of
several millions for the company
Actually leading an interdisciplinar team (5-6).. but have no presonal responsability over the member of the team.
I've been promoted one time, with no real impact on my daily job due to the structure of the company.

2) Your GMAT.
Not taken yet, still in preparation. Tagerting a score of 700+.
So u may consider this virtual score for enabling your evaluation

3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.
I have a 85% GPA in electrical Engineering from a not very renowned 4 Year college in Germany.
Trying to convert to the US Grades system, I think it relates to a A- or a 3.1-3.2(not sure).

4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
Expect some tutoring experiences for college freshman during my 3rd and 4th semseter, I had no real extra
curricular activities during college. This is due to the fact that I had to self-finance my studies.
Post College:Since 1 year, I'm member of the board of a non profit organisation with a yearly cashflow of around 3mio€
and responsible for the finances (CFO).

5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
No Certifications.

6) Your target programs.
1st Choice: Wharton, Booth, LBS, Insead,
2nd Choice: Kellogg, Cambridge judge, Tuck, Ross, Duke, Stern.
3rd choice (safe??): Emory, Tepper, Darden,

7) Your post-MBA goal.
Since I have a passion for trading, My first short term target will be to achieve a change into I-Banking or PE.
My second Option would be to go into consulting.
The long Term target would be to come back in the industry at middle to high management level after
gathering enough experiences, or starting my own company.

To get the most out of this evaluation, I have some additional questions:

A) Are my choices (Target schools) and goals realsitic, or should I make some adjustements?
B) Are there any hidden strengths at first sight out of my profile? (I thing my intercultural backgroung should
be at least one).
C) Any Ideas, how can I differenciate from the typical Engineer applicant considering my profile?

Thanks in advance for the answer.
Cedric.

Hi, Cedric. Yes, your international background (particular the Africa portion of it) will help differentiate you. Unfortunately, I'm not seeing the strategic organization-wide leadership that I would like to be able to consider the likes of Wharton. And I feel your work experience at about 8 years (estimated based on your age) makes many of the US programs a bad fit (I am not ruling them out, just highlighting the challenges). Another challenge is showing any readiness for a career in finance since your career hasn't been linked to this industry (perhaps the non-profit CFO position can help your case there). I would recommend highlighting the ways you've made strategic impacts on your organizations to differentiate yourself from the typical engineers who keep their heads down at their desks.
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Re: European Eng. Profile: Please Evaluate. [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2011, 15:26
Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for the hinsight.
I'm not sure about what u mean with strategic iorganization wide leadership ?
My corporation has > 100K employees ...

Which schools would u recommend me then ?

thanks in advance.
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Re: European Eng. Profile: Please Evaluate. [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2011, 05:20
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sisqokc wrote:
Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for the hinsight.
I'm not sure about what u mean with strategic iorganization wide leadership ?
My corporation has > 100K employees ...

Which schools would u recommend me then ?

thanks in advance.
Regards
Cedric.

"Strategic organization-wide leadership" includes things like helping develop new products (i.e., discovering on your own a new niche and then pushing for its development), finding ways to beat the competition to gain more market share, improving the operating procedures to increase productivity or client relations etc. Yes, it is difficult to do that in a company of more than 100,000 employees; that's why the applicants who have succeeded in this are so well received.
I think your odds of success in the European programs are going to be higher than in the traditional US programs.
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Re: European Eng. Profile: Please Evaluate. [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2011, 00:20
Hi Jennifer,

now it makes everything clear, thanks for the insights.

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Re: European Eng. Profile: Please Evaluate. [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2011, 02:34
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sisqokc wrote:
Hi Jennifer,

now it makes everything clear, thanks for the insights.

Cedric.

Glad to be of help and I'm looking forward to hearing how you made strategic organization-wide impact ;-)!
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