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Hi Stacy,

I'm 31 years old Russian male. 
Education: Masters' programs from local universities- diplomas in Finance with good GPA (3.9/4) and Computer Science.

Work experience: 9 years: 4 years as IT manager in local bank, 5 years in Big4 consulting (current job).

GMAT: at moment preparing for the test

Current goal: to enter top-tier full time European MBA program next year (i.e to start the program in 2014). Target schools: INSEAD, LBS, IE. Post-MBA Goal: Big3 consulting firm.

I'm asking for the advices on the following matters:
1. Currently I have an opportunity to move to Asia region to project management position in a commercial bank. Will this move either strengthen my profile or weaken it, providing I have no international work experience right now?
2. How strong is my profile to enter my target schools? What shoud I focus on/improve during the next year (excluding good GMAT)?

Thanks in advance for reading this and for your answers!
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Re: Looking for advice and profile evaluation: 31y/9yWE [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2012, 13:53
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Hi htetzz,

Regarding your application, nothing about your story makes me think there is any reason why you cannot be admitted, but nothing stands out telling me why you should be admitted. All of the reasons why a top program would admit you are in the details of your work experience, personal experiences, personality, values and overall story.

For your position, admissions teams are always looking for candidates with leadership and management experiences, and if this will provide that it could be a good opportunity. I recommend you pursue the position though because you feel it is the right fit for you, as opposed to only selecting the job because of how it would look to an admissions teams.

For your application, I recommend aiming for at least a 700 on the GMAT exam. I do not know enough about your background, but extracurricular activities will also be looked at on your application, and provide a good opportunity to showcase leadership experience.

Here is some school specific advice for the programs you are considering:

INSEAD: http://www.stacyblackman.com/business-s ... ub/insead/
LBS: http://www.stacyblackman.com/business-s ... ss-school/


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Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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