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Looking forward to your profile evaluation! [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2011, 04:17
Dear Sir,
I am planning to take an MBA (top 10 Biz Schools; in particular Wharton, Harvard, London Business School, Columbia, INSEAD, MIT) in the next 1-2 years.
Age: 26
Nationality: Italian
Languages: Fluent in Italian, English, German. Good command of French, Spanish.
GMAT: N/A

Studies:
Bachelor in Business Administration (Bocconi University), GPA: 28/30, Final Grade 110/110
Thesis on Information Systems: The implementation of an ERP Solution
Fudan University (Shanghai) - 1 month course
MSc in Economics of Innovation and Technology (Bocconi University), GPA 29,5/30, Final Grande: 110/110 cum laude
Thesis in corporate Finance: Using real options to evaluate industrial investments in FMCG industry
Msc in Business Admn. (CBS) (Double Degree Program)

Post Graduate work exp:
Luxembourg (1,5 years): FMCG multinational company (7Bn € Turnover), Strategy and Business Planning, working in the worldwide CEO dep., administrator of the group financial simulator tool.
Germany (1 year): same company, Shopper MKTG Manager (depicted by Bain Germany as the best practice in this country), working together with the sales team responsible for 50% local company`s turnover (approx. 800M €). Developed innovative quantitative projects that enhanced retailers' turnover.

Activities:

Talent Management Workshop (CBS) for a 3bn€ industrial manufacturing company operating worldwide: been selected as a talent ambassador together with other 4 Scandinavian students in order to develop a Strategy plan focused on how to find, evaluate and retain best people. Direct involvment with general managers/directors from all over the world.
Category Manager certification: coming soon
Partecipated for 1 year in a social housing project
Active member of the Rotaract Club
At the age of 17 I developed and managed an Information System for the local authorities regarding economic development.

Reason for doing an MBA:

I would like to further my own business. I am going to launch two innovative companies and I believe a MBA program will give me the chance to climb my learning curve quickly.

GMAT: I hope to hit a score around 700, but you never know...

What is your advice? Timing? Schools? What I need to strenghten in my profile?

Thanks!
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Re: Looking forward to your profile evaluation! [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2011, 11:15
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Hey encrypton:

Thanks for the detail that you provided in your original post. It helps in evaluating your candidacy. The one thing that I would have liked more definition around was your goals. Remember that the MBA is simply a bridge to get you towards your goals. So while I can tell you that you will be competitive from a backwards facing perspective -- that is based on what you already -- it will be hard for me to tell you what specific bridge or MBA program you should take.

With respect to timing, I would seriously consider applying to US MBA programs next year, if not this year. As you know, the American schools tend to trend younger and at 26 you are definitely well within their target market. The European programs tend to value experience more than a high GMAT score or academics. So if you plan on applying two years, look more towards European programs.

With respect to the GMAT, I hope that you can break a 700. The bottom line is that the bar for students located in the European Union will be lower than average -- at US MBA programs. This is definitely your advantage. Admissions committees in the United States do not get a lot of international applicants -- generally speaking -- from Western European countries. This is when compared with other regions such as Asia. So if you can get in the high 600s, I recommend applying to top 10 US business schools. Of course with a score in the high 600s, European business schools are well within range.

Again, since I do not know exactly what it is you want to do in the long-term and with respect to goals, it is hard for me to define exactly what MBA program would be appropriate for you. I know that it is based in entrepreneurship, but that could basically encompass anything -- from finance to consulting to technology.

I hope the above helps and I do believe that you have a lot of assets that a top 10 business school would appreciate. If you would like to schedule a one-hour initial consultation, please reach out to me at MBA@amerasiaconsulting.com.

Respectfully,
Paul Lanzillotti

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