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Pakistani banker: evaluation please [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2012, 07:34
Current age :31 ( will turn 32 on 16th oct 2012)

Education:

1) Diploma in Computer Studies from an average university. (GPA 3.11/4) Year 2001
2) two years Bachelors in CS from an average University. (GPA: 3.57/5) Year 2003
3) two years MBA from the best business school of Pakistan (GPA: 2.93/4) Year 2005

Note:
a) i went onto do my MBA directly after my bachelors degree and as far as comparison to american education standards is concerned I have 16 years of education.
b) Although the GPA in my MBA degree seems low but the thing that has to be kept in mind is that as far as class ranking is concerned i fall in the 60th percentile. Only 10 people out of a batch of 120 scored a GPA of above 3.5.

Work Experience:

1) Started off as a credit analyst in the wholesale and investment banking division of MCB Bank ( Top pakistani Bank) and worked on various Energy Sector Transactions. ( Two years in all)

2) Switched to JS Bank ( Startup by a Pakistani Industrial Group) and became part of their initial setup team for the wholesale and investment banking team. Joined as a Manager ( promotion from analyst level ) and was able to successfully enhance the asset base of the division from scratch to PKR 1 Billion and was responsible for two associates. (One year in all)

3) Switched to Allied Bank (Top Pakistani Bank) on a similar level as a Manager in their Wholesale and Investment Banking Division and was subsequently promoted to Assistant Vice President. Was looking after a diversified asset portfolio of PKR 10 Billion with the help of two managers and two associates. ( Four Years in all)

4) Have recent switched to the treasury division of the same bank and currently hold position of FX Prop Trader. ( 6 Months in all)

Target Schools:

Schools that i have in mind are Harvard, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Darden, IMD, Oxford, LBS, Insead.

Goal:

Post MBA I plan to join the likes of SCB, BNP Paribas, HSBC in the Middle East at a Director Level in their Energy Project Finance Division. In the long Term i will like to get into a position where i can be a key player in energy project finance and can thus leverage my position to ultimately setup energy focused private equity fund specific to middle east and south east asian region.

Differentiating Factor:

I am from a unique emerging economy which has a very different set of socio economic and political problems and therefore due to my career exposure i am in a position to contribute a very different angle to any class as far as economy, business processes and politics of this region is concerned.

Extracurriculars:

to be honest i just manage to squeeze in an hour of gym 4 times a week due to my career commitments. Plus i got married as soon i graduated and have two kids.
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Re: Pakistani banker: evaluation please [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2012, 01:10
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Well, the big question for me here is: Why do you want a second MBA???
you need to be aware of the school's position here: They see this as "He has one MBA. He should have succeeded by now. If not, it's too late".
Now, this is not to say it is impossible! And I have worked with at least two (Indian) candidates who had MBAs and got into good programs, but to shake you up and give you a bit of a reality check. Because not only is this very hard, but it also weakens your application.

I would say for a school like HBS or LBS, it would be close to impossible to get in. for Duke, they don't allow people with an MBA to apply, so you can take Duke off your list. The other schools however should be within the realm of possibility, if all the rest is good.

But the most important thing of all, the SECRET is your story. WHY does it make sense?? and Why should the school choose YOU over someone who doesn't have an MBA???
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Re: Pakistani banker: evaluation please [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2012, 13:02
although the name of my final degree is MBA but if you look at my educational background that i have stated above, i have done a two years bachelors degree, which is equal to two years of college in USA and if you research US university websites (graduate admissions), they usually state that a two year bachelor degree from pakistan is equal to an associate degree and therefore do not entitle you to admission to a Masters Degree. These admission sections also state that if some one from pakistan has a two years bachelors degree and a two years masters degree then it will be equal to a US bachelors degree. Therefore my MBA degree is more of a BBA degree as per US education standards.

http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/grad ... ernational
http://portal.sgs.utoronto.ca/current/a ... p?#country
http://www.seas.harvard.edu/audiences/p ... uates/faqs
http://www.gradschool.cornell.edu/admis ... ivalencies

please also consider a very small sample of other similar mba alumni who have gone onto mba degrees in US based on the above mentioned:

http://sg.linkedin.com/pub/fatima-khan/3/582/550
za.linkedin.com/in/farazkazmi
http://www.linkedin.com/in/ahussain2
au.linkedin.com/in/salmangul

so basically if put another way, in USA 16 years of education is achieved by getting a four years bachelors degree, whereas in Pakistan there are two routes to 16 years of education i.e. either doing a four years bachelors degree (usually engineering) or doing a two years associate degree and then a two years masters degree (i fall in this category).
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Re: Pakistani banker: evaluation please [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2012, 01:08
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Okay, veeeeery interesting. In that case what I would do is
A) Play down the 'MBA' part of your diploma, to the extent that, if possible, while remaining truthful, you don't even call it an "MBA"
B) If above is not possible, then at least address the issue in the optional essay.
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