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I am planning to apply for business school for start in 2013
1) I graduated in 2010 and went straight into a graduate position at a top 3 (non BB) British emerging markets Bank, which has done incredibly well in the crisis. After a few months they moved me to Dubai, Where I did rotations in the Investment banking and PE departments, for two years (as well as brief rotations in risk and operations). I was recently transferred to the Investment banking desk in London. By matriculation in 2013 I will have 3 years of work exp, between here and Dubai (including a brief 3 month professional training Malaysia and China)
2) GMAT : 700, considering retaking.
3) College info: I read BSc (honours) Economics (international) from a top 20 Russell Group university in the UK, and graduated with a high 2.1.
This included a Erasmus exchange scholarship(which was offered to top 15 students in the business school) to study economics at a top university in Sweden for a year.
4) In 2009 I set up a small charity with a couple of friends, to build and renovate schools and libraries in target countries. We have built and renovated Libraries include Pakistan, Zambia and Kenya.
I am British of Libyan origin and have been very active during Libya's year long revolution. I am a member of the 'AngloLibyan Business Initiative', which has conducts seminars and workshops offering consulting advice and information to start-ups in Libya. I am also a member of a prominent youth NGO based in the UK, with the aim of giving the youth a voice in Libya - and have attracted multi-million dollar funding and support for international governmental and non governmental organisations.
I have had small entrepreneurial ventures such as purchasing a small pizza restaurant during my second year of university with some investors, and spinning it off 2 years later for a healthy profit. As well as starting a very small branded clothing venture whilst in Sweden for the international students
5) I am currently a CFA II candidate and hope to have the charter by matriculation
6) I am very interested in the MBA/MPA-ID 3 year course at HBS and HKS. I was wondering if you had an experience with that? Also Wharton and Stanford have a 2+1 MBA+1 year MPA with HKS which are highly appealing.
Otherwise Pure MBA wise i am interested only in HBS, Wharton, Stanford and Booth. I am willing to wait and reapply two or three times until i get in, before setting my sights a little lower. (I am currently 24)
7) My ambitions after graduating, is to work in VC/PE in the US for a few years, before transitioning into a quasi finance-governmental role in Libya, either as part of the SWF (LIA) or in the Libyan Foreign bank, with the long term goal (hence the MPA) of working in the finance ministry or the central bank.
You have a strong profile overall and an interesting story to tell, but just keep in mind that H/S/W (joint degree or otherwise) is going to be a stretch -- not to the point where it's not worth applying, but just know that even with the strongest possible applications, you'll still need a bit of luck to get into any of them. Nothing wrong with you - it's just that you're up against a lot of other very blue chip candidates (who also have trouble getting in themselves), and the whole IB/PE route (both pre- and post-MBA) is a bit well worn; just keep in mind that adcoms aren't interested in the IB/PE folks looking to get their ticket punched (to go back to PE post-MBA). In your case, the biggest thing you should emphasize is your global background/experience to maximize your chances.
In short, go for it this year, do the best you can on the applications, but just have some realistic expectations. If you get in, consider it a huge win, a blessing - but if you don't get in, don't be surprised either.
p.s. I spent a part of my childhood in Libya (Tripoli to be exact).
Very interesting to hear you spent part of your childhood in Libya, were you old enough to remember the experience?
With regards to the application, it sounds like i am being written off, before I've applied - is this to do with the fact am not at a BB? i cant imagine a 700gmat holding me back too much, and in terms of extra currics i dont think i could/should be doing any more? also in terms of experience isnt the 4 year mark almost at their desired average rate?
Yes I was definitely remember it, as I went to elementary school there and my family lived there through to my high school. What I miss most is the beach, bread and dates!
Again, I think there's nothing wrong with you - it's just that you're up against a lot of other blue chip candidates. Again, it's not like you're a long shot that you shouldn't even bother -- by all means go for it. Just know that you'll be a stretch, that's all.