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Please Evaluate MBA/MPA [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2012, 09:10
Hi Veritas

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 British Bank (focussed on Emerging Markets), which has done incredibly well in the crisis - it is the largest foreign bank in India, China and the Middle East. 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.


Thanks again,

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Re: Please Evaluate MBA/MPA [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2012, 16:14
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Great profile. HBS and Stanford have a fairly well established age bias towards younger applicants, and your experience and early career achievements seem to fit the kind of profile common for applicants to these programs. I wouldn't count on "reapplying several times until you get in" to these two programs in particular. Generally, if you don't get in with 3 or four years experience, it is unlikely it will get any easier as time goes on--quite the opposite. Wharton and Booth on the other hand seem to be fine with older applicants, and here again, your early career acheivements and demonstrated drive and successes could certainly make up for the additional two or three years of WE that your fellow co-applicants may have at those schools. Despite your very interesting cultural advantage (fewer British applicants and the Libyian thing is an ace in the hole for sure) you should still consider trying to boost your GMAT score. A 700 is an outstanding score, but if you think you can achieve a higher score, you could increase your likelihood of improving an already very impressive profile. The key of course will be presenting your experience and your post MBA vision in a coherent and compelling way. VC/PE firms do not often hire freshly minted MBAs, particularly those without any PE/VC experience, so you need to have a plan to achieve this career path that makes sense and the adcom can swallow. Let us know if you need help. It think leveraging the skills of consultants who have graduated from your target institutions would be time well spent.
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