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Profile evaluation - Eastern Europe, top 20 BS

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Joined: 03 Aug 2011
Posts: 215
Location: Bulgaria
GMAT 1: 640 Q44 V34
GPA: 3.7
WE: Project Management (Energy and Utilities)
Followers: 7

Kudos [?]: 23 [0], given: 258

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Profile evaluation - Eastern Europe, top 20 BS [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2011, 01:35
Dear Admission Consultants from mbaMission,

I would really appreciate, if you can quickly evaluate my profile. My goal is to apply soon (2012/2013) for a full-time MBA program in the top 20 US business schools.

Personal:
Age: just turned 25
Gender: Male
Nationalty: Bulgarian

Education:
High School (~GPA: 3,98)
Bachelor in Business Administration - (~GPA:3,2) - oldest and well-known Bulgarian University
Master in Financial management - (~GPA: 3,7)(valedictorian) - double degree program with the University of Bordeaux, France
Additionally, I completed the first 2 years of my Bachelor in Germany - also Business Administration, at a Top 3 German university, but returned to Bulgaria because of private reasons.

GMAT & TOEFL:
Starting my preparation...
GMAT: Targeting 730+
TOEFL: Targeting ~110

Work experience:
Financial Leasing company, subsidiary of the biggest European financial institution - 6 months (Internships)
Big4, Financial services Audit - 4 months (Internship)
Middle-sized project management company- preparation and financial analysis of renewable energy plants projects. The last year I took a position suggesting high-level of responsibility and lead the newly-formed division, representing a well-known Austrian ISO certification company in Bulgaria. Achieved rise in market-share end revenue through a very successful market entry strategy - 2 years (Full-time).
Currently preparing for the interview process with top-tier management consulting companies - Internship or Full-time job

Foreign experience:

Lived as a young boy in Düsseldorf, Germany for 1 year.
Studied in Munich, Germany for 2 years.
Longer business trips to Austria.
Longer concert trips.

Extracurricular activities:
* 10 years of membership in Rotary International - member of Interact- and then Rotaract clubs. Responsibility as Club-President and Club-Vicepresident of both clubs, where had to inspire over 30 club members. Took over responsibility also on District (multinational level), being Regional Club Representative (>250 club members)
* over 10 years dedicated to performing in a boys choir. Won several awards and had concerts in over 10 European countries.
* Member of several students clubs - as an example - the students club of the Institute of Market Economy.
* Foreign languages: English (Fluent), German (Fluent).
* participated in several photographic competitions as this is a major hobby

Target:
The best possible within Top20 BS, but to name some BS. I would like to join - Harvard, Wharton, Booth, Stern, Sloan etc.

Post MBA
Some years Management- and Financial- consulting (if I can't make it now) in an English-speaking setting. After some years I would go back to me home country and start (own business).

Looikng forward for your honest opinion regarding strengths and weaknesses.

Thanks for your time!
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Re: Profile evaluation - Eastern Europe, top 20 BS [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2011, 09:27
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Hello bgpower, thanks for your question.

Your undergrad GPA is just a touch low, but your graduate school GPA compensates for that, I would believe.

You seem to have strong work and extracurricular experience. Your competitiveness will come down to the quality of your leadership. Can you draw upon “moments” when you truly led: influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative?

Your extracurricular activities from school are less relevant in terms of writing essays than your recent participation.

To me, I would be sure to be able to answer 2 questions:

- Why do you need an MBA? You have an undergraduate business degree and a Masters in financial management. What would an MBA give you in terms of achieving your goals that your past degrees do not?
- In terms of career goals, you should be able to tie together your past, present and future in a cohesive way. Why the transition into consulting now?

Also, your competitiveness at your listed programs will also rely on your GMAT score, so that’s a missing piece that I do not have.

Best of luck,
Brian
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Joined: 03 Aug 2011
Posts: 215
Location: Bulgaria
GMAT 1: 640 Q44 V34
GPA: 3.7
WE: Project Management (Energy and Utilities)
Followers: 7

Kudos [?]: 23 [0], given: 258

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Re: Profile evaluation - Eastern Europe, top 20 BS [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2011, 23:34
Hi Brian

although a bit too late - Thank you for your reply and your honest opinion.

I can think of several "moments" describing leadership skills - both in the company that I am currently working in and in my engagements with Rotary clubs. On the one hand, in this family start-up, where I am full-time, I am responsible for an independent division, leading a small team (5). As I already mentioned, we were able to achieve good results, which might be a good verification of our work. The same is valid for my extracurricular activities in Rotary, where I have been holding several positions as Club's President/Vicepresident, which my also be valuable.

I agree that GMAT is a very important part of every MBA application. I will definitely focus on scores above 730, as I have put together a so called ultimate preparation plan. ;)

Regarding management consulting - that's the area, which I always wanted to work in, at least for some years. It is inspiring to work on the clients' complex problems and the case interview practice just underlined this fact. Unfortunately, my home country has a pretty small economy, which is not attractive for any of the top-tier MC firms. This made me apply for the Western European offices and I am expecting forthcoming interviews. Nevertheless, choosing to stay about 3 years at my current company was not a coincidence - in my opinion, developing an own start-up (or division as in my case) improves you immensely. I have been able to learn things, which I might have not learned in a large multinational company.

MBA is one of the steps, which I want to make to improve myself. I did have certain doubts if it makes sence to have a MBA with BSc Business Administration & MSc in Financial management. But, on the one hand, I am pretty sure that top business schools teach in a very different way, teach practice-oriented, give you a brand (which can be pretty important in career) and give you the possibility to compete/get to know/work in teams with wonderfully smart people, which, I hope, can be your friend for your entire life. Latter is also a fact, which I like about consulting - the competitive environment, which is the foundation for growth. I definitely will adapt/enrich all those arguments depending on the different school profiles.

I would be grateful if you could suggest the BS's, in which, in your opinion, I might have a chance. As an orientation - I am focusing on schools, which are strong in Strategy/Finance, have strong international relations (options for exchange) and a good placement in USA/Europe.

Thank you very much for your time and help!
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