Jon, thanks in advance for any feedback on my profile. I consider my story to be particular though I would like to understand any potential weaknesses in my profile, especially for applications at top US schools.
Male, Romanian (with possibility of acquiring FR citizenship), currently 23. Lived in Paris since 2012, in France since 2011.GMAT / TOEFL
GMAT - Not yet done, expecting 650-700
TOEFL - Not yet done, expecting 100-110Education
1) Bachelor in Architecture and Urbanism - BA Thesis: “Urban and Regional Infrastructure in Emergent Countries”
CGPA 12,67 / 20 (a couple of grades still to add)
USH Arh - Bucharest, Romania 2009-2011,
ENSAS - Strasbourg, France 2011-2012,
ENSAPLV - Paris, France 2012-2014 (I moved around for the BA, don't know if it's an asset)
Educational trips to Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany.
2) Business Summer School 2011 – Financial Crisis in Emergent Markets (2011)
3) Considering a 1yr master in Management / International Business 2014-2015 in France (Paris 1,5,9) or Rotterdam (erasmus university) as a warming for the MBA (will that actually help for admission?)Extra-curricular Activities
Organizational skills and competences
03/2014 - 03/2015 Fellow of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs by European Union
02/2012 - 01/2014 Co-founder and Visionary for HandsControl (Tech Start-up)
02/2013 - 12/2013 General Secretary of Romanian Investment Circle
09/2011 - 11/2011 BetaTester for EdgeRyders Project at the European Council
04/2012 – elected Honorific President of the Architecture Students Association Spiru Haret
10/2011 – 07/2012 Elected and activity - Study Year Delegate at National Superior School of Architecture of Strasbourg
09/2010 – 08/2011 Founding President of the Architecture Students Association Spiru Haret
05/2011 – Project Manager at National Contest of Architecture Students Exhibition at Spiru Haret
03/2011 – elected Main Organizer of the National Contest of Architecture Students at Spiru Haret
01/2011 – elected President of the Architecture Students Association Spiru Haret
Social skills and competences
08/2011 – 08/2012 Journalist/Editor for Q-Group: Zeppelin Magazine
04/2012 - Speaker about Entrepreneurship and Business Startups conference at Romanian Consulate in Strasbourg
2011-2012 Study Year Delegate/Responsible at National Superior School of Architecture of Strasbourg
08/2011 – 08/2012 Development Manager in France for Diplomatic Students Club of Romania
08/2011 - 08/2012 Strasbourg Responsible of League of Romanian Students Abroad
08/2011 - 05/2012 Board member of Romanian Students Association in Strasbourg
08/2011 – 08/2012 Representative of Diplomatic Student`s Club of Romania
English (fluent in writing and speaking, Certificate in Advanced English - Cambridge)
French (fluent in writing and speaking)
German (beginner in writing and speaking)
Spanish (beginner in writing and speaking)
Romanian (mother language)
Sport skills and competences - Rowing (now licensed sportsman at a #3 Rowing Club in France) , motorcycling, snowboarding. Work Experience
4 yr at the enrolling date, 09/2015
1) 09/2011- present - Founder and Managing Director at Inspiring Visuals Group (Advertising Agency) (http://inspiring-visuals.com/
Leading development and operations activity: business development, client acquisition, account management, project management with multidisciplinary/multiculturally creative teams. Worked with major brands such as UNESCO, CEPROC, JCI Connect. Developed 4 main divisions in 2.5 yrs, one of them - ArchiCore which offers advertising services in the real estate industries, is developing on 2 continents.
2) Co-founder and CSO / CMO - Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Deliworld (Online platform for Bio / Niche Exclusive Products)
3) Founding Member and President of Romanian Investment Circle
4) Board member and Project Consultant for League of Romanian Students Abroad
5) Board Member and Head of Communication for Tri-National Project - Les Marmottes (Croissy sur Seine - Viseu de Sus - Altenglan)
6) Founding member and Communication Responsible for Romanian Entrepreneurs Federation in France
I can detail each of them if needed. (CV attached)Reasons for MBA Now and Goals
I am happy and motivated by my current activities: 2 main businesses as a founder and multiple NGO/community leadership activities, some of them with civic or economical (investment) implication. MBA would provide me with a wider angle on several industries (including financial) and permit me to refresh and to learn management principles I am currently not exposed to.
Short term: Developing my activity and slight industry change. While discovering more about the financial industry I consider working in investment management / a hedge fund as a leading position. Maybe founding a financial products company in US / Europe after MBA / acquiring experience.
I also consider a PHD (in europe) in a business related field and teaching about financial implication for businesses / emergent economies development.
Long term: Develop sustainable businesses with possible implications (investments) towards emerging countries. I would be glad to contribute for Romania's (and emerging countries) economic development. Holding a public / political position at a later stage in Romania may be welcome.
So: I am looking for a TOP Business School which is the same time cost effective. (good scholarships, etc) Target Schools for enrolling in 2015 (or better 2016?)
1R at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Sloan
2R at Stern, Ross, Cornell, Yale, Kelogg (+Darden) - If R1 TOP 10 does not work/is not realistic.
Any advice is very welcome!