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Profile Evaluation - M7 program

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Profile Evaluation - M7 program [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2012, 18:11
Hi there, I would like to hear some advice on my chances to apply to a M7 program as an international student. I'm applying in this year's second round.

Age & Work Experience
30 years old at the start of the program
6.5yr work experience in 3rd world country
• 2.5yr credit risk at mutual organization
• 2.5yr FP&A manager at small service firm - staff of 15 – reported to CEO (retired military man – case study material)
• 1.5yr project management/consulting at small credit card company – report to COO (HBS MBA graduate)

Education
• Engineering degree (industrial engineer)
• Master in Finance degree (corporate finance)
• Passed CFA level 1
• International Baccalaureate (IB diploma)

Tests
• GMAT: 600 without prep, taking prep course right now - will retake asap
• Toefl: not taken yet
• Toeic: 970
• GPA: nonconvertible, +-75 percentile?
EC
• Mountaineering (summited Aconcagua), guitar (had band), bjj, tennis, licensed sailor (participated in j24 and soling regattas).
• Duke of Edinburgh International Award: gold standard (volunteering)
• Teacher Assistant: project appraisal course, undergraduate engineering program
• Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese

MBA objective:

Plan A) Career switch to PE turnaround shops in developing countries or VC

Plan to use corporate knowledge + financial skills to work on deals and finding turnaround opportunities (optimization, process improvement, etc). The firms I’ve worked all had financial issues mainly because of a misuse of resources, poor C-level management and a lack of a capable and strong HR team (which leads to hiring the wrong person or assigning them to the wrong position).

Plan B) management consulting

I’ve worked on sales projects (cross selling), process modeling/simulation, cost reduction programs, analyzed m&a synergies, etc. It seems a more “natural” transition for me.

I would want to avoid going through the IB step to get to PE. I know it’s a very long shot but worth a try given my age and experience.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - M7 program [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2012, 04:02
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If you want to get into PE directly with your MBA, it is mostly possible with an MBA from top school. Consulting as a post-MBA career is not that dififcult considering your profile. I am confused why you would want to go to consulting when your profile shows your keen interest towards finance. (CFA, Masters in finance degree, your experience in credit risk, etc). If I were you, I would not put mgmt consulting as my post-MBA goal unless you are tired of finance.

Focus on the following items if you want to get into M7:
- Crack GMAT. 600 will not get you anywhere close to M7 unless you have some other achievements.
- Dig out all your leadership experiences from your professional and extra curricular activities. Create a document with all such achievements.
- If you have worked closely with the ex-HBS manager, you might want to consider taking a reco from him.

Quality of your application essays is the most important factor. Visit few of your target schools. Speak to students and alumni of your target schools. Your story will slowly evolve.

Also, explore INSEAD and LBS. You can achieve your plan A with these schools as well. Good luck!

www.InterviewBay.com
- Get Ready For the Interview
MBA | Finance | Consulting | General Mgmt




h3rmit wrote:
Hi there, I would like to hear some advice on my chances to apply to a M7 program as an international student. I'm applying in this year's second round.

Age & Work Experience
30 years old at the start of the program
6.5yr work experience in 3rd world country
• 2.5yr credit risk at mutual organization
• 2.5yr FP&A manager at small service firm - staff of 15 – reported to CEO (retired military man – case study material)
• 1.5yr project management/consulting at small credit card company – report to COO (HBS MBA graduate)

Education
• Engineering degree (industrial engineer)
• Master in Finance degree (corporate finance)
• Passed CFA level 1
• International Baccalaureate (IB diploma)

Tests
• GMAT: 600 without prep, taking prep course right now - will retake asap
• Toefl: not taken yet
• Toeic: 970
• GPA: nonconvertible, +-75 percentile?
EC
• Mountaineering (summited Aconcagua), guitar (had band), bjj, tennis, licensed sailor (participated in j24 and soling regattas).
• Duke of Edinburgh International Award: gold standard (volunteering)
• Teacher Assistant: project appraisal course, undergraduate engineering program
• Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese

MBA objective:

Plan A) Career switch to PE turnaround shops in developing countries or VC

Plan to use corporate knowledge + financial skills to work on deals and finding turnaround opportunities (optimization, process improvement, etc). The firms I’ve worked all had financial issues mainly because of a misuse of resources, poor C-level management and a lack of a capable and strong HR team (which leads to hiring the wrong person or assigning them to the wrong position).

Plan B) management consulting

I’ve worked on sales projects (cross selling), process modeling/simulation, cost reduction programs, analyzed m&a synergies, etc. It seems a more “natural” transition for me.

I would want to avoid going through the IB step to get to PE. I know it’s a very long shot but worth a try given my age and experience.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks!
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Joined: 03 Jan 2012
Posts: 9
Concentration: General Management, Finance
GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V39
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Re: Profile Evaluation - M7 program [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2012, 17:32
Thanks for the advice! I've received mixed answers with respect to my chances at PE right out of the MBA program, many ditch that possibility right out of the bat (even other admission consultants on this same forums!).

I know I should focus and be specific (especially in my essays) about my post mba goals. I'll narrow it down once I get a competitive gmat score.

Thanks again

cheers

interviewbay wrote:
If you want to get into PE directly with your MBA, it is mostly possible with an MBA from top school. Consulting as a post-MBA career is not that dififcult considering your profile. I am confused why you would want to go to consulting when your profile shows your keen interest towards finance. (CFA, Masters in finance degree, your experience in credit risk, etc). If I were you, I would not put mgmt consulting as my post-MBA goal unless you are tired of finance.

Focus on the following items if you want to get into M7:
- Crack GMAT. 600 will not get you anywhere close to M7 unless you have some other achievements.
- Dig out all your leadership experiences from your professional and extra curricular activities. Create a document with all such achievements.
- If you have worked closely with the ex-HBS manager, you might want to consider taking a reco from him.

Quality of your application essays is the most important factor. Visit few of your target schools. Speak to students and alumni of your target schools. Your story will slowly evolve.

Also, explore INSEAD and LBS. You can achieve your plan A with these schools as well. Good luck!

http://www.InterviewBay.com
- Get Ready For the Interview
MBA | Finance | Consulting | General Mgmt




h3rmit wrote:
Hi there, I would like to hear some advice on my chances to apply to a M7 program as an international student. I'm applying in this year's second round.

Age & Work Experience
30 years old at the start of the program
6.5yr work experience in 3rd world country
• 2.5yr credit risk at mutual organization
• 2.5yr FP&A manager at small service firm - staff of 15 – reported to CEO (retired military man – case study material)
• 1.5yr project management/consulting at small credit card company – report to COO (HBS MBA graduate)

Education
• Engineering degree (industrial engineer)
• Master in Finance degree (corporate finance)
• Passed CFA level 1
• International Baccalaureate (IB diploma)

Tests
• GMAT: 600 without prep, taking prep course right now - will retake asap
• Toefl: not taken yet
• Toeic: 970
• GPA: nonconvertible, +-75 percentile?
EC
• Mountaineering (summited Aconcagua), guitar (had band), bjj, tennis, licensed sailor (participated in j24 and soling regattas).
• Duke of Edinburgh International Award: gold standard (volunteering)
• Teacher Assistant: project appraisal course, undergraduate engineering program
• Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese

MBA objective:

Plan A) Career switch to PE turnaround shops in developing countries or VC

Plan to use corporate knowledge + financial skills to work on deals and finding turnaround opportunities (optimization, process improvement, etc). The firms I’ve worked all had financial issues mainly because of a misuse of resources, poor C-level management and a lack of a capable and strong HR team (which leads to hiring the wrong person or assigning them to the wrong position).

Plan B) management consulting

I’ve worked on sales projects (cross selling), process modeling/simulation, cost reduction programs, analyzed m&a synergies, etc. It seems a more “natural” transition for me.

I would want to avoid going through the IB step to get to PE. I know it’s a very long shot but worth a try given my age and experience.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks!
Re: Profile Evaluation - M7 program   [#permalink] 24 Jul 2012, 17:32
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