I am 27/Male from Azerbaijan.
Here is my brief profile:
1) 5 years+ in the oil&gas sector. First at the HQ (CIS) and then the trading arm of the NOC (Switzerland, Singapore).
Stable career growth: from business analyst to VP. Main roles: Trading operations manager / VP on finance&economy;
Main responsibilities: Business analysis, Trading operations. Supervision of operational and technical due diligence streams for the in-house M&A department
2) Not taken yet. Targeting 700 - 650.
3) BSc in Applied business computing from the University of Sunderland (UK) - GPA 3.50, graduated in 2008; MA in International trading, shipping and commodity finance from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) - studying while working full-time with a full sponsorship from the company - GPA 3.0-3.3 (low GPA is explained by assignment to Singapore office, graduated in 2011
4) Visiting lecturer at two universities (on a voluntarily basis); planning and organisation of alumni ski week-ends; putting together a basketball team, which is now playing in the amateur league in Singapore
5) Different certificates related to the trading industry
6) Wharton, Chicago, Insead, Kellogg, Duke +1 other school to be selected
7) Target start date is September 2014; I am planning to apply during R1 for back-up schools and round 1 or 2 for "dream schools"
8) Preferably same sector - oil&gas (but not necessarily) in the following areas: investment banking, portfolio management, management consulting; or private equity.
Please let me know if you require any further information.
A few comments:
Regarding #7, why would you apply to your safeties R1 and your reach schools R2? I always recommend the opposite. Apply R1 to the schools you want to go to the most when the class is emptiest. If you aren't accepted, apply R2 to safeties or programs where you are simply more competitive. If you are accepted R1, you don't need to apply R2.
Regarding #8, you need to narrow your goal before you apply. Your options basically mean you don't really know what you want to do. Many programs, especially the shorter ones, want to see more focus.
Assuming a 700 or higher, fairly balanced GMAT score, you are competitive at all your target schools and are applying appropriately. For that last school, consider LBS, NYU Stern, and Yale.
If you would like help with your MBA application
, please let me know.
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