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Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2014, 10:22
Hi all,

I am starting to consider MBAs for next year but do not really have any idea how strong my profile is:
- Age: 26
- Dual national (one European country and one African country)
- Undergrad: Classe preparatoire + Grande Ecole in France (one of the top 3 Grande Ecole) + 6 months exchange in an Emerging country
- Job: 2 years m&a in a Bulge Bracket (top ranked both years) + 2 years in an African focused PE (based in an African country)
- GMAT: need to train for it, aiming 700+
- Extracurricular: 14 years playing football in a club, organized and supervised 2 trips for c.15 children in a foreign country
- Other:
- First member in my family to go to university
- (not that I like talking about it but since it had a strong influence on my life and behavior, I will be doing one the essay around this theme) Very close member (think parent) did 4 years of jail time while I was 18-23 yo leaving the other parent alone (and I do not come from a wealthy family), so I had to take care of my family (and still do).

Post-MBA goals: create my own company (will probable start during the first year of the MBA) or emerging markets PE

For now, I plan to apply to Stanford (dream school), HBS and Insead. Do you think I have a chance?

Thanks a lot
T.
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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2014, 14:50
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Your number of years work experience will be a challenge with the average creeping toward 5 years, but with the high octane experience of a bulge bracket bank and the strong tradition of bouncing out to b-school after two years from such firms, you could have a shot at your target schools with a well written application. You have some very unique profile attributes and a fascinating story (even with just the few details you give here, I can tell your story would stand out). Dual citizenship in Europe and Africa no doubt gives you a very unique perspective on markets and culture. The key of course will be in articulating these things in a way which moves the adcom to invite you in for an interview. Your must be able to explain why you have chosen your particular school as well as why your work experience has prepared you well to contribute in the classroom as well as to get job afterwards. You mention PE as a post MBA goal, but it's widely considered a very difficult if not impossible field to crack for a freshly minted MBA, so you may want to set a more realistic short term goal and target PE in the longer term. Let us know if we can help you flesh it all out. We have specialists who graduated from both HBS and INSEAD, so we can be of particular help.
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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2014, 02:14
Hi,

Many thanks for taking the time! It is very helpful. But I might not have been super clear in my previous post: I will have 4 years of experience at matriculation (and even 6 years if we take into account the various internships I have done) including 2 years in PE. That's why I think (and hope) that I have a shot if I want to go back to PE post graduation
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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2014, 10:41
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Thanks for the clarification. Schools are getting more and more interested each year in bringing in students with substantial career experience, since much of the MBA learning surrounds what you are able to glean from your classmates. It becomes a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy, therefore, when the average number of years under everyone's belt rises.
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