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Intern
Joined: 16 Dec 2011
Posts: 47
GMAT 1: 680 Q45 V38
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 17 [0], given: 7

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16 Oct 2012, 02:26
Hi there,

1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.

- 1y in Armed Forces (rank: Sergeant, leading a small group and responsible for the technical and tactical training). As ususal my country, I remain a member of the Armed Forces for 6-10 years and am attending annual repetition courses (3.5weeks each) during which I have the function of an instructor or lead a group in exercices.
- 3 months internship at 2nd tier global Mgmt consulting company
- Business Management position for 2y at bulge bracket bank in Europe (providing analytical, administrational and other support for senior Mgmt). Great management exposure, early promotion. Whole thing was in the client facing unit for private clients from some emerging markets.

After things were pretty much done at the bank (I had joined after a significant restructuring),

- I joined microfinance startup NGO in Ghana in Sep 2012 to help building it, pro bono work, committed for at least six months. Had always dreamed of the challenge to work in developing country.

I scored a 680 (85%; V:83%, Q:71%). (Re-taking is not an option)

4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.

- Voluntary member for 9 months (full time) in a selective and prestigious student initiative (incl. management of 60 students for a 2w period), otherwise mainly relationship management with business leaders.
- Co-founded a successful online gaming team in my pre-college years (incl. management of corporate sponsors and 20 staff members). Grew to a considerable size during college.

5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.

None

I narrowed it down to a couple of schools of interest, but am struggling to put them in the "stretch, match, probable"-baskets, being not fully aware of how they would weigh my marginal stats against my experience: HBS, Wharton, Booth, Kellogg, Columbia, Yale, LBS, INSEAD, NYU.

Can consider other leading schools but ruled them out after my initial research for different reasons.

Very fascinated with emerging and developing countries, hope to join and lead (or maybe build, at a later stage) a company that either consults companies that enter these markets or finances local companies (e.g. through PE). To put it more visionary: Helping to transform underdeveloped economies by enabling businesses.

Other.

Have quite adventurous personality: Do a lot of outdoor-sports (kayaking, mountaineering etc.) and backpacked through some special destinations (e.g. Somalia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia etc.).

Would extremely appreciate your insightful feedback!
Joined: 20 Apr 2003
Posts: 5514
Location: Los Angeles CA
Followers: 77

Kudos [?]: 540 [0], given: 74

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16 Oct 2012, 23:19
FifthEmu wrote:
Hi there,

1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.

- 1y in Armed Forces (rank: Sergeant, leading a small group and responsible for the technical and tactical training). As ususal my country, I remain a member of the Armed Forces for 6-10 years and am attending annual repetition courses (3.5weeks each) during which I have the function of an instructor or lead a group in exercices.
- 3 months internship at 2nd tier global Mgmt consulting company
- Business Management position for 2y at bulge bracket bank in Europe (providing analytical, administrational and other support for senior Mgmt). Great management exposure, early promotion. Whole thing was in the client facing unit for private clients from some emerging markets.

After things were pretty much done at the bank (I had joined after a significant restructuring),

- I joined microfinance startup NGO in Ghana in Sep 2012 to help building it, pro bono work, committed for at least six months. Had always dreamed of the challenge to work in developing country.

I scored a 680 (85%; V:83%, Q:71%). (Re-taking is not an option)

4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.

- Voluntary member for 9 months (full time) in a selective and prestigious student initiative (incl. management of 60 students for a 2w period), otherwise mainly relationship management with business leaders.
- Co-founded a successful online gaming team in my pre-college years (incl. management of corporate sponsors and 20 staff members). Grew to a considerable size during college.

5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.

None

I narrowed it down to a couple of schools of interest, but am struggling to put them in the "stretch, match, probable"-baskets, being not fully aware of how they would weigh my marginal stats against my experience: HBS, Wharton, Booth, Kellogg, Columbia, Yale, LBS, INSEAD, NYU.

Can consider other leading schools but ruled them out after my initial research for different reasons.

Very fascinated with emerging and developing countries, hope to join and lead (or maybe build, at a later stage) a company that either consults companies that enter these markets or finances local companies (e.g. through PE). To put it more visionary: Helping to transform underdeveloped economies by enabling businesses.

Other.

Have quite adventurous personality: Do a lot of outdoor-sports (kayaking, mountaineering etc.) and backpacked through some special destinations (e.g. Somalia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia etc.).

Would extremely appreciate your insightful feedback!

Interesting profile.

Before I respond, could you please tell me where you're from and where you reside now?

Thanks,
Linda
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Joined: 16 Dec 2011
Posts: 47
GMAT 1: 680 Q45 V38
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 17 [0], given: 7

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17 Oct 2012, 00:16
Sure, I am from Switzerland. Currently, I am living and working in Ghana (my official residence is still in Switzerland though). Didn't mention it above, but lived in Norway for a while for an exchange semester.

You didn't ask, but maybe it matters: Am fluent in German and English. My French is also decent.
Joined: 20 Apr 2003
Posts: 5514
Location: Los Angeles CA
Followers: 77

Kudos [?]: 540 [0], given: 74

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17 Oct 2012, 21:56
FifthEmu wrote:
Sure, I am from Switzerland. Currently, I am living and working in Ghana (my official residence is still in Switzerland though). Didn't mention it above, but lived in Norway for a while for an exchange semester.

You didn't ask, but maybe it matters: Am fluent in German and English. My French is also decent.

HBS, Wharton, Booth, Kellogg, Columbia: Stretch

IF you would like help with your MBA application, please let me know.

Best,
Linda
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Co-Author of: MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools

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Intern
Joined: 16 Dec 2011
Posts: 47
GMAT 1: 680 Q45 V38
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 17 [0], given: 7

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19 Oct 2012, 11:04
Many thanks, that's more or less in line with my thoughts. Interestingly there seem to be different views on Yale in particular, depending on who I ask it has been put in all three baskets from "probable" to "stretch".

A very interesting option (especially because I was missing schools where the probability of admission is really high) was pointed out by another admission consultant (Angela Guido from mbaMission to give her the credit): The Indian School of Business. It was completely off my radar, but after some research I think indeed that this would be a great fit for me (and significantly better from a financial risk/return point of view compared to US schools outside the M7).

I have yet to decide on the exact schools I apply to. Will start with ISB and further in the process I am sure that I will get better at figuring out where to send my applications.
Joined: 20 Apr 2003
Posts: 5514
Location: Los Angeles CA
Followers: 77

Kudos [?]: 540 [0], given: 74

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19 Oct 2012, 16:05
FifthEmu wrote:
Many thanks, that's more or less in line with my thoughts. Interestingly there seem to be different views on Yale in particular, depending on who I ask it has been put in all three baskets from "probable" to "stretch".

A very interesting option (especially because I was missing schools where the probability of admission is really high) was pointed out by another admission consultant (Angela Guido from mbaMission to give her the credit): The Indian School of Business. It was completely off my radar, but after some research I think indeed that this would be a great fit for me (and significantly better from a financial risk/return point of view compared to US schools outside the M7).

I have yet to decide on the exact schools I apply to. Will start with ISB and further in the process I am sure that I will get better at figuring out where to send my applications.

I agree with Angela. It actually had occurred to me too. You could also end up with a scholarship and the school really fits your goals and interests well.

Best,
Linda
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310-815-9553

Co-Author of: MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools

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