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New post 03 Dec 2018, 10:39
Hi Fortuna Admissions,

I would like to request a suggestion/opinion on a confusion I am facing. One of the B-School Forum Moderators suggested that I reach out to you for help as you people have a rich experience in the MBA admissions process.
I received an admit from a business school in Georgia, USA with a full scholarship and stipend/graduate assistantship. Therefore, I asked other two MBA schools for which my decision was pending after the interview if it is possible to provide my application decision sooner as I already have a decision in hand and wish to make an informed decision before paying out the enrollment fee. The schools reverted with a request to send them a copy of "Admission Letter" and "Scholarship Letter" before taking the case to the Admissions Committee for decisions.
Now, I am little confused whether to provide the letters or details such as the name of program, amount, the deadline for payment, etc. to those schools. I am not sure whether this would put my only admit into jeopardy or help me.
Kindly advise. Hope to hear from you soon.
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Hi there,
Thank you for asking this question, and congrats on your acceptance!
To be brief, our quick answer is that this will not put the existing offer in jeopardy, and we would recommend sharing the requested info.
It sounds like you are well on your way to an MBA, but should you need any last minute coaching from our pros, we do offer a la carte hourly advice if you still find yourself questioning how to choose schools. Best of luck!
https://fortunaadmissions.com/services/a-la-carte

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New post 15 Dec 2018, 23:07
I wish to apply in the round 3 of us schools my back ground is as below. Please do let me know on my chances / ur thots.

Nationality -indian
Gender female
Age- just turned 29 in November
Completed chartered accountancy in 2011cleared all level in a single attempt. Worked with a proprietary firm CA till 2013.

There after joined PWC in direct taxes. Worked there for 3 years. Got an award there.

Joined a venture capital in transaction advisory role for their startup investmwnts
Worked here for 1.5 years.

Currently joined as senior manager finance heading the entire financial aspect in the start up ( which uses artificial intelligence and alternate data to develop lending products for financial institutions).

The reason I wanted to work with the start up was to gain vertical depth with a start up in the deep tech space.

I wanted to apply in round 2 but due to my job change and the entire restructuring within the current org

I wanted to work on my GMAT and the application and give my best shot in round 3.

I am also a co-founder of a business development and market research company for companies in China and Korea who want to capture the Indian markets. This was started in April 2018.

Please do let me know if I can wait up to round 3 for making an applicationto good us b schools.


PS I had an offer from a mid market ibanking company which would be more stable than a start up But I felt the startup would be a better fit for me as longer term I would want to make my career in venture capital ± I do feel this will also help in distinguishing my profile at the US schools.

Look fwd to hearing from you.

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Dear Fortuna Admissions,

Thank you for your time! Originally, I was planning to wait until the fall of 2019 to apply to MBA programs to build up my work experience; however, I figured that applying to some programs this year would be a good way to get a feel for the application process (and perhaps get accepted to one of my top choice schools).

I chose to apply to Yale and Northwestern this fall, and got denied at Northwestern and waitlisted at Yale after an interview. I am not yet applying to any Round II schools, and I'm planning to enroll in the HBX CORe program in January to help strengthen my position on Yale's waitlist. (I expect to get my CORe results back in mid-April, which would fall after Yale's round II decision date (April 2) but before the round III date (May 21).

An overview of my background/experience:
27 y/o white American male
3.66 GPA (magna cum laude) from a top-5 LAC; graduated in 2013
Graduated from a Master of Social Work Program earlier this year and working full-time at a Catholic social services organization in Indiana
780 on the GMAT (Q50, V48, AW 6.0, IR 8) (took the GMAT in November 2016)
Work experience: worked for 1.5 years as an AmeriCorps VISTA member prior to grad school. I researched and gave presentations on unaccompanied child migration from Central America. I started my current position as a counselor in June 2018, so I will have about 2.5 years of work experience if I matriculate in 2019, and 4.5 years if I matriculate in 2020.
(I also spent a year in a religious order, and although I wouldn't really count it as work experience, I figure I should put it on my resume so schools aren't wondering what I did the year after I graduated from college.)
As I mentioned above, I am planning to enroll in the HBX CORe program in order to gain a background in finance, microeconomics, and analytics. I believe this coursework will help demonstrate to schools that I am prepared to take on MBA-level quantitative coursework.

Intern/volunteer experience: The MSW program involved about 1,000 hours of field experience. I interned at a mental health center for the first half of those hours, and for the second half, I interned at a homeless services agency in DC. I also interned at a men's transitional home in the summer of 2016, and worked on a project to assess residents' perspectives on the program. I also spent 3 months living and working with immigrants from Central America at a shelter in Houston back in 2013.

I am greatly enjoying my work as a counselor. However, I am ultimately hoping to pursue an MBA so that I can transition to nonprofit management. My goal is to help nonprofits grow and develop so that they can better serve their clients. Following graduation, my plan would be to work as the director of development for a medium-sized social services nonprofit, or as an associate director at a larger social services nonprofit.

Here are some questions I have at this time:

1. I would love ask Yale and Northwestern for feedback on my applications this year, as this could help boost my chances of acceptance the following year (or getting off the waitlist at Yale). Would it be a bad idea to reach out to them directly for feedback? I'm guessing the areas that I most need to strengthen are my work experience and quantitative background, but getting some confirmation on their end would be much appreciated.

2. Do you have any guesses about my chances of possibly getting off the waitlist at Yale after completing the CORe program? I imagine this is hard to answer, as the odds must change a lot from year to year.

3. I am greatly enjoying working at a Catholic nonprofit, and I hope to continue serving at a Catholic organization following my MBA studies. With this in mind, I have been thinking about Notre Dame and Georgetown, as both are Catholic universities that I believe will offer a solid nonprofit management education and a great career network. In fact, I have even been considering submitting an application to one or both of these schools for Round II of this year. What advice would you give about that option? Part of me feels it would be more prudent to wait until next year to apply (especially because I am still on the Yale waitlist).

4. If I don't get off Yale's waitlist, and if I don't apply to any schools for round II, then my plan would be to apply to a number of schools next year (ideally before the round I deadlines). Here is my list for round I 2019 applications at this point. I would appreciate any feedback you might have on my chances and on my goodness of fit for each program. I'm certainly open to adding other schools, but that may require taking some off this list (at least for Round I).
I recognize that applying to 8 schools in one round is a lot of work, but I think the deadlines for these schools will fit together pretty well, and I'll be able to start working on essays during the summer. I'm open to shifting to a 2-round plan, though.

1. Columbia (would apply ASAP to benefit from the rolling admissions process)
2. Yale
3. Northwestern
4. Michigan
5. Duke
6. Notre Dame
7. Georgetown
8. Harvard

Thank you in advance for your feedback!
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Thank you for your inquiry. Sounds like you've had a great career with strong accomplishments/career progression in your field. It indeed helps if you've won awards so that is something to highlight in your form.

Coming from the Indian applicant pool, you definitely want to aim for a high gmat score, well above the 700 range.

As for R3 for US schools, I would advise against it, especially coming from your competitive applicant pool. I would suggest to hold off to R1 for the next rounds. R3 is VERY difficult to get into as most spots are filled.

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Hi there and thanks for reaching out.
Wow sounds like you have a very cool profile and is quite unique for business school - which for sure would make you stand out and contribute to the diversity each school is looking for. Sorry to hear about Kellogg but that's great news about being Yale - I know it's not exactly the result you are looking for but I wouldn't give up hope yet as they clearly like your profile.
Here are a few things I would suggest (and unfortunately the schools will not provide you with feedback):
• Confirm to the school that you accept a spot on the waitlist, and reiterate your commitment to the school. Make this communication in a positive tone; don’t let the disappointment (or worse, any resentment) shine through. The word ‘disappointed’ should not show up in this discussion.
• I would follow up with your interviewer and send them an update on your situation and ask them for any feedback and suggestions. While they may not be able to tell you why (and they may well not know) they can share with you some insights about your discussion and their sense of your fit with the school.
• What can you do to strengthen your profile? Can you seek a project at work that will give you a good story to tell in an update to admissions? Can you strengthen any extra curricular engagement? Can you get an additional letter of support? What works well is if it’s from a member of the school community – a student or alum. Do you have a close connection with anyone? If not, perhaps someone that can write from a totally different angle than your 2 main recommenders. That can speak to other qualities. A one page email would be sufficient. But don’t be tempted to inundate the admissions office with additional letters (as this can backfire and get you a reputation of a burden). There is also no point in sending in additional letters saying more or less exactly what has already been said about you.
• Keep in touch with the school and your admissions contact (but not too often eg once per month is enough). Keep the school updated re any new info about your profile- new results, work abroad, managing others, extra curriculars at work, etc.
• Don’t make all these communications email only; try to speak to your admissions contact occasionally as well. Personal touches help to keep you on their radar.
• It may not be so convenient but what about visiting the campus again? This could help and show commitment to the school. Plus you could even have this conversation with your admissions contact in person.
• On the flip side, please start to think about next steps – what is your plan B if this doesn’t work out? So yes I would apply to georgetown and ND as they would be great fits for you. And yes if you can hold off, I would wait until R1 if Yale is your number one. It could be quite a while until they tell you if you are accepted/denied from waitlist.

One thing Fortuna can offer is a review of your previous application to see where things might have 'gone wrong' Click here for some details. https://fortunaadmissions.com/services/ You will see a 'waitlist' and 'rejected applicant' strategy service.

Sounds like you have a lot of questions but overall your profile seems to fit the criteria for all the schools - great work experience/leadership exp, lots of extra curricular/volunteering commitments, an amazing GMAT with strong GPA. But if you want to talk with us in more depth to go over your profile, I would sign up here and email us requesting to speak with Matt on our team - he's awesome at these consultations. https://fortunaadmissions.com/free-consultation/

Good luck with everything
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New post 17 Dec 2018, 09:53
Thanks Ask Fortuna Admissions Hey what about lbs round 3 . And if I do apply to lbs are there possibilities for scholarship.

also do u think I should take up the start up finance role or the midmarket I banking role

What is better from lbs and insead perspective.....

Also to add I have started volunteering with a social impact start up which makes pseudo-laptops for blind which enables them to read / surf the internet in a braille format. Learning to use the machine takes 2-3 days for any individual and I help in the learning and creating awareness for the same. (reason for me to do this is that I am high myopic and am sensitive to this cause)


quote="FortunaAdmissionsMJ"]prvarm24,

Thank you for your inquiry. Sounds like you've had a great career with strong accomplishments/career progression in your field. It indeed helps if you've won awards so that is something to highlight in your form.

Coming from the Indian applicant pool, you definitely want to aim for a high gmat score, well above the 700 range.

As for R3 for US schools, I would advise against it, especially coming from your competitive applicant pool. I would suggest to hold off to R1 for the next rounds. R3 is VERY difficult to get into as most spots are filled.

Good luck
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New post 17 Dec 2018, 10:40
prvarm24,

R3 is totally fine for LBS and INSEAD - though you will have less opps for scholarships (some will be taken by R3 but not all). In terms of career, both follow a similar path so it really comes down to what you really want! I wouldn't take it based on what the MBA wants to hear but what you really want to do.

Hope that helps
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New post 17 Dec 2018, 19:34
Thank you very much for your prompt and detailed response! I will certainly inform Yale of my plans to enroll in the HBX Core program. I know that these courses will also help strengthen my profile for the upcoming year. Have a wonderful holiday season!
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New post 05 Apr 2019, 23:42
Hi,

I am having trouble choosing between Cornell MBA and HEC Paris ( Jan intake)
My post MBA goal is to work in the consulting space.

I would greatly appreciate your guidance in helping me decide

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New post 07 Jun 2019, 13:08
Hi Fortuna Admissions,

I would love some guidance with admission to the following schools for a full-time MBA from this year, arranged according to preference:

Oxford Said
Cambridge Judge
Imperial Business School
Cornell Johnson

If there is any other highly ranked school you think would be a good fit for me, please feel free to suggest.

I am sending a snapshot of my profile below:

GRE General Test: 328/340 on the GRE. Subscores are 169/170 in Verbal (top 1%), 159/170 in Quant. 4.5/6 in AWA
TOEFL: 113/120

Post-MBA goals:
1) Work as a leader for the CSR wing of impactful, socially responsible organizations
2) Establish my own social venture/s, preferably in health and education
3) Make use of my experience in telecommunications and IT management to attain the aforementioned goals
4) Not be constrained by borders with the recognition from a top business school, and use the alumni network to attain the aforementioned goals, i.e. lending credibility and connections that would help me spearhead CSR initiatives and grow my own social ventures

My current city is Dhaka, Bangladesh, where I hail from. My post-MBA locations are preferably in my country, Bangladesh, where CSR is still in a nascent stage and there is much need for social initiatives, and in MENA, a region which I am greatly interested in.

Work experience:
- 4.5 years+ at present, with 2 years of Managerial role for Product and Analytics Marketing in the 11th largest Telecommunications MNC in the world
- 1 direct report, headed multiple CFTs
- Multiple work recognition and awards (such as the Marketing Pride of 2018 Q2, and again Marketing Pride of 2019 Q1)
- Successful completion of 1-month international assignment and placement in HQ
- Former Management Trainee with fast track progression to Managerial role
- Project Manager for the first corporate merger in Bangladesh
- Product Manager for Facebook's Freebasics program in Bangladesh

Special Work experience:
- Beside my primary job, I also work as a Digital Engagement Advisor at a nonprofit organization that primary works on empowering Bangladeshi rural medical practitioners. The organization was cofounded by an Oxford Said MBA graduate and a Harvard Kennedy graduate. I am responsible for advising the project unit on digital engagement interventions. I have been with the organization for 2 months, as of now

Undergrad:
Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka (DU)
(IBA, DU is the most renowned and the most competitive business school in Bangladesh)

CGPA of 3.13/4
Major: Finance
Minor: Marketing

Professional association:
Associate, Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK

ECAs:
-Multiple international and national awards in social entrepreneurship business competitions
-Was featured at the front page and special panel in the national newspaper of my country, as the winner of an international business competition where my team beat teams from top universities such as MIT
-Winner of Global Health Prize in the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) of 2013, hosted by Foster School of Business, University of Washington
-Winner of Social Entrepreneurship Competition awarded by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus
-Coordination of nationwide charity drives, with a team of +100 people indirectly/directly reporting
-Wrote business articles for the most circulated business magazine of Bangladesh
-Was awarded national merit prizes for academic excellence in O and A levels
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Hi Fortuna Admissions,

I am an spanish entrepreneur, CFA charterholder, 8 years xp (3 as entrepreneur), preparing application for LBS/CBS EMBA Global Americas & Europe. I’ve visited LBS and an info session and is the only programme I am applying for.

I have a doubt on how to focus the #2 Essay question: "Please describe a professional situation where you faced a particular challenge. What was the outcome and what did you learn from the experience about your own strengths and personal development needs?"

I am still unsure on what challenge to choose. In my case the safe option is to choose a recent relevant challenge from my experience as an entrepreneur. But if I have to think of a challenge that truly changed me as a professional and marked my character I would choose a very early career, not really relevant in any way, challenge in which I failed, but that helped me build my professional character and discover a mayor weakness.

My doubts come from the fact that the early-career experience wasn't really much of a challenge, newbie stuff, and there wasn't much stakes in it, but it had a profound impact on me.

Because the Global A&E is all about, lets say, experienced global leaders, I have my doubts on whether such an early, non-relevant challenge might be seen as a weak essay vs other, lets say, senior challenges.

And, now that I am asking, how valuable is a cfa for lbs/cbs adcoms and how valuable is entrepreneurship? Also, I took the gmat 4 times, 1st ok, then 2 cancels, then 4th ok. In the app they ask how many times one has sat and I will tell them the truth even thought 2 are cancel. Will 4 sittings look bad?

And final quick question! I had an informal coffee with an admissions employee and later asked for her opinion on my profile for the emba, and she wrote back saying that “Your profile is strong and aligned to the EMBA Global programme”. Do they typically say that to everyone, and is it any indication of application success?

Thanks in advance for any answer!!
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Hi Naseef,

Thanks for reaching out and sharing your profile. Your profile sounds terrific and competitive for the schools you are interested in and listed above. Your gre (which converts to about 690 gmat) is great for these schools; you've got some wonderful career highlights + experience not to mention some really interesting awards. I would definitely encourage you to apply!

Are you trying to focus on a European school though? I see just one is in the US and was wondering how you made that selection. I wouldn't apply to more than 5 or 6 (4 is a good number).

If you'd like some help with specific selection and want to set up a free in-depth consultation, a Fortuna team member would be happy to chat with you. We can also really help you build a compelling application that could set you apart from your competitors and weave in your stories/strenghts that we feel ad coms will want to hear. Let us know if we can help!

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Hi LGIX,

Great question and you are on the right track. You definitely want to focus your challenge on something more recent as you mentioned, the program is for experienced professionals/leaders/managers and they are looking in your app for these qualities. And yes the school loves entrepreneurs so using the example you are speaking to sounds like a good one. And yes CFA will help if your gmat is on the lower side. If you cancelled a score you don't have to mention it so could just say 2 times. Not to worry anyways about writing it 4 times. This is quite common!

Sorry to hear their answer was a little vague. You could try calling someone in the admissions office to set up a time to discuss your CV. Or if you know an alum/student you could ask them as well. Another option is to contact us to set up a free consultation and we would be able to better gauge based on your CV, etc. But I'm sure if she didn't think you fit the criteria she probably would have mentioned that you are missing x y or z. As long as you show leadership qualities (through examples), demonstrate career progressions/accomplishments, have int'l experience and mindset, well rounded academics (undergrad balanced with gmat and cfa) and can speak to some extra curriculars/hobbies/volunteering, then you will cover the general criteria. Let us know if we can be of service.

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Hi LGIX,

Great question and you are on the right track. You definitely want to focus your challenge on something more recent as you mentioned, the program is for experienced professionals/leaders/managers and they are looking in your app for these qualities. And yes the school loves entrepreneurs so using the example you are speaking to sounds like a good one. And yes CFA will help if your gmat is on the lower side. If you cancelled a score you don't have to mention it so could just say 2 times. Not to worry anyways about writing it 4 times. This is quite common!

Sorry to hear their answer was a little vague. You could try calling someone in the admissions office to set up a time to discuss your CV. Or if you know an alum/student you could ask them as well. Another option is to contact us to set up a free consultation and we would be able to better gauge based on your CV, etc. But I'm sure if she didn't think you fit the criteria she probably would have mentioned that you are missing x y or z. As long as you show leadership qualities (through examples), demonstrate career progressions/accomplishments, have int'l experience and mindset, well rounded academics (undergrad balanced with gmat and cfa) and can speak to some extra curriculars/hobbies/volunteering, then you will cover the general criteria. Let us know if we can be of service.

Good luck!


Hi FortunaAdmissionsMJ

Thank you very much for the feedback and the quick response, I will probably take your offer of a free consultation.

About the gmat, my score is a 710 (Q48 V39 IR8 AWA5).

And as for contacting an admissions person, I did have an informal coffee with someone from the admissions of the EMBA (not the Global EMBA but she seemed to know everything about the Global programme) and we commented my profile, she liked my profile, and she made different comments on how to portrait several things in my application if I were to apply (as I am finally going to) but she didn't have my CV before that coffee, so i sent it to her and she wrote back. The full email she wrote was longer, and contained the sentence "Your profile is strong and aligned to the EMBA Global programme. I would strongly recommend you to submit your application." I was just wondering if such a statement ment something or was just common.

Don't know if any of this 2 things changes your comments in any way.

Thanks in advance!!
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LGIX,

Good to hear there were more details exchanged. It's not a standard response as I'm sure if there was a red flag she would have mentioned it. So I think there is nothing to fear!
And gmat is terrific, particularly for the EMBA. I haven't seen your full profile but sounds like you fit a lot of the criteria. The only weakness potentially is only having 8 years of experience. It's kind of in the middle of an MBA and EMBA so you'd really have to show how you are a strong leader and showcase strong results.

Here is the link to sign up if you want to chat with one of us. We have lots of people on our team that have worked for LBS so they will have good insights on your profile.

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Hello All,

This is my first post and I would like to be evaluated and receive feedback on how can I improve my application form. I intend on applying on R2 2019 for 2020 intake class. I'll put as much information as I can. If anyone could advise on which points to focus on my application, I would very much appreciate.

Nationality: Brazilian - My Italian passport is underway (maybe by the application time I'll have the double nationality)
Age: 27 years (28 on intended intake);
Languages: Portuguese (native), English (fluent), Spanish (fluent), Romanian (Advanced).
Undergrad GPA: International Relations - 2.8 / Top 20 Brazilian School - graduated in 12/2014;
Graduate GPA: Business Management & Finance - 3.2 / Top Brazilian Business School - graduated in 04/2017
GMAT: I'm scheduled to take the GMAT in September, but I'm aiming between 730 - 750 (I'm putting a lot of effort and time and therefore I'm confident on the score given the official mocks I've taken).
International Experience: 1y as a Rotary exchange student in Romania plus another 8 months traveling through Eastern Europe, middle east and Northeast Africa. I also have considerable amount of international experience in my working experiences. although I've never been an expatriated, I've traveled consistently and also worked in decentralized business units with worldwide interaction.
Community work: I've been part of a teenagers organization doing community work since I was 13y old. So for the past 14 years I've been working to help the less fortunate. Since the beginning of the year, I've been a mentor to youngsters (15y to 20y) in risk zones and poverty through Joule project. I'm also going to be a interviewer for the acceptance committee at my business school.
Goals post MBA: Work in finance (probably M&A) for the short-mid term and, in the long run, start my own business related to financial services (likely to target credit for small/mid sizes companies).

Additional information: I understand my undergrad and Graduate GPA are low and I intend on use the optional essay to highlight that I've been a Full Time employee throughout my entire course. Any advises on how to approach this would be really great.

Work experience and accomplishments below (8 years of relevant working experience by the intake date):

Suzano Pulp & Paper (05/2018 – Currently) - biggest pulp producer in the world
Revenue Management & Pricing Associate

Acting as revenue management and pricing policies business partner for all international paper sales: direct allocation
management of U$350M on sales; sales planning and revenue forecast; Profitability Analysis; C-level presentation
and deviation analysis; feasibility studies for new business; development of business opportunities and business cases
across three international offices; ad hoc analysis

Thomson Reuters (04/2017 – 05/2018)
FP&A Specialist

Acting as Business Partner to the Technology and Operations division, managing directly U$50M and 400 headcounts:
PnL construction and analysis; Budget planning/forecast – Opex and Capex; C-level monthly presentations with
deviation analysis; feasibility studies for new investments (business cases and product development); profitability
analysis per product; backlog analysis; Ad Hoc analysis.
Development of financial databases and reports for revenue, profitability and backlog analysis – leveraging the
company capacity of decision making with accurate and timely information; conducted over 10 new product studies
for the investment committee; conducted a RACI project for the financial department, decreasing in over than 15%
the time required for the monthly deliverables.

Grupo Pão de Açúcar (05/2016 – 04/2017) – Biggest wholesale in Brazil, part of Groupe Casino FR.
Senior FP&A Analyst

PnL construction and analysis; conduct and support the budgeting process with the business units; C-level
presentations (financial committee); monthly management report with deviation analysis for the company controller
(Casino Group – FR); consolidation and validation of financial reports (BRGAAP & IFRS) - Working Capital, Cash Flow
and CAPEX; corporate governance development; special projects; Ad Hoc analysis.
Strongly improved the budgeting process with the business units, decreasing the time required to finish the process
and delivering it on a timely manner; Implemented a cost sharing method for the business units to share the expenses
of the Holding services, such as treasury, audit, HR, and 12 others.

General Motors (03/2015 – 05/2016)
FP&A Analyst

PnL construction and analysis; budget planning/forecast; financial modeling and investment feasibility (IRR, cash flow,
payback, etc.); conduct and lead business cases with other departments; continuous improvement (Kaizen & Six
Sigma).
Cost avoidance of U$11M through the development of an inventory model that increased the accuracy of our forecast

DHL/Exel Supply Chain (01/2012 – 03/2015)
Supply Chain Analyst

Development of the S&OP for all Ford North America suppliers in the LATAM region; implementation of ISO 9001
standard in 2014, awarded with a recognition award for the results obtained; over 300 new operations through
internal sales.

Terget Schools:

*Wharton (Dream school);
*Chicago Booth (2nd Choice);
*MIT (3rd Choice);
*Kellogg;
*Berkeley;
*Stanford;
*Columbia.
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Hi slukin91,

Thanks for reaching out.

You've got a very interesting profile and looks like you've been working your way up in your field - have some big brands on your CV and your career progression/direction looks strong. The only downside to your career is all the moving around from co to co so that is something you might want to possibly address. Try to stay put for now where you are!
Indeed GPA is a bit of a concern but if you can get a super high gmat, that will help compensate the score and they will be able to see that you have the academic rigour to keep during b-school.
You've got some long term volunteering which is great - hopefully you can highlight some other extra curriculars as well - hobbies, passions etc . Having some international experience also can definitely help since most of the schools you listed have very diverse classes. I think with a high gmat, you could have a great chance at the above mentioned schools. It really does come to down to how you deliver your narrative, how unique you come across, and if 'your story' is presented in a compelling and interesting way.

That's where someone like us at Fortuna can help therefore if you'd like some assistance in that department, feel free to give us a shout (or free consultation) at https://fortunaadmissions.com/free-consultation/ . We love getting to know candidates at a much deeper level to help with come up with a great value proposition for the school - to help you stand out from the crowd.

Good luck with everything.
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Hello - Would appreciate any feedback/pointers on my applications! Thank you in advance.

Background:
Location: Northeast USA
Race/Sex: ORM
Age: 26 at time of matriculation
Work Experience: 4 years at time of matriculation
GMAT: 760 (48Q, 47V, 7 IR, 5.5 AWA)
Undergrad GPA: 3.44 Double Major Economics, Political Science
Undergrad Institution: Top 10 University (Think: Chicago, Penn)
Volunteering: Mentoring & tutoring with local at-risk youth
Rec Letters: One from an HBS alum, one from a GSB alum. Both C-level executives at current company that I work with directly

Work Experience:
- 1 year at a well-known private equity firm as an investment analyst straight out of undergrad (Think: Leonard Green, GTCR, Vista, Golden Gate)
- Did everything that a typical pre-mba PE investor would do: deal due diligence & execution, financial modelling / valuation, portfolio company support)

- Moved to a post series-B startup in the fintech space in a director-level business development role. Been here 2 years now
- Led growth and go-to-market strategy. Built out a high-performing sales org & infrastructure
- Company successfully IPO'ed off of, at least in part, my contributions in accelerating topline revenue growth
- In 2019, moved into a broader corporate strategy & development role to drive change across the entire org structure

Target Schools & Goals:
Schools: HBS, GSB, Wharton (all round 1)
Post-MBA Goals: Found a start-up or join a seed-stage startup

Questions:
- Do my career trajectory and post-mba goals make sense to AdComs (PE -> Growth-Stage Startup -> MBA -> Entrepreneurship)?
- Anything I can do to strengthen my applications at this point? Should I retake GMAT to get a higher quant score?
- Should I add more schools to my list? I would consider Sloan and Booth if they gave me $$$$, but don't want to distract my application efforts from my top 3
- I know my undergrad GPA of 3.44 is below the median at HBS and GSB. Is it advisable to use the optional/supplemental space to offer any explanation? Or is it better not to draw attention to it?

Again, thanks!
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Hi FinTechBro19,

Thanks for sharing your profile.

To answer your questions, regarding your career trajectory, yes totally makes sense and schools love entrepreneurs no matter what you've done in the past. But you would need to share with the schools what kind of entrepreneur and with more details and specifics to share, the better. Have you started with any idea? Do you want to test the waters during the MBA and enter into VC competitions, etc? The just want to know your short/long term goals and gauge if it's achievable or not and that you have a well thought out plan.

In terms of strengthening your profile, it sounds like your career roles have been 'typical' in your field - what has made you stand out at your firms? Anything in particular? How have you gone above and beyond others in a similar role? What kind of leadership have you demonstrated?
Outside of work, are you doing anything unique? It's great you've been mentoring and tutoring - for how long and how impactful has this been (on others as well as yourself). Is there anything else you can get involved with either at work or outside? Ask your boss for new initiatives? Global projects? Team building? Can you take on a new/higher role in your volunteering?
I wouldn't worry about re-taking the gmat as you have an amazing score.

I would definitely add some other schools on your list since the top 3 you chose are the most competitive. I would add 2 or 3 like Booth, MIT, or perhaps Yale. Always good to have some 'safer' schools.

And yes your undergrad is below the average (but still great!) and you could definitely use the optional essay to address this - but only if there was good reason. Eg you were on a varsity team which took up x amount of hours per week so your grades slipped or maybe you had some health issues/family problems etc.

Hope that helps. If you want to talk with anyone at Fortuna, we'd be happy do a free 30 minute consultation https://fortunaadmissions.com/free-consultation/ where you will gain some more valuable insight into your application and potential strategy.

Good luck with everything!
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