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# Profile Eval.: Petroleum Engineer/Brazil/4,5 yrs exp.

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Intern
Joined: 08 Oct 2012
Posts: 9
Concentration: General Management, Entrepreneurship
Schools: HBS '16 (A)
GMAT 1: 700 Q47 V39
WE: Operations (Energy and Utilities)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 6

Profile Eval.: Petroleum Engineer/Brazil/4,5 yrs exp. [#permalink]

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21 Jan 2013, 04:56
Dears,

I am 28, brazilian. My Bachelor degree is in Mechanical Engineering and I am specialist in Petroleum Engineering. I´ve been working for Petrobras since september/2008. In may/2009 I started working on offshore drilling operations (drilling supervisor / superintendent), managing teams of up to 40 engineers on oil rigs. Prior to Petrobras, I was intern at AmBev (AB-InBev) and participated in a Work and Travel program during college vacation (cottage contruction in Knosville, TN from december 2006 until february 2007)

My school of choice is HBS, followed by MIT and Stanford. To make the story short, I want to make a career shift. I will apply in 2013 first round (admission August 2014 - first GMAT attempt: 700 Q47 / V39 Nov/2012).

I have two issues so far:

1) I know I need to improve my English a little and I believe I this will lift my GMAT score. Should I take a second test (my actual score is a little below the median)?.
2) I have the opportunity to open a small business (media on paper bags, no employees in first 6 motnhs) and I see it as an exciting challenge. This will certainly contribute to broad the experience I will share during the MBA. Since I will have to quit my job to do so (taking this risk is not a problem for me), I am quite concern over how this enterpreunership will impact my "history". Will B-Schools agree with my shot or will they think that I am lost in my track (quiting a job, opening a business and applying for and MBA at the same year)?

Regards,

Oswaldo Garcia
Affiliations: Veritas Prep
Joined: 25 Jul 2010
Posts: 1910
Followers: 43

Kudos [?]: 182 [1] , given: 3

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24 Jan 2013, 10:04
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Bryant Michaels

Intern
Joined: 08 Oct 2012
Posts: 9
Concentration: General Management, Entrepreneurship
Schools: HBS '16 (A)
GMAT 1: 700 Q47 V39
WE: Operations (Energy and Utilities)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 6

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24 Jan 2013, 14:05
bryantmichaels wrote:

Bryant,

I really appreciate your comments. They reached the point I wanted. I do have good stories to tell and I believe I have learned some lessons that deserve to be shared. To make the story short, My post-MBA goal is to work for a Consulting company for lets say 5 years to get a lot of exposure quickly. Then I wish to contribute to my country's development by structuring small/medium companies in Brazil. To do so I plan to join private equity / seed capital firms.

Affiliations: Veritas Prep
Joined: 25 Jul 2010
Posts: 1910
Followers: 43

Kudos [?]: 182 [0], given: 3

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25 Jan 2013, 10:33
Consulting is a great target industry for b-school clearly, since 30% or more of freshly minted MBAs go into that field. I would suggest you weave your story around your engineering and petro experience, tying in a consulting goal in that area. This is a very easy story to swallow. The exception as I mentioned, would be if you can talk very passionately about an alternate area that you want to switch into. This could be just as compelling, so long as you can speak to how your past experience has helped prepare to to make the switch and would be attractive to employers in the new area.
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