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Joined: 22 Aug 2011
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Location: Switzerland
WE: General Management (Mutual Funds and Brokerage)
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New post 03 Nov 2011, 07:53
Here is my profile for evaluation. Would love to hear any thoughts you might have!

Demographic: 27/M/American
- BA in Economics from Harvard, GPA 3.18, June 2006
- GMAT 730 (V44, Q47)

Fluent in German and French

Work: 5.5 years by Sept 2012
- currently: 3.8 years at an independent asset manager based in Zurich, Switzerland. As V.P. run the office on a day-to-day basis (5 staff). Helped founder restructure and refocus business, growing assets by 50% to ~$225mm as a result. Deal directly with clients in 15+ countries, i.e. in their homes, and therefore have learned how to connect with a wide-variety of people. Successful mentoring of three direct reports. Very much an international, entrepreneurial environment.

- previously: 1.7 years in equity research at Eaton Vance, a $200B mutual fund company in Boston. Worked with analysts and portfolio managers on several multi-billion dollar funds, focused on analyzing companies in the energy and IT industries to find potential investment opportunities. Promoted at the earliest possible time.

- summer jobs during college:
-research-writer for Let's Go Travel Guides in Switzerland (a best-selling travel guide)
-taught English/helped design and run an English-learning camp for ~50 children in Russia as a contractor for Moscow's largest English language school

- volunteer co-coach a master's crew team in Zurich, led them to a Swiss championship in the Master's 8+ in 2010
- At Harvard, rowed on the nationally top-ranked lightweight crew team
- Was elected co-president of a 50+ member student group (student astronomers)

- during MBA: as many courses on entrepreneurship and product manufacturing as possible, internship at a start-up
- post MBA: entrepreneurship, see below
- dream: want to start, grow and run a world-class manufacturing conglomerate and bring high-value manufacturing back to the US!

- Harvard, Stanford, MIT Sloan

Would love to hear your thoughts! Also, I have my applications pretty much finished and am wondering if a 780+ GMAT would help in any significant way.


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Joined: 10 Jun 2011
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New post 18 Nov 2011, 06:56
Hello ack424, thanks for your question.

I think you have a strong profile. To your question, a 780+ GMAT score always helps, I would think – do you have one on ice?!

In terms of extracurricular activities, what you’ve done more recently has more weight than what you did at Harvard. Your crew coaching is good – anything else? Bolstering this area would move the needle.

And, in terms of your post-MBA goals, paint a picture that cohesively ties together your past, present, and future. Why the change from finance and asset management to entrepreneurship? I am all for bringing high-value manufacturing back to the US, but what is your motivation and rationale for this career shift? You will need to convey a mindset that is logical and reasonable to the admissions committees.

Otherwise, my only comment is that you do not have any safety schools on your list. Add some to be safe? Or, if it’s top 5 programs or nothing for you, then ignore this comment.

Best of luck!

Brian Eng
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