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Profile Evaluation for MIT Sloan

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New post 21 May 2012, 18:53
I’m interested in MIT Sloan’s E&I program, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of info available since it’s still a relatively new program. Not sure if you know much about the program, but any feedback would helpful.

1. Do you know if the program is like the LGO program in terms of applicants accepted? I think LGO only accepts 45-50 people a year? Is it the same for E&I?

2. More generally, I keep hearing that MIT is very global, but is there a recruiting process specifically for international jobs? Or is it kind of like all mashed together into one recruiting event?

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Overview of Story:
Growing up I’ve always been interested in video games. It taught me a lot in terms of economics / business (saving money to buy games, trading games, selling stuff to make enough money to buy games). Because of this I’ve always had a keen interest in technology and business. I attended CAL initially as an EE / CS major, but realized that I didn’t like it that much because it was too focused on engineering, so I switched to Industrial Engineering and Ops Research. This allowed me to explore both the quant side of engineering as well as the financial / strategic side of business. My first job was in IT consulting, which at the time I thought was the perfect mix of tech / business, but quickly realized that it wasn’t for me. Luckily enough, my second project was for EA Games and I did everything in my power to get a job there afterwards. I ended up working at EA in the Corp Fin / Corp Accnting department and I loved the gaming sector, but my group was not challenging me as much as I expected. After some research, I thought biz dev / corp dev for a gaming firm was a great fit; however, I also knew that without investment banking experience it would be very difficult. I tried extremely hard networking and figuring out ways to get interviews (it’s really difficult to get an IB job if it’s not straight out of undergrad / bschool as I’m sure you know). Eventually, I got a few interviews and received an offer with my current firm, a mid-market boutique investment bank. After working at here for 8 months, I received an offer to start up a new office in New York to co-lead a 2 man operation (the firm overall has 35+ employees). This experience has slowly shifted my prior aspiration of doing biz / corp dev towards the gaming startup realm (also because I seem to notice that the trend right now is that more of these smaller gaming startups are trumping the older incumbent gaming firms like EA, Activision, Ubisoft, etc). It seems like the E&I program at Sloan is a great fit for someone with my background and career goals in terms of encompassing international / global focus, entrepreneurship, and high-technology.

Will probably be around 27 / 28 when I apply (will this hurt my chances since average age seems to be trending down to 26 / 27?)

Half Korean / Half Taiwanese

Taking it in a few weeks, been scoring around 700-710, with Q48-49 and V36-38

CAL, 3.0 GPA, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
After graduating CAL I wanted to be more Finance focused so I got an Associates Degree in Accounting with a 3.8 GPA at a local community college

Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Info Sys Auditor (CISA) and Real Estate Brokers License

Post college EC:
Wokai – Volunteer – Pro Bono Consultant
TAP-NY – Professional Committee Member
iMentor – Mentor

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New post 22 May 2012, 07:06

With limited information I have , I can give some pointers

1) E&I track is great if you ARE strongly inclined to entrepreneurship.
2) This program helps you learn the dynamics with start up
3) This program helps you to interact with VCs around.

MIT has this unique initiative that really helps you to work on your dreams for concrete entrepreneurship ventures.

If you have any specific questions, i might try to get some more concrete info as i know someone at MIT MBA.

Hope this helps

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