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Profile Evaluation - M7 program

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Concentration: General Management, Finance
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New post 19 Jul 2012, 18:15
Hi there, I would like to hear some advice on my chances to apply to a M7 program as an international student. I'm applying in this year's second round.

Age & Work Experience
30 years old at the start of the program
6.5yr work experience in 3rd world country
• 2.5yr credit risk at mutual organization
• 2.5yr FP&A manager at small service firm - staff of 15 – reported to CEO (retired military man – case study material)
• 1.5yr project management/consulting at small credit card company – report to COO (HBS MBA graduate)

• Engineering degree (industrial engineer)
• Master in Finance degree (corporate finance)
• Passed CFA level 1
• International Baccalaureate (IB diploma)

• GMAT: 600 without prep, taking prep course right now - will retake asap
• Toefl: not taken yet
• Toeic: 970
• GPA: nonconvertible, +-75 percentile?
• Mountaineering (summited Aconcagua), guitar (had band), bjj, tennis, licensed sailor (participated in j24 and soling regattas).
• Duke of Edinburgh International Award: gold standard (volunteering)
• Teacher Assistant: project appraisal course, undergraduate engineering program
• Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese

MBA objective:

Plan A) Career switch to PE turnaround shops in developing countries or VC

Plan to use corporate knowledge + financial skills to work on deals and finding turnaround opportunities (optimization, process improvement, etc). The firms I’ve worked all had financial issues mainly because of a misuse of resources, poor C-level management and a lack of a capable and strong HR team (which leads to hiring the wrong person or assigning them to the wrong position).

Plan B) management consulting

I’ve worked on sales projects (cross selling), process modeling/simulation, cost reduction programs, analyzed m&a synergies, etc. It seems a more “natural” transition for me.

I would want to avoid going through the IB step to get to PE. I know it’s a very long shot but worth a try given my age and experience.

Any help would be much appreciated!


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New post 31 Jul 2012, 23:02
Hello there, dude.
Sorry it took us soooo long to get back to you, we took a little holiday there.
Anyhow, we are revved up and ready to rock.

You have overall a very good and long work experience, which will be a great basis for you app. Of course, as you know, your big and obvious weak point in the GMAT. If retaking is at all possible, you should definitely consider it (I know, time is running out). In general I folks to go to the best school you can, and in your case, the thing that will make the difference here is that GMAT and of course your essays).

As for your goals, definitely go with 2. Goal 1 is not very likely to happen. There are very few positions in PE/VC, they are the most sought after, and they tend to go to the financial wizards. Goal 2 makes more sense in terms of what you have done. Overall, keep in mind that it is VERY important for you to keep a connect between your past experience and your proposed goals.

Hope this helps, dude!

Jon Frank
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