I have a couple of questions regarding applying for a 2012 MBA.
Undergrad : Top UK (russell group). 2.1 (3.6gpa equivalent) BSc Economics (international). This included a 1 year scholarship to study on the Erasmus exchange program in a prestigious university in Sweden. Furthermore i won a place on a British council program for top students to study in one of china's largest universities for semester.
Work Experience: By matriculation i will have 2 years of experience (and be 25 years of age), at a top 4 British International bank, in a rotational program, which has included rotations in Private Equity and Investment banking as well as corporate banking (with international stints in KL and Shanghai).
While at university i bought and ran two small pizza restaurants with two friends. We sold these on subsequently two years later, at a substantial profit which enabled me to pay completely for my university education.
GMAT : 710.
Extra curricular - I co-founded a charity, The international literacy foundation, which builds and renovates libraries in schools and orphanages around the world. we have completed projects in places such as Kenya and Pakistan with pipeline projects in China, Peru, Egypt and Zambia for the upcoming year. I also am a member of the banks football team, and am on the alumni advisers board for my universities business school advising students on applications and academic/
I am a dual British/ Libyan citizen (lived in England since a very young age) and wish to do my MBA sooner than later in order to hopefully accelerate my career with a view to going back to Libya one day in the near future (say 6-7 years time) and helping the country get back on its feet after the current crises.
Do you think it would be any sort of advantage to apply as a Libyan citizen over applying as a British citizen? and would you recommend mentioning my motivation for an MBA, or going down more of a generic route of saying i want to go down the PE/VC role, which is my medium term goal after the MBA.
The schools i am thinking of are H/S/W CBS, Oxford and Cambridge. Obviously HBS is my first choice.
I would be very interested to hear your thoughts.
I definitely think it makes sense to apply as a Libyan, since there are so few Libyans applying AND because you view it as your home country. All of the programs will want to hear what truly motivates you to earn the MBA. In your case, that doesn't sound to me like it is PE/VC but rather the long-term Libyan rejuvenation. You will certainly need to explain how you plan to reach that goal (in the short- and medium-term), but the schools want to know what you are passionate about - and you are passionate about your goal for Libya.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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