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Profile Review: Malaysian, Chartered Accountant, Banker in ASEAN

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Location: Malaysia
Concentration: General Management, Finance
GPA: 4
WE: Corporate Finance (Consumer Products)
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New post 01 Aug 2016, 02:36
Hi @squareneprep .

It will be great if you can review my profile.

Just to let you know that I will be posting on multiple platform to get different views due to my unique background.

Gender: Male
Nationality: Malaysian
Current location: Vietnam (on secondment)
Age: 26 years old (27 years old in Sep 2017)

GMAT: I will be sitting for the exam in early September 2016; aiming for 700+

Target schools (Sept 2017 intake): 1 year MBA in Oxford Said Business School or Cambridge Judge Business School or Imperial College Business School (I am applying for R3 in January 2017). Open to any suggestions for US based schools aswell

Why MBA: Career progression in financial services industry. Moving from Investment Banking in ASEAN to SME development either in a financial services firm or Crowdfunding / P2P operators; To dive into innovative financing / alternative financing to grow and support SMEs in ASEAN

Working Experience (Total @ 5 years):
1) Top 5 Banks in ASEAN (present): 2 year rotational leadership program in Investment Banking Division; Rotations in Corporate Finance department, Assistant to Deputy CEO of the Investment Bank and secondment to Vietnam to get a taste of SME development)

2) Big 4 audit firm (1.5 years): Specialising in the audit of financial services companies

3) Family-owned hotel business (SME) (2 years): Business development (Note: Before heading to university to pursue my tertiary education)

Education (unique)
Pursued a slightly different educational pathway, that lead me to an offer to pursue a top UK based Professional Accounting Qualification (similar to CPA in USA) under a scholarship in South East Asia without the need to having an undergraduate degree. Average score @ 70% for all papers.

I was part of the pioneer batch in ASEAN to complete the professional accounting program in 6 years, accumulating 3 years of working experience and 3 years of full time classroom training in one of the leading university in my country. My country lacks 60,000 accountants, and this is one of the programs that was meant to fill the gap to develop my country in the next 5 years.

Completed CFA level 1 & qualified Chartered Accountant in 2015

Extra-curricular activities
Quite a number of volunteering activities (President of Omega Leo Club, math teacher in an orphanage house) all the way to being a Project Director for a national level CEO Speaker Series / networking sessions and Project director for a Fintech community + organized a regional fintech competition in 2015. Enjoy traveling around South East Asia. Currently mentoring a team of social entrepreneurs under a Leadership Academy to build a P2P platform.

Questions
1) As I am professionally qualified as a Chartered Accountant, am I eligible to apply for MBA in my targeted school to facilitate my career progression in the Financial Services industry?

2) Is my education background the biggest hurdle for me to pursue MBA? If yes, what can I do about it? (Note: Spending another 4 years to get an undergraduate degree is definitely not an option)

3) Is there anything else that I can do to improve my profile?



I'd appreciate any feedback or comments on my MBA application or if you can share any successful stories by applicants with similar educational background as me.

Looking forward to hear from you.

Cheers.
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Hi there -
Thanks for reaching out for a free evaluation. In lieu of writing a lengthy reply, I'd rather we connect via Skype/phone so we may have a real dialogue and you can ask me questions as I give you an assessment. Additionally, I will be able to offer you a much more robust assessment if I am able to ask you more questions. If doing a free consult via skype/phone interests you, please contact me directly at kathrynlucas@squareoneprep.com.

I look forward to hearing from and speaking with you soon. Thanks again for reaching out.

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Re: Profile Review: Malaysian, Chartered Accountant, Banker in ASEAN   [#permalink] 01 Aug 2016, 04:55

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